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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.

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(thanks Lindsay!)

Tyler Macniven's "I Ran Iran"

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My pal Tyler MacNiven has done some really great stuff since we graduated from school. I've regularly plugged his first feature-length documentary, Kintaro Walks Japan, on this blog. His dad and I even talked with him on his way across that country. It's Tyler that Julie Snyder brought up (to my surprise) in our discussion of This American Life story ideas.

A year or two ago, Tyler and his friend BJ won "The Amazing Race," and with it, a million dollars. Tyler's used his part of the money to finance his interest in film-making, creating a new film called "I Ran Iran."

Tyler and his friend Bobak went to Iran to run its length. They figured that their apolitical trip might foster better relations between the two countries, especially since Bobak's family is Persian.

What they didn't expect was what really happened: a political and beaurocratic nightmare that began with the pair being celebrated as Iranian national heroes, and ended with them being expelled from the country.

Our friend Hadley Robinson put together a nice piece on the film for the excellent Gelf Magazine. Expect the finished version in June... in the meantime, click here to watch Kintaro for free.

(Note to Amazing Race fans: Tyler is not a hippie, but he is completely, almost alarmingly genuine.)

The Old Negro Space Program

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Thanks to the CC Insider for reminding me of this old chestnut: The Old Negro Space Program. And hey, director Andy Bobrow, who once let us use this film in a fundraising show in Santa Cruz, has a blog, which features great stuff like this post: "What would Jack Bauer do?"

Wayne's World

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I watched Wayne's World recently. Man, that's a fucking hilarious movie.

Above: the sorry fate of Mr. Doughnut-Head Man.

The Secret Life of Brian

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This 48-minute documentary covers the exciting story behind Monty Python's Life of Brian. (Original title: "Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory.")

Cleese on the film's many detractors:
"These people are operating at a very very low level of mental health."

Thanks to the CC Insider for dredging it up -- they've been doing great work lately, and get my award for "most improved blog - comedy division."

Podcast: The Original Holiday Special

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This week, it's a classic Sound of Young America -- our original Holiday Special.

Hear John Waters, Christopher Moore, Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine and more on this show.

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Podcast: Holiday Special 2006

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It's the holidays, and that can mean only one thing: HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

On this year's holiday special, we talk with Paul Feig. He's not just the creator of Freaks & Geeks and author of two hilarious books, he's also the director of the new film "Unaccompanied Minors."

We also feature segments with Mike Birbiglia and Kasper Hauser. Also, comedy & music from H. Jon Benjamin, The Martian Children's Choir, Tom Lehrer, The Polyphonic Spree, Jonathan Coulton and more.

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Podcast: Live in New York City 1

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Last month, The Sound of Young America recorded two broadcasts live at the PIT in New York City. This is the first of those programs.

Heather Lawless kicked things off with some of her unique and hilarious standup. She talked about what she does and doesn't like about herself and others and related issues. How exciting to see someone who's really doing something new, and is so f'ing great at it.

Then Mike Daisey blew everyone away with his sometimes terrifying, sometimes hilarious monologue about what children do in winter when they live in the snow-bound state of Maine.

Then I talked with David Wain, who complained bitterly about the lights in his eyes (they were a bit bright). Later, we chatted about making his new movie The Ten, which premiers at Sundance January 19th and features Movie Stars like Jessica Alba and Winona Ryder, as well as Comedy Stars like every single member of The State.

The hip-hop group Tanya Morgan (Donwill, left and Von Pea, right) rocked the public-radio-comedy-nerd crowd to an astonishing extent. Admittedly, though, when they were having people make fists, I was the only one doing it at first.

Tanya Morgan graciously allowed us to offer their two songs as free downloads:
Tanya Morgan - Stay Tuned
Tanya Morgan - We Be

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Podcast: World of Wonder with Terry Gilliam and Chris Elliott

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This week on The Sound of Young America, two men who hold the keys to WORLDS OF WONDER.

Chris Elliott came to prominence in the early 1980s as the buffoonish foil on "Late Night with David Letterman." His career has also included the cult sitcom "Get A Life" and film "Cabin Boy," as well as several seasons on the hit sitcom "Everybody Love Raymond." Most recently, he's become an author, and his absurd 19th century mystery, "The Shroud of the Thwacker," has just been released in paperback. Be sure to take a listen to our special bonus questions for Chris for comedy nerd insider info on his specials, "Action Family" and "FDR: The One Man Show," among other stuff.

Then we speak with Terry Gilliam. Since his days as a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, he's directed many acclaimed films, including "Brazil," "Time Bandits," "The Fisher King," and "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas." His most recent film, "Tideland," a dark and disturbing fairy tale, is in theaters now.

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Holiday Party with Chris Elliott (MP3)
Joke Warfare with Monty Python's Terry Jones

Podcast: The Indies

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This week on The Sound of Young America, we look at the indie spirit.

Animator Bill Plympton has always worked independently, creating both short and feature-length animated films. He draws every frame himself, and his absurd humor has netted him two Oscar nominations. He also recently created a music video for Kanye West, about which he talks in our bonus interview. His most recent release is "Plymptoons: The Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton," which includes his Oscar-nominated "Your Face."

Our second guest is Doug Martsch, from the indie rock group Built to Spill. Since coming out of the Seattle rock scene in the early 1990s, Built to Spill have been one of the most important and influential bands in the indie/alternative rock movement. Martsch is considered by many to be the heir to J Mascis' alterna-rock guitar god throne. We talk with Doug about his nearly 20-year career in rock, and why he was never able to support himself with music until he signed to a major label. The band has a new album, "You in Reverse," and is currently on tour.

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