‘The Joe Show’ Host Joe Crawford: Could He Be the Next Ellen DeGeneres?

More flattering things have been said about our BlogTalkRadio talent, though we can’t recall when.

In the current edition of Niagara This Week, which covers the Canadian region between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, reporter Steven Henschel writes of Joe Crawford:

CAPTION: Separated at mirth? Joe (right) and muse Ellen. "I would love to make a career of it," he tells his hometown paper. "But in the meantime, I do it for the love of it."

Separated at mirth: Joe (right) and Ellen. "I'd love to make a career of it," he tells his hometown paper of broadcasting. "In the meantime, I do it for the love of it."

“Once a month, Crawford, a Port Colborne resident and lifelong entertainer, hosts his hour-long Internet radio variety show The Joe Show (think Ellen on the radio) from his home.”

That’s right—a comparison to Ellen DeGeneres!

Now, only time will tell if Joe goes on to land his own nationally-syndicated TV talk show (to say nothing of hosting the Oscars). And his buzz remains north of the border (or at least it had been, before we got wind of it).

Still, you gotta hand it to the guy, particularly when you read the thrust of the Niagara This Week profile, which is headlined “Joe Show Goes Political.”

Right again. Joe, whose guests to date have included such funnymen as Tim Conway, Colin Mochrie and Ron James—and who, on Oct. 9, will welcome Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel—is an astute enough showman to make the connection between politics and comedy.

CAPTION: "I sang for him during the show," Joe tells us of meeting Brad Garrett at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival this summer in Toronto.

"I sang for him during the show," Joe tells us of meeting Brad Garrett at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival this summer in Toronto.

“Crawford, who admits he has no interest in politics, hosted the first part of his election coverage last month, featuring several candidates from across the region including Port Colborne mayoral candidates Vance Badawey and Frank DiBartolomeo,” says the paper of his foray into the democratic process.

“I thought, ‘Let’s hit it where it will be newsworthy,’” adds Joe, who began his entertainment career a professional clown at age 10.

Click here to sample The Joe Show.

Click here to read the full Niagara This Week profile.

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