7 minutes | Mar 26, 2023
I Think I'm Turning Japanese
Subtitle: Join comedian Josiah James as he performs his latest stand-up routine, sharing his thoughts on songs that make no sense and revealing a memorable date with a famous celebrity. Description: In this special bonus episode of The Jokes by Jo Show, join comedian Josiah James as he takes the stage at an open mic and delivers a hilarious stand-up routine. Josiah shares his thoughts on songs that make no sense, including "Walking on Broken Glass" and "I Think I'm Turning Japanese." He also opens up about his dating history and a memorable date he went on with a famous celebrity. Don't miss this chance to hear Josiah's latest material and get a sneak peek into his comedic process. Bonus episodes are a new addition to Season 4 of The Jokes by Jo Show, featuring Josiah recording his open mic performances for his listeners to enjoy.
104 minutes | Mar 5, 2023
And We're Back
Title: And We're Back Description: Comedian Josiah James and co-host Ryan Rossell are back with Season 4 of The Jokes by Jo Show after a 3 year hiatus due to the pandemic. In this long-awaited premiere episode, titled "And We're Back", Josiah and Ryan catch up on what has happened since Season 3 of the podcast, which was released way back in 2020. Josiah James has been busy during the break, pitching an adult animated comedy show to the big networks and writing, directing, and starring in a short film called A Rare Dinner. He's also returned to stand-up comedy and shares his new material in this episode. Josiah gives listeners an update on the progress of his show ideas being pitched to the major networks. The Jokes by Jo Show is a must-listen for comedy fans. The premise revolves around comedians talking through their material and then bringing those ideas to the stage where listeners can hear the ideas materialize into actual jokes. Tune in to Season 4 of The Jokes by Jo Show to hear Josiah James and Ryan Rossell catch up and share their latest comedic endeavors. Don't miss out on this hilarious and insightful podcast!
78 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Cuddling with Comedians
Special guest Lisa VanArsdale joins us to enlighten us with her experiences as a professional cuddler. She’s so sweet that she will cuddle with most anyone, but has a proclivity for snuggling with comedians and celebrities, and sometimes both. Jon Lovitz! Lisa shares with us intimate details of her favorite celebrity cuddling experience, and also her least favorite cuddling connection. Of course our job is to lighten the mood a bit to give her a safe space to share her stories. And that is exactly what happens, Lisa tells all. You must tune in to hear the juicy details. Lisa VanArsdale If you’d like to snuggle with our special guest, you aren’t the only one. Please use one of the professional services below to set up a snuggle session. Cuddle Comfort Cuddle Connect
76 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Bringer to a Gallagher Show
Bringer Shows Hosts Josiah James and Doug McHizzle get you up to speed on bringer shows. Should you do them? And if you do, some tips along the way. Special guest this week is comedian Kris Fried. Opening for Gallagher Later in the show, Doug and Kris tell the hilarious tale of when they opened for the famous watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher last fall. We wrap things up when each comedian shares one of their jokes. Kris tests out some new material and Doug shares a a new joke. Josiah shares his opener for his upcoming mic. The Whistleblower At the very end of the episode we are joined by the Whistleblower, who is making his very first public appearance on our show.
