Tag Archives: Stand-up comedy

Gary Valentine

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.

Dave Hill on his new movie “The Babymooners”

Comedian, actor and musician Dave Hill called in to chat about his role in the new movie “The Babymooners,” which is now out on DVD and video on demand.   Dave talked about how his scene in the movie is based on a real-life experience (as was much of the film), how he doesn’t have kids but does have a dog (and how perhaps she should have taken a “puppymoon” before bringing him home), and how the film is appropriate for everyone except tweens and toddlers.

Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope called in live from his driveway to talk about his latest stand-up special, “No Place like Home,” which is now available on CD and digital download.  We discussed Cyber Monday, playing theaters versus what he called “crapholes,” (the best we could do on terrestrial radio) and why he prefers to listen to comedy instead of watching it.


Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn’s new comedy special, “Colin Quinn: The New York Story,” premieres this Friday on Netflix.  We discussed the theme of the special, along with his one attempt at morning radio, working with Jerry Seinfeld, and an uncalled-for insult on Instagram from Any Schumer.


Larry Miller

It was a lot of fun catching up with comedian Larry Miller.  We talked about his podcast, “The Larry Miller Show” and why he’s always on a television near you at any given point in time, and Larry also shared a funny story about trying to find a restroom while filming a movie at an all-girls elementary school.

Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe Robinson is a comedian and podcast host.  Her new book is “You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain.”  We had a fun chat about how she selected essays for the book, the New York & Chicago comedy scenes (complete with leaky roofs and food poisoning), getting a testimonial from the Broad City girls, and the healing power of Shake Shack.

Tom Dreesen

It was great to chat with the legendary Tom Dreesen about his experiences on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.  We discussed how he got his big break on the show, what he learned from studying Johnny, and how eventually he’d book himself on the show and THEN start to write material.   Fun stories with a Chicago comedy great.

Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger called us from a rotary phone at her parents’ house in Dallas to promote her new Netflix special, “Confirmed Kills,” which debuts today.  We discussed her beef with mermaids, love of shark tank, interactions with wacky morning DJs, and millennials watching live shows on a tiny screen.

Roastmaster Jeff Ross

Jeff Ross, the world’s #1 undisputed toastmaster, is judging a special comedy event, “The Road to Roast,” which comes to Lincoln Hall tomorrow night (June 16) at 8:00.   We discussed the format of the event as well as the art, science & psychology of roasting.

Ben Gleib is Back!

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Ben Gleib returned to the Big Wakeup Call for his 3rd appearance because:

A) he likes us

B) we like him

C) he’s got new projects to promote

Answer:  All of the above!

We had a fun chat discussing Season 3 of “Idiotest,” airing Tuesday nights at 10/9c on GSN) and his new standup special “Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster,” which airs throughout June on Showtime.