Tag Archives: NBC

John Hannah

John Hannah is an award-winning actor you know from “Four Weddings and Funeral” and “Marvel Agents of Shield.”  He’s starring in a new drama called “Transplant,” which you can see Tuesday nights at 9 central on NBC.  

The Big Wakeup Call’s 10th Anniversary Show!

We celebrated an entire decade of whatever it is we do here with calls from some of our favorite and most frequent guests, including Scott Aukerman from “Comedy Bang Bang,” Ben Gleib from “Idiotest” and the new “Nowhere Comedy Club,” Dylan Brody from “The Corona Dialogues,” Best-selling authors and fashion bloggers Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, and the only member of the 400 timers club, the World News Center’s Bill McCormick.

We also revisited clips from some of my favorite interviews over the years, including Graham Nash, Mike Love, Dick Cavett, Kristen Schaal, Vanessa Bayer, Jim Breuer, Jim Gaffigan, and Elvis Costello.

Thank you for all of your support over the last ten years.  Thank you to all of my guests who have made the show so special.

I hope I can get at least another couple dozen shows out of this.

Clive Standen

It was nice to welcome Clive Standen back to the show for a chat about his new show “Council of Dads.”  Will there be new additions to the circle?  Will Tom Everett Scott return to the show as a ghost? Listen for the spoiler-free details!

Kelsey Miller

friendsAuthor Kelsey Miller called in for a fun chat about her new book I’ll Be There For You:  The One About Friends.  We discussed our initial introductions to the show (Kelsey at age 10, me as an already cynical 23-year-old Gen X slacker), how and why it became such an important (and in many ways groundbreaking) show, how some of the jokes and situations haven’t necessarily aged well, and why that Central Perk couch was never already occupied.

Brynn Cartelli

brynnBrynn Cartelli, winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” called in for a chat about how her life has changed since being named the winner just a couple days ago.  We discussed her relationship with the amazing Kelly Clarkson, her plans for her debut album, and how her midwestern roots help keep her grounded.

Mark McKinney

unnamed (1)Comedy legend Mark McKinney made a triumphant return appearance  to the show to talk about the season 3 finale of “Superstore.”  We discussed the development of his character “Glenn,” including the nuances of the St. Louis accent and how it was based on my St. Louis-raised-wife’s next-door neighbor.  Mark and I also made plans to attend a White Sox game this summer and share some mac and cheese, ketchup, and tapeworm food.

Jeff Rossen

Jeff Rossen called in to talk about his new book Rossen to the Rescue, filled with practical hints and tips that might just save your life.  We discussed how “don’t panic” is terrible advice, covering up your webcam, and the Pope’s endorsement of duct tape.

Noah Mac from “The Voice”

Noah Mac is a member of Team Jennifer on NBC’s “The Voice.”  Noah is in the playoffs as he competes for the title.  Noah discussed how he’s grown as a singer from his time on the show, how writing his own songs helps him better understand and interpret the songs of others, and the relationship between the performer and the audience.

Megan Rose

Megan Rose is a member of Team Blake (after being stolen from Miley) on NBC’s The Voice. Megan called in to talk about her experience so far on the show, what was like to lose the battle round only to be stolen by Blake, and why she is staying true to herself as a singer.

Anthony Alexander

Anthony Alexander is currently a member of Team Adam on NBC’s The Voice.  Anthony called in while taking a break from his homework to share his thoughts on the battle round, the most important thing he’s learned from Adam, and why he was driven to become a singer.