117 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
AND WE’RE BACK We want to apologize for the delay in getting this episode uploaded. Our studio was flooded due to a water heater exploding and we’ve been out of commission ever since. This episode was recorded back in Spring and we are just now getting around to editing it for your listening pleasure. Lots of great stories are shared this episode so be sure to check it out. INTRO Josiah and Doug spend the first half hour of the show discussing their favorite Quentin Tarantino movies. From Hateful Eight, to Django Unchained to Pulp Fiction, they touch on some of their favorite scenes from one of the greatest directors of all time. Also, hear the best scene from the movie True Romance with an excellend performance from Dennis Hopper. COMEDY Josiah tells Doug about an exciting project that he pitched to Comedy Central late last year. Josiah partnered with his long time collaborator Chris Silvestre for the pitch. They worked together for the pilot episode of Just Joking. He relates the pitching experience to a famous episode of Seinfeld where George and Jerry pitch NBC their show about nothing. Doug reflects on one of his favorite jokes from comedy legend Richard Pryor. They also discuss the upcoming The Richard Pryor story which is a documentary about the life of Richard Pryor as played by comedian and actor Mike Epps. Doug and Josiah discuss trying to find your unique voice as a modern-day comedian. We also listen to the very funny doorbell joke from comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Josiah tests out his idea for a TED TALK joke, does it work? Doug explains why you get dizzy when your dad or uncle spin you when you were little. They also discuss their love for roller coasters, from Superman at Great Adventure and Millennium Force at Cedar Point. STORY TIME Josiah shares a very humorous story about the time he was waiting in line for the new Superman ride that had just opened at Six Flags Great Adventure. Doug shares a story about the superman gangster in his life that sleeps at work no matter the consequences. Josiah tries to prove he is more gangster with a story of his own about travelling to Saginaw Michigan and trying to get through their security checkpoint. Josiah tells Doug about the new Lovesac sectional he purchased for his living room. Josiah shares one of his old jokes about his Droopy Balls. Doug is confused by the moment of silence that is often accompanied at major sporting events such as college basketball. Josiah shares a story about when he was in boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois for Naval training.
117 minutes | Nov 12, 2018
INTRO Josiah and Doug welcome their special guest Keith Brown, who suffers from cerebral palsy. He joins today’s episode to discuss Roast Battles, in particular the battle between Nicole Becannon and Joe Eurell, who also has cerebral palsy. HIP-HOP Keith shares his favorite rappers from back in the day. Doug professes his distaste for 2Pac. Josiah shares his lousy attempt at a rap from the last episode. TECHNOLOGY Keith tells us all about his hobbies making robots and being a cerebral dad. We discuss robots, artificial intelligence, aliens, and if we are currently living in a simulation. Doug boils AI down to one meaningless feature, that Giant Bonus Cards can communicate with your Draft Kings account. To close the segment, Doug shares a lovely anniversary story with us about the gift his wife bought him to celebrate their second year anniversary. CEREBRAL PALSY Keith shares his cerebral palsy story and Josiah and Doug try to relate to the restrictions placed on his life. We find out that Keith and Doug both stretch in the shower. COMEDY The main theme in today’s episode is comedians with physical disabilities. All comedians have mental disabilities, but today we listen to a few comedians with cerebral palsy and discuss their performances. The first is a Roast Battle between Nicole Becannon and Joe Eurell. Later in the show, we listen to a more traditional stand up routine from comedian Josh Blue, winner of 2006 Last Comic Standing who also suffers from cerebral palsy. Clips from one of our favorite comedians George Carlin make there way onto the show again to highlight our discussion around God being the number one cause of all death and destruction in this world. STORY TIME Josiah shares some humorous stories about his best friend Cleveland and the great relationship they have had for the past 15 years. Doug recalls a haunting story about the time he received a phone call at 3am from a mutual comedy friend of ours, Tyler Rothrock. OPEN MIC Doug shares a story about being heckled by his wife at one of his comedy performances and how he shot her the look of death. We then play that performance for our listeners, where Doug has the crowd in stitches throughout his entire set. Big laughs, as you would expect from the one and only Doug McHizzle. IMPROV We close the show with several improv games. We had a lot of fun playing them and we hope you have just as much fun listening. The Job Interview Doug gets interviewed for a job and accepts the position but then has to guess what position he was just hired for. Paint or Pussy Doug tries to defend his title as the champion of our favorite game. Josiah announces a name and Doug and Keith have to decide if that name is a paint color or a feminine hygiene scent. The Operation To close the show, Doug has an operation and tells us all about it. The thing is, he doesn’t know what operation he had, and it’s up to Keith and Josiah to steer him in the right direction. This is hilarious and you don’t want to miss it!
