Dean Delray is a case study of turning passion into a labor of love, merging his affinity with music and comedy into a thriving career on stage and a growing podcast network. When he’s not talking to musicians on his podcast, Let There Be Talk, chances are he is headed to his next stand up comedy gig, having performed almost 5,000 times over the past 12 years.
Delray has been a fan of comedy from his early years, taking in work of the greats like Richard Prior, George Carlin, Cheech & Chong and the early Saturday Night Live gang. Delray’s path to the comedy stage started at open mic nights, honing his no-holds-barred and hard-livin' perspective that has earned him feature spots on The Joe Rogan Experience, WTF with Marc Maron, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and recently opening for Metallica at their 40th Anniversary concert.
This foray into comedy led to the launch of Let There Be Talk, a podcast that features raw, unfiltered, off-the-cuff conversations that offer deep insights with a diverse mix of engaging personalities from the worlds of music, film, TV, comedy and more. Let There Be Talk shows off the musical encyclopedia in Delray’s head and has earned him a slot as one of today’s Rock Talk leaders.
When the pandemic hit, Delray sharpened his entrepreneurial skills and launched a podcast network, Cactus Radio Network, creating three new programs to compliment his flagship podcast, Let There Be Talk. He turned “Handmade Episodes” of Let There Be Talk into a new podcast, The Grail, a show that highlights Artisans and Makers working outside the box. At Home with Byron Katie features female spiritual guru Byron Katie. And he co-hosted a 13-episode series, Dark Fonzie, with Marc Maron.
Delray has also dipped his toes into the acting world, beginning as a consultant on Quentin Tarantino’s Hell Ride, in which he also landed a small role in the film. He has also appeared in The Longshots (featuring Ice Cube), Maron, Noise Matters, Love, Nothin’s Easy and more.
Delray has traveled a long road to success and the ride shows no sign of nearing the end.