It’s The Big Wakeup Call’s 2018 End-of-the-Year Show, celebrating yet another year of how we inexplicably continue to be allowed to do this show. Ryan invited many of his favorite guests to call in, and those who actually returned his call were Scott Aukerman, Ben Gleib, Dylan Brody, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, and Bill McCormick!
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Wolfgang Puck called into the show for a fun chat about opening new restaurants, his new online Masterclass series, cooking with seasonal ingredients, and the first time he knew he could make it as a pro chef. I also shamelessly ask him about opening a new place in my neighborhood.
Bobby Berk, one of the nation’s top designers and one of the stars of the new “Queer Eye” on Netflix gave us a call live on location from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design museum to celebrate National Design Week. Bobby gave me some tips on re-doing my place on a radio money budget, including how to keep an organized, functional home with two teenagers and a 3-year-old.
John Michael Higgins returned to the show as promised to talk about season 2 of his hit show AmericaSays, now airing weeknights at 9/8c on GSN. John talked about what makes a good contestant, the new twists, turns and special effects this season, and whether or not I could be the loud, overly enthusiastic announcer.
Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in with exciting news about being part of an Amazon #1 bestseller. Also: Bill wistfully recalls his days as an IT pro, people who don’t believe in the Internet, and why the DC Universe is not doomed. Plus: Casey Kasem as Scooby and Robin, Titans v. Teen Titans, and Josie and the Pussycats new death metal LP.
Jake Borelli called into talk about the fall finale of Gray’s Anatomy, which we tried to do tactfully without revealing any spoilers if it’s still awaiting you on your DVR. We discussed Levi’s character development, how he portrays the perfect combination of strength and vulnerability, and his decision to come out publicly around the same time as Levi and Nico finally acted on their feelings.
It was a thrill to chat with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. The Big Wakeup Call has just become an affiliate of the They Might Be Giants Radio Network, and we’ll be featuring a new, exclusive Dial-A-Song tune every week. John and I had a fun conversation where unabashed flattery sits comfortably alongside genuine questions. A great visit with one of my all-time favorites.
Bill McCormick from the World News Center joined the show in his regular weekly slot for a lively discussion about Thanksgiving food misconceptions, cures “they” don’t want you to know about, and why you don’t really need to shop organic.
Former David Letterman writer Bill Scheft called in to talk about his experiences working with Dave and a new book, “The Last Days of Letterman: The Final 6 Weeks,” for which he wrote the foreword. Making Bill genuinely laugh right off the bat certainly gave me some confidence I might be slightly humorous.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias called in for a fun chat about his many new projects, including his Netflix comedy special “One Show Fits All” (and another special he’s already taped to air next year — plus he’s got a Netflix series in the works), and his upcoming “Beyond The Fluffy” world tour.