Ira Robbins has been covering rock and roll for more than 40 years as publisher of Trouser Press magazine and now on the Trouser Press website. We had a fun chat about the evening’s events, why Kid Rock inducted Cheap Trick, who’s left in Chicago’s lineup, the grumpiness of Steve Miller and why we can’t see a live broadcast of the show.
Of course you know Kate Flannery from her memorable portrayal of “Meredith” on NBC’s “The Office.” She was also a member of The Second City touring company and a star in many productions by Chicago’s Annoyance Theater. We talked about her career in Chicago comedy as well as her current projects, including the film “4th Man Out,” which is in theaters and on demand today.
Steve Wilkos is currently in the middle of season 9 of “The Steve Wilkos Show,” and he called in to catch us up on what we may have missed and what we’ll see going forward. We also talked about the changing neighborhood around Wrigley Field (Steve grew up just blocks from the ballpark) and whether or not this is the year.
“The Steve Wilkos Show” airs weekdays at 10am and 5pm in Chicago on WCIU.
Alex Meneses is a Chicago native and a critically-acclaimed actress who is currently featured on NBC’s Telenovela. We talking about growing up in Chicago in the 70s and 80s and watching the old Channel 26 (Spanish language channel), the chemistry of the cast, and why she maintains ties to her hometown.
New episodes of Telenovela are on NBC Monday nights at 7:30 Central.
It was thrill to talk to Philip Bailey, Verdine White & Ralph Johnson from Earth, Wind & Fire and Lee Loughnane & Robert Lamm from Chicago about their “Heart and Soul Tour 2.0,” which comes to the United Center on April 1, 2016. We discussed how they keep having great success in the face of changing music trends and band personnel, the depth of their original song catalogs, and what they have planned for their hometown show in Chicago.
Nate Berkus is celebrating 20 years of his design firm, Nake Berkus Associates, and is also rolling out a specially designed line of appliances for LG Studio. We talked about his basic design philosophy, why he jumped at the chance to put his own stamp on the latest technology in appliances, and why Chicago still means so much to him.
Margaret Cho’s new stand-up special “PsyCHO” is coming to Showtime on September 25th, and Margaret will be appearing at the Chicago Theatre on October 3rd. We talked about the timeline of putting together a one-hour special, how her comedy has evolved over the years, and whether or not “enhanced” viewing of the special (such as in Colorado and Oregon) will provide another level of jokes.
Jim Gaffigan called in to the show and spent a few minutes with us talking about “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (which premieres tonight at 10/9C on TVLand), as well as his upcoming stand-up show at Northerly Island on August 6th. We discussed how the show was almost 10 years in the making, why people who are expecting a traditional sitcom are certainly going to be surprised, and what he looks forward to doing when he comes home to the Chicago area.
Marcus Lemonis called in to talk about new episodes of “The Profit,” now airing Tuesday nights at 10/9C on CNBC. We discussed some of his successful past deals, one that really went the wrong way (Spoiler alert: Those Skullduggery guys), and how a family situation is currently tearing up a local Chicago-area business. We also shared some love for the Blackhawks (Marcus’s pick: ‘Hawks in 6).
It’s always fun to talk with the lovely and charming Gail Simmons about food & dining. Gail shared some of her favorite restaurants in Chicago and gave me some advice about going to hipster-filled joints without worry (reminding them I was hip in the ’90s is not a good strategy).