Matt Braunger

Matt Braunger’s new special “Big Dumb Animal” premieres tonight at 11CT on Comedy Central.  We talked about how his comedic sensibilities were shaped, where the title of the special came from, and why he’s determined to bring Portland and Brooklyn hipsters together.

Bill McCormick on Deadpool & movie reboots

Bill McCormick checked in from the World News Center to talk about some of the 50 old movies that are scheduled to be rebooted in the next few years, and also share the latest news about the Deadpool movie.  He also passes along a Justice League-related nugget that fans should be giddy about!

The Movie Man on SpongeBob & Jupiter Ascending

During his weekly segment, The Movie Man reviewed the new SpongeBob Squarepants movie and “Jupiter Ascending.”  He suggested each movie might be better viewed while chewing some of the “hippie lettuce” or scoring a little “seaweed.”  Remember kids, he’s not advocating; he’s just saying.

Katie Lee

Katie Lee is one of the panelists on “The Kitchen,” Saturday mornings at 10CT on Food Network.  Katie called in to help me panic a little bit less about getting Valentine’s Day just right.  She was very helpful with some good suggestions, including her secret appetizer solution.

Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane is a fellow native of Chicago’s western suburbs and the on-air voice of Comedy Central.  His new special “I Liked His Old Stuff Better,” is now available extended and uncensored.  We talked about putting together a “new” hour of comedy, the influence of growing up in the suburbs, and how much fun it is to announce your friends’ names on TV.

Steve Wilkos

Steve Wilkos called in to talk about new episodes of The Steve Wilkos Show airing this month (check your local listings — in the Chicago area, it’s weekdays at 10 on WCIU, The “U.”).  The show was just renewed through 2018, so Steve feels a little bit better about plunking down some cash for the MLB premium package this year.  Once a Cubs fan, always a Cubs fan!

Ben Lyons from “Extra”

Ben Lyons is a special correspondent on “Extra” TV and the host of “The Sidebar” on Yahoo!  Ben was calling in to talk about good movies to watch on Valentine’s Day, but somehow we wound up talking about the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, and Chicago Sting Indoor Soccer in the 1980′s!

Sarah Wright Olsen from “Marry Me”

Sarah Wright Olsen plays “Dennah” on NBC’s hit comedy “Marry Me.”  It was great to have Sarah on the show, as I’ve interviewed almost all of her co-stars and I’m trying to complete the set!  (Tymberlee Hill is the only one missing now!)   We discussed tonight’s new episode, how her time in Chicago really launched her career, and how it is definitely unfair that she and her husband each star in a popular TV series, whereas in most couples, that total is less than one.

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Toma Dobrosavljevic, winner of “The Biggest Loser”

Toma Dobrosavljevic is the winner of “Biggest Loser: Glory Days.”  Toma lost 171 pounds — over 50 percent of his body weight — to claim the title and the $250,000 prize.  We talked about the whirlwind he’s been on since the live finale, how he stayed focused between his time on the ranch and the finale, and how he’s part of a new and growing movement to proudly represent Chicago’s western suburbs.