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Thanks to Thomas, who sent me this nice video of some bunnies and some minis and some pygmy goats. The pygmy goat wants attention! I love it!

Shape Pizzas


Jordan Morris' new UCB sketch team Marvin Berry produced this great PIZZA video.

Interview: Derek Waters, creator of Drunk History


Derek Waters, left, with Nathan Fielder

If you haven't already heard of the funnyordie series Drunk History, now you have. Now please go tell your friends. Series creator Derek Waters (he's the Derek in Bob Odenkirk's Derek and Simon web series) spoke with Chris Bowman and explains how alcohol + academics = comedy.

CHRIS BOWMAN: One of the great things about the Drunk History series are the lessons that can be learned. What are some important lessons as an actor/writer you have learned while filming this series?

DEREK WATERS: The most I've learned making Drunk History is working on timing. The whole way it works is all in the timing. In the narration and the re-enactment. Also I've learned in the bigger picture that telling people about this idea was very hard. It has taught me that if you find something funny, you should DO it and not worry what others think. Just make it.

CB: Not everyone who drinks to excess throws up, and yet it seems you have a knack for finding the ones that do. Eric Falconer in episode 2 is an absolute champ. How do you select the storytellers for Drunk History?

DW: Everyone we have filmed does puke. This isn't anything I do to him or her. It just happens. Eric Falconer is the winner though. We only show it once. I don't find puking funny...but Eric's puke was beautiful. All the people that are storytellers, I've known for a while. I know they are smart... and drink. Then I ask certain people, what their most passionate time of history is, and what they feel more people should know about. All the stories they tell, they really love and are excited to tell. Works better that way, rather than some idiot making stuff up.

CB: There are some very funny people involved in this series. I can't imagine it feels much like work when you all get together. What is a typical shoot day like?

DW: Man...I don't know. I'm working with people I look up to, in front of the camera and behind. Everyone is there for fun, and wants to be there. With no money, it means you are doing it just ‘cause you love it. Very few things you get to work on are ones that everyone around you wants to be there. I only want to work on stuff like that. That's my dream.

CB: It's not everyday an actor is asked to mime along or lip sync to a drunk retelling of history. How do they initially respond to the challenge?

DW: It's hard. Jack Black said he had never done anything like this. We have the narrator voice on a computer playing as we shoot. It takes awhile, but it's very fun. The actor has to talk like the narrator, and act like the character they are playing. It's a lot to do.

CB: I think this series needs to be shown in classrooms (although, I see the problem with that). It's a great example of the fun you can have with history after actually learning it. I guess it could apply to most subjects. Why did you go with history?

DW: Thanks! I was going to do a different subject, which I'm going to do soon. But I think you have to start at history. Most people don't take drunk people seriously unless they too, are drunk. And most of the time drunk people don't talk about anything important. So I thought it would be great for them to talk about stuff that actually does matter, and on a subject we all know. And if we don't know it, we might remember some of it from school.

CB: Given that DH is a labor of love, do you only work on it when you have time, or do you have some sort of schedule?

DW: I wish I could make them every day. It’s hard because I want to do it all the time, but I also don't want it to ever get old to me. When Jeremy Konner and I go to the narrators houses it takes a lot out of us too. Watching someone drink a lot and get sick isn't always fun.

CB: When can we expect the next episode? Who do you have lined up to appear?

DW: I would love to tell you but that is a surprise! Please don't hate me for that answer. It's the most amazing thing to me how many people want to be in these little videos. That's been the biggest surprise to me.

CB: Anything you'd like to add for The Sound Of Young America listeners/readers?

DW: Please watch Drunk History and send it to your friends if you like it. You will see it on TV hopefully in July. I wish I could say more but people make me keep my mouth shut.

Look: I don't just post any bullshit viral video.


I didn't even post the little kid high on laughing gas last week. That's not what I do.

But this shit that Xeni posted on BoingBoing is so great that I'm just gonna repost it because the way I see it, even if you saw it on the big BB, you can see it again and enjoy it EVEN MORE.

Kittens, inspired by kittens.

Jordan at the Grammy's

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Jordan visited the Grammys to get a revamp of his personal style, and made this awesome video (which I'm pretty sure isn't embeddable, if I'm wrong, let me know). If you like Entertainment-y stuff, check out the site he made it for, Wonderwall, which is run by our old pal Alex Blagg.

Poet Michael Robbins reads "Alien Vs. Predator" on The Sound of Young America


On this special mini podcast, poet Michael Robbins reads his poem "Alien Vs. Predator," originally published in The New Yorker.

Michael Robbins is a PhD student in the English program at the University of Chicago and teaches poetry at Columbia College and is an associate editor of Chicago Review. His work (poems & reviews) has appeared in LIT, Tinfish, Boston Review, Court Green, Phoebe and the Chicago Review.

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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 54: Sound of Shade


Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: In another edition of their recurring Sounds of San Francisco segment, Coyle and Sharpe ask a man to identify the sound the shade.

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Jesse and Jordan are joined by Andy Daly to discuss the lady who owns the crystal store, our faltering economy, David Gordon Green and more.

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