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Office Hours are CLOSED

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Edit: office hours are now closed. Thanks for calling everybody!

Bill Weber's top ten comedy duos...

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Our old pal Bill Weber is a film writer for the online magazine Stylus, and he just compiled a very interesting guide to the top ten comedy duos of all time. You can find the full list, with thoughtful and insightful commentary, here, but I've reproduced the ranking below. I'm happy somebody else is prepared to defend Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan. I loved that movie.

Laurel & Hardy in Sons of the Desert (1933)
Loy & Powell in The Thin Man (1934)
Olsen & Johnson in Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Hope & Crosby in Road to Utopia (1946)
Abbott & Costello in Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Martin & Lewis in Living It Up (1954)
Cook & Moore in Bedazzled (1967)
Allen & Keaton in Sleeper (1973)
Arkin & Falk in The In-Laws (1979)
Chan & Wilson in Shanghai Noon (2000)

Bill seems to be making an argument for the comic duos of bygone days... what are some of your favorites? I might nominate Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, off the top of my head.

Borat: Touristic Guidings contest!

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Hey gang... neat giveaway today. There's a new Borat book coming out shortly, called "Borat: Touristic Guidings to Minor Nation of US and Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." To celebrate its release, I've got a copy to give away.

Here's how you can get a copy: just email our intern Emma (emma@maximumfun dot org) with your name, address and the name of the traditional Kazakh song which Borat teaches to a group of country & western fans in da Ali G Show. Please note that this contest is open to Maximum Fun donors only. You have until 5PM Pacific.

Ready... steady... go!

Podcast: JJGo Ep. 41: One Giant Gummi Bear

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On this week's program, Jesse and Jordan eat a bag of gummi bears which have melted together, discuss their trips to the East Coast, and natter on aimlessly as per usual.

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Live in Chicago! October 31st!

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Roxanne Shante wins in the end.

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Roxanne Shante is a true hip-hop pioneer. As a teenager, she was a member of the legendary Juice Crew, which featured Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl and Masta Ace among others. Today, she's Dr. Roxanne Shante. How she got there is unbelievable. See the above video (from the credit sequence of Beef 3) and let Roxanne blow your mind.

Never before have I been more tempted to use the phrase "you go girl."

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Podcast: Kenna

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Kenna is a rock and roll singer-songwriter. Originally from Ethiopia, he was raised in Cincinnati and Virginia. Kenna talks about how U2's album The Joshua Tree changed his life, and led to his dramatic, dancable New Wave-ish rock.

His most recent album, "Make Sure They See My Face," was produced, like his first, by his long-time friend Chad Hugo, half of the super-producer duo The Neptunes. Kenna was also featured in Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book Blink.

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SF's Alterna-Comedy World: CHRONICLED

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I was chatting with my fiance's mother, who celebrated her birthday this past weekend, and she mentioned there was an article about comedy in the Sunday SF Chronicle entertainment magazine, Datebook. This usually means that someone's excavated the corpse of Robin Williams for a benefit show. Or maybe, at best, Father Guido Sarducci.

This time, though, it was different.

"Isn't Brent Weinbach a friend of yours?" She asked. "He's in the article."

Indeed he is, and he's been a great friend of TSOYA for many years. So are Tony B and Bucky Sinister, pictured above. Tony's been running the Club Chuckles room at the Hemlock Tavern for a few years now, and we put together a show there with Brent, Jasper Redd and Prank the Dean early on in that run.

San Francisco is lucky to have two really excellent comedy clubs -- The Punchline and Cobb's -- but as another TSOYA buddy, W. Kamau Bell, points out in the piece, it's the alternative spaces where you work on your art.

So kudos to all involved! Here's a link to the article.

Live in Chicago: Going Swimmingly

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Woo hoo!

Our planning for the The Sound of Young America Live! in Chicago is going swimmingly. We've an official forum thread, an official pre-show meetup, a MySpace events page (RSVP! Invite friends!), an event page on Facebook (same deal), and even... A LINEUP!

Performing comedy will be:
Hannibal Buress (above on the Late Late Show)
Schadenfreude
Team Submarine
& The Second City

I'll be interviewing legendary rock producer Steve Albini -- the man who produced In Utero among many, many, many other great rock albums.

Plus we'll have live music!

It's all free of course, and it's all Halloween night at the Second City's etc stage. I promise to get everyone out of there in time to go to Halloween parties, too. Tell your friends! Go! Please!

Chicago Max Fun Meetup

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MaxFunster Doug-Life has put together a great Maximum Fun Meetup itinerary for the night of our live show in Chicago. If you want to head out to drinks & dinner with some fellow TSOYA fans, here are the details:

Halloween MaxFun Dinner Plans

4pm : Happy Hour at Angelo's Tavern
Corner of North Ave and Sedgewick. South west of the theater.

6pm : Dinner at Old Jerusalem Restaurant
South of the theater in Old Town.
1411 N. Wells
Here is a PDF of their menu.
http://www.thegetright.org/OldJerusalem.pdf

RSVPs are cool, but not 100% essential.
PM me or email JiveJohnson@gmail.com

I am flying in that day, so I can't absolutely promise I'll attend, but I'll do my best to stop by at the very least. See you there!

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