Podcast #28: Paul Mecurio

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.

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Podcast #27: Byron Trimble

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!

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Podcast #26: Alonzo Bodden Redux

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.

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Podcast #25: Mike Brody/Nick Leydorf

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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