Lots of fun chatting with Brian Baumgartner, who called in to promote his new movie One Last Night. We also discussed our shared experiences on our high school speech teams, the ubiquitousness of The Office, and how to handle multiple takes of eating snack foods.
Sherri Shepherd called in to talk about her new movie Brian Banks, where she plays the mother of the title character. We discussed how meeting the real people the story is based on informed her acting and how shooting scenes could get a bit intense. Also: movie snack subterfuge.
I was very excited to chat with one of my all-time favorite actors, Vincent D’Onofrio, about his new movie (which he directed) “The Kid.” After a brief bit of fan gushing regarding “Criminal Intent,” we discussed the film, and then Vincent gave me an impromptu acting challenge (which I more or less failed miserably). A fun interview with one of the greats.
John Waters dialed us up for chat about his new book “Mr. Know-It-All.” We also discussed our transitive property connection that totally makes us best friends, and then John tried to teach me to be cool.
The legendary William Shatner made his debut appearance on The Big Wakeup Call when he called in to talk about his upcoming appearance at the Rosemont Theatre on March 8, where he’ll be hosting a special screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by a conversation and Q&A. We had a fun chat about re-visiting his films, thoughtfully answering fans’ questions, and if we’ll see a tour for the 30th anniversary of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (my favorite of the series…and incidentally the one he directed).
John Michael Higgins returned to the show as promised to talk about season 2 of his hit show AmericaSays, now airing weeknights at 9/8c on GSN. John talked about what makes a good contestant, the new twists, turns and special effects this season, and whether or not I could be the loud, overly enthusiastic announcer.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Tom Berenger called in to talk about his latest movie, American Dresser, which is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack. We discussed working with Keith David again, motorcycle helmet laws, and the joys of packing up and moving.
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Hal Linden gave us a call to talk about his critically-acclaimed film “The Samuel Project.” We also discussed his concert tours and how it’s never too late to chase a dream.
John Michael Higgins called in to talk about his new game show America Says, airing 5 days a week at 4ET/3CT on Game Show Network. After a brief chat about Walk Hard (I quote his record producer character at least once a week), John filled us in on how the game show works, his game show hosting style, and getting to say the most famous line ever uttered in game show-dom.
Billy Brown stars in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” as the love interest of Viola Davis, and is now featured in a new movie “Proud Mary” opposite Taraji P. Henson. We chatted about filming in Chicago, his experiences on “Dexter” and working with the legendary Danny Glover.