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Tom Lehrer performs "Werner Von Braun"


The greatest comic songwriter of the 20th century? Could be.

Tom Lehrer was my prof for a class at UC Santa Cruz, and he is a way awesome guy. Very crotchety in the best way possible. The only songwriters he likes since the 60s are Sondheim and Randy Newman. He always made fun of my announcements about my improv group or radio show, but he always let me do them. King of teachers.

"Get back to the easy-going life."


Are they happy because they don't have to cook?

Or are they happy because slavery has be re-instituted, and they don't have to work?

You decide.

Haruki Murakami: Jazz Messenger


"Practically everything I know about writing, then, I learned from music. It may sound paradoxical to say so, but if I had not been so obsessed with music, I might not have become a novelist. Even now, almost 30 years later, I continue to learn a great deal about writing from good music. My style is as deeply influenced by Charlie Parker’s repeated freewheeling riffs, say, as by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s elegantly flowing prose. And I still take the quality of continual self-renewal in Miles Davis’s music as a literary model."

Scheduling Minutiae


So... I've been working like crazy to get our PRI launch together, and it went swimmingly. Now I'm trying to bring our podcasting schedule in line with our radio schedule.

What this means for you is that we'll be at summer strength for at least a few more weeks -- that is, one show a week. The live show will be podcast next week, and we'll start to get you lots of awesome interviews: Patton Oswalt, Miranda July, They Might Be Giants, etc.

Great weekend for Bay Area comedy...


Not only is the one and only Mr. Paul F. Tompkins headlining this week at the Punchline in San Francisco (win tix here), but The Shooter himself, Mr. Jimmy Pardo is headlining at Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale.

In the unforgettable words of the Rooster T. Feathers answering machine: "Cock-a-doodle-DOOOOOOOOO!"

Barry's Gonna Knock It Out!


All Star time in the City by the Bay, and local heroes are colliding: San Quinn: "Knock It Out (Barry Bonds)."


Podcast: Jordan, Jesse, Go!: Ep. 29: Hot Tubbin' with Ashkon


This week's show features very special guest Ashkon, who's song "Hot Tubbin'" has been tearing up the Max Fun charts since its debut a few weeks ago.

Jesse and Jordan are in a Dinosaur Park. They say dinosaur names they know, and give you a preview of the show to come.

Listener Calls
Happy pet stories (aka the Cat Came Back), First Time Drunk, Waiting on the Tow Truck, Crying at the Cracker Barrel... no, it's not Jordan's new country album, it's listener calls!

Calls from Listeners

Jordan receives some shoe advice and gets propositioned. He'll also be put on the internet in his underwear, for you to dress up.

People Who Listen to the Show Dial a Number and Leave a Message and Jordan and Jesse Talk About It

Longtime pal Brian shares a cautionary tail about knives, Jesse is corrected, and the definitive White-Guy-Know-It-All theory is offered.

Zoo Animal Showdown!
Monkey vs. Lion

Jesse introduces a new segment called Zoo Animal Showdown. This week's match up: Monkey Vs. Lion. Head to the forum to cast your vote!


Jordan and Jesse chat with Ashkon about wild nights in LA, his connection with Murder Inc.'s Irv Gotti, and, of course, hot tubbin' on the late night. Yadadamean?

Ashkon Performs

Ashkon performs an acoustic version of "Hot Tubbin'" and an awesome freestyle rap.


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Jeff Coorwin's Discount Tires


The tri-county area's ONLY haunted tire retailer!

Part of Eric Appel's brand new SuperDeluxe series, The Subconcious Channel, in which we are treated to a tour of one man's strange dreams. Thanks to Eric for letting me be a part of it, it was the most fun you can have in a strip-mall sound stage next to a body shop in North Hollywood!

Contest: Zach Galifianakis's Bad Art Auction!


Hey NYC area max-funsters/Galifianakers/Indie rock lovers/bad art hounds - this contest's for you! July 10th, at the Hiro Ballroom in New York, Zach will be hosting a charity event for New York Cares in which "really bad, really funny" art will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. And if that doesn't already sound like a blast and a half, the auction will be followed by a full set from reverb-rockers Band of Horses - who's Everything All The Time was, to this Intern's mind, one of the better debut albums OF THE MILLENIUM. I've also seen them live, and they are indeed top notch. IN ADDITION, it's their only show scheduled in NYC the whole summer.

So now you're wondering, "Hey Tim the Intern, how can I win free tickets to this hip shindig for a good cause?" Well that's simple. Just be the first person to e-mail me ( the answer to the following intern related question, along with your name and phone number:

In a classic episode of Seinfeld, Kramer takes on an NYU Intern to assist him at Kramerica Industries. WHAT IS THAT INTERN'S NAME?

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Old Men

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Watch Mr. Wizard

 Shelley Berman 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 episode features a couple of old fogies. You probably know him best as Larry David's dad on Curb Your Enthusiasm - but Shelley Berman has been a legend in the comedy world since the 1950's. He was a co-founder of Second City and his debut album Inside Shelley Berman won the first non-music Grammy Award...ever.

We also talk with Don Herbert AKA Mr. Wizard AKA Donny Hizza. He was the host and creator of the 1950's children's program Watch Mr. Wizard and its 1990's Nickelodeon revival Mr. Wizard's World. He eats the whole time he's being interviewed.

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