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Sketchfest Seattle Opens Tommorow


The nation's first sketch comedy festival, Sketchfest Seattle, opens tommorow at Seattle's Erickson Theater. Last year Jordan, Jim, Lauren and I were there with Prank the Dean, and had a fantastic time seeing and performing in shows.

Here are a few groups I've seen and can recommend (though it's tough to find a bad apple in this bunch):

The Cody Rivers Show (Bellingham, WA) 9/7 & 9/8
I'd be more comfortable calling these guys "performers" than "comedians," as their work has almost as much in common with Cirque du Soleil as with standard sketch comedy. Only it's not all... you know... Frenchy. High-energy and amazingly fun.

Summer of Tears 9/14 & 9/15
Just saw these guys in LA a couple weeks ago, and was really impressed. One of the top young sketch groups in the country -- they're about my age. Particularly memorable was an extended riff on Matthew McConaughey as Peter Pan.

Oh, You and Your Bone Spurs 9/15 & 9/16
These guys are dark, dry, satirical and raw. Great for you punk rock comedy types.

Elephant Larry 9/9
I was lucky enough to run into these guys last night at the UCBT -- they just won a big contest, but I'm not allowed to share the details. One of my favorite sketch groups in the country... fun... smart... silly... plenty of cavemen and dance numbers.

Here's the details:
What: SketchFest Seattle 2006
Where: Erickson Theatre Off Broadway – a brand spanking new venue!
1524 Harvard Ave. (between Pike and Pine)
Dates: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Two Weekends:
September 7, 8 & 9
September 14, 15 & 16
Times: Shows at 8:00 on Thursdays. Shows at 8:00 and 10:00 on Fridays and
Saturdays. (featuring two groups per show!)
Tickets available here

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The Impostors with Mal Sharpe
The Symphony with Masta Ace and Patton Oswalt
Formed a Band with Eddie Argos of Art Brut and Paul Malmont
Wonder with Michael Ivins and Lawrence Weschler

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Podcast: The College Years: Halloween


We talk about celebrity death leagues with enthusiast Stew Thornley, plus an interview with a deeply embittered Arbor Day. Also: my little brother tells a SPOOKY JOKE.

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From Demetri Martin's Comedy Central special:

Watch out for Demetri popping up all over everywhere -- he's due to be the official spokesman/model of the next version of Windows.

Demetri on TSOYA (MP3)

"John Hodgman is a very funny man."


Dang... how's that for a lead on All Things Considered? Hodgmania continues to sweep the nation. Here's the story.

Previously, on an obscure program listened to by 1/1,000th as many people:
Hodgman on TSOYA (one)
Hodgman on TSOYA (two)

Pine Oaks Community Newsletter


I think that this community newsletter is sweet and hilarious.

The Word Nerds take a crack at jokes...


Every week, The Word Nerds, a couple of high school teachers (and long-time Sound of Young America supporters) with too much time on their hands, take a crack at the English language on their podcast. They recently dedicated an episode of their show to jokes, and it's as entertaining as always. I'm sure the subject is of special interest to TSOYA listeners, so I thought I'd share it hear. A Sound of Young America recommended listen.

Can I make a reccomendation?


Brass Eye is one of the funniest television shows every produced, and I just found out you can buy it on a region-free DVD from You have no business missing this amazing series.

If you visit this past TSOYA post, you can watch an episode of the program, youtube-style. That tiny screen, however, can hardly match the full power of this amazing program on your television set.

Imagine the satire of South Park, executed with a scalpel instead of a baseball bat. A withering mockery of Hard Copy-style news... even more relevant today as 24-hour cable has itself veered dangerously near parodic territory.

Anyway, it's 14.99 (don't know how to make the pounds symbol) at sendit, 17.99 at, and if anyone can find any better prices for the US, let us know. But seriously, get on this now.

Powerful Testimony from Mr. Rogers


Mr. Rogers speaks before a congressional committee on behalf of public broadcasting, I cry. Thanks to Carla for reminding me of this amazing piece of video.

And on the subject of Mr. Rogers and me weeping like a baby, I can't reccomend this episode of This American Life enough, for Davey Rothbart's amazingly moving story of his childhood relationship with the man himself.

How to spend your holiday...


Watching D'Angelo and the Soultronics live on the Chris Rock Show.

Then listening to a full set recorded during rehearsals for the Essence Festival. (Band includes ?uestlove, Roy Hargrove, Pino Palladino, Jeff Lee Johnson, Anthony Hamilton on backup vox, etc etc etc)

Jonze in my Bones
Cruisin / Me & Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine
Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
Send it On
When We Get By
Brown Sugar
Lady / Medley

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