Comedian and actor Emma Willmann joins Joel in advance of her Comedy Castle debut this Sunday January 29th. As you’ll hear, Emma had previously played a bowling somewhere in the Great Lake State, but rest assured, you couldn’t hear the pins! Emma talks about being addicted to comedy documentaries, why cancel culture is unfair to comedians, why one comic’s writing process is not for everyone and so much more. You’ll also hear about what happens when Jerry Seinfeld pops in to a NYC comedy club! It’s funny! Tix for Emma’s shows can be found at the link below and Tom’s talk with our sold-out weekend headliner, Brad Williams from 2021 can be found right here.
Isabel Hagen was a gigantic hit in her last visit to the club two years ago. she returns to this show to talk with Joel about using her viola on The Tonight Show, the Mormons saving comedy, the secret life of Broadway orchestra musicians, and Joe List’s punchable face (Joel said it, actually). Isabel has five shows this weekend at the club. Tix can be found at the link below.
As we say goodbye to 2022, Tom McCarthy has a goodbye of his own for fans of this podcast. Listen as Tom and producer – and new host! – Joel Fragomeni, share a retrospective of Tom’s best interviews, laugh about how nutty TJ Miller is, and reflect fondly on interviewing some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy. Highlights include Dave Attell, Chris Kattan, Mick Foley, and the late Ricarlo Flanagan. Goodbye to Tom! You’re the best! Jackie Kashain performs at the club January 5th to 7th 2023. Tix can be found at the link below. Tom’s interview with Jackie from January 2022 can be found right here.
David Dyer is one of the top comics on the Midwest Circuit. Many appearances on the Bob and Tom show, an excellent Dry Bar special titled “Further Along Than Anyone Expected”, and now the giver of an excellent Ted Talk. When he’s not entertaining crowds he’s serving his community as a firefighter. An interesting comic and a great conversation as always. David leads us into the holiday weekend with shows on December 22nd and 23rd. Tix can be found at thew link below.
A local boy done really, really good. From early success with his appearance on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” to his current success on the popular “Louder With Crowder” show, it’s been a pleasure to watch his career grow. His most recent album “Nimble Fingers” is a must listen and we are honored and excited to have him record his new special right here at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Tix for Dave’s shows on December 8th – 10th are going quick – get them at the link below.
The “Godfather” of the Detroit comedy scene (he hates that!), Bill Bushart sits with Tom to talk the Night Before Thanksgiving show, his musings on teaching comedy, and much more. Bill is hilarious on stage, and as a producer, puts together some of the best line-ups of up-and-coming comics, you’ll see. Don’t miss this show! Plus, Sara Young calls in to talk about her comedy journey and how she ended up producing her own very successful comedy shows. Tix for Bill’s show and for Mike Cronin’s shows Friday and Saturday can be found at the link below.
Long before he became famous for the hit tv show “Cash Cab”, Ben Bailey was cutting his chops on the New York Comedy Scene. He was an accomplished comic with some serious credits long before breaking through on television. We are so excited that he’s out touring again and performing stand-up. Check out his new show on YouTube @9:00 on Sunday nights, “The Big New Show.” There’s five shows with Ben this weekend at the club. Tix and more info at the link below.
It’s John Heffron week here at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. One of our favorites and one of the most successful comics to come out of the Southeast Michigan comedy scene. From winning the second season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to his many late night appearances, it’s been fun to see the success of one of our own. Maybe Tyler Nissen will be that next breakout star from the local scene? A great local comic with a unique delivery and voice, we had a great time catching up with him and learning more about what makes him tick. John Heffron has five shows this week at the club, click the link below for tickets.
Nate Craig returns to the Castle this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited. “Preferred Customer” remains one of our favorite stand up albums of the last decade and Nate gives us the scoop on his upcoming release. Solid, cynical observational comedy at it’s best. It’s no wonder Bill Burr selected him as his opener for theaters and arenas. Local comic Robyn Gilleran also stops by. She’s opening for Nate this weekend and is a fixture on the Detroit and Southeast Michigan comedy scene and has a unique and interesting story on her journey to the stage. Tix for this weekend’s shows can be found at the link below.
A lot of buzz and heat in the comedy world for this week’s guest Eric Neumann. A breakout spot on ” The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” and three stand out records to his name, he’s a likable comic with killer jokes and smooth delivery. Looking forward to his Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle debut on October 19th. Tix for Eric’s one-night only appearance can be found at the link below.