Category Archives: Show Recaps

Bill McCormick on The Fantastic Four

Bill McCormick joined us for his weekly chat from the World News Center to give us an update on the Batman/Superman movie, what’s happening on the set of the new Fantastic Four movies (yep, plural), and also how 3-D printing technology could eradicate homelessness.

The Movieman on “Book of Life” and “Fury”

The Movieman joined the show this week to review “Book of Life” and “Fury” (NOT “Furry” — that’s a another type of movie that could go a couple of different ways).  He also scolded me about improper movie ticket buying techniques.  See more from The Movieman by going to

Scott Aukerman on the return of Comedy Bang! Bang!

I will state with 100 percent absolute metaphysical certitude that Comedy Bang! Bang! is my favorite TV show right now, so I was delighted to have host Scott Aukerman back on the show and ask him all the questions I couldn’t get to during his last appearance.  Scott was very funny (and very patient), and even gave us a ‘sclusie as to what we’ll see on a future episode!

Comedy Bang! Bang!  returns to IFC will all-new episodes starting Tonight (October 17) at 10:00 Central.  You heard me.  Central.

Daniel Stern talks about “Manhattan”

Daniel Stern is currently starring in “Manhattan,” a WGN America drama about the creation of the atomic bomb.  We talked about what it means for the show to have been renewed for a second season, how it feels to view himself as a seasoned veteran actor, and of course how he wound up having the best beard on television.


Kendrick Sampson from Fox TV’s Gracepoint

Kendrick Sampson was featured as “Jessie” on The Vampire Diaries and now plays Dean Iverson on Fox TV’s Gracepoint, also starring David Tennant and Anna Gunn.  He called in to share stories about how the cast shares a special bond, why he can’t reveal even the tiniest of spoilers, and how many Dr. Who and Breaking Bad trivia questions are asked on the set.

Chef Amanda Freitag

BWUC EXCLUSIVE:  Chef Amanda Freitag reveals why Brussels Sprouts suddenly became edible in 2002!  She also shared a great pork-on-pork recipe, which I misunderstood as pork-on-pork-on-pork and inadvertently made it better.   Next:  pork-on-pork-on-pork, batter-dipped and deep-fried — coming soon to the Wisconsin State Fair.


Tim Meadows

Tim Meadows is currently featured on NBC’s new comedy “Marry Me,” premiering Tuesday Night at 9/8c.  We talked about his role on the show, his improv background in Chicago at Second City and IO,  and how his car was destroyed during last winter’s polar vortex (and why that will never happen again).  We also bonded over our shared love of the sadly underrated “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”

Aubrey Plaza: Flashback Friday

Aubrey Plaza called the show way, way back in April of 2011 (we had been on the air just a few months at that time) to promote that night’s episode of Parks & Recreation.  She made The Big Wakeup Call history as the first guest to use the “S” word (which we were able to bleep) and the “H” word (which we did not).



Bill McCormick on cheese-related deaths

Whenever there is an uptick in cheese consumption, more people are killed by being strangled by their bedsheets.  Bill shared these and other fascinating facts on his weekly visit from the World News Center, including a heartwarming story of how 16 high school students used information from last week’s segment to get a leg up on their science projects.  Also, mentions of cleavage if that does anything for you.

Kristen Schaal: Throwback Thursday

From The Big Wakeup Call Vault(tm):  Kristen Schaal called into the show in May of 2013 to talk about the season finale of Bob’s Burgers and their upcoming live tour.  We also talked a little bit about Flight of the Conchords and the rumored huge makeout session at the 30 Rock wrap party.  Listen for me to say a naughty word that almost derails the interview and puts the entire show in jeopardy for several seconds!