TV legend Marc Summers called in to talk about the reboot of Double Dare! We discussed the legacy of the original show, why aging Gen-Xers like me continue to have such a fondness for show (and how many of us now have kids old enough to be contestants), and how he became a part of the 2018 edition.
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 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.
New 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.
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 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.
Jimmy O. Yang called in to talk about his new book “How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents.” We discussed how he learned English from watching BET (which led to his high school rap group), How to American, How to Asian, and why you should always eat Chicago pizza within a 5-minute radius to a bathroom.
Kate Dobson is the co-author (along with her husband J.D. Dobson) of the very funny new book “Hottest Heads of State,” examining the attractiveness of our U.S. Presidents. We discussed how Kate’s childhood crush on James K. Polk inspired the book, the special section on “Match the Mistress,” and a potential volume 2 featuring a certain current Canadian Prime Minister.
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. First to call in was my very good pal Scott Aukerman, marking his 9th appearance on the show. We discussed secret identities, a name change for Comedy Bang Bang, Scott talking less about himself on the show, looking back on 2017 and ahead to 2018, and exactly how much money Scott made on 2017. Maybe it’s just me, but for me, this was a fun interview.
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.