Podcast: Aug. 18, 2012

Behind the scenes with Chicago’s classic Irish songstress Catherine O’Connell on a lovely night by the river with Skinny & Houli as she tells us how she got her start as the most popular voice in the city. Then Tom Tuohy drops by with the back-story on his organization “Dreams For Kids”. We welcome a new sponsor, Fox’s Beverly Pizza, to the show and then hear from film producer Billy Houlihan on the philanthropic gigs coming up with Chicago’s Irish American community. Our live audience includes shouts from Chip & JoAnne O’Brien, Wirtz Beverage’s Chris Peth, Larry Nelson, (who flew in from LA), Doug Aller, Jim McNamee and hundreds more enjoying the show under the stars with Skinny & Houli.

About Mike Houlihan

Mike Houlihan is the writer and star of the independent feature film “Tapioca,” also starring Ben Vereen and Tim Kazurinsky.. Mike began his professional career in show business 36 years ago as an apprentice actor with the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Ct. Mike Houlihan is Chicago’s own “triple threat” writer, producer, and performer whose talents have earned him the respect and confidence of our media community. He is a former weekly features columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times, “Houli in ’da Hood,” and since 1996 has written his humor column in The Irish American News, “Hooliganism.”


  1. Thanks for having me on the show Skinny and Houlie. It was a great night on the banks of the Chicago River sharing stories with a couple of Chi towns legends!

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