FOF #1306 – Hollywood’s Underbelly

Dec 16, 2010 · 1985 views

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Joe Fitrzyk was an ad executive working in Detroit when he had an epiphany, quit his job and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of becoming famous by chasing celebrities. Joe looked for a lot pretty people but found lots of ugly details.

Today writer and pop culture junkie Joe Fitrzyk shares with us his notes of what he hopes to become his tell all book on Hollywood’s underbelly.


  1. Juantana says:

    “The Palazzio is *so* much more than an apartment complex, it’s the best thing ever..” Seriously? What a friggin joke this dude is!

  2. Joeywood says:

    That was way harsh, Juantana.

  3. [nObLe] says:

    as someone from LA im sorry but Joe seems to do that thing that everyone does whenever they move from another state….he needs to pick up way too many names he dropped.

  4. mododavid says:

    Marc and Fausto are always brilliant. That said, this wasn’t a favorite podcast.

  5. While I enjoyed talking to Joe, I figured the show would be received like this. Celebrity gossip can be very polarizing and some people love it, some people hate it.

  6. TenLove says:

    Absolutely Fantastic!

  7. Not a successful episode at all, and this is not due to the contributions of the hosts. This Joe person gives us the impression that since he basically a dribbling sycophant in the current stream of celebrities, he is living a better life than the rest of us. He was condescending in his tone to some questions, especially to Fausto, and in general, acted like a douchebag. Actually, a douchebag serves a purpose in making women feel clean and fresh. I don’t see any purpose in this person. I don’t see him as a regular guest in your future; at least I hope I don’t. It was uncomfortable to hear parts of this episode.

    • Joeywood says:

      I see you’re living in rural Alabama and teaching in small-town Georgia. How’s that working out for you?

      • Do you live on a 273-acre farm in a five-bedroom three-bathroom house? Didn’t think so, Mary. I live here by choice. I didn’t run away from my hometown and my family. I live here, and do what I do, by my own choice.

    • TroyBoy says:

      That’s not very “Christ Like.”

    • TroyBoy says:

      Rick, your Facebook profile says “I slap frozen food on shelves at Walmart in Rural Alabama…” Is that why you think, “This Joe person thinks he…is living a better life than the rest of us?” He never said that, he left Detroit for the sunny skies of LA. You’re where you are because you choose to live there. Also, since when is standing your ground, or changing an unpleasant subject considered “condescending in tone.” You make absolutely no sense. Do you even realize how bitter you sound?

    • Joeywood says:

      Rick, since you’re obsessed with bathrooms and feminine hygiene, tell that to my house in Vegas. It has 5 bathrooms (wow) with an infinity pool overlooking the Vegas strip. And P.S. it’s paid for. Based on your logic, I guess no one should ever leave home, in search of adventure or a better life. Tell that to Christopher Columbus, Madonna, Gaga, Obama–virtually anyone who’s done anything with their life. I can’t believe I’m even having this conversation with you. I need to go wash.

    • Heather Daniels says:

      You can dislike an episode all you want. But it takes a real man not to take potshots at another man’s sexuality. It seems you define yourself by the amount of property you own and the size of home that occupies your land. Ask any man, gay or not, if that isn’t the epitome of making up for what you lack. You are pathetic and sad. and another thing sir, when someone leaves their hometown maybe they aren’t running away from something, but rather running towards something else.

  8. Joeywood says:

    The next time a guest drops out on “Feast of Fun,” and I’m called to fill a hole, I’m forwarding Fausto to Rick Robertson. He’s very knowledgeable about Women’s Hygiene Care and did I mention he’s from rural Alabama!!!

  9. Jackie Beat says:

    Everyone’s a critic!

  10. Champagne Jayne says:

    “Fish out of vodka” brilliant! You were a good sport Joe and I support your stance on not outing people. Keep doing what you love! Can’t wait to get a copy of your book…..Scandalous!

  11. @water says:

    Your face does not belong on radio! It belongs on blogs and videos!!!! DUCT TAPE!!! Flippers! Oysters on the half shell!!! AHAHahahahaha!!! Brilliant and smooth!!!

