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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.

This episode punched up by Colin Jost

In BIll’s first visit to the show in 2020, our original topic of the history of calendars was quickly abandoned, and we decided to take a look at some of the new superhero movies coming up this year.  Topics included New Mutants nightmares, Disney’s no-no naughty words, a gentler & cuddlier Venom, and Wonder Woman moping out to The Smiths. Plus: Black Widow’s big payday, and Colin Jost punches everything up.

Jim Breuer

It was fun catching up with Jim Breuer as we had a chat about his upcoming “Live and Let Laugh” tour, which will bring him to the House of Blues in Chicago on November 3rd.

Garrett Morris

Garrett Morris called in to talk about his new movie Granddaddy Day Care and share stories about working in Chicago, his time on SNL and owning a comedy club.

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.

Michaela Watkins

Michaela Watkins called in to talk about season two of the Golden Globe-nominated comedy series “Casual,” which is available for streaming on Hulu.  We talked about how this smart, funny show found its voice almost immediately (as a result of impeccable casting by producer Jason Reitman), the support they’ve received from Hulu, and the freedom that support allows them as writers and actors.


James Andrew Miller, author of “Powerhouse”

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.


Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer is a comedian, actor and rock and roll frontman for The Loud and Rowdy who are releasing their first full-length album this week, “Songs from the Garage,” on Metal Blade records.  We talked about the correlation between comedy and heavy metal, how he’s managed to preserve his voice despite years of Rob Halford and Brian Johnson impersonations (not to mention doing Goat Boy), and why he thinks his new live show will be “The Wiggles for Adults.”

Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney starred in Kids In The Hall and on Saturday Night Live and is now featured in a new NBC comedy series Superstore.  Mark was kind enough to indulge a few of my geeky KITH fanboy questions while also discussing the strong cast of Superstore and how they quickly developed their chemistry and comedy timing.

Vanessa Bayer talks about the “Trainwreck Comedy Tour”

I was really looking forward to chatting with Vanessa Bayer as I absolutely love her work on SNL.  No matter what character she’s playing, she absolutely slays me.  Vanessa was exactly what I’d hoped for — funny, genuine, and charming, especially when talking about eating onion rings and a bucket of shrimp in one of my favorite SNL sketches.

Vanessa is featured in the Judd Apatow/Amy Schumer movie “Trainwreck” this summer, and is also participating in the “Trainwreck Comedy Tour” with several other cast members, including Amy, Judd, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell and Mike Birbiglia.   The tour hits the Harris Theatre in Chicago on June 18.