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Herrmerrn's School of French Kissing for Dogs

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"I won the lottery, so I can do whatever I want. That's why I bought out Arby's. But you already know that, from my other commercials. So fuck the haters."

Produced for The Midnight Show, featuring past JJGo guest Hal Rudnick and written by past JJGo guest Heather Campbell.

(via Jordan's Tumblr)

Comedy: Jackie Kashian on The Sound of Young America

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Jackie at MaxFunCon 2011, by Kenneth Lecky
Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Jackie Kashian

The very funny Jackie Kashian is an LA-based stand up comic, frequent collaborator of our pal Maria Bamford, and host of The Dork Forest podcast. Her comedy album It is Never Going to be Bread is available now.

Here's a selection of her stand-up set from the stage of the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center at MaxFunCon 2011.

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Simon Pegg, Actor and Filmmaker: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg joins us to talk about nerd rants, his philosophy on zombies, and his close-knit relationship with collaborator and friend Nick Frost.

He's best known as the actor, writer, and director whose guiding hands have been involved in British TV comedy Spaced and films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Paul.

His new memoir follows his own journey as the nerdy everyman; Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid is out now.

JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest is Simon Pegg; actor, writer, memoirist, geek. His new book is called Nerd Do Well. It's the story of how, well, let's be honest, a nerd did well. And a nerd did well through nerdiness. Almost all of Pegg's work has drawn on his identity as not just creator, but also fan. He co-created and starred in the British sitcom Spaced, which saw the world of the sitcom, or the romantic sitcom, through a pop culture lens. He made his reputation here in the United States with the hit zom-com, Shaun of the Dead; that's zom-com, half romantic comedy, half zombie film. He was co-writer and star of Hot Fuzz, which was again, a tribute/satire of the action-comedy, and he recently co-wrote and starred in Paul, which was, again, a sort of half-parody, half-tribute to, in this case, the extraterrestrial films of one Mr. Steven Spielberg.
And how's this for geek credit: he was Scotty in the reboot of Star Trek.

What binds all of these projects together, of course, is a deep appreciation for popular storytelling, including the kind of genre stories that, let's just say don't have the mainstream artistic credibility of 18th century period drama; in other words, they're geeky.

Simon Pegg, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

SIMON PEGG: Thank you very much. It's nice to be here.

Click here for a full transcript of this interview, or click here to stream or download the audio.

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JJGo Ep. 183: Paprika with Julie Klausner

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Julie Klausner

Julie Klausner from How Was Your Week? joins us for a discussion of goulash and Daniel Craig.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 182: Luna Park with David Malki!

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David Malki!

David Malki!, creator of Wondermark, joins Jesse and Jordan for further discussion of music festivals, making Brita tea and more.

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Comedy: Prescott Tolk on The Sound of Young America, Live in Chicago

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Photo courtesy of Dan Henrick
Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Prescott Tolk

A stand up set from Prescott Tolk on The Sound of Young America Live in Chicago at The Second City!

Prescott has performed comedy for the past ten years at colleges and clubs nationwide, and has appeared at Just For Laughs Chicago and on Comedy Central's Premium Blend.

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Weird Al Returns to The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
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Weird Al Yankovic

The musician and parodist Weird Al was on The Sound of Young America earlier this year, but the details of his new album were still under wraps. It was so top-secret, he couldn't even allude to it. We agreed to do the interview if we could do a follow up when Alpocalypse was released.

The caveat from their side -- that we come over to Al's house to record! So this time, we're at Al's to talk about the timing of parodies, getting artists' permission (including Lady Gaga), and where he stores all those Hawaiian shirts.

JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. We booked Weird Al Yankovic to appear on our show six or nine months ago, and it was a great pleasure to get to book him on our show. At the time he had a new children's book out, and he was putting the finishing touches on his new album. We asked if we could hear the album, and they said, no, absolutely not. Everything that “Weird Al” does is kept under lock and key until he decides to release it. He will not even allude to the new album in the conversation.

So this was the compromise that we came up with: we do our interview with Weird Al Yankovic; we talk about the children's book and his career and all of the amazing stuff I've always wanted to talk about “Weird Al” with; but, we would then do a followup interview where we would talk about his new record that we could put out now, when his new record is just about to hit stores. Their caveat was that I would have to do it at Weird Al's house, which is hardly a caveat; I would basically do anything, I would become a furniture mover so that I could visit Weird Al's house.

So before we go to my conversation with Weird Al in the Casa de Al, let's hear a song from his new album Alpocalypse. This is called TMZ, it's a parody of the hit Taylor Swift song “You Belong With Me.”

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC: Welcome Jesse, thanks for coming.

Click here for a full transcipt of this interview, or here to stream or download the podcast.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 181: Knife Dick with Rob Delaney

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Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss the new inner sanctum of MaxFun World HQ, the sick appeal of the Gathering of the Juggalos and more.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 180: Mushroom Omelettes with Jonah Ray

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Jonah Ray

Jonah Ray from The Nerdist Podcast joins us to talk about crazy things going down in Hawaii. Ray's a Hawaii native, and he talks about plate lunch, Hawaiian history, and getting beat up for making a joke about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Plus: Jesse's go-to cocktail party tale and more.

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