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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 HuffingtonPost.com, 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 Advocate.com 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

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach: So Much More Than Races

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:08 PM

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Karel and Mekhi Pfifer after the race. Photo: Daniel Charleston

"It's fun and all, but what does this weekend really DO for me, as a resident," Brandon Crispo asked me as we made our way inside the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of...

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Chiquis: When the Only One Left to Forgive Is Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:49 PM

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What a difference a few years can make. When I first met Janney Marin, AKA Chiquis Rivera or simply Chiquis, she was having a ball. We were at a hotel in Beverly Hills, CA to celebrate many things. Super friend and super publicist...

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A Bunch of Guys, A Few Dolls Make Dated Yet Enjoyable Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 9:00 AM

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts -- Christopher Swan as Nathan Detroit and Lauren Weinberg as Adelaide in the national tour of GUYS AND DOLLS -- Photo by Gary Emord-Netzley

It's sexist, dated, it's simplistic, and stereotypical; and by many of today's standards, it's...

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Newsies High Kicks Pantages in to Musical Theatre Season

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 8:46 AM


Video Clip from Newsies Courtesy of Disney

"This play is so...Disney..." my friend Steve Cabral turned and said to me as we attended opening night as the musical theatre season kicked off at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

And the truth is, it is very Disney. After all, they're the producers and the movie the play was from, albeit an initial flop, is now a Disney cult classic.

The play, and movie, is the energetic Newsies now playing until April 19 and continuing on a national tour.

And while Cabral was thinking of the feel of the play, I was thinking of the substance. I'm part journalist, old school journalist, you know, pre-blogger. I know the importance of names like Hearst and Pulitzer, and I was once a paper boy, up before dawn, getting papers ready for my route.

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Courtesy Disney Theatrical

You see, as a paper boy, each month I was billed for the papers I delivered; the amount that it took to fulfill my route. I billed the people on my route directly. I paid for the papers, and kept the difference.

That's pretty much how it was for the "newsies" of turn of the century. Each morning, they would show up, pay .50 cents, and get 100 papers. Until Pulitzer and the others decided to raise it to .60 cents for the same amount. This meant they had to sell more to make the same and they didn't like it. So, they organized, and revolted, and with the help of a little newspaper coverage, got the most powerful publishers in the world to listen.

A tale of that Davey vs. Goliath warrants a musical, and Newsies is that musical. The movie was directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega in 1992. 20 years later, the stage musical has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 and made its Broadway debut in 2012.

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Courtesy Disney Theatrical Dan DeLuca and Stephanie Styles

Our lead is Jack Kelly and 20-something newsie that ends up being the leader of the rag-tag group of ruffians. He's played by they handsome Dan DeLuca who brought the crowed to their feet with his singing, dancing and exuberant delivery of the reluctant hero. Stephanie Styles as Katherine Pulitzer adds a plucky energy, one that the audience can't help but love from her first number Watch What Happens to the rousing 11 o'clock number Once And For All.

But what resounded so strongly about Newsies at this time of changing media is just that: the play is about media changing, about papers having to make do and how people suffer when major shifts in media entities happen. In 2015 as newsrooms disappear and there's even a newspaper death watch website the play is a reminder that as the last century saw major changes, changes that crippled some and drove others completely out of publishing, this century has seen the same. In fact, newspapers in 2015 feel part of a bygone era; one of more responsible journalism, and a centralized important source for information.

Comic, lively, downright hysterical at times, Newsies is a great time for young and old alike. It's an evening of theatre for a date, for an anniversary, or for the kids. It's the raucousness of Angela Grovey's "Medda Larkin" breaking the third wall and playing with the audience or the eternal tingle of what happens when boy-meets-girl-boy-loses-girl-boy-gets-girl-in-the-end all set to music. It's big dance numbers, pull-all-the-stops Broadway and it succeeds in part because Disney has this down to a science; the science of entertaining. It's a great kickoff to musical theatre season in Los Angeles and a rousing night of theatre for the entire family.

You can find the official Playbill here and to hear music from the the national tour Karel Cast App, subscribe in Spreaker to the Podcast or simply go to the most incredible website on all the planet, save this one,

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POP: Taking Opera Where No Opera Has Gone Before

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 2:10 PM

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The cast of Pacific Opera Project's Abduction including director Shaw (Blue Suit) and conductor Karr Photo: Martha Benedict

The timing for Pacific Opera Project's Abduction from the Seraglio March 6-8, 2015 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood couldn't be...

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Globes Turned Serious? Try the Dorians!

