The Onion News Network is probably my favorite thing on the internet, and I couldn't be more excited that it's coming to IFC. I visited IFC (who are the home of the show I host, The Grid) the other day in New York, and everyone is over the moon about this show. As they should be. I'm looking forward to it.
Our pals at McSweeney's have decided to celebrate our interview with Judd Apatow with a special on his (great) new book, I Found This Funny. You can get it from their store for an even $20, and you can rest assured that your money's going to support two great causes (McSweeney's and 826 National).
Finally, we have achieved our dream: parity with the audio from the Glenn Beck TV show. Thanks, Stitcher!
(and thanks to Joe for sending this over)
Neal Pollack joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss yoga, yogis, bear claws, danishes, Danes and more. Neal Pollack's new book, Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude, is a hilarious look at how Pollack learned to love yoga. Danish teen intern Johannes also joins in on the fun.
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Tickets go on sale at MaxFunCon.com on Black Friday, November 26th.
In case you've been living UNDER A ROCK, I've been hosting an IFC show called The Grid, and Jordan has been a regular contributor. Above, one of his great segments, on a very sad product called Gamer Grub.
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Famous comedian Paul F. Tompkins returns to talk knock-off toys, award shows, refugees, and bachelor parties.
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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.
Today's theme: Beyond the Fringe
In this episode of The College Years, Jesse speaks with Rebecca Paller, curator at The United States Museum of Television and Radio, about the four legendary British comedians Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennet and Jonathan Miller and their awesome early 60's show "Beyond the Fringe." The occasion for this interview was The United States Museum of Television and Radio's screening of the original show in New York and Los Angeles. With plenty of audio outtakes "from Beyond the Fringe," and Rebecca's expert knowledge on the subject, this podcast is definitely worth a listen.
Judd Apatow is a comedy writer, director and producer. He has become one of the largest comedic forces in Hollywood with films like Knocked Up and the 40 Year Old Virgin. Apatow's new book, I Found this Funny, is a compilation of work by some of his favorite authors. Sales of the book benefit 826 National, a literacy charity.
He spoke with Jesse Thorn from his Los Angeles office about his long career. As a high school student, Apatow used a radio show barely audible on the campus of his school to book interviews about a career in comedy with legends like Jerry Seinfeld, Henny Youngman and John Candy. He became a standup comic early, and was featured in the HBO Young Comedians special in 1992. Then he turned his attention to writing, working extensively with Garry Shandling, who became his mentor. In these early years, he worked on The Ben Stiller Show and on Shandling's seminal The Larry Sanders Show, where he also got his first shot at directing.
The tone of his films grew from in part from advice he received from Shandling while working on Sanders: that he should always seek the truth of his characters. The success of Apatow's movies ushered in a new era of loose, character-driven comedies which were a stark contrast to the star- and gross out-driven comedies of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
This special edition of The Sound of Young America also includes two pieces from I Found This Funny written by Sound of Young America contributor Simon Rich. "My Mom's All-Time, Top Five Greatest Boyfriends, by Jordi Stromson, Age 11" is read by comedian and writer Jen Kirkman; "My Friend's New Girlfriend" is read by actor and sketch comic Paul Scheer.