One of the favorites at The Comedy Castle returns to the club and this podcast – it’s Chris Porter! Chris is one of the nicest, funniest comics around but if you’re in a drunk birthday party, look out! Chris and Joel talk the effect of weed and other substances on audiences, Chris’ rules for dealing with hecklers and hear about how a mall security job led to the opportunity for Chris to pursue his dream. Chris has five shows this weekend – get tix at the link below.
Jon Rudnitsky brings his experience as a Saturday Night Live cast member and Resse Witherspoon’s co-star to his first headlining weekend at The Comedy Castle. Jon isn’t sure how to address the Detroit-ish crowd, but Joel tries to set him straight. Hear about Jon’s SNL audition, and which bit got him the job – he’s doing it this weekend, too! Plus, the New Jersey native forgives Joel for missing Thursday’s show and tells his own tale of hanging with rock and roll royalty. Jon has five shows this weekend – get tickets at the link below.
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.
Matt Braunger is known as one of the country’s best comics and one of the funniest podcast guests. So the pressure is on Joel to make it a good one, and thankfully – almost completely due to Matt – it is. Matt compares Detroit with his hotbed of Portland, tells you how the Chicago comedy scene shaped his act, and riffs on why guys named Robert are called Rob and not Bob. Funny stuff! Also, find out why Matt aped Bob Seger for his album cover, and it’s great. Matt has five shows this weekend at the club. Tickets can be found at the link below.
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.