102 minutes | Sep 29, 2018
INTRO Josiah struggles with a caller and Doug shares with us the intimate and hilarious details about his vasectomy appointment. COMEDY Josiah and Doug discuss the new show by Norm Macdonald on Netflix called Norm Macdonald Has a Show. From there. we talk about our favorite talk show sidekicks, and hear a hilarious sound byte from Josiah’s favorite sidekick, Karl Pilkington. Comedian Michelle Wolf gets an honorable mention and we play a clip of her lovely gig at the Correspondents Dinner in D.C. Is Norm Macdonald gay? We play an incriminating clip, but maybe it’s a joke. ENTERTAINMENT Doug entertains the idea of sleeping with his favorite actress Halle Berry, while at the same time his wife fantasizes about Eminem. HIP-HOP Fantasizing about Eminem takes us into the very recent Rap Battle between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly. We play the track off Eminem’s new album Kamikaze that disses Machine Gun Kelly. Then we get to hear Machine Gun Kelly’s rebuttal, Rap Devil. And of course, Eminem comes back with his reply with a song called Kill Shot. This is Doug’s first time listening to this track and it’s very enjoyable. Then Doug gives us a fabulous walk down hip-hop memory lane, recalling all the famous rap battles that he enjoyed listening to when he was growing up. He talks about MC SHAN, KRS ONE and Nelly, just to name a few. Lot’s of samples tracks get played, so have a listen. We hope you enjoy it.
135 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Wanna Hear a Dirty Joke?
INTRO The lovely actress, survivor, cancer advocate and enlightened Trisha Graybill joins our show as a very special guest. Doug McHizzle talks about his vasectomy consultation that he had with his doctor. Trisha shares her humorous visit with her Urologist. COMEDY The hosts talk about Louie CK's unannounced stand-up appearance at the Comedy Cellar in NYC. The hosts share their first ever joke they told on stage based on a Twitter post from comedian Ed Solomon. We listen to Canadian Comedian Tyler Morrison as he roasts the United States at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal We watch a segment from Who is America with Sacha Baron Cohen where Youth Shooters of America founder Dan Roberts decides the best way to stop a terrorist is by sticking their foreign dick in his mouth. We discuss the reinvention of comedy by Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby and discuss her latest Netflix special, Nanette. At Doug and Trisha's request, Josiah shares one of Doug's favorite jokes that he has seen Josiah perform. References to George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Chris Rock make their way into the show and we play clips of their routines as it pertains to our show. PAINT OR PUSSY? Doug, the reigning champion from last episode, takes on some female competition in our new favorite game where the players have to decide if what I say is a paint color or a feminine hygiene product. IMPROV The three hosts play an improv game to wrap up the show. The Returns Department is a game where Trisha is returning an item to Josiah but he doesn't know what that item is and has to guess. Our gracious co-host Doug comes up with the item that Trisha will be returning. OPEN MIC Doug and Josiah share their opening jokes that they will use at the open mic that is happening right after they recorded this episode. Will they make it to the open mic in time? Tune in next week to find out! To learn more about our special guest, Trisha Graybill, you can read all about her on her journey on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram or YouTube, the choice is yours! And the super curious can read her IMDB profile too!
101 minutes | Aug 13, 2018
Paint or Pussy?
COMEDY Josiah James, Ryan Rossell and Doug McHarris open Season 2 with discussing a Jim Gaffigan concert that Doug recently attended. Later on they play some clips from Sacha Baron Cohen's new show, Who Is America and discuss. Afterwards, Josiah shares a brand new open mic performance from earlier in the summer. Doug and Josiah tell a story about how they first met at the worst gig ever in Springfield, New Jersey. PAINT OR PUSSY The hosts play a brand new game called Paint or Pussy. Josiah will announce a name and the other hosts have to decide if it is the name of a paint color or the name of a feminine hygiene product. IMPROV The hosts close the show with two games of New Choice. We will try to close every show of this season with some sort of improvisational game, so we'll see how that goes.
