It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of The Green Room with Paul Provenza. It is absolutely must-watch television for any serious comedy fan. My guest, Dan Dion, co-wrote a book with Paul titled Satiristas!, wherein they mixed interviews with comedians and Dan’s widely acclaimed photographs of the same.
Speaking of those pictures, Dan has photographed some of the biggest of the bigs. We’re talking Dave Chappelle, Steve Martin, Conan O’Brien, Marc Maron, Jerry Seinfeld, Jonathan Winters, Zach Galifianakis, and George Carlin, among others. You can find his amazing portfolio on his website here.
Now I am also a fan of photography. I probably shouldn’t say fan, because I can’t just start naming photographers off the top of my head. But I love the way a picture captures a moment and a feeling. I’m fascinated about how a medium that is merely visual can express a wide range of senses.
So in this episode I ask Dan about that, what it’s like to capture some of the greatest comedians who have ever lived on film, some behind-the-scenes details of his most prolific subjects, his work with musicians and venues, and much more. Plus, another conversation about my irrational fear of Paul Provenza.
You’re gonna love this one, folks.
About the Author: Darren Staley is the host of Atari-winning podcast Dylan Brody's Neighbor's Couch, based out of North Carolina or Los Angeles. He is known in comedy circles as "Who?" or "Oh, That Guy." Darren's two biggest fears are spiders and Paul Provenza.