Merrill Markoe is a national treasure in the world of comedy, one the best television writers in the history of ever. Her newest book is “We Saw Scenery.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Director Barry Sonnenfeld dialed us up for a chat about his new book “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother.” Barry shared stories about the origin of the book’s title, breaking his hand while punching Will Smith, and verifying David Letterman’s claim that “there is some evidence to suggest he is not hooked up right.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Emmy Award-winning writer Steve Young called in to talk about his new documentary “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” chronicling his discovery and love of industrial musicals, which began as a quest to find weird records for Letterman’s “Dave’s Record Collection.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Former David Letterman writer Bill Scheft called in to talk about his experiences working with Dave and a new book, “The Last Days of Letterman: The Final 6 Weeks,” for which he wrote the foreword. Making Bill genuinely laugh right off the bat certainly gave me some confidence I might be slightly humorous.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Nell Scovell is one of the funniest people in the history of ever who has written for The Simpsons, Late Night With David Letterman, Murphy Brown, Newhart, The Muppets, and many more. Her new memoir is “Just the Funny Parts…and a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys’ Club.” A fun interview talking comedy with one of the greats.Follow @bigwakeupcall
The Amazing Kreskin made 88 appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and has also been on with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and more. He continues to be the world’s leading mentalist. His off-broadway show debuts on April 12th at Theatre Row-Lion Theatre in New York City. We discussed how he first landed an appearance on the Tonight Show, his relationship with Johnny and Dave, and his experiences in Chicago. Kreskin also graciously agreed not to read my thoughts (or least not to announce them on the radio).Follow @bigwakeupcall
James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist and a best-selling author. His newest book is “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency.” After spending some time talking about his previous work, the critically-acclaimed “Live From New York” that told the history of “Saturday Night Live,” we discussed why he wanted to explore CAA as a subject, what he was surprised to find out about the agency, and whether or not he feared that one false move could ruin his career.