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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Key & Peele, The AV Club, and My Brother, My Brother and Me

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Keegan-Michael Key
Jordan Peele
Erik Adams
Claire Zulkey
The McElroy Brothers

The AV Club Recommendations

Erik Adams and Claire Zulkey of The AV Club recommend some of their favorite television – the new drama about a blurred line between life and dream life called Awake and the gleefully self-promotional reality show RuPaul's Drag Race.
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Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are actors, comedians, and the creators and co-stars of the new Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele. They met during their years as cast members on MADtv; you might also recognize Jordan from adult swim's Childrens Hospital or perhaps you caught them both as commune-dwelling hippies in the new film Wanderlust. In their new show, Keegan and Jordan go from stand-up, to sketches about Scrabble, to a top-notch presidential impersonation.

Their new series gives them full creative control over their comedy, but that hasn't always been the case. They join us to discuss the behind-the-scenes creative process of MADtv (and the difficulties therein), the keys to developing strong impressions, and exploring the humor of their bi-racial identities. Plus, Jordan divulges the details of an original card game he invented for movie buffs!

Key & Peele airs Tuesdays at 10:30pm on Comedy Central. The show was just picked up for a second season.
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Pop Culture Advice with My Brother, My Brother and Me

Our resident pop culture advice columnists, the McElroy brothers of My Brother, My Brother and Me take on questions about movie posters as art, what happens when you judge a child's abominable TV watching choices, and more.
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The Outshot: Skyrim

Are you ready to sacrifice hours, days, weeks of your life and your relationship to the outside world in favor of improving your archery skills and gathering herbs? If so, join Jesse in this week's Outshot, the role-playing game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
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Two New Videos from Wyatt Cenac's Upcoming DVD: "Animals" and "Medieval Times"


Wyatt Cenac will be releasing his debut CD and DVD, "Comedy Person", on August 23rd. The DVD will include 25 minutes of material that wasn't shown on his Comedy Central special and will also feature an animated short.

Comedy Central just released two advance videos from the DVD today and so, of course, I brought them both here for you to enjoy.

The first is the DVD's animated bonus feature, "Medieval Times", and the second clip, "Animals", showcases Cenac's musings on why the Black Panther party should consider engaging more actual panthers in their work.

Doug Benson: Potty Mouth


Comedian and podcaster Doug Benson is releasing his third album for Comedy Central, called "Potty Mouth", on August 30th. Usually, I favor digital downloads for my music and comedy, but I've pre-ordered the CD of this performance because it will ship with a bonus DVD that includes all six episodes of "The Benson Interruption". The "Interruption", for those who missed it when it aired, featured Doug sitting in a chair onstage and making digs or observations while another comedian performs. The resulting banter and one-upmanship kept the show lively and fun. Below is a clip featuring one of the show's recurring bits, "Tweet Off", with Michael Ian Black.

And here is Eugene Mirman discussing an awkward search for food while on the road in Pennsylvania.
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While you are waiting for your CD to arrive, you should check out Doug's cinephile podcast, Doug Loves Movies.

This Show Will Get You High, on Comedy Central


MaxFun friend (and TSOYA and JJGo guest) Matt Besser has been working on a project to get kids high on sketch comedy, and it's airing this week. Hear his plea for comedy, not drugs, below.

My name is Matt Besser, one of the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and one of the creators of This Show Will Get You High. A year ago I approached the leaders of Comedy Central with the idea to create a sketch show so funny that it had the power to get the viewer high. I theorized that if we can get the kids high on sketch comedy, then they won’t have to be in the empty lots and the abandoned malls looking for real drugs like heroin, crack, and worst of all, marijuana.

To accomplish this dream I recruited some of the best sketch comedians from the UCB Theatre including Brett Gelman, John Gemberling, Paul Rust, Betsy Sodaro, combined with the directing genius of Eric Appel, plus Nathan Barnatt, Sergio Cilli, Allan McLeod, and Jessica Williams. Upon completion of the experiment, Comedy Central showed it to focus groups where it was determined that it got them way too high. It has since been decided that the safest time to exhibit the special are the hours when only those who are used to being “way too high” are still awake. On November 2, citizens in communities across America will vote on various marijuana legalization propositions. Before that date, America needs to wake up and realize that you don’t need to get high on the weed, when you can get high on This Show Will Get You High.

This week on Comedy Central,
October 27 at 3 am
October 28 at 3 am
November 1 at 4 am

Nick Swardson's How Do I Know You?

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Nick Swardson is one of the funniest comics in America, and his new show Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, on Comedy Central, is something I'm really excited about. Nick was a guest on The Sound once, many years ago, but it looks like it may have been lost to the sands of time. Nice guy.

Above: a very NSFW sketch from the show, featuring the very funny Brian Huskey of Naked Babies.

Bill Burr: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Bill Burr

Bill Burr is a standup comic. His ferocious style is leavened by the fact that he often trains the ferociousness on himself. His latest special, now on CD and DVD, is Let It Go. He also hosts the Monday Morning Podcast, which is about football and the vicissitudes of the life of Bill Burr.

Burr talks with Jesse Thorn about why he makes it difficult for himself on stage, about shouting down crowds and about fighting to be a better person.

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