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
It’s a breakdown of the 2015 Oscars as Joel and Corey tell you why Neil Patrick Harris “bombed” as host when he actually did just fine, how celebrity assholes in the crowd ruined the performance for Neil and why nobody can seem to do the job well. The guys also reveal why Birdman was an undeserving winner for best picture, the reasons the academy loved it so, and Oscar’s long history of picking the wrong film as the best year after year. They also look into the controversies from the show like the death montage snubs, Wes Anderson’s girlfriend and the idiotic article that followed, and the extremely weird look and behavior of John Travolta – though still not as weird as Michael Cimino. Plus, SNL turns 40 and the reunion was as expected – the funny guys were funny and the guys who weren’t, weren’t. Joel says that’s enough of Fallon and Timberlake, Corey can’t get enough of Bill Murray, and Eddie Murphy has pretty much won the asshole of the year already.
By the look on his face, even Eddie Murphy knows NPH is in trouble here.
Joel and Corey were driven nuts by the deluge of media stories this week. Jon Stewart quit, Brian Williams got suspended, and Kanye West went crazy. There is also the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, and the controversial list of the best cast members in history. Joel tries to guess the top ten, and probably does a better job than Rolling Stone. Hear who’s ranked too high and who gets the shaft (Norm Macdonald is great! – Joel). Also, find out possible replacements for Stewart at The Daily Show, Joel’s simple summation of what’s wrong with Brian Williams, and lots of hate for Kanye – but none better than this guy. Plus, the guys say mean things about Sam Smith, Corey gets chicken & waffles (eventually), and Joel goes to a Brazilain steakhouse and won’t be eating again for a while. Listen, laugh and then help Corey get a shockmount.
We’re sorry, but there aren’t 134 people who have ever lived that are or were funnier than Norm Macdonald
It’s time for the annual review of the best and worst movies of last year. Joel saw all the Oscar-nominated films (except the ones that nobody can see), and did his very best to put together his list. Corey also saw a ton of movies, but his more cavalier approach led to a major oversight in his best-of list, even though the guys surprisingly agreed on what was the year’s very best film. Hear what the best dramas, comedies, animated films and documentaries were, find out the one movie all year that made Joel cry, and why so many movies on the lists were not even released traditionally in theaters. There’s also the worst movies, which include a few Oscar-nom acting performances, the much talked about The Interview, and the perennial appearance of an Adam Sandler movie. If you are looking for some good movies to watch, then this is the show for you. Brought to you by two guys who felt Interstellar was too long, and yet talked for three hours about The Babadook. Enjoy!
As this collage demonstrates, 2014 was a weird year at the cinema
It’s the Joel Radio annual look at all things television with Joel Fragomeni and Corey Hall. Rather than a “Best” and “Worst” list the guys decide to do an all-encompassing look at what everyone’s watching right now and in the past year. This includes the new season of Girls on HBO, the new Duplass brothers series Togetherness, Mad Men, Fargo on FX, a reboot of Mythbusters, and so much more. Joel deep-dives into the Golden Globe winning The Affair and the Amazon-only Transparent. One of these is a real bore and one might be the best thing ever – listen and find out which one! Also, Corey presents his list of “Hits and Shits” including some of the worst that daytime TV has to offer. Plus, a farewell to Parks and Recreation, a battle of the best sketch shows with Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show and Friends of the People, and why Black Mirror is a must-watch even though it’s old. If you’re looking for shows to watch, stream or download this is the show for you; and if you’re Gaby Hoffmann, we’re sorry. They just can’t help themselves.
This image will make perfect sense after you’ve listened to the show. It really will
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It’s a different format on this episode, as Joel sat down with comedian Collin Moulton for a casual, Sunday afternoon talk about comedy, life and whole milk. Collin and Joel met a few years ago on the road and developed a fast friendship over clowns, jiu jitsu and comedy. So when Collin made a recent spin through Detroit, the guys got together to watch a Lions game, a UFC show and eat Taco Bell. It’s a fun conversation filled with inside comedy anecdotes, tips on performing and strategies for making a podcast successful – not that Joel takes his own advice! While this talk was recorded a few weeks ago, the upside is that Collin now has his own podcast for your listening pleasure. Don’t worry, Joel helped just enough to get it up and running, but not enough to ruin it. Enjoy!
Collin is pictured here onstage and not beating up a clown
The holiday tradition continues with the annual Assholes of the Year show for 2014. Joel and Corey Hall list the biggest hypocrites, liars, jerks and evil-doers of the year. These are diverse lists from the world of politics, entertainment, sports and wherever one could excel at assholery. From the ebola scare to Korean hacking to criminal cover-ups, there’s been a lot of bad behavior this year and it’s all exposed by Joel and Corey. You may not agree with all the picks, and Joel is especially nervous that some will disagree with his top pick, but there’s a little something for everyone on this show. Find out which pick that Corey has actually met in real life, who Joel actually likes but is still an asshole, and who is really responsible for the Sony/North Korea/The Interview hacking scandal. It’s a really funny show, except when it isn’t! There’s real debate and real emotion, so fire up the yule log and be glad you’re not them – here’s to an asshole-free 2015!
Even though it stated more than halfway through the show, all anyone is going to be talking about from this episode is the epic fight between Joel and Corey Hall. You could say it started innocently enough, with guest John E.L. Tenney asking about the show’s name change from a few years back. It quickly disintegrates into an argument about pizza toppings, who’s funnier and who needs psychological counseling. This is a loud, expletive filled argument that is absolutely not safe for work so keep that in mind. It also may be really uncomfortable to listen to, but John found it endlessly entertaining so there’s that. Before all that happened the guys broke down TV’s latest “events”, a Peter Pan live musical and a guy getting eaten by a snake, they both sucked, but for different reasons. There’s also analysis of the Dan Klein comedy special, an inside, meta comedy/parody that’s either brilliant or awful or both. Hear that compared to Dan’s actual stand-up comedy and figure out which is worse. Plus, nerd rage over the Star Wars teaser, Interstellar is too long (but still shorter than this show), John on the future of Ghost Stalkers, and opening Xmas presents from the fans – delight or disappointment?
A long-range photo of the Joel Radio studios while recording this week’s episode. The bomb was dropped by John Tenney