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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 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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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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Andrew Anton tells us about his odd teenage recording career.
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Jesse and Jordan search for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Also, we are visited by Kieth from Five Iron Frenzy, and we talk to a lady at the sex store in Santa Cruz.
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The guys find the perfect makeout song and give rock & roll facts, while Jordan tries to push a new catchphrase.
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The Sound of Young America: The College Years is a chronicle of the rise to power of three young men who would one day become kings of the radio field. Comedy, interviews, banter, delight.
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Mal Sharpe was half of the legendary put-on duo Coyle & Sharpe.
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Ladies and gentlemen, this one is a doozy. Join Jordan and Jesse on a particularly poor recording in which a flugtag participant and the Sklar brothers are interviewed. Also: the extreme weatherman, Jim Real's Would You Rather, The New Sincerity Minute, and 60 Minutes commercials.
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Guests David Cross and Reel Big Fish. Gene and Jordan, minus Jesse and plus Brian, get to talk to David Cross until an alarm sound cuts off the interview. They finish up with an extended interview with ska band Reel Big Fish. But first, "The Divine Hand of Adam West"!
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Comedian team the Sklar Brothers join Jesse, Jordan, and Maya Baldwin on this edition of The College Years. Also in the episode: gossip about Larry King.
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Guests H. Jon Benjamin and Demetri Martin. Jon Benjamin is best known as the voice of Ben, the layabout son in the long-running Comedy Central series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He's also a stage comedian. Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, former writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and the winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinborough Fringe. He's also a graduate of Yale University, and an NYU Law dropout. Also... how did that dog get in here?
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Guests Sarah Silverman, Brad Meltzer, Kasper Hauser. We return to our nerdiest theme. Sarah Silverman is the hottest comedian in the country as her film "Jesus is Magic" hits theaters. Brad Meltzer is a best-selling novelist, and the author of the controversial DC Comics graphic novel "Identity Crisis." The Kasper Hauser Skit Club are San Francisco's favorite sketch comedy group... they perform a sketch and read some of their fake Craigslist postings.
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Guests Louis CK and Chip Lord. This week, we examine the fuzzy lines between high and low culture. Louis CK is a standup comic, writer and producer, whose HBO sitcom premiers in January. Chip Lord is a founding member of the seminal art & architecture group The Ant Farm. Plus a song from NY sketch comics Elephant Larry.
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Today's theme is FOOD - Our guest is Jamis McNiven, eccentric restaurant mogul of Bucks of Woodside and the author of Breakfast at Bucks: Tales From the Pancake Guy.
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In today's episode: The Sound of Young America boys showcase some of their comedy chops with their sketch group Prank The Dean. Also an interview with Santa Cruz's long-form sketch group Freefall.
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Today's episode is a very special tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard. In it, Jesse and guest-host Jim "Master of Would You Rather" Real welcome Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd, and partake in a little radio improvisation themselves.
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Jesse and Jordan host a comedic romp through comedy with an interview with The Second City's Allison Bills. Also in this episode: some Nichols and May bits and talk of Rooster T Feathers and its patrons.
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Oliver Wang is a popular blogger and DJ, and a professor at CSU Long Beach. His new CD compilation of classic soul music is Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers.
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Sarah Thyre is the author of the memoir Dark at the Roots. As an actress, she's been seen on Strangers with Candy and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, among other venues.
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Guests Nick Adams and Calvin Levels. Nick Adams is a comedian and the author of the new book "Making Friends with Black People." Calvin Levels is a Tony-nominated actor and the star of the one-man show "James Baldwin: Go Tell It On the Mountain."
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Louis Theroux is the author of The Call of The Weird: Travels in American Subcultures. He has been the host of several television series, including Weird Weekends, which aired in the US on Bravo.
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Guests Kurt Andersen, Andres du Bouchet, Elephant Larry and Jonathan Coulton. Kurt Andersen is the host of PRI's "Studio 360" and was the co-founder of Spy Magazine. Andrew du Bouchet is a New York comedian. Elephant Larry are a sketch comedy group, also from New York. Jonathan Coulton sings songs, and I believe lives in Connecticut.
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Rock star Andrew W.K.'s most recent album is "Close Calls with Brick Walls."
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Mick Brown was the last journalist to speak with Phil Spector before the legendary music producer murdered a young woman. He is the author of Tearing Down the Wall of Sound.
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Dave Willis is the co-creator of The Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a cult comedy series on Cartoon Network. He and his partner Matt Maiellaro also made the new film adaptation Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Moviefilm for Theatres.
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Yuval Taylor is the author of Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music.
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A special preview of the Kasper Hauser Podcast, due in late summer.
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The AV Club's editors join us to tell us about the best music and movies of 2007.
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Poet Michael Robbins reads his poem "Alien Vs. Predator."
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Mark Oliver Everett, sometimes known as E, joins us. He's the frontman of the rotating cast that makes up the rock band The Eels.
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Comics artist Adrian Tomine is the creator of the series Optic Nerve. His most recent book is "Shortcomings."
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Swamp Dogg is a soul legend, both as a performer and as a songwriter and producer. His eccentric and funny albums are beloved by soul afficianados.
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Wendell Pierce and Andre Royo play Bunk and Bubbles, respectively, on HBO's The Wire.
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Raphael Saadiq is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was a founding member of the groups Tony! Toni! Tone! and Lucy Pearl.
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Marianna Palka is the writer, director and star of the independent film Good Dick, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is currently in theaters.
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Jeffrey Blitz is the director of the film "Rocket Science." He also directed the documentary "Spellbound."
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Want to know what's good in the US of A this month? Jordan Morris has the scoop.
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Carl Newman is the main songwriter and vocalist of indie rock band The New Pornographers, and also performs as a solo act under the moniker A.C. Newman. The New Pornographers' most recent release is the album "Together".
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Stand up comedy from Prescott Tolk, from our live show in Chicago earlier this year.
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In this touching and hilarious song, Karen Kilgariff (Mr. Show, Ellen, Girls Guitar Club) gives us a behind the scenes look at the life of a successful comedy writer and standup comic.
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Judah Friedlander is a regular on NBC's 30 Rock and the author of How To Beat Up Anybody. He is the World Champion.
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Standup comic Holly Mills is a regular in clubs in the Los Angeles area. Her set was recorded at The Sound of Young America Presents: Laugh Night, a benefit for Art Share Los Angeles.
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Standup comedy from Karen Kilgariff. Kilgariff was head writer of Ellen, and a castmember on Mr. Show.
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Greg Mottola is the director behind Superbad and Adventureland, and has also directed episodes of Arrested Development and Undeclared. His new film Paul is out March 18th, and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
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Adam Reed is a writer, director, producer and voice actor. He was the co-creator of the Adult Swim animated series Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo. He's also the mind behind the FX show Archer, which is entering its second season.
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John Waters has a new book out called Role Models that packs a few surprises -- chief among them the influence of Johnny Mathis.