Dystopia Tonight was born out of the Covid-19 Pandemic to give people a light-hearted break from the absurdity of the world around them by showcasing artists, comedians, musicians, and actors from all across the entertainment field and getting them to open up about what exactly they’ve been doing during this bizarre time. John asks about the state of their lives, careers, and well-being, while we all navigate through the current dystopia we’ve come to find ourselves living in.
Day 203 - Dr. Beth Delery: 80% Coffee 20% Functional Human Being
Dr. Elizabeth Delery and I became friends online over the pandemic over shared science articles, anxieties, ADHD tendencies, general silliness, music, and me nagging her 24/7 about her expertise as a neuro-immunologist. So basically that’s what we discuss here, bouncing back and forth between a wide range of topics including what drew her to her field in the first place. Enjoy!
Day 202 - Kris Perry - Executive Director of Children and Screens
I truly love guests like Kris Perry. Not that I’m picking favorites here but when you get the chance to speak with someone who’s as wildly intelligent and as passionate about a subject as Kris is you jump at the opportunity to have them on your show. I mean…first get a show. Then jump. You get it.
Kris Perry is the former advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom of California and Deputy Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency where she led the development of the California Master Plan for Early Learning and Care and the expansion of access to high-quality early childhood programs.
She is now the executive director of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development! She joins me to discuss just that. It’s a really great talk and I learned a lot from having her on. Enjoy guys!
Day 201 - Jonathan Katz - The Dr. is REAL in.
Dr Katz joins us on Dystopia Tonight for one of my favorite eps of the year as he truly makes himself at home in the world of Dystopia. Answering questions that were never asked, getting us to admit to things we shouldn’t, contemplating the uncomtemplateable, while every so often giving a straight but hilarious answer to something I’m not sure I ever said and always regardless of context being insightful. This one was fun and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!
Day 200 - Rita Rudner - ”Adding Something Pink”
As if it would come as as some sort of surprise, we had an absolute blast with Rita Rudner on Dystopia Tonight! Hilarious, charming, and chock full of amazing stories which she shares from her new book that can be found here https://www.ritarudner.com/
We discuss her beginnings on Broadway, her road to comedy, family life, meeting her husband, how Rodney Dangerfield helped her career and became a friend, working with Paul Reiser, Bill Maher passing her at Catch A Rising Star, how comedy has changed for better or worse over the years, her positive outlook on life, her new book, love of dogs, and more! Enjoy!
Day 199 - Maurice LaMarche and The Healing Art Of Laughter
Maurice LaMarche joins us on Dystopia tonight to discuss his beginning as a stand-up comic, opening for Rodney Dangerfield on the road, his early influences, The Comedy Store, YukYuks, his thoughts on the ever changing comedy scene, how he dealt with the lockdowns creatively, his incredible career as a voice actor, and his most notable roles on Animaniacs as Brain of Pinky and the Brain, and the myriad of voices he's done on Futurama (one of my favs being Morbo!) How he copes when he's down, his possible return to stand-up, love for John Cleese and more!! Enjoy guys this one is one of my favorites!
Day 198 - Mel Draisey
Mel Draisey joins us on Dystopia Tonight from across the pond to talk about her incredible career in music, her unique style of improvisational performing, entertaining folks in the hospital who are going through a wide range of afflictions, her time with The Clientele, playing different Instruments, finding the confidence in her voice as a vocalist, how she spent her time creatively during the pandemic and more! Enjoy!
I’ve really been enjoying this new podcast. John’s got a way with his guests that allow them to really feel comfortable enough to open up to him, cut loose and have fun.
Great guest and Fun hosts
Great job getting the best out of so many incredible entertainers!
Love the conversations
Love the hosts and guest, it’s like hanging out listening to friends catch up. Marla Hooch was amazing and I can listen to it over and over!