Joel Radio is happy to cover every gimmick comedian to come on the scene. From grandmothers to stutterers to puppet acts, this show has highlighted some of the wackiest comics to emerge over the years. Which makes this week’s breakout comedy star, 10-year-old Saffron Herndon, fair game for this week’s podcast. Joel listens to her set and has the obvious questions: did she write these jokes? If not, who did? Don’t you have to have good timing to be a comedian? Joel is aided in his analysis by returning guest co-host Samantha Rager, a comedian herself who once performed on a show with Saffron. Sam is more positive than Joel is on the act, although she really didn’t get the Nirvana joke – more evidence that those thoughts are not of a 10-year-old when the smart, sophisticated mid-20s comic doesn’t get it. Also, find out the one new embarrassing prime-time TV show that has actually watched, why he wants it to work, and why it doesn’t. And late night TV gets an overhaul as Trevor Noah debuts, Stephen Colbert has the worst band ever, and Jimmy Fallon’s nostalgia act is completely phony and Joel has the proof. Plus, Sam’s humorous musings on love, the Steve Jobs documentary is a good one, and why the Everest 3D movie is the closest Joel ever wants to get to the real thing.
It only took 10 years or so, but comedian Jim McLean made it back to the Joel Radio studios to guest co-host on this week’s show. And he didn’t come empty handed, as Jim brought his electric guitar and amp for some musical accompaniment. Joel and Jim end up collaborating on a bluesy jam which is probably every bit as great as you’re thinking it is (it’s not). Jim also shares stories of rock and roll gigs past, how a legendary rock guitarist befriended him as a young man, and some sure-fire ways to get backstage a concert from two guys with lots of experience at it. Plus, Joel’s concert history starting with a legendary lightweight act in the 70’s through an embarrassing 80s show with his mom, to leather jackets and mosh pits in the 90s. Plus, comedians’ head shots have changed, building decks for comedy gigs and how the show’s chip tune theme songs can’t be replicated on guitar. Turn it up, man! This is a fun 90+ minutes with Jim.
Jim, his treasured Stratocaster and his now more treasured old headshot of Joel
It’s been a busy few weeks at Joel Radio, and it’s all re-capped on this fine episode. Your host headed off to New York City to see his old college stomping grounds, get drunk with hipsters, visit museums and hang with some comedy buddies. His main objective though was to see Penn & Teller On Broadway which he did, and while sitting next to a childhood hero, no less. Hear all about the P&T show, the best things to do in New York and why a front-row ticket isn’t always a front-row ticket. Joel also attended the annual Funny or Die: Oddball Comedy Festival starring Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and others. Find out who were the surprising stars of the show and what unknown comics that Joel knows who might be blowing up in to very big stars in the future. Joel is joined for the show by Detroit’s own comedy oddball, the delightful Samantha Rager. Sam had to break in to her
house car to get to the show, but it was worth it as Sam talks about getting bumped at a comedy show by a big star, seeing year-old movies at the dollar show, and the most adorably clueless rundown of a fantasy football team ever. Also, a Gathering of the Juggalos comedy recap, and reviews of the movies Trainwreck, Ant-Man and the ridiculous The Gallows. Plus, RIP “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, as Joel tells a harrowing tale of hosting a show with one of the greatest pro-wrestling characters of all-time.
Joel is fatter than Penn and shorter than Teller!
Beautiful Lower Manhattan from the Circle Line cruise. Joel actually took this picture!
Joel Radio is proud to finally showcase someone who’s been mentioned many times in the past, but has never been a guest – Joel’s ex-girlfriend, comedian and entertainer extraordinaire, Heather Kozlakowski. As she’s making a big move to California to better her career, Heather finally shares her tales of movie acting, radio hosting and comedy. She also talks about what it’s like to date Joel – why does he always look left? – and their unlikely friendship that happened after their break-up. You’ll also hear about her children’s book inspired by Joel, and her open mike arguments with other female comics that were also inspired by Joel! Also, find out Heather’s favorite summer movies, like how Minions is better than Inside Out, why Spy was so good and why she didn’t quite get Mad Max. Plus, Joel on the new season of Big Brother, Penn & Teller: Fool Us returns, the great James Randi documentary, Glen Campbell’s documentary brings the tears, and why Soaked in Bleach doesn’t convince him that Kurt Cobain was murdered. Good luck to Heather from Joel Radio, our loss is the world’s gain!
Heather sitting pretty with her children’s book – she’s the cat and Joel’s the dog.
