It’s rare to have the weekend’s emcee as the guest, but Brett Mercer and his journey to The Comedy Castle stage makes for a very entertaining podcast. Brett tells of the legendary Detroit alt-comedy venues he’s been a part of, duels with Joel in voice effects, tells why it’s taken him ten years to find his way to The Comedy Castle, and how he may be the unlikely source for a Detroit comedy/celebrity sighting that blows Joel’s mind. Brett is hosting for headliner Jeff Dye for five shows this weekend. Tix at the link below.
Two big interviews on this week’s show, as TJ Miller returns to the club. He’s been busy releasing new comedy specials, including some stuff from his last visit, expanding his hot sauce and peanut butter empire to Amazon, and trying to eat a hot chicken tender. Hear about the origin story of Jonah from his special, how he started out with native Detroiter-turned-Hollywood writer Ryan Ridley, and why he can’t visit the chiropractor’s office on Woodward. But first up, Annie Rauwerda, tells us why she loves Wikipedia and how she turned her hilarious, viral social media page, The Depths of Wikipedia, into a hit live show that is happening this Thursday at the club. Hear about toast with eyeballs, Dick Cheney’s odd draft-dodging days and how a giant frog terrorizes Ohio. Tix are going fast for Annie’s show on Thursday and TJ’s five shows Friday through Sunday. Tix at the link below!
Josh Blue returns for the third time to this podcast! Josh has become one of The Comedy Castle’s biggest and most popular acts over the years and his laid back, nothing serious demeanor shows here in this interview. Joel asks Josh about the pressure of doing TV competition shows, his love of creating art, how he remembers all of his material and more. Josh even says getting warmed up is easy – you just get high! We love Josh and you will too! Tix can be found at the links below.
It’s a double interview show, with headliner Ralph Harris and feature act Sal Demilio. Sal’s up first, telling us about living with his father at an older age, sharing Louie Anderson stories and giving you his 100% sure-fire Super Bowl predictions. Then Ralph tells you all about why he’s working cruise ships and loving it, how he turned his hilarious impression of his grandfather into its own show, and how he may – or may not – have a beef with Cheech & Chong. Tix for this week’s shows can be found at the link below.
Gus Constantellis got his start in comedy by (almost) winning a contest – not the easiest or most straightforward route to success, but successful he is. Gus tells Joel about how TikTok and an impression of his mother opened up his fanbase and how his children’s TV writing career has taken a new and exciting turn. Also, comedians doing OnlyFans is a thing, just don’t look for Gus, or Joel, on there anytime soon. Gus plays an early, age 13-and-up show this Sunday. Tix can be found at the link below.