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
Scott Aukerman made his record-shattering 8th appearance on our Show, this time talking about “Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special,” which he co-directed and co-executive produced and is out now on Netflix. We discussed the origin of the special, why Comedy Bang! Bang’s signature mix of comedy, love and music made for a perfect match with Michael Bolton, and why this special could and should be a significant part of a romantic weekend. Plus: favorite lines from Comedy Bang! Bang!, filming in Australia on Christmas Day, and a medical explanation of male excitement.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.
David Mandel was a writer on “Seinfeld” (penning two of my all-time favorites, “The Bizarro Jerry” and “The Pool Boy”) and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and is now the showrunner for HBO’s Emmy award-winning series “Veep.” We discussed what a showrunner actually does (versus, say, an executive producer), writing for an ensemble comedy, and the excruciating minutia of television production. Also: Whither DVDs?Follow @bigwakeupcall
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
Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey star in the new comedy series “Casual,” which premieres today on Hulu. We discussed the concept of the show (and how the comedy comes out of uncomfortable honesty), why it’s better the show is being released weekly vs. available for binge watching, and the advantages of working with Hulu (such as avoiding a lengthy pilot process).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
Brooks Wheelan is a stand-up comedian who was a cast member on SNL for the 2013-14 season. His new comedy album “This Is Cool, Right?” is out now digitally and will be released on vinyl this spring. In a very funny interview, Brooks talked about how he selected material for the album, his thoughts on SNL, and why hipsters are responsible in the delay of the vinyl release.
After five strong years creating memorable characters on Saturday Night Live, Nasim Pedrad now plays “Jane” on Fox TV’s new comedy “Mulaney.” We talked about the differences in the production schedules of SNL and a traditional sitcom, how much fun it is to work with Martin Short, and the object of wonder that is John Mulaney’s hair.Follow @bigwakeupcall
I’ve been a fan of Casey Wilson since she first appeared on Saturday Night Live. She now stars as Annie on NBC’s “Marry Me,” Tuesday nights at 8 Central. She talked about how she and co-star Ken Marino quickly developed their chemistry, why Tim Meadows makes the best TV dad, and when we’ll hear her sing on the show.Follow @bigwakeupcall