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Podcast: Joketacular


This week's Sound of Young America broadcast is a delightful ride through the world of comedic entertainment. A Joketacular, if you will.

My guest is Brian Posehn. Brian is a standup comedian who's appeared on almost every sitcom ever made as "that guy." He was also a writer and actor on HBO's Mr. Show.

I talk with Brian about his chidhood as a self-described "misfit." He describes being called in to the counselor's office, so the powers that be could check on "Brian the ticking timebomb." He also describes his early 20s, when he drunklenly leapt from a lifeguard tower and was paralyzed from the waist down. Brian also talks with us about the writer's room at Mr. Show, and his feelings about being recognized on the street. The version of the interview contained here is somewhat shortened, the full, unedited version is available here.

We also hear comedy from all over the world (OK, it's all from the US, except for one song from New Zealand, but still).

"Pi" by Hard N Phirm
"First of May" by Jonathan Coulton
"Jenny" by Flight of the Conchords

"Extreme Food" from Meat (performing at Sketchfest NYC in June)

and Standup:
Todd Barry from "Invite Them Up"

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Podcast: Marty Krofft


Marty Krofft and his brother Sid Krofft created many of the 1970s most memorable television programs, particularly for children. Their creations for kids included HR Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost, Lidsville and Sigmund and the Sea Monster.

They also produced adult variety fare, including shows starring Donnie & Marie Osmond, the Brady Kids and Barbara Mandrell. The lattermost program was just released on DVD.

Before entering the world of television, Sid & Marty toured the world as puppeteers, starting in their teen years.

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Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force
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The Arruh strikes again: SEX PLANET


R. Kelly's got a new one coming out, and one of the highlights (I've heard) is his stirring ballad "Sex Planet." Here are the lyrics, I will withold all commentary, except to say that I really liked "Ignition (Remix)," and I am opposed to statuatory rape.

Jupiter, Pluto, Venus, and Saturn
I'm leavin Earth, girl, to explore your galaxy
10 to zero, blast off, here we go
We'll be climaxin til we reach Mercury

I guarantee you'll like it, it'll take your breath away
Gonna get you so excited once I taste your Milky Way

So don't trip, I got a giant rocket
Glidin through, just hittin your pocket

I'm about to take over and touch your soul
Once I enter into your black hooooooooooooooooole

Girl now that you're next to me, we'll be just like satellites
Watching over the Earth, we'll make space our paradise

Girl I promise this will be painless, painless
We'll take a trip to Planet Uranus, anus

Stick a flaaaag on the moon
First couple to ever make love on Planet Neptuuuuuuuuuuune

And if time allow us, we'll be gone for hours
I won't stop until I give you meteor showers

So get ready for liftoff babe
You ready? (yes) Hold on to this, here we go
R minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 3 2 1....
Babe, start our engines
blaaaaaaaaaaaaast off!

WHEN WE blaaaaaaaaaast off


Max FunDrive Winners!


Well, I just held the virtual drawing for our pledge drive prizes (it involves a random number generator, a Cray Supercomputer and a copy of Microsoft Excel 2000), and I'm proud to
announce our drawing winners!

A Custom Hobo From Ape Lad

Congratulations to Matt Hill, Patricia Reed, Josh Arcurio, Andrew Batten and Laura Gastel! You won a custom hobo illustration from Ape Lad (aka Adam Koford). Adam's now doing monkey illustrations, so you're getting his historic FINAL HOBOES.

SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane

Congratulations to David Shumka, who won a copy of Kasper Hauser's brilliant book.

John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise

Congratulations to Troy Coll, who wins an inscribed copy of Hodgman's hilarious compendium of knowledge.

Get Smart Box Set

Congratulations to Margaret Cross, who won our GRAND PRIZE, a complete DVD box set of Get Smart!

And thanks to everyone who gave during the pledge drive. I've got a brand new field recorder and a much-needed hard drive to show for it already.

Flight of the Conchords Contest, etc...

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The Flight of the Conchords contest continues apace... simply upload to Flickr a picture of yourself rocking out -- it needn't be a photo, and you needn't interpret it literally. At the end of the day tommorow, I'll pick two winners who'll get sweet prize packs from HBO including a t-shirt, a poster, a "robot stress reliever" and a DVD. Be sure to tag your photos "maxfunflight" so I can find them.

Also! The first episode of F of the C is now up on the HBO website. So far I've spotted past TSOYA guests Eugene Mirman and Arj Barker in prominent roles, and I'm barely halfway through!


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Best pledge ever?


Almost certainly so. Thanks to Drew and to all of the folks who donated in the pledge drive. A couple of folks emailed me to ask if they can still donate: yes, of course. You can always donate. And I'll enter anyone in the drawing who donates before I actually do the drawing (though that shouldn't be too long from now).

Sketchfest Seattle Tuesday Night


One of my personal favorite sketch groups in the country, The Cody Rivers Show, is performing a fundraiser for Sketchfest Seattle tommorow night (Tuesday). Sketchfest Seattle is the oldest sketch comedy festival in the country, and they're really great folks who run a great festival, which we were proud to sponsor last year.

The Cody Rivers Show are a two-man group who perform a wild combination of sketch, dance, mime, theater, and other crap that is way better than that description sounds. Maybe the most fun thing you can see on the sketch comedy circuit.

Tuesday, May 22
Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Theatre Off Jackson at 409 7th Ave. S
Levels of Admission - Giggler at $20, Chuckler at $30 (comes with 10 raffle
tickets), or LOL at $100 (comes with 10 raffle tickets, reserved seats,
recognition in festival program)
Advanced tickets at
More info at

A portion of fundraiser proceeds will go to our partner organization,
Gilda's Club Seattle. Named after beloved sketch comedienne Gilda Radner,
Gilda's Club provides support to those affected by cancer as a supplement to
medical care.

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