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"I miss the old Larry."

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I sometimes argue with people who like Curb Your Enthusiasm because Larry Makes them cringe. I love Curb because I identify with Larry 1000%. If that makes me a bad person, then so be it.

In this scene, everything is starting to come up Larry (though he inevitably gets his comeuppance in the end). Jay Johnston makes an appearance as a guy Larry barely knows who asked him to write an important letter of recommendation earlier in the episode, much to Larry's chagrin.

Also, here's a bonus... the one and only Crazy Eyez Killah. Probably the best rap character ever on a white people tv show.

Podcast: Sarah Thyre, author of "Dark at the Roots"

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Sarah Thyre is an actress and writer. She's been seen as Coach Cherri Wolf on "Strangers with Candy," and on The Upright Citizens Brigade and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Her memoir, "Dark at the Roots," describes her childhood in the deep south. Rebellious and irreverent, but also secretly deeply class and status conscious, she struggled through catholic school as an outsider.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: No F***ing Eagles

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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 guests: We talk first with the founders of Lebowskifest, an annual celebration of all things Big Lebowski. Aherents call themselves "Achievers," and flock to the events, typically held in bowling alleys.

We also talk with Seth Greenland. He's the author of the novel "The Bones," which satirizes Hollywood and the world of comedy.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: America's Future

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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 guests: Joe Garden is currently features editor of The Onion. He's been a writer there for many years, and is also a candidate to replace Conan O'Brien as the host of Late Night.

Chris Jackson founded the entertainment advocacy and prank group H.O.P.E., or Horrified Observers of Pedantic Entertainment.

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The Comedy of the Schlub

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Sharon Waxman, a former TSOYA guest and a reporter with a great talent for finding the angle, has an interesting piece on the Judd Apatow ouvre in the Times today.

The question she introduces to the debate is an important one, and she quotes Mike White (the man behind such wonderful films as "School of Rock" and "The Good Girl"):

“To me, I definitely stand in the corner of wanting to give voice to the bullied, and not the bully. Here’s where comedy is catharsis for people who are picked on,” he said.

“There’s a strain in ‘Knocked Up’ where you sort of feel like something’s changed a little bit,” he continued. “My sense of it is that because those guys are idiosyncratic-looking, their perception is that they’re still the underdogs. But there is something about the spirit of the thing, that comes under the guise of comedy, where — it’s weird. At some point it starts feeling like comedy of the bullies, rather than the bullied.”

Apatow writes to Waxman:

“I think there is a nerd’s fantasy involved in many of these films. We all wish that somebody would take the time to get to know us, and love us, warts and all.”

He added: “I always wanted to be given a shot. And the sick part is this: No matter how many shots I get, I never completely lose the feeling of inadequacy that makes me wish I would get a chance to prove myself.”

The line between nerd-schlub and bully-schlub is a fine one. I think a great illustration might be the films of Adam Sandler, where while the protagonist is often a weird outsider type, and invariably a man-child, there's little attention paid to the real feelings that are so central to "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." Often in Sandler's films, acting like an emotionally stunted jerk is almost the reason for his triumph.

I haven't yet seen "Knocked Up," and I'm very excited to, but this will give me something to consider between now and then.

Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: SkyMaul Page 7: Pepper Self-Spray

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This week: Pepper Self-Spray, from SkyMaul (click image to enlarge)

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Podcast: The College Years: Cartoons 4/18/02

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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.

In this week's second show, Gene, Jesse and Jordan discuss cartoons with animator Liz Holtzman and talk about how horrible TSOYA's listeners were at contests with Spike Decker of Spike & Mike's Film Festival.

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Dr. Katz Live in LA

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At the Comedy Central Stage...

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Jonathan Katz, Tom Snyder, H. Jon Benjamin and Laura Silverman plus special guests stars

Calling all Dr. Katz fans...he's back, and the office is open, but for better or worse, some things never change. Ben still hits on Laura to no avail, Laura still can't be bothered-by anything, and they both still manipulate Dr. Katz with ease as he treats some of his favorite patients from seasons past in this live re-enactment of the hit ground-breaking animated Comedy Central series.

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Jen Kirkman on "Standup Get Down"

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"There are two things I don't want to do: go see Grindhouse or have kids."

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 6: Prison Camp

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varies as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe as a man from Montana to help them in their agricultural facility. They're looking for someone to control the laborers using guns and electrical shock.

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