Matt Pinfield was my favorite MTV host when MTV was MTV, and it was fun to chat with him about his new book “All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life” and share ’90s memories of Oasis, Jesus and Mary Chain. Inspiral Carpets and more.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Tegan Marie is an up-and-coming country music star who, at the age of 12, has already performed at the CMA Festival and Good Morning America. She is donating the proceeds from her new single “Lucky Me” (available on iTunes) to Hurley Children’s Hospital in her hometown of Flint, Michigan, to help kids that were affected by lead poisoning. We had a fun chat discussing her life and career (so far), including performing with Kelsea Ballerini and bringing a tear to the eyes of Florida Georgia Line.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Pnina Tornai is a world-renowned couture designer, a lifestyle & fashion expert, and one of the hosts of the popular TLC series “Say Yes to the Dress.” Pnina joined us to share advice on selecting a dress for the fall (or upcoming spring) wedding season, maintaining a healthy eating plan while getting ready for your wedding, and why God made bridesmaids.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Vicki Lawrence is one of our favorite guests, and we were happy to have her call in to talk about the amazing new box set “The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes – Treasures from the Vault.” It’s a spectacular collection of full-length episodes of the early years of the show that haven’t been seen in decades. We discussed how her role grew on the show, the perfect timing and chemistry of the cast, and why the show remains timeless and an example of comedy perfection.
Adam Nimoy is the son of legendary actor Leonard Nimoy as well as the director of a new documentary, “For the Love of Spock,” which premieres in theaters and on demand this Friday. We discussed the successful crowd funding campaign, how he juggled his roles as director/fan/son to give the film a unique perspective, and what he hope’s we’ll learn about Leonard (and Spock).Follow @bigwakeupcall
Andrew Zimmern, award-winning host of “Bizarre Foods” on Travel Channel, called in along with Jennifer Kaleba from No Kid Hungry to discuss how we can eat out and make our meals count in September by dining at participating restaurants that will donate a portion of the proceeds to No Kid Hungry. We also talked about the shamefulness of having a culture that’s more aware of food than ever (courtesy of so many food-related tv shows) but still struggles to feed all of its people, especially children.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Joey Chestnut is the World Champion of the World when it comes to competitive eating. He recently set the record for most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes (70!) at the July 4th Nathan’s competition, and now he’s participating with Nathan’s in another Guinness World Record attempt. We discussed how he keeps getting better with age, how his training style has evolved as he’s gotten older, and the best way someone seeking to follow in his footsteps should start out.
Alison Pill stars in the new movie “Zoom,” which premieres September 2nd in theaters and video on demand. Along with a discussion of the film, which was shot in both her hometown on Toronto and down in Brazil and features a mix of live action and animation, we also talked about her appearance on “Law and Order” a decade ago, and why she loves comic book fans but has only been to one convention. Alison is charming, talented and very polite.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Legendary coach Steve Spurrier has written his memoir, “Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football.” We discussed why he decided it was time to share his story, how important it was for him to be a different kind of football coach, and why he always fell back on the wisdom of John Wooden. We also shared some USFL memories and Steve told a story about his best game as a pro QB, which of course came against the Bears at Soldier Field.Follow @bigwakeupcall