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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

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

(3) 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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Streisand, Minnelli and Garland: Pop Icons, Gay History

(12) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 10:11 PM

Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland...the divas, the girls, the icons, the legends. Three names for years engrained in Pop culture, but holding a very special place in GLBT culture. Until now?

The gay dating app Jack'd took a survey during this season of Gay Pride (June is Gay Pride...

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Teavolution USA: Tea Becomes a Green Economy in U.S. (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 9:08 PM

Tea may have helped provide a high point in the history of the soon-to-be United State's Revolutionary War but now it is starting a revolution of its own -- a green economy that could rival that of the other growing green economy, cannabis.

And it may have been that very...

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Ballot Confusion in Long Beach Could Affect Mayor's Race

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 7:51 PM

Like many across the country, Long Beach residents are being asked to go to the polls today, June 3, 2014. As always, a variety of state and local issues and offices are in play from judgeships to the governor's office. But there's ballot confusion going on in Long Beach where...

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Long Beach Kicks Off Season of Pride 2014 - May 17, 18

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 2:49 PM


The Pink Party 2014 Downtown Long Beach kicks off Pride.
The Pink Party 2014 Downtown Long Beach kicks off Pride. Photo: Karel

Money doesn't change everything; it changes one thing, people and then they change everything. It's not anyone's fault, it...

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BMI Icon Stevie Nicks Leads Star Studded Pop Awards (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:55 PM

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(L-R) Barbara Cane, BMI VP & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations; singer-songwriters Vanessa Carlton, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, Shakira; Del Bryant, BMI President; singer-songwriters Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Sheryl Crow and Michael O'Neill, BMI CEO present the...
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Grand Prix Long Beach: 40 Years Strong with Celebs, Thrills and Upsets (VIDEOS)

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:54 AM

The 40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has roared to a close with a spectacular finish as Mike Conway takes the checkered flag for his second victory on the streets of Long Beach.

The race Sunday April 13, 2014 was the crowning event in a week filled with...

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The American Left Radio Could Use a Right Hook (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:32 PM

"Let's face it, your country doesn't give an SH*T about the poor," the enigmatic grey haired man said to me as we spoke in the library of the Dylan Hotel in Dublin over St. Patrick's Day weekend. His name is George Hook, and he was fired up that afternoon.

Why...

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Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Out West Diverse, Exhilarating (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 10:44 AM

This is Part III of III chronicling a trip to Ireland for 12 remote radio shows and a media trip surrounding St. Patrick's Day by the Karel Cast, Karel, Niall Forester and Dennis Cope. It started at the end of the trip with St. Patrick's Day and that article can...

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Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way: Heading West On Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 10:34 AM

This is Part II of III chronicling a trip to Ireland for 12 remote radio shows and a media trip surrounding St. Patrick's Day by the Karel Cast, Karel, Niall Forester and Dennis Cope. It started at the end of the trip with St. Patrick's Day and that article can...

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St Patrick's Day, Ireland 2014: A Celebration of Pride and History

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:48 PM

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The chronicle of this sojourn to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day 2014 beings at the end: with the parade and Dublin City. Having gotten in the country the...

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