Rocky LaPorte is one of the nicest guys in comedy – and one of the funniest, too! He talks to Joel about his start in comedy, his recent trip to Vegas, being a good Italian Grandfather and his appearance on the TV show Cheers (sorry, Ted Danson). Plus, memories of The Dick Purtan Show and the destruction of the Hudson’s building! Rocky is a blast to listen to, so get your tickets for his shows this weekend.
Zach Martina is on the podcast, but it’s not the fun, boys’-afternoon-out it used to be. Sorry, Zach! Zach talks about viral fame from his Detroit Lions “coach” videos, how he developed his physical style of comedy, his recent trip to Italy, and the possibility that there’s too much legal weed. Also, an update from Chris Barrett from last week’s show. Find out how opening for Craig Shoemaker actually went. Zach Martina is one of the best! He has four shows this weekend. Tix can be found at the link below.
In his second appearance on this show, Craig Shoemaker does something amazing. You’ll have to listen to find out what that is, but it is so great. Craig tells Joel about replacing Don Knotts, inspiring the LA Lakers, marrying Nancy Allen, being dragged with Magic Johnson, and being an unofficial member of Howard Stern’s “Wack Pack”. He also makes an offer to a young comedian that may change his life forever. Craig has appeared at The Comedy Castle for over 30 years running – this show is an example of his talents to make you laugh, and his ability to inspire. Tickets for Craig’s shows can be found at the link below.
JB Ball has appeared once before at the club as an opening act, and Joel things he’ll be a big star before too long, so see him now! Joel watched ALL of his excellent YouTube special, and the guys talk about Kanye, Florida’s weirdness, the Brad Williams circus, and the value of comedy festivals to a young comedian. JB also shares an embarrassing story from his last visit, but don’t worry he’s a pro and he finished the show. JB has five shows this weekend, so don’t miss him! You can say you saw him “way back in 2023!”. Tix are at the link below.