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!
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.
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.
Murr and Sal from “Impractical Jokers” returned to the show after a five-year absence for a chat about “Impractical Jokers: The Movie.” After figuring out what said or did to insult or offend them that kept them away since 2015, we had a fun chat about the kind of pranks, stunts, and punishments that could be accomplished with a feature film budget.
Stand-up comedian Dan Crohn called in to talk about his appearance on a new compilation comedy album, “Valentine’s Day is for Suckers.” Dan also has a solo comedy album called “It’s Enough Already.” We discussed whether or not a comedy show is good for a first date, dealing with second show Friday, the Boston and Chicago comedy scenes, and how teaching 4th graders has provided him with almost endless material.
Will Vought has joined the cast of the multiple Emmy Award-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for season 3. We discussed his character (an Army Major who wants to be Bob Hope), the accuracy and detail of their 50s setting and re-creation of the era’s comedy scene, and his on-screen relationship with Midge.