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The Sound of Young America: The Collection
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On this Sound of Young America broadcast, it's a potpourri, a hodge-podge, a cornucopia of miscellany. Here's a rundown: We hear a bizarre message left on Matt's voicemail by a Briton looking for someone named "Harry." Then a woman, who says Harry is "in trouble!" calls. Who is Harry? Jordan improvises a poem with a yutz at the candy store. Jordan shares some Bold Statements. Jesse "Runs the Numbers". Jesse and Jordan ask local businesspeople how they plan to make...
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This week, Jesse and Jordan battle it out -- who is the best boyfriend? Our guests are their girlfriends. Gene, single, joins in the grilling. Jordan's girlfriend was still in high school at the time. Jesse's girlfriend had flown in from New York. Five years later, this whole show is very embarassing for all involved.
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Comedian Louis CK joins Jesse, Gene, and Jordan on this week's installment, with a special appearance by JB Smooth, but before that: A tribute to Adam West and "Who Would Win in a Fight?" with Jim. All this and more on this week's The College Years.
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Guests Todd Bowman and Devin the Dude. Devin the Dude is a Houston-based rapper whose self-depracating, hilarious, and sometimes profane raps has made him a favorite of Dr. Dre. DJ Premier, and other hip-hop insiders. Todd Bowman is one of the world's foremost experts on Stax Records. We talk to him about the DVD release of the concert film "Wattstax."
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Guests Blackalicious and David Rakoff. David Rakoff's humorous essays enliven PRI's This American Life; his new collection is "Don't Get Too Comfortable." The hip-hop duo Blackalicious having been holding down the California alternative hip-hop scene for more than ten years. Their new album is "The Craft."
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Guests Dick Blasucci and Talk Like a Pirate. This week, we travel to international waters... or at least Canada. We talk with Dick Blasucci, head writer of SCTV, the seminal sketch comedy show, and executive producer of Mad TV. Also, we chat with the creators of International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
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In this edition of The College Years, special guest-host Kathi Kamen-Goldmark joins Jesse as they welcome a few chosen people on The Sound of Young America. First, Jesse and Kathi talk to Chris Jackson from H.O.P.E. in America about Paris Hilton's 2004 dallience with literature. Right after that, Count Bass D drops some knowledge on the show. And to end things, Sarah Silverman graces the show with her funny.
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In today's episode: What type of girl is best? Sarah Silverman is best. Also writer/musician Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan discusses his book "Blue Wizard Is About To Die! which is a poetry book... about video games.
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Guests Dan Savage and Neil Strauss. A pair of heterogenous perspectives on relationships. Dan Savage, the sex columnist, talks about his new book "The Commitment," about gay marriage. Neil Strauss, former New York Times music critic, talks about his book, "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Societ of Pickup Artists."
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This week, we talk with Carol Kolb, editor-in-chief of The Onion, America's Finest News Source. We also talk with Joe Garden, a writer for the paper who's running a campaign to replace Conan O'Brien as host of Late Night in 2008. Plus... comedy from the Sklar Brothers and Hard N Phirm.
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Our guests on this week's show are solo performer Danny Hoch, founder of the NY Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and Sway & Tech, hosts of the World Famous Wakeup Show.
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Guests Matt Besser and Rodney Rothman. Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade talks about their new sieries on Bravo, "Asssscat Improv." Rodney Rothman, former Late Show with David Letterman head writer, talks about his memoir "Early Bird." He retired to Florida at age 28. Also, music from New Orleans music legends.
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In this episode, Jesse starts off by explaining the newfangled technology of "podcasting." Then Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster talk to Jesse about the age old technology of radio. The back half of the episode is a track taken from a best of The Best Show on WFMU.
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Guests Robert Weide and Bruce Bridgeman. Bruce Bridgeman is a professor at UC Santa Cruz, and recently published a paper on legenday Santa Cruz tourist attraction The Mystery Spot. Robert Weide is the executive producer of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Larry David. Also, we play some improvised Van Morrison recordings that are so bizarre, they must be heard to be believed.
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Guests Chad Trujillo, Paul Moller, and Dippin Dots. A look deep into the future. We talk with the inventor of the Skycar, with the discoverer of a new planet, and with a representative of the Ice Cream of the Future, Dippin' Dots. Plus the future of scrapbooking, reptiles, and more, and relationship advice from The Evil Computer Bent on World Domination.
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Guests Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner. Davy Rothbart is editor of Found Magazine, a compendium of lossed and tossed documents and items. Jason Bitner is co-editor, and the editor of the book LaPorte, Indiana.
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Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt stops by. He has a new comedy CD on Sub Pop, and he's also the star of the new Pixar film Ratatouille.
