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Podcast: Chris Hardwick of Hard N Phirm and Wired Science

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Chris plays science with The Office's Rainn Wilson

Chris Hardwick started his television career as a pre-teen bowler, touring talk shows like "Mike Douglas," where he bowled against Jimmie Walker. He came to national prominence while still in college as the host of MTV's Singled Out. He's since forged a career as a comedian and comic singer-songwriter with his partner Mike Phirman as Hard N Phirm. Most recently, he's been co-host of the PBS series Wired Science.

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Podcast: Chris Elliott

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Chris Elliott is an alternative comedy legend. He began his career as a runner on Late Night with David Letterman, before becoming an iconic writer/performer on that show. He turned his fame into a bizarre sitcom called Get A Life and a perhaps even stranger film called Cabin Boy. More recently, he's appeared in films like There's Something About Mary, Groundhog Day and Scary Movie and in many TV shows, including The King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. He's now an author, with a new novel called "Into Hot Air: Mounting Mount Everest."

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Podcast: Comedy: Wyatt Cenac

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Wyatt Cenac is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian. This performance was recorded at The Sound of Young America Live! at the Westside Eclectic Theater in Santa Monica, California.

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Podcast: Live in Chicago: Comedy from Schadenfreude, Team Submarine, The Second City and Hannibal Burress

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The first of two podcasts covering our live show at The Second City in Chicago. Later this week we'll hear my interview with Steve Albini, but first here's comedy from the show.

Schadenfreude open things up with some Chicago jokes (Rick Sutcliffe, anyone?), then Team Submarine duo their way into your hearts. The Second City Tourco knock one out of the park, then Chicago's Funniest Man Hannibal Burress tears the club down.

Here're some wonderful photos of the show online! Photos are by David Facchini.

Special thanks to Bossman Graphics for designing our poster, and to The Second City for inviting us!

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Podcast: Live in Chicago: Steve Albini

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This is the second of two podcasts covering our live show at Chicago's Second City. You can find the first, which includes the comedy performances, here.

My guest on this installment is rock and roll musician and producer Steve Albini. He's the owner of Chicago's Electrical Audio, and has recorded more than a thousand bands, including Nirvana, The Stooges and many others. He's known for approaching his work humbly, as an engineer, rather than as a producer.

I talk with Steve about growing up punk rock in Montana, about his college days in Chicago, and how he developed his production skills and ideals. We also talk a bit about his strong ideas on the music industry. He's well known for a piece he wrote in Maximum Rock & Roll on the awful economics of major labels.

Here're some wonderful photos of the show online! Photos are by David Facchini.

Special thanks to Bossman Graphics for designing our poster, and to The Second City for inviting us!

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Revenge of the Nerds.

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

On this week’s show Revenge of the Nerds, Jesse’s girlfriend (now fiancée) Theresa, has her TSOYA hosting debut. Hip-hop producer Prince Paul and cartoonist and humorist Maria Schneider are this week’s guests.

Hip-hop and comedy producer Prince Paul has produced for the likes of 3rd Bass, De La Soul and Chris Rock. Originally a member of Stetsasonic, Prince Paul has also shown his musical talents as a member of Gravediggaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School.

Cartoonist Maria Schneider (not to be confused with the actress of the same name) is best known for her work with The Onion. She is the creator of comic strip Pathetic Geek Stories illustrating, in a highly entertaining fashion, childhood stories of pain and humiliation sent in by her readers.

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Podcast: Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby is the author of a number of notable books, including Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy and most recently Slam. Slam concerns a teenager who impregnates his girlfriend. Oh, and also, he talks to a poster of Tony Hawk. Nick talked with us about how he struggled to find himself and his vocation as a young adult, how he relates to a teenage boy, how he discovered literature that he actually liked, and more.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Odd Ends

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

This week’s show Odd Ends, as the name suggests, has a varied mix of entertaining guests and features some of the weirdest things that have ever been on TSOYA. Kasper Hauser, the San Francisco comedy sketch group talk about scamming internet scammers and things go drastically awry when interviewing a scout for Steve Harvey’s Big Time. We get some ‘ninja insight’ from Robert Hamburger and Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere talks about their pranks on the streets of New York.

In this archive episode of TSOYA check out some hilarious tips from the Kasper Hauser guys on how to scam people on the internet (in a nice way) and they also give a run-down of their alternative craigslist. Worth a listen!

Jesse also talks to Mr. Robert Hamburger, self-proclaimed ninja master. Check out his website www.realultimatepower.net for some insightful ninja ‘facts’.

Since its inception in August 2001 Improv Everywhere has completed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. Based in New York City, creator Charlie Todd tells TSOYA about some of their most successful and notorious pranks.

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Podcast: Simon Rich, author of "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations"

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At the age of 22, Simon Rich published his first compilation of humor writing, the hilarious "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations." He's a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a current writer for Saturday Night Live. We interview Simon and hear him read several pieces from his book.

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Podcast: Sarah Lamm, director of "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox"

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Sarah Lamm is the director of the documentary "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox," which examines the Bronner family and their counter-culturally iconic soap. She talks about the original Dr. Bronner, who created his famous soap in a tenement apartment after being briefly committed to a mental institution. The soap's text-dense label includes wisdom from Ghandi, Jesus and Olympic champion Mark Spitz. Sarah also discusses the second and third generations of the family, who've built the soap into an international force and more recently into a leader in the field of sustainable business practices.

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