It’s rare when there’s a new film in the (arguably) greatest science fiction franchise to talk about, so with the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this weekend, Joel and Corey Hall set out to give a definitive review. Joel’s in some position to do that too, as he binge watched all eight movies in the series, including all five of the original films and Tim Burton’s forgettable 2001 remake before screening Dawn. Corey is also a big fan, joining Joel in splurging on some Blu-rays, and while both enjoyed the new films there are criticisms such as the pacing and the tone of the film not fitting with past episodes. Joel breaks down – and spoils ! – the timeline and plot of the series, pointing out where the new films dovetail with the old and how even the original films have paradoxes and alternate histories within them. It’s hardcore sci-fi geekery, as the guys tell you how Tim Burton’s film inexplicably changed the narrative in a way you may not have noticed and proceed to rank the Apes film 1 to 8 from best to worst (Mr. Burton, you may not want to listen to that part). Also on this show, Corey gives a definitive winner in the battle of Keith Urban vs Toby Keith – listening to both Country Music superstars and determining which is least awful, Joel extols the virtues of New York Pizza, and Miley Cyrus tries and fails to make a gymnastics outfit sexy. Plus, the guys hate Last Comic Standing and will tell you why it is the worst vehicle ever for creating a new comedy star and the hard-to-understand reasons why that is so.
Apes from the new movie – not a picture of Joel and Corey!
And the Mad Men/Simpsons/Planet of the Apes mash-up no one’s been waiting for
There’s a full plate of nonsense on this episode, highlighted by a Joel Radio investigation into the recent hip-hop feud between Rick Ross and Detroit’s own Trick-Trick. Since Joel and Corey can’t make any sense of what went down, the call in the help of the help of their friends in the hip hop community. And since those guys don’t answer they end up calling their old sports reporter buddy Chill who is amazingly helpful considering he’s from the mean streets of Westland. The whole thing strikes the guys as ridiculous, but not before Joel starts claiming turf in the comedy scene and adopting his own rap moniker – Joke-Joke. Also, the guys get World Cup fever but that will clear up, Gilbert Gottfried gets a podcast but Joel can’t take it, and The Transformers get a new movie and Corey can’t stand that either. Plus, Joel explains the story of “The Beatle Who Vanished” including a musical trip back to the ’60s before the guys get nostalgic for their own youth and tell the sure-fire way to tell the difference between the ’90s music that was great and ’90s music that sucked.
Trick-Trick chills in the studio with his favorite website
Joel Radio welcomes John Tenney to the panel for the first time in a while. John was present at the recent live show disaster and reminisces with Corey and Joel about how bad the show was, the etiquette of heckling, and how the venue really failed the show. From there it’s a grab bag of stuff including, Joel’s story of his Italiain heritage (which includes a donkey), John doesn’t like the look of digital TV, Corey hates 3D, and a new Cheetos flavor gets rave reviews. Plus, Joel does a big show and gets booed for a great joke, a rundown of the E3 video game conference, and the economics of comedy – what it takes to hire a headliner and why John is looking to do so.
John gets friendly with Upchuck tha Clown, but oh, those cuts…………….
Some shows are released, others escape. That’s what happened with this recording of Joel Radio’s recent live comedy show at O’Mara’s in Berkley, MI. It’s a poor enough start with the club unable to dim the room lights and leaving the background music on to fight with the comics’ PA. Joel makes a genuine effort with some new jokes before bringing up the entire line-up of the Comedy Castle show from across town. Still, with little audience, Kevin McPeek turn his spot into a workshop, Dwayne Gill brings his “A” material to a “D” room, and Tom McCarthy reminiscences about open mikes past – sharing a hilarious story about the legendary Club Bart show. The bombs keep getting dropped with Joel Radio’s own Cory Hall, comedy student Jim VanHavermaat, and a returning Esther Navarez. A debuting Jonathan Jude gets a big intro from Joel but can’t keep it going, and his buddy Jeff Thomas tries his best but can’t seem to remember his material. You’ll also hear the lovable Larry Marino go down in flames, and Avery Sommerfield has a new biggest fan in John Tenney. Through no fault of the comedians, this is easily the worst comedy show ever committed to podcast, so enjoy it if you can, listen if you must, but let’s never, ever do something like this again.
