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David Cross and SFist in Sketchfest Feud!

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SFist visited Comedy Death Ray last night, part of the SF Sketchfest (of which TSOYA is a sponsor). The review is positive about the show as a whole, but vehemently negative about David Cross, the show's headliner.

The piece's author, Emily Cox, writes in the review: "Sadly, SFist was really disappointed (appalled might be the better word) by David Cross's routine. In addition to getting the smallest laughs from the crowd, it was the most blatant public display of bigotry we've witnessed in person."

Cross responded in the comments, writing in part:
"Emily, you can’t simply reduce everything I said, and it’s obvious (to most, at least) intent to merely being a vitriolic, bigoted soap-box lecture wherein I just say, “This is what Mormons believe, aren’t they fucking idiots?”. That is being either purposefully dishonest or at the very least, lazy and irresponsible. In addition, your numerous references to how poorly I was received seem put in there to bolster your position. This just wasn’t the case. Again, the set and entire evening were taped. I have the proof on tape. You have your clearly biased memory of events, which do not match reality."

DRAMA!

Cross' comedy can sometimes tilt towards polemic, but Cox's language was really quite strong. Of course, as an anonymous commenter pointed out, DC didn't exactly deflate those allegations of bigotry by finishing up with, "Having said all that, I do think it’s astoundingly stupid and lazy to believe in Mormonism given it and it’s founder’s history."

Cross is clearly a man with strong opinions, and his passionate audience gives him no disincentive to share them. He's also one of our most gifted comics, and has been very good to The Sound in the past. Tough to know what to make of this situation.

The Michael Showalter Showalter

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Michael Showalter debuted his new web series, "The Michael Showalter Showalter" on College Humor today. You can watch below!

(by the by... this looked like a big white box in my Firefox, but it worked when I clicked the box, so if you see nothing, do not fret)

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Episode 7

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!...

Intro

Broadcast live from a cattle auction.

Jesse and Jordan discuss their relative sadness. Listeners have decided that Jesse is clearly sadder. Jesse's a professional podcaster -- a little sad. Jordan mentions that it's perhaps even sadder that he is the guy who sits in on the podcasts. Jordan mentions that a fear of sadness drives him to do stuff.

Is there a good kind of club that Jesse could join?

Top Fives

Two celebrity high fives... Matt Walsh of the Upright Citizens Brigade shares with us his top five holidays, most of which have to do with football. Then Jimmy Pardo & the Never Not Funny gang give us their top five Jimmy Pardo Ailments of 2006.

Things Get Personal


Jesse & Jordan answer a top five of personal questions sent in by listener Benedict Harris.

The questions:
Wet or dry shave?
How much do you pay for haircuts?
Pet history?
Position on circumcision?
What are your best colors?

Blockbuster Nightmare

Jesse describes his nightmare experience at Blockbuster Video, featuring a man trying to rent a video without ID, a blockbuster account, or even filling out a form.

Then the larger question: Jesse's girlfriend Theresa is almost done watching every episode of Sex & The City. First of all, what do you think of the show? If you like it, why? If not, why?

Secondly... what show should she watch now that she's done with it?

THIS WEEK'S ACTION ITEMS:


* Join the Flickr Group and post pictures of you high-fiving! There will be a contest with rules soon.
* Personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Whaddya got?
* What show should Theresa take up? Shouldn't be too nerdy, should be something with feelings that I could tolerate, but wouldn't feel bad if I missed.
* Haircut advice! Here's our hair. Whaddya think?
* Sex & the City -- what's your opinion of this international cultural phenomenon from 2002?


Call us at 206-984-4FUN, or email jesse@maximumfun.org with them! We'll talk further on next week's show.



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Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

We all have to pay the taxman...

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And if we're a non-profit, we have to do so publicly.

(Disclaimer: I'm not an accountant, but the forms are simple, so I don't think I got anything wrong here.)

NPR's annual budget (in 2005) was $110,000,000.

Their top five on-air earners were:

Renee Montagne - $308,374 (plus $30,640 in benefits & deferred compensation)
Steve Inskeep - $301,856 ($35,572)
Robert Siegel - $288,795 ($24,480)
Scott Simon - $266,821 ($33,572)
Alex Chadwick - $235,173 ($29,564)

The CEO, Kevin Klose, made $577,325, plus $284,475 in deferred compensation & benefits.

