Category Archives: Show Recaps

Omid Scobie

Omid Scobie is the author of the best-selling book “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.” He joined the show to share his thoughts on the upcoming CBS Primetime Special  “Oprah with Meghan and Harry.”  

Dwayne Reed

Local Chicago author, teacher and viral video star of “Welcome to the Fourth Grade” Dwayne Reed called in to discuss his new book “Simon B. Rhymin.”

Haley Orrantia

Haley Orrantia checked in for a chat about what’s happening on season 8 of “The Goldbergs.”

The Big Wakeup Call’s 2020 End of the Year Spectacular Special Show!

We wrap up The Big Wakeup Call for 2020 with our End of the Year Spectacular Special Show, featuring our trademark wacky, zany, and madcap humor.  And, as a special bonus feature to help make the last few days of 2020 a little more tolerable, we have added some “off-the-wall” humor as well!  Frankly, it’s my second-favorite type of humor after “madcap.”  We should have added that a lot sooner.

Also, I’m joined by some of our favorite guests over the past year (and past history) of the show, Scott Aukerman from “Comedy Bang Bang,” playwright, humorist, comedian and author Dylan Brody, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan from “Go Fug Yourself”, kids music superstar Laurie Berkner,  host of the “Nothing Much Happens” podcast Kathryn Nicolai, and of course Bill McCormick from the World News Center.

Thanks to everyone who listened and who appeared on the show in 2020.  I hope we helped you pass the time with a giggle or two.

I think you’ll enjoy the entire program if you happen to like whatever is we do, but should you prefer to hear the individual interviews, here they are:

Scott Aukerman

Dylan Brody

Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Laurie Berkner

Kathryn Nicolai

Bill McCormick

Camilla Pang

Camilla Pang holds a PhD in bioinformatics from University College London and is a postdoctoral scientist. Her career and studies have been heavily influenced by her diagnoses of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD and she is driven by her passion for understanding humans and how we work.   She joined us to discuss her new book, “An Outsider’s Guide to Humans.”

Michael Kosta

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Micheal Kosta called in to talk about his first one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, “Michael Kosta: Detroit. NY. LA.,” which was filmed in each of those three cities in a hilarious and nostalgic reminder of pre-pandemic life.

Jack Tempchin

Hall-of-Fame songwriter Jack Tempchin returned to the show to discuss his career, his relationship with Glenn Frey, and his new holiday song and children’s book.

Josh Dela Cruz and Donovan Patton

“Blue’s Clues” host Josh Dela Cruz joined our 3-timers club when he called in along with former host Donovan Patton to chat about a special new holiday episode of “Blue’s Clues.” Josh is only two appearances away from the commemorative t-shirt/mug/cap.

Ron Funches

Ron Funches gave us a call to talk about his new show “Top Secret Videos,” which airs Thursday nights at 9:30 CT on truTV.

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black joined our Five-Timers Club when he called in to discuss his new book, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son.