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When she's not fronting the band Gloria Deluxe, Cynthia Hopkins creates acclaimed multi-media theater performances.
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Jack McBrayer portrays the lovable NBC page Kenneth on the sitcom 30 Rock. He's also a veteran of the New York and Chicago improv scenes.
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Bob Odenkirk is the co-creator of Mr. Show with Bob and David, and a feature film director. His newest project is the web series Derek and Simon.
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Ted Leo is the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Their newest album is Living with the Living.
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Comedy from Jonathan Coulton, Hard n Phirm, The Hazzards, Todd Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Marc Maron, and Brent Weinbach.
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Guests John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton. Our guests were college classmates, and remain close friends today. Hodgman is an author and is regularly seen on The Daily Show. Coulton is a comic singer-songwriter.
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Louis CK is a comedian, writer and director. His new Showtime comedy special is Louis CK: Chewed Up. He created and starred in the HBO series Lucky Louie and wrote and directed the cult film Pootie Tang.
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Scott Prendergast is the writer, director and star of the indie comedy Kabluey. The film, which also stars Lisa Kudrow, concerns a young man helping tend to his brother's children while his brother is serving in Iraq.
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Comedy from Greg Behrendt and Tig Notaro, plus a bonus interview with Behrendt.
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Robert Popper was co-creator of the British comedy series "Look Around You." He's also the author, as "Robin Cooper" of "The Timewaster Letters," which are smash bestsellers in the UK, and have just been released in the US.
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Scott McCloud is the comics artist behind the seminal "Understanding Comics," among many others. His newest is a collection of his 1980s series "Zot!"
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Mark Evanier is that author of Kirby: King of Comics, a lavishly illustrated biography of comic book legend Jack Kirby. He also worked with Kirby in the 1960s and 70s.
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Ben Karlin was editor of The Onion, Executive Producer and Head Writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a writer on America: The Book and co-creator of The Colbert Report. He's just edited a book called Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me.
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Wedding Announcements from Kasper Hauser's upcoming book Weddings of the Times.
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Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan talk about their post-apocalyptic Santa Claus story The Last Christmas, plus a holiday sketch from Elephant Larry.
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Jack Handey is the creator of "Deep Thoughts," and now the author of "What I'd Say To The Martians (and Other Veiled Threats)."
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Ze Frank is an internet super-celebrity, and the principal of zefrank.com. His year-long daily video blog project, The Show, was one of the first great successes of the video blog world.
Jeffrey Tambor updates us on the state of the Arrested Development film.
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Chris Bowman interviews the Los Angeles indie pop group The Submarines. Their most recent album is Honeysuckle Weeks.
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In a commentary, Marc Maron says he's not so sure that someone in India should be pre-distressing his belts.
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Ian MacKaye is a punk rock legend. His bands have included Minor Threat, Fugazi and most recently The Evens. He joined us live on stage in Washington DC.
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Music from our recent East Coast trip from Andrew WK, Nellie McKay and The Spinto Band.
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Scott Adsit is a veteran of Chicago's Second City and plays Pete on NBC's 30 Rock. We'll also talk about how Scott's involvement in the series Moral Orel almost caused a rift in his family. This episode taped live at WNYC's Jerome L. Green Performance Space.
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Bun B is half of the legendary hip-hop group UGK. His partner, Pimp C, died in 2007. Their new album is UGK For Life.
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Tasha Robinson and Nathan Rabin of The AV Club join Jesse to recommend a few great films which are new to DVD.
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Actress Jane Lynch has been seen in films like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Role Models and Best in Show. She's featured on the new show Party Down, and stars on the upcoming FOX show Glee.
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Jonathan Coulton is a singer-songwriter known for his heartfelt, hilarious songs. He talks with us and performs a number of tunes from his catalog.
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Web guru Alex Blagg of ABajillionHits.biz jacks your strat with a powerblast of social media marketing know-how and online insight.
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Das Racist is a Brooklyn hip hop trio known for tracks like "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" and "hahahaha jk?" They've referred to their particular approach to hip hop as "deconstructualist," combining humor, nonsequiturs, and culture theory. Their album Relax will be released later this year.
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Hip hop blogger Noz is back to talk about his favorite songs this month -- listen up to hear about DJ Quik, Fat Trel, E-40 and more.
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Jose James is an acclaimed jazz and soul singer. He has two new albums - a forward-looking, genre-hopping record called Blackmagic and a collection of piano-and-vocals standards called For All We Know.
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Los Angeles comedy group Superego contribute this sponsorship message from My Baby Dreamer.
