Last year Joel interviewed author Steve Miller and it was the most popular show in the podcast’s history. Now, Steve is back with the release of his new book, Juggalo: Insane Clown Posse and The World They Made, a thoroughly researched history of the band, its fans and the misconceptions the world has about them. Steve ‘s book skewers the FBI report that labeled Juggalos as gang, talking to the the lawyers on both sides and the young people who were harassed and punished as a result of their fandom. Joel discusses his own experiences in working for ICP, why the media usually gets Juggalos wrong, and why this book is one of the few journalistic efforts that gets it right. Joel however is somewhat miffed about his pretentious photo credit, a goof in an email that made it to print. Also, find out why Faygo went on record with Steve, the real tax dollar costs of the government’s Juggalo investigations, and get a journalist’s description of the Joel Radio studio – it’s not pretty.
While many maligned the making of a new Ghostbusters movie with an all-female cast, Joel Radio was optimistic. The optimism ended today, but not with a roar, instead in a dead silent movie theater on the opening night of the film. Joel is joined in this review by real-life ghostbuster, John Tenney, who was intrigued by the “real-world” paranormal elements in the film more than 80s nostalgia. The guys break down why this film doesn’t work, why too many elements of the 1984 classic weigh it down, and the changes that could’ve made to make this a much better film. They also discuss the “ghost film” as a comedy trope that’s been done for years and how the Bill Murray/Harold Ramis team was really the 1980s version of Abbot and Costello. There’s some minor spoilers, too, including the insufferable cameos, the post-credits stinger, and the description of the ending’s ultimate monster. But trust us when we say that it won’t ruin the movie – it might just save you from seeing it. Plus, a look at the other summer movies from 1984 including the movie that opened the same day and is actually better than the original Ghostbusters.
This image says it all
This show is a bit of a mess, but you might win free concert tickets! Joel Radio has officially become morning radio now, but Joel was gifted free concert tickets via a Ticketmaster class action lawsuit and none of the free shows are anywhere near his home. Listen to this ninety minutes of ridiculousness and let Joel know if you want tickets to any of the shows listed here. Also, America’s Got Talent has gifted us with another kid comedian. It’s not as bad as last time, but it’s still not good. Plus, O.J. Made in America is a must-watch, the Chewbacca Mom’s fifteen minutes of fame is running out, gravity kills a Star Trek cast member and mother nature ruins Joel’s sit-down TV interview – but find out how you can be part of the next one.
If 13-year-old comedians wearing fake glasses are the future of show business, we’ll happily live in the past
There’s been a lot of eulogies of famous celebrities on the podcast this year – David Bowie, George Martin, Prince – but it’s time to do another, as Joel and Corey Hall remember one of the greatest fighters and most entertaining sports stars ever, Muhammad Ali. They reminisce about his comic book appearances, his pro wrestling-style interviews and his various attempts to act and sing. Find out about the many great Ali documentaries and why you should avoid the Will Smith-starred biopic. Also, a 6-year-old comedian makes for an adorable hack on America’s Got Talent, Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss is one of the worst movies of the year, and find out the one cheap piece of tech that will make your podcast listening that much better. Plus, as predicted, the Chewbacca mask mom cashes in, the new Top Gear gets reviewed, Mama June hits the strip club circuit, and the not only the best fighter ever, but one of the worst died, too – RIP Kimbo Slice. Hear about his last fight – probably the worst MMA fight of all time.
The Greatest gives a punch to, erm, the greatest in 1964
After the fight on show #171, Corey Hall returns to discuss a radically changing media landscape including the world’s greatest comedian – Chewbacca mask wearing mom, Candace Payne. That she joined late night host James Corden for a bit, really irked Corey though, as the chubby comic was the first media member to get his hands on the oh-so-hot viral video star. The guys discuss the ways the media will exploit Candace – from Ellen DeGeneres writing her a check, to a future Disney parade, hear the predictions of the wacky ways the vampires in Hollywood will use Candace’s stupid-but-admittedly-funny video for their own gains. Also, lots of changes on both local Detroit and national daytime TV, hear about all the moves and how Joel and Corey can become TV superstars. Plus, Joel predicts Morley Safer’s death, Jonah Hill has a hot sister, Midnight Special movie review, and the surprising results of F, Marry, Kill with Oprah, Ellen and Whoopi.
This is Corey’s nightmare and the future of our media, all in one picture
After a well-received live show, Joel returns to the studio with Corey Hall to recap his eventful vacation to Florida and New York City. The highlights include riding wacky tourist bikes on Marco Island, and a very funny appearance by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at Bruce Springsteen’s tour finale in Brooklyn. Joel also ate at some legendary New York establishments, although Corey is not impressed with Joel’s selection. The guys also say goodbye to Prince, and Joel put together a selection his career highlights as well as some popular songs that he wrote that were covered by others. It’s a far-reaching list of some of the best tunes of the era and you’ll also hear Prince’s Minnesota Vikings theme song that we’re not sure was ever used. Also, television controversy as Kelly Ripa feuds with Michael Strahan, Stephen Colbert gets rebooted, and Steve Harvey gets another TV show and Corey can’t take it anymore. Plus, Flea butchers the national anthem, the prophetic Prince blind item that predicted his death, and Shake Shack vs In-N-Out Burger from one person’s opinion that’s had both.
