Joel Radio #283: Movie (kinda) Mania 2023

With the Oscars behind us, Joel revisits the year 2022 in movies by reviewing the winner and losers and the show itself. He’s joined by Jason Fylan-Mares, and neither guy has seen all the nominated films and neither really cares. Joel explains why the movies aren’t what they used to be, why his interest declined in The Oscars and why TV is way more interesting now. Plus, stand-up comedy is booming, Joel’s other podcast is going well, and TV reviews of Yellow Jackets, The Last of Us, Shrinking, Poker Face and The Other Two.

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Joel Radio #282: Joel and Layla Take New York

After an extended break, Joel – and Layla – return with stories of their holiday visit to NYC, including seeing The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, Hugh Jackman in The Music Man, and dining on legendary eats that Joel never tried before. Also, reviews of Oscar-buzzworthy movies The Fabelmans, Avatar 2, and Glass Onion. Plus, Joel’s new podcast venture takes off (listen to this!).

Joel and Layla freezing in NYC December 2022

Joel Radio #280: Gimme Doomsday Shelter

Jason Fylan-Mares returns to Joel Radio to discuss a health scare in Joel’s household, the shootings close to home in Oxford, MI and a promise to keep the show funny and light, really! Jason talks about his hometown of Oxford and how he’s hoping to help the town with a big comedy benefit on December 29th. Joel explains why he’s living in a hotel for a week, pledges his support for the Oxford benefit, describes seeing The Rolling Stones for probably the last time, and details how his father’s parenting decisions let to who he is today. Also, a giant month for comedy in Detroit as the guys saw Bill Burr, Dave Attell, Mark Normand and Brad Williams in person and have their reviews and some backstage stories. Plus, tons of great movie and TV recommendations like The Beatles: Get Back, House of Gucci, Last Night in Soho, Spencer, How To With John Wilson, Pen15 and Joel tells you why Tiger King 2 is actually better than Tiger King 1.

Joel’s $400 view of The Rolling Stones. Worth it?

Joel Radio #279: The Hits Keep On Coming

Joel returns with the sad news of his Dad’s passing in August, the reason he took a break from the show, and shares his family’s story of dealing with the ravages of Alzheimer’s on a loved one. He also details why he missed the Gathering of the Juggalos this year and you can probably guess why. If that wasn’t enough, Norm Macdonald, passed and the world finally recognized what a genius he was. Find out what happened when Norm and Joel had dinner one night. On the sunnier side, Layla joins the show to talk about her and Joel’s recent trip to Miami Beach, the downside of staying at a high-end hotel, and why Miami is really nice, but not for everyone. Plus, a review of No Time To Die – Layla’s first James Bond movie! – and more including Free Guy, The White Lotus, Ted Lasso, Impeachment: American Crime Story, Nine Perfect Strangers, Come From Away, and much more.

Joel and his Dad

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