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Podcast: Legacy Collection: Doug Benson and The Hollow Men

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

Doug Benson is a fixture on VH1's talking head programs, particularly "Best Week Ever." He's also a wonderful standup comedian, and was recently awarded the "Stoner of the Year" award by High Times Magazine.

The Hollow Men's short-lived Comedy Central television series was executive produced by Dave Foley.

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Podcast: Scharpling & Wurster, 2-3-05

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The Sound of Young America: The Legacy Collection is an effort to highlight some of the older shows in our vast audio archive. We were pretty much podcasting before anyone actually listened to podcasts, so I'm guessing you haven't heard these shows.

This week, it's an hour-long visit with our friends Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, of The Best Show on WFMU. The Best Show is a weekly three-hour decent into madness. Tom hosts, and a variety of oddballs -- many real, some imagined -- call in to discuss their problems, play on-air games and discuss their insular world. Tom is generally a genial host, but when provoked, he transforms into a despot, wielding his catchphrase, "GET OFF MY PHONE" at any and all offending parties.

TBSOWFMU is best known for Wurster's calls. Jon assumes one of a variety of personae and calls Tom, often with a perfectly reasonable comment or response to a question or contest. Slowly, over the course of twenty or thirty minutes, things spin out of control. Often, Tom is left incredulously blubbering his dissent in response to a stream of bizarre proclomations on the other side of the phone.

This episode of The Sound of Young America features an interview with Jon & Tom as well as a selection of material from one of the compilation CDs they release on their label, Stereolaffs.

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Podcast: Beyond the Fringe

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The Sound of Young America: The Legacy Collection is an effort to highlight some of the older shows in our vast audio archive. We were pretty much podcasting before anyone actually listened to podcasts, so I'm guessing you haven't heard these shows.

This program is an hour-long look at the scions of UK comedy, Beyond the Fringe. Through a stage show and LP, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller changed the course of satire in the UK and abroad.

We talk about Beyond the Fringe with a curator from the Museum of Television and Radio, and play examples of their work.

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Well here's some encouraging news.

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Quoth Variety:

"Knocked Up" is uproarious. Line for line, minute to minute, writer-director Judd Apatow's latest effort is more explosively funny, more frequently, than nearly any other major studio release in recent memory. Indeed, even more than the filmmaker's smash-hit sleeper "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," his new pic is bound to generate repeat business among ticketbuyers who'll want to savor certain scenes and situations again and again, if only to memorize punchlines worth sharing with buddies. Currently set for a June 1 release, this hugely commercial comedy likely will remain in megaplexes throughout the summer and, possibly, into the fall.

Full review here.

(thanks Lindsay!)

Jacobus of the 14th Century: Faeries Dispute

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Vlogger Jacobus of the 14th Century discusses a dispute with his compatriot Reginald on the topic of Faeries.

More Jacobus here.

Old Fashioned Fun!

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Thanks to The Coming for this one... The Human Giant show is fast approaching, and I couldn't be happier for those guys. We'll get them on our airwaves, don't worry.

Our sponsor: Project Breakout

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If you've been listening to JJGo and TSOYA lately, you've heard announcements about our new sponsor, Project Breakout.

Here's the deal:

They're a new company, and their idea is to be like American Idol crossed with YouTube. They're doing online video talent contests in a variety of fields, like dancing and film-making. The contests have both voting and judges, and culminate with the winner receiving a prize that furthers their career.

Their trial run is a comedy contest. The prize is a trip to New York City to participate in Sketchfest NYC (of which TSOYA is a sponsor), as well as a three-day intensive mentorship with the great folks behind Sketchfest NYC. The goal is to get you in front of industry, and teach you how to capitalize on your opportunities -- how to make packets, how to put on shows, etc etc etc.

I'm one of the judges for the competition, and I'd love to see really great stuff. I know a lot of talented folks listen to TSOYA and read this blog -- in fact, that's one of the reasons that the Project Breakout folks chose this show to sponsor.

So if you have video, visit their site and enter it in the competition. You don't lose your rights to it or anything, it's equivalent to uploading it to YouTube or something. Nothing is too good or too bad for the process -- the whole idea is to cast a wide net and filter out some stuff that deserves more exposure.

Upload here: http://www.projectbreakout.com

(And hey, if you're interested in underwriting on the radio show or podcast, or advertising on the website, let's talk about it. Email me.)

Paul F. Tompkins hits Comedy Central Friday!

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One of the funniest men on the planet, Paul F. Tompkins has a brand new Comedy Central Presents special, which premiers Friday night at 10PM (9 Central). Above, he discusses new dads. Also above, he is dressed like the Jack Nicholson joker.

Previously on TSOYA:
Goofaround Gang with Paul F. Tompkins, Tim & Eric and Will Franken

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep. 15: Growing Up

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, our far-ranging interests are indulged.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are in the middle of a bar fight. Also: they briefly discuss dogs, Ninten- and otherwise.
Phony Ethnicities
Jesse and Jordan complain about people who claim ethnic identities in order to get drunk on St. Patrick's Day. Just get drunk, don't be an asshole.

Jordan Sings
Jordan sings.

Grown Up

We discuss what it means to be a grown up, with help from a number of way-cool listeners.

Pesca

Our friend Mike Pesca of NPR's Day-to-Day runs down his opinion of the Djimoun Honsou v. Chiwetel Ojieyofor debate. (Did I spell that right? Probably not.)

Outro


Mostly just the action items, I guess.

ACTION ITEMS
* What drink would taste better carbonated?
* Contest: call our hotline and tell us the story of a premiere or debut. You could win a This American Life poster autographed by Ira Glass!
* The High Five Contest ends March 31st!

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

Call 206-984-4FUN to share your thoughts on these ACTION ITEMS.

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Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

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"Box Office Poison"

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This was the funniest thing I've ever seen on television, or at least on a talk show. I don't think I thought or talked about anything other than this for three solid weeks after I saw it. God bless Norm Macdonald, and God bless Conan O'Brien for going with it.

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