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SNL Shakeup Shakes Down

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NBC has announced the cast for Saturday Night Live's next season. Looks like Finesse Mitchell, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell are out. Sorry to see Parnell go, but I imagine (hope?) he's got opportunities on the horizon.

Current cast is:
Fred Armisen, Will Forte, (Sound of Young America listener) Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig.

Poehler will continue to co-host Weekend Update alongside an as-yet-undecided co-anchor. I honestly don't think WU plays to Poehler's (prodigious) strengths, but I ain't too worried.

Seth Meyers will return as co-head-writer. Staff writers Andrew Steele and Paula Pell will join him in the job.

It's a very talented group. Even the performers I'm less enthusiastic about (I'm not gonna name names, but they're Darrel Hammond, Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson) are by no means without their talents and charms.

Oh... and the bad news... Dane Cook is hosting the season premier.

OVERHEARD in Law School

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My sweetheart is in law school, and has been stunned by the general lameness that surrounds her every day. Yesterday, she was waiting to wash her hands in the bathroom, but was blocked by two girls standing at the mirror and tugging at their hair.

Needless to say, this was frustrating.

Then one girl sighs, loudly, and says: "EUhhh... law school makes my hair frizzy."

The Great Straight Men of Comedy

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Bob Newhart... Dick Smothers... Zeppo Marx... Lionel Richie?

The State on iTunes September 26th

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From their mailing list:
"After ten years of popular demand, The State is available again! The first season of the critically acclaimed 1993-95 MTV Series will be released on iTunes Music Store, starting Tuesday, September 26th. Depending on how many people download, MTV will release subsequent seasons, and then eventually, hopefully, a DVD.

The first season includes introductions of favorite State characters Doug, Louie, Barry & Levon. From the minds that brought you RENO 911!, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, and STELLA: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter and David Wain."

This calls for PORCUPINE RACETRACK!

Weird Al - White & Nerdy

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When it gets down to brass tacks, you have to admit that this man is the world's greatest entertainer (of 12-year-old boys). God bless him.

Podcast: Sticking it to the Man with Maz Jobrani and Bitch Magazine

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This week on The Sound of Young America, three folks who are sticking it to the man.

Maz Jobrani is a standup comic and actor. His film credits include The Interpreter and Friday After Next. On television, he's been seen on Curb Your Enthusiasm and 24. He's currently on tour with the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, and is one of the co-stars of the upcoming ABC sitcom The Knights of Prosperity. We talk with Maz about what it's like to be Iranian-American in both the worlds of comedy and acting. Check out the bonus tape of Maz discussing why he's glad he grew up in lily-white Marin County, California.

Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler are the founding editors of Bitch Magazine, which they bill as "A Feminist Response to Pop Culture." The magazine combines high-minded criticism with pop culture subjects and frequently biting wit. They founded the magazine when they were just 22, and it just celebrated its 10th anniversary. To honor the occaision, they've released "Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine." Also: bonus audio below of Lisa and Andi on what's better and what's worse in pop culture, 10 years after they started the magazine.

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TSOYA: Home of Certified Geniuses

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Congratulations to past Sound of Young America guest and all-around awesome guy George Saunders, who won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (aka The Genius Grant) . He'll get a hundred thousand dollars a year for the next five years, which he can use to (and I'm quoting directly from the grant language here) "do whatever the fuck he wants."

They probably heard about him on The Sound of Young America.

(thanks, Emily)

Podcast: The College Years: The D

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It's pledge drive time on the show, so we desperately whore ourselves in the name of public radio. Will someone really make a $50 pledge to go on a date with us? Also: a visit from Petey the Penguin (candidate for president)'s running mate, A Dinosaur. Additionally: Dating for Dullards.

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First Look: Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration"

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(thanks to the great Brian M Palmer for the heads-up on this one)

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