This week, Tom interviews the First Couple of Detroit Comedy, Jeff Horste and Esther Nevarez and learns that he should see the new Lion King movie, never see another dog movie, and to research the health of his guests cat before each interview. Jeff, Esther and Al Aprill take the stage this weekend! Don’t miss it!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!