Podcast: December 29, 2012

It’s another “Best of Skinny & Houli” this week because of circumstances beyond our control, aren’t they always? Tune in to hear our interview and a song from international Irish tenor Paddy Homan, some wailing from Van Morrison, epic “Who Cares?”, our classic interview with Finbar Furey, and Skinny’s brother “Johnny Vegas” reprises his famous […]

Podcast: December 22, 2012

International toastmaster and motivational speaker from Cork, Conor Cuneen, www.irishmanspeaks.com, drops in for the Wednesday Wiggle as Skinny & Houli  return to Lizzie McNeill’s. Conor offers stories of the best attitude when hitting life’s speed bumps. Then legendary fiddler and founder of The Irish Music School, Sean Cleland, http://irishmusicschool.com, entertains with stories and music. Throw […]

Houli’s Podcast: December 15, 2012

It’s a special edition of the Wednesday Wiggle as Skinny & Houli make an emergency change of venue to record the show at Fox’s Beverly Pizza. Huge crowd turns out on Western Ave as the lads reprise their adventures last week at the Irish Fellowship Christmas luncheon and then welcome Southside Irish Parade reps Kevin […]

Podcast: December 8, 2012

It’s another Wednesday Wiggle at Lizzie McNeill’s for Skinny & Houli as they re-cap recent fundraisers they’ve hit, including Marty McGarry’s on Sunday and Alderman Ed Burke’s on Tues. celebrating his 44th year in office. Then comedian Pat McGann (www.patmcganncomedy.com) drops by with jokes and stories. Pat is the house emcee at Zanies and gives […]

Podcast: Dec. 1, 2012

Skinny & Houli welcome Pulitzer Prize winning former Sun-Times columnist Mark Konkol to the show to discuss his new venture, DNAinfo.com, a new web newspaper featuring only neighborhood stories of Chicagoland. Mark talks about Marty McGarry and the upcoming fundraiser, why he chose to live in Pullman, his Pulitzer adventures, and good old fashioned “shoe-leather […]

Podcast: Nov. 24, 2012

Skinny & Houli celebrate the black Wednesday Wiggle at Lizzie McNeill’s and rejoice at the resignation of Jesse Jackson Jr. and remember the 25th anniversary of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s death. Singer/actor/recording artist Dan McGuinness joins the lads and tells tales of his dad Terry who arrived from Eire in 1958 and went to work […]

Podcast: Nov. 17, 2012

Classic Skinny & Houli Show. It doesn’t get any more local than this folks. Skinny’s brother John “the Head” Sheahan, AKA “Johnny Vegas”, and “Southside Johnny”, sits in while Skinny calls in from Florida. You’ll be treated to many stories from John including his days owning the saloon “Olde South Side Pub” at 111th and […]

Podcast: Nov. 10, 2012

Southside Irish troubadours, Sean & Charlie, drop by The Wednesday Wiggle at Lizzie McNeill’s for The Skinny & Houli Show and bring with them a couple of drinking songs and then offer up a touching salute to Chicago Fire Dept. Captain Herbie Johnson who was killed in a fire last week and received a hero’s […]

The Skinny & Houli Show starts our 4th year on the air!

Hi everybody! Thanks for tuning into the Skinny & Houli Show. This November marks the beginning of our fourth year on the air and we’re excited about bringing you all the buzz in the Irish American community all over Chicagoland. We’ve been recording the show each week at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub since last Spring […]

Skinny & Houli Begin 4th Year on the air!

Hi everybody! Thanks for tuning into the Skinny & Houli Show. This November marks the beginning of our fourth year on the air and we’re excited about bringing you all the buzz in the Irish American community all over Chicagoland. We’ve been recording the show each week at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub since last Spring […]

Podcast: Nov. 3, 2012

Tony & Kay Golden bring their Irish cousins from Swinford, County Mayo to Lizzie McNeill’s for the Halloween Wednesday Wiggle to tell some spooky stories. Eavesdrop on Thomas, Ellie, Mary, and Carmen McHale-Roe as they recount the ghostly legend of Katie Byrnes. Katie owned the pub that Carmen and her family bought in Westport and […]

