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Charles Karel Bouley
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Karel (Charles Karel Bouley) is an entertainer and syndicated major market talk show host with a show heard on KGO AM 810 San Francisco weekends as well as nationally M-F. Karel continues his #1 talk show at Cumulus' flagship station, KGO AM 810 San Francisco (being rehired after being fired in 2008 for off-air comments about Joe the Plumber!) and made history for KFI AM 640 Los Angeles with his on and off air partner, the late Andrew Howard. He is an entertainment reporter and film critic (having worked with KNX 1070 Los Angeles CBS, as a columnist for Billboard, The Advocate and others). There is an Karel app at the App store for all of the Karel content and at his website The Karel Show you can watch him do the show live seven days a week.

Karel often appears on the cable and news networks as a guest and takes his special brand of satire to the stage in sold out comedy club and cabaret versions of Karel Stands Up! He is the founder of KDW Productions, LLC, a multi-media production company for TV, Film, Stage, Recording, Web and other content production. Karel produced, directed and wrote a marriage equality PSA that won second place in GLAAD's "I Do" contest, being aired at OutFest and on national television, featuring 12 youth and a cameo by Thomas Jefferson. He also cowrote two music videos for the late Vesta Williams, producing many for international singer Thea Austin and co-wrote and co-produced his first two albums.

Shortly after making history at the #1 Talk Station in the Country, KFI AM Los Angeles, Karel became a series regular on "The Ultimate Revenge" produced by Woody Fraiser and starring Ryan Seacrest. This improv reality show blazed a trail for shows like "Punk'd" and was aired on SpikeTV for three seasons.

He is a blogger for the, joining in it's first year and has been a columnist for Billboard Magazine as well as the No. 1 GLBT newsmagazine The Advocate at and prestigious publications since the mid-1980s. His book of essays "You Can't Say That" is published by Alyson Press and his latest book, Shouting at Windmills, BS From Bush To Obama hits the stands in the Fall of 2011.

Karel made history with his late partner (on and off air) Andrew Howard as the duo became the first openly gay male couple to host a major market talk show when they took over afternoon drive at KFI AM 640 Los Angeles (following Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura on the #1 talk station in the country). Upon Andrew's untimely death in 2001, Karel went solo and personally changed state law in California so he could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of his partner. He is currently single and does his shows from his TuffStudio at the home they shared, Park Howard, in Long Beach, CA. He is joined there by his dogs and cat.

Entries by Charles Karel Bouley

As Pride Begins, Some Wonder What It Has Become

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 2:07 PM

Photo Kenneth Pearson

I've always struggled with Gay Pride events, from my very first in the 1980s to present. In the '80s, the age of AIDS, they had the spirit of the original protests and commemorations; because remember, Pride...

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Run, Yes, Especially in Heels to the Pantages Los Angeles by April 24th to Be Lifted Up by Kinky Boots

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 3:42 PM

J. Harrison Ghee and cast at the Pantages for Kinky Boots, moving on to Seattle. Photo Mathew Murphy

"You know, that play deals with age-old issues unfortunately, people wanting to be themselves, to not be judged for how they look or who they...

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The Final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix Proves Chaotic

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 6:43 PM

The final pit lineup at the 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix of Long Beach. Photo: Daniel Charleston

Carnage. Chaos. Two words being thrown around a lot in the pits of the 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix, part of the Long Beach Grand...

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A Collector's Passion Brings Freedom Documents to the Foreground

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 12:11 PM


Mykalai Kontilai And Baseball's Biggest Contract

By Charles Karel Bouley II

"They're really more Freedom Documents than contracts," entrepreneur and founder of Collector's Cafe Mykalai Kontilai told me as he eagerly awaited another milestone in the long list of his...

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'How To Succeed' Certainly Does New Musical Debuts at Ahmanson

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 9:34 AM


An exhaustingly funny number with Williams, Massey and Eller

"I really don't know what to expect, and it's been a long time since I've seen a new play all together, not just a new production of an older one..." I told my friend...

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Will I or Won't I? Does It Really, Truly Matter? What Makes a Book Holy?

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM

image1Brandon Riley Miller seen working his magic as Karel sits in front of a Chimanaya filled with... Bibles, Books of Mormon... basically a whole lotta trouble.

That's A Wrap! We just wrapped Season 2 Of my Free Speech TV Show Karel Life...

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Hurry for Theatre Magic and Merry-ment POP and Pantages Offer Treats Today Through Sunday

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 5:54 PM


Nick LaGesse and Bevin Hill, The Merry Widow, Courtesy POP

My ass hurt by the end. There, I said it. I had forgotten my cushion and with my back injury it hurt. That's the only thing negative that comes to mind when thinking...

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Four Parties. Two Nominations. This Math Doesn't Equal Success

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 7:43 AM

Photo: CNN Debate

2016 is seeing the complete breakdown of the political party system in the United States; mainly the two-party system. And as the parties implode, we are the ones left in the debris and rubble the politicians...

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GALECA's Dorian Awards Answer to #OscarSoStraight

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 8:14 PM

GALECA Picks Winners; Carol Tops List

Cate Blanchett in Caro Used By Permission

I was honored years ago now to be approached to be a member of the Gay and Lesbian Critics Association, or GALECA. Since year one I've watched the awards...

