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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.

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Naugles Soft Opening Swamped. It Isn't Just the Burritos

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:15 AM

It wasn't just about the burrito. It wasn't just about the sauce, be it green or red, or anything else on the menu. It was, and will be, about remembering, about tradition; about a piece of the past shiny and new again.

It was Naugles, and it was open again...

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Two Very Different Shows; One Common Theme #GayLivesMatter

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 5:37 PM

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Photo Juan O'Campo / Nederlander

It was a weekend of two very different shows in Los Angeles but one that served to remind attendees to both, young and old, that being Gay has a history, often painful, and a culture, yes, I...

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A June 28th Deadline to See Inside the Mind of Rock Critic Lester Bangs

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 3:58 PM

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Lester Bangs December 14, 1948 - April 30, 1982

"How To Be a Rock Critic" running through June 28th at Kirk Douglas Theatre Rehearsal Space Culver City

I'l never forget the email:

Hello, this is Ben Fong-Torres. Congratulations on your...

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Today, #LoveWins Along With the 14th Amendment

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 3:36 PM

June 26th, 2015: Gay marriage ended -- suddenly, in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, it became just marriage.

I remember arguing so publicly 11 years ago on CNN and every other news network. Let's revisit those arguments.

And now, it's law, and nothing that man from Concerned Women was worried about is happening, will happen, has happened. Just the opposite. For most people in America, nothing really changed as each state legalized, and the patchwork of marriage began.

And now, that fight is over for good.

I remember its real beginnings. AIDS. I was there during the 1980s when a president wouldn't mention the word, and a world turned its back on the sick. I remember ambulances not taking patients, doctors not touching people, nurses turning away and ultimately, funeral homes refusing bodies. In the 20th century, no less.

And I remember families shutting out loved ones. Couples that had been together 20 years -- one would get sick and the other was locked out of the hospital room, and ultimately locked out of their own house by family who had claims. You see, no marriage, no claims to property, to visitation -- nothing. Suddenly, when one got sick, the other lost their life and often their belongings. And it was legal.

The only way to rectify that was marriage, period, end of story. And the fight began.

Now, in the age of barebacking and PrEP therapies, younger gay men don't remember the root of the struggle, how it came to a head, finally, in the 1980s with the advent of that terrible disease that still had no cure and no really effective, safe, long-term treatment.

We owe this day, those on the side of marriage equality, to the Republicans in more ways than one. First, there is the beautifully drafted 14th Amendment to the Constitution; one written at time of reconstruction, after slavery. It states:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

In other words, equal equals equal, and since marriage is contract law, you can't discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, race, or any other reason. Period.

Five of the justices got that. The other four, not so much, but like dinosaurs, they are falling in the tar pit of the wrong side of history, screaming and flailing about as they go. But going they are.

In one week the court has said yes, you can keep your health care America. Then the people said that a 150 year old flag was, in fact, bigotry and hatred. And now, the court again has said that gay people can marry in all 50 states. Not a bad week for Americans.

Reaction all day has been tears, hugs from strangers, congratulatory remarks. Finally.

I will save the nay-saying about gays in other countries and the atrocities that still exists. I will spare the fact that ENDA, which guarantees I can't be fired for being gay, still isn't the law of all 50 states.

Because today it wasn't #LoveWins. Today #WeAllWon because that fabulous document and that great amendment did its job.

Justice Kennedy, bless you. May joy find you and may your family be blessed. Because today, you created so many families in one fell stroke.

To all of you out there that have fought, straight, gay, whatever, I love you. Thank you. Today you didn't slap us down or make us feel second class. Today, we are Americans, one and all.


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Broadway to Cruel Intentions, Rockwell Is Booming

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 3:19 PM

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Broadway Musical Director and Emcee Brad Ellis

In today's world music is almost always mentioned with the word streaming somewhere nearby; Apple's new streaming service, Spotify, Pandora, its' all something to be thumbed up or downed, choices made by algorithms based on listening...

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PBC Presents a Special Father's Day Fight With the Porters

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:01 AM

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Ken Porter, Left and "Showtime" Shawn Porter. Photo Arnold Turner used by permission.

"As long as there's ghettos in America, as long as there's inner cities in Philadelphia, every year, every month, every Olympian, every Golden Glove, there's always a possibility of a...

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Under Five Million People School the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 11:26 AM

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A small island nation of under five million people in the North Atlantic just showed a country of 318 million, and a world over seven billion, a thing or two about equality...

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BMI Pop Awards Focus Attention on the Writers

(7) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:54 AM

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Barbara Cane, Thea Austin and Karel by Daniel Charleston

Thea Austin is why BMI Vice President & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Barbara Cane and BMI President & CEO, Mike O'Neill fight so hard to keep the annual BMI Awards (Pop, Hip Hop, Film...

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Motown: Under It All, It's Still the Music That Shines

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:23 AM

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Reed L Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 MoTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour (c) Joan Marcus, 2014

Some nights of theatre are pure magic. Whether it's the performance, the material, the audience, the theatre, a mix of all of...

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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 on SoundCloud just click!

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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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