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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chris D’Elia called in to chat about his new comedy special, “Man on Fire,” which premieres today (6/27/17) on Netflix. We discussed saying goodbye to a set of material, how promotion is part of the gig for a comedian, and how to best enjoy live comedy in a club.
Paula Poundstone called in to chat about her new book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.” We discussed the inspiration for the book, her approach to scientific methodology, and how we both have received the seal of approval from Dick Cavett!Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dylan Brody returned to the show to plug his one-man show “Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood.” Despite our prediction of uncomfortably awkward interview full of large pauses and overlapping dialogue, we had a fun and entertaining chat.
“Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood” is at the Apollo Studio Theatre (2540 N. Lincoln in Chicago) Wednesdays through Saturdays through May 20.
Legendary and influential comedian Robert Klein called in to talk about a new documentary, “Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg,” which premieres Friday night on Starz. We talked about the making of the film, his time at Second City, and what it’s like to be referred to as a legend.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Sam Tripoli called in to talk about his new comedy double album “Diabolical,” featuring one disc of storytelling and one where he says he completely bombed. We chatted about how political correctness can squash the free expression of ideas, the flowchart of comedy oppression, why no one heckles a TED Talk, and being chased by a police helicopter.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Todd Barry called in to talk about his new book “Thank You For Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian’s Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities In The World.” We discussed meet-and-greets, tour merchandise, and having the gift/curse of the second sight.
Legendary and influential comedian Paul Provenza called into the show to talk about his appearance in the new documentary “Dying Laughing,” which features interviews with and chronicles the life of popular stand-up comedians. We also discussed how you can’t really rehearse a set in front of a mirror in the basement, insulted Dylan Brody, and talked about the misguided mindset of “Morning Zoo”-type radio hosts.
Dylan Brody is a critically acclaimed playwright, humorist and storyteller. His new comedy special “Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood” is available now at Next Up Comedy and also coming soon to a theater near you (if you’re in Chicago and live near the Apollo Theatre). We discussed his early days of doing stand-up comedy and what we can expect on the special. Plus: a personal insult from Greg Proops and a Robin Hood-esque dead dog story.
Gary Valentine is currently featured on “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS. We discussed working with his brother (Kevin James) once again, how it feels to be on another successful sitcom (spoiler alert: it’s great), and prepping material for another hour-long stand-up special.Follow @bigwakeupcall