Jonathan Coulton with Paul & Storm in LA


Jordan, Theresa and I had a great time at the Jonathan Coulton / Paul & Storm show at the House of Blues here in LA Sunday night. Note, in the above photo of their all-together encore, that Paul (left) is rocking a TSOYA shirt, and Coulton (center) is rocking a *classic* TSOYA shirt. Well-played, gentlemen. (Memo to Storm: get with the program, asshole).

I say this without malice: it was the single nerdiest experience of my life. Including the time I went to see Coulton in San Francisco. Many ponytails, hawaiian shirts, and computer-themed novelty t's were in evidence. But the enthusiasm was palpable and infectious. Not to mention charming. And of course having the world's most charismatic nerd Mr. Jonathan Coulton involved helped. Overall, a grand success.

Also: it was cool to have all-access passes to something.

(I stole the picture from Colleen who recapped the show here.)

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: On the Road with John Hodgman and Henry Rollins


We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

Henry Rollins is a rock and roll legend. He fronted both the Rollins Band and Black Flag, and has performed spoken word around the country. He's also the host of The Henry Rollins Show, and has appeared in numerous films.

John Hodgman is now familiar to TV viewers as "PC" in Apple's long-running Mac v. PC campaign, and as a correspondent on the Daily Show. He appeared on The Sound of Young America just weeks before his first Daily Show appearance, to talk about his book "The Areas of My Expertise."

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep. 61A: Donks & Dildos

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Jesse, Jordan and special guest Dan Kennedy discuss dildos and suchlike. Part one of a two part show.

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Jack Handey: "The Symbols on My Flag (And What They Mean)"


The bra and panties stand for women’s rights.

Davy Crockett shaking hands with Daniel Boone symbolizes how we need to put aside our differences.

The skull and crossbones, in the lower right corner, stands for pirates, and all that they have given us.

The angel holding the sword represents how guns are nice but swords are more of a “heavenly” thing.

The plow with the four-leaf clover symbolizes the luck of the farmer.

The quicksand represents the travails of life. The hand sticking out of it is so you know it’s quicksand and not just a dirty spot on the flag.

The bat stands for eternal life, through our lord Dracula.

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State DVD, Comedy Central Special on the way!

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The State reunited earlier this year for some live performance at the UCB Theater here in LA, so when Kerri Kenney-Silver, Robert Ben Garant and Tom Lennon stopped by here earlier today to talk about Reno 911, I couldn't resist asking what the reunion status was.

They told me that there will definitely be a Comedy Central special with all-new material sometime later this year. They also said that the DVD of the show is complete, including commentary on every sketch and extra material (every cutting room floor sketch, including some they don't like). The release of the DVD should coincide with the special.

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Podcast: Standup Comic Mike Birbiglia


Mike Birbiglia is a standup comic who in 2002 became one of the youngest comics ever to appear on "Late Night with David Letterman." He's parlayed his wildly succesful "Secret Public Journal," which collects true stories from his life, into a new special, called "What I Should Have Said Was Nothing." Bonus: Mike talks with me about the CBS pilot he recently shot (MP3).

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Mike Daisey's "How Theater Failed America" in NYC


MaxFunPal Mike Daisey, last heard on our Live in NYC show a year and a half or so ago, has a brand new show. Given the title, "How Theater Failed America," I'm guessing it has less severed limbs and blood-soaked snow than the story he told on our air, but it still sounds pretty great to me. I saw Mike, (who I have decided is the official Monologuist of, perform in LA a month or so ago, and he was just as hilarious and electrifying as he was in New York.

Here's the details:

Starts May 16th--Six Weeks Only
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm,
Sundays @ 7:00pm
27 Barrow Street @ 7th Ave. South
Tickets: or 212.239.6200

I'm not going to reprint all of Mike's rave reviews, so let's go with a favorite, from the New York Times: "A sardonic rebuke to the corporate types who hold American theater hostage and a powerful sense of the wonder of theater. The entire room was quietly rapt...a remarkable performer."

And guess what?

Mike's extended a special offer for MaxFunsters... use this direct link to the online box office, and use the code MDHTFA and you can get twenty dollar tickets to the show. That's a hell of a price. And you can call 212-947-8844, use the same code, and get the same sweet sweet deal.

(Above photo: Mike at TSOYA Live, shot by Anya Garrett)

How to Succeed in the Music Biz, by Erykah Badu


Erykah Badu is a really funny lady.

Comedy Babies: Patton Oswalt and David Cross

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Ain't they adowable?

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