Podcast: December 27, 2014

It’s chapter two of our Christmas shows featuring the music of the lovely Kathleen Keane and troubador Peter Brady as they entertain us and the gang from the Galway Sister Cities Committee at our Christmas Party with a bunch of classic Irish tunes including “The Galway Shawl” which moved our friend and immigration champion Billy […]

Podcast: December 20, 2014

Plumbers Union Local 130 Business Manager Jim Coyne and 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Lauren Catinella drop by the show to let all the lassies of Chicagoland know they must get their entries into the parade by January 2nd. Go to their website for all the info and also to learn about the upcoming annual corned beef and cabbage […]

Podcast: December 13, 2014

Skinny & Houli welcome Caroline Connors, who just retired from the Beverly Review,  to talk about all the great neighborhood stories she has covered in her 9 years with the paper, from meeting Mayors to covering folks celebrating the birthday of their dog, Caroline handled it all in Beverly with good humor and a great […]

Podcast: December 6, 2014

Skinny & Houli get into the Christmas spirit as they welcome old friend Dan McGuinness to the show to hear some tunes from this troubadour who is playing Fox’s Pizza at 95th and Cicero for the month of December. Danny plays Whiskey in the Jar, Wild Rover, and even Bad Moon Rising, sprinkled with some […]

Podcast: November 29, 2014

It’s the Skinny & Houli Thanksgiving show! We listen to our weekly session from Ireland featuring Irish cousins Paudie Sheahan, Murty Ryan, and Siobhain Peeples and then we call Paudie in Ireland around midnight his time to wish him a Happy Thanksgiving. Lots of funny stories told during this show! Also the announcement of entries […]

Podcast: November 22, 2014

Skinny opens the show with the sad news of the passing of his cousin Jim Sheahan a long-time member of Local 399, may he rest in peace. Then Peter Fasano of Pies By Fasano drops by with a box of pies for all of us and tells the story of how his dad started the company […]

Podcast: November 15, 2014

Joining the show this week is our new sponsor, Local 150 International Union of Operating Engineers, and we are proud to be working with them! Jam-packed show this week as we welcome Deidre Millane and Roisin Comer from the Irish Music School of Chicago to the show. Deidre hails from County Claire and Roisin from County Tipperary […]

Podcast: November 8, 2014

Houli out sick this week so Skinny recruits his brother John Sheahan and old pal Tommy McShane to talk to Bill Crawford, retired investrigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner from the Tribune, who just broke the story of Alstory Simon being released from prison after 15 years. Crawford has been working on this story for […]

Podcast: November 1, 2014

It’s the big reunion show of our 2014 Skinny & Houli Return to Ireland Tour and lots of folks drop by to tell us stories of their adventures with us in the Emerald Isle. A little bit of our Irish cousins Paudie Sheahan and Murty Ryan and finally our friend Phil Corridon from Kerry relates […]

Podcast: October 25, 2014

Catch the first post-mortem on The Skinny & Houli Show Tour to Ireland as the lads return to Chicago but have trouble with memories damaged by the destruction of many brain cells over the last week in the aul’ sod. Skinny claims there was hardly any conflict among the group and Houli observes, “Sometimes the […]

Podcast: October 18, 2014

Taped on the night before Skinny & Houli depart for their second annual tour through Ireland, you can feel the anticipation in the air at Lizzie McNeill’s. We welcome new sponsor Steppenwolf Theatre to the show and then visit with a trio of Irish storytellers including Jessie Ann Foley, Matt Martin, and Tommy Finnegan who […]

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 […]

Podcast: October 4, 2014

Chicago Marathon Race Director Cary Pinkowski visits the show to hype the upcoming marathon on Sunday, October 12th, which brings 40,000 runners to Chicago. Skinny will run his 42nd marathon this year! Then M. Emmet Walsh, perhaps the greatest character actor of our generation, visits with Skinny & Houli to talk about his career. Walsh […]

Podcast: September 27, 2014

Skinny & Houli welcome Irish filmmakers Dave Farrell and his son Colin right after they touched down in Chicago for the Chicago Premiere of their terrific new film about the 1916 Easter Rising. The film opened to a sold-out audience Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center and rave review from Rick Kogan in the Tribune. […]

