Studio: Joey Diaz & Felicia Michaels
What It Is
Gruff-voiced ex-con turned comedian Joey Diaz shares stories of his life of drugs & crime; soft-spoken Playboy model turned comedian Felicia Michaels shares stories of her marriage and past experiences.
This show is defunct as of late 2012, which is too bad really. The last 100 episodes, going back to 2010, are available at iTunes. The official website appears to be defunct. The show typically dropped every week and episodes ranged from an hour to an hour and a half. Explicit tag is there for a reason. Loads of profanity and sexual content.
What About It
The mix of the aggressive, voluble Diaz and the quieter, more thoughtful Michaels creates great chemistry, though it is reductive to characterize them in this way as they’re both capable of taking on the characteristics of their co-host. The show is often very funny and just as often bracing in a very raw and honest way. Both hosts are open about the darker moments of their past; Diaz in particular allows himself to be incredibly vulnerable in talking about his criminal activity and the way drug use nearly ended his life. The stories he tells are often played for laughs, but never in a mocking or glorifying way; he’s getting at the absurdity of his prior life and the foolishness of it and his message is always that it is a life no one should explore. I like the show quite a bit and get into their archives every so often.
You’re obsessed with every iteration of the Beauty & the Beast legend.
Avoid like the Plague If
You think ex-cons should be prohibited from making people laugh.
Best Entry Point
I would recommend an old episode from 2010, right at the bottom of the iTunes page: Joey’s Kidnapping Anniversary & the Places a Man Should Never Stick His Head. You can see right there the mix of comedy and drama that elevates this show. The best section of the show involves Diaz’ lengthy recounting of what he terms the worst crime he ever committed, a violent kidnapping he was involved in. He talks openly about the effect of violent crime on the perpetrators as well as the victims. When he talks about the way the events have haunted him over the years, it feels very real; when he talks about meeting the victim by chance years later and the moment of shared regret they have over what they both had to go through during the kidnapping, it’s a moment of genuine human emotion. And then there’s a lot of discussion about bodily orifices and why most of them aren’t big enough to fit a person’s head.
Next time, an iconic news program in podcast form, but it’s a bit the worse for wear at the moment.