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The Houli’s Hooley

Join the hooley with Bill and Paddy Houlihan live on the air every Saturday night from 7-8PM on WSBC 1240 AM and WCFJ 1470AM with news, guests, music, comedy, and a preview of the weekend for Chicagoland’s Young lrish community.


Podcast: November 18, 2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents the Houli’s Hooley. Welcome Back to another week of blow your socks off laughs! The gang returns this week with frequent guest and comedian Pat Chase joining the party. Clay starts off the show again going off on the name “Eric”. Clay explains that he is predisposed to not liking anyone with the name. We encourage all listeners named Eric to write us. Bill is excited to be attending a George Michael cover band concert and tells us all about it. Comedian Pat Chase reveals his new day job. He is an online college recruiter! Clay and Paddy share a new jingle that is taking the 3 and 4 year old toddler market by storm. This episode it nuts! Enjoy.

Podcast: November 11, 2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents the Houli’s Hooley. Woooooo! Welcome back to another week of great craic. Lots of Ric Flair talk this week as the gang reviews the much talked about recent ESPN 30 for 30 documentary. Bill attended the Guns and Roses concert at the United Center this past week and gives us his review. The gang then ponders what President Trump and Vladimir Putin will discuss during their scheduled meeting and what they will be having for lunch. Clay has a hunch that Putin likes Sea Bass. The show wraps up with Paddy telling a great Jay Leno story his friends at the world famous Chicago sandwich shop Mr. Beef shared with him. Tune in!

Podcast: Nov. 4, 2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents The Houli’s Hooley radio hour.
Welcome Back! Clay O’Brien makes his return this episode after his absence the week prior. The gang is happy to hear that all is well and everyone is now healthy in the O’Brien household. Clay gives a shout out to nurses everywhere! “I don’t know how they found me, but they found me!” Paddy finally has been caught by the authorities for not paying his past parking tickets. He received the boot on his car Halloween night and shares woes of his idiocy. Bill was an Irish American with a Parliament light in his mouth for Halloween. Clay calls this costume Bill embodied “the smoking head”. Topics covered this episode include the fantastic fall Netflix line up, serial killers, wrestling legend Ric Flair and a hot jam from that very famous Irish music group Danzig! Tune in!

Podcast: Oct. 28th, 2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents the Houli’s Hooley. Welcome back to Chicago’s greatest show about actor Elijah Wood. The Houlihan brothers are back in the studio this week minus Clay O’Brien. Filling in for Clay is comedian and friend to the show Paul Obis. Lots of Elijah Wood talk again this week as he is vastly becoming the most mentioned pop culture figure on this show next to Lawrence Flynt. Halloween is approaching and the gang discusses appropriate and delicate topic of dead celebrity costumes. Paul Obis has some amazing celebrity stories to tell this week. Mr. Rodgers, yes that Mr. Rodgers was a dear family friend and Paul once had the pleasure of driving actor Elijah Wood to Jonnie’s Beef in Elmwood Park, IL. Super fun episode. Tune in!!!

Podcast for 10/21/2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents The Houli’s Hooley. Welcome back to another week of fun and shenanigans courtesy of Paddy, Bill and Clay. Bill has arrived to the show dressed in his comfy clothes/coaching attire again. He’s happy to be in “coach” mode! Paddy and Clay have once again suggested he start wearing a whistle. Technology has thrown coach Bill for a loop this week as the new tablet-based software he uses for work is not operating to his specifications. He longs for going back to simple times just like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite. We feel for ya Bill! This quickly veers into some Arnold Schwarzenegger talk, some Kindergarten Cop talk and the love the boys have for character actor Richard Tyson who played Crisp. Finally not to be missed is more talk of the famous brand created on this show “JGF” better known as John Goodman Farts. Tune In!