Podcast: Oct. 27, 2012

Skinny calls in from his nephew’s wake to tell the oldest joke in his repertoire as we interview Maureen Sullivan, author of Bridgeport, Chicago, a terrific new book about one of the coolest Irish neighborhoods in Chicago. Get the book at www.bridgeportchicagobook.com for a peek at some terrific Chicago history. Then we chat with 12th Sub […]

Podcast: Oct. 20, 2012

Over 75 years ago, Jim Riley opened “Riley’s Trick Shop” at 79th & Rhodes on the Southside of Chicago. Today his son Jim III runs the shop at 111th and Ridgeland and returns to The Skinny & Houli Show to discuss hand buzzers, whoopee cushions, and fake poop. Eat your heart out Edward R. Murrow; […]

Podcast: Oct. 13, 2012

Eavesdrop on The Wednesday Wiggle with Skinny and Houli at Lizzie McNeill’s. Our first Wiggle of the year and it’s a doozie, featuring international recording star and traditional Irish singer Paddy Homan as he favors us all with a song and a couple funny stories about how he got started in Ireland as a ring […]

Podcast: October 6, 2012

It’s Marathon Weekend in Chicago as Skinny and Houli celebrate their final Friday taping at Lizzie McNeill’s. All the excitement of the Marathon and the Notre Dame game on Saturday at Soldier Field has permeated Lizzie’s as the lads hold court in a heated tent to kick off the festivities with The Chancey Brothers Irish […]

Podcast: Sept. 29, 2012

Skinny and Houli analyze the media firestorm that has exploded concerning the treatment of Father Dan Mallette of St. Margaret of Scotland parish on the south side. Then it’s off the races with some off the cuff repartee as the lads freestyle about The Gathering in Ireland in 2013, Andy Wiliams death and his fame […]

Podcast: Sept. 22, 2012

Come hang out at Lizzie McNeill’s with Skinny and Houli as we welcome Illinois Supreme Court Candidate James G. Riley to the show to discuss this very important election coming up in November. Then our old pal Jenny Moss, AKA J-Mo, drops by to bang the drum for the upcoming fundraiser for Marty McGarry at […]

Podcast: Sept. 15, 2012

Here’s a chance to hear the lads back in their Relevant Radio days with some vintage radio. It’s the best of Skinny & Houli this week as we go to the vault for interviews with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, Pulitzer Prize Winning political cartoonist from The Chicago Sun-Times and our old pal Jack […]

Podcast: Sept. 8, 2012

Skinny returns from Ireland with a cache full of stories and a liver the size of a Buick. Mike and Phil Carmody join us for Live at Lizzie’s and tell us about their organization, Opportunity Knocks, which they started to help find activities for their brother. Now they serve almost fifty young people each day […]

Podcast: Sept. 1, 2012

Skinny is in Dublin for the Notre Dame-Navy game so Hooliganism reigns this week at The Skinny & Houli Show with Paddy Houlihan stepping in as guest co-host with his dad. Live at Lizzie’s this week showcases a couple of Irish characters, comedians Alex Joyce and Sean Flannery. Sean is also known as the world’s […]

Podcast: Aug. 25, 2012

You never know who’s going to show up for Friday night “Live at Lizzie’s” with the Skinny & Houli Show. Chicago Tribune columnist, radio and TV personality Jen Weigel, taking a stroll by the river, sat down to shoot the breeze with Skinny & Houli. Then Irish American bestselling author of “Galway Bay”, Mary Pat […]

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 […]

Podcast: August 11, 2012

Skinny & Houli sitting in front of Lizzie McNeill’s on a perfect summer night welcome the lovely Marian Newman from Swinford, County Mayo as she tells the guys about her struggle with Parkinson’s and her efforts to champion fundraising from her home in Ireland. Then veteran NBC political analyst and author Pete Nolan takes the […]

Podcast: July 28, 2012

Last minute cancellation of our previously announced guest this week launches the show into a freestyle, free-for-all as Skinny & Houli shoot the breeze over beers while Live at Lizzie’s! Don’t miss this impromptu conversation in front of a very lively audience as the lads welcome Brian Towne from The Cook County Sheriff’s Office as […]

