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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

POP: Taking Opera Where No Opera Has Gone Before

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

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


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.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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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