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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Michaela Watkins called in to talk about season two of the Golden Globe-nominated comedy series “Casual,” which is available for streaming on Hulu. We talked about how this smart, funny show found its voice almost immediately (as a result of impeccable casting by producer Jason Reitman), the support they’ve received from Hulu, and the freedom that support allows them as writers and actors.
James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist and a best-selling author. His newest book is “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency.” After spending some time talking about his previous work, the critically-acclaimed “Live From New York” that told the history of “Saturday Night Live,” we discussed why he wanted to explore CAA as a subject, what he was surprised to find out about the agency, and whether or not he feared that one false move could ruin his career.
Jim Breuer is a comedian, actor and rock and roll frontman for The Loud and Rowdy who are releasing their first full-length album this week, “Songs from the Garage,” on Metal Blade records. We talked about the correlation between comedy and heavy metal, how he’s managed to preserve his voice despite years of Rob Halford and Brian Johnson impersonations (not to mention doing Goat Boy), and why he thinks his new live show will be “The Wiggles for Adults.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Mark McKinney starred in Kids In The Hall and on Saturday Night Live and is now featured in a new NBC comedy series Superstore. Mark was kind enough to indulge a few of my geeky KITH fanboy questions while also discussing the strong cast of Superstore and how they quickly developed their chemistry and comedy timing.Follow @bigwakeupcall
I was really looking forward to chatting with Vanessa Bayer as I absolutely love her work on SNL. No matter what character she’s playing, she absolutely slays me. Vanessa was exactly what I’d hoped for — funny, genuine, and charming, especially when talking about eating onion rings and a bucket of shrimp in one of my favorite SNL sketches.
Vanessa is featured in the Judd Apatow/Amy Schumer movie “Trainwreck” this summer, and is also participating in the “Trainwreck Comedy Tour” with several other cast members, including Amy, Judd, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell and Mike Birbiglia. The tour hits the Harris Theatre in Chicago on June 18.Follow @bigwakeupcall