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: Coyle & Sharpe believe that it never hurts to have too much wheat, even if it grows on your head.
Almost Live's John Keister joins us at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival and we talk bad tattoos and play a round of Graham's Dad Movie Reviews. (photo thanks to Sam Normington)
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Elijah Wood emerged as a child star in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His first role was in a Paula Abdul video, directed by David Fincher, in 1989. Within a few years, he was a movie star, working in films like Radio Flyer and North. In his review of the 1994 film The War, Roger Ebert wrote that Wood was "the most talented actor in his age group, in Hollywood history."
Wood made the transition to adult acting gracefully - when he was 18, he packed up his bags and moved to New Zealand to star in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He's also appeared in films like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Everything Is Illuminated and Sin City.
Wood is part of the ensemble cast of the new film The Romantics, which follows a group of young people from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony of their close friend's wedding. The film will be released September 10th, 2010.
Writer Sloane Crosley joins Jordan and Jesse to discuss the war on spiders, Travis Pastrana's inner turmoil, how kids draw the darndest racist caricatures, and more.
Kells blows the house down on this joint. Looks like there's a new king of retro-soul.
Shakespeare versus Tom Clancy, eh? I admire you, Mark. You're a bozo, but you're a bozo with brass. What's more, you raise a question that deserves an answer. Fact is, neglecting the handful of fey creatures who claim they grokked Shakespeare upon first hearing "to be or not to be," few people get him right out of the box. The obstacle is his lofty language, much of which can only be grasped with footnotes, and sometimes not then.Here’s his opener to a column addressing a question about what kind of fart it would take a 180-pound man to achieve liftoff:
You realize, K., that this question is idiotic. However, that's never stopped us before, and there's no doubt that from a scientific perspective the subject has its points of interest. So I assigned the job to my assistant Una, a professional engineer, who quickly obtained the relevant thrust equations from NASA and got to work computing the necessary forces. While Una and I found the results enlightening, for you — assuming you're the 180-pound man here — it wasn't such a good day.It came as no surprise when I found out The Straight Dope, like many originally text-based internet things, now has a podcast [RSS] [iTunes]. On purely formal grounds, I can’t in good conscience recommend it: it’s just some guy — not, needless to say, the mysterious Adams — reading Adams’ words out loud. (Given infinity more resources, though, I imagine it could make a killer Radio Lab-type audio spectacle.) But if you’re not much for the written word, by all means, don’t hesitate consume a column this delightful ear-style. You even still get “Slug” Signorino’s accompanying goofy illustrations — which, say what you will, I actually find really funny — albeit squished to the dimensions of your mobile audio device’s screen.
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: Party Time!
In this episode, Jesse celebrates the legendary comedy institution, The Second City. With an alumni that includes some of the funniest people ever (e.g. Bill Murray, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Sedaris, etc.), The Second City has certainly contributed to the comedy landscape. Fortunately, this episode has a few recordings of their hilarious performances. Hear more vintage funny in The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater, a nice coffee table book that comes with two audio CDs.
Appropriately, Jesse also talks to Anne Libera, author of The Second City Almanac of Improvisation. Anne shares what distinguishes The Second City from other groups, what signs indicate a comedy star in the making, and the unique nature of improv performance. All that and more, in this episode of The College Years.
Our summer intern Christian is headed back to grad school at the end of the month, and we're looking for a replacement. To intern at The Sound of Young America and Maximum Fun, you need a couple free weekdays a week (or equivalent in partial free weekdays), an interest in radio and independent media, an inquisitive mind and a reliable commitment. You also need to be in Los Angeles, for obvious reasons. Application details are here.
Both Big Boi and Yelawolf (the white guy with the creepy haircut) just rip this track. Yelawolf has a big future. Andre 3000 on the beat.
Join Graham, Dave and special guests for a live episode of Stop Podcasting Yourself at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. More information on the Bumbershoot calendar here.