Podcast #38: Zach Martina

This weekend’s headliner Zach Martina met up face-to-face with Tom for this Holiday podcast. Among the topics on this show: how Zach has parlayed his amazing resemblance to a certain terrible NFL football coach into a wildly popular YouTube channel, Tom admonishes Zach for not recognizing his recent weight loss, and how Tom is amazed by Zach’s work ethic, drive, and commitment.  Also, talk of Zach’s first album “Skunkman” and the recording of his new album. Bring the family out to the Comedy Castle this weekend – it’s always a good time with Zach!

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Podcast #37: Jeff Shaw and more

Jeff Shaw has had an interesting road to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle this weekend – and some of that road was the sea! Jeff tells Tom about how cruise ships are the new “road” for comedians, why you shouldn’t expect a dirty show from him and how he’s making his new album this weekend at the club. Jeff’s unique and very funny. Don’t miss his shows! Plus, Melissa Hager, last week’s opener, joins Tom to talk about her unusual start in stand-up comedy and why her style is the one thing most comics don’t have. And if that wasn’t enough, this week’s feature act Khurum Sheikh, talks about being a retired Ann Arbor cop and the influence of his mother on his show. This is a monster podcast! Come laugh with us this weekend at the club.

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Podcast #36: Jeff Leeson/Tim Finkel

Canadian comedian, and this week’s headliner, Jeff Leeson chats with Tom for this week’s podcast. Jeff talks about the differences between American and Canadian crowds, his thoughts on Eddie Murphy, the late John Candy, why he enjoys doing crowd work, and of course – hockey! Also, joining Jeff is this week’s emcee Tim Finkel. Tim details how he got into comedy later than most, why he tries to be clean on stage, and how he juggles the double life of being a teacher by day and comedian at night. This is a great line-up, so check out the link below for tickets to the five big shows this weekend!

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Podcast #35: Matt McClowry

This week’s headliner Matt McClowry is a Detroit native and he shares his memories of the Detroit comedy scene as well as tales from New York, Los Angeles and the road on this week’s podcast. Tom asks Matt about the “good old days” at Club Bart’s open mike, the merits of where to move and when to move to climb up the ladder, and much more. Tom badly screws up thinking he knows Matt’s wife, and they chat about beagles, too! There’s three shows with Matt over this holiday weekend, don’t miss them!

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Podcast #34: TJ Miller

Star of TV and movies, TJ Miller returns to The Comedy Castle this Sunday for two big shows. TJ tells Tom why he loves playing comedy clubs, the status of the “battle axe”, details his circus training in Europe, talks doing stand-up in high school, his pick for the best city to start a comedy career and much more. TJ sold out last year, and tickets are going fast for these shows. Follow the link below and get yours now!

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Podcast #33: Taylor Tomlinson

Headliner Taylor Tomlinson performs this weekend at the club and called in for this interview. Taylor tells Tom about the challenges of doing stand-up on television, why she’s looking forward to getting older, growing up in a religious family and transitioning to comedy, her upcoming Netflix special and much more. There’s five big shows this weekend with Taylor – don’t miss them – she’ll be a big star very soon!

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Podcast #32: Dave Attell/Louis Katz

This probably the best comedy show you’ll see, and it’s very fitting that is is the arguably the best episode of this podcast, as Dave Attell and Louis Katz join Tom on this week’s episode. Dave calls is from the streets of New York to talk about his love for comedy clubs, memories of Insomniac, the origins of Bumping Mics and why Long Island is the origin of many comedy greats. Dave is one of our greatest living comedians and a great interview, too. If that wasn’t enough, feature act Louis Katz chats about his new comedy album KATZKILLS, his memorable episode of This Is Not Happening, and why he’s lived in various cities over the years, but never Portugal. Tickets are going fast for this week’s shows – if you want to go click the link below for tickets!

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Podcast #31: Jason Allen

It’s two Canadians on this week’s show, as Jason Allen and Shawn Townsend open this weekend’s shows for John Heffron at the Comedy Castle. There’s lots of stories here as Tom investigates the Canadian comedy scene, tells tails of sneaking over the border at a young age and shares his picks for some good north-of-the-border rock and roll. With John, Jason and Shawn, these will be some of the best shows of the year. Tickets are going fast!

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Podcast #30: Quinn Patterson

While no stranger to the Comedy Castle stage, Quinn Patterson makes his headlining debut this weekend. On this show, Tom and Quinn discuss the cuisine of Cleveland, the Cleveland Browns and racist sports logos, accepting constructive criticism from bookers and how running your mouth in football and comedy can often end up poorly. There’s three big shows with Quinn to kick off November – don’t miss him!

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Podcast #29: Behind the Scenes with Martin Butler

This special episode has Tom meeting comedian Martin Butler at an anonymous comedy club (not the Castle!) on a summer comedy weekend somewhere in the Midwest.  Hear what happens before and after the show, how every night in stand-up is like a dunk tank, that opening for Kansas is a good thing, and that emotional support chihuahuas are people, too. This is an enlightening and funny look at the process of being a comedian, and why it’s much harder than it looks.

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