Podcast: July 21, 2012

Youth must be served! And Skinny and Houli serve up an hour’s worth with visits from 2012 Chicago Rose of Tralee Margaret Keating, Connor Kelly and Frannie McMahon of The Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, and our extraordinary intern Michelle McInerney, all adding to the buzz for Live at Lizzie’s! Then we’re treated to […]

Podcast: July 14, 2012

Dublin calling! Legendary Irish singer, songwriter, musician, storyteller and actor Finbar Furey calls into the show from Ireland to promote his gig next week at Jack Desmond’s Irish Pub on the south side. Finbar regales Skinny and Houli with a priceless story of his first night in New York when he joined the Clancy Brothers […]

Podcast: July 7, 2012

Skinny & Houli are “Live at Lizzie’s!” every Friday night throughout the summer and this weekend’s show is hot! 103 degrees outside but nice and chill inside Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub as the lads welcome back cast members of Adam Whiteman’s hit show MUSIC MAD, (http://musicmad.net), which has been extended through July at Chief O’Neill’s. […]

Podcast: June 30, 2012

Skinny & Houli return for “Live at Lizzie’s” at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub on the Chicago river and are joined by NY Times best-selling author Mark Shriver talking about his book “A Good Man” about his dad Sargent Shriver. Don’t miss this great interview! Also on the show are friends from Ireland, Maria Heneghan with […]

Podcast: June 24, 2012

Skinny and Houli kick off their summer series of shows “Live at Lizzie’s’ this week with a live taping of the show at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub, right on the river at McClurg Court. Listen to the sounds and hear the lads talk about the sights to see as they hang out at Lizzie’s and […]

Podcast: June 16, 2012

Skinny & Houli go LIVE in honor of Nik Wallenda and Bloomsday celebrations of James Joyce. Houli walks the wire in a series of death defying stunts and then hooks up with Skinny on the phone in Michigan and our special Fathers Day guest Shannon Rover Tommy Finnegan, father of seven kids! This show makes history, because, unlike Wallenda, Houli […]

Podcast: June 9, 2012

Kathy Cowan and Farley Masterton from the cast of MUSIC MAD drop into the Skinny & Houli studio to reprise a couple of numbers from the hit musical currently running at Chieff O’Neill’s. Writer and producer Adam Whiteman tells us the story of MUSIC MAD and his research of former Chicago Police Superintendent Francis O’Neill […]

Podcast: June 2, 2012

It’s “Hello Hollywood” on The Skinny & Houli Show when Michael Caine calls in to shoot the breeze, followed by legendary Irish actor Peter O’Toole, and then from beyond the grave comes character actor Sterling Hayden, all brought to us by Houli’s Hollywood pal Michael Cooke. Throw in some extended Van Morrison from “The Last […]

Podcast: May 26, 2012

John Kivlehan from Gaelic Park visits with Skinny & Houli to talk up Irish Fest this weekend, then we talk with the Commandant of The Chicago Police Marine Corp League about veterans and Memorial Day events and then Brendan Sullivan stops by to talk about his novel “The Living Wills” and his days with Second […]

Podcast: May 19, 2012

Skinny & Houli welcome author John Linehan to the show to talk about his new book, “City Life-Coming of Age in Chicago”, a novel about an Andy Frain usher in Chicago during the mid to late seventies. Linehan entertains with great stories of his adventures with the Andy Frain Company working Rolling Stones concerts, Bears, […]

Podcast: May 12, 2012

Skinny & Houli broadcasting from The Irish American Heritage Center in the 5th Province Pub and featuring Irish Consul General Aidan Cronin, Father Jim Barrett-pastor of St. Margaret Mary parish in West Rogers Park, his sister Suzanne who is a racehorse owner (does she have her brother bless her bets?), Irish American News editor and […]

Podcast: May 5, 2012

This Tuesday is the Opening Ceremonies of Special Olympics in Chicago at Soldier Field so Skinny & Houli welcome Geri Henaghan to the show and salute her for 29 years working with the Chicago Park District and coaching the athletes of Special Olympics. After some laughs with Geri we trot out “Who Cares?” and “Who […]

Podcast: April 28, 2012

Skinny & Houli welcome Irish music sensation Kathleen Keane back to the show for her second time, the only guest who can claim that experience, or as Kathleen puts it, “Maybe I’m the only one who wanted to come back!” The lads have some laughs with Kathleen as she promotes her upcoming gig as “Guinness […]