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:19 AM

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Dorian "Timeless" Award Winner George Takei

The January 2015 ceremony of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards by all accounts was more serious, less, well, fun. As someone who has attended many years as a member of the press I...

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2015 in Music: Bright Young Stars Revitalizing Traditional Form of Mexican Music

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:43 PM

Del Records recording artists Regulo Caro and Luis Coronel are putting regional Mexican music on the U.S. map.

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Steve Weathersby and Regulo Caro (photo courtesy of Del Records)

You probably don't know the names. You may not know the music. But that would only...

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Southern California Has Best of Broadway Musicals Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 8:04 PM

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Photo Courtesy of Piippin Official Broadway Production

Right now people in the Los Angeles/Orange County area are lucky because they can have two great nights of theater, at two very different plays that share one universal theme: that each of us has...

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Amell and Harding: TV's Arrow Making Wine and a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 7:45 PM

Not much beats a day of pleasant surprises, and when those surprises come with delicious wine and can help a good cause, well it ends up being almost too good to be true.

But that's the spirit of Nockingpoint Wines. Started by a pair of friends in...

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A Fight for the Music of Griffith Park

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 5:02 PM

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We Are The Greek Movement, Photo Randall Michelson

The fight for control of the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, Calif. has another battle on the horizon, a public meeting set for Thursday, October 9 at 0830, Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los...

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A Queen Turns 80 and Prepares for Reinvention

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 7:23 PM

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Dark Harbor Takes over the Ship and Village Oct. 2 Photo: Queen Mary PR

Cher is 68; Madonna 56; Patti LaBelle, 70; Streisand, 72; Sophia Loren, 80; Betty White, 92; Queen Elizabeth, 88 and the as of September 26th, 2014, RMS Queen Mary,...

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Bloom Taking a Bite Out of Hollywood With BiteSizeTV

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Ron Bloom doesn't have to be in the entertainment industry. In fact, given his track record for making money for a lot of people, he really doesn't have to do much. And yet, here he is, literally in the heart of Hollywood at the BiteSizeTV studios on the main floor...

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Streisand and Partners: Brillance and Meh

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:04 PM

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Full Disclosure: I am a card-carrying 100% I-got-a-perm-like-her-at-16 Barbra Streisand fan; posters on the walls, every movie consumed hundreds of times, every album, CD or digital file played until worn. I remember her birthday (April 24, 1942, yes, 72) sometimes while forgetting close...

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Buyer and Cellar in Dallas: Urie Back Home, Heading to TV After

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Ugly Betty predates Glee as one of the shows that made mainstream gay OK in TV-land. The now iconic ABC one hour dramedy stayed on top of the ratings for years, and launched the career of America Ferrera in to overdrive while giving Vanessa Williams another star turn. It also...

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Long Beach Dining: Two New Places, One Obvious Choice

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:52 PM

In the entertainment area of Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA from the ocean (Gladstones, PF Chang's, Outback, Boston's and five other eateries) up to Fourth Street (sorry those of you beyond, the revitalization of Pine Street has visually stalled) there's a variety of food and entertainment options. But there's always...

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Daughtry and Goo Goo Dolls Summer Tour: Rock Rolls at the Greek Theatre

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:51 AM

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Daughtry with video background Photo: Karel

In 1986, Chris Daughtry was seven-years-old when John Rzeznik and Robby Takac were releasing their first album as the Goo Goo Dolls; yet here he and his band were, co-headlining with the Goo Goo Dolls on a...

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Once Tour at Pantages: The Dreamer, The Muse, The Music

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:32 PM

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Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company © Joan Marcus

Dreams are fragile, living things; neglect them and they die, devote yourself to them and they exhaust and frustrate. Achieve them and they can bring great joy, but...

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Indian Looks to Reestablish Its Place as American-Made Choice

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:16 PM

The economy is tough for many in America, and in tough times people like to hear about things made in their country; to many, the label "Made in America" equates to jobs and community. When it comes to motorcycling, Victory, Buell and Zero hail from the USA, and arguably the...

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Jersey Boys: Forget the Film, See It On Stage

(6) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 5:13 PM

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OK, I didn't want to see Jersey Boys, the play or movie. It just seemed like something my mom would have loved, and since I don't have one Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song in my music library, I thought, meh.

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Snowpiercer: A Piercing Commentary on Modern Life Wrapped In Brilliant Sci-fi

(6) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 8:41 PM

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The Ensemble of Snowpiercer

Thank the universe for the film Snowpiercer; finally, a dystopian sci-fi movie that someone can gush over, one that leaves a lasting effect and a certain dread in the viewer. Dread, because so much of it rings so true...

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