Dan O’Brien

Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and two PEN America Awards for playwriting. His debut poetry collection, War Reporter, won the UK’s Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Three of his books will be published in the Fall of 2023: Survivor’s Notebook (prose poems & photos), From Scarsdale (memoir), and True Story: A Trilogy (plays). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actor and writer Jessica St. Clair, and their daughter Isobel.

Guest Appearances

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September 5, 2023

This week, Jessica is joined by enemy of the state and husband, playwright and poet Dan O’Brien to discuss the launch of his three new books, including a memoir of his childhood and a book of prose poems about the year following their treatment for cancer.

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September 28, 2021

This week June is late, but right on time, bathrobe and all. The gals lean into the power of ‘voting for yourself,’ Jessica unveils the The Deep Dive Pinterest page to a speechless June, and they ask the question: when do you show the butt crack? Then, grab a tissue because American playwright, poet and essayist (also Jessica’s husband) Dan O’Brien joins to read a few absolutely beautiful poems from his new book, Our Cancers. And don’t worry, this is the first and LAST time a husband will be on the podcast. 

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February 6, 2019

Please enjoy volume one of the all-time best i4h scenes about improv, Matt Besser, Earwolf, and all things meta! This compilation features amazing performances by Tim Meadows, Joe Wengert, John Gemberling, Zach Woods, Colton Dunn, Charlie Sanders, Sean Conroy, Billy Merritt, Paul Rust, Mike Mitchell, Mike Hanford, Dave Ferguson, Dominic Dierkes, Sean Clements, Drag The River, Seth Morris, Jon Gabrus, Ben Schwartz, Gil Ozeri, Mookie Blaiklock, Dan O’Brien, Danielle Schneider, Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Jason Mantzoukas, Austin Lucas, Jon Snodgrass, Andy Daly, Peter Gwinn, Amanda Sitko, Andy Secunda, Mary Holland, Dan Lippert, Molly Bretthauer, and Paul Welsh.


This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV).

September 17, 2018

Marissa and Listler discover the power of the written word as they welcome poet Glen-Garry Glen Schmaltz (Dan O’Brien) to WOMP It Up! We’ll find out the latest on Marissa’s reading list as well as what hand Glen-Garry had in a schoolwide scandal before they air their gripes on What’s Cheesing You. Plus, we’ll hear wise words about living your authentic self during Listler’s Love Lockdown, and Glen-Garry debuts one of his unpublished works during Spotlight On.

This episode is sponsored by Stitch Fix (www.stitchfix.com/WOMP).

April 27, 2017

Playwright Dan O’Brien and actors Tim Cummings and Brian Henderson join improvisers Mike Hanford, Sean Conroy, and Don Fanelli for a theatrical episode of improv4humans! Dan, Tim, and Brian present selections from Dan’s new stage play “The House in Scarsdale” that inspire scenes about extreme colorblindness, a real estate agent encouraging property damage, and a pool enthusiast romance. Later, a psychic explores familial boundaries, and Don asks a stranger to be his grandmother.

This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: IMPROV) and Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/IMPROV).

February 15, 2017

Casey and Danielle delve into Hotlanta, the force of nature that is Marlo and Sheree’s looming yeast infection. Then they head down south Punta Mita way for an hour long advertisement for The Agency that finds Rinna in the hot seat and Eileen in the diarrhea seat. They are joined for a special segment by poet and playwright Dan O’Brien who unpacks a few famous scenes and enlightens the girls on Danielle Staub’s (long) sex tape. 

This episode is brought to you by The Skimm (www.theskimm.com/HOUSEWIVES).