Podcast: April 21, 2012

Houli shamelessly promotes his movie “Our Irish Cousins” once again as he continues to promote the upcoming sneak previews on May 10th, 11th, and 12th. Then Sister Rosemary Connelly, executive director of Misericordia, joins the lads to talk about the upcoming “Candy Days” fundraising efforts next Friday and Saturday. Tune in to hear how you […]

Podcast: April 14, 2012

Houli begins the show with a very important announcement regarding the upcoming “sneak previews” of his film at The Irish American Heritage Center and Gaelic Park. Skinny and Houli then welcome guest Pete Silvestri, Cook County Commissioner and Mayor of Elmwood Park. Pete tells tales of elections over the years and the many characters he’s […]

Podcast: April 7, 2012

Skinny and Houli welcome newly crowned Rose of Tralee Margaret Keating and tell tales of their hilarious night as masters of ceremony at last week’s Rose of Tralee competition at The Abbey Pub. Then former Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jim Joyce drops by and we shoot the breeze about his new book, “The Guys in […]

Podcast: March 31, 2012

Meet “Sam”, a mope who moved from Maine and can’t make up his mind whether to be a Cub fan or a Sox fan. He’s the guinea pig of Jonathon Eig, creator of Chicago Side Sports, a new website featuring some great Chicago sportswriters. Sam stops by The Skinny & Houli Show for a tutorial […]

Podcast: March 25, 2012

Chicago Board of Elections Communications Director Jim Allen joins Skinny and Houli for analysis of last week’s election. Find out which wards had the highest voter turnout and hear stories of loyalty, chicanery, and shenanigans over the years on Election Day in the great city of Chicago. This show is a classic!

Podcast: March 17, 2012

Skinny and Houli.   St. Patrick’s Day with The History Detective!     ‘Nuff said! – Just listen in.

Podcast: March 10, 2012

Skinny and Houli celebrate the successful return of the Southside Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade, kicking off this Sunday, March 11th at 11AM at 103rd and Western. Months of very hard work and intense negotiations have borne fruit and Skinny is to be congratulated on a job well done. Joining the lads this week are […]

Podcast: March 3, 2012

It’s a rip roaring doozie of a show as Skinny & Houli stumble closer to St. Patrick’s Day. Appellate Court Justice, Aurelia Pucinski joins us as we talk about her current campaign for the Supreme Court. Then we’re joined by Sara Collins, Queen of The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and her court, Bridget Fitzgerald, Mary […]

Podcast: Feb. 25, 2012

Getting closer to St. Patrick’s Day and Skinny and Houli go into high gear with visits from international Irish tenor Michael Londran, Pete Brown from the Mulliganeers and Johnny O’Sullivan and Mike “Pickle” Joyce. Michael sings a tune and tells of Saturday night’s gig at the Irish American Heritage Center. Pete fills us in on […]

Podcast: Feb. 18, 2012

It’s official; the Southside Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back! Thanks to Skinny Sheahan. The lads celebrate and take calls from loyal South Side legends like Frankie Moran, Kathy Barton, and History Detective Rick Barrett telling tales of adventures they’ve had during the 31-year history of the parade. Skinny & Houli urge everyone to […]

Podcast: Feb. 11, 2012

Skinny calls into the studio where Houli hosts former Chicago police homicide detective Neil Maas, who tells us tales of some of the grisliest murder scenes he’s covered over the years. In addition to the our regular “Who Cares?” and “Who Died?” segments, featuring Houli’s remembrances of the late actor Ben Gazzara and his day […]

Podcast: Feb. 4, 2012

Skinny & Houli welcome Patrick Daley Thompson to the show to talk about his campaign for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and listen to his tales of growing up as the grandson of the legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley. The lads share the laughs with our favorite segments of “Who Cares?” and “Who Died?” and continue […]

Podcast: Jan. 28, 2012

This week Skinny and Houli tell tales of their wild night at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade corned beef and cabbage fundraiser at Plumbers Hall, earlier this week. Listen to the taped interviews with guests Boz and Brendan O’Brien of Reilly’s Daughter, Peggy and Steve Lombardo of Gibson’s Steakhouse on Rush Street, Queen Contest […]