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Fighting Male Camel Toe with Kasper Hauser

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SF Sketchfest 2007

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Me (left) and Brent Weinbach (right) at SF Sketchfest 2006 (hidden in shadows: Theresa Hossfeld)


The Sound of Young America is proud to be a sponsor of SF Sketchfest 2007, running January 11th through 28th in San Francisco. As usual, the festival has assembled a world-class list of performers that cement its reputation as one of the best comedy festivals in the world.

The full lineup is here, and it's unbelievable. Headlining is a tribute to my life-long hero, Paul Reubens. Also featured are performers from around the country, including TSOYA pals like Elephant Larry, Will Franken and Kasper Hauser. The list of Big Names is too long to write here, but it includes the Upright Citizens Brigade, the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce McCulloch, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, and many many many more.

Tickets are available here. For two years, I watched almost every show in the festival, and I never saw a bad show. And the lineups just keep getting better. Kudos to SF Sketchfest!

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Episode 4

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Intro & George Clooney's Pig

Jesse and Jordan discuss the news that George Clooney had a pet pig for 19 years. As Jordan points out, this means he had a pet pig well before he was famous. We decide that the pet pig makes George Clooney the Greatest Living American Actor.

We also discuss great things people have said on talk shows. Jordan shares something Jay-Z said on Ellen, as well as something Rosanne said. Jesse shares something that Richard Pryor said on Fresh Air once.

Trader Joe's Reviews

Jordan reviews products from Trader Joe's

Frank Stallone

Jordan talks about his job as a red carpet reporter for Fuel TV, and how much fun it is to dress up in a silly outfit and ask celebrities questions. Jordan mentions his most recent premier was of "Rocky Balboa," and Jesse mentions he'd like to see that film. They discuss the various Rocky films, and how difficult it is to look back through the mists of time and decide whether any of them were actually good. Jesse stands up for the first Rocky film. Jordan mentions he recently read The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and felt the impact would have been much greater had he been 13 when he discovered it. Jesse confirms, having read it when he was 13.

Jordan describes the red carpet process, and the odd celebrities that show up for these events. The huge celebs don't always stop for the camera, but sometimes surprising ones do. Frank Stallone, for example. Who, as Jordan describes, is a really pleasant, nice guy.

Jesse mentions professional wrestling: do you or does someone you know support it? Why? What's your rationale? We are genuinely interested. Call 204-984-4FUN.

"Casino Royale" with Mike Pesca

Mike Pesca of NPR's Day to Day joins us to talk about the new James Bond film.

Everyone agrees that the film is shockingly intense. Mike brings up Parkour, the French-derived motion style which is featured in the movie.

Everyone agrees that the big, burly Daniel Craig is a genuinely scary Bond, who is imposing enough to seem dangerous.

All discuss the bizarre product placements in the film, and particularly a magazine advertisement that claims a certain watch brand is "James Bond's Choice," ignoring the fact that Bond is a fictional character.

Somehow Bartleby the Scrivener and Un Chien Andelous come up.

We refocus on Mike's expertise: gambling.

Mike's happy that James Bond has finally given up Baccarat, a game that literally involves no skill at all. (Though Bond, inexplicably, is remarkably good at it).

Mike's quite upset about how despite the fact that Bond's now playing a skill game, every climactic hand is settled when Bond has an amazing hand that any fool could play to great success.

More discussion of gambling... and we're all done.

THIS WEEK'S ACTION ITEMS:


* What do you think of the new name and format changes?
* Do you watch wrestling? Call up and explain to us why. 206-984-4FUN.

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

Intro & George Clooney's Pig

Jesse and Jordan discuss the news that George Clooney had a pet pig for 19 years. As Jordan points out, this means he had a pet pig well before he was famous. We decide that the pet pig makes George Clooney the Greatest Living American Actor.

We also discuss great things people have said on talk shows. Jordan shares something Jay-Z said on Ellen, as well as something Rosanne said. Jesse shares something that Richard Pryor said on Fresh Air once.

Trader Joe's Reviews

Jordan reviews products from Trader Joe's

Frank Stallone

Jordan talks about his job as a red carpet reporter for Fuel TV, and how much fun it is to dress up in a silly outfit and ask celebrities questions. Jordan mentions his most recent premier was of "Rocky Balboa," and Jesse mentions he'd like to see that film. They discuss the various Rocky films, and how difficult it is to look back through the mists of time and decide whether any of them were actually good. Jesse stands up for the first Rocky film. Jordan mentions he recently read The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and felt the impact would have been much greater had he been 13 when he discovered it. Jesse confirms, having read it when he was 13.

