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  1. #76
    Quote Originally Posted by agnesamurphy View Post
    I don't think anyone has asked this yet, so, where are your favorite places to play poker (online/live/Las Vegas/elsewhere)?
    $.50/$1 No Limit in my various old apartments in Los Angeles. The kinds of games where everyone plays every hand and you're all trying to suck out on each other. It's not about the money, it's just about hanging out with your friends. That's my favorite.

    After that, $400/$800 $50k Cap in Bobby's room at Bellagio.
  2. #77
    Quote Originally Posted by Stapes View Post
    In all seriousness, I gave an interview last month, and this question was cut from the article, but I'm going to recreate it here, because it needs to be said:

    "If you could play poker and have anyone do commentary on you, who would it be?"

    Hands down, I would pick Norman Chad.

    When James Gandolfini died, Bryan Cranston tweeted:

    "I'm saddened by James Gandolfini's passing. He was a great talent & I owe him. Quite simply, without Tony Soprano there is no Walter White."

    Norm's still alive (and has the 75-year ESPN contract to prove it), but I feel the same way about him. Without Norman Chad, there is no Joe Stapleton.
    Nice!!!
  3. #78
    Quote Originally Posted by huh View Post
    Are you a poker player turned journalist, or the other way around? How did you end up working EPT?
    I am a never-was comedy writer, turned journalist, turned poker commentator. Poker player was never really part of the equation. The poker industry accidentally ended up feeding the stray dog that is Joe Stapleton and he just never stopped coming back. Whoah. Third person. Big time.

    I ended up working on the EPT after Black Friday. I was living high on the hog and enjoying my newfound "career" on television when Black Friday happened. I thought it was all over faster than it had started - and it was for a lot of people - but I was lucky that Stars wanted to keep me and had an opening on the EPT. So if I had to answer your second question in one word, it would be "hunger.'
  4. #79
    Quote Originally Posted by RCB View Post
    What's it like living in Britain coming from the United States? If you say "schedule" instead of "shedule", do people give you weird looks?
    I really like Britain. They get a lot of things right. It's pretty impressive considering they're one of the oldest countries on the planet, and they've got things pretty sweet over here. British people are funny, and pretty liberal for the most part. And their women drink. A lot.

    I don't get weird looks, necessarily, but people notice that I'm American, yeah. The only word that gets me into trouble is soccer. It's bizarre living in a country where the word soccer is more offensive than the c-bomb. "It's called football, ye fuckin' cunt!"

    It's cool being American here though. It's a bit of a novelty. Not as much as a Brit in America, but I get away with MURDER because I'm American. Not literally, of course. But excuse me for a second, while I toss this rolled up carpet into the Thames.
  5. #80
    Quote Originally Posted by Leonie Weber View Post
    What do you think of the feud between Dick Cheney's daughters re gay marriage? Do you think Liz Cheney has a chance of winning the election she's running in? Do you think the US should boycott the upcoming Olympics in Russia due to that country's stance on and laws against homosexuality?

    I am really looking forward to the first porn-parody of this situation.

    Liz Cheney or Lez Cheney? Are they the same? I don't know which one the straight one is. Also, who is Dick Cheney?

    Yeah, sure, why not. I was willing to boycott them based Yakhov Smirnoff alone, but yeah, ok this is bad too.
  6. #81
    Quote Originally Posted by Lenia Rapp View Post
    Would you ever consider doing a reality television show? What type of show would it be?

    Sure. Why not. I'd probably do any/all reality shows (schedule permitting) because I think anyone who knows me knows I would be doing it purely as a level. I wouldn't last very long on any show that dealt with any sort of physical endurance, hardship, hunger, heat, females, sobriety, or thinking, but I'd happily go down in a blaze of glory to get a good chuckle out of everyone.
  7. #82
    I just looked at the Stand Up gig with Liv Boeree at the Pub, i thought the camera gag was great, laughed like hell,keep it up cos i think you got the goods for it Stapes.
  8. #83
    Quote Originally Posted by RobertWe View Post
    What do you do for fun? What place would you like to visit that you haven't yet? If you could time travel, what period would you visit? Who is the person you've met while playing or covering poker that you found most interesting?

    In this order:

    Movies, drinking, tail chasing, masturbation, eating, joke-writing. (That's just a typical Saturday for me)

    I think I would just get a better head start on the 90's. Things were pretty sweet then.

    Sam Simon. Comedy writer. Boxer. Billionaire. Activist. Astronaut. Ok. That last one was just to see if you were paying attention. You passed. But barely.
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    How disappointed were you in Norm MacDonald's commentating on High Stakes Poker?


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    I don't get why you insist on stacking off with like jack high all the time.
  10. #85
    [QUOTE=Stapes;2181803]If you listen, you'll hear me get tongue tied all the time. Never to the point where I can't go on, but I trip over my words constantly - like a Mom trips over the wires to an NES Advantage.

    I heard that you are a Cunning Linguist, any comment??
  11. #86
    Quote Originally Posted by HoofAndShapes View Post
    First of all, I need to thank you for the countless hours of entertainment you have given me in podcast form, was just listening to the Asterios pitch fest episode yesterday. MAN I MISS TWO JACKS/HUFF & STAPES :'(.

