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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn LIVE at SF Sketchfest!

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Date: 
01/26/2013 - 16:00
Show: 
City: 
San Francisco
Venue Name: 
Punchline Comedy Club

Join us for a live recording of PRI's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn on Saturday, January 26th in San Francisco!

Tickets now available here (two-drink minimum will not be enforced).

Featuring:

AN INTERVIEW with

ROMAN MARS, host and producer of KALW's 99% Invisible

(here's one of our favorite episodes of 99% Invisible!)

LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW with

BOOTS RILEY, MC, activist and member of Oakland-based hip hop group THE COUP

(check out one of our favorite songs from The Coup, off their new album!)

STAND UP COMEDY from

STEVE AGEE (The Sarah Silverman Program)

ERIN FOLEY (Just for Laughs, Conan)

RECOMMENDATIONS from

PETER HARTLAUB of the San Francisco Chronicle

and more!

If you're coming to the show, you can tell your friends on Facebook.

Be sure to check out the other Maximum Fun shows performing at Sketchfest. For more information on all of the shows, visit sfsketchfest.com.

Judge John Hodgman LIVE at SF Sketchfest

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Date: 
01/25/2013 - 22:30
City: 
San Francisco
Venue Name: 
Marines’ Memorial Theatre

Come witness Judge John Hodgman mete out justice LIVE at the SF Sketchfest! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse will be performing at the Marines' Memorial Theatre on Friday, January 25 at 10:30 PM.

We'll have live music from VERY SPECIAL GUEST John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, too!

Don't delay -- buy your tickets here!

If you live in the San Fransisco area, have a case that needs arbitrating, and want to see it decided LIVE ON STAGE, submit it to maximumfun.org/jjho. Be sure to note you're local to San Francisco!

Check out the other Maximum Fun shows performing at Sketchfest. For more information on all of the shows, visit sfsketchfest.com.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 91: Coming Out of the Supply Closet

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Guests: 
Scott Adsit

Ben brings this week's case against his girlfriend Sara. Ben and Sara work at the same firm, and they have been dating for three months. Both agree the relationship is going well, but one small detail stands in the way of total domestic bliss -- their relationship remains a secret among their work friends. Ben wants to share the news with their co-workers, claiming he is proud of their relationship and doesn't want to hide it anymore. Sara believes their professionalism may be called into question. She further claims the secretive nature of their romance adds elements of fun and excitement. Should Ben and Sara keep their romance under wraps? Or is it time to lay it all out on the table? Judge John Hodgman decides.

Special thanks to guest bailiff Scott Adsit for keeping order in the court this week. He can be seen on NBC's 30 Rock on Thursday nights or on stage with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz in the UCB New York show John and Scott. Scott also has an Off-Broadway improv show in the works called Stolen House.

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Special thanks to Scott Nicolson and Angie Robertson for both suggesting this title.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Best Comedy of 2012 Special

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Show: 
Bullseye

It was a great year in comedy, so selecting the best of the best and compiling it into an hour-long special was a tall order. We have done just that, however, and we're kicking a new year off with a bang and The Best Comedy of 2012, as curated by the Bullseye staff.

You'll hear selections from the following, all of which are available for purchase now:

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to the show in iTunes or via the RSS feed, or check out our SoundCloud page to share any or all of our interviews or recommendations!

Throwing Shade #60 - Happy New Year, Best Gay Moments of 2012, Rihanna, Realness

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Frappy Crew Lear! Celebrate your meth/vodka/mistake hangover with a brand new Throwing Shade!
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 250 - Rory Scovel

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Guests: 
Rory Scovel

Comedian Rory Scovel returns to talk about the invention of basketball, winter Slurpees, and Graham's embarrassing moment.

Download episode 250 here. (right-click)

Get in touch with us at stoppodcastingyourself [at] gmail [dot] com or (206) 339-8328.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 134: Dukes Down, Dunks Up

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We're closing out this year with a thorough discussion of what Tom Hanks looks like down there, because we love you, and frankly, we think we're spending a little too much time together. A little separation in 20-Bakers-Doz is just what the doctor ordered.

Suggested talking points: Old Langs Sign, Dog Chocolate, Family Circus Dubstep Drop, Christmas Cards, Don't Let Me Into My Slippies, Rebounders, Subway Nugs, Semmeomaway, Tom Hanks Method Bush

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 256: Podcast Pregnant with J. Keith van Straaten

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Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten

J. Keith van Straaten joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's experience at Gay Comic-Con (BentCon), baseball card collecting, their experiences in 2012, and new themes for 2013.

