Michael Ealy is one of the stars and executive producer of the #1 movie in America, “The Perfect Guy.” We talked about how the movie took its shape, the breakthrough he made as an actor to get inside the mind of a sociopath, and what he learned from two of his co-stars — the legendary Tess Harper and Charles S. Dutton.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dave McClure & Brady Forrest are two tech investor heavy hitters who are looking to mentor startups in Silicon Valley in the new series “Bazillion Dollar Club,” which premieres Tuesday, September 22 at 10/9CT on Syfy. We talked about how the show was created, what we’ll see on the premiere episode, the types of people & products they’re looking to invest in, and the nominal U.S. tax rate on a bazillion dollars.
Larry Wilmore is the titular host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central. We talked about the debates (and how rude it is to hold them after most late-night programs tape), how important a good title is in the success of a segment, and the evolving role of a basic cable comedy show in the national political discussion.
Margaret Cho’s new stand-up special “PsyCHO” is coming to Showtime on September 25th, and Margaret will be appearing at the Chicago Theatre on October 3rd. We talked about the timeline of putting together a one-hour special, how her comedy has evolved over the years, and whether or not “enhanced” viewing of the special (such as in Colorado and Oregon) will provide another level of jokes.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Kenny Loggins, Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman are the Blue Sky Riders. Their new album, “Why Not,” will be released early next year. In the meantime, you can check out their All Access Pass, where you can see footage of the entire writing and recording process. We talked about how the group came together, what happens when three accomplished songwriters form a band, and the importance of crowdfunding and direct fan interaction.Follow @bigwakeupcall
American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman called in to talk about tonight’s three-hour season finale, airing tonight at 7CT on NBC-5 Chicago. We discussed some of the new and vicious obstacles that might greet competitors on stages 2 and 3, why the propeller challenge was particularly deadly in stage one, and the odds of Matt awarding someone a big, oversize check for a million bucks at the end of the night tonight.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Rod Man is a stand-up comedian who was the winner of last season’s “Last Comic Standing” on NBC. With this season’s finale airing tonight, we chatted with him about his experience on the show, along with topics like hosting a radio show with Stevie Wonder and whether or not he should do a big Rod Man sweepstakes giveaway at his stand-up shows.Follow @bigwakeupcall
H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who recently wrote the Vanity Fair cover article on Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. Buzz called in to talk about the 25th anniversary edition of “Friday Night Lights.” We discussed his original cancelled book tour in 1990, what the book means to him 25 years later, and how it still applies to high school students. We also debated whether his book is better than “Jay Cutler’s Interceptions for Dummies.”