I’ve been battling a bad case of laryngitis that has my throat feeling like sandpaper, but nothing was going to stop me chatting with Howard Jones, one of the most original and innovative musicians from the ’80s. It was fun chatting about his new album “Transform” and geeking out about synthesizers.Follow @bigwakeupcall
I was very excited to chat with one of my all-time favorite actors, Vincent D’Onofrio, about his new movie (which he directed) “The Kid.” After a brief bit of fan gushing regarding “Criminal Intent,” we discussed the film, and then Vincent gave me an impromptu acting challenge (which I more or less failed miserably). A fun interview with one of the greats.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Bill McCormick dialed up live from the World News Center to chat about Alexa’s annoying attitude and Atari’s Asteroid insights. Plus: Star Wars’ shaky science and racist Google revisited.
Music legend Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor, 38 Special) called in for a discussion about songwriting, producing, and his new album “Winds of Change,” which features collaborations from Dennis DeYoung, Mike Reno, Kevin Cronin and more, and also featured a “lost track” with vocals by the late great Jimi Jamison.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in for his weekly segment where we proceeded to talk about unnecessary Disney remakes, unnamed future Marvel movies, unneeded humble bragging, and unrealistic chances of portraying Namor. Plus: unbelievable amounts of overlapping dialogue and unnerving uncomfortable pauses.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Should-be Hall-of-Famer David Cone called in to chat about his new book “Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher.” I learned so much about pitching talking to David, a self-confessed “pitching nerd.” I also invited David for a game of Wiffle Ball in my backyard and he accepted. Looking forward to it the next time he’s in Chicago and we can compare Wiffle Ball sinkers.
Jordan Klepper joined the show for a chat about his new Comedy Central series “Klepper,” which airs Thursday nights at 10:30/9:30C. We discussed Jordan’s time in Chicago as part of the Second City touring company, how the show was named, and why it was important for him to get out from behind the desk and go out and about.Follow @bigwakeupcall
John Waters dialed us up for chat about his new book “Mr. Know-It-All.” We also discussed our transitive property connection that totally makes us best friends, and then John tried to teach me to be cool.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Pete Holmes called in to talk about his new book “Comedy Sex God” and share memories of his time Chicago, including our potential previous meeting at the downtown Bennigan’s or over at the Jewel.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Emmy Award-winning writer Steve Young called in to talk about his new documentary “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” chronicling his discovery and love of industrial musicals, which began as a quest to find weird records for Letterman’s “Dave’s Record Collection.”Follow @bigwakeupcall