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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
Joel and Corey are fired up after watching the Buffalo Bills destroy the New York Jets at Ford Field in Detroit. They have a lot to say about the game, which was collection of guys that aren’t popular in Detroit, including two former coaches who nobody likes now. Hear about the guys’ exploits at the stadium, as football is more fun when the tickets are free and you don’t care at all about the result. Also, a full breakdown of the allegations against Bill Cosby. Why a famous, powerful man resorts to drugging women, and why what he is accused of is absolutely 100% a crime. Plus, Last Comic Standing is canceled (again), goodbye to Mike Nichols and Tom Magliozzi, Corey streams some old showson Hulu, Banksy Does New York on HBO, and Sex Tape is (probably) the worst movie of the year. There’s also a nuclear fight over an indie movie that Joel loved and Corey despised. Listen to hear why Corey is wrong (It’s not fair because I wrote this, but Corey is still wrong – Joel).
You don’t have to be a Detroit football fan to get this, but it helps. Full size version here.
Growing old sucks. It must suck even more for a Hollywood actress like Renee Zellweger, who showed up at a red carpet event looking as good as you can expect a mid-40s actress can look – only looking like a completely different person. All the while stating how good she actually looks, Joel and Corey Hall break down the changes they see, why people are so outraged by the differences, and how past criticisms of her features make the current controversy so ridiculous. At least she doesn’t look like Meg Ryan. Also, FOX’s new sitcom Mulaney is a train wreck and the guys examine how poor casting, network notes and a lack of personality made this one of the fall’s worst new shows. Plus, comedian Sal Demilio calls in with football picks, a San Francisco tour guide channels the Insane Clown Posse, The Flaming Lips and Fwends rape The Beatles, Corey reviews the movie Birdman, and so much more beautiful nonsense in a jam-packed two-hour show.
What’s a modern girl gotta do to make it? That question probably won’t be answered on this episode of Joel Radio, but returning guest comedian Samantha Rager tells of her wacky, hilarious ways of overcoming life’s challenges. Hear how Sam placed a Craigslist ad for an imaginary loved one, and had her car washed away by a recent flood and the scumbag car dealer who ripped her off for a replacement. Also, hear her desire for a professional cuddler, the pitfalls of webcam modeling, and her (possible) interest in the profession of topless housekeeping. It’s always a fun time when Sam’s around, and get a hold of us if you wanna cuddle. Also, Corey finds some wacky old comedy shows on Hulu, John Tenney makes the papers for his TV debut this week, and Joel reviews St. Vincent, The Book of Life and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day. Plus, very few people have actually watched all of Abbott and Costello’s thirty-six films, but Joel will soon be one of them.
Samantha and her possible new cuddle pimp, Joel
Comedians are always looking for the next big score, and when they can’t get it from comedy they do something else. Like old friend Bill Hildebrandt, who’s a partner in a new invention by comedians that’s hoping to make the bedroom more fun. It’s nothing dirty, actually, but the Aussome TV Mount is an idea that might actually work. Bill discusses that challenges of being an inventor, the hopes he has for the device and pitches to Joel Radio’s own Shark Tank – Joel and Corey Hall – but will he get any bites? Also, The guys reminisce about hell gigs, including the most infamous one ever; photos of which were recently uncovered over 10 years later. Plus, Joel gets teased for painting a cow, the history of the “hands” bit, reviews of Gone Girl, The Equalizer, Selfie, Red Oaks and a new can’t-miss documentary on Netflix – Print The Legend.
While it hardly looks like the instructor’s cow, Joel did this all with his finger
There’s nothing worse than a comedian singing. Well, maybe, a singer telling jokes – but either way Joel Radio brings you a definitive list of the worst examples of comedians singing, from straight up, humorless covers, to awful Christmas songs and some of the lamest attempts at rapping ever, you’ll hear it all on this show. Which comic covers the Beatles? Which one hates joke thieves while ripping off Public Enemy? Which one sings about sticking things in his backside? It’s a definitive countdown of the most awful, cringe worthy, humorless songs ever sung by comedians you might actually like otherwise. Joel and Corey are joined by John Tenney, who announces his new TV project, a new take on ghost-hunting shows that’s coming to basic cable very soon. Also, the guys cook up an idea for a comedy reality show, Meredith Viera has a ten-piece band in her living room, and Joel gets a magic trick right – on the second try. Plus, a melancholy goodbye to Joan Rivers, one of comedy’s all-time greats.
This Eddie Murphy song is awful on many levels, but it’s still not the worst one ever……
While not a weird Oreo flavor or a wacky Jones Soda variety, Little Caesar’s introducing a pretzel crust pizza seemed like a good thing to investigate. Turns out this delicious food mash-up is better as idea than a real-world dinner item as neither Joel nor Corey really enjoyed the thing that much. Find out which standard pizza ingredient was left out, what it was replaced for and why kosher salt should be banned from pizzas from this point forward. Spend the time listening to this show rather than the $7 it cost for the pizza because, in the end – they’re both a waste! Also, the guys crack the case of the leaked celebrity nudes. Find out which ones are real, which are fake and why Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton claiming to be victims is laughable. Plus, a review of the Oddball Comedy Festival in Detroit, including a famous comic who, while short of bombing, did not do well. All this, and Joel appears in another movie (this time on Netflix), Houdini gets a miniseries, and Saved By The Bell gets an awful, cringe-worthy TV movie that Corey was forced to watch.
The actual pie that was half-consumed by Corey and Joel. They should have eaten the box.
One of the most fascinating times in the history of stand-up comedy was the 1979 strike at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Joel and Corey are well read on the history of the strike, but were too young to have any first-hand knowledge. So this week, when a vintage list of all the phone numbers of all the big future stars that participated in the strike found its way into the hands of your hosts, they couldn’t help but to call. Would Jay Leno answer? Any chance Garry Shandling picks up? Has Elaine Boosler changed her number? Listen as the guys find out for themselves. Later, their joined by Ken Sevara, a friend and fellow comic who lived through the strike, joins the show to share his memories of that time, gives his advice to comedians and shares his memories of Robin Williams. It’s a great, insightful interview with someone who lived through comedy’s golden age and lived to tell about it. Also, Joel gets another ten seconds of screen-time in a major motion picture – even though it’s awful, The Emmys become a “cool kids” clique party, Joel impresses a TV star, and The Simpsons get ruined again, this time in a whole new way. Plus, goodbye to Chelsea Lately, a show neither Joel nor Corey nor anyone with a penis actually watched.
Comedian Ken Sevara, and the list of all the strike participants from 1979 (click here for full size)
There’s tragedy everywhere on this week’s Joel Radio. Robin Williams passed away this week and Joel and Corey have their memories of his amazing career, including Corey’s interview with him on a movie junket, and Joel being mocked by Robin on a podcast just a few years ago. The guys also recap his stand-up and movie work from the brilliant The World According to Garp and The Fisher King to later misfires like Flubber and Bicentennial Man. While lauding his wit and creativity, the guys also discuss Robin’s well-documented joke thievery – a fact, but still overshadowed by his tremendous success and personal largesse. The also discuss depression, Joel’s personal stories about the affliction and why it’s too simplistic to say that all comedians are depressed. Also, hear Joel’s awful story about a high-school screening of Dead Poet’s Society and why he’ll never see the movie the same way again. Plus, Joel and much of Metro Detroit are affected by recent floods, John Tenney calls in to promote that he’ll soon have something to promote, the internet changes stand-up comedy, and finally some respect for the ladies of The View – well, some of them anyway.