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!

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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!

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Podcast #14: Andy Beningo

This week’s headliner and viral video comic extraordinaire, Andy Beningo phones in from Atlantic City to talk playing AC and casinos in general, his origins in comedy, and – if you know Andy this won’t surprise you – some Red Wings hockey. Our host Tom McCarthy thought that Andy was opening for Bobby Collins, but that’s not the case! Andy is the main event this weekend at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, don’t miss it!

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Podcast #13: Ricarlo Flanagan

Ricarlo Flanagan left Detroit to make it in Hollywood as a comedian. He did – and he’s back this weekend at The Comedy Castle and talking with Tom McCarthy on the podcast. Ricarlo talks his move to L.A., what it means to be back in Detroit, a hypothetical heckler attack, the Brady Bunch house and much more. He’s a Motown original who’s done good in Hollywood, so come check out Ricarlo this weekend at The Castle!

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Podcast #12: Jeff Bodart & Melanie Hearn

Indiana’s Jeff Bodart talks being an illustrator as his other job, Tom plugs the DIA as an afternoon destination in Detroit before his weekend headlining the Comedy Castle. Jeff’s humor and mid-western charm make for a funny conversation – check out his shows this weekend! Tom later sat down over drinks with Melanie Hearn, this weekend’s feature act, to discuss getting their family’s love through comedy, the lousy shows they did as young comedians, and bemoan a complete lack of hot sauce.

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Podcast #11: Dave Dyer/Billy Reno/Bart Dangus

All three comics join Tom McCarthy on this week’s show. Headliner Dave Dyer talks working the road, his history in broadcast radio, and a special guest asks a few questions, too. Dave is one of the best around and this is a fun listen. Feature act Billy Reno discusses stage names, and emcee Bart Dangus shares his experience running “alt” comedy shows. A great preview of this week’s shows at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle!

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Podcast #10: Bill Bushart Returns

This week’s headliner is Bill Bushart, who last appeared on this podcast’s debut episode. Bill and Tom went out for pizza, beer and a round of Trivial Pursuit. It’s a breezy conversation that ranges from remaking classic TV, to Demi Moore’s career, to the rules of polo. One guy wins the game, but there’s nobody loses when Bill is on the Comedy Castle stage. Catch him this weekend!

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Podcast #9: Brad Wenzel

Brad Wenzel started preforming stand-up comedy in the Detroit area before moving to Los Angeles, appearing three times on Conan and releasing an album on Third Man Records. In advance of his headlining weekend at The Comedy Castle, the humble and witty Wenzel had a chat with Tom about his comedy influences, his love of Bob Seger, being star-struck in Hollywood and much more. If you’re looking for a fun, fresh comedian to fall in love with, listen to this – and see Brad this weekend in Royal Oak!

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Podcast #8: Dave Landau

Dave Landau returns to The Comedy Castle for Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Dave is a Detroit guy who now works in New York City, and he talked to Tom McCarthy for nearly one hour in advance of this weekend’s shows. Dave talks his love for Detroit, the pressure of his radio gig with Anthony Cumia, rock n’ roll, recovery and much more. Dave is one of the best comics – and interviews – around. Don’t miss his show!

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Podcast #7: Alonzo Bodden/Wes Ward

This week’s headliner is Alonzo Bodden. The Last Comic Standing winner and gearhead joins host – and this week’s feature act – Tom McCarthy to discuss his big breaks in comedy and how he was able to bring his background as a mechanic into his show business career. Alonzo’s the smartest comedian you’ll ever meet and one of the funniest, too. Tom then sits down with emcee Wesley Ward to question the answers – it’s funnier than it sounds!

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