Podcast: September 20, 2014

Skinny & Houli take to the phone to speak across the ocean to Dave Farrell and his son Colin in Dublin. The Farrells are the producers of the dazzling new docu-drama “A Terrible Beauty” about the six days of the 1916 Easter Rising which proclaimed Ireland as an independent nation. The film will premiere in […]

Podcast: September 13, 2014 – 5th Anniversary Special

5th Anniversary celebration of The Skinny & Houli Show features Consul General of Ireland Aidan Cronin  on the show as we discuss his tenure in Chicago and upcoming plans for the 1916 centennial celebration in Ireland and Chicago. Aidan talks of the great history of the Irish in Chicago, the potential for Irish citizens abroad […]

Podcast: September 6, 2014

Skinny opens the show with a shout out to his cousin in Limerick Michael Sheahan who just jumped out of a plane to raise $10K for brain aneurism research, God bless him! Then the lovely Lauren Catinella, 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen stops by to chat with the lads about the upcoming Halfway to […]

Podcast: August 30, 2014

Skinny & Houli welcome Stacy Jurich to the show. Stacy was the witness for the prosecution in the vicious baseball bat assault case of Stacy and her Irish exchange student friend Natasha McShane. Stacy tells the courageous story of how she fought off the attacker that night over four years ago in Bucktown, taking blows […]

Podcast: Aug. 23, 2014

Skinny loses his way back after golfing so Houli flies solo on this one as he welcomes old friend Kevin Egan from Hop The Pond, along with Dermot Walsh and Jim Sheehan. These three young fellas from Ireland have formed Atlantic Sound Music Festival here in Chicago, which will be Thursday, August 28th and Friday, […]

Podcast: Aug 16, 2014

The lovely, talented, and gorgeous International Irish dancer and fiddler Katie Grennan returns to the show to give us a preview of The Skinny & Houli Return to Ireland Tour 2014. Katie is featured in the August issue of Irish Dancing Magazine and is our special musical guest on our tour in October. More info […]

Podcast: August 9, 2014

This week we feature a “Best of Skinny & Houli Show” which includes interviews with Sheila McShane, the mother of Irish J-1 student Natasha McShane who was attacked and permanently disabled 4 years ago in Bucktown. This interview was done the night before the convicted assailant was sentenced to 90 years in prison. Then we […]

Podcast: Aug. 2, 2014

Fascinating show this week as Skinny & Houli chat with Sheila Lamb and Julie McNally, the keepers of the flame of the work of Sheila’s dad, the late artist Matt Lamb. Lamb was an internationally recognized, self-taught painter whose works are represented in public and private collections throughout the world. Matt started out in Bridgeport, […]

Podcast: July 26, 2014

Very funny show featuring Brendan O’Connor of Big Guys Sausage in Berwyn he’s the sausage king of Chicagoland and brings some samples for the guys to feast on as we help promote Brendan’s August 9th “Sausage Fest” in Berwyn. Houli recaps his day at the Catholic Charities golf outing with his son Billy, who tells us how Houli got his […]

Podcast: July 19, 2014

Skinny is in New Jersey this weekend helping out his nephew Denis Moster and his family with a golf outing fundraiser for Denis. So with Houli flying solo we welcome Sean Cleland, Rob McCloud, and Rosemary O’Malley from the Irish Music School of Chicago as they give us a preview of their upcoming Francis O’Neill Irish […]

Podcast: July 12, 2014

On a gorgeous night by the river at Lizzie McNeill’s for the Wednesday Wiggle, a couple of gorgeous ladies join Skinny & Houli and bring rainbows. Mayo’s Marian Newman returns to the show and fills the lads in on her latest fundraising activities for The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. Then vivacious Irish fiddler Katie Grennan  drops by to […]

Podcast: July 5, 2014

Skinny & Houli welcome Kathy O’Neill from the Irish American Heritage Center back to the show as she pitches for Irish Fest next weekend. Scheduled to perform during the July 11-12-13 weekend  are Phil Coulter, The Tossers, The Chancey Brothers, Gaelic Storm and on Sunday at noon Karen and Patrick Cannady on fiddle and uilleann pipes and they play us […]

