Ted Alexandro called in to talk about his new web series “Teachers Lounge.” We also discussed his comedy background, the challenges of making a web series, and how I was wrong. I was dead wrong, and I will be the first person to admit it.Follow @bigwakeupcall
When NBC needed someone to bring some medical drama experience to their new series “The Night Shift,” they called in Eriq LaSalle. Eriq called in to promote the episode he directed, and talked about what makes a director an “actor’s director.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
I cannot overstate how important an influence the Small Faces have been to me as a music fan, songwriter and musician. It was fantastic to spend a few minutes with the legendary Ian McLagan to talk about his new album, United States. Ian also mentioned a few things he’ll personally require before reuniting with Rod Stewart.
Music icon Darryl “DMC” McDaniels called in to talk about a cancer awareness event he was hosting. He also did a freestyle rap for me at the end of the interview. If my 16-year-old self is somehow reading this: Yes. This happens in the future.
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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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!
Returning guest Marcus Lemonis called in to share some Blackhawks love, as well as some valuable tips for starting a small business.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.