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Sometimes people try to tell me Mr. T is old irony.

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Then I read something like this, and my faith is renewed. THE T IS FOR TOUGH BUT IT IS ALSO FOR TENDERNESS.

Just wait until the part of listener appreciation month when we give away the MR. T BOOKS!

I love Ask Metafilter part 4(?): Eccentricities

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Let's just say you're a boring person, and you want to spice yourself up with a charming eccentricity. Probably the best way to choose one is to ask metafilter, right?

Question: is this New Sincerity? Are acquired eccentricities New Sincerity? At first I thought no, but now I think that they may well be.

Today's Contest, 7/12: Jimmy Shubert's "Pandemonium"

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Today's Sound of Young America contest is for a copy of the Jimmy Shubert CD "Pandemonium," courtesy of Stand Up! Records.

Here's your question: what are the nicknames of the three hosts of "The College Years?"

Email your answer to contest at maximimumfun dot org, with the date in the subject, and your answer and mailing address in the body. If you don't want to be on our email list mention it. Remember that entering one of the little contests also enters you in the contest for the Pez MP3 player at the end of the month.

Ready, set... GO!

**CONTEST CLOSED!**

Our winner is Arthur from Sioux Falls, SD, who correctly answered "America's Radio Sweetheart," "Big Time," and "Boy Detective."

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

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The greatest pre-concert film ever made.

(thanks yogaflame)

San Francisco Standup Gets a Home

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Listener Chad Lehrman just started up SFStandup.com, which looks like it'll be a great resource for folks interested in comedy in the Bay Area. He's got calendars for all the clubs in town in one place, plus news and forums. Looks great.

He's also offering TSOYA blog readers two tickets to the 50 Mason Lounge:
Thursday, July 29th, 8PM, $10
Featuring Greg Edwards, Laundry Basket & Spiegelman, and more

First two to email contact@sfstandup.com gets them.

Fresh Energy, New Ideas.

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Chris from the wonderful sketch group Elephant Larry has a brilliant idea: FirePigeons. Brilliant breakdown and RFP here.

Today's Contest, 7/11: Tom Rhodes' "Hot Sweet Ass"

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Today's Listener Appreciation Month Contest: a copy of Tom Rhodes' CD "Hot Sweet Ass," courtesy once again of the good folks at Stand Up! Records.

If you want to win a copy of the CD, just answer this question: where did Tom Rhodes host a Tonight Show-style late night talk show?

Email your answer to contest at maximumfun.org, with the date in the subject, and your answer and address in the body of the email. As usual, if you don't want to be on our email list, please mention that as well.

Also: rember that at the end of the month, we're having a BIG drawing for the PEZ MP3 Player! This drawing will be from all of the entries from all of the contests. So if you don't enter the little ones, you won't win the big one!

**Contest closed!**
Congrats to Daryl in Guelph, Ontario, who correctly answered Amsterdam, The Netherlands!

Andrew WK is BACK and he's BADDER THAN EVER.

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Or at least, so say Fluxblog. Apparently his new record may be Japan-only... we'll see. Thanks Josh!

TUMBLING

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YES!!!

Today's contest is late... sorry!

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Today's prize is a copy of Marc Maron's wonderful CD "Not Sold Out," courtesy of Stand Up! Records. And since we're starting late today (whoops!), you have until 7 AM Pacific tommorow (Tuesday).

Here's your challenge (it's not that challenging, honestly). Give us the title of Marc Maron's book and his two radio programs. Email it to contest at maximumfun dot org with today's date as the subject line. Include your name and address in the body of the email, and if you don't want to be on our monthly mailing list, mention that.

Ready, set... GO!

**** CONTEST CLOSED! ****
Congratulations to our winner, randomly selected from the correct entries... Todd Jackson! Todd's actually the founder and proprietor of Dead-Frog.com, one of the best comedy blogs on the internet.

The answers: The Marc Maron Show and The Morning Sedition were his radio shows; his book was the fascinating and very funny The Jerusalem Syndrome, based on his one-man show of the same name.

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