Podcast: June 28, 2014

Skinny & Houli welcome newest sponsor Ed Napleton Honda in Oak Lawn. Then veteran prosecutor Peg Ogarek from the States Attorneys Office honors us with an inside look at the Natasha McShane case. Peg and co-counsel John Maher convicted the weasel who cowardly attacked Irish J1-student and her friend Stacy Jurich four years ago, resulting […]

Podcast: June 21, 2014

We welcome new sponsor Ed Napleton Honda to the show this week! It’s Professor night at the Skinny & Houli Show as we welcome Northwestern’s Dr. Tom O’Halloran and Roosevelt’s Dr. Paul Green. O’Halloran is working on a cure for cancer and Green is a working on a cure for narcissism in politics. Both are […]

Podcast: June 14, 2014

Antoinette Cahill from The Palmer House and Ann O’Riordan from The Drake drop by the show to talk about their grand Chicago hotels. Both gals are from Ireland, Killarney and Kildare respectively, and their charm and vivacity come right through the airwaves.  Both ladies started out as J-1 students visiting Chicago back in the nineties and returned to […]

Podcast: June 7, 2014

Navy Pier’s Marilynn Gardner and Jen Kramer, CEO and Director of Entertainment respectively, give us the rundown on all the summer happenings at the Pier. Navy Pier hosts over nine million visitors each year, more than all of Chicago’s professional sports teams and museums combined! The gals invite Skinny & Houli to record a future […]

Podcast: May 31, 2014

Chicago Fire color commentator Kevin Egan was just standing in Lizzie McNeill’s with a pint in his hand when Skinny & Houli recruited him as the opening guest on the show. They recognized him from his cover photo on the May edition of The Irish American News. Kevin is from Dublin originally and is also […]

Podcast: May 24, 2014

Skinny & Houli celebrate Memorial Day weekend wiht old friend Pat Creevy, author of terrific novel, “Ryan’s Woods”  which captures a coming of age story of a kid growing up on the Southside. Check out “Ryan’s Woods” for a nostalgic trip back to the good old days. Then Sheila McShane from Armagh visits with us […]

Podcast: May 17, 2014

Martin James Hughes drops by the show with his dad and brother and tells us about his upcoming benefit concert on May 23rd before signing a terrific acapella version of “The Fields of Athenry”. Then Martin’s dad Mike comes on the show. Mike was born and rasied in Mayo and says he’s “the last generation […]

Podcast: May 10, 2014

Don’t forget to join Skinny & Houli on Friday, June 13th for the White Sox game. You can pick up your free tickets at Mike Haggerty Buick/GMC at 93rd & Cicero. The cast of JUNO stop by the show tonight to perform a couple numbers from their monster hit musical based on the classic play “JUNO AND […]

Podcast: May 3, 2014

Skinny & Houli release more details of their night at the White Sox game on June 13th at 7PM, tickets are free, but you have to pick them up at Mike Haggery Buick/GMC at 93rd and Cicero! Kicking off the month of May we welcome the inimitable Barney Farrelly and our old pal John Griffin from […]

Podcast: April 26, 2014

Friday June 13th join Skinny & Houli at the Sox game, pick up your FREE tix at Mike Haggerty Buick/GMC ThenDon Vincent & Joe Kearney stop by the show to promote their 100 Club Chicago, providing scholarships to the children of first responders who have been killed in the line of duty. Great organization! Then Skinny tells […]

Podcast: April 19, 2014

Skinny & Houli hoping to see everybody at Sox Park on June 13th for the Sox game that Friday night. Pick up tix at Mike Haggerty/Buick GMC and tell them Skinny & Houli sent you, while supplies last. Old friend Bill Brady drops by with co-author Vince Vieceli to promote their new book “Stand-Up Comedy in […]

