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Episode 376 - Dean Delray

Dean Delray is a newcomer to comedy, but not to life. He has a rock and roll past that led him across the country and overseas, crossing paths with The Rolling Stones, Sammy Hagar, Tom Petty, Jakob Dylan and many others. But as Dean tells Marc, the pull of comedy was too strong to avoid. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer.

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Luke Wronski April 08, 2013 at 7:47 am


Another great show.  Fucking loved that guy.  Just pre-ordered your book man.  Looking forward to it.

Michael P. Gowdy April 08, 2013 at 11:15 am


DEEEEEAAAAAAAN!
Love that dude!

L.A. COMEDY, REPRESENT!

Kyle in Brooklyn April 08, 2013 at 12:19 pm


What a trip that guy is! Great conversation.

Bill from Pittsburgh April 08, 2013 at 3:32 pm


I had no idea who this guy was and not sure if his comedy is any good, but what a fun guy to listen too.  I hope he makes it in his comedy career and I’ll be rooting for him.  Glad you decided to put him on Marc.

Jason April 08, 2013 at 4:11 pm


Great interview. Dean sounds like a great dude. Loved listening to you guys talk about San Francisco. Lived there for 15 years. Totally correct about the dot-com explosion. Yuppified the whole city. Such a dramatic change. The city is & always will be a mystical place. And please Marc, ignore the haters on your comment board.

Brennan from Oakland April 08, 2013 at 4:14 pm


I love that at the beginning Dean was talking about Yosemite and Marc was talking about Yellowstone. I can’t believe you guys couldn’t figure that out. That kind of thing happens to me all the time it was fun to hear it from the outside.

Ohio April 08, 2013 at 4:15 pm


Awesome show, Dean’s energy and passion is palpable. Phenomenal stories too! Highly recommend this episode.

Grant April 08, 2013 at 4:40 pm


Another episode that passes the “give it a few minutes to see if I’ll listen to the whole thing” episode.  One of the more refreshing episodes lately.  What an entertaining storyteller.  Caught a youtube video of Dean from the laugh factory.  Funny stuff.

Guest April 08, 2013 at 5:32 pm


This one really took me back to my youth, a lot of SF callbacks. I feel like I might have met this guy back in the day, in the Haight.

Sugar April 08, 2013 at 6:32 pm


Loved this podcast. Dean has such great energy and is an amazing storyteller…..Sounded like Marc was having fun too. Two funny men….nothing better than that. Marc, you should take him on the road with you!

maron id April 08, 2013 at 8:47 pm


I’m full of anxiety about the tv show and the book release. My overall tone is felt. I’m responding to a few people commenting about James Franco. SO, I’ll be self deprecating call myself a dick and bring on a relative unknown fun guy to win them back. Now, I only need to win myself and my balls back.

Stephanie April 08, 2013 at 9:49 pm


Great interview Marc. Dean was a pleasure to listen to. What a fun dude! Guys like this provide a nice contrast to the celebrity interviews which are also great, but have a totally different vibe.

Justin April 08, 2013 at 10:00 pm


I dunno, it just didn’t work for me. I felt he had an accent from Southern Ontario (no crime) but it seemed like a Norm MacDonald impersonation. I have no doubt he’s a good guy so I hope he does well in his career. Just didn’t work for me.

Zoe Dune April 09, 2013 at 12:48 am


Best episode this year! Great energy and really positive, wish it had been a longer episode, just great vibes all around!

Wilphred April 09, 2013 at 4:11 am


Was the Ramones the third punk band? HE stopped counting and got side tracked. Really great interview.

Emmy April 09, 2013 at 4:15 am


Just checked out some of Dean’s comedy on YouTube. He’s funny. Keep up the good work.

Annie April 09, 2013 at 10:20 am


Great episode. What a character!

