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Pedaling off into the sunset...

Sad news from the Stella guys...

"The STELLA series was on Comedy Central last summer. The network has offcially decided not to renew it for a second season.

Thank you to all the fans for your lobbying and support. Perhaps Stella will return on TV in some other form in the future. In the meantime, Comedy Central occasionally repeats the episodes, and we are currently working on a DVD which will have the whole season and lots of cool extras. The DVD release (and possible touring) will be this fall."

At least we got a season, huh? At SF Sketchfest they said they felt that Comedy Central had really supported the show, and the audiences just weren't enough. Sad.

Stella on The Sound of Young America (MP3 Download)

Live, From Aspen, Todd Jackson

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Todd Jackson at dead-frog is blogging from the Aspen Comedy Festival. I told him he should go see Sound of Young America favorite Brent Weinbach.

Making Friends with Black People on Daily Candy

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Our pal Nick Adams checks in with news on his new book, Making Friends With Black People: "Wow. I just cracked the top 200 on Amazon, thanks in large part to a piece on Daily Candy."

...with the publication of Making Friends with Black People, everyone (read: all the colors in the Crayola box) can get one step closer to true racial harmony. The new book by L.A.-based comedian Nick Adams is a smart, hilarious look at the conflicted, all-too-often misguided relationship white people have with African-American culture...

Buy the book (for less than $11) today!

Kasper Hauser - Glinder & Glinder

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You'll find no greater fans of the San Francisco-based sketch comedy group Kasper Hauser than us here at The Sound of Young America. It is our considered opinion that they are the best sketch comedy group in the US of A. Besides being featured on The Sound performing classic sketches like "Spicy Pony Head" and "Phone Call to the 14th Century," they perform all over the world, have a book coming out later this year (it's called Sky Maul), and they're starting to work more and more in video.

Our pals over at McSweeney's DVD magazine Wholphin have graciously hosted one of KH's new video pieces. It's so hilarious, I can barely even describe its hilarity.

RIP to Gordon Parks

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The AV Club has the news. He was one of the first black director to helm a major studio feature, and one of the great news and feature photographers of the 20th century. Here's his Times obit.

Salon's Audiofile is hip to The Sound

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Ira Boudway of has a nice piece in the Audiofile today about our Wholphin episode (MP3 Link), which featured interviews with Wholphin editor Brent Hoff and Fred Armisen of SNL.

The soft-spoken and relentlessly positive Armisen keeps an attitude of grateful humility throughout. "It was like being asked to be the pope or the president," he says of getting an audition for "SNL." "It just seemed so ridiculously huge that, you know, you just think, 'I'll do my audition, but, man, this is really insane to even be in this room.'"

Ira previously wrote (effusively) about The Sound in this post.

Read the Salon Piece
Download "Wholphin" with Brent Hoff and Fred Armisen

A truly international phenomenon.

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Our Python post has been making the rounds in Bloggington (as I will heretofore refer to that which was formerly known as "the blogosphere"), and has made it into several languages. Here's one post, translated from German to English via robot:

In the year of the gentleman 1975 a strange troop landed in Dallas: four young men with long hair and a stuffed armadillo. No - not the Beatles, but Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Graham Chapman: Monty Python. Directly of the premiere of its film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" they had hurried from Los Angeles in the KERA TV kERA-TV-Studio, in order to introduce itself the being astonished Americans.

This interview was sent 1975, and since then it had disappeared. It was rediscovered on an old Videoreel (comes me admits forwards?), the Blog The sound OF Young America arranged a publication with the transmitter and the Pythons, for which Jesse Thorn and its people of infinite thanks are entitled. The file may be downloaded, but not spread further. The recording breaks off after 14 minutes, because someone overacted the remainder of the volume (’%!!?xx??#!&!!).

Ladies & Gentlemen: fourteen precious minutes with four young Pythons and an armadillo. That has tip for the reference goes at MacFrisbee.

And that's to say nothing of this one, which is in what language I dunno, and is titled, "You Smell Like Dead Papa!"

David #*(&%ing Rakoff


A Cowboy Hat and a Glass of Scotch


Great interview with Ron White over at Dead-Frog. You may know Ron as 1/4 of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. If you're having trouble placing him, he's the funny one.

Did I ever tell you about the time I tried to have a debate on The Sound between David Cross and Larry the Cable Guy? Cross, to his credit, was happy to do it. LtCG, not so much.

Here's a bit that I originally thought was about Cross, but I misread it in haste, turns out (per Todd Jackson, editor of dead-frog) that it's about Dane Cook, and we all dislike him, right?

If you’re going to start trashing another comedian, which there’s no call for in the first place, I know David Cross and Larry have a rift going too, but if you do, then we’re going to take a look at your material. And it better be great and it’s not. It’s punchline-less, he’s very very charming. My manager thinks he’s funny. If you are going to be throwing rocks, then we’re going to take a look, and it better be great. So if you’re not Bill Hicks, and he ain’t, then I would just shut-up. He also makes gillions of dollars.

oscars and jokes


This whole business is a symptom of a broader culture in which things that are funny can't possibly be good, and vice-versa. Think of this year's Oscars. "The Squid and the Whale," Noah Baumbach's wonderful serio-comic film, received the only comedy nomination in any of the major categories. The only one! Out of like 30! If you want to find any other comedy at all, you have to look at the animation category. I guess if it's funny, it isn't art.

Of course, this is self-reinforcing. If a funny prestige film gets no prestige, then why try to make funny prestige films? Even the best comedies of the last few years, films like "School of Rock," "Rushmore," and "High Fidelity" are ignored. "Sideways" slipped through, but it was about hoity-toity stuff, which pretyt much gives it a pass. I remember watching the good-but-not-great "In Good Company," and being shocked. Not because it was a shocking film, but simply because I realized I was watching a comedy that was trying to be a good film.

When no one's trying to make something good, the cream of the comedy barrel ends up being semi-improvised mish-mashes like "The Wedding Crashers." There's a place for movies like that, don't get me wrong, but the pile-of-jokes thing gets old after a while. I mean, I liked "Old School," too, but I feel like I've been watching it over and over for five years.

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