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Pledge Drive: 5/1 - 5/15 (Inclusive)

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Preamble

It's officially been one year since The Sound of Young America and MaximumFun.org starting accepting donations. In that time, dozens of listeners have stepped up to the plate to support our programming (and blogging). Your support has allowed me to expand our offerings, buy some new equipment and quit my day job (though I still spend too much time on contract work).

In celebration of a year of donation-supported content, we're having a good old-fashioned pledge drive. The goal is to build a base of supporters that can carry the show into the future.

Here's the deal.

I give everything away for free. The blog, all the shows and all their archives, the radio show... everything. There's no mandatory subscription fees or pay-per-downloads here. My first priority is sharing this work with you.

In order for me to do that, I need your support.

I ask that you donate to support the show. You can give $20 a month if you have the means, or you can give $2 or $5 if you're as broke as I am. I ask for monthly gifts because I'm not a professional fundraiser, and I'd rather dedicate my time (and yours) to programming and not to asking for money. This way, instead of fundraising two or three times a year, I can do it once. That said, if you'd like to make a one-time donation, or simply mail a check, you can do that as well.

I appreciate your support -- and because of that, I'm giving shit away to say "thanks."


Thank You Gifts

Everyone who donates will receive a Maximum Fun Pack. That means a Maximum Fun Club card, personally inscribed (not to mention laminated) by yours truly, some stickers, and a pin for your lapel.

If you donate at the $10 or $20/month level, I'll send you a Sound of Young America t-shirt. If you've already got one, get one for your spouse! It'll be great, they'll love it, I promise.

And furthermore...

The Big Prizes

Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize drawing. It's different from most drawings in that you have a great chance of winning.

You could win:
Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane

John Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise, personally autographed by the author

One of FIVE personalized Hobos drawn according to a name you choose by the great Ape Lad (also known as Adam Koford)

Or the grand prize:
A complete box set of the legendary spy spoof series Get Smart (created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry) -- a set which costs $300 in the store!

So Donate Now

Click here for our donation page, where you can choose the level of your support. If you'd like a t-shirt, be sure to include your shirt size and address. And once you do donate, be sure to record an intro for The Sound of Young America!

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 6: Prison Camp

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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 varies as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These 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.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe as a man from Montana to help them in their agricultural facility. They're looking for someone to control the laborers using guns and electrical shock.

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Coachella fun!

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Chris Hardwick, Brent Weinbach, Jasper Redd and Zach Galifiankis palling around at Coachella.

(They're probably talking about how much they enjoyed being on The Sound of Young America! (WINK))

America comes together.

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Bill Moyers interviews Jon Stewart on Moyers' newest PBS series, Bill Moyers Journal.

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These are two serious, serious genuises of their respective crafts.

Podcast: Anne Beatts, Original Saturday Night Live Writer

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Anne Beatts
Show: 
Bullseye

Anne Beatts is a legendary pioneer in comedy writing. She was the first female editor on the National Lampoon, wrote for the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and was an original writer on Saturday Night Live. After leaving SNL, she created the critically-acclaimed sitcom Square Pegs, which featured a breakthrough performance from Sarah Jessica Parker.

Today, Beatts is a screenwriting professor at the University of Southern California. She also teaches sketch comedy writing workshops privately. You can find out more about the courses on her MySpace page.

You can see portions of our interview in video form here and here.

You might also enjoy these shows:
Zines with V. Vale and Josh Karp, author of "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" about Doug Kenney and the National Lampoon
Belushi! with Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby (MP3)
New York Stories with Roz Chast and SNL Castmember Bill Hader

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally
The Sound of Young America is underwritten in part by Project Breakout

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Jerry Lewis on Pauline Kael & critics...

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Dick Cavett talks with Jerry Lewis about being an auteur and dealing with critics. Including how much he loves Pauline Kael, a "dirty old broad" who'd never said anything good about him, ever. Great stuff.

Toronto MaxFun meetup?

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Looks like a couple of MaxFunsters are planning a meetup in the T-dot. If you live there, you should join in the planning. Who's inviting Dave Stieb?

Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove

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This great documentary comes from the PBS series "Independent Lens." Who knows how they got the whole hour-plus on Youtube, but here it is.

The P-Funk constellation of bands are the most New Sincerity ever created.

First of May!

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First of May! First of May! You-know-what starts today!

Brass Eye alert! Brass Eye alert!

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Regular readers of the blog know already that I think that Brass Eye and its predecessor The Day Today are the funniest fake news programs ever created. You can't really buy them in the US, though as I understand the UK DVD of Brass Eye is region-free. My pals in Kasper Hauser introduced me to Brass Eye, of which they spoke in hushed, reverent tones that had previously been reserved for things like Larry Sanders and Python.

My point in bringing all of this up: someone has Brass Eye to Google Video.

Here's episode one: "Animals"

Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five (thanks Dan)
Episode Six
Episode Seven / The Pedophilia Special

Thanks to the CC Insider for the heads up.

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