  12. Chickengirl says:

    I think you kinda have to be a little bit of a douche-bag and superficial to live in L.A. at least that was my impression of that city when I visited it for a couple weeks last year to visit broadcast/animation companies…

    but I didn’t really have that big of a problem with Joe, he’s not as bad as other celebs FOF has had on the show like that waste of space Chris Crocker or Pete Burns. I did find it a bit rude when he kept making the vomiting sounds when Marc and Fausto were talking about hugs, Joe you were the one who brought up hugging in the first place, and then you say that the tought of being hugged makes you wanna barf? not cool dude.

  13. TroyBoy says:

    I’ve known Joe for years and it takes balls and brilliance to succeed in advertising. To be named VP/Creative Director, then quit (during a recession), to follow your heart to Hollywood–that’s fearless. He’s been enamored with LA since High School and after paying his dues in Detroit I wish him all the best! If there’s a velvet rope situation, Joe will find his way around it. Who doesn’t want to rub elbows with Madonna, Jon Hamm or Justin Timberlake? Where’s the negativity coming from? This podcast was about “celebs you love to hate,” right Fausto? Are there really that many Kim Kardashian fans on here? Joe makes me laugh everyday, because he celebrates the fantasy without getting lost in it. If you take EVERYTHING he says LITERALLY, you’re missing the JOKE.

  14. seawall says:

    Yeah, to be honest, I don’t see what’s so bad about politely stalking famous people; I just see it as an extension of being curious about people in general. When we were teenagers, a friend and I used to find the right corner of his room where the landline phone (remember those?) had a crossed connection with the neighbor’s, so we could cover the mouthpiece and listen to her yap to her friends about everything from how to give head to how she wouldn’t stop smoking even though she got pregnant. Now I just have to get on the internet and surf podcasts and blogs to get that kind of fix. It’s a brave new world, I tell ya. 😉

    • Joeywood says:

      In LA, you don’t have to stalk them–they’re everywhere! At Whole Foods, at the movies, at your favorite restaurant–in your apartment swimming pool! I don’t care if you’re Sharon Stone, or the pool boy from episode 27 of Melrose Place, if you appear before me I’m going to tell you that I love you! 99% of the time, celebs are lovely and they appreciate the attention. But if you’re an asshole, I’m going to call you out on it. “I’m a writer. I use people for what I write. Let the world beware.”

    • I’m so thankful to have you as a listener and regular visitor to FOF Seawall.

      • seawall says:

        Awww, thank you Fausto! And just to keep things positive, I’d like to observe that the Solstice has begun (summer here and winter there), so for you guys and the bulk of your listeners the darkest part of the year has ended, and the days are going to get longer and brighter again. 🙂

  15. Champagne Jayne says:

    TEAM JOE!!

  16. Katie says:

    I love my gays–but why do you guys tear each other apart? It’s like watching GLEE and then complaining you hate musicals. Change the channel if you don’t like it! Some of us like celebrity gossip! Go Joe!

  17. Xavi says:

    what a fun interview! Joe, i love your take on things! can’t wait to see where this takes you. Would love to see you back as the gossip expert. FOF has a political correspondent, you can be the gossip correspondent!

  18. Xavi says:

    PS…if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me! – Clairee in Steel Magnolias

    the GLEE reference is a little more modern, so points to Katie. 😀

  19. Heather Daniels says:

    I loved it! I cannot wait to get my autographed copy of your book…..Scandalous!

  20. Joeywood says:

    ‎”To all our friends Merry Christmas, to all of our agents and managers Happy Hanukkah and to all our boyfriends, have a great Kwanza!” –The Kardashians

  21. Mandy says:

    Joe * Happy for you! super cool. I also grew up in Michigan and I very much admire your guts to pack up and leave your family and friends for the live you knew you were meant to live : ) xoxoxo

  22. Joeywood says:

    Does the Red Carpet Match the Drapes?

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