Podcast #48: Gary Vider

Gary Vider has been seen on America’s Got Talent, Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and he joins Tom McCarthy for this week’s podcast before his headlining weekend at The Comedy Castle. Gary tells his experiences with AGT judges Heidi Klum and Howard Stern, growing up on Long Island, why he took so long to make his first comedy album and much more. Also, Tom chats with Saginaw-based comedian Mike Ball about how he hustles so hard producing his own shows, why he got started on that path and the advice he has for other comedians who want to do the same. Tickets for this weekend’s shows can be found at the link below.

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Podcast #47: Dusty Slay

Nashville’s Dusty Slay has become one of America’s hottest comedians and he joins the Comedy Castle Podcast this week. Dusty tells Tom about his appreciation for country music, his unique look, catchprases in comedy, and what it’s like to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Dusty is hilarious, so don’t miss his shows this weekend!

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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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