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Jim Breuer

It was fun catching up with Jim Breuer as we had a chat about his upcoming “Live and Let Laugh” tour, which will bring him to the House of Blues in Chicago on November 3rd.

Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer returned to the show to promote his new comedy album “Live from Portland,” now available on all digital platforms.  We talked about joys of getting old (especially colonoscopies), opening for Metallica, and my daughter’s newly discovered love for Goat Boy.

Mark McKinney

unnamed (1)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.

Scott Aukerman

Scott AukermanScott 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.

Michaela Watkins

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.

 

“Veep” Showrunner David Mandel

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?

Jim Breuer

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.”

Michaela Watkins & Tommy Dewey from Hulu’s “Casual”

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).

Vanessa Bayer talks about the “Trainwreck Comedy Tour”

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.

Brooks Wheelan

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.