Keith Alberstadt is a super accomplished stand up comic. Multiple late night appearances including David Letterman and Stephen Colbert as well as being a freelance writer for Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. His album “Walk It Off” is an under-the-radar classic that is a must listen for any comedy fan. We also are joined by Keith’s opener this weekend, Tim Finkel. Tim is a staple on the Detroit comedy scene and also the teacher for our Stand Up for Teens class that is open for registration. Some real interesting information on this one! Tix for this week’s shows with Keith and Tim can be found at the link below.
We ARE having a good time with Dusty Slay! Dusty returns to the Comedy Castle and this podcast to talk about the new season of Netflix’s “The Stand Ups” and the origins of his now famous catch phrase. He also shares some insights into how his recent Ted Talk came together and the fine line you have to walk between being a stand up and being a motivational speaker. Truly a Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle favorite, Dusty is one of the top touring comics out there right now and it is a pleasure listening to him talk comedy. Tix for Dusty’s shows can be found at the link below.
Don Friesen is a master story teller who taps in to the absurdity of the human experience in an easy going and hilarious style. His most recent full special, “Ask Your Mother” is a must watch. We are also joined by Don’s opener, Ron Rigby. Ron is the likable, relatable, elder statesmen of Detroit Comedy and we welcome him on his first visit to the Comedy Castle Podcast. Catch Don and Ron this weekend – tix at the link below.
This week we pay tribute to, and remember a true Detroit original and Comedy Castle favorite, “The Amazing Jonathan.” Jonathan passed away on February 22nd after a long illness. We are joined by Mark Ridley himself as he offers some memories of Jonathan as he began his career as well as one of Jonathan’s closest friends and famous hypnotist, Kevin Lepine. Plus, hear a replay of Tom’s interview with Johnathan from 2019. Please enjoy this longer, and special edition of Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle Podcast.
The returning Josh Blue won season four of Last Comic Standing, he was a finalist on America’s Got Talent, a member of the US Paralympics Soccer Team, and he is also an artist of some note. On top of all that, he’s an incredible comic and Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle favorite. We learn about how he picked up painting, how he ended up a foundational part of the Denver Comedy Scene, and a cool story about the background painting on he’s recent special, “Broccoli”. Tix are going fast for this weekend’s shows, get yours at the link below.
This week, we revisit Tom’s interview with this week’s headliner Erica Rhodes, from 2020. Erica has a unique background and infectious charisma which makes this episode worth a repeat listen or give it a spin for the first time. But there’s new content, too, as Tom talks to up-and-comer Nicholas Tenaglia about his start on the Detroit comedy scene. Look for Nick soon on a comedy stage near you! Tix for this week’s shows can be found at the link below.
This week’s headliner, Ismo, made his US debut in 2014 at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood where he won the title of “The Funniest Person in the World.” In December 2015, he relocated from Finland to Los Angeles and now performs regularly at various LA comedy clubs along with headlining across the US. He has appeared on national television; Last Call with Carson Daly, Conan, The Late Late Show with James Corden and NBC’s Bring the Funny. Ismo’s clip from Conan has become one of the most viewed late-night sets with over six million views to date. Tix for this week’s special Valentine’s Day show and five shows with Ismo this weekend can be found at the link below.
This week’s headliner, DeAnne Smith is a Canadian-American comic who has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world including Montreal’s “Just For Laughs” and Melbourne Australia’s “Melbourne International Comedy Festival”. They have a sly observational style that is as unique as it is funny. DeAnne is also the host of the popular online show, “DeAnne Smith and Acquaintances” where they take pride in the great tagline, “Tender Comedy for Tough Times.” Recent guests have included Andy Kindler and Chloe Hilliard (Last Comic Standing), and will feature Baron Vaughn (Superstore, Grace & Frankie) on the February episode. There’s five big shows with DeAnne this weekend – get tix at the link below.
This week’s headliner, Chris Porter, is a Comedy Castle and Detroit favorite. His latest album and special “A Man From Kansas” is one of our favorites of the last several years. A powerhouse comic who commands the stage like a rock and roll frontman, he has hilarious observations of the human condition. A fun guy to chat with about baseball, Justin Verlander, The Black Crowes, and of course, comedy! Chris has five shows this week at the club, tickets can be found at the link below.
Nick Kelley burst onto the Detroit scene not even three years ago and he has caught the attention of lots of sets of eyeballs and ears. A polished and smooth delivery along with real punchy jokes powered him to a win in the prestigious Detroit To LA Contest held every year here at the Castle. Catch him February 3-5th featuring for Chris Porter. Carl Johnson has been a fixture of the Detroit and Michigan comedy scene for the better part of a decade. A super solid comic and really interesting guy to talk comedy with. Check out his cool podcast, “Maybe Some Other Time“. Tix for Nick’s show next week and all other shows can be found at the link below.