Dispatches from the Head

WTF - Dean DelRay wasn’t gonna happen.

Full episode out 4/8


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se7en April 08, 2013 at 11:28 am

I loved this episode. This guy was a blast. It was cool to hear a little bit of his perspective being a comic starting out in LA. Seriously, fucking love this guy

Ben April 08, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I had to listen to this one twice, back to back.  Lotta stuff covered here.  Great episode.

mbzzzzzz April 08, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Dean is the gift of gab.

Andy Rozmiarek April 08, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Really cool episode, with a really cool guy.

My favorite part was when Dean was talking about growing up in Yosemite, and Marc, trying to relate, kept talking about Old Faithful, and sulfur pools and whatnot. Mark, I don’t point this out to be a dick, but you were talking about Yellowstone. That’s in Wyoming. Yosemite is in Northern California. The great thing, is you were both being really specific. Marc kept referencing the crazy geological stuff in Yellowstone, and Dean kept bringing it back to Yosemite landmarks like Halfdome and Yosemite falls.
And better than that - and this was actually pretty endearing - is that Dean knew one-thousand percent that Mark was talking about an entirely different part of the country. You can’t be raised in Yosemite, by park service parents, and not pick up on the difference. It happens all the time when tourists show up, looking for landmarks that are in a different time zone, and you have to let them down gently that they’re just not going to see that stuff this vacation.
But Dean never called Marc on it. Not once. Not politely, or even in a funny way. There was a good vibe going, and it would have been totally cool for Dean to do so.
I think Dean was star struck. Maybe not completely, or in a douchey way, but there was definitely a feel like Mark was one of Dean’s cool older brother’s friends, and Dean didn’t want to risk future hanging out session by informing Marc, after he’s been talking about Thick as a Brick for ten minutes, that Jethro Tull is a “they” not a “he”. Just let the details slide. Lotsa trees and bears and shit out West. ‘Nuff said.
Marc, you’re cool and people want to hang out with you. Pretty cool, that.
Congratulations on a great podcast and a great overall thing. Really enjoying it.


Kilian April 09, 2013 at 12:00 am

Possibly my favorite WTF to date. If anyone else had told these stories, it’d seem like constant name dropping, but I could tell that Dean was just so in awe of each experience he’d had, and Marc seemed as delighted to hear about them as I was. Even with the life he’s lived, it’s obvious being on WTF means the world to him. What a listen.

Joelynn April 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

One of the best interviews! Great guy and good story teller!

Flynn April 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

Unexpectedly GREAT episode. I am now really curious about Dean’s comedy…

I’m a contemporary…lived in Santa Cruz and hung out in SF in the late 70’s and 80’s…so just the way you and Dean talked about NorCal was great. All those places, all those people. And then the music stories AND his move into comedy…superb, gents.

nozini April 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm

First guest Iv’e heard that Maron couldn’t quite keep up with. They could have spent an hour on each one of these stories but the breakneck pace was awesome. Loved it. Dean brought it.

kisum April 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

I’ve known Dean since 2007 when I produced a biker film with Tarantino that Dean starred in with Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, Larry Bishop and a bunch of other lunatic knuckleheads called HELL RIDE. Dean is one of the funniest guys on the planet. I remember a few times on the set when we couldn’t shoot cause he was in the middle of a story that had everyone laughing so hard we were in tears.

This interview, great as it was, just tapped the surface of his mad life. He didn’t even get to the really good stuff.  Let me just put it this way, first time I went to see him do comedy at the Laugh Factory, there were 3 Hells Angels in colors there to see him. Pretty cool. But some drunk gansta guys who’d been heckling everyone started in on Dean. I thought, whoa, this could really get crazy with these Angels here.  But Dean changed his whole act and started in on the hecklers. “What is this? A new kind of gang initiation? Go to the Laugh Factory and heckle comics if you want in our really dangerous gang.” Everyone was laughing so hard the hecklers had to leave.

Covara April 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Loved, Loved, Loved this podcast. I had no idea who Dean Delray was, but I wouLd love to listen to ANOTHER hour of this guy sharing his stories, his formative years, his love of music, his amazing “Zelig meets Forest Gump” -like experiences. What an amazing spirit! Bravo for having him on.