Terry Crews plays Detective Sgt. Terry Jeffords on Brooklyn NineNine and is also the host of “World’s Funniest Fails.” We talked about bringing back family-friendly television moments, how he developed his sense of humor, and the family atmosphere on the set of Brooklyn Nine Nine.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Besides being a former Olympic champion and a busy mom, Kristi Yamaguchi is also a childhood literacy advocate, and she called in to talk about her Always Dream Foundation’s 20-20 challenge to encourage parents to spend more time reading to their children.Follow @bigwakeupcall
This Saturday night, PBS stations will be showing the “Motown 25” special — the first time it’s been shown in its entirety on broadcast TV since its original airing. It was my pleasure to be joined by Mary Wilson from the Supremes this morning to talk about the special. We discussed the staggering lineup of stars on stage that night (it’s insane — Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Four Tops, Temptations, Supremes), her recollections of the special and the early days of Motown tours.
Jonathan Mangum is the announcer & Wayne Brady’s sidekick on “Let’s Make a Deal” and has also been seen on several improv TV shows. He’s currently on a comedy tour opening for Wayne. We talked about his improv background, how he handles the guy in the audience who thinks he’s funnier than everyone else, and our mutual love for Chicago’s Italian Beef sandwiches.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Glenn Kenny is a film critic for Roger Ebert’s website and also the author of “Anatomy of An Actor: Robert DeNiro.” Glenn called in to share his thought’s on last night’s ceremonies, and agreed with me that while Neil Patrick Harris generally did well, it’s not wise to mess with The Oprah.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Last year, The Movie Man correctly predicted ALL of the major Oscar categories. Listen to his picks for this year’s awards, and also learn why he’s staying home to watch this year and why Hot Tub Time Machine 2 needs a gallon of bleach.
Ziggy Marley called in to talk about new releases and celebrations for Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year, especially an amazing new CD/DVD package, “Bob Marley & The Wailers – Easy Skanking in Boston.” We discussed how the video footage was made up of one single camera shot from a fan’s perspective and how that comes across in a very personal and intimate way, and also how the music just jumps out of the speakers. This doesn’t sound like a recording that’s almost 40 years old. This is fresh and alive. It’s time to take the legacy of Bob Marley away from the posters and t-shirts of frat boys and truly appreciate the artistry of the man.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Marina Squerciati plays Kim Burgess on NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” We talked about her acting background starting at Northwestern and how that prepared her for working with a close-knit ensemble cast. We also discussed how she approaches her character (if it’s like a description I read that Kim is “ambitious up-and-comer”) and how she enjoys interacting with fans on twitter. I also got bonus points for a spot-on pronunciation of her name.Follow @bigwakeupcall