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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep. 61B: Humiliating Failures


Jesse, Jordan and special guest Dan Kennedy discuss humiliation and suchlike. Part two of a two part show.

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Internets Celebrities: Checkmate


Dallas and Rafi check out the Check Cashing hustle. Golden.

I hereby declare that the Internets Celebrities are as DELIGHTFUL as they are INFORMATIVE!

The Sound of Young America Live! in New York


Yes folks, it has indeed been confirmed. The Sound of Young America will be live in New York City next month as part of Sketchfest NYC.

It's a matinee show, Saturday June 14th at 4PM. Tickets just went on sale for only ten bucks at the UCB theater website. I'm still working on confirming guests, but there should be some cool people on the bill, so buy those tickets now.

There are also lots of other amazing shows in the festival, which you really oughta go to. More on that later. For now, just buy those tickets.

Podcast: Singer-Songwriter Nellie McKay


Nellie McKay is a singer-songwriter who's been acclaimed for her rich singing voice and her wry, funny songs. On record and on stage, her performances seem to straddle the decades, with a distinct contemporary political bent and a fair bit of goofiness thrown in besides. She demonstrated both in our interview, and pulled out her ukelele to perform a few songs.

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Jonathan Coulton with Paul & Storm in LA


Jordan, Theresa and I had a great time at the Jonathan Coulton / Paul & Storm show at the House of Blues here in LA Sunday night. Note, in the above photo of their all-together encore, that Paul (left) is rocking a TSOYA shirt, and Coulton (center) is rocking a *classic* TSOYA shirt. Well-played, gentlemen. (Memo to Storm: get with the program, asshole).

I say this without malice: it was the single nerdiest experience of my life. Including the time I went to see Coulton in San Francisco. Many ponytails, hawaiian shirts, and computer-themed novelty t's were in evidence. But the enthusiasm was palpable and infectious. Not to mention charming. And of course having the world's most charismatic nerd Mr. Jonathan Coulton involved helped. Overall, a grand success.

Also: it was cool to have all-access passes to something.

(I stole the picture from Colleen who recapped the show here.)

Pledge Drive Thank-You Gifts


Note (5/19): Due to the great success of the drive so far, we're basically all out of the donated thank you gifts. For the duration of the drive, our new thank you gift is a second edition of our world-famous carnival poster. It'll have different art in the same vein, and while I can't show you a picture of it because I haven't had it printed yet, please rest assured: it is awesome. Each will be hand numbered and signed by yours truly. This will be a one-time printing only. Just write "Poster" in the thank-you gift space when you make your pledge.

I want to thank all the authors, editors, publicists, comics, artists and writers who've contributed thank-you gifts to the MaxFun Drive. My goal was to accumulate 100 thank you gifts. We've now got 150!

Everyone who pledges $2, $5, $10, $20 a month or more will get a thank you gift. I don't have an inventory system, so I can't guarantee your choice, but offer a few preferences when you check out and we'll do our best. The first hundred or so folks to donate will get a poster/pamphlet for John Hodgman's new book, which is called "More Information Than You Require." This beautiful poster features information on one side, and a TAXONOMY OF ALL WORLD KNOWLEDGE on t'other. It is not, by the way, available in stores.

Here's what we've got:

Five copies of Adam Koford's "LOL Cats" book
Five copies of McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes
Five copies of Jack Handey's "What I'd Say to the Martians, and Other Veiled Threats"
Five copies of "If I Did It" aka The Kittenpants Anthology, featuring interviews with David Cross, Michael Showalter & David Wain, Bruce Campbell and many others.
A number of Uncle John's Bathroom Readers
Five copies of Chuck Thompson's very funny Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
Five copies of Kenny Mayne's An Incomplete and Innacurate History of Sport
Ten copies of Mike Edison's "I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage tales of pot, porn, punk rock, pro wrestling, talking apes, evil bosses, dirty blues, american heroes and the most notorious magazines in the world."
Five copies of Dan Kennedy's "Rock On: An Office Power Ballad"
Five copies of Tanner Colby and Tom Farley's "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts"
Five copies of Arkansas by John Brandon from McSweeney's
Five copies of At A Crossroads: Between A Rock and My Parents' Place by Kate Williamson (a MaxFunster, btw)
Five copies of Will Shortz' 1001 Sudoku Puzzles to do Right Now!
Five copies of the big beautiful "New York Times Guide to All Essential Knowledge"
Five copies of The New York Times: Crosswords to Keep Your Brain Young
Five copies of my new filing techinique is unstoppable by David Rees
Five copies of Gorrilaz: Rise of the Ogre
Five copies of each of the following books by George Saunders: The Braindead Megaphone, Civilwarland in Bad Decline, In Persuasion Nation, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, and Pastoralia
Five copies of Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Five copies of John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise
Five copies of The Onion's Our Dumb World
Five copies of Tony Millionaire's "Premillenial Maakies"

Five copies of Steven Wright's "I Still Have a Pony"
Five copies of Michael Ian Black's "I Am A Wonderful Man"
Five copies of Chris Trews' nerdcore album "Terp 2 It: The Freshest Dude"

Five copies of Brian Regan's "I Walked on the Moon"
Five copies of Mike Birbiglia's "What I Should Have Said Was Nothing"
Five copies of Wholphin Number 5

Five full-size promo posters from Showtime for This American Life, signed by Ira Glass
The zine pack: five copies of the beautiful literary zine Kaleidotrope, and five of the similarly beautiful "Busted" issue of the zine Fray (including a piece by MaxFunster Bucky Sinister)
Five one-month subscriptions to Never Not Funny Primo

"The Oldest and Stupidest Question in the History of Hip-Hop"


Jay Smooth takes on the perennial question, "who is The Gay Rapper?"

Has anyone read the book yet? Is it good?

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: On the Road with John Hodgman and Henry Rollins


We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

Henry Rollins is a rock and roll legend. He fronted both the Rollins Band and Black Flag, and has performed spoken word around the country. He's also the host of The Henry Rollins Show, and has appeared in numerous films.

John Hodgman is now familiar to TV viewers as "PC" in Apple's long-running Mac v. PC campaign, and as a correspondent on the Daily Show. He appeared on The Sound of Young America just weeks before his first Daily Show appearance, to talk about his book "The Areas of My Expertise."

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