Tag Archives: Stand-up comedy

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.

Michael Ian Black on his new book “Navel Gazing”

Michael Ian Black is one of my all-time favorite comedians who has quickly become one of my favorite authors as well.  His new book “Navel Gazing” is a very personal and emotionally honest work that might surprise those who only know him from his on-stage persona.   We discussed his writing process for the book, how he feels more comfortable about himself as he gets older, and his ultimate goal for book-related talk show appearances.

George Wallace

It was great talking to George Wallace, one of the funniest people in the history of ever.  We discussed his new comedy album and DVD, “Large and In Charge,” and made plans to go to Portillo’s the next time he’s in town.