On The Big Wakeup Call’s End-of-the-Year Spectacular Cavalcade of Giggles Plugfest 2017, I chat with some of my favorite guests and close, personal friends who wouldn’t dream of taking such a tender occasion to plug their projects. First to call in was my very good pal Scott Aukerman, marking his 9th appearance on the show. We discussed secret identities, a name change for Comedy Bang Bang, Scott talking less about himself on the show, looking back on 2017 and ahead to 2018, and exactly how much money Scott made on 2017. Maybe it’s just me, but for me, this was a fun interview.
On The Big Wakeup Call’s End-of-the-Year Spectacular Cavalcade of Giggles Plugfest 2017, I chat with some of my favorite guests and close, personal friends who wouldn’t dream of taking such a tender occasion to plug their projects. My next call was from my dear old friend Ben Gleib, joining the 5-timers club on the show. We talked about our wild night at the Cubs-Dodgers playoff game, Ben’s highlight of 2017, shooting down a heckler protesting human rights, a potential late-night version of Idiotest, and our regular winner-take-all Pictionary matches. Ben also just briefly mentioned his upcoming tour and podcast.
On The Big Wakeup Call’s End-of-the-Year Spectacular Cavalcade of Giggles Plugfest 2017, I chat with some of my favorite guests and close, personal friends who wouldn’t dream of taking such a tender occasion to plug their projects. Also calling in was one of my best friends from way back when, Dylan Brody. We talked about our controversial, offensive snorkeling trip, furniture-eating dogs, ping-pong night, and merely hinted at Dylan’s new book “The Modern Depression Guidebook,” available now and a perfect holiday gift.
Nancy Cartwright called in to talk about her new film “In Search of Fellini,” based on true events in her life. We discussed seeing her life played out by a young actress, why she didn’t cast herself in the film in a major role, and thinking about what it means for Bart Simpson to be a grandma.
Garry Gary Beers from INXS called in to discuss the 30th anniversary edition of “Kick.” The deluxe version includes alternate takes, mixes, demos, and a special version of the album mixed in Dolby Atmos by Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios. Garry also talked about experiencing the album for himself in a completely different way, answering music geek questions (from me) about bass strings and amps, and touring with the Wiggles before they were the Wiggles.
The Movie Man called in with his thoughts on “The Last Jedi” and “Ferdinand.” Plus, how movies disappear too quickly from theaters, and two soap box rants regarding net neutrality and where meat comes from.
The World News Center’s Bill McCormick called in to chat about the fallout from Disney’s acquisition of Fox, including Thor becoming a Disney princess and the potential death of Deadpool. Plus: Netflix vs. the FCC and whether we’re heading back to the dial-up days.
Giuliana Rancic joined the 4-timers club as she called in to share some tips on eating and drinking while on the road this holiday season. She also gave me some advice on picking the right preschool for my daughter.
Scott Ian from Anthrax returned to the show to talk about his new book Access All Areas: Stories From a Rock Hard Life. We discussed how the book is not a sequel to I’m the Man (since that would require writing a second autobiography, an absurd yet interesting thought), telling an honest version of tales of debauchery, and his most requested story (involving Lemmy and a pair of Daisy Dukes).
Best-selling author James Rollins called into discuss his new book The Demon Crown, the 13th book in the Sigma Force series. James talked about his writing process, answering unanswerable questions, making random phone calls to experts, and whether or not The Demon Crown will be a relaxing read for quiet moments during the holidays (answer: no).