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The TSOYA Flickr Group

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Listener Aaron M. has announced on the forum that he's started a TSOYA Flickr group. Can our group compete with Hodgman's hobo project? Only time will tell.

I hereby announce our first project: UPLOAD PICTURES OF YOU HIGH-FIVING! Double points for high-fiving colleagues, triple points for high-fiving (willing) strangers. Quadruple points for high-fiving babies or animals. Plus one for catching some air.

UPDATE: Here's the link to the group!

David Bowie -palooza

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Ziggie Stardust Live in 1973. What a performer.

Singing "Pathetic Little Fat Man" on Extras this year. Melody by Bowie, lyric by Ricky Gervais.

Jeffrey Tambor on Hank Kingsley

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One of the greatest supporting characters on any television comedy, ever. Seen here conversing with Bob Costas on Later. (for some reason I can't get part one to show up in my browser, if it doesn't show up for you, here's the direct link to youtube)

I almost forgot!

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The Netflixin' starts... NOW!

Speaking of upcoming specials...

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The best comedian in America today, Louie CK, has an hour-long HBO special premiering Saturday night. (Clip is not work-safe)

Also: Louie on Comic Relief (via Quickstop!)

Warning: contains rap humor.

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The excellent hip-hop blog Oh, Word? is good for a hilarious rap-related photoshop every month or so, and today they posted a humdinger. Don't miss that link for the three hilarious cover mockups.

Marc Maron making the rounds...

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The brilliant standup veteran Marc Maron is quite busy these days. He's scheduled to appear on Letterman this week -- probably Thursday but potentially Wednesday. His Comedy Central Presents special kicks off the new season of that series on Friday night at 10PM. Then he's headlining at Comix in NYC, alongside Janeane Garofolo all weekend. Our old friend Max is the manager there, and we've heard great things. He's even blogging on myspace, hilariously, about his crazy cats (how's that for an edgy alterna-comic topic?).

Maron's been a mainstay on TSOYA... this show features some of his standup, this show features an interview with him, including some reminiscences about Mitch Hedberg, and this now-ancient streaming show features an interview by Jordan and I, while we wore only underwear.

VH1's White Rapper Show: The Gas Face?

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The good:
The folks behind Ego Trip Magazine and the wonderful and hilarious Book of Rap Lists and Big Book of Racism created it.
Prince Paul (TSOYA MP3) and MC Serch are the hosts.

The bad:
It is a reality show about finding a white rapper.
VH1's distinguished record in the reality arena.

Will it get The Gas Face? Only time will tell.

(Note to rap-nerddom-latecomers... Zev Love X, the skinny black rapper with the big round glasses in the video above is now known as MF Doom)

New Ways to Give

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At the urging of a listener, I've added an Amazon Wishlist to the sidebar. I'm not much of one to accumulate DVDs and such -- the items on the list are priorities for the show equipment-wise. Basically some field recording equipment, an extra mic, and some hard drive storage. I was listening yesterday to Marketplace, which is broadcast from The Frank Stanton Studios in Los Angeles, and if you buy us any of the stuff on the list, I hereby declare that it will be named after you. This will probably mean nothing more than writing your name on some masking tape and taping it on the handle, but YOU WILL BE HONORED.

Also, if you haven't been to the donation page lately, I've added one-time donation and donate-by-mail options, also by popular demand. My strong preference is PayPal subscription -- the regular (if modest) income from these donations is what keeps the expenses associated with the show at bay. However, if you're uncomfortable with PayPal, or with subscriptions, you can now give to the show in another form.

I'm also happy to accept in-kind donations and even barter for underwriting credit on the show. It was the latter that built our forums, for example. If you have some special skills, email me, I may even need them.

Nutsy in Repose

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Nutsy was cold this winter (odd, given LA's temparate clime), and he asked for some winter clothes for Christmas. In his stocking, he got a sweater and some booties (which I think Santa got from my mom), and in the mail yesterday, he got two hand-knit scarves! The scarves were knit by listener Dylan's mother-in-law-to-be, and were much appreciated.

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