Jordan describes the red carpet process, and the odd celebrities that show up for these events. The huge celebs don't always stop for the camera, but sometimes surprising ones do. Frank Stallone, for example. Who, as Jordan describes, is a really pleasant, nice guy.

Jesse mentions professional wrestling: do you or does someone you know support it? Why? What's your rationale? We are genuinely interested. Call 204-984-4FUN.

"Casino Royale" with Mike Pesca

Mike Pesca of NPR's Day to Day joins us to talk about the new James Bond film.

Everyone agrees that the film is shockingly intense. Mike brings up Parkour, the French-derived motion style which is featured in the movie.

Everyone agrees that the big, burly Daniel Craig is a genuinely scary Bond, who is imposing enough to seem dangerous.

All discuss the bizarre product placements in the film, and particularly a magazine advertisement that claims a certain watch brand is "James Bond's Choice," ignoring the fact that Bond is a fictional character.

Somehow Bartleby the Scrivener and Un Chien Andelous come up.

We refocus on Mike's expertise: gambling.

Mike's happy that James Bond has finally given up Baccarat, a game that literally involves no skill at all. (Though Bond, inexplicably, is remarkably good at it).

Mike's quite upset about how despite the fact that Bond's now playing a skill game, every climactic hand is settled when Bond has an amazing hand that any fool could play to great success.

More discussion of gambling... and we're all done.

THIS WEEK'S ACTION ITEMS:


* What do you think of the new name and format changes?
* Do you watch wrestling? Call up and explain to us why. 206-984-4FUN.


CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

Call 206-984-4FUN to share your thoughts on these ACTION ITEMS.

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Hear Episode Three


Our new theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Episode 4: The Holidays

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I wrote a summary of this episode, but I left it at home when I went back to the Bay Area for Christmas, so here's what I remember:

(contributed by literal-minded but nonetheless valued listener Mason)

Jordan and Jesse discuss their holiday plans and holidays past. Jordan describes a new idea he had, and wonders what we can do with it: "Del Monte Fashion Peas." What can you make of that?

Several listeners call in with their worst holiday memories. These include Menorah Fires, Foreign Robberies, and A Pie Fight. We talk with one listener who has a preternatural ability to find sad memories funny.

Next week: more fashion peas, top fives, WRESTLING and more.

THIS WEEK'S ACTION ITEMS:


* DEL MONTE FASHION PEAS. What can you do with that?


CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

Call 206-984-4FUN to share your thoughts on these ACTION ITEMS.

Subscribe in iTunes
Podcast Feed
Download Episode Four

Hear Episode Three


Our new theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

I'm on vacation.

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I won't be posting much (if at all) for the next week and a half or so, as I'm away from home celebrating the holidays with my family. I've got new JJG episodes cued up, and there'll be a new TSOYA interview on the first. No new Kasper Hausers or College Years for a minute.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Dave Chappelle Live in DC

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JJGO followup...

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Frachse shares this unbelievable parkour video, as discussed in episode two of Jordan, Jesse GO! Greatest sport of all time? COULD BE.

Also: I (Jesse) was right about the sport's association with Luc Besson, the director of The Professional. He has made extensive use of it in recent films, including the one I was thinking of, District 13. Anyone seen District 13? Worth watching>

Scott sends us this fan art of Judge John Hodgman. Judge Hodgman will be back in a few weeks, if you email us your personal conflicts for him to decide.

ALSO!

Go-related songs I have come across lately...

"That Go" - Keak da Sneak
Keak is one of my favorite Bay Area rappers... this is allegedly the first single from his new album. It's no "Superhyphy," but I like it.

Go - Aasim
Aasim is on Bad Boy, the Bay Boy division of which seems to be in a perpetual effort to recreate Biggie-era NYC hip-hop. Not that there's anything wrong with that... I got that G-Dep album on my MP3 player right now.

Oh Go - The Pack
These guys are like 17, and they're pretty mediocre rappers, even for 17 year olds. But they're from the Yay, and they're fun.

Areas of My Expertise... FREE

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The audio version of John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise is currently free on iTunes. The autographed, inscribed version is availalbe, of course, with a $10/month pledge to TSOYA.

Digg Adds Podcasts - DIGG NOW!

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OK you crazy so-and-sos...

I've never asked you to vote on Podcast Alley or Podcast Pickle or in any of the silly podcast directories, I've rarely asked you even to review the show in iTunes, but this time it's serious. Digg.com is one of the biggest social-bookmarking sites on the web (is that what they're category is called?), and if you make it there... you can make it anywhere.

Just DIGG IT NOW!

And remember to digg it every two weeks or so.

I'll add links to the rest of the shows once Digg's directory adds them.

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