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 My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.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.
Buzzfeed.com has a list of 15 Celebrities You Never Realized Released Albums. . . and a lot of them really DID fly under the radar.
Here are the ones they came up with:
1. Naomi Campbell, "Baby Woman" (1994) . . . The only single, "Love and Tears" reached #40 in the U.K.
2. David Charvet, "David Charvet" (1997) . . . He was on "Baywatch" and "Melrose Place", and has put out three albums and a digital single over the years.
3. Jeff Daniels, "Live and Unplugged to Benefit the Purple Rose Theatre" (2005) . . . It's an album of satirical songs to benefit his Michigan theater company.
4. Clint Eastwood, "Rawhide's Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites" (1963)
5. Amy Jo Johnson, "The Trans-American Treatment" (2001) . . . She was the "Pink Ranger" from "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers".
6. Alyssa Milano, "Look in My Heart" (1989) . . . She actually released four albums between 1989 and 1992.
7. Joey Lawrence, "Joey Lawrence" (1993) . . . He scored a Top 20 hit with his track "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix".
8. Terrence Howard, "Shine Through It" (2008) . . . He described his debut album as "urban country."
9. Mr. T, "Mr. T's Commandments" (1984)
10. Steve Burns from "Blue's Clues", "Songs for Dustmites" (2003) . . . Steve left "Blue's Clues" to become a musician. So where is he now? Hey Steve . . . I just got a letter. It says, "Someone gave you bad career advice." (???)
11. Shaquille O'Neal, "Shaq Diesel" (1993) . . . His debut album produced TWO Top 40 hits, "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)" and "(I Know I Got) Skillz".
12. Tia Carrere, "Dream" (1993) . . . She later found success in Hawaiian music. She won a Grammy in both 2009 and 2011 for Best Hawaiian Music Album.
13. Brian Austin Green, "One Stop Carnival" (1996) . . . He played a DJ (slash) rapper on "Beverly Hills 90210" . . . but couldn't translate that into a legit music career.
14. Robert Downey Jr., "The Futurist" (2004) . . . He wrote eight ballads for the album.
15. Joe Pesci, "Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just for You" (1998) . . . The best track might be Joe rapping on "Wise Guy". Vincent Laguardia Gambini is Pesci's character in the movie "My Cousin Vinny".
(Buzzfeed.com has the album covers.)