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Chuck Brown is known as "The Godfather of Go-Go", a genre of very danceable funk music that he helped originate in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s.His newest release is a 3-disc set called "We Got This". He spoke to us about a song that changed his life.
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Are you capable of looking past your own prejudices? Simon Rich has prepared a set of brain teasers to answer that question. Featuring Rob Huebel. Simon Rich's new novel is Elliot Allagash.
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Samantha Bee is The Daily Show's longest-tenured correspondent, with seven years on the air. She's just released a memoir, entitled I Know I Am, But What Are You?
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Filmmaker and actor Simon Pegg talks about nerds' epic climb up the social ladder -- from schoolyard runts to mainstream successes. His new memoir is called Nerd Do Well.
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Errol Morris is an Academy Award-winning director who has documented a wide range of subjects, from warfare in The Fog of War to your everyday eccentrics in Vernon, Florida. His talks about his new film Tabloid, and the power of his non-confrontational interview style.
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For Jonathan Coulton, success as a musician has come with recording music himself, releasing individual songs online one- at-a-time, and even selling his catalog on a USB drive. So in a way, his new album Artificial Heart is aterrifying turn to the traditional, and a creative risk. It was produced with They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh in a studio with a full band, the old- fashioned way. Jonathan and John talk to us about that process.
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Nicolas Winding Refn is the Danish director of the new film "Drive", starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Refn had a very specific vision for the film, which included trance-like music and throwbacks to the aesthetics of films of his childhood. "Drive" won Refn the Best Director award at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold talks to us about how he manages the day to day eating, the best pastrami sandwich, overcoming food fears and more. He writes for the LA Weekly and is the author of the highly regarded food guide to Los Angeles, Counter Intelligence.
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Patrick Warburton is a live and voice actor known for his roles on Seinfeld, NewsRadio and The Venture Brothers among others. He's currently starring in the popular CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement and is the voice behind the talk show host in the animated series Effin With Tonight on Crackle.
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Bruce Campbell is a writer, producer, and cult movie actor who starred in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series and can currently be seen on the USA show Burn Notice. We talked to him about the DIY aesthetic and feeling of his projects, obsessive fans, and how he came to make cult horror movies, of all things.
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It's that time again - Jordan Morris spells it all out for us. From the bottom to the top, it's Jordan Ranks America.
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A special set of songs from Brooklyn art-rock band Les Savy Fav, featuring Tim Harrington and Seth Jabour. Les Savy Fav's newest album is "Root for Ruin".
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Werner Herzog is an acclaimed (and prolific) film writer and director, known for narrative films like Aguirre, the Wrath of God as well as documentaries like Grizzly Man.  His newest release is a 3D film about the oldest known cave paintings, called The Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
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Our correspondent Jordan Morris pores over what's happening in America to let you know what's best in the US right now.
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David Rakoff is an essayist, journalist, and a regular contributor to This American Life. His latest book is a collection of essays called Half Empty, on taking down optimism and championing pessimism.
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AV Club Editor Keith Phipps and Associate Editor Tasha Robinson join us to give their culture picks for December 2011.
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Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are the stars of the Canadian documentary-style sitcom The Trailer Park Boys. For years, the show has tracked their charming inability to make anything of themselves.
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Lynda Barry is a legend of alternative comics. Her strip Ernie Pook's Comeek earner her a reputation as sweet, funny and fearless. Her two most recent books are about how to create art and writing.
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Our friends Nathan Rabin and Josh Modell from The AV Club drop by to expound upon their pop culture picks for right now, including The Lonely Island and Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Season 5 on DVD.
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Writer and filmmaker Rudolph Herzog explores the jokes employed by the oppressed and the oppressors of Germany's Third Reich in his new book, Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany.
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Our hip hop contributor Noz of the blog Cocaine Blunts joins us to talk about his favorite tracks of the moment.
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Jordan, Gene and Jesse make bold proclamations usually reserved for talk radio. But this time, they're taking it to you!
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We talk about the bizarre phenomenon of Song Poems and about Screamin' Jay Hawkins' Kids.
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We chat with comedy legend Paula Poundstone about... well, all kinds of stuff, she's very chatty. Plus... Would You Rather, Hang It Up / Keep It Up, and an odd new segment called "BBC Sports News."
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Apr 16 2005: Rock Snobs This week, we examine Rock Snobbery, with guests Ira Kaplan of indie rock legends Yo La Tengo, comedian Greg Proops, and Steven Daly, author of "The Rock Snob's Dictionary." Originally broadcast 4-16-05.
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Guest Rhymefest talks about tour with legends like A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan, and about his upcoming album.