Other information gleaned...

NPR spent $232,742 on transcription services from Berrelles Information Services
NPR spent $263,631 on lobbying services
NPR spent $11,795,300 on content aquisition from outside sources
NPR had $84,833,067 in securities, and total assets of $165,959,704
NPR's phone bill was $2,069,720

Do I post all of this to say it's outrageous or unbelievable? Absolutely not. I'd say if you compared this to the budget of CNN or some other, comparable operation, you'd have to say it's a good value. As the Boston Globe points out, $300K is 1/20th what Brian Williams makes.

28.3 Million Americans Might Be Wrong: TSOYA in USA Weekend

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USA Weekend is the newspaper magazine that you get if your newspaper doesn't have a magazine. It's published by the same folks who create USA Today.

Almost a year ago, they decided to do a feature in which celebrity experts pick a favorite podcast, and Our Hero Patton Oswalt was nice enough to pick The Sound. The piece just ran this weekend.

Top podcast picks
Favorites from experts in their category.
By Dennis McCafferty

Whatever the topic, podcasts empower the masses. There are more than 24,000 podcasters listed by podcastdirectory.com, and 20 new ones are added every day. Given that it's a large pond out there, USA WEEKEND Magazine recently got together with three high-profile pros and asked them which podcasts they like to listen to on the Web:

COMEDY
Patton Oswalt, best known as Spence on CBS' "King of Queens," also is featured on Comedy Central's "Comedians of Comedy"
His pick: Jesse Thorn's "The Sound of Young America" (maximumfun.org)

"Thorn and his superlative show have already been profiled in "Time." He knows how to interview comedians and gives them endless opportunities to be funny. That's a skill."

Inside "The Sound of Young America"
Basics: It's a weekly, hour-long show with two or three interviews and often a sketch, created by Thorn, 25, an unemployed receptionist who lives in Los Angeles. Like most podcasts, it's a no-frills production. Thorn produces the show from his living room, with a couple of microphones, a mixer and a telephone-enabled broadcast machine on his desk connected to a computer, for interview call-ins.

Brushes with Fame:
Terry Jones of Monty Python was a guest. "I grew up obsessed with Python's work," Thorn says. "I was so nervous before calling him up that I was shaking."

What listeners love:
The New Sincerity segment. "It's a rejection of irony," Thorn says.

Sacrifice for art:
Thorn sold his '65 Dodge Dart Coupe to buy production equipment.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Episode 7A

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This Jordan, Jesse GO! is supplemental -- expect a full episode tommorow.

Tony Camin

Comedian Tony Camin is one of the stars and creators of "The Marijuanalogues." What started as a pun has become an international phenomenon -- jokes by and about pot and it's users. The Marijuanalogues are appearing at Comix in New York City this weekend.

Would You Rather?

We play Would You Rather, as Jim asks us: Would you rather be forced to air-dry after bathing for 10 years, or move to the state of Oregon?



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Podcast: David Koechner & Dave "Gruber" Allen on The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show

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You may know David Koechner from his season on Saturday Night Live, or his work in films like "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." You may know Dave "Gruber" Allen from his part in the cult sketch series "The Higgins Boys & Gruber" or as the post-hippie counsellor Mr. Rosso on "Freaks and Geeks."

Together, these two have spent the last eight years honing "The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show," a live stage variety show in which Koechner plays T-Bones, a demented redneck con-artist, and Allen plays The Naked Trucker, a trucker without any clothes on. That stage show's been adapted into Comedy Central series which premiers January 17th.

We talked with Koechner and Allen about their long partnership and the new show.

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External links:
Naked Trucker & T-Bones Website
Naked Trucker & T-Bones on Comedy Central's website
Naked Trucker & T-Bone on Wikipedia
NY Times Feature
Interview on The Hollywood Podcast

De La Soul are Plug Tunin'

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De Le Soul's EPK (electronic press kit) for their classic first record, "3 Feet High & Rising."

"We are the OTHERS from a BROTHER PLANET."

Thanks to listener Aaron who linked this up in the music video thread on the blog.

ADVENTURE TIME

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This cartoon, by Pendleton Ward, has officially blown my mind. Everyone in America should be required to watch this cartoon. Also - I have no idea what I just saw.

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