Synopsis for 10/14/2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents The Hooley’s Hooley. Welcome to the best podcast in the world if you like stories of oatmeal and booze and karate. Pain does not exist in the dojo or studio this week! Bill opens the show reminiscing about his first time as a groomsman in his friend Keith’s wedding. Bill self professes that he is quite a dancer and made a big impression at the reception. Clothing/fashion is once again discussed as Paddy interjects during wedding talk to address people that show up to weddings without dress attire. Bill somehow finds a way to include actor Elijah Wood into this. Bill has a thing with this Elijah Wood guy! Wood is now approaching Larry Flynt status on the show for most mentions. The gang takes on the Harvey Weinstein story and Clay informs us that Harvey has a pet monkey named Douglas and the two are currently in a drunken haze at a French villa watching the E channel. Halloween is coming and Paddy is helping his son decide on a costume. Paddy is thinking of dressing his son as Johnny Lawrence from the film “The Karate Kid”. Some karate talk ensues and  Clay then suggests Paddy’s son dress up as comedian Richard Lewis! Another episode that has no rhyme or reason to it. Tune In!

Synopsis for Oct 7, 2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents The Houli’s Hooley. Morrie’s Wigs don’t come off!!! Welcome back to another week of fun as the gang discusses the passing of the great Chuck Low a New York based character actor that many will remember from his portrayal of Morrie the 1990 film Goodfellas. The boys seem obsessed with him. Paddy has returned from his business trip in Palm Springs with tales to tell of rental cars and cigarette smoking. Bill is getting prepped to be a groomsman for the first time and he’s not happy about the yellow stains on the shirt that came with his tuxedo. Finally, the gang reminisces about the life of Tom Petty. Tune In!

Synopsis for 9/30/17

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents the Houli’s Hooley. Welcome to the city of Chicago’s finest show about nothing. Dream big hipsters and let us roll our sleeves up for ya!  Bill and Clay ran into each other this week in Wrigleyville of all places and they went hat shopping together! Bill bought three new hats to cover his beautiful dome. Paddy is getting noticed on the el by “time piece” enthusiasts. He had a hipster tell him that he loved his watch and it was mistaken for a Rolex. These things make Paddy nervous. The boys take a break and then come back for a long discussion about the term “bimbo” and what that means today. Bill is worried that all the young hipster girls are looking like 80s bimbos. Chill out Bill! Clay has suggested that Bill write a self help book called “Bimbos and Buttcheeks”. Paddy then tells a story about a legendary poster he won at a very young age at the Taste of Elmwood Park. This is one silly ass episode that features a famous jam by 80s hair metal band Whitesnake. Tune In!

Podcast: September 23, 2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents The Houli’s Hooley. Splash party in the pool in 20 minutes! Paddy has returned from Cancun for a wedding and has some vacation tales to tell. Bill attended October Fest in Oak Park for a craft beer tasting and apparently they were also handing out bookmarks for all the readers at the festival. Also being served at the festival was “John Elway’s Sweat Sock Ale” a beer that Clay swears by. Paddy has ingratiated himself into “Mr. Beef” a famous sandwich stand in Chicago. He tells us that he goes three to four times a week now. The Irish American Movie Hooley is this coming weekend 9/29 – 10/1 at the Gene Siskel Film Center on 164 N State St. in Chicago’s Loop. Come check out three great films including The Dunning Man on Friday at 8pm, Emerald City on Sat at 8pm and The Young Offenders on Sun 5:15pm. This is a great episode. Tune in!

Podcast: September 16, 2017

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents The Houli’s Hooley. Welcome back to another week of amazing laughs and sweet sweet nothings. The boys weren’t affected by any hurricanes, but they do somehow roll hurricane talk into grammar school basketball talk. Hell yes! Who doesn’t love grammar school b-ball talk? Bill has started a new position at work and is struggling with remembering the names of his new clients. Paddy has suggested Bill use Kevin Trudeau’s Mega Memory to help himself. Apple has big announcements this week and Paddy is curious as to when Apple will be releasing the iPhone that allows it’s users to levitate. Clay suggests that Apple begin working with Mindfreak Criss Angel to get this started. Paddy is headed to Cancun for a wedding and has purchased some white v-neck t-shirts for the trip at a place Bill suggested called Foreman Mills. He’s very happy with them and Clay lets us know that Foreman Mills is a real family place; it’s where strippers buy their kids school clothes. This is another fun silly episode. Tune in!