On The Big Wakeup Call’s End-of-the-Year Spectacular Cavalcade of Giggles Plugfest 2017, I chat with some of my favorite guests and close, personal friends who wouldn’t dream of taking such a tender occasion to plug their projects. My next call was from my dear old friend Ben Gleib, joining the 5-timers club on the show. We talked about our wild night at the Cubs-Dodgers playoff game, Ben’s highlight of 2017, shooting down a heckler protesting human rights, a potential late-night version of Idiotest, and our regular winner-take-all Pictionary matches. Ben also just briefly mentioned his upcoming tour and podcast.Follow @bigwakeupcall
On The Big Wakeup Call’s End-of-the-Year Spectacular Cavalcade of Giggles Plugfest 2017, I chat with some of my favorite guests and close, personal friends who wouldn’t dream of taking such a tender occasion to plug their projects. Also calling in was one of my best friends from way back when, Dylan Brody. We talked about our controversial, offensive snorkeling trip, furniture-eating dogs, ping-pong night, and merely hinted at Dylan’s new book “The Modern Depression Guidebook,” available now and a perfect holiday gift.
Michael Rapaport called in to chat about sports and his new book, “THIS BOOK HAS BALLS: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash.” We discussed 23 reasons why LeBron will never be like Mike, the 90s Bulls-Knicks rivalry, and growing up in the 70s and 80s being all-consumed by sports. A fun interview with slams of John Starks and Phil Jackson included at no extra charge.
“The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool” is a new book written by Leon Black as told to J.B. Smoove. We discussed how Leon took over his book deal, how he gets inside the mind of the character, and why everyone needs their own personal Leon.
Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling called in to talk about his new memoir, “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern.” We discussed his early radio career writing jokes for Rick Dees, why he doesn’t mind talking about his time with Howard Stern, and why jokes for kids don’t have to be stupid and annoying. Plus: a shout out to Chicago’s own “Uncle Lar,” Larry Reeb.
Comedian and actor John Fugelsang called in to discuss his new tv show Page Six TV, shared stories of interviewing George Harrison and Paul McCartney, and talked about his upcoming appearance in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre as part of the “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Ken Pisani is a television writer and producer, screenwriter, playwright, comic book author, novelist and a former cartoonist. (Ken needs to learn how to focus.) He is one of three finalists for the coveted Thurber Prize for American Humor for his debut novel AMP’D.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chris D’Elia called in to chat about his new comedy special, “Man on Fire,” which premieres today (6/27/17) on Netflix. We discussed saying goodbye to a set of material, how promotion is part of the gig for a comedian, and how to best enjoy live comedy in a club.
Annabelle Gurwitch’s new book is “Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To.” We had a fun chat about the stories in the book (The Alabama Jewish Mafia! Bootleggers! Philanderers! THC smuggling!), assuming and or/wishing we were adopted, bringing back scrapbooking, and transcript tattoos.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Paula Poundstone called in to chat about her new book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.” We discussed the inspiration for the book, her approach to scientific methodology, and how we both have received the seal of approval from Dick Cavett!Follow @bigwakeupcall