Podcast #24: Shane Mauss

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!

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information

Podcast #23: Bryan McCree

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.

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information

Podcast #22: Norm Stulz

Norm Stulz is a legend at the Comedy Castle and he talked to Tom before his upcoming shows on September 5 – 7. Norm talks about his unique start in comedy, the difference between jokes and stories, having a day job as a comic, and how to have fun at a funeral. It’s always a good time when Norm’s on stage, so don’t miss these shows! Also on this podcast, Advanced Comedy Class instructor Joel Fragomeni runs down his philosophy on teaching comedy (if that’s even possible) before his upcoming fall sessions of the class. Call the club at 248-542-9900 to inquire about comedy classes – you might end up on stage with Norm some day!

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information

Podcast #21: The Amazing Johnathan Redux

It’s a special replay of the interview Tom did with The Amazing Johnathan from this past May on this week’s show. Johnathan just had a new documentary released on Hulu this past week, so we thought it was time. Not that there wasn’t another documentary released in the spring, but we won’t worry about that now. They’re both fascinating, as is this interview. If you missed it before, or are listening again, enjoy!

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information

Podcast #20: Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips is the most well-dressed comedian in Michigan. Thankfully he’s funny, too and he’s the co-headliner this weekend at The Comedy Castle. Tom sat with Bob at a local tavern to discuss how the suit doesn’t necessarily make the man, the magic behind his own podcast, The Sal and Bob Show, and how a faux pas in a foreign language can mess up a nice trip to Montreal. Bob co-headlines along with Steve Lind this big Woodward Dream Cruise weekend, so don’t miss these shows!

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information

Podcast #19: J. Chris Newberg

Another Detroit comic done good returns to the Comedy Castle this weekend, as J. Chris Newberg jets in from LA for four big shows. Chris talks about his experience on America’s Got Talent, his background as a rock n’ roller, his beginnings in the Detroit comedy scene and why you shouldn’t do an hour of comedy if you don’t have an hour. Chris is honest, charming and humble on this show, but he’s a brutally funny and caustic on stage. If you’re coming to the show – you’ve been warned! Call the club at 248.542.9900 to inquire about Chris’ comedy writing seminar this Saturday August 10th.

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information

Podcast #17: Robert Jenkins/Pat Sievert/Kate Brindle

Three of Michigan’s best comedian head to The Comedy Castle this weekend, and headliner Robert Jenkins – plus openers Pat Sievert and Kate Brindle – had a chat with Tom McCarthy. Rob and Pat talk about the fruitful Lansing Comedy Scene and the legendary Mac’s Comedy Night, the difficulty of the “short set”, lusting after public figures, and how not to get your favorite Three 6 Mafia tunes. Later, Tom tracks down the hilarious Kate Brindle and goes through extraordinary lengths to get her phone number. It’s a great show this weekend, so don’t miss it!

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information

Podcast #16: Nate Fridson

Detroit’s own Nate Fridson returns to headline The Comedy Castle this weekend, and the always affable comic took some time to chat with Tom McCarthy. Nate talks about how he landed the opener gig for the Sklar Brothers, how being a “Theater Kid” is a cool thing, and the creative process around naming a rented mule, Augustus. Nate is one of the best young comics in America – check out his show this weekend!

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information

Podcast #15: Mary Santora & Kyle Forsyth

The post-holiday blues won’t get you down as there’s plenty of comedy fireworks at The Comedy Castle this weekend. Mary Santora headlines the club for the first time and told Tom McCarthy about her sobriety, updating her comedy bio, and the joys of owning a vintage Ford Taurus. Also joining Tom is opener Kyle Forsyth, a Detroit comedy hustler who also loves promoting shows, curating festivals and watching Stranger Things. He also thanks Tom for recommending Rocket Man. What a guy! Check out the show this weekend at the club and the amazing Jeff Ford, too!

Visit comedycastle.com for tickets and more information