Comedian Dwayne Gill wishing he was somewhere else. Not unlike the audience!
It’s a comedy-heavy podcast, and we’re not referring to the weight of the hosts, as Corey and Joel sit down to discuss the return of Last Comic Standing to TV and the treatment of comedians on NBC’s other talent competition America’s Got Talent. Turns out the guys have a good friend who received fair treatment on LCS, but otherwise the show seemed a mish-mash of bad edits, questionable judging and low production values, reminding the guys why they hated the show since the beginning. Joel even pulls up a the past seasons’ results to show how the show has passed up big talents and proclaimed nobodys to be America’s next big comedy star only to have their careers fall flat. And AGT isn’t much better, but at least the always funny Dan Naturman was able to prove himself on the debut episode, even if the producers wanted you to think he would fail. Speaking of failing, TBS cancels The Pete Holmes Show while renewing Conan an example of how cruel network politics can really be. And in future comedy/fail news, Joel gets booked to open for an indie rock icon and is already feeling the flop sweat forming, and Corey gives his best advice on opening for rock bands – one of comedy’s toughest and potentially most humiliating gigs. Also, black celebrities are the greatest celebrities of them all, kindergartners shouldn’t graduate, old jokes aren’t always the best ones, and Keenan Ivory Wayans sends Corey into a hilarious multi-state rant that has nothing to do with the LCS judge. Plus, summer movie mania continues with a review of the new X-Men movie, Joel’s thoughts on Godzilla, and A Million Ways To Die In The West proving that you can’t die from not being funny.
Tom Petty’s water is hopefully never coming to a retailer near you
Weird candies and nasty-flavored chips can mean only one thing – the return of Corey Hall to Joel Radio! Joel has stocked the studio with “test”-flavored Doritos and “Sour Watermelon” Peeps “Minis”. While one host summarily rejects both would-be snacks, the other finds the Peeps quite charming even if they look like dead chick-lings or undersized male (or female) genitalia rather than the robust marshmallow chickens from which they spawned. Hear the full breakdown of the snacks and Joel’s theory about why snack food makers do weird flavors – it’s probably not what you think. There’s also much debate about the changes in late-night TV, as Corey is welcoming Steven Colbert with open arms, while Joel thinks they should have thought outside the box a little more. Ultimately Joel’s suggestion is the worst idea Corey’s ever heard for a late night host, at least since Jimmy Fallon and you’ll never guess who Joel suggests. Plus, Corey reviews Godzilla and Amazing Spider-Man 2, Joel has a must-see music documentary on Netflix, the guys call for an end to movie sequels, and John Turturro lives out every man’s fantasy and makes one of the worst movies ever in the process.
That’s either a worm, a snake, a flaccid penis, a sugary green clitoris, or a baby chicken, but whatever it is, it’s delicious
It’s another live night of satand-up comedy from O’Mara’s Irish Pub in Berkley, MI. Joel gets the proceedings going with a new set including his reasoning for why every girl should date him. It takes a long time to get to it, but after jokes about CNN and Oscar Pistorious, Joel’s ridiculous premise pays off with big laughs – it’s funny ’cause it’s true! The laughs keep coming with comedy superstar-to-be Brad Wenzel who’s dry and deadpan delivery always works . Also, seasoned veteran Gary George makes a rare flub that is undoubtebly Joel’s favorite moment of the night, Heather Kozlakowski gets heckled – but not for her previous relationship with Joel – and Hailey Zureich shares an outlandish way for women not to be kidnapped. Plus, sets from Julie Lyons, Ron Lutze, Jibtron Zero, Ben Langworthy, Loyd Digg, Avery Sommerfeld, and the return of Nino Brown, who is unconvinced that Joel does not host The Price Is Right.
