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The Big Wakeup Call’s End of Summer Special!

The Big Wakeup Call looks back and says farewell to the unusual Summer of 2021 as we chat with special guests Michael Ian Black, Scott Aukerman, Ben Gleib, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Andy Summers from The Police, Dylan Brody, and Bill McCormick!  Re-live that exciting 6 weeks when everything seemed possible before unwelcome guest Delta Variant showed up.

The whole show is a fun listen, but if you’d like to skip to the individual chats, here you go!

Michael Ian Black

Scott Aukerman

Ben Gleib

Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Andy Summers

Dylan Brody

Bill McCormick

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.

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.

Jill Twiss

Emmy Award-winning writer for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jill Twiss called in for a fun chat about her new kids book “Everyone Gets a Say,” which my daughter just adores and also which contains absolutely no naughty words.

Matt Iseman

Emmy-nominated TV host and “American Ninja Warrior” commentator Matt Iseman returned to the show after a five-year absence (which I now will no longer take personally) when he dialed us up to chat about hosting a new season of “Live Rescue,” which can be seen Friday & Saturday nights on A&E.

Judy Gold

Comedy legend Judy Gold called in to chat about her new book “YES, I CAN SAY THAT: When They Come for the Comedians We Are All In Trouble.”

Michael Jr

Comedian Michael Jr joined the show to talk about his new movie “Selfie Dad,” which is now available for streaming on demand.

James Veitch

Stand-up comic and TED Talk legend James Veitch called in for a fun chat about his new book “Dot Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer.”

Vic DiBitetto

Vic DiBitetto, the Donkey of Comedy and the Working Class Zero, called in for a chat about his lengthy comedy tour which will somehow take him all over the country through 2021 but will not return to Chicago.  Vic is invited to do a house concert in my basement at any time, where massive quantities of deep dish pizza will be provided.  We discussed Chicago vs. New York pizza, Gravy vs. Sauce, and his popular “Ticked off Vic” YouTube segments.