April Macie returns to the club this week and to this podcast. Joel asks why there aren’t more female headliners – he has some of his own opinions, to – it’s enlightening. April also talks about growing up Catholic in Eastern Pennsylvania, the club owner who got “grabby” and what happened to a lady heckler when she jumped on stage. Plus, a boxing workout is a good one – especially if you’re married! April is a big favorite at the club, so get your tickets at the link below.
Adam Degi is one of the best guests on this show. Ahead of his shows this week, he chatted with Joel about Dad skills, the insanity of Detroit Lions fandom, and the pressures of social media on stand-up comedians. Adam and Joel also share old Michigan comedy club stories including why the feature didn’t get a meal at The Holly Hotel. Adam appears on Thursday and Friday of this week in advance of Drew Lynch’s three shows on Saturday. Tix for all can be found at the link below.
Juston McKinney returns to The Comedy Castle after over 10 years of being away. He tells Joel about making the move from Los Angeles to back to New England for his family, how young comics and veteran comics are different (for now), and the challenges of keeping up with social media as a comedian in 2023. You’ll also hear about his past life as a cop, and how he has hilariously been asked to return to ranks of law enforcement. Juston is part of a big week at the club so follow the link below for tickets to his shows and everything else going on.
Steve Hofstetter is best known for his viral “heckler destroyed” videos. But beyond that, he’s an experienced headliner and a Comedy Castle favorite who returns this week for a special Sunday show. Joel and Steve talk the origins of the viral videos, the expectations of the audience that come to his shows, how hecklers are different around the world, and how Steve is giving back to the comedy community in Pittsburgh. And yes, he’s asked about “plants” in the crowd – but the answer might be exactly what you’d expect. Tickets for Steve’s show this week, and all the shows at the club can be found at the link below.
Ryan Kelly has done a lot in a little time, and he’s making his Comedy Castle debut soon. Ryan tells Joel about his college days in Michigan, his Grandma’s Jägermeister proclivity, and all about his near-death experiences on sea, air and land. You’ll also hear how Ryan fights cybercrime, and why Jay Leno wanted to open for him. Ryan is multi-talented and hilarious and has two big shows on September 7th and 8th. Tix can be found at the link below.