This probably the best comedy show you’ll see, and it’s very fitting that is is the arguably the best episode of this podcast, as Dave Attell and Louis Katz join Tom on this week’s episode. Dave calls is from the streets of New York to talk about his love for comedy clubs, memories of Insomniac, the origins of Bumping Mics and why Long Island is the origin of many comedy greats. Dave is one of our greatest living comedians and a great interview, too. If that wasn’t enough, feature act Louis Katz chats about his new comedy album KATZKILLS, his memorable episode of This Is Not Happening, and why he’s lived in various cities over the years, but never Portugal. Tickets are going fast for this week’s shows – if you want to go click the link below for tickets!
It’s two Canadians on this week’s show, as Jason Allen and Shawn Townsend open this weekend’s shows for John Heffron at the Comedy Castle. There’s lots of stories here as Tom investigates the Canadian comedy scene, tells tails of sneaking over the border at a young age and shares his picks for some good north-of-the-border rock and roll. With John, Jason and Shawn, these will be some of the best shows of the year. Tickets are going fast!
While no stranger to the Comedy Castle stage, Quinn Patterson makes his headlining debut this weekend. On this show, Tom and Quinn discuss the cuisine of Cleveland, the Cleveland Browns and racist sports logos, accepting constructive criticism from bookers and how running your mouth in football and comedy can often end up poorly. There’s three big shows with Quinn to kick off November – don’t miss him!
This special episode has Tom meeting comedian Martin Butler at an anonymous comedy club (not the Castle!) on a summer comedy weekend somewhere in the Midwest. Hear what happens before and after the show, how every night in stand-up is like a dunk tank, that opening for Kansas is a good thing, and that emotional support chihuahuas are people, too. This is an enlightening and funny look at the process of being a comedian, and why it’s much harder than it looks.
One of the club’s favorite comedians, Paul Mecurio, joins Tom before his upcoming shows at The Comedy Castle. Among the topics, Paul’s amazing background in comedy, from a big time Wall Street Attorney to a joke writer for Jay Leno and Stephen Colbert as well as a long time contributor to the Daily Show. Tom can’t help but discuss the late great “Brotherhood” Showtime series with this favorite son of Providence, RI. Check out his awesome podcast “The Paul Mecurio Show“. Tickets and more info at the link below.
Byron Trimble is this week’s opening act for Kathleen Madigan, and an accomplished comedian in is own right. He also grew up in Michigan, so he’s excited for this week’s shows. Tom impresses Byron with his knowledge of auto plants and talks to the son of a preacher man about Christian comics and faith-based comedy along with some interesting tidbits about “The Process” and corn hole. Check out his new Dry Bar Comedy Special “Diary of a Short City Boy”. It’s a big one-two punch of great comedy this weekend – don’t miss it!
Alonzo Bodden is one of the best comedians in the world, so don’t mind us replaying Alonzo’s interview from this past May. Even though you’ve missed his appearance at the Comedy Castle, he just dropped a new special – Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight – on Amazon Prime, so use that as a way to catch up with one of the funniest acts today. Tom and Alonzo and discuss Alonzo’s career from being a mechanic to a world-famous stand-up comic, their mutual love of cars and much more on this show.
This week’s headliner Mike Brody and opener Nick Leydorf join Tom on this week’s show. Tom and Mike discuss their mutual lover of Dachshunds, Punk Rock and the Minneapolis music scene, and the day the music died. Then,Nick Leydorf discuss being a lawyer and a comedian, why he’s wiped out by Sunday night, his own podcast and more. This is going to be a fun week at the club – don’t miss it!
Shane Mauss brings his Stand Up Science show to The Comedy Castle for one night only, this Tuesday September 17th, and he previews the special event with Tom McCarthy on this podcast. Before Shane and Tom get into such lightweight subjects as the Mate Rejection Hypothisis, what is consciousness, and if any ol’ John and Jane Doe should take psychedelics, they talk important stuff about a futuristic hip hop trio from the year 3030 and the difference between Aesopock and A$AP Rocky. Shane’s a trip for sure – don’t miss this show!
One of the funniest acts you will ever see is Flint, Michigan’s own Bryan McCree. He tells Tom about his theatrical background before his time in comedy, what he really thought of Auto World, and you’ll find out what “looking back at it” really means. Don’t miss Bryan this weekend September 12th – 14th at the Comedy Castle. Also, Tom sat down with Motor City Comedy Festival organizers Lauren Uchalik and Kyle Forsyth to discuss what’g going on with their festival that runs the following weekend September 19th to the 22nd. Click here for more info on the festival.