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Improv Everywhere on Nightline

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Can you spot the Sound of Young America t-shirt?

Shellac in Chicago, photographed by Christopher Rogers

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Shortly after Steve Albini was a guest on our live show in Chicago, his band, Shellac rocked the city live in concert. Luckily for us, my friend Christopher Rogers was in attendance, and took some really beautiful photographs that I wanted to share with you. Some samples above, or check out Chris' Flickr stream here. Special bonus: some nice shots of the Kids in the Hall reunion at SF Sketchfest!

Ape Lad in the New Yorker

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File this one under "posts I would have made this weekend, only I was moving."

Imagine my surprise when I opened my New Yorker this week, only to see an illustration in the inimitable style of MaxFunster Ape Lad. I looked at the credits, and yes indeedy, it was our very own Floridian superfan. In The New Yorker's august pages, of course, he is known by his guvmint name, Adam Koford. Adam was the winner of a contest to re-imagine the magazine's venerable mascot, Eustace Tilley.

Above is the image that's reprinted in this week's magazine. Below is an image that was *also* a winner, but was not among the few featured in print. That makes Ape Lad a DOUBLE WINNER!

Podcast: Seven Second Delay with Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman

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Bullseye


Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman are the hosts of Seven Second Delay on WFMU, the legendary freeform radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey. For the past fifteen years, they've picked a "radio stunt" each week, then tried to execute it in just one hour of live airtime. They've chain-translated a Village Voice S&M personal add through 15 languages, then back into English, written the ultimate New York Times "Metropolitan Diary" column entry, then gotten it published, and failed more times than they can count.

When they're not on-air, Freedman serves as the station's manager. Breckman is a noted comedy writer, having written for David Letterman and Saturday Night Live (he penned the classic "White Like Me" sketch), and he is creator and showrunner of USA network's Monk.

The folks behind the Seven Second Delay blog have put together this guide to the show for listeners of TSOYA, including links to the various programs referenced during our interview. Thanks!

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Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster
Ira Glass
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Dave Hill is Looking for Love

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The always-awesome Dave Hill is looking for love in all the wrong places this Valentine's day.

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Philosophy Bites"

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Scholars have labored endlessly over the works of philosophers such as Plato, Kirkegaard and Hobbes. Now those scholars must compress their findings into about eleven minutes for the podcast Philosophy Bites (iTunes link).

Living up to its name the show features bite sized interviews with professors and authors about various philosophers and philosophies. Hosts David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton start off with the most basic questions as to introduce that week’s topic. Listeners get a straight forward take on a particular idea that is often communicated as a vague concept. Near the end of certain interviews the questions do get tend to be a bit more challenging and insightful. Richard Norman, author of On Humanism, takes these interesting queries on how the behavior of celebrity atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens can both help and hurt how humanism is perceived by the greater world. The show still covers their topics in the most general sense but I’m glad to know there is an acknowledgment of the truly complicated thinking behind these subjects.

The best use of this podcast is if you’re a student and you are having trouble with a confusing philosophy class. Philosophy Bites gives you the most basic but still vital take on these very big, very daunting ideas about human culture.


A bite sized show deserves a bite sized review. This gives me a little time to mention that I’m setting up a Bay Area MaximumFun meet-up March 5th. We’ll meet 7 p.m. at the Edinburgh Castle. At 8 p.m., without even having to leave the place, we’ll see Mary Van Note’s Comedy Darling show featuring MaximumFun favorite Brent Weinbach! Be there, laugh and meet some people who are also into things that are awesome.

Podcast: Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave Live in San Francisco

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Bullseye
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The fourth in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Zach Rogue is the front man of the Bay Area indie rock band Rogue Wave. He performed three songs for our audience, including one unreleased gem and one that came complete with a hilarious story about John McEnroe. The full performance is podcast, you can also download each song individually as a high quality MP3. (Note that the recording has some blips, due to hardware problems on the recording end).

Download songs individually (direct links, right click and choose 'save as'):
You Read My Mind
Ghost
Endless Shovel

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Also from our Live in San Francisco show:
Danny Hoch
Merlin Mann
Bucky Sinister

Podcast: Zach Rogue Live in SF

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Larry David starring in a Woody Allen movie?

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Fuck yes!

Two tickets, please!

Woody Allen has found the one person who can match him in the all important categories of TERRIBLE AT ACTING and UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME.

Is TSOYA in your blogroll?

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Are you linking to maximumfun.org in your blogroll?

Just askin'.

Cause it would be awesome if you did.

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