Tuesday, May 13, 2008
With comedy specials, his own TV show and numerous other appearances on Comedy Central, Carlos Mencia became a household name. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience. Follow Carlos on twitter and Facebook.
Lady Willpower, It's Now or Never
For a few weeks now, Chick McGee has been randomly playing the songLady Willpower whenever he’s felt like it, which in turn has led to a number of listeners writing in wanting to know who sang that familiar song. We’ll, we’re happy to remind you that this tune was actually a huge hit by one of the biggest bands of the sixties, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Band. For those who may not remember, or who weren’t alive back then, Puckett garnered six consecutive gold records in the late sixties, and the Union Gap Band was the top selling band of 1968. Some of their other hits include Young Girl, Woman Woman, This Girl is a Woman Now and Over You. Though the Union Gap Band was disbanded in the mid seventies, Gary Puckett has continues to perform around the world. And who knows, maybe we’ll even get him to perform a live version of Lady Willpower when he joins us in the studio on Tuesday.
Mike Birbiglia is not only a popular and successful stand-up comedian (currently on the "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" tour), he's also the star of the one-man off-Broadway show "Sleepwalk With Me," the author of the book, “Sleepwalk With Me And Other Painfully True Stories,” and the writer, star and director of the new film Sleepwalk with Me which was based on his one-man-show, which was based on his life. The film recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where Mike won the Best Of NEXT audience award. The movie is now playing in theaters across the country. Mike is on twitter and facebook.
It's time for another exciting episode of the best joke filled, news feature hosted by a stand-up comedian named Bob Zany, The Zany Report. But the Report isn't the only thing you'll get when Bob calls in, we'll also find out where he's playing next, Bing Crosby will tell a joke, and some lucky fan will win prizes after fixing one Zany's less than successful punch lines. So you'd better tune it because it's going to be huge! In other news, Bob was recently featured in the Matt Damon film, The Informant! and is the star of the new documentary Close But No Cigar: Bob Zany which you can find here and pre-order the 2-DVD set here. Follow Bob on Facebook and twitter. Bob also has a new Podcast, "The Bob Zany Show" with Zan Aufdeerheide.