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.
It’s a huge honor for this podcast to get an exclusive interview with Gilbert Gottfried, a hero to both Joel and Corey who recently appeared at the 15th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos. Listen as Gilbert complains about his backstage accommodations, sings the Thicke of the Night theme song, and waxes nostalgic about old Hollywood – much in the way he does on his terrific new podcast. Joel inquires about Jerry Lewis impersonators, Scott Baio and Jimmy Fallon, all in a delightful 12-minute conversation captured for eternity here on Joel Radio. But the Gilbert coverage doesn’t stop there, as you’ll get Joel’s blow-by-blow account of the ensuing show which involved bong hits, AFLAC ducks, and the Aristocrats. Listen for Joel’s personal highlight as the Juggalos chant “Fuck David Susskind!” to the delight of Gilbert himself – just one of many incredibly surreal and weird moments from a very memorable evening in Thornville, Ohio. Also, Joel’s new appreciation of Gilbert’s genius, the various levels his comedy works on, and why Penn Jillette is correct in calling Gilbert the Miles Davis of comedy. Plus, Jesse Ventura is both an idiot and an asshole, Guardians of the Galaxy is very good, and Let’s Be Cops is not. All that and Joel’s hilarious “big announcement” to end a really fun, funny show.
The movie referenced by Gilbert – now playing in your nightmare, or on YouTube………
….. and Gilbert’s first few minutes from the Gathering show (via Luke Hadley on YouTube)
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…………….