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 My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.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.
News regarding the greatest show in TV history...
It's been 14 YEARS since "The Simpsons"killed off Maude Flanders . . . and now, the producers are planning on killing off another regular character.
Executive producer Al Jean says, quote, "I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is."
That's not saying much . . . since almost all the major characters have been rewarded with an Emmy over the years.
HARRY SHEARER is the only one of the six regular voice actors from "The Simpsons" NOT to have won an Emmy, so his characters . . . which include: Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Principal Skinner and Otto . . . are SAFE.
There's virtually no chance that the show kills off Homer, Marge, Bart or Lisa Simpson . . . so the list of potential killed-off characters would include: Grandpa Simpson, Apu, Moe, Edna Krabappel, Barney, Krusty the Clown, Carl . . .
Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Duffman, and Sideshow Bob, who KELSEY GRAMMER won an Emmy for voicing back in 2006.
There are others as well . . . but if it's truly a main character, you'd have to think they're not going to go for a smaller character than these. (Who knows though . . . it's unclear how he was defining a "regular" character.)
Also, he didn't note WHEN this would happen . . . so there's a chance it doesn't even go down this season.
Meanwhile, Al did confirm that the season finale next spring is going to be a "Simpsons" / "Futurama" crossover episode.
He also said the Comic Book Guy will get married this season, and that the ceremony will be performed by comic legend STAN LEE, who's playing himself.
Other celebrities who are lending their voices to this season include: ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, ELISABETH MOSS and KRISTEN WIIG, who was a part of last night's season premiere.
Nice to see that 93 year old Stan Lee is going to be on this season, and love that he's performing Comic Book Guy's marriage ceremony... great idea. If Wease wasn't marrying Susan and I that may be something I'd want to do.