Joel Fragomeni wears many hats. He is a comedy instructor at The Comedy Castle, producer of this podcast and hosted one of the most notorious open mikes in Detroit comedy history. Tom and Joel have a laugh over the good old days at Club Bart’s open mike, Joel lets out his secrets of producing the podcast, and find out what it’s like to work at The Gathering of the Juggalos. Catch Joel’s podcast right over here, and an interview with this week’s headliner, Mary Santora from 2019 right here. Tickets for Mary’s shows can be found below.
Joining Tom this week is a classically trained musician from the prestigious Julliard School as well as an outstanding young comedienne who recently had her debut on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”, Isabel Hagen. Tom tries to impress Isabel with his knowledge of the viola and calls a bow a wand, and becomes an instant fan of Isabel’s outstanding web series “Is A Violist.” Isabel headlines this weekend at The Comedy Castle – a link to tickets is below.
Tom talks to Comedy Castle first-timer Johanna Medranda. As a producer of her own comedy shows and podcasts, she is a great example of an up-and-coming comic who mixes hustle, desire and talent to make her mark. We also learn that Tom can somehow dance to Def Leppard! Johanna appears this weekend with headliner and past guest Bill Bushart for three shows. Tickets can be found at the link below.
While he’s not featured this week at the club, Castle favorite and regular Sal Demilio on this week to talk about how he built a nice niche for himself in and out of the traditional club circuit. A solid, funny, and interesting guy. Check out his podcast “The Sal and Bob Show” when you’re done listening to this one!
This week, Tom gets to catch up with one seriously funny and interesting US Marine, comic, producer, director, and all around Bon Vivant, Mike Eshaq. An interesting conversation about comedy and cultures and that Tom really, really wants a “Public Yemeni” t-shirt. Mike headlines The Comedy Castle this Saturday night June 19th. Tickets are available at the link below.
This week’s headliner, the opinionated and hilarious Adam Degi, returns to the show to discuss the West Michigan Comedy scene, Pyramid Schemes, Gambling, and general overall comedy gossip. Don’t miss the recording of Adam’s new album this Thursday-Saturday at the Castle. Tickets can be found at the link below.
Jeff Scheen is Michigan-born and raised, and he returns from his new homebase in NYC for shows this weekend at The Comedy Castle. Tom and Jeff chat about National Parks, skiing on landfills, that it’s ok to be content, and the late great Club Bart open mic. Check out Jeff’s awesome podcast “The Worldly Show.” Get tickets with the link below!
Comedian and professional educator Tim Finkel returns to the podcast to talk about his new venture – a comedy class for teens at the Comedy Castle starting June 23rd. Tom and Tim discuss the origins of the class, how it compares to Tim’s day job as a schoolteacher, and how comedy is kind of like golf. If you or your kids would have interest in this class, please follow the link below to The Comedy Castle website. Tickets for this weekend’s shows with Zach Martina can be found at the same link.
Reno Collier made his name as an opening act for Larry The Cable Guy, and he brings his talents to The Comedy Castle this weekend. Tom and Reno really hit it off, they cover membership in the Kiss Army, the Nashville Comedy Scene, compare bits about monkeys, and discuss dogs ruining the production value of otherwise great podcasts. Catch Reno’s new special recorded at Zanie’s Nashville, this fall. Tickets for this weekends show can be found at the link below.
Comedy Castle favorite Dwayne Gill returns to the Comedy Castle this weekend and he talked to Tom for this week’s show. Tom asks if Dwayne’s comedy is still like a finger up the ass, tales of fallen comedy comrades and the Detroit scene, and that Dwayne is a Leo but not that Leo. Dwayne is a crowd-pleaser, so don’t miss the shows this weekend!