Brian Keith Dalton
Mr. Deity — San Diego, CA
Brian Keith Dalton is the creator of Mr. Deity, a video podcast that quickly conquered the iTunes podcast charts, soaring past shows from HBO, Comedy Central, and even the President's weekly radio address. Mr. Deity became a YouTube sensation garnering hundreds of thousands of views and the attention of Sony Pictures Entertainment. After signing with Sony, Mr. Deity aired exclusively on Sony's "Crackle" website where the episodes were viewed by millions of fans and lauded by the likes of Michael Shermer, Julia Sweeny, and Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller). Brian writes, directs, produces, stars in, edits, and composes the music for the show.
Since the mid '90s, Brian has referred to himself as a "Formon" (former Mormon). In his late teens, Brian "got religion with a vengeance" — and began studying theology, philosophy, and psychology day and night. At the age of 20, he wrote, performed, and recorded an album of religious music for music producer Jim Pike (The Letterman) and Embryo Records. For nearly two years, Brian and his partner, Paul Steenhoek, toured the Western United States, singing and lecturing about the importance of faith.
Brian's religious path ultimately led him to Jewish theologian and nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager, where he worked on Dennis' newsletter Ultimate Issues, and continued his education in theology, religion, politics, and philosophy. But in his mid-twenties, Brian began to question his devotion to both Mormonism and religion in general. This questioning lead him to a life of skepticism and a deep reverence for science, the scientific method, and the value of free thought and critical thinking.
Visit www.mrdeity.com to view the episodes of the show and to find out more about Mr. Deity.