Podcast #46: Josh Blue

Josh Blue is no stranger to comedy fans since his appearance on Last Comic Standing’s season four. Josh returns for a full weekend of shows at The Comedy Castle in a few weeks, and Tom grabbed him for a chat. Tom and Josh talk about that one big break on from winning Last Comic Standing, the sunshine in Denver, inspiration from a comic with Cerebral Palsy, Paralympic Soccer, and the Facts of Life. Josh is a Comedy Castle favorite so get your tickets early for these shows!

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Podcast #45: Rocky LaPorte/Mark Ridley

Ricky LaPorte is a Comedy Castle favorite and nationally re-known stand-up comic. Rocky talked to Tom about his origins in the Detroit comedy scene, if he ever had his “big break” in comedy, the perils of being a Chicago sports fan, and what it’s like to perform for the troops in Iraq. Rocky is one of the best acts you’ll see all year – don’t miss these shows! If that wasn’t enough, Mark Ridley himself sat down to talk about the challenges of running a club for over forty years, his ability to find new acts, and why The Comedy Castle is a mainstay for the biggest names in the business.

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Podcast #44: Drew Dunn/Bret Hayden

This weekend’s headliner Drew Dunn chats with Tom McCarthy about comedy festivals, looking younger than his audience and his animated clips on YouTube. If that wasn’t enough, another innovator, Detroit’s own Bret Hayden talks about his upcoming Comedy Rumble and the pros and cons of roasting movies in public. Tickets for Drew’s shows and The Comedy Rumble can be purchased at the link below.

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Podcast #43: Erica Rhodes/Steve Hansen

This week’s guests are the headliner and feature act for this weekend’s shows at The Comedy Castle: Erica Rhodes and Steve Hansen. Tom and Erica talk about her awesome new album “Sad Lemon”, her time as a featured performer on the legendary “A Prairie Home Companion”, head boards and mattresses, and try to recall who made the finals of “Bring the Funny”. Then, Steve Hansen talks the showbiz move of having an L.A. phone number and how being a lawyer helps him – or doesn’t help him! – as a comedian. Hit the link below for tickets to this week’s show.

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Podcast #42: Rob Little

This week, Michigan native Rob Little joins Tom on The Comedy Castle Podcast. They talk about how Rob was Tom’s first, the strange process of America’s Got Talent auditions, being a “cruise ship  comic”, how your own scene forgets who you are, and if there is such a thing as a toy agent. Rob always packs the house at The Comedy Castle so get your tickets now for this weekend’s shows – you won’t regret it!

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Podcast #40: Chris Kattan

This special episode has Tom talking to Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan about all things SNL, his book, and his upcoming appearance at The Comedy Castle. Chris talks about his unique improv background, the rivalries backstage at SNL and, of course, “More Cowbell”. Tom enjoyed his book, “Baby Don’t Hurt Me” and this interview is a big thrill for him. Don’t miss Chris this Sunday – a link to tickets is below.

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Podcast #39: Derek Richards

Derek Richards is a Las Vegas-based comedian, but he got his start right here in Michigan. On this show, Tom and Derek discuss sucking harder in three holes, the Midwest not being such a bad place to be a comic in, health scares, The Irish Comedy Tour, and Derek’s book, “Whiskey, Cancer, and Bad Decisions”. Derek is a favorite everywhere he plays – don’t miss his shows this weekend!

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Podcast #38: Zach Martina

This weekend’s headliner Zach Martina met up face-to-face with Tom for this Holiday podcast. Among the topics on this show: how Zach has parlayed his amazing resemblance to a certain terrible NFL football coach into a wildly popular YouTube channel, Tom admonishes Zach for not recognizing his recent weight loss, and how Tom is amazed by Zach’s work ethic, drive, and commitment.  Also, talk of Zach’s first album “Skunkman” and the recording of his new album. Bring the family out to the Comedy Castle this weekend – it’s always a good time with Zach!

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Podcast #37: Jeff Shaw and more

Jeff Shaw has had an interesting road to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle this weekend – and some of that road was the sea! Jeff tells Tom about how cruise ships are the new “road” for comedians, why you shouldn’t expect a dirty show from him and how he’s making his new album this weekend at the club. Jeff’s unique and very funny. Don’t miss his shows! Plus, Melissa Hager, last week’s opener, joins Tom to talk about her unusual start in stand-up comedy and why her style is the one thing most comics don’t have. And if that wasn’t enough, this week’s feature act Khurum Sheikh, talks about being a retired Ann Arbor cop and the influence of his mother on his show. This is a monster podcast! Come laugh with us this weekend at the club.

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