As the creator and architect of XM Satellite Radio's 2 Comedy Channels; XM Comedy and Laugh USA, Joel screened more comedy CD's than anybody in the business. A lot of them were poorly produced with sound quality issues so he couldn't play them. This inspired him to start recording and producing comedy albums.
Joel recorded his first live comedy shows for XM airplay in early 2002. Over the years, he rarely turned down a live recording gig, constantly upgrading his equipment. He now uses up to 12 high quality microphones to capture crowds and personally mixes, masters and edits all recordings.
Joel has recorded over 250 live comedy shows in venues that seat 25 to 2500. He's mixed, mastered and produced over 300 commercially released CD's and recorded hundreds of performances for XM & Sirius Satellite Radio, Comedy Central Records, BBC Radio, Slacker Radio, Uproar Records, Kevin Nealon, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K., Frank Caliendo, Lewis Black, Bobby Slayton, Mike Birbiglia, Gabriel Iglesias, Dick Gregory, Pablo Francisco, Jake Johannsen, Tony Rock, Bob Marley, Doug Stanhope and other comedians.