I knew Dale Bozzio was an incredible performer, sing, dresser, toured with Zappa, and had an incredible life with amazing stories to tell - but I had no idea she’d be so funny telling it. This episode goes in the books as one of my all time favorites. Jo...
I knew Dale Bozzio was an incredible performer, sing, dresser, toured with Zappa, and had an incredible life with amazing stories to tell - but I had no idea she’d be so funny telling it. This episode goes in the books as one of my all time favorites. Joined by my fellow Misfit turned frequent guest host on Dystopia Tonight, Joanne Filan, Dale tells us about driving across country to be a Playboy Bunny, meeting then leaving Hugh Heffner, kicking in Frank Zappa’s door (much to his delight) climbing through his greenroom window (again delight), dating Henry Winkler, getting proposed to by Prince, Frozen Popes at the Vatican, Shrimp and Cookies, and Pasta on the road. ENJOY!
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Singer / Songwriter
Dale Bozzio is an American rock and pop vocalist. She is best known as co-founder and lead singer of the '80s new wave band Missing Persons and also known for her work with Frank Zappa. While with Zappa, she performed significant roles in two of his major works, Joe’s Garage (1979) andThing-Fish (1984). In her solo career, Bozzio has released four albums and one EP so far.
Bozzio co-founded Missing Persons in1980 with former Zappa musicians Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio. In addition to being the band's lead vocalist, she also contributed lyrics. Missing Persons released one EP and six albums, including Spring Sessions M (1982), which achieved gold record status.
After Missing Persons disbanded in 1986, Bozzio was signed to Prince's Paisley Park label which released her first solo album, Riot in English (1988). The album's first single, "Simon Simon", successfully charted. Bozzio subsequently reformed Missing Persons and continues to perform the band's repertoire at venues across the United States.
She has also participated periodically in reunions of the original band and has continued her work as a solo artist. In 2014, Bozzio was signed to Cleopatra Records and released a second studio album in 2020 titled DREAMING.
Comedian / Writer
Growing up in New Jersey (but refusing to die there), Joanne Filan has made her way around the comedy club scene and around the comedy country. Performing at well-known places such as The Friars Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Caroline's, Greenwich Village Comedy Club and more, not to mention a fixture in the traveling show, “The Broads of Broadway”, she is well known in the comedy world. She even reaches the masses through her TV and media appearances, including Hulu, Fox, Amazon, Here TV, Comedy Time TV, and in "Comics Favorite Jokes" in the NY Post. She can also be seen in a new documentary entitled “Words: An Exploration of Identity”. Joanne has taken part in festivals and competitions as well, from The New York Underground Comedy Festival to the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, to the recent Ladies of Laughter Competition. She has ventured into the college circuit- hosting, featuring, and headlining in events at Bryn Mawr College, Monmouth and Lehigh Universities, and many more. She also proudly performs for the US Troops overseas. Her writing side has also come into play as she has just finished co-writing a TV pilot and is also a regular guest lecturer for creative writing classes at St. John's University- ensuring her creativity will go on, despite any side effects.
Well over a decade into the business and Joanne has never been more on top of her game. She consistently delivers a unique “stream of consciousness” style of humor full of random thoughts and quirky observations that keep audiences either rolling in the aisles or on the edges of their seats, anxious to hear what she has to say next. With an amazing gift for improv, razor-sharp wit, and a subtle delivery, Joanne is an unexpected gem- a comedian so able to tap into the moment that no two shows are ever alike.