Roger April 09, 2013 at 5:48 pm


I’m an old school friend of Deans and a musician from San Francisco. I got chills hearing Dean Delray telling the story of his life that was essentially also my life at the time, knowing every single spot he mentioned in the Bay Area and now on WTF, my favorite podcast with Mark Maron, one of the funniest comics I’ve ever seen. A few memories; Linda Perry (my ex-band mate) working as a waitress at Spaghetti Western; Dean’s annual Birthday show at the Stone where he performed a different, entire AC/DC album every year with rock-star special guests; Seeing his band, Two-Lane Blacktop, kill it every night during their year plus weekly residency upstairs at the Paradise Lounge. Saw him at the Punchline a couple months ago and he killed. Personal Keith and Mick stories! That was one entertaining WTF!

rb April 09, 2013 at 5:49 pm


I pre-ordered the book to support Marc and also to get a good read. Not sure if the audio version would be better than actual book, but I went with the old-fashioned book with pages and stuff.

sonja April 09, 2013 at 8:14 pm


This was so much fun to hear! I love his energy and hopefulness. I think he’s a reminder to the big stars to be decent to the people around you on their way up. So glad you had him on your show now that you’re a big star too. His gratitude is very engaging, and your encouragement is a great example of how people could treat each other in the showbiz world. Thanks Marc Maron.

Henry April 09, 2013 at 8:22 pm


Great interview. I’d definitely go see one of Dean’s shows if he plays my town. Dean seems like one of those guys you meet at a party after everyone has been drinking for awhile who tell crazy stories where you don’t know how much to believe, but you don’t really care because they are incredibly entertaining.  I was so happy when you guys didn’t get derailed over Yosemite—which is in California and has Half Dome and hippies—and Yellowstone—which is in Wyoming and has “bubbly stuff” and geysers. Go back and see them both. Take Jessica. The Caves worked out, right? Love you, man.

Britt Pennella April 09, 2013 at 10:34 pm


This show with Dean Delray was my second favorite next to the Louis CK episode. Two honest warriors just reflecting on comedy,rock, and life. For a guy like me in his early forties this hits home and reminds me why I love WTF. I think I need to buy a ticket to the Palace of Fine Arts Show if there are any left!

smitty April 10, 2013 at 9:49 am


  25 minutes in- i’m sorry, so far, it’s pretty banal.  be funny, and/or be compelling, this is neither/nor…...so far, kind of a bust of an interview.  baring a strong 2nd half recovery[what the fuck am i, a fucking economist?], this one will be {a listening} one and done.

smitty April 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm


okay, check this out-  so i’m 45 minutes in,and i’ll use a music metaphor to describe this chat.  “he’s got some good tunes ,but he can’t sing for shit”.  IOW’s- he has some interesting stuff to say;but, he’s not very good at saying it in an interesting way.  Dean’s conversational style,is just a bit rough and grating for my taste.  i don’t know if it’s just a stage persona,which encompasses being a bit of a crude lout;or, this is who he really is. either way,it’s not a compelling listen.

Josh Martin April 11, 2013 at 2:23 am


Definitely the best WTF that featured I guy I’d never heard of, and better than most that feature celebs. What a personality on this guy, great call to finally have him on, Maron. By the way, I’m a New Mexico Jew that’s moving to LA soon, let’s do Rosh Hashanah.

Ron D April 11, 2013 at 7:09 am


GREATEST. INTERVIEW. EVER! Please have this guy back on - he’s a natural story teller. Someone should sit him down and do a book.

Joe Tily April 11, 2013 at 11:06 am


Great light-hearted and fun interview. This guy was a blast. Thanks Marc.  Oh, and he’s spot-on about Japan . . . the amount of choice in their record and book shops will blow your mind.

Garo April 18, 2013 at 12:21 am


great show, man could listen to dean all day. the show never lost its fire

Keith April 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm


What a great guy Dean seems to be.  I hope good things for his future!  I’ll now keep an eye and ear out for this guy!

Pat da sound guy April 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm


Dean Delray is the fuckin man! I wated this guy do shows all over L.A. Never a dull moment with this guy! Awesome to hear him kick ass on the WTF podcast! One of the most interesting episodes I’ve heard!! Have him back soon I need to hear some more priceless stories!!

Dunnezo April 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm


Loved this interview! Had no idea who Dean was prior to listening, but now I’m going to look up his stuff. Great storyteller and his positivity is infectious - I could listen to him all day.