Podcast: October 11, 2014

While we were taping at Lizzie McNeill’s a couple came in with their little baby. The kid took one look at Skinny and thus began a fifteen minutes session of crying and screaming from this very frightened baby. Luckily we had Jim Riley of the fabled Riley’s Trick Shop with us as he told us the story of five generations of his family running Riley’s Trick Shop now coming to a close. This legendary home of hand buzzers and whoopee cushions is going out of business, so get over there now because everything must go, everything half off until there is nothing left.  We reminisce with Jim on the saga of Riley’s and the early days on 79th Street. Then Collette Delaney-Smith calls in from London to tell us about her film “Still” making its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival this weekend. After some wacky “Who Cares?” we hear from our Irish Coussins Paudie Sheahan and Murty Ryan in Ennis telling a very funny, bawdy tale of Richard Harris and Merle Oberon. This is classic! Is that kid still crying?

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.”

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