Paranormal investigator John E.L. Tenney has investigated many things that remain unknown. Like why Corey and Joel can’t keep on topic. This episode is exhibit A in the elusive and rarely recorded podcasters-babblling-on-about-nothing phenomenon – but it’s a fun one! John joins the guys to look into the mysteries of Marc Maron’s new IFC series, Maron, and what the possibilities would be for the series Fragomeni or the more likely hilarious Tenney, the adventures a middle-aged ghost hunter. The also break down Inside Amy Schumer and the awesome Ginger Baker documentary Beware of Mr. Baker. Most of the show’s vitriol, however is saved for Room 237, a glorified YouTube documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. Joel especially hates this conspiratorial bullshit, and despite recently speaking at the Stanley Hotel, John denies that his bullshit in no way overlaps with the bullshit in the film. Also, Joel loves obscure comedian Fred Stoller, high school reunions are for suckers, and John’s ex-girlfriends are coming to an art gallery near you.
On this show you’ll hear the comedy debut of show friend Rob Rose. While Joel believes no one’s first attempt at stand-up comedy is indicative of any future success or failure, it is safe to say that Rob’s debut is highly entertaining for all the wrong reasons. Listen as you’ll hear the several-month-old recording of Rob drunkenly stumbling through a set that includes a potentially offensive (yet hilarious) opening line, references to comedy “greats” from the past (Judy Tenuta!) and crowd work so inept it might be described as the comedian heckling the audience. Still, when you consider the nearly empty room, the inebriation of the performer, the lack of preparation and the assholery of Joel and Corey in the audience, it all adds up to an extremely entertaining good time. Besides, Rob is a good sport and he gets more serious comedy advice from Joel and Corey in the studio including lessons learned from the greats (like Dave Attell), like how to make your comedy sound natural, how to deal with success and failure and how to not look like an open miker on Facebook. It’s good solid comedy advice, after some well-deserved ball-busting on this show. Also, Corey reviews Iron Man 3 which leads into a summer movie preview including end of the world movies that look alike, a return for Superman, and why everyone claims to love The Lone Ranger, even though almost nobody seen it. Plus, reaction to the Boston bombing, podcasts the guys like, and why, after several months, it must be said that the Doritos tacos have failed – sorry Taco Bell.
“It’s like when Judy Tenuta first picked up the accordian!” – our thoughts exactly
Joel’s secret life as ICP’s Upchuck tha Clown has gotten more bizarre as the years have gone by. This time the weirdness is brought to you by Robin Williams, Community creator Dan Harmon and Bobcat Goldthwait. Not unlike the clip from show #103 , Bobcat did a podcast appearance, this time on Dan Harmon’s Harmontown. Bobcat recaps his Gathering of the Juggalos experience, the violence that befell Joel, all the while Robin does his best Upchuck impersonation and Dan speculates on Upchuck’s potential autobiography. It’s funny stuff like this that Joel and ICP themselves take as an honor. Corey doesn’t feel the same, however, thinking they’re mocking Joel and the debate that follows is most certainly the most heated talk two men have ever had about clowns, cans of soda and a guy named Bobcat. Also, Corey is back from his cross-country road trip, find out where the most boring place in America is, the state of motel cable TV and where strip clubs are banned and where they flourish. Plus, Joel and Corey’s movie and Blu-ray round-up, as G.I. Joe returns, The Replacements get documented, and Joel watches a movie just for his favorite hot actress. This sparks the guys’ ridiculous lists of movie crushes past, present and future. and those are some lists – some sad, pervy lists.
We’re guessing Robin looked like something like this doing his Upchuck impression
If you don’t take the title too literally, you’ll have a great time listening to this episode of Joel Radio. The title is a reference to co-host John Tenney’s evaluation of the show – mid-show! Firstly, regular co-host Corey checks in from his cross-country road trip, eating his way out to the West coast. Find out why he’s doing such a thing, why he’s taking forever to do it, and what old show favorite is along for the ride. Back in-studio, the guys’ guest is the fabulous Janet, a “relationship expert”, blogger, and all-around good time who shares her advice for singles as well as stories from her own dating life. Find out about Janet’s “thing for comedians”, how she almost banged Daniel Tosh, why hot tubs aren’t sexy and why guys shouldn’t sing karaoke. The karaoke theory though, is nearly instantaneously destroyed by John and Joel’s amazing rendition of a Prince classic, one that is sure melt the hearts and moisten the panties of anyone who hears it. Plus, Tenney’s pains are spreading, Joel murders a Woody Allen classic, Harry checks in from The Twilight Zone, and John’s parents are the best radio guests ever – just never have them back. Listen to this one late and drunk, ’cause that’s how it was made.
