Lynze and Dan saved every last penny they could from her production gigs an his odd two year gig hosting a morning show for the Playboy Channel. Dan and Lynze, who’d met at a Nickelodeon channel shoot in 2012, then left LA and moved to Couer d’Alene in 2015, excited to spend much more time with their son, Kyler, and daughter, Monroe.
Dan and Lynze married in 2016, surrounded by friends, family and their kids. Despite how happy they were to be able to be major influences in their kids’ lives, the financial stress of life was really weighing on them. Dan continued to tour but ticket sales remained almost nonexistent, and he thought his career in standup might truly be over within the next few years. Lynze took a job in real estate to help pay the bills and with the notion that if all else failed, Dan would join her.
With his stand up career seeming to fade, Dan launched a solo podcast, Timesuck , in 2016, as a latch-ditch effort to build a fanbase in hopes of being able to continue touring.
Timesuck is a weekly deep-dive into one topic a week that can be anything from true crime to a historical event to a cult to a conspiracy. It combines two of Dan’s passions, comedy and constantly learning something new. The concept, which Lynze didn’t really initially understand,was so wildly unpopular that only one podcast network even considered adding Timesuck to their roster. And then that network essentially fired Dan shortly after this consideration, believing the podcast concept was completely unmarketable.
This was a career rock bottom moment for Dan. He’d gone from having an hour special on Comedy Central six years earlier to no podcast network being willing to invest about a hundred bucks a month into hosting Timesuck. Lynze was also struggling. Real estate wasn’t quite what she had expected. Things were not looking good for Dan and Lynze and their future.