Donnell Rawlings called us up to talk about his new TV series “Project Dad,” which airs Thursdays at 5/4c on TLC. We also discussed how often he’s asked to shout catchphrases from “Chappelle’s Show,” his many appearances on “Law and Order” (in which he was always arrested), and his son becoming the African-American version of “Caillou.”
Deanna Adler is the mom of Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler who tells her story about a mom’s love for her son and her struggles with his very public battle with addiction in her book “Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns and Roses.” Deanna shared a very personal story of bonding with someone mother-to-mother about addiction, how she never gave up on her son, and how, despite the sometimes heroic public image, rock stars are all too human.
Dan Schachner called in to give us the latest on Puppy Bowl XIII, airing this Sunday on Animal Planet. We talked about how the rosters are larger than ever, a change in scoring for this year’s game, and how large a staff it takes to put on a production like this. We also had a serious discussion about adopting animals from a shelter and what it takes to be a foster home for dogs or cats.
We had a very fun chat with Judy Tenuta, unexpectedly chatting about the geography, demographics and architecture of my hometown of Aurora, Illinois. Judy also sang us a song, shared the tenets of “Judyism,” and plugged her hosting gig on “Gotham Comedy Live” on the AXS TV network.
It was a pleasure to chat with Tommy Roe about his new book, “From Cabbagetown to Tinseltown.” Tommy talked about why he decided to return to performing after a long absence, his experience on the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, and opening for Sam Cooke on a tour of the segregated south.
Cristy Lee called in live on location in Scottsdale, Arizona to give us an update on the Barrett-Jackson collector car event going on now through Sunday, with live coverage on Discovery Channel and Velocity. We discussed the rare and unique automobiles up for auction, her favorite cars on display, and why you shouldn’t get too close to vintage cars with either a churro or a turkey leg.
Steve Jones called in to talk about his new book “Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol.” We talked about how he wrote the book through a series of Skype chats, growing up poor in London without a fridge or a bathtub, and things that are not rock and roll — like “meet and greets,” electronic drums, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bryan Callen returned to the show to talk about his new stand-up album, “Never Grow Up.” The last time we talked, Bryan was preparing to record the special and was in the process of tweaking the material. Bryan assures us the material is now 100 percent tweaked and you will definitely laugh. Plus: a cameo appearance by his son, why a movie laugh will never be better than a live comedy laugh, and why it’s hard to do self-promotion (like appearing on this radio show).