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New Musical Theatre a Hysterical Night in Bullets at Pantages

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 10:02 PM


Photo Courtesy of Nederlander / Pantages Theatre

Hit and miss. That's my relationship with Woody Allen's work; hit and miss. When he's funny, when he's on, either as an entertainer or a director, he's very, very on. On my list of favorites of...

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2016: Will the Devolution of America Continue?

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 6:12 PM


By Charles Karel Bouely II

Words are powerful, and it's time we start using the proper ones in American vernacular; time to stop speaking to each other as children and grow up and face facts: We are a tragic nation on the...

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This Is One Outing Worth Attending Ireland Gets GLBT Music And Matchmaking Festival Right

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 8:21 AM

Welcome to Lisdoonvarna Photo by Brandon Riley Miller

How could I possibly have known that by the end of the trip I'd be talking to a transgender boxing promoter of international renown, a drag superstar whose documentary debuted to resounding acclaim and...

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NBC Finally Gets It Right with The Wiz

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 2:09 PM

Photos Courtesy NBC

Talk about a tough audience: Thursday, Dec. 3rd NBC television's live production of The Wiz couldn't have fallen on more cynical eyes; mine. I'm a 53-year-old-musical-theatre-loving-gay man that grew up in Long Beach, CA. As a child I sat...

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When Will We Take Pedestrian Safety Seriously: On the Loss of Pippa

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 11:21 PM

In the Midst of Trauma.

I've been trying to find something to compare the horror that I feel; some other life experiences people go through that tear their souls out, that rip their heart literally out of their chest so they simply...

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Desperate Times Called for Tapping Measures on 42nd St.

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 7:16 PM


All Photos courtesy of Sergerstrom Arts

The Depression was, well, depressing. That's why so much entertainment of the time, especially the full-blown productions of Busby Berkeley, were over-blown homages to wealth, prosperity, to hope and happiness and all things opposite the depressing times.

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Annie Remains Optimistic After All These Years

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 11:11 PM

The Cast of Annie at the Pantages through November 1st

Millions out of work; homeless camps filling up in every town and those lucky enough to have a job barely getting by, always worried. Stratification everywhere, either you're a have, or a...

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Ireland's Hidden Gay History: 'The Outing' Grows as LGBT Rights Go Mainstream

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 5:48 PM

Karel (far right) and Eddie McGuinness (center) lead off a group of GLBT media figures from across the globe to begin The Outing in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland Photo: Failte Ireland

They say love can be found in the...

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'Falstaff' Flies Amidst the Stars

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:51 PM


Some of the absolute biggest stars in Hollywood got to hear the latest Pacific Opera Project production, Fallstaff, in one of the most unique venues with the most sweeping views of Southern California. Now these stars, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Carol...

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Kim Davis' Religious Freedom: Bigotry By Any Other Name

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 1:00 PM

Kim Davis stands firmly in this American tradition of nonviolent protest against laws that appear to her -- and to many others -- to be unjust, because they violate the natural law about sexuality and marriage.

Is there no way to publicly accommodate...

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As Saturday Fight Approaches Winning Looks Different for Mares

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:06 AM

Meet Abner Mares: Video Courtesy Del Mares / BolteMedia

I have found, most of the fighting goes on outside the ring in boxing. At least for the fighters, or the ones I know; ones like Abner Mares.

He's been fighting his entire life but not for some lofty title; like many boxers he's been fighting for his life his entire life, and the lives of those around him; his family, his friends, his community. And he also often has to fight stereotypes and stigmas, like those being raised by presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

"Donald Trump insulted me, my family, and my community, I take that very personally," this 29 year old athlete said as we settled in to very large movie-style recliners at his training gym. And I mean his. Mares, the entrepreneur, started Del Mares located in the impressive complex owned by both him and Del Records founder Angel Del Villar. I was overwhelmed by the world class training facilities, boxing ring, weight room, steam, sauna, everything a world class boxer could need nestled between recording studio and performance arena!

Why Bell Gardens, of all place? He could train any where in the world.

"Some boxers like to get away to focus on nothing but training. Let's face it, right now, I'm a science experiment," he laughed. "Everything I eat, drink, it's all measured, weighed, every calorie, every ounce of fluid, so that's taken care of by Luis (Garcia)," he added, Garcia sitting next to Mares with a salad that had writing on top about calories and such.

Del Mares Gym Del Mares Gym Photo by Karel

"So all I need to do is keep my head in the game and train hard, and I can't do that away from my family. I need the noise, I need the city, the people, my family and friends, without them, the days would seem wrong, so I stay here and train," he continued.

He's training for his next big fight, Premiere Boxing Champion's Saturday, August 29th Staples Center in Los Angeles match against Leo Santa Cruz. If you care about numbers, Mares is 29-1-1 with 15 KOs and Cruz is 30-0-1 with 17 KOs. Mares has won four of his last five fights but that doesn't matter.

Abner July 20155675rKcC"I always go in thinking about losing," he said. "So many people are counting on me, none more than myself. At the moment, when I'm in the ring, it's the only thing in the world, winning and losing. I'm ready, I'm focused, I can win," the determined young man emphatically stated.

But he wasn't always this focused. Trainer Mike Vital told me of a time when he would give Mares work as a teen just watching the gym, just to give him something to do. He became, like so many, a second son to Vital, who got Mares focused on the sport of boxing itself. He had a talent, and he could win.

CONTINUE: From Illegal Immigrant Child to Champion, How Does Mares Stays Grounded

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