69 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
FROM THE ARCHIVES We recorded this episode in November, 2016 but never published it. Right before Thanksgiving and just after the election we got together and recorded a 3 hour session. A lot of our conversation dealt with Trump and the election and aftermath. Although still relevant, I've cut all the Trump stuff out since it's a bit dated and I'm tired of hearing about Trump everyday. What is left is just over an hour of our conversation which features a hilarious story by Josiah James about his trip to Saginaw, Michigan. comedy Josiah has a funny story about his trip to Saginaw Michigan where he was working on-site at a hotel that eerily resembled The Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Josiah and Ryan listen to Dave Chappelle's opening monologue from November, 2016 when he hosted SNL. It was Dave's return to standup after being away for over a decade. entertainment Ryan talks about a look book that he was requested to put together for a tv show his pitching to Hollywood. Josiah helps Ryan with the design and presentation in hopes that Hollywood gives it a pass. technology What's with the NOTE 7? This device is so lethal you can't even bring it to airports. Josiah talks about this and a girl he saw on the plane that he wished he was fortunate enough to sit next to. GOOD HEADLINES Josiah and Ryan close the show with Good Headlines.
72 minutes | Nov 10, 2016
COMEDY It's open mic week! Josiah James and Ryan Rossell share their open mic performances from earlier in the week. Josiah resurfaces some older material for his set and Ryan opens with a hilarious new bit about stage time, before crashing and burning with a Halloween bit (his words, not mine). We were graced by a very unusual stand-up performance by a local hack comedian that went up on stage wearing a Peter Pan leotard. We play a bit of the weirdest set ever and add our colorful commentary.We also discuss the Barry Crimmins stand-up special 'Whatever Threatens You' that was released earlier in the month over on Louis C.K.'s website. We review the hour special and play a few clips from Barry's performance. ENTERTAINMENT What do NFL players and dildo's have in common? They're both better when they're black. We discuss the white dildo that was thrown onto the field during the Bills vs. Patriots game. Josiah and Ryan discuss two very powerful short films that came out recently on Vimeo. The first is The Present, by Jacob Frey. The second one they discuss is Borrowed Time, a very profound and unusual animated short by some Pixar folks. Halloween season has just left us and Josiah and Ryan discuss the movie Hush, which is available on Netflix. This movie has maintained a 100% rating over on Rotten Tomatoes, and after watching it, it's evident why it is so liked. Good Headlines are back this week and all of the hosts take turns reading some fake headlines. CLOSER Ryan closes the show with a classic joke about a slutty grandma...my favorite kind.
