Tag Archives: Comedy

Aubrey Plaza: Flashback Friday

Aubrey Plaza called the show way, way back in April of 2011 (we had been on the air just a few months at that time) to promote that night’s episode of Parks & Recreation.  She made The Big Wakeup Call history as the first guest to use the “S” word (which we were able to bleep) and the “H” word (which we did not).

 

 

Kristen Schaal: Throwback Thursday

From The Big Wakeup Call Vault(tm):  Kristen Schaal called into the show in May of 2013 to talk about the season finale of Bob’s Burgers and their upcoming live tour.  We also talked a little bit about Flight of the Conchords and the rumored huge makeout session at the 30 Rock wrap party.  Listen for me to say a naughty word that almost derails the interview and puts the entire show in jeopardy for several seconds!

Dan Mintz from Bob’s Burgers

Dan Mintz is best known as the voice of Tina on Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers.”  He was calling in to promote his new stand-up album, The Stranger, out today in digital form and available on CD starting October 21.   We discussed his performance style, how social media is an insatiable monster when it comes to creating content, and why he’s always felt too shy to appear on podcasts.

Adam Ferrara from Top Gear

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.

Henry Zebrowski from NBC’s “A-Z”

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.

Melissa Fumero from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Melissa Fumero plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox’s Golden Globe award-winning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.   SPOILER ALERT!   She gave some vague hints and thinly disguised innuendo on what may or may not happen on the season premiere.  SPOILER ALERT!

Comedian Max Silvestri

Max Silvestri‘s newest album is King Piglet.  He is also part of a new TV show called “The Feed” airing on the FYI Network.  We talked about comedy and his lovely and charming co-host, Gail Simmons.

Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail airs Wednesday nights at 11:30 on Comedy Central and features frank and explicit scenes that may be unsuitable for more sensitive viewers.  Not for me, I can tell you.   #awkwardbrag

Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al called in to promote his new album, Mandatory Fun.  We talked about his songwriting process, good parody songs vs. bad parody songs, and why it’s still ok to scold Vanilla Ice.

Reggie Watts from “Comedy Bang! Bang!”

Either we woke Reggie up, or he’s so brilliant he did the whole interview in character as a guy who just woke up.