    1. When if ever will you and Scott work together again? How often do people ask about the show? How often do you think about the show? Have you ever considered doing a reunion show? I still cry myself to sleep every night to Two Jacks reruns and can't fall asleep until I hear Da Funk (I'm missing some shows by the way, if you know where I can find them or direct me to someone who does, I will send you £100 on PAYPAL or to a charity of your choice, Pokerroad doesn't exist anymore so I cant access old shows, i'm serious on this one!)

    2. As a Londoner, I'm curious how different you find life in London from the USA, what was the weirdest/strangest difference you noticed living here as opposed to back home home?? Whereabouts do you live borough/area wise? How different is the pace of life here from home. Which do you prefer, how long do you see yourself staying here for?

    Best Wishes

    Awesome. Thank you, and you're very welcome. I look back on H&S/TJITH as the best thing I've ever done. It makes my heart hurt.

    1) Scott and I try to work together all the time. We really do. But our relationship is a lot more like a romantic one than you could possibly imagine. One that ended under similar circumstances. He moved away, and then so did I. So, metaphorically: We both really love each other and we both think that relationship was the best we've ever had, but it's unrealistic to try to keep it alive at such a great distance when our lives are so disparate. We both secretly hope that fate puts us back in each others' arms again someday, but until then, it's just about staying in touch enough so that we're both open to it when it does happen. This might sound funny, but this is honestly what it's like.

    I miss the show more than I miss any woman I've ever been with, and I think about it a lot. I cannot listen to the shows. It's too painful. One day Scott or I will get a wild hare up one of our asses, and cull all the shows and put them all in one place, but I don't see it happening any time soon. We talk about working together again on a weekly basis. But it's just hard with us both doing well (being extremely busy) in other places.

    Thank you so much though. It means a lot that people miss it that much. I do too.

    2) I live in East London. Which is funny because LA and NY have a neighborhood for hipster douchebags. NY has Williamsburg, LA has Silver Lake. Well London has EAST. That's technically one HALF of the city. So, while I like the nightlife and the food trucks, things become a bit daunting when I want to buy some shoes that don't have anything metal on them or a shirt that doesn't have a pirate ship embroidered on it.

    I do prefer living in the States, yes, but I think that's just because it's home. I'll be here until:

    a) someone in America offers me a job on television
    b) I decide to move on from poker and become a starving artist again
    c) Stars goes back to America
    d) Stars gets sick of me and doesn't renew my work Visa

    I put those in the order of least to most likely.
  12. #87
    Quote Originally Posted by givememyleg View Post
    - Who are/were your influences as far as commentating & giving interviews, inside or outside of poker?

    - What is the most memorable interview you've given?

    - You're given $100 Billion. After you take all your vacations, buy all the fun toys, etc. What do you spend your time doing?
    -Norman Chad, Norm MacDonald (before he was in poker), David Spade, Dennis Miller, Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, Mystery Science Theater 3000

    -Given or gotten? I gave an interview to PokerNews where I was covered in brown spray tan and talk about being uncircumcised. That probably works.

    -Try to make the world a better place. 10000000% It's the only reason I want to be successful, really. I want to try to do some good.
  13. #88
    Quote Originally Posted by Cruelsebastian View Post
    Hi Joe great to have you here

    - I know this is cruel but I have to ask...do you know any bad jokes about poker? Can you tell one? :P
    - Do you often play poker on the move (mobile) ?
    - Do you travel a lot ? Have you ever visited Portugal? If not...you MUST come

    Cheers

    Did you hear the one about the Greek poker player? He made a "Gyro" call.

    I only play while I'm waiting in line at customs to come back to the UK. It's the only time I ever think about it.

    I travel constantly. Mostly for work, but a little bit for pleasure (that's such a gross word 'pleasure' ew) recently. I would love to go to Portugal. That's the one that inside Spain, right?
  14. #89
    Quote Originally Posted by Esterno19 View Post
    Hi Joe....you're the man

    - Please share with us the worst bad beat you ever joked about
    - Can you stay away from Poker and all its universe? ...or is it impossible for you to disconnect?

    I have a silly idea about a poker tournament being held at a McDonalds ...fast food together with a variant of fast-paced poker...do you think it could work?
    Uhm. I can't remember any specific hands, but I once made up a fake poker charity tournament called "Put a Beat on Domestic Violence." Don't think I'd be too quick to shout that one out again.

    I have no issue staying away from poker. I don't consume it or watch it or read about it when I'm not working. Yes, sometimes my friends are tweeting about things that I end up reading about, but I never go seeking it.
  15. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by Stapes View Post
    Did you hear the one about the Greek poker player? He made a "Gyro" call.
    Ha!
  16. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by molinex View Post
    What are your plans for the holidays?
    Still waiting on the directions to YOUR MOM'S HOUSE.

    KIDDING!

