Nina Garcia Launches Her Allergy Awareness Campaign

“Marie Claire” creative director and “Project Runway” judge Nina Garcia joined the show to share details on her partnership with Mylan and EpiPen in a special campaign about how to be prepared for a life-threatening allergic reaction, based on her experience with her now 8-year-old son, who had a serious food allergy event as a toddler.

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The Movie Man reviews “Hot Pursuit” and gets a pedicure

The Movie Man called in to give us his thoughts on “Hot Pursuit” and “The D-Train.”  We also shared Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara stories, and then The Movie Man offered some valuable suggestions on getting a pedicure.



Bill McCormick Has Fun With Bacteria

Bill McCormick called in from the World News Center to debunk the story about fecal matter in beards that sent the Internet into a panic this week, and shared a story about that very same matter being used to save lives.  Bill also confirms a “Suicide Squad” rumor.

Greg Proops has written “The Smartest Book in the World”

Greg Proops Smartest BookGreg Proops called us up to talk about his new book “The Smartest Book in the World,” a spinoff of his “Smartest Man in the World” podcast.  We talked about whether or not the book has become self-aware, why smart people like to write about baseball, and how he may (or may not) have achieved the all-time “points” record on Chris Hardwick’s “@ Midnight” (11 Central).

Greg will be at the Up! Comedy Club in Chicago for a podcast taping on May 13, and at North Central College in Naperville for a book signing on May 14.  Details here.

Christopher Titus on his new special “Angry Pursuit of Happiness”

angry-pursuit-of-happinessChristopher Titus called in to promote his new Comedy Central special “Angry Pursuit of Happiness,” which airs at Midnight/11 Central this Saturday, May 9.  We talked about how he’s still fueled creatively by dysfunction (and how actually being happy almost derailed his career), how he develops a theme for a special, and why it’s hard for him to let a special go without constantly wanting to go back and re-write jokes.



Brad Garrett talks about his new book “When The Balls Drop”

brad-garrettBrad Garrett called us up to chat about his new book “When The Balls Drop” and promote his appearance this Friday at Hollywood Palms in Naperville, where he’ll be doing a reading from the book, taking some questions, and showing some of his favorite episodes of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”  We also discussed the differences in writing a book vs. writing for a stand-up set and the true story of how the title of the book came about.


Dan Schachner, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl referee

Dan Schachner, Animal Planet Host and Puppy Bowl referee, called into share tips about traveling with your pet this summer.  We also discussed how he got the Puppy Bowl gig, and what we can look forward to next season.

Bob Harper on his new book “Skinny Habits: The 6 Secrets of Thin People”

Bob Harper called in to talk about his new book, “Skinny Habits: The 6 Secrets of Thin People.”  We discussed why a behavior-based approach is essential in establishing a pattern of healthy living, why we shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we stumble, and one thing we can do to start today.  Bob also discussed how quickly his fitness clients get over being star-struck when he puts them to work.

The Movie Man reviews “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

The Movie Man is getting beat up a little on social media because while he gives “Avengers: Age of Ultron” a positive review, he hasn’t been over-the-top with it and claiming it’s the best film ever.  It probably doesn’t help that during our chat he kept comparing the movie to a stew.

Bill McCormick on hydrogen trains & warp drives

Bill McCormick checked in from the World News Center & gave us an update on last week’s discussion on NASA’s creation of a warp drive, and shared some news about hydrogen-fueled trains that could take us from the western ‘burbs to downtown Chicago in about 5 minutes.