Billy here!!! My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.
I'm not the new guy on 95.1 The Brew's "Wease Show" anymore. In fact in terms of senority I'm second only to Wease.
I'm no longer single, living alone with my cat Geraldine (a tribute to one of my comedy idols, Flip Wilson). Geraldine and I have been joined in my house by my girlfriend Susan (#BestGirlfriendEver) and the cats she brought with her when she moved to Rochester from Akron Ohio, Dora and Precious. One of the great things about Susan is she's as silly as me, and we've made up voices for the cats, and speak to each other in those voices. At least we don't have voices in our heads.
Susan has also helped me rediscover my love for comic books, superheroes, and other nerdy things I enjoy. I've started rebuilding my collection of books, toys, statues, figures, etc... and actually display them in our house.
Before I was asked to come back to The Wease Show I spent ten years working at a sheet metal factory called Barthelmes Manufacturing as a shipping clerk and machine operator. It was a good job, and worked with lots of great people, but I can't tell you how happy I am to be here instead. One day I was getting dirty and sore lifting heavy, sharp steel... the next day I'm getting paid to do something I love.. To quote Yakoff Smirnoff (when was the last time his name was mentioned)... "WHAT A COUNTRY!"
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music (obviously), going to concerts (obviously, again), movies, reading, writing, tv channel surfing to see if I'm missing something more entertaining than what I'm already watching, and am especially good at taking naps... To quote the great Ralph Wiggum "When it comes to sleep I'm a Viking".
I'm also a huge fan of baseball and football. I try to go to 5-10 Rochester Red Wing games a year, and am an insane fan of the NY Mets... during the season while normal people are out enjoying warm weather there is a good chance I'm sitting in front of a television watching my favorite team break my heart. During the fall and winter I spend lots of time on the weekends watching football, and managing my fantasy teams.
Favorite musical acts include.... Elvis (both Presley and Costello), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steven Kellogg and the Sixers, Eddie From Ohio, U2, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many, many more. Motown music from the 60's is the best.
Favorite movies... I once wrote a whole blog about my ten favorite movies. I just looked at it, and it still holds up. Check it out. Scroll about half way down the page to see the list.
Favorite TV shows... Comic Book Men, The Simpsons, The Office, Rescue Me, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks, MASH, and 24 are all among my favorite shows in TV history. Netflix will help me someday catch up with stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and maybe even some shows that aren't on AMC.
You're still reading this? Wow. Even I'm not that interested in me. Thanks for checking out my page, and for listening to The Wease Show.
Batman is my favorite super hero, but they've rebooted the character so many times I get confused, and have had 5 or 6 Robins. Most people are familiar with the Dick Grayson version of Robin... when they're talking about Batman's sidekick (and who doesn't talk about Batman's sidekick?) that's who they mean. They most recent version of The Boy Wonder is Damian Wayne, the 10 year old son of Bruce "Batman" Wayne and Talia al Ghul.
DC Comics killed off Robin this week. I did NOT see this coming. Then I wondered, "What ELSE don't I know about the Caped Crusader?" And I was up all night researching these . . . Top Secrets of Batman.
--One of the compartments in his utility belt is filled with grocery store club cards.
--When he flicks his wrist just right, his Batarang returns with a pair of sorority girl's panties.
--He has a Batmobile, Bat-copter, Bat-plane AND a Bat-Sybian.
--He recently got the left ear on his cowl pierced with a hipster lobe stud.
--When he first heard DC was getting rid of a gay superhero, he said, "They're killing Aquaman?!?"
--He recently replaced his Bat-boots with a pair of those tacky barefoot running shoes.
--Alfred didn't stop bathing him until he was 25.
--At last year's superhero Christmas party, he got drunk and barebacked Mr. Fantastic.
--His cape is made from 100% sustainable, free-trade organic cotton. Are you happy, hippies?
--The Bat-Suit was made from the same indestructible compound scientists used to construct Matt Lauer.
--The Batcycle originally came with a sidecar big enough to hold Robin, a "Bat-Cannon" and a massive helping of homoeroticism.
--Every night, he dreams of one day dropping the playfully antagonistic façade and finally making sweet love to Alfred.
--As a true American hero, his next mission is murdering Halle Berry before she can make another "Catwoman" movie.
--He doesn't really have superpowers. Unless you count being able to hear "Pumped Up Kicks" without it getting stuck in his head for the rest of the day.
--At home he wears JUST the cape.