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Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Hey We're Back with Jonathan Katz"

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I have a rule on Podthoughts that I don’t review a show until it has a solid back catalog. I don’t want to lead people to a show and then have it become yet another podcast where the host just hangs it up for whatever reason. This time I make an exception and I think you’ll understand why.

Our own Jesse Thorn [guilty as charged - ed.] has apparently convinced Jonathan Katz of “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” and “Home Movies” to break into the podcasting game. Now Katz gives us “Hey, We’re Back,” two episodes of which have been posted as of August 25th. When people think of Katz they think, mostly because of the way he talks, of comedy where the jokes come out softly and slowly. It’s a surprise then that “Hey We’re Back” (iTunes) is a show that moves incredibly fast. Both episodes are about six minutes but crammed with a handful of sketches. The frantic pace of the show, it’s brilliantly edited, gives the each episode a lively feel. There’s simply no room for a dull moment or jokes that don’t land.

The pace might be a change for those used to Katz’s television work but the humor certainly isn’t. Katz’s demeanor and choice of subjects has his come off as an NPR host who has gone a bit of off-kilter. He’ll introduce the premise of a sketch in his soft voice, most of the time with a question he has. The last sketch of the first show has Katz interviewing actors who are “reenactors” (this includes Katz’s television collaborator Tom Snyder, who also appears on the second show). Both shows have started with prank calls to telephone director operators, and they have to be the smartest, most inventive crank calls recorded. Even a comedy trope based around annoying people sounds sweet and comfy when Katz is in control.

I look forward to more episodes of “Hey, We’re Back.” Katz has already established his own strange radio universe, just listen to how he starts every show as if it’s already in progress. If you’re looking for something that’s very funny and you can listen to in its entirety on a smoke break then “Hey, We’re Back” is for you.

This weekend in Austin:

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This weekend, The Sound of Young America is proud to sponsor the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. They collect many of the best improv and sketch groups from around that country, have a festival, and oh yeah... a mini golf tournament. If you're in Austin, this is a once-a-year opportunity that's not to be missed. The festivities begin tonight!

Podcast: Paul F. Tompkins

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Paul F. Tompkins has been performing standup comedy for over twenty years. He's perhaps best known as a castmember of HBO's Mr. Show, and as a talking head on VH1, Real Time with Bill Maher and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He's just released his first standup CD, called "Impersonal," on AST Records.

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Fuck Yeah! Fest in LA this Weekend

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If you hear last week's JJGo, then you know that Fuck Yeah Fest is in LA this weekend. You can find a full lineup for the festival here, but we're most excited about the comedy portion. Not only does it include Jonah Ray, last week's JJGo guest, but it also includes a lot of other TSOYA favorites, like Brent Weinbach and Bob Odenkirk. The show's at Taix in Echo Park at 8:30, and features:

HOST Blaine Capatch
Matt Braunger
Anthony Jeselnik
Brent Weinbach
Bob Odenkirk
Jonah Ray
Wyatt Cenac
Cracked Out
Matt Dwyer
Fred Belford

Should be a blast.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Potpourri with Paula Poundstone

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

Our guest this week is standup veteran Paula Poundstone. We talk with Paula about, among other things, Santa Cruz, parenting, bankruptcy law, and the mad world we live in.

We've also got "Would You Rather?" with Jordan Morris and Big Time Gene O'Neill, and "Hang It Up/ Keep It Up".

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Podcast: Comedy: Oh You and Your Bone Spurs "Cineastes"

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Comedy from LA sketch group "Oh, You and Your Bone Spurs."

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It's here! The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast!

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It's here, folks. I predict rip-roaring success for the newest production of maximumfun.org: The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast. Subscribe now!

Here's what you get:

A five-minute-or-so weekly audio sketch or comedy bit.

A weekly sample page from Kasper Hauser's new book, "SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From a Plane." (as endorsed by George Saunders, Patton Oswalt, Fred Willard, John Hodgman, Dave Barry, David Foster Wallace and more!)

Plus videos every couple weeks...

iTunes tells us they're going to feature the show in their "New Releases" section starting Wednesday... let's get a head start! Subscribe, then review the show!3

For those who don't use iTunes, here's the feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/kasperhauser

This week's show features a favorite, originally heard on The Sound of Young America: Phone Call to the 14th Century. We'll have never-before-heard stuff in the coming weeks.
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GO!

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Living with Baduizm

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Going to a lot of poetry slams lately? Do you find yourself preternaturally obsessed with rimshots? Do you keep talking about playing Jimi Hendrix in a movie? Is your rap album on sale at Starbucks?

You may be living with Baduizm. Luckily, the good people at Oh Word have scanned a wonderful pamphlet that can help you in your struggle with this debilitating disease.

I am fucking loving it.

Larry David on Charlie Rose

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Have you checked out the new Charlie Rose website? It's amazing.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Nucular Option

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

Our first guest is Stanford University linguistics expert and frequent NPR contributer Geoffrey Nunberg. We talk to Geoffrey about his book Going Nucular and all sorts of heady linguistic things.

Then we talk with Michael Showalter, David Wain, and Michael Ian Black, members of the bizarre comic trio Stella - just before their Comedy Central program of the same name debuted.

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