Tag Archives: Comedians

Bill Scheft

unnamed (5)Former David Letterman writer Bill Scheft called in to talk about his experiences working with Dave and a new book, “The Last Days of Letterman: The Final 6 Weeks,” for which he wrote the foreword.  Making Bill genuinely laugh right off the bat certainly gave me some confidence I might be slightly humorous.

Gabriel Iglesias

Website-Header-OneShowFitsAllGabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias called in for a fun chat about his many new projects, including his Netflix comedy special “One Show Fits All” (and another special he’s already taped to air next year — plus he’s got a Netflix series in the works), and his upcoming “Beyond The Fluffy” world tour.

Anthony Atamanuik

unnamedAnthony Atamanuik called in to talk about his new book American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives, and his new Comedy Central special A President Show Documentary: The Fall of Donald Trump.  We discussed how the book is a fine, PBS-like companion to The President Show, the mental and physical side effects of becoming Donald Trump, and fond childhood memories of reading transcripts of the Nixon tapes.

Desi Lydic and Ronny Chieng

Screen Shot 2018-10-24 at 11.06.50 AMThe Daily Show correspondents Desi Lydic and Ronny Chieng called in to promote the show’s upcoming week in Miami, as well as their live midterm election special.  Topics included a retro discussion of hanging chads, all-caps emails, dealing with longitudinal differences, politely dealing with lame jokes, and meeting The Wiggles.

Adam Carolla

featuredImageAdam Carolla returned to the show for a chat about his new channel on Pluto TV, Chassy, which will feature documentaries, feature films and tv shows exploring all things motor machinery.  We also discussed his collection of Paul Newman’s racing cars and reminisced fondly about “Sunday, Sunday, Sundays” with Nitro-burning funny cars.  Plus: the return of Crank Yankers?

John Michael Higgins

unnamed (3)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.

Tom Papa

9781250144386Tom Papa called in for a fun chat about his new book Your Dad Stole My Rake…and Other Family Dilemmas.  We discussed why he wanted to put down his thoughts into convenient book form, writing for a specific audience, dealing with “wacky” morning radio shows, and the eternal dilemma of juggling work and family.

Dave Itzkoff

robinNew York Times culture reporter, best-selling author, and Twitter superstar Dave Itzkoff dialed into the show to talk about his new book Robin: The Definitive Biography and Untold Story of Robin Williams. We discussed why fans felt such a connection to Robin, how he dealt with a rocket-like ascent to fame from comedy clubs to Mork and Mindy, his struggles with substance abuse, and how the public side of Robin Williams differed from the private side.

Mark McKinney

unnamed (1)Comedy legend Mark McKinney made a triumphant return appearance  to the show to talk about the season 3 finale of “Superstore.”  We discussed the development of his character “Glenn,” including the nuances of the St. Louis accent and how it was based on my St. Louis-raised-wife’s next-door neighbor.  Mark and I also made plans to attend a White Sox game this summer and share some mac and cheese, ketchup, and tapeworm food.

Nell Scovell

funny partsNell Scovell is one of the funniest people in the history of ever who has written for The Simpsons, Late Night With David Letterman, Murphy Brown, Newhart, The Muppets, and many more.  Her new memoir is “Just the Funny Parts…and a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys’ Club.”  A fun interview talking comedy with one of the greats.