Action item: Suggest a theme for 2013! Email jjgo@maximumfun.org or call 206-984-4FUN.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: The Urbanist

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Vital stats:
Format: on-location segments all over the world about “the people and ideas shaping our urban lives”
Episode duration: ~50m
Frequency: weekly

I know very few people without a conflicted relationship to Monocle magazine. My own began some five years ago, when I happened upon an early issue on a Barnes & Noble rack. Designed to the hilt, as interested in clothes as in coups, almost unnaturally calm but aggressively internationalist, taking full advantage (rather than desperately clinging to the legacy of) the print medium: here was a publication geared toward me, if almost too precisely. “Is This the Family of the Future? Meet Japan’s New Demographic,” “The Ascent of Brasília,” “Rebranding Britain,” “Generation Lusophonia”: all real Monocle cover stories, beyond which you’ll also find pieces on vintage bicycles, Swedish spas, cinemagoing in Bangkok, and the choicest brands of sneaker cleaner. Unable to bring myself to dislike any of this, l nevertheless sense that enjoying it too openly somehow exposes me, though to what I don’t know. Some disparage the magazine as “aspirational,” but no sooner do I agree than I wonder where, exactly, lies the problem with aspiring, especially if you harbor aspirations of such aesthetic immaculateness.

Seemingly always expanding beyond the core product, Monocle has founded an internet radio station, Monocle 24. As the host and producer of a podcast on “cultural creators, internationalists, and observers of the urban scene,” I now find myself dead center in another set of the operation’s crosshairs. In no possible universe could I resist The Urbanist [iTunes], its program on “the people and ideas shaping our urban lives.” I plundered the archive just as greedily as I devoured the pages of my first issue of the magazine: slick fifty-minute episodes on late-night neighborhoods, on pedestrianization, on train stations, on “great shopping experiences,” on Auguststraße. I heard pieces on the metropolises that intrigue me or have given me lasting memories: Vancouver, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Wellington. Yet I heard little about the metropolis that fascinates me more than any other in America, and the one I have for that reason made my home: Los Angeles.

Not that this surprises me; I bore with weary resignation the similarly glaring absence in Gary Hustwit’s otherwise almost-too-appealing documentary Urbanized (which gets a segment, appropriately, in The Urbanist’s very first episode). Both projects overlook the West Coast’s largest city for understandable reasons, though ones that suggest troubling blind spots. From the beginning, Monocle’s framework of place drew me in, making me realize that I’ve long conceived of the world not as a collection of countries or even cultures but as a matrix supporting cities. I still scan their Livable Cities Index, but at this point the concept of “livability” strikes me as having fallen somewhere between meaningless and perverse. It has, so far as I can tell, something to do with clean streets, steep prices, public transportation, and sheer blandness. The perpetually high placement of Zurich continues to confuse me, no matter how often they explain it, and to paraphrase something a friend once said, any list that ranks both Sydney and Melbourne in the top ten is a list bought and paid for by the powerful kangaroo lobby.

We might put the terms “livable” and “civilized” side by side. I daresay that Monocle, and by association The Urbanist, cares more about civilization than anything else. Many of those irked by the Monocle sensibility get irked by the yawning moral vacuum this opens before their eyes. Not to put it too millennially, but this media enterprise seems to have civilized itself into a post-moral universe, where discernment is the highest value. This can smack to some of complacency, but nothing about the actual production of the magazine or this show — their crispness, their organization, their, er, urbanity — suggests even the slightest laxness. Now, I count myself as a true fan of civilization, but whenever I spend good time in the Portlands, Aucklands, or Kyotos of the world, something inside me immediately longs for a certain nebulous, hard-to-rank quality, faint or absent in these “livable” cities but ever-present in the outwardly inhumane Los Angeles — let’s call it vitality. The Urbanist surely understands, sometimes prizes, and often circles around this vitality, but it can’t quite bring it into its calculus. This town draws its strengths from its third-world qualities, and at this point I can say that if Los Angeles is a third-world city, I don’t want to live in the first.

As a healthy counterbalance to Monocle, I read Apartamento, an equally print-embracing magazine dedicated to international urban life in a more makeshift, improvisational, even ramshackle mode. Yet to judge by the clothes I wear, the languages I study (though I have yet to join Generation Lusophonia), and the sneaker cleaner for which I shop, a Monocular creature I remain. The Urbanist thus has much to offer me and the rest of my city-living, non-car-owning, all-downloading, design-obsessing, non-reproducing, national boundary-disregarding generational cohort. We’ll no doubt always wonder how far the internationalism, diversity of interests, and exacting aesthetics of what we read, watch, and listen to run beneath their surfaces — indeed, how far they run beneath our own — but continue reading, watching, and listening we will. Not every extension of Monocle’s world works for me — I doubt I’ll ever return to their store in the Brentwood Country Market, a remote shopping center that brandishes all the wealthy Angeleno’s faux-casual grotesqueries — but I suppose I can’t help but sign onto the overall program. We’re all complacent about something, after all.

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[Podthinker Colin Marshall hosts and produces Notebook on Cities and Culture [iTunes] and writes essays on literature, film, cities, Asia, and aesthetics. Contact him at colinjmarshall at gmail or follow him on Twitter @colinmarshall.]

Throwing Shade Ep. 59: Christmas, Favorite Things, Facts of Life and Special Guest Pete Zias

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Guests: 
Pete Zias

Today is the day we all sit down with our families, celebrate the day that Santa Claus gave  birth to Jesus and unwrap a special Christmas Day edition of Throwing Shade.
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