San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Outrageous. Outlandish. Funny. Provocative. Bitingly Honest...
As an openly gay talk radio sensation for years with a syndicated show heard on KRXA Monterey, he has also had #1 shows on #1 stations such as KFI Los Angeles and KGO San Francisco.
Karel is a radio and television personality, author and HuffingtonPost.com columnist whose Hi-NRG personality and never secretive opinions leap off the air and on to the stage
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By Ed Walsh, SF Examiner
Charles Karel Bouley, aka Karel, does not disappoint at Hotel Nikko Rrazz Room
Karel's very entertaining stand-up performance at the Hotel Nikko's Rrazz Room in San Francisco on Monday night, July 25, was a little like is radio show except much more profane and even less politically correct than his often politically incorrect KGO talk show.
Near the start of his nearly two-hour show, Charles Karel Bouley, who goes by Karel, warned the audience of the game
"This is a conversation, I talk and you listen," he said, and later warned the audience of his language.
"If you can't take all the profanity… what the f—k, you paid your money," he said. "Get up and leave.".
About 100 people had gathered in the intimate Rrazz Room and they were from the wide demographic group that comprises Karel's listeners. People who looked like they were barely drinking age to the elderly seemed to equally enjoy the show. Just about every ethnic group was represented. Karel talked about his financial struggles after he was fired for cussing out the political figure Joe the Plumber when his studio mic should have been turned off. That happened three years ago and KGO rehired him in March to host the 7-10 p.m. weekend slot. He can also be heard Monday-Friday on six other stations around the country.
Karel said he would be filing for bankruptcy to get out of debt and there was clearly no love lost between him and his bank. "F—k Wells Fargo Bank," he said to cheers of the audience.
Karel told this reporter in an article for the Bay Area Reporter that he doesn't know what he is going to say on stage ahead of time. Indeed, much of his humor was very topical, sometimes serious but with a dash of ironic humor.
The radio host noted the death of Amy Winehouse over the weekend and named, with some suggestions from the
audience, all the artists who died young through their own selfdestructive actions. He said it would be shocking and probably disappointing to Winehouse herself if she died from a cause other than drugs.
"I hope when they do a blood test that they find 99% of it heroin, 1% methamphetamine in an alcohol base," Karel said. The radio host talked about the bombing and shootings in Oslo, Norway, and the attractiveness of the confessed suspect Anders Behring Breivik. "He's kind of cute, I would have f—ked him," Karel noted that even cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was attractive in some his photos. "I would make a heck of a rump roast," Karel said referring his
extra pounds but he added that Dahmer would likely take a look at him and say, "He's too much work."
Karel's sharpest barbs were directed to right-wing politicians. His favorite targets were Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and Speaker of the House John Boehner
Karel questioned the sexuality of Bachmann's husband Dr. Marcus Bachmann who once called gays barbaric. "When someone can make me look butch they are either gay or should be," Karel told the crowd. The host also joked about John Boehner's orange fake tanning cream complexion and wondered who in his circle was telling him that it looked natural.
Karel blasted former president George W. Bush and his VP Dick Cheney for being "war criminals" and he questioned why we invaded oil-rich Iraq but are not benefiting from the oil and are still paying high gas prices.
"It's like a guy with a harem paying for a hooker," he said. At the end of his performance, Karel thanked the audience for attending and signed greeted fans as they left the room. He was also selling and signing copies of his new book, "Shouting at Windmills."
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KDW Productions, LLC
KDW Productions, LLC is the production company of Karel, The Karel Show and Karel Stands Up! Located in Long Beach, CA it is run by Karel.