Jeff Ross, the world’s #1 undisputed toastmaster, is judging a special comedy event, “The Road to Roast,” which comes to Lincoln Hall tomorrow night (June 16) at 8:00. We discussed the format of the event as well as the art, science & psychology of roasting.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Paul F. Tompkins is one of the best stand-up comics working today, and also an amazing improv performer, especially the characters he plays on Comedy Bang! Bang! (Dame Sir Lord ALW, J.W. Stillwater, Cake Boss and more). His new hour-long stand-up special “Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving” airs this Saturday night at 11/10c on Comedy Central. We discussed how the worlds of stand-up and improv should ideally intersect, the importance of honesty in comedy for both performer and audience member, and of course what kind of a show we’ll see on Saturday night.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Larry Wilmore is the titular host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central. We talked about the debates (and how rude it is to hold them after most late-night programs tape), how important a good title is in the success of a segment, and the evolving role of a basic cable comedy show in the national political discussion.
Christopher Titus called in to promote his new Comedy Central special “Angry Pursuit of Happiness,” which airs at Midnight/11 Central this Saturday, May 9. We talked about how he’s still fueled creatively by dysfunction (and how actually being happy almost derailed his career), how he develops a theme for a special, and why it’s hard for him to let a special go without constantly wanting to go back and re-write jokes.
Nate Bargatze’s first hour-long special, “Full Time Magic,” debuts this Saturday night at Midnight/11 Central on Comedy Central. We talked about how he put together material for the special, what fans can expect when they tune in, and why he feels this might be the worst time and date to debut a comedy special ever (SPOILER ALERT: something to do with some kind of boxing match-type thing taking place that same night.)Follow @bigwakeupcall
Nick DiPaolo’s latest comedy special is “Another Senseless Killing.” We talked about creating and breaking in new material, how comedy club culture keeps evolving, and had a brief, existential discussion on the true meaning behind Nick’s comedy — kind of.
(If you click on the link above and enter promo code “radio,” you can get a couple of bucks off the price of the special).
Trevor Moore has a new Comedy Central stand-up special premiering Friday night (3/6/15) at 11:00 Central, “Trevor Moore: High In Church.” We talked about what we’ll see on the special, how writing music and writing sketch comedy have many similarities, and how he feels about fans quoting his material back to him (which I did immediately to start the interview).
Kyle Kinane is a fellow native of Chicago’s western suburbs and the on-air voice of Comedy Central. His new special “I Liked His Old Stuff Better,” is now available extended and uncensored. We talked about putting together a “new” hour of comedy, the influence of growing up in the suburbs, and how much fun it is to announce your friends’ names on TV.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was a fun & very casual chat with Al Madrigal. He gave us the up-to-the-minute weather for Pasadena, California, while suggesting we warm up here in Chicago by using flaming barrels. We also discussed acting, marriage, comedy, and of course “About A Boy.”Follow @bigwakeupcall