Losing a legendary figure who inspired and entertained America is always a tough thing. When it’s an overweight, slurring, ugly professional wrestler you wouldn’t think that would qualify for any kind of tribute, but you’d be wrong. Dusty Rhodes, died this week and Joel and Corey share their memories of one of the great talkers and unique personalities of all time. From his legendary “Hard Times” promo, to unveiling his gorilla, to his incredible TV commentary, Dusty was always entertaining and will certainly be missed. There’s tons of other stuff on this show, too, as Joel sees Craig Ferguson live, Jurassic World makes a couple of bucks more than Entourage, and Billy Crystal’s new show is about as funny as you’d expect. Plus, Corey on the Game of Thrones finale, the history of white people wanting to be black, and Netflix’s new show, Grace and Frankie, looks terrible but is still better than Orange Is the New Black.
Going to the pay window in the sky………..
So much has been said over the years on this show about how modern TV fails to create new comedy stars, but there’s no better example of this than this past week’s America’s Got Talent. AGT trotted out a vocally challenged comedian with a hard luck story who won over the hearts of the judges and gave him a valuable pass to the later rounds. The syrupy performance can be heard here on the show (or seen here) and while the guy clearly gets some laughs, Joel feels it’s worth a $50 emcee gig more than a million dollar prize. These guys know what they’re talking about too, as addition to Corey Hall, this week Joel is joined by veteran comedian Mark Sweetman who remembers the old days before comedy clubs, which leads a discussion as to how Detroit has changed over the years, where it’s going, and Joel’s prediction about the future scandal that will inevitably set back the city even more. Also, Louis C.K. bombs and might be pervert, a final goodbye to David Letterman, and Tom Waits is really good – but not great. Plus, Jimmie Walker holds court, the guys dig Lena Dunham in her underwear, and Mad Max is pretty darn great, too.
No offense to the guy – but this was the most annoying thing ever
joel Radio has the biggest stories covered: The Letterman retirement, The Avengers in theaters and Joel stranded in Pittsburgh. Actually this show is all over the place, talking a million things like why you should see The Illusionists, why you should see or not see Avengers, why Other Space has become Joel’s favorite show and tons more. Joel’s travel tales are particularly sad, describing his penchant for out-of-town fast food and a trip to the “Magic Capital of the World” – which meant a trip to the graveyard. Also, Corey can’t get enough of Daredevil on Netflix, the Kurt Cobain documentary is a bummer, and The Iron Shiek documentary is exactly what Joel expected it to be. Hear Joel’s inside story of being Iron Sheik’s hype man for a night and why it won’t go down in the annals of great comedy shows – or even mediocre ones.
Joel at Blackstone’s grave in Colon, Michigan is one of the great travel photos of all-time
Is comedy having a new boom? According to a recent article, comedy’s future will be performed in the back of a comic book store, to other comedians, and without punch lines – hooray! Actually, Joel is pretty troubled by the recent alt-comedy scene, feeling that so much of it’s charming qualities will fail to transfer to a bigger stage and that audiences will ultimately expect a standard of professionalism once the “boom” translates into people paying top-dollar for their entertainment. Corey seems more optimistic about this new future as podcasts (!) are seen as the new, best way of comedians promoting themselves. Either way, this show has some rock-solid advice for aspiring comedy superstars and a look into the future of comedy and why it may end up looking more like comedy’s past than most people realize. Also, the internet goes crazy for movie trailers as the guys look at the upcoming offerings from Star Wars, The Terminator, Jurassic World, and Batman vs Superman. Plus, Joel goes to Florida and has the scars to prove it, Corey is bored by Sinatra, a new voice says Jimmy Fallon sucks, and does Yahoo! have TV’s best new comedy show?
The face of comedy’s future could be this nerd (actually not THIS nerd, but one like him)
Joel Radio has long been the show of record for changes in the late night talk show landscape. This past week’s debut of The Late Late Show with James Corden was unique, as Joel and Corey don’t agree at all about the show with one host despising its very existence and the other finding it competent with the potential to be really good. Let’s not spoil who liked it and who didn’t, but the argument on the show is fierce, heated and funny as always. Also, Comedy Central has found Jon Stewart’s replacement and his history of bad and possibly offensive tweets may doom his future as host of The Daily Show. Plus, Jeremy Clarkson gets sacked, HBO’s Scientology documentary is terrific, the Flight of the Conchords guys make a vampire comedy, and season four of Girls sees an unlikely return to form.
It’s likely Corey instantaneously hated this photo