68 minutes | Nov 1, 2016
M. Night Shyama long a ding dong
In Episode 5, M. Night Shymalongadingdong, Josiah James and Ryan Rossell discuss comedians Kevin Hart, Carrot Top and Steven Wright. In Entertainment, they discuss M. Night Shyamalan, Obama and Doritos Super Bowl commercials. In Technology, they talk about David Lynch, John Malkovich, Squarespace and D.D.O.S. attacks. Social Shout out to @SiriouslySusan, who just recently followed @jokesbyjo on Twitter. COMEDY Is Kevin Hart funny? Josiah and Ryan discuss this question that popped up over on Reddit. What's going on with professional teams that are named after Native Americans? Ryan poses this question and the two hosts discuss. Ryan shares a classic Native American joke and Josiah shares an original joke about his obsession with Native American porn. Steven Wright gets a mention and Josiah and Ryan share their favorite Steven Wright jokes. Ryan talks about the time he met Carrot Top, and the hosts discuss his style of prop comedy. ENTERTAINMENT Josiah shares a music video he wrote and directed called Obama Said Knock You Out. Ryan and Josiah discuss the rap video and how it's still relevant in today's political climate. With our current choices for the next President, Josiah suggests we should let Obama go a third round. This political parody uses the instrumentals from LL Cool J's famous hit, 'Mama Said Knock You Out' to portray President Barack Obama rapping about how he's still the best candidate for presidency. Let's let him go three rounds and knock out the other lightweight contenders. Josiah and Ryan share a project they collaborated on together for a Doritos Superbowl commercial contest that they still feel should have won them one million dollars and a contract at a major movie studio. This is my submission to the Doritos 2013 Crash the Super Bowl contest. It was inspired by a real life cardinal that flies into my living room window every morning. For those that are interested, you can view the short film that inspired this commercial called The Crazy Cardinal. Is M. Night Shyamalan back? Josiah and Ryan watch the new trailer for his latest film Split, and how this may be the proof in the pudding that he is back to making great films again. TECHNOLOGY Squarespace, David Lynch and John Malkovich collaborate on a new project and Josiah and Ryan share clips and discuss the new website playinglynch.com. The site is a collaborative meditation on the work of David Lynch. How fragile is the Internet? Josiah and Ryan discuss the latest D.D.O.S. attack that targeted the DNS servers that brought down some of the most visited sites on the web. Who was responsible? How can we protect ourselves from future attacks? CLOSER Josiah and Ryan discuss their upcoming open mic performances and dating Amy Schumer.Ryan closes the show with his favorite classic joke about 2 old men playing chess in a park.
64 minutes | Oct 25, 2016
Open mic performances, Mascots, Nintendo Switch, and Josiah reads an email he gets from Louie C.K. COMEDY Josiah James and Ryan Rossell share their open mic performances with you. Enjoy Josiah rant about his wife for 5 minutes and roll with laughter as Ryan walks you through Sky Mall magazine. Both comics agree they did better than their last time on stage, so hip hip hurrah for progress. We close the segment with Ryan finally sharing a dating story on the show...it's about time Ryan! SKY MAGAZINE PRODUCTS (AS MENTIONED IN RYAN ROSSEL'S OPEN MIC SET THIS WEEK) GOOD HEADLINES Good Headlines are back for a second week with 3 brand fake news headlines. Josiah shares two while Coco reads the last one. ENTERTAINMENT Josiah and Ryan discuss the new movie by Christopher Guest, Mascots. Both are huge fans of his work and this film certainly doesn't disappoint. Josiah gives it a 5/5 with Ryan being safe and giving it a 4/5. Be sure to catch all the comedy, exclusively on Netflix. TECHNOLOGY Nintendo has a new console coming out next March, and Josiah and Ryan watch the promo video and discuss the new gaming console, aptly named "Switch". CLOSER Josiah shares an email that he received from his favorite comedian, Louie C.K. Louie likes to write novels when he writes Josiah, so the closer for today's show is Josiah reading the entire email out loud for all the comedy fans out there. It's certainly better than any of his dating stories. To purchase Barry Crimmins stand up special, head on over to Louie's site and download it for $5 bucks.
