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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

Classic Themes Ringing Relevant And True Make ICT's 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' A Must-See

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 8:22 PM

Emily Goss, Leslie Stevens, Connor McRaith, Jennifer Parsons and Stephen Rockwell Photo by

"We licked stamps..." Begins Stephen Rockwell's "Vanya" in the ICT Production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

Yes, indeed we did; of all kinds, not just...

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Dreams Are Alive Around Us Daily; Brass Lamp Book Bar Realizes Another

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 1:25 PM

By Karel
Aka Charles Karel Bouley II


Dreams. We witness their creation, their completion and yes, their destruction almost every single moment often without realizing or acknowledging it; even when they're our own.

Every time you (or others) watch my show on...

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Beck Headlines As The Coachella Of Politics Politicon Comes to Pasadena

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 1:07 PM


Two weeks ago, when I interviewed Politicon, The Unconventional Political Convention founder Simon Sidi things were different: mainly, Trump had not secured the nomination. Now the possibility of his calamitous possible presidency is all too real, and even President Obama has questioned...

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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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