Joel Radio proudly hosts some of Detroit’s best veteran comedians for a memorable “Old Guys” roundtable, featuring Tim Rowlands, Jef Brannan, and Billy Ray Bauer. The guys are promoting an upcoming benefit show for Tim’s son’s Eagle Scout project – and if you could earn a badge for sitting around telling comedy road stories Joel and the guys would earn one on this show. Among the topics, the good old days of making $1000 a week, the difference between young comedians and veterans, and why the business is going to more private and charity shows – and why that may be a good thing. Also, hilarious stories of Billy Ray vs a moose, Tim sleeping in the club owner’s garage, Jef losing his paycheck at the blackjack table (and getting it back, so he says), and young comedian Joel seduced and nearly bedded by a famous female comedian. Plus, don’t make fun of the drunken, inbred Indians (erm, Native Americans), don’t make fun of the comedy club’s PA system, and don’t bring your “B”-level jokes to the “A” room. This show is both an education and good time, as will be the show this weekend, so do your part and come see some of the funniest guys ever on one stage for one night.
Here’s a flyer for the benefit. All these guys wouldn’t fit in the studio!
Joel returns to host O’Mara’s Comedy Night for March and the results are spectacular! Joel himself starts out the night with all new material, including riffing on the Gweynth Paltrow/Chris Martin divorce, the worst things on the internet, and why Kermit The Frog is not an asshole. It’s a night of strong premises from Joel, but a joke is not a premise alone, and the audience responds in kind. Writing jokes is hard! Still, the raucous crowd enjoys a great night of performances, including John Tenney recounting his bus driving days and reading out of the newspaper, Jeff Scheen returns from Chicago to do a wickedly funny set, Gary Sylvester tells us why it sucks getting old, and the always-funny Jeff Horste gets berated by the host for missing his opening spot for the most hilarious of reasons. Never number two, when you’re number one, OK? Also, Ray Topper is so funny you will want to have a stroke and “The Most Autistic Man in Showbiz” Andrew Ackner keeps the handicapped humor coming with a decidedly un-PC set that is a big hit with O’Mara’s crowd. Also, strong sets from Wesley Ward, Loyd Digg, Marty Smith, Carl Johnson, and Tanner Oliver make for an incredible night of comedy that is probably not safe for work, school, church or any place with a good sense of what is right and wrong.
Joel exchanges weird looks with John Tenney……………..
And plots a money-making Special Olympics of Comedy with Andrew Ackner and Ray Topper
Taste in music is subjective – except on this episode of Joel Radio, where Joel and his buddies do a March Madness-style playoff bracket to decide who really is the best act in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The panel consists of Joel, Corey Hall, and a returning Bill Hildebrandt, a comic who also worked as a recording engineer in the 60s and 70s. Joel worked hard creating the brackets, seeding all the acts and whittling them down from a list of almost 200 acts to just sixty-four for the tournament. The guys then fill out their individual brackets before making a final, group decision listening to each act’s best song and deciding the merits of each. Corey hates metal and blue collar rock. Bill has never hear of “that guy” Public Enemy. Joel has never smoked enough pot to enjoy Pink Floyd. The debates fly fast as Joel considers Dylan a genius but the Stones merely great. Bill can’t believe The Animals are better than The Eagles, and wonders why Journey aren’t in the Hall. Corey has never roofed a house, so he can’t enjoy Van Halen. No one understands the appeal of Fleetwood Mac, but they know there’s fans out there. It’s a great, funny debate, sprinkled with trivia, like how the organ got so prominent on “Like a Rolling Stone” and why Little Richard might actually be more dangerous than Guns N’ Roses. It all comes down to a Final Four that is probably to be expected but at the same time leaves no one happy. Download a a copy of the brackets for yourself and play along! Also, the guys say goodbye to comedy legend David Brenner and wonder why he was even considered a legend to begin with. Plus, movie reviews of The Grand Budapest Hotel and Tim’s Vermeer, both recommended and playing at an art-house cinema near you.
Who is Rock’s all-time greatest act? Listen and play along yourself! Click the image to download and print the brackets