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Bianca Kajlich from “Undateable”

Comedy veteran Bianca Kajlich plays Leslie Burton on NBC’s hit summer series “Undateable.”  She dished the dirt on what makes a successful ensemble comedy.

Comedian Todd Glass

Todd Glass was promoting his new book, THE TODD GLASS SITUATION: A Bunch of Lies About My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories About My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy.  He mentioned during the course of our conversation that this was the best interview he’d done all day.  Was I that good, or was every previous interview with a pair of wacky morning zoo guys?   You decide!


Blake Harris, author of “Console Wars”

Blake Harris has written a new book, Console Wars, about the Sega-Nintendo battles of the late 80s and early 90s.  As someone who actually owned a Sega Master System instead of an NES, I found this book fascinating.  Great read.



Marcus Lemonis from “The Profit”

Returning guest Marcus Lemonis called in to share some Blackhawks love, as well as some valuable tips for starting a small business.

Actor Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne called into the show to promote his latest movie, The Discoverers.  He also shared stories about hosting Saturday Night Live in the 80s and how he’s still recognized by very particular kind of person from his appearance on Seinfeld.




RG and The Cheese – Your Morning Zookeepers

April 1, 2014

For April Fools’ Day, I decided to fulfill one of my radio fantasies of being an obnoxious host on a Morning Zoo show.

The makeup of a Morning Zoo team is usually like this:   The main guy is either identified as “crazy,” “wild,” or “mad” so-and-so, or just uses his initials.  The other guy (who basically is just there to laugh at everything) is named after an inanimate object.

Thus, “RG and The Cheese” were born, thankfully for one day only.   Talking like a Classic Rock Morning Zoo guy for just a couple hours shredded my larynx.

To help me get into character, I decided that RG and The Cheese are two small market jocks who haven’t traveled much outside of the very conservative town they grew up in, and therefore their idea of what is “shocking” and “edgy” may differ from yours.

Here are some highlights.  First, RG shares a very, very mildly amusing anecdote with The Cheese:


Next, RG and The Cheese perform another staple of a Morning Zoo show, a “phone scam:”


And every Morning Zoo show has to play stupid games to give prizes away:


Listening back, you can certainly tell what I had pre-recorded vs. what was live, as I clearly hadn’t yet decided how severe my Morning Zoo rock jock voice would be.

I’m off to gargle until tomorrow’s show.




Matt Berninger from The National and his brother Tom on the new movie, “Mistaken For Strangers.”

March 31, 2014

For Tom Berninger, coping with the fame of his rock-star brother — the National frontman Matt Berninger — led to his new documentary film, “Mistaken For Strangers,” which opened March 28 in theaters, on iTunes and video-on-demand.


Stevie Lynn Jones from NBC’s “Crisis”

March 26, 2014

Stevie Lynn Jones stars as Beth Ann Gibson in the NBC drama “Crisis.”  She was very kind and polite, and never once audibly rolled her eyes at my attempt to relate to teenagers.


Natasha Korecki talks about our old wacky neighbor, Rod Blagojevich

Natasha Korecki‘s book Only In Chicago is now out in paperback, and that was a good enough excuse to reminisce about out our old neighbor & former governor Rod Blagojevich.  We still miss seeing Rod jog by our houses.  Kind of.


Adam Alter on his new book ‘Drunk Tank Pink’

March 24, 2014

Adam Alter chatted about his new book, “DRUNK TANK PINK: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel and Behave.”  Along with many other topics, we learned why radio interns are always given names like “Stinky” or “Half-wit.”