Enjoy this collage of images in place of pictures of the beautiful Janet that Joel forgot to take (’cause he was too drunk)
Joel is well rested and joined by both Corey Hall and John Tenney on this week’s show. Joel goes after the documentary Detropia. He finds it a one-sided exploitative look at the city of Detroit, and it has a scene where friend of the show, comedian Steve Bills is humiliated, for no good reason. Corey piles on as he talks of interviewing the director and slamming it to her face. Also, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait talks about Joel, or, erm, Upchuck on a podcast. Hear Bobcat’s hilarious story about performing at The Gathering of the Juggalos, Joel’s corrections to his story, and while Joel never shared this true and funny story on the air before. Plus, Joel’s home video round-up, Detroit’s “best comedian” media scandal, Searching for Sugar Man is overrated, Joel and John love The Fall, Joel can sleep now and the announcement of John’s new podcast – Top Tennys.
That pretty much says it all
This week’s episode features some scary stories and a mystery – where’s Corey? – so it’s best that John Tenney sits in to help out any way he can. And Joel’s having troubles, too. Sleeping troubles anyway, as he recounts how his natural sleep aid made him act violently, why he preferred being on prescription meds for insomnia and why he’s not a fan of illicit drugs in this case. John shares his own battles with sleep disorders and how his girlfriends have used his semi-conscious state it to their advantage. Find out why Joel refuses to do a sleep study and get John’s recommendations for some good zzzzs, and not all of them seem like good ideas. Also, Joel reviews the History of The Eagles documentary and Dave Grohl’s new movie Sound City. Joel is a sucker for rock docs, and thinks even if the band sucks, the story can still be good. Plus, John watches the Oscars but not the nominated movies, show friend Harry goes crazy for chicken, and why no podcasters can get their shit together – except Joel.
It’s been a very long time since comedian Bill Bushart joined the show, but it was worth the wait as he joins Joel and Corey for a 100+ minutes of yuks. Topic #1 is a discussion of the current state of stand-up comedy, how it’s changed over the years, and the guys’ advice for new comics. Joel tells you how to bomb with grace (or Grace), Bill talks the art of teaching comedy, and Corey regrets never cashing in on an open mike windfall. Also, the guys also attempt to tell road sex stories, only to figure out all the good stories happened to someone else. But, however, you’ll find out who’s done what (and where) in their private lives, like who was in the nun’s bed, who got their parent’s approval for a girlfriend sleep over, and what awful things were going on at the bagel shop. Plus, why you should always take a girl to the strip club, a Facebook stalker gone public, and why Joel can’t wait for Bill to throw another party.
Bill Bushart is such a good stand-up, he squats sometimes
The review of 2012 is complete with Joel and Corey’s list of their most loved and loathed films of 2012. While it’s not completely harmonious, the guys largely agree on the best and the worst – Argo, Looper, The Queen of Versailles, The Dark Knight Rises, Jeff Who Lives at Home (not saying what category they fall in to) – there are a few spots of conflict. Prometheus is a hot spot with Joel admiring it as modern sci-fi monster movie and Corey thinking it’s a brain-dead retread. Joel, meanwhile, found Zero Dark Thirty a plodding version of the get Osama bin Laden story where Corey had it among his very best. They also each had a superhero flick in their top picks, but not the same one and Joel’s pick will surprise people. Plus, the worst list is always fun, featuring a comedy with “anti-humor”, non-actors acting, old people romancing, and indie movie ineptitude. And find out which director has the rare accomplishment of having two film mentioned, one each on Joel’s best-of and worst-of lists.
It should have been a wonderful return for 2013, but somehow Joel screwed up the recording of this podcast. It’s not all bad though, just a few minutes lost from near the end. But every dated reference and bad pun that was lost is sure to infuriate Corey Hall, whose tales of snack foods past must be heard in their entirety. Or guest Rob Rose, who shares his thoughts on TV and the assholes of 2012 that featured on the last two shows. Still, you’ll hear about more plans for Yellowknife, the movie Joel doesn’t like that movie as much as he’s supposed to, Joe Biden and Brent Musburger getting pervy, and the new low for celebrity reality TV. Plus, the Douchebag Hotline get its a new name, how Michael Strahan is almost impossibly worse than Regis Philbin, and let’s all go to Ghana (they’re paying). Joel’s New Year’s resolution: always record a backup of the show!