Tag Archives: Stand-up comedy

James Veitch

Stand-up comic and TED Talk legend James Veitch called in for a fun chat about his new book “Dot Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer.”

Vic DiBitetto

Vic DiBitetto, the Donkey of Comedy and the Working Class Zero, called in for a chat about his lengthy comedy tour which will somehow take him all over the country through 2021 but will not return to Chicago.  Vic is invited to do a house concert in my basement at any time, where massive quantities of deep dish pizza will be provided.  We discussed Chicago vs. New York pizza, Gravy vs. Sauce, and his popular “Ticked off Vic” YouTube segments.

Dan Crohn

Stand-up comedian Dan Crohn called in to talk about his appearance on a new compilation comedy album, “Valentine’s Day is for Suckers.”  Dan also has a solo comedy album called “It’s Enough Already.” We discussed whether or not a comedy show is good for a first date, dealing with second show Friday, the Boston and Chicago comedy scenes, and how teaching 4th graders has provided him with almost endless material.

Pete Correale

Pete Correale called in to the show for a chat about his new stand-up album “For Pete’s Sake.”  We talked about the adventures of being a marathon spectator, listening to classic comedy albums, and juggling a show from city to city.

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.

Gabriel Iglesias

Website-Header-OneShowFitsAllGabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias called in for a fun chat about his many new projects, including his Netflix comedy special “One Show Fits All” (and another special he’s already taped to air next year — plus he’s got a Netflix series in the works), and his upcoming “Beyond The Fluffy” world tour.

Jimmy O. Yang

9780306903496Jimmy O. Yang called in to talk about his new book “How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents.”  We discussed how he learned English from watching BET (which led to his high school rap group), How to American, How to Asian, and why you should always eat Chicago pizza within a 5-minute radius to a bathroom.

End-of-the-Year Spectacular Cavalcade of Giggles Plugfest 2017 Part 2: Ben Gleib

PLUGFESTOn 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.

Chris D’Elia

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.