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Ali LeRoit on The Treatment

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One of my favorite podcasts (and public radio shows) is KCRW's "The Treatment." Elvis Mitchell's interviews can occaisionally feel a bit sycophantic, but they're always insightful. And his guests usually merit the respect he gives them.

This week's episode of the show features an interview with Ali LeRoit. LeRoit has been one of Chris Rock's writing sidekicks for many years, since the Chris Rock Show days. In the interview, he talks charmingly about working with Rock, the Oscars, and "Everybody Loves Chris." Elvis even claims to love "Head of State." I saw that flick in the theater, and I can't say I agree (though Bernie Mac was pretty great in it).

Anyway, here's the MP3 of the show.

Rip Torn, Great American

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Can you imagine what it would be like to know Rip Torn in real life? This wonderful article in the Times Magazine will help you do just that.

Sugarush Beat Company

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I'm feeling this. Apparently a Rahsaan Patterson side project?

I'm against illegal downloading.

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But if I weren't, and I wanted to check out the commercially unavailable, critically acclaimed late-90s TV dramedy "Cupid," starring Jeremy Piven, I'd go here.

Brian Posehn: Raw and Uncut

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Today's Sound of Young America guest is Brian Posehn, who's best known by the average American for his work as "that guy" on sitcoms like Just Shoot Me and Newsradio. He's also an accomplished standup comic and was a writer and actor on Mr. Show.

I talked with Brian for nearly an hour, and I'll be editing it for broadcast, but I thought some Sound fans might like to hear what Brian had to say about all kinds of things, from growing up in small-town Northern California, to his early days as a standup in the Bay Area, to his first writing gig for MTV, to Mr. Show, to everything since.

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Free Comic Book Day

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Today is Free Comic Book Day. Even if you're not a comics fan, it might be worth braving the vague creepiness of your local comic shop to pick up something you might actually like.

Brian Posehn Has a Posse

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Brian Posehn is one of the guests on this coming week's Sound of Young America broadcast. I think I'll release a director's cut of the interview sometime -- he talked a lot about his remarkable history in both comedy and life.

Then he told me this great (breaking) story, about a guy who bragged on the net about spitting in his burger at a Bob's Big Boy the other day. The moral of the story is: don't mess with Brian Posehn. He has people.

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Podcast: The College Years: Official Things

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On this week's College Years podcast, Jesse, Jordan and Gene pick Official Stuff of The Sound of Young America.

Official Bubble Gum Comic: Bazooka Joe
Official Lummox: Gene for Stepping on Jordan's Cord
Official House: Run's
Official Dance: Etch a Sketch
Official Caller: Molly

And more!

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Wholphin's Looking for Comedy

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Wholphin is a new DVD magazine from the good people at McSweeney's. They've already featured material from folks like Bob Odenkirk, Spike Jonze, and Patton Oswalt.

If you're interested in getting your high-quality comedy short or other short film featured in Wholphin, contact Sound of Young America listener and blogger Ian Brill by email at ibrill (at) gmail.com.

Of course, there are no guarantees, but Ian's a good guy and they really are looking for great stuff.

Dr. Katz Live in NYC 5/9

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Jonathan Katz is performing as part of "Dr. Katz Live" at Gotham Comedy Club on Tuesday the 9th. Tickets are only $12. More info on the Gotham website

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