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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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!

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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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