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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. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.
Mal Sharpe points us to this amazing series of photographs by Benjamin Donaldson. The series, called "Summerland," depicts people hypnotized into believing they are in the most beautiful landscape imaginable.
I sometimes argue with people who like Curb Your Enthusiasm because Larry Makes them cringe. I love Curb because I identify with Larry 1000%. If that makes me a bad person, then so be it.
In this scene, everything is starting to come up Larry (though he inevitably gets his comeuppance in the end). Jay Johnston makes an appearance as a guy Larry barely knows who asked him to write an important letter of recommendation earlier in the episode, much to Larry's chagrin.
Also, here's a bonus... the one and only Crazy Eyez Killah. Probably the best rap character ever on a white people tv show.
Jack El-Hai is the author of "The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and his Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness." It traces the life of Dr. Walter Freeman (pictured above), who popularized the lobotomy. The technique was innovative in its time, but Freeman continued performing it long after more effective pharmaceutical treatments were available. Nonetheless, Freeman was an innovator in treating the physical causes of mental illness.
Sarah Thyre is an actress and writer. She's been seen as Coach Cherri Wolf on "Strangers with Candy," and on The Upright Citizens Brigade and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Her memoir, "Dark at the Roots," describes her childhood in the deep south. Rebellious and irreverent, but also secretly deeply class and status conscious, she struggled through catholic school as an outsider.
We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.
Our guests: We talk first with the founders of Lebowskifest, an annual celebration of all things Big Lebowski. Aherents call themselves "Achievers," and flock to the events, typically held in bowling alleys.
We also talk with Seth Greenland. He's the author of the novel "The Bones," which satirizes Hollywood and the world of comedy.
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