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.”

Scott Ian from Anthrax

Scott Ian is the rhythm guitarist and leader of the legendary metal band Anthrax.  He’s written a new book, “I’m The Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax.”  We discussed the ups and downs of the music industry in the 80s and 90s, why he finally decided to write a book, and who would win in a fight between the “Not” man and Eddie the Head from Iron Maiden.

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!

Dan Mintz from Bob’s Burgers

Dan Mintz is best known as the voice of Tina on Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers.”  He was calling in to promote his new stand-up album, The Stranger, out today in digital form and available on CD starting October 21.   We discussed his performance style, how social media is an insatiable monster when it comes to creating content, and why he’s always felt too shy to appear on podcasts.

Food Network’s Sandra Lee

We always have a good time when Sandra Lee calls in.  Today she had a nice candy corn buzz on as she shared tips on Halloween costumes, decor, and adult beverages.  At the end, she called me “honey.”  Either she forgot who she was talking to, or we’ve really bonded over the years in the 6-to-8 minutes we have together every 6 months or so.

Harry Lennix from The Blacklist

Harry Lennix is very excited to play his character, FBI head Harry Cooper, and to be on a critically-acclaimed and successful show.  He’s also still a huge Chicago Bears fan and was kind enough to give us a tiny information nugget on the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, where he will reprise his role as General Swanwick.

Adam Ferrara from Top Gear

Adam Ferrara called in to talk about the new season of Top Gear (Thursdays at 8:00 CT on the History Channel).  He also shared stories about his stand-up days and driving 182 miles an hour on the way to the interview.

The Movieman on Gone Girl, Annabelle and Ebola

The Movieman was calling live from the set of CNN, so he kept looking over his shoulder in fear of catching Ebola while reviewing Gone Girl and Annabelle.  He also wants us to help spread the hashtag #Affleckpeen, which I refuse to do.