Joel proves it’s impossible to look cool on a Surrey Bike….
….and watch as Chris Christie sings and shakes to the Boss
It’s an unusual show, but it’s unusual to have so many great comedians under one roof. Joel and Corey Hall performed at a benefit show for The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, Michigan and captured the behind the scenes stories and goofing off that goes on at these types of shows. You’ll hear how Mike Green got tasered on stage, find out the true identity of the infamous Home Depot show headliner, place a bet on what tome the show will end, and Joel recaps his local TV appearance promoting the show (was it better than Corey’s recent appearance on the same show?) Also, you’ll hear some jokes on stage from the always funny Bill Bushart, some from Sal Demilio and Joel’s complete set, too. Plus, meet Joel’s comedy students, Bryan McCree tells you why not all black comics are black comics, and tons more revelry and silliness from the backstage to the showroom to the bar. This is a fun listen. Special thanks to Bob Phillips for organizing the show and the stars of the Detroit comedy community – too numerous to list here – for being on this show and making it a great night.
The flyer for the benefit show. Pretty sure everyone on this makes an appearance on the podcast
With last week’s announcement of a Cannonball Run reboot, Joel has made it his goal to re-cast the reboot, making a giant list of potential new-millennium stars to be the teams racing cross-country. This includes some modern-day comedy teams and other stars across all demographics, including who would play Burt Reynolds’ son in the film – a knockout sure-fire pick that should get Joel hired by the film any day now. Corey Hall has some good ideas too, including the hilarious suggestion of a team driving a dumptruck. You gotta listen to find out who! The guys are joined in all this merriment by frequent guest, John Tenney who shares his behind-the-scenes stories from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on which he worked as an extra. You’ll also get a spoiler-filled review of the film from all three hosts, but don’t worry, it’s at the end of the show. Also, a look back at comedy great Garry Shandling, the “Cousin Oliver Syndrome” on TV shows explained, and find out which nostalgia act has Tenney jonesing for a summer concert. Plus, old funny fat man Jon Lovitz gets a hot young girlfriend so there’s hope for all of us – unless it’s a joke, and it looks like it is.
Joel, Corey and Tenney would gladly take over these roles in the reboot of Cannonball Run
It’s always sad when a fellow comedian dies – unless that comedian was such a dick to you that you’re just happy he can’t treat anyone else that way. That’s Joel’s situation, as the one headliner who was a complete jerk to him in the early days has passed away. Joel has nothing nice to say about the guy, but he insists to Corey it’s the only guy he feels that way about (or maybe one more). Hear Joel’s decade-plus old story, his reasoning for holding a grudge all these years, and why Corey and Joel worry they might be felt of the same way when they die. In happier death news, if that’s possible, Beatles producer George Martin passed away and Joel has an audio retrospective of his work including lots of famous non-Beatles stuff. A lovely tribute to a wonderful guy. Also, the HBO series Togetherness comes to Detroit and the guys tell you what they got right and wrong in the episode. Plus, Joel gets interviewed about the show, Cannonball Run II was glorious mess, and Girls loses a girl (fan).
His funeral is probably too long, not funny and full of hack material
After doing a bang up job recapping the best movies of 2015 last show, Joel and Corey Hall have their review of Hollywood’s official movie show – The Academy Awards 2016. Unfortunately, the show was a joyless mess of preachy speeches and liberal guilt. While the guys love Chris Rock, his one-note “it’s all white people!” shtick got old quick and ultimately didn’t have its desired effect. The were also speeches about global warming, gay rights, date rape and a Kevin Hart speech that was basically Chris Rock without the jokes. Even though they largely got the winners right, the show had the tone of a funeral and not a celebration – a giant waste of time for both the participants and the viewers. In happier news, Joel has a serendipitous run in with the E Street Band in Cleveland, much to Corey’s dismay. Hear how Joel’s love of The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen collided in front of Ringo’s drum kit. Also, there’s a glut of new TV shows both on cable and streaming. Hear the guys’ reviews of 11.22.63 on Hulu, Love on Netflix, Vinyl on HBO, and the very best of all: American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson on FX. Plus, the return of old favorites HBO’s Girls and Togetherness and how the latter show has an important lesson we should learn about relationships, according to Joel. All this and a special message to superfan Cam from Yellowknife – get well, buddy.
The best actors celebrate their whiteness backstage at the Oscars 2016