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Joel Radio #67: As Seen on CompuServe


Joel and Corey go back-to-back weeks for the first time in quite a while. And for no good reason either, as the guys sample the latest movie reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. While Corey is listed over there, what’s more interesting is the critics that don’t get with the critical mass, and the one guy who publishes his reviews on CompuServe. That’s right, CompuServe. If you can’t remember 1995, then fire up the Compuserve homepage, and take a trip back to the Clinton administration. Also, Joel is up sick and rediscovers the genius of D.C. Cab, and its star Charlie Barnett. That’s another time traveling trip – right back to 1983! Gary Busey! Bill Maher! Mr. T! Paul Rodriguez! Marsha Warfield! Irene Cara! Whitman Mayo! Awesome! Plus, The Change-Up makes a tired premise more tired, Rise of the Planet of the Apes sinks, Cowboys and Aliens coasts, and Joel will take Christina Applegate’s leftovers.

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Charlie Barnett does his thing in Washington Square Park. Very funny. Dated, but funny.

Comedy Castle emcee seminar this weekend


This Saturday, July 23rd, The Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, Michigan will be presenting a seminar for potential emcees from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. The seminar will be taught by Kevin Wheeler, the club’s long-serving room manager. Kevin, if you didn’t know, is also a successful comedian with sixteen years of experience who has shared the stage with such comedy luminaries as Howie Mandel, Kevin James, and Lewis Black. The fee for the seminar is $25.00.

Kevin will show you the ins and outs of the job, and since he’s the guy who picks the emcee and the list for the Wednesday open mike show, him having a familiarity with you and your act should pay dividends down the road. While I don’t believe that a “comedy class” is really necessary to break into stand-up comedy, this is something different. Think of this as advanced training to become an specialist. The emcee position isn’t one that’s often coveted, but its a paying, entry-level job in comedy – and this is a time when ANY paying job in comedy is hard to come by. If you want to work at the Comedy Castle, consider this a foot (or a hand or a leg) in the door.

To register, call the Comedy Castle at 248-542-9900 or for more info or go to

Happy 4th of July!

I’m a jerk

I told my GF I was getting us Paul McCartney tickets. Then I went to 7-11 and came home with these:



Don’t worry, honey – we’re going to McCartney at Comerica Park.


Probably this too, though. xoxo