World News Center: Radio on the TV

project-16 (1)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.

John Flansburgh

They Might Be GiantsIt 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.

The World News Center’s Medical Myths

project-16 (1)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.

 

The Final Show – I’m retiring

Bill Scheft was a staff writer for David Letterman for 25 years and was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards. 30 seconds into today’s interview, I made him genuinely laugh, so it’s time for me to go out on a high note and retire.* Praise from a comedy legend!

*k, not really, but so tempted to quit while I’m ahead.  I’ll be back with more of the usual nonsense tomorrow morning.

Gabriel Iglesias

Website-Header-OneShowFitsAllGabriel “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.

Theresa Caputo

caputoTheresa Caputo called in to talk about season 13 of Long Island Medium on TLC as well as her current tour, which has her coming to the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb on Tuesday, October 30th.  Topics:  How the show has evolved since 2001, using her gifts to bring comfort and relief, and what to expect at her live show.

Kelsey Miller

friendsAuthor Kelsey Miller called in for a fun chat about her new book I’ll Be There For You:  The One About Friends.  We discussed our initial introductions to the show (Kelsey at age 10, me as an already cynical 23-year-old Gen X slacker), how and why it became such an important (and in many ways groundbreaking) show, how some of the jokes and situations haven’t necessarily aged well, and why that Central Perk couch was never already occupied.

A Star Is Born at the World News Center

The World News Center’s Bill McCormick dialed us up for our weekly chat about things and whatnot.  This week we had an in-depth review and discussion about A Star Is Born, including thoughts on Oscar Bait, directing choices, casting rumors, and potential DVD commentary reveals (though the laundromat where I get my DVDs never has the special features).  Plus: an important public service announcement regarding an important drug treatment.

Anthony Atamanuik

unnamedAnthony Atamanuik called in to talk about his new book American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives, and his new Comedy Central special A President Show Documentary: The Fall of Donald Trump.  We discussed how the book is a fine, PBS-like companion to The President Show, the mental and physical side effects of becoming Donald Trump, and fond childhood memories of reading transcripts of the Nixon tapes.

Desi Lydic and Ronny Chieng

Screen Shot 2018-10-24 at 11.06.50 AMThe Daily Show correspondents Desi Lydic and Ronny Chieng called in to promote the show’s upcoming week in Miami, as well as their live midterm election special.  Topics included a retro discussion of hanging chads, all-caps emails, dealing with longitudinal differences, politely dealing with lame jokes, and meeting The Wiggles.