Season One, Episode One
Here’s what they discussed:
- Detroiters is based on an ad agency that makes cheesy commercials like this one by Mel Farr of the Detroit Lions or this one by Belvedere Construction.
- Actor Larry Joe Campbell has said he wants to try stand-up comedy at the Comedy Castle.
- Actor Dax Shepard tried stand-up comedy at the Comedy Castle at one point.
- People in Detroit don’t say “hot dog;” they say “Coney Island.”
- Steve Higgins, the announcer for The Tonight Show, plays the Hot Tub King.
- Governor Snyder killed the Michigan Film Incentives.
- The opening scene of Detroiters was filmed at Glenn’s Fireplace and Spa in Livonia.
- Mark Ridley once had to emcee a show for a room full of auto executives at the Detroit Athletic Club.
- Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans, used to host his company Christmas parties at the Comedy Castle.
- Mike Illtch, the founder of Little Caesars Pizza, is investing heavily in the city.
- The QLine is a new streetcar line that runs along Woodward Avenue.
- Comerica Park is where the Detroit Tigers play.
Temple Bar is a real dive bar in Detroit.
- Mort Crim and Bill Bonds are legendary Detroit newscasters.
- Better Made Potato Chips and Faygo soda are classic Detroit foods.
- Shinola is a high-end company based in Detroit.
- Jack White of The White Stripes runs Third Man Records. Zach Martina hosts a comedy night there.
- Mark’s son is the executive producer of Rick and Morty on Comedy Central’s Adult Swim.
- I’m Dying Up Here is a book about the stand-up comedy scene in the late 1970s.
- Director Mike Binder is from Detroit.
- The Comedy Castle got plugged on the TV show Make Me Laugh.
- Comedians Tim Allen and Dave Coulier started their careers at the Comedy Castle.
- The Comedy Castle is one of the only clubs Kathleen Madigan still plays.
- Bill Engvall recorded some of his comedy albums at the Comedy Castle.
- Rosie O’Donnell and Gary Shandling have played the Comedy Castle to see how their acts went over in the midwest. Jon Stewart struggled to get his coastal humor to connect with Detroit audiences.
- Nate Bargatze and Joe Macki are two comedians that Mark booked after hearing them on Sirius satellite radio.
- Detroit comedians Bill Bushart and Joel Fragomeni help Mark keep his finger on the pulse of the local comedy scene.
- Q: In what year and at what station did the first radio broadcast take place?
- A: WWJ-AM in 1920.