Joel is an 2 Time National Award winning Outdoor Writer (Midwest Outdoors 2006, 2012) who was drawn to comedy by a very talented young comic Hobbitt who he befriended.
Told he was "unbelievably comfortable with the silence" by a visiting professional comic, now friend, the first time he was on stage, Joel's quick rise through the comedy ranks are due to his experience on over 35 fishing TV shows including Babe Winkelman's Outdoor Secrets. He also performed on stages in front of over 10,000 fishing enthusiasts working the famous "HAWG TROUGH" during the Sports Show seasons of 1995 & 1996. But comedy is a different beast. That came with the help of fellow comics such as Nate Ford (the Hobbit) and many of those listed below. In the year and a half since he has started Joel has opened for Frankie Paul Morrell, Tim Kidd, Ron Fiengold, Kris Shaw, Pat Godwin, Issac MIlton Witty, David Crowe, Auggie Smith, APRIL MACIE, Mike Bobbitt, John Conroy, Sheng Wang and Josh Sneed.
Joel is a regular emcee and opening act at The Skyline Comedy Cafe in Appleton Wisconsin where the owner and core group of comics including Mike Merryfield, Rob Brakenridge, Steve Hartman, Nate Hoss and John Egan continue to be an influence and provide support. So do his local group of comic brothers including Alan Gregory, Greg Willett and James Thorn, who is not allowed to sit near him in class.