Dale tunes into the strange frequencies that make late night talk shows so compelling on this special live episode of Deep Night, recorded at the Slipper Room in NYC. The garrulous guru of gab begins the evening with a conjuring thanks to ancient instructions sent via the all-seeing Zardulu. Spooked by his own powers, he ends up summoning comedian Amy Zimmer who demonstrates her own considerable mystic abilities that quite simply have to be seen to be believed. Dale then speaks with the New York Times comedy critic, Jason Zinoman, whose new book Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, is a terrific look back through the influential years of the Late Night with David Letterman program and a guide to its enduring comedic legacy. Rising comedian and late night impresario Ike Ufomadu drops in for some deep night thoughts about his unique approach to hosting and some of the theatrical essentials of late night TV. Comedian, writer, and all around delight Maeve Higgins joins the group to dish on the high-flying life of a podcast host and share some of the things she’s learned about American history, ancestry, and more. This Deep Night episode also features music on the theremin by Cornelius Loy.
To buy Jason’s book Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night visit your local bookstore, or choose convenience and make your purchase at a reputable online resource like this one. Catch Ike Ufomadu at Joe’s Pub or elsewhere around town by staying up to date with his appearances via his website www.ikehimself.com/. Maeve Higgins hosts the fabulous podcast Maeve in America: Immigration in Real Life and co-hosts Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Find both on itunes or whatever podcast platform is best for you. Amy Zimmer performs regularly throughout NYC, but you can follow her on Twitter @oneamyzimmer.