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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Henry Zebrowski was so happy to be calling a station in Chicago, fatherland of “his people.” It was a very funny chat about getting the part of the best friend/wacky neighbor, comedic timing, the pitfalls of producing a pilot, and alliteration.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Either we woke Reggie up, or he’s so brilliant he did the whole interview in character as a guy who just woke up.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!
Tom Green has a new show on AXS TV (Mark Cuban’s network), Tom Green Live. If you’re only familiar with Tom through the old MTV show or his stand-up, you might be surprised to discover he’s a skilled interviewer and really gets his guest to open up. We talked about the show, cell phones at comedy shows, and the future of ensemble comedy.
I’m a big fan of “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and was happy to chat with Scott about a kinder, gentler surrealist talk show, comedians being funny without doing “bits,” and the force of nature that is Reggie Watts. Next time I’ll have to remember to ask him how he manages to balance work and family.