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Podcast: The College Years: Duets

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Jesse and Jordan and later Brian interview sketch comedy power duo Eric Slovin and Leo Allen of Slovin and Allen. Top notch episode: all killer, no filler.

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Elephant Larry Present Con Air

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Our pals in the wonderful NYC sketch comedy group Elephant Larry have a brand new show, "Elephant Larry Present: Con Air."

It's the first sketch comedy show built completely around the 1997 Nicolas Cage film "Con Air." I'm not sure if Dave Chappelle or John Malcovich will be there, but we can at least hope for Ving Rhames or Danny Trejo.

Thoughtful Probing with J.D. Morris

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Adam Scott, star of Party Down and Stepbrothers: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye

Adam Scott is an actor who stars as a failed actor in the new Starz series Party Down. He was one of the stars of HBO's "Tell Me You Love Me," and played the evil brother in the Will Ferrel / John C. Reilly film "Stepbrothers." We talk with him about playing unctuous characters, growing up in TSOYA's home town of Santa Cruz, and more.

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Live in LA with Rob Thomas & more
Jeffrey Tambor

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Franz Kafka International Airport

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Prague's Franz Kafka International Named World's Most Alienating Airport

Is this the insane crowning achievement of The Onion News Network? Well, it's certainly the crowning achievement in the subject area "insanity."

Party Down Episode One

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Next week on The Sound of Young America, we'll have interviews with three of the stars of the new Starz comedy Party Down: Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and Martin Starr. All three have other amazing credits -- Scott was the hilarious evil brother in Stepbrothers, Lynch has been the highlight of several Chris Guest movies and, recently, Role Models, and Starr of course was wonderful in Freaks & Geeks. I first heard about the show a couple years ago, when co-creator Rob Thomas was on TSOYA to talk about the end of his series Veronica Mars.

Starz has posted the first episode of the Party Down on YouTube, and it's embedded above. It even features a guest turn from Veronica Mars star Enrico Colantoni. The first episode is really enjoyable, but I think the show finds its voice in episode three. Either way, highly recommended viewing.

Also: as Aaron notes in the comments, the first two episodes are available in Netflix on Demand, and apparently new episodes will be as well after they air.

Dana Gould, standup comic and writer: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye

Dana Gould is a comedian who's widely credited as one of the fathers of "alternative" comedy. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he helped bring comedy out of the funk of the "Evening at the Improv" scene and into the thriving world of alternative culture. He was also a writer and producer on the Simpsons for six years, among his other writing credits.
His new special, Let Me Put My Thoughts In You, is now available on CD and DVD.

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John Mulaney, Standup Comedian and Saturday Night Live Writer: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye

John Mulaney has taken the standup comedy world by storm over the past few years, and at the age of 26, he's just starting to reach the top of his profession.  His first standup comedy special, Comedy Central Presents John Mulaney, premiers Friday, April 3rd on Comedy Central.  His first standup comedy CD, "The Top Part," is in stores now.  He also wrote for the Demetri Martin's "Important Things," and is currently a writer for Saturday Night Live.

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I know you hated, hater. Tracy Morgan for King of America.

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I know you hated on Tracy Morgan before he hooked up with the Tina Fey juggernaut. I know you didn't watch The Tracy Morgan Show like I did. I know you thought he was about the same as Finesse Mitchell. I KNOW HOW YOU ROLL.

Now, though, I have gotten my hands back on this tape of Tracy Morgan on some sportstalk radio show. Tape that I had and lost. Tape that will change your life.

Now you can claim that you were down with Tracy from the start, even after SNL but before 30 Rock. Because you've heard THE SPORTSTALK TAPE.

Papa Smurf was belligerent and drunk at the club. Papa Smurf was belligerent and drunk. GET YOUR GODDAMN HANDS OFF ME! LEAVE HIM ALONE! LEAVE HIM ALONE! Papa Smurf got a domestic violence charge against him. He gon' be arraigned tomorrow morning, he gon' get arraigned. He's goin "Where's my shoe?" He's going in the precinct with one shoe. He had white pants with black dress socks on, DEAD MAN STYLE. He drives a Cutlass. He had a Taurus, but he traded it in for a Cutlass.

Thank you so much, Pete, for bringing this back into my life.

Louis CK on USO Tour

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Louis CK went on USO tour, and he's writing a wonderful travelogue about it. Louis is so funny, unmannered and direct that I find myself drawn into anything he writes, but this is particularly fascinating. He's also including some wonderful photos he's shot along the way -- like the one above. Not only that, but he brought maybe the only man who can compete with him in both honesty and funniness, writer Dino Stamatopolous.

Maybe it's because I was just talking with comedian John Mulaney about what an amazingly honest performer and guy Louis is, but Louis writing about his first show made me tear up.

Introduction
Day One: preparing in DC
Day Two
Day Three
and more to come on LouisCK.net

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