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image1Brandon Riley Miller seen working his magic as Karel sits in front of a Chimanaya filled with…Bibles, Books of Mormon…basically a whole lotta trouble.

That’s A Wrap! Season 2 Of Groundbreaking Free Speech TV Show Karel Life In Segments Wraps with Controversial Question: Will He Or Won’t He?

Entertainer To Burn Holy Books?

By David Scott Ethridge

LONG BEACH, CA March 15, 2016 — Karel (Charles Karel Bouley) is no stranger to controversy: Whether it’s making headlines two days before Obama’s election for an off air comment that went viral or bumper music song choices on the day Reagan died, Karel has been the focus of international media scrutiny many times.

Well, here he goes again. While filming the final episode of Season 2 of the groundbreaking reality-talk show Karel: Life In Segments the topic turned to purging and letting go of old items to make way for the new. It seems Karel, and his late husband Andrew Howard, collected Bibles, Qurans, Books of Mormon, and The Books of Buddha from all the hotel rooms they ever stayed in; Over 250 of them all told. Howard wanted to “keep dangerous propaganda out of the hands of impressionable children or adults who won’t know how to interpret the book of stories.” The duo even did a segment on it in 2000 on their afternoon drive show on KFI AM 640. On it, a representative from the Gideons, one of the groups that supplies hotels with the books, told them they encourage people to take them, so no, they weren’t stealing.

Howard passed in 2001 but the tradition continued. Until March of 2016 when, while filming the finale of the TV Show Life In Segments at his home, Park Howard, in Long Beach, CA, Karel decided it was time to lift the weight of over 250 books.

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“I recycled most, all but the original 10 Andrew took from Europe in 1999,” Karel tells the camera as production partner Brandon R. Miller works his magic with six cameras covering Karel in front of a fire pit. “But Andrew was a rabid atheist, and really believed the Bible was a dangerous book because people didn’t know it was just stories to inspire or warn, not actual truth or fact or doctrine. His entire life was effected by Christianity and organized religion as a whole in a very negative way, due in part to his HIV status in the early days of AIDS. So, it’s only appropriate that these 10 end up here, in the fire pit. But, will I burn them?” he asks viewers.

The answer is in Episode 2.13 which airs March 26, 1900 PST on Free Speech TV (national) and then online at ReallyKarel.com, LifeInSegments.com, FreeSpeech.org, and YouTube.com/charlesbouley Screeners (digital) of this and all episodes are available on request.

“It’s not the burning that’s the problem,” Karel added. “It’s the thought of it. Whether I do it or not isn’t important, but the fact that people think I would, that they think I might, it bothers them. And why? It’s paper, ink, their God has survived much worse, so what is the objection really about?”

Pushing the envelope has been the main stay for this innovate mix of reality and talk show. When Karel had the idea to do a show that wasn’t a talk show, wasn’t a reality show, but a mix, a way to bring real issues to light through his life, a life lived in many segments, much like the viewer’s it seemed crazy. But now more people from Chelsey Handler to major shows for Comedy Central and others are following Karel’s lead and setting entire shows out of the studio based around an entertainer or host’s life or travels.

Now, the show is wrapping its second season and Free Speech TV has given Karel the green light for Season 3.
“Two years ago this was a dream,” Karel stated. “Now, we have 26 episodes done, are getting ready to film 13 more, do a DVD release of the first two seasons and we are licensing overseas…for once, even I can’t believe it’s happening. Don’t sit around if you have … Oh crap, I was about to sound like a cliché,” he laughed. “But it’s true. I willed this entire thing in to existence, each week, Brandon and I will this thing in to existence, an then it’s here, it’s real, and we’re doing it. You really are far more capable of making your dreams come true than you know, if you acknowledge they may not come true in the way you envisioned, but still are the same dream,” he said.

The show airs Saturday at 7pm PST, and then repeats on Sunday and again on Tuesday. It features segments from all areas of life, politics to cooking, dog care to personal issues and guests from Long Beach, CA, Hollywood, CA and across the globe. It returns to Ireland in Season 3 for another trip to The Outing (theouting.ie) and will begin with a superstar session of Karel and Company remaking a very special song.

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Karel by Steven Underhill

“I don’t want to offend anyone with the end of Season 2,” Karel added. “But you see, it’s not about me, or the books, or the viewers really. Those 10 are about Andrew, his memory and what he would have wanted. He would love the horror I see in people’s faces when they walk past my fire pit and see 10 ‘holy’ books sitting there as kindling. Offensive? Well, let’s just say Christians have never really worried about offending gays, so they can take a little jab meant to create thought and discussion and not to harm or offend,” he concluded.

Pushing the envelope is what the show has done and will continue to do in to Season 3. For more information go to http://www.reallykarel.com or http://www.lifeinsegments.com

Karel: LIfe In Segments was created by Karel and is produced, filmed and edited by Karel and Brandon Riley Miller with Miller handling all filming, pre-and-post production duties. It is filmed at Karel’s home, Park Howard, in Long Beach, CA and all throughout Southern California and the world.

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