Tag Archives: The State

Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz stars as Detective Rosa Diaz on the award-winning Fox TV comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”  We discussed the excitement of being back for a fourth season, the cast’s incredible chemistry, potential spoilers, and what newcomer Ken Marino brings to the set and the show.

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.

Michael Ian Black

mib bookMichael Ian Black is a very famous comedian and actor who is also a prolific author of children’s books, and he called in to discuss his latest, “Cock-A-Doodle-Doo-Bop,” about a scat-singing rooster who wants to change his tune.  We had a very entertaining chat about what inspired him to write books for children, how this story came about, and if he insisted on “name above the title” billing.

 

Joe Lo Truglio

We always have a good time when Joe Lo Truglio calls in.   Joe is currently starring as Detective Boyle on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”  We talked about an upcoming big, huge celebrity guest star, shared some love for the Cubs,  and reminisced about the VCR days, which led us to talking about the great Wet Hot American Summer series on Netflix.

Catch a new episode of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Sunday night at 7:30 on Fox 32-Chicago.

Ken Marino on “Marry Me” and “Wet Hot American Summer”

Ken Marino called in this morning to talk about tonight’s new episode of “Marry Me” (8:00 Central on NBC5-Chicago).  Ken was very funny, as he always is, and talked about where they were during their week off, the depth to which he researches each role he plays, and revealed some non-spoiler details about the “Wet Hot American Summer” series prequel.

Ken Marino

Ken Marino is, of course, a member of the highly influential sketch comedy group The State.  He currently stars as Jake on NBC’s “Marry Me.”  We talked about the quality of the show’s writing, the development of the cast’s chemistry, and the force of nature that is John Gemberling.

 

Joe Lo Truglio

Joe Lo Truglio currently plays detective Charles Boyle on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  We talked about the emotional pitfalls his character has faced this season, the extraordinary demands made by the cast following their first-season success, and the continuing influence of The State on the world of comedy.

Joelle Carter from “Justified” on her new movie, “Jessabelle.”

Joelle Carter stars as Ava Crowder on FX’s Peabody Award-winning drama “Justified.”  Her newest project is “Jessabelle,” a thriller film out today in select theatres as well as video on demand.  We discussed the audition process for the film, how she might be leading a resurgence in VHS technology, and how much she enjoyed Ben Garant’s script.  I also sneakily tried to get her to reveal spoilers for the upcoming 6th and final season of “Justified.”

Joe Lo Truglio

Joe Lo Truglio has been creating unique and memorable characters for more than 20 years.  His latest is as Detective Charles Boyle on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” We talked about working with a great ensemble cast, the secret weapon of the show, and my suggestion for the next great guest star  (SPOILER ALERT:  A member of “Stella” that’s not Michael or Michael).

 

Michael Ian Black

Ever since I first saw him on “The State” in the mid-90s, Michael Ian Black has been one of my favorite comedy performers.  We discussed his work in “Stella” and his new show on TBS, “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host.”   Winners receive $240 worth of pudding.