Jen Kirkman on "Standup Get Down"


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

(via The Coming)

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 6: Prison Camp


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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America comes together.


Bill Moyers interviews Jon Stewart on Moyers' newest PBS series, Bill Moyers Journal.


These are two serious, serious genuises of their respective crafts.

Podcast: Anne Beatts, Original Saturday Night Live Writer

Anne Beatts

Anne Beatts is a legendary pioneer in comedy writing. She was the first female editor on the National Lampoon, wrote for the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and was an original writer on Saturday Night Live. After leaving SNL, she created the critically-acclaimed sitcom Square Pegs, which featured a breakthrough performance from Sarah Jessica Parker.

Today, Beatts is a screenwriting professor at the University of Southern California. She also teaches sketch comedy writing workshops privately. You can find out more about the courses on her MySpace page.

You can see portions of our interview in video form here and here.

You might also enjoy these shows:
Zines with V. Vale and Josh Karp, author of "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" about Doug Kenney and the National Lampoon
Belushi! with Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby (MP3)
New York Stories with Roz Chast and SNL Castmember Bill Hader

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally
The Sound of Young America is underwritten in part by Project Breakout

Jerry Lewis on Pauline Kael & critics...


Dick Cavett talks with Jerry Lewis about being an auteur and dealing with critics. Including how much he loves Pauline Kael, a "dirty old broad" who'd never said anything good about him, ever. Great stuff.

First of May!


First of May! First of May! You-know-what starts today!

Brass Eye alert! Brass Eye alert!


Regular readers of the blog know already that I think that Brass Eye and its predecessor The Day Today are the funniest fake news programs ever created. You can't really buy them in the US, though as I understand the UK DVD of Brass Eye is region-free. My pals in Kasper Hauser introduced me to Brass Eye, of which they spoke in hushed, reverent tones that had previously been reserved for things like Larry Sanders and Python.

My point in bringing all of this up: someone has Brass Eye to Google Video.

Here's episode one: "Animals"

Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five (thanks Dan)
Episode Six
Episode Seven / The Pedophilia Special

Thanks to the CC Insider for the heads up.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 21: Hearst Castle

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss Hearst Castle, amongs other topics.

Jesse and Jordan are in a village in India. They are joined by comedian Chris Fairbanks. A discussion of Jesse's birthday quickly becomes a discussion of Jamie Kennedy.
Hearst Castle
Jesse and Chris have both had very strange experiences on Hearst Castle tours -- but both loved the experience. Chris was so moved that he wants to make a mockumentary about tour guides there.
Pledge Break!
The pledge drive is May first through fifteenth. There are lots of great prizes and a big sweepstakes if you donate to the show, so please do so.

Local Television Commercials

Chris discusses turning down a commercial for an Orange County plumbing commercial. The owners of the company are now trying to track him down. Jesse discusses his local commercial, in which he was completely nude.

Radio Advice
Justin from New York wants help and advice -- he's planning on entering the Public Radio Talent Quest, and he's not confident in his radio abilities. Jesse and Jordan offer sage advice.

Drinking Game

Some listeners call in to mock Jesse and Jordan for suggesting a Jordan, Jesse GO! drinking game. Jesse and Jordan agree.
Important Moments in Your Life

We hear from a babysitter locked on the roof, and from a young man who just asked a girl to the prom.


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The Day Today: War


Pursuant to our post on "Brass Eye" last week, here's a clip from the show's predecessor, "The Day Today." Here we see Chris Morris in fine form. Below, Steve Coogan as dull-minded sports reporter Alan Partridge.

Podcast: The College Years: The 50 States 04/11/02

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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 dig in the archives, David Wain of Stella and The State stops by to talk about his various projects like Wet Hot American Summer, but only after Jordan, Gene and Jesse talk to a fat shut-in who has become the new state bird of California.

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