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Neil Gaiman is the author of the dark children's fantasy novel "Coraline." Henry Selick is the director of the new stop motion animated film based on Gaiman's book.
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Stuart Schuffman is the author of "Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in New York," a follow-up to his "Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco."
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Zach Miller and Scott McMicken are members of the Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. Their music synthesizes the sounds of the 1960s and 70s with contemporary influeces, and they've built a major following over the past ten years. Their latest album is Shame, Shame.
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Dan Clowes is the creator of numerous comics and graphic novels, including Ghost World and Art School Confidential. His latest is Wilson.
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Guests John Waters, Christopher Moore, Davy Rothbart & Moustaches for Kids.
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Jesse Thorn, by his lonesome, welcomes two very funny men on this episode of The Sound of Young America. Look forward to the great writer and radio host Tom Scharpling as well as the never not funny comedian Eugene Mirman.
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Your desperate friends on The College Years work doubletime to generate pledges for their community radio station, including offering to whore themselves.
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Guests Philip Lopate, Sharon Waxman and Sean Uyehara. Philip Lopate is the editor of the Library of America's Anthology of American Film Criticism. Sharon Waxman is Hollywood reporter for the New York Times and author of "Rebels on the Backlot," which examines the indie film explosion of the mid-90s. Sean Uyehara is a programmer for the San Francisco Internaional Film Festival. Also: a message from Jen Kirkman.
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The guys rock out with fake rock & roll trivia, the Evil Computer, and more.
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Scott Dikkers is editor-in-chief of The Onion, and is overseeing their new ventures in video.
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Rock and roll band The Flipsides and George Ratliff, director of the documentary "Hell House" join Jesse, Gene, and Jordan in this edition. Other than that, not much else.
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Guest Simon Reynolds. This week our theme is "Rip It Up & Start Again," and we investigate the history of Post-Punk music. Our guest is Simon Reynolds, a British pop music critic, and the author of the book which gives our show its name. His book aims to retrofit the reputation of the rock music of the early 80s, describing the sonically disparate artists who created something new in the wake of the first punk movement's self-destruction.
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Jesse sadly announces Mitch Hedberg's passing and reflects on his work as a comedian. Then comedian Al Madrigal speaks about his upcoming appearance at the 826 Valencia Comedy Benefit and also takes time to look back at Hedberg's life. Then comedian and radio host Mark Maron talks about his experience as a radio personality and role in comedy.
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Guests Dan Piraro, Josh Kornbluth, Amanda Congdon, and Andrew Baron. This week's show features a mish-mash of folks. Dan Piraro is the creator of the popular newspaper comic "Bizarro." Josh Kornbluth is a monologuist and host of "The Josh Kornbluth Show." We talk with Josh about his show "Ben Franklin: Unplugged," in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth. Also, Andrew Baron and Amanda Congdon are the co-creators of Rocketboom, the world's most...
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Jesse talks to Amy Krouse Rosenthal, writer of numerous books for children and adults, host of NPR's Mission Amy KR, and creator of numerous short films. Next Jesse talks to Ricky Jay: magician, author, actor and historian.
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Neal Pollack is the author of "Alternadad."
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On today's program, we talk with two awesome old guys -- legendary comedian Shelley Berman and television science hero Mr. Wizard. Originally broadcast 4-30-05.
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Guests Jim Gaffigan and the creators of Wonder Showzen. Jim Gaffigan is an actor and comedian who's been seen in films like "Super Troopers," and is one of the most popular touring comics in America. John Lee and Vernon Chatman created Wonder Showzen, one of the most bizarre, dark, and hilarious half-hours on television.
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Comedian Maria Bamford talks about impersonating Star Trek characters, collective living and how much comedians actually make.
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Guest Killer Mike. Killer Mike is an Atlanta-based rapper, best known for his affiliation with Outkast and Big Boi's Purple Ribbon Records.
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Guests Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. John Belushi was one of the great comics of the late 20th century. Belushi Pisano and Colby are the editors of the new book Belushi, an oral history of his life and times. The show also features clips from the National Lampoon Radio Hour which feature Belushi. Oh! And be sure to visit maximumfun.org for a neat web-only bonus mp3.
The Sound of Young America: The Collection
by Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun
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Guests Roz Chast and Bill Hader. Roz Chast is a long-time New Yorker cartoonist. Bill Hader is a castmember of Saturday Night Live.
The Sound of Young America: The Collection
by Jesse Thorn and Maximum Fun
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Guests V. Vale and Josh Karp. V. Vale is the legendary underground publisher behind Re/Search Publications, a series of zine-like books on the counter-culture. Josh Karp's new book examines the history of the National Lampoon, and how it changed American comedy.