HGTV’s Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes called in to promote one or more of his 21 shows on HGTV and also shared some advice on getting your home ready for winter along with some general safety tips. He’s a stickler for safety glasses, so don’t even try that around him.  DON’T.  EVEN.  TRY.  IT.



Woodstock Legend Wavy Gravy

Wavy Gravy called in to promote his upcoming one-man show.  We talked about his “rainbow bridge,” what happened to Bob Dylan’s original typewriter, and why I shouldn’t be ashamed for my generation because of Woodstock ’94 and ’99.

David Mazouz, Bruce Wayne on “Gotham.”

David Mazouz plays Bruce Wayne on Fox’s new drama “Gotham.”  We talked about how it felt to learn he was going to play the young version of the future caped crusader, and why he still hasn’t come down from the excitement.

Melissa Fumero from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Melissa Fumero plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox’s Golden Globe award-winning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.   SPOILER ALERT!   She gave some vague hints and thinly disguised innuendo on what may or may not happen on the season premiere.  SPOILER ALERT!

“Top Chef” Stephanie Izard

Restaurant owner, James Beard award winner and Top Chef Season 4 champion Stephanie Izard called in to talk about a new series of stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service to honor some legendary chefs.  We also talked about her recent win on Top Chef Duels, then I derailed the whole chat by shamelessly begging for a reservation at  Girl & The Goat.


Jennifer Widerstrom from “The Biggest Loser”

Jennifer Widerstrom is the newest trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”  She talked about her training background, how she’s able to break through to the contestants, and why Ben Harper is perfect chill-out music after a day on the ranch.

Chef Robert Irvine

Chef Robert Irvine from “Dinner Impossible” and “Restaurant Impossible” called into plug his upcoming live show, share some tips for dining on the road, and threaten to crush my skull with his bicep.

Monica Potter from “Parenthood”

Monica Potter called in to break my heart with the news that Parenthood is entering its 6th and final season on NBC.

Stuart Claxton from Guinness World Records

Every since I was a little kid and got a copy at the school book fair, I’ve been a fan of the Guinness Book of World Records.  Stuart Claxton, the US spokesman, called in and we chatted about the 60th anniversary edition.  I’ll never forget the guy with the world’s longest fingernails and the guy with 400 cigarettes in his mouth.  I wonder if he’s still alive and keeping up that 20 pack a day habit?

Steve Wilkos

Steve Wilkos is a former Marine and Chicago police officer.  We had a conversation about the new season of The Steve Wilkos Show, growing up in Roscoe Village, and whether he still hangs out with Jerry Springer.