65 minutes | Oct 17, 2016
Grab Them by the Pussy at Forever 21
COMEDY The Jokes by Jo Show introduces a new sponsor, Grab Them by the Pussy Foundation. Josiah James and Ryan Rossell discuss their upcoming bits they intend to perform at open mic next week. The co-hosts also introduce CoCo, a new co-host for The Jokes by Jo Show that joins towards the end of the show. During the beginning of the show, Josiah gets a spam phone call which leads to a discussion about call centers. The two also discuss the second presidential debate and the parody done with the horror film score by legendary composer Danny Elfman. Ken Bone makes it into the conversation because he's such a likable guy. Josiah finishes his story about Tracy's mom, which closed the show last week. Josiah and Ryan also discuss how they first met and what inspired them to be stand-up comedians. Josiah discusses the experience he had while singing in the shower that certified his belief that stand-up comedy was his calling. Ryan tells another classic joke with the help of his new co-host, CoCo. GOOD HEADLINES Josiah and Ryan introduce a new show segment called Good Headlines where they read 3 fake headlines. The headlines were written by Josiah James and will be featured on the show weekly. ENTERTAINMENT Ryan and Josiah both discuss the low budget feature films they've directed in the past. Ryan talks about his film Black Wine and the difficulties he faced in firing gunshots in Brooklyn for a key scene in the movie. Black Wine is available for rent on Amazon. Josiah discusses his film Don't Talk So Dumb and how when he signed on it was supposed to be a short film, but the writer just kept writing and it became a feature. Don't Talk So Dumb is available for rent on Amazon. Ryan discusses all the lawsuits in Hollywood (Ray Donovan, New Girl, Broken Flowers) regarding stolen screenplays and manuscripts, and also dives deeper into two of his scripts that he believes were stolen from him after being passed on by several major film studios. Ryan has his revenge planned in the form of a children's book. Stay tuned for that to come out in the next decade. "Who knows if it will ever come out...". Speaking of children's books, Josiah recommends Go the Fuck to Sleep. And please check out Samuel L. Jackson narrating Go the Fuck to Sleep. CoCo the Co-Host The Jokes by Jo Show hired a new co-host to help them each week and she will be featured several times throughout each episode moving forward. This week, she helps Ryan and Josiah finish the punchlines for several jokes. TECHNOLOGY In lieu of a technology piece, Ryan urges Josiah to tell another dating story. Josiah amuses Ryan with a hilarious and unfiltered experience of a date with a girl who worked at Forever 21.
65 minutes | Oct 9, 2016
In this second episode, you'll hear comedians Josiah James and Ryan Rossell perform a live open mic, critique their craft, discuss rehearsal techniques, and close the show with two epic stories from their younger years in Orlando. COMEDY Comedians Josiah James and Ryan Rossell share their open mic performances from earlier in the week and critique each others shows. Josiah opens with his belly button bit that he mentioned in Episode 1 and Ryan opens with his AIDS joke. The hosts talk about comedy technique, where and how you should rehearse your material, and why jokes are always in threes. Ryan tells a classic joke about a vagina operation. ENTERTAINMENT We discuss the parody presidential debate from last week's episode of SNL and Alex Baldwin's excellent portrayal. "A caricature of a caricature", as Ryan puts it in the show. Josiah shares how he would have written the debate for SNL if he was a writer on the show. TECHNOLOGY Josiah and Ryan discuss Hurricane Matthew and how lucky we are to be able to predict storms with such accuracy. This brings up the topic of Orlando, and Josiah and Ryan both share their favorite Orlando stories. Josiah discusses his obsession with this girl that worked at a movie theater and their first date. Ryan tells this amazing story about being in Orlando for Spring Break and finding himself homeless.
61 minutes | Oct 1, 2016
COMEDY At a lower level, they talk about George Carlin's new posthumously released album, "I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die." Ryan shares two of his favorite jokes, while Josiah tests out a new bit called "19th Century Social Media", which he calls Carlinesque. https://open.spotify.com/album/3a341nEQigEkIVgkUQ6L84 ENTERTAINMENT Josiah talks about the new video that surfaced of the college students being interviewed at the Poly Tech Institute in Texas about basic common knowledge. Ryan shares his thoughts on the new movies Snowden and Sully. Ryan asks Josiah about his new animated series that just launched called "Just JoKing" and why it took 3 years to get the first pilot episode launched. You can watch the pilot episode over on the Jokesbyjo YouTube Channel. http://youtube.com/jokesbyjo TECHNOLOGY Josiah discusses his recent appearance on the internationally syndicated talk show "The Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann. Josiah discusses how he was able to phone into a live TV show while driving. You can watch Josiah call into the show from his car by watching the full interview here. https://youtu.be/br-Ignnz8pE