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The Alumni Newsletter: November 17, 2010

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  • Reggie Watts, who performed at The Sound of Young America Live! at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in 2009, performed on Conan last night (11/16).

  • We can look forward to Aziz Ansari and new addition to the cast Adam Scott on "Parks and Recreation" on its newly announced return to NBC's schedule on January 20th at 9:30pm, following The Office.

  • Bestselling author George Saunders gives some words of advice to creative writers and those considering MFA programs.

  • And finally, a fun video from St. Vincent for her song Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood featuring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen.

Ep. 153: Danishes and Bear Claws with Neal Pollack

Neal Pollack

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.

MaxFunCon: The Movie


Join us for MaxFunCon 2011, June 10th-12th in Lake Arrowhead, California.

Tickets go on sale at on Black Friday, November 26th.

Gamer Grub with Jordan on The Grid


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.

Watch! Thursdays, 7:45 PM Eastern / 4:45 Pacific.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 140 - Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins

Famous comedian Paul F. Tompkins returns to talk knock-off toys, award shows, refugees, and bachelor parties.

Download episode 140 here. (right-click)

Brought to you by: (click here for the full list of sponsors)

Podcast: The College Years: Beyond the Fringe

Rebecca Paller

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: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Judd Apatow

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.

Coulton Cruise!


I was in New York last week, and stopped into Jonathan Coulton's beautiful Brooklyn apartment for a visit with the Coulton family. I was excited to hear about all the cool stuff that's been added to the Jonathan Coulton Cruise, including Peter Sagal and a couple of our pals from Rifftrax. You can check out the full itinerary for the cruise, which sets off in January, here.

Judge John Hodgman Ep. 3: Are Machine Guns Robots?


This week on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast, a dispute between friends. One insists that machine guns are a type of robot - they perform a difficult and onerous task, are programmable and he wouldn't want to fight them. The other demurs, and has asked Judge Hodgman for a final ruling.

To listen to this week's Judge John Hodgman podcast, subscribe in iTunes or using this feed.

Discuss the ruling on our forum here.

Horse in a car!



Via our good friend Brian "Back in Business" Lane.

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