Joel Radio #278: Wrestling With History

Joel rarely talks about Pro Wrestling on this show, but he has a long history with it as a fan and as a ring announcer, and he shares some of those stories on this week’s show. He’s joined in this by Chicago-area and JCW wrestling legend Vito Thomaselli, who hadn’t seen or talked to Joel in over twelve years! Vito’s got a lot going on now like appearing on WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures on A&E recently, and his own animated wrestling TV show, The Carnies. Vito and Joel talk what it’s like to work for the notorious Violent J of Insane Clown Posse, Joel shares his memories of his first ever wrestling show he attended in 1985, and much, much more. It’s good talk! Enjoy! Also, Joel gives his solo reviews of McCartney 3,2,1, the excellent Clarkson’s Farm, the Detroit-lensed No Sudden Move, and enjoys the problems of white people on The White Lotus.

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Top Dolla, Vito Tomaselli, and the legendary Booker T make a deal on A&E

Joel Radio #277: Layla Radio

Joel’s main squeeze Layla returns to the podcast to talk their awful experience in returning to a movie theater after over a year of not going to one. The movie was good (A Quiet Place Part 2), but the people were not. Hear why this was all Joel’s fault – according to Layla! – and how he would run movie theaters differently if he was in charge. Also, Layla remembers Bill Hildebrandt, and the end of Covid restrictions and why Joel was 100% right about how to distribute the vaccine. Plus, tons of TV and movie reviews, including the highly recommended Hacks, Cruel Summer, Starstruck, Mare of Easttown, and the Kid Detective amongst many more. They also discuss the less-recommended Cruella and why all Disney movies start the same way. Please don’t stand up and talk during this show!

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Layla is ready for her close-up

Joel Radio #273: That Celebrity Stink

After celebrating the death of Larry King, Joel returns to celebrate the death of Rush Limbaugh! Joel runs down all of Rush’s failings and scandals and tells his tale of being invited to hang out at a “Rush Room” in the 1990s. He also details all of Limbaugh’s progressive and positive ideas for the United States and its citizens – yeah nothing at all in this column! Zip! FU RUSH! Rest in Hell, dickhead. Plus, Layla joins for TV and movie reviews with Oscar darling Nomadland, Framing Britney Spears, and the bizarrely funny Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar. Plus, Hotel Cecil is Netflix true crime at its most ridiculous, Larry King cuts out his wife, and which celebrity does Layla thinks stinks? We mean she met him and he actually stunk! Listen to find out.

Larry clutches onto his will as his wife attempts a chokehold in his last living attempt at assholery

Joel Radio #272: The King Is Dead, Finally

Joel hasn’t reveled in a celebrity death for a while, but he’s not missing out on dumping on Larry King, one of the most famous and absolutely worst interviewers in history. Joel tells you how Larry didn’t prepare at all, and had no follow up questions for his guests and generally sucked at his job. Joel also details how Larry reveled in his callers’ geography, hit on old starlets, and was divorced multiple times including recently when he was in his 80s! He also uncorks his Larry King impression – “Dubuque, Iowa, you’re on the air!” – much to the dismay of Layla who sits in on this episode. Turns out Layla got the COVID vaccine and tells how she’s doing as do many of Joel’s family and friends who check in as they’ve had their shots. Spoiler warning! They are all just fine. Plus, tons of movie and TV reviews including One Night in Miami, the amazing In & Of Itself, WandaVision, the creepy Relic, the fun parlor game of The Hustle, and the documentary that should have been called Tiger Woods vs The Booty Bitches.

Joel Radio #271: The New Radicals

On this show Joel follows up on the problems distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, and why it’s important to figure how to get it right now instead of later. He also talks about the folks that stormed the Capitol Building in D.C. and why you should figure out what your Mom, Dad and Uncles are up to on the internet. There’s a grim reality to the show’s open, but it lightens up as Layla joins Joel to discuss some of the Oscar season films like the excellent Promising Young Woman, Herself, Sound of Metal and more. Hear Layla try to describe the plot of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – it’s hilarious! Plus the good documentaries Tread, Wild Card, Time and much more.

Thought it was better to post the band from Ma Rainey rather than those idiots from the Capitol – Joel