    But seriously though, I heard your Mom's alright.
  17. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by Tinita View Post
    Are you single?
    "Painfully." he said to the girl who can't possibly be real.
  18. #93
    Quote Originally Posted by givememyleg View Post
    - Who is your favorite poker commentator team? Off the top of my head there is Kaplan/Benza , Sexton/Van Patten, Chad/McEachern. I'm probably forgetting some?
    I'd have to say Chapton/Van McBenza.
  19. #94
    Quote Originally Posted by Hippy80 View Post
    Joe,

    Thanks for the great answers to my questions.

    Are you going to the PokerStars VIP party on Saturday? If so, I'll get a round in at the free bar. Just don't say I never do anything for you :P
    I'm out of town, working a gig in Mohegan Sun for the Deepstacks Poker Tour. Holler at Hartigan though. A lot.
  20. #95
    Thanks for the answer. Just wanted to let you know i've been a fan of yours since Pokerwire! 6 years baby, started from the bottom now we here!!! Your comedic podcast chestnuts entertain me to this day.

    And if you're talking hipsters.. I bet you live in Hackney
  21. #96
    Thanks for being here
  22. #97
    Quote Originally Posted by Vas Deferens View Post
    Stapes, why was there no WCOOP radio this year, i was looking forward to similar madness from you and Nick but nooo dice,...wassa happs there?? Incidentally, i really admire your level of hand analysis and have stated this on many occasions as we watch your shows. We only started showing Poker After Dark on mainstream TV this year here in Noo Zealand, we don't miss much do we.
    Thanks for pointing out your other PodCasts on I Tunes, i am d/loading some as we type.

    Hahaha, awesome name dude!

    Stars just decided they wanted to put their money into live streaming the EPTs this year. In my estimation, it does more to draw new viewers than something like SCOOP/WCOOP shows would. It speaks to a larger audience, but yes, those shows were WICKED fun. Thanks for watching/listening/spanking.
  23. #98
    Quote Originally Posted by Fiorella View Post
    Hello there, yourself! Thanks for answering my question, Stapes. Your wit matches your good looks.

    After extensive research (turning my laptop clockwise 90 degrees), I've determined your complimenting ability matches YOUR good looks.

    Which way is the private chat room?
  24. #99
    Quote Originally Posted by Vas Deferens View Post
    I just looked at the Stand Up gig with Liv Boeree at the Pub, i thought the camera gag was great, laughed like hell,keep it up cos i think you got the goods for it Stapes.

    Thanks, dude! I honestly think I was up against it in that club. 1) It was a musicians open mic night 2) They were expecting more with a camera crew there 3) All my material was about US/Britain and it turned out we were in a Euro-hostel 3) My first joke was about fat Americans and two fat Americans were sitting in the front row (as was their fat 9 year-old daughter)

    I'm not saying I'm good, by any means, but I think I had a really tough crowd that night!

    Thanks for the kind words.
  25. #100
    Quote Originally Posted by Galapogos View Post
    How disappointed were you in Norm MacDonald's commentating on High Stakes Poker?
    I actually didn't mind it at all. N.B. - I only watched one episode. I don't watch poker on TV. "Ain't nobody got time for that!"
  26. #101
    Quote Originally Posted by HoofAndShapes View Post
    Thanks for the answer. Just wanted to let you know i've been a fan of yours since Pokerwire! 6 years baby, started from the bottom now we here!!! Your comedic podcast chestnuts entertain me to this day.

    And if you're talking hipsters.. I bet you live in Hackney

    Shoreditch, brah.

    Thanks so much for reaching out. Please, if our paths ever cross in London, do not hesitate to introduce yourself. It'd be an honor.
  27. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Thanks for being here
    Do you mean that in an existential sense? Thank my parents.

    You're very welcome.
  28. #103
    Alright. Boom. Done. Got everyone. Thanks for having me, you sons of bitches. Now where do I collect my check?
  29. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by Stapes View Post
    After extensive research (turning my laptop clockwise 90 degrees), I've determined your complimenting ability matches YOUR good looks.

    Which way is the private chat room?
    Send me a private message for directions...
  30. #105
    Thank you Joe, This AMA has been great fun, and I nearly wet myself laughing a few times!
    Shame I don't get to buy you a drink or two on Sat, but may see you on the tour next year.
  31. #106
    This was awesome!!! Thanks!!!
  32. #107
    Very great AMA, appreciate you taking the time to stay and answer all of the questions. Mush respect! Thanks, Joe!

    Now get the hell out of here...
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    That was really funny.
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    meh. I find this guy more annoying than funny. Not meanin' to be a d1ck... it's just how I feel.
  35. #110
    Quote Originally Posted by RCB View Post
    What's it like living in Britain coming from the United States? If you say "schedule" instead of "shedule", do people give you weird looks?
    Actually that should be:
    If you say "scedule" instead of "schedule", ...


    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Orifice View Post
    meh. I find this guy more annoying than funny. Not meanin' to be a d1ck... it's just how I feel.
    It would be better to keep your feelings to yourself then.
    not really an appropriate or worthwhile post in this thread imo
    Last edited by chemist; 11-30-2013 at 04:44 PM.

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