Brian Posen of Chicago Sketchfest

Brian Posen is the executive director of the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, which kicks off its 14th year Jan. 8-18, 2015.  We talked about the state of sketch comedy (Not to be confused with “The State” sketch comedy group), how the genre has evolved, and what can be expected at the festival this year.

Dr. Mike Dow from “My Strange Criminal Addiction”

Dr. Mike Dow is an author and addiction specialist.  He’s also the host of “My Strange Criminal Addiction” on Investigation Discovery.  We talked about some of the cases featured on the show, and how to know when something has gone from passion to obsession to addiction to a criminal activity.

Bill McCormick with more on Suicide Squad

Bill McCormick called in from the World News Center with more information about the Suicide Squad movie, including several exclusives and a possible breaking story about an incredible bit of casting.

Dean Cain

Dean Cain called in to talk about his favorite subject, bacon!  More specifically, the Farmland Bacon for Santa campaign and how we can help feed hungry families this holiday season.  Dean also stars in a new Christmas movie, “Merry Ex-Mas,” premiering Sunday night at 8 on the Ion Channel.

 

H. Jon Benjamin from “Bob’s Burgers”

H. Jon Benjamin is the voice of Bob Belcher on “Bob’s Burgers.”  We had a very funny chat about adjusting to time slot changes, recording techniques, and how he answers unusual questions from fans at comic conventions.

Pentatonix

Pentatonix’s new album, “That’s Christmas To Me,” is the highest-charting Christmas album by a group since 1962.  Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan called in to talk about performing at the Rock City Christmas festivities and how they put together material for the album.

Remembering Ian McLagan

I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Ian McLagan.  I’ve been a fan of Small Faces and Faces ever since I was exposed to them as a kid and their influence on me as a music fan, musician and songwriter cannot be understated.  Ian’s memoir, All The Rage, is one of the best rock bios I’ve ever read (and I’ve read just about all of them).

I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to chat with Ian back in June about his most recent album.  We talked about the making of the record, Chicago blues, and his plans to work with Rod Stewart again.

Brigitte Nguyen from Cooking Channel

Brigitte Nguyen is an accountant-turned chef who now hosts her own show on Cooking Channel, “From the Kitchens Of…”  Brigitte called in with hints & tips on adding new twists to holiday traditions.

Joel Harper, Celebrity Trainer

Joel Harper is a celebrity trainer as well as an expert on combining fitness and technology.  He talked about some of his favorite new gadgets and tried to motivate me to burn some calories…immediately!

Clinton Kelly from “The Chew”

Clinton Kelly co-hosted over 300 episodes of “What Not to Wear” and is now featured on ABC’s hit daytime show “The Chew.”  We talked about the rules of winter fashion, high-end sweatpants, and how to deal with oversized pictures of yourself at Macy’s.