Podcast: April 12, 2014

We remind all of the free White Sox tix available at Mike Haggerty Buick/GMC when you mention Skinny & Houli! Then direct from her 3-week tour in Women of Ireland, fiddler and dancer Katie Grennan stops by the Wednesday Wiggle with tunes and tales of life on the road. She’s excited about joining the Skinny […]

Podcast: April 5, 2014

Don’t forget to pick up your free White Sox tickets for June 13th game at Mike Haggerty Buick/GMC when you tell them “Skinny & Houli sent me”! This week’s show features 2012 Chicago Rose of Tralee Margaret Rose Keating, singing the Christy Moore favorite, “In the City of Chicago”. Then fiddler extraordinaire Sean Cleland stops by to promote […]

Podcast: March 29, 2014

Skinny & Houli welcome Chicago Irish legend Bob Ryan to the show. Bob’s dad Tommy Ryan started the Shannon Rovers in 1926 and Bob marched with the Rovers in every parade starting in the fifties from the Garfield Park boathouse to the Keyman’s Club on the old west side. For over 18 yeas Bob was […]

Podcast: March 22, 2014

Skinny & Houli recovering from St. Paddy’s Day and licking their wounds and doing a recap of the big weekend. They give big props to James F. Coyne and Local 130 for presenting the parade for the last 59 years and to Pat & Kevin Coakley for the return of the Southside Irish Parade. Then […]

Podcast: March 15, 2014

It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago and Skinny & Houli welcome 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshall and President of the Chicago Blackhawks, John McDonough, to the show. John grew up in Edison Park, went to St. Juliana’s and Notre Dame HS and he and the lads reminisce about the old neighborhood as […]

Podcast: March 8, 2014

Skinny returns after a month in Florida to hide from old man winter. Unluckily for Skinny old man winter waited for him to return! The tradition of the show continues with the annual appearance of the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Queen and her court and the pulchritude overflows at Lizzie’s. Then Marlene Byrne from ShamRock […]

Podcast: March 1, 2014

Comedian Pat McGann, direct from his gig on “Late Night with David Letterman” sits in for Skinny and brings the laughs to the Wednesday Wiggle when Kathleen Keane and Mike Kirkpatrick stop by for some tunes while promoting their upcoming reunion gig at the Abbey on March 7th.Then Kathy O’Neill gives us the low down […]

Podcast: February 22, 2014

Comedian Bill Brady sits in for Skinny while he basks in the Florida sun as we welcome the great Irish tenor Paddy Homan to the show. Paddy has a new album out, “The Hard Way Home” and we listen to a couple tracks on the show. Bill Brady joins Houli for “Who Cares”? and promises […]

Podcast: February 15, 2014

Skinny still in Florida, so Houli’s pal Bill Brady sits in. Bill was the host of The Barrel of Laughs for 33 years, the longest running comedy club in the Midwest. Singer-songwriter Dan McGuinness drops by to do a couple tunes, including “The Town I loved So Well”. Then Colleen Tully from the Young Irish […]

Podcast: Feb. 8, 2014

Skinny remains in Florida, can you blame him? So Houli shoulders the show and plays tunes by Joe Cullen since Joe had to cancel because of snow. Then Mary Kay Gavin-Marmo, the coordinator of Chicago Rose of Tralee drops by and promotes the upcoming fundraiser for the Southside Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Bourbon […]

Podcast: Feb. 1, 2014

Skinny escapes to Florida for the month but calls in to give us his report on Irish life in Florida. While Skinny is golfing, Houli holds down the fort and welcomes Irish dancer/fiddler and reigning Irish American Heritage Center St. Patrick’s Day Queen, Katie Grennan, back to the show and she performs a variety of […]

Podcast: January 25, 2014

Skinny & Houli kick off their first show of their fifth year on the air with the first public appearance of the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Lauren Catinella. Listen to this lovely gal tell the story of ten years in the contest and how she waited for her last year of eligibility to […]

Podcast: January 18, 2014

A pair of seasoned politicians guest star on The Skinny & Houli Show this week. First up is 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Bridget Fitzgerald as she tells the lads of the highlights of her reign as Queen, which will end this Sunday with the coronation of a new Queen at Plumbers Hall. Then […]