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Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast Ep. 15: Fake-a-Wish


This week: The California Youth Authority presents Fake-a-Wish Camp, for children who have faked illnesses in order to receive... "last time fun things."

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Kasper Hauser at Google


Kasper Hauser visited the offices of Google last month to offer a sales presentation for their catalog SkyMaul. SkyMaul CEO Jerry Ponda was on hand, in his trademark black turtleneck, and a variety of friends were there too. Luckily for America, Google recorded the whole operation, which you can watch above.

Fall on Your Sword f. Kasper Hauser - "Back to the Ship"


The New York band http://www.myspace.com/foysnyc ">Fall On Your Sword has produced this great video for their track "Back to the Ship," which samples Kasper Hauser's podcast "Captain's Log."


Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: Ep. 14: The News 6 Update


This week: Bay Area news update -- more at six.

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Kasper Hauser in New York Magazine


Hey! New York Magazine's "Approval Matrix" picks up on Kasper Hauser's This American Life parodies, as heard on the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast. Needless to say, they approve, though they use the variant spelling Kaspar Hauser, which I worry will keep anyone from hearing them after seeing it in the magazine.

Here's the first of the shows, and here's the second. You can of course get them free in iTunes as well.

NY Magazine isn't the first big media outlet to pick up on the genius of Kasper Hauser. Just a few weeks ago, the prestigious Very Short List described the parodies as "sweet, imaginative portraits of sweet, ridiculous people too genial to realize how ridiculous they can be." Which is a nice way to put it.

By the way... have you bought Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul yet? If you haven't, you're making a terrible, terrible mistake. When Patton Oswalt was over the other day, he was talking about his copy. "Oh my God, those guys are SO FUCKING FUNNY," was the specific quote, I believe.

Times Podcast of the Week!


Guess who's the Times of London podcast of the week?

Hint: it starts with "Kasper" and ends with "Hauser Comedy Podcast," and is the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast.

Kasper Hauser was the mysterious 19th-century foundling about whom Werner Herzog made a film in 1974. It is also the name of an enigmatic blog by a quartet of San Francisco comedians. Wonderfully realised, the podcast’s wistful and surreal laughs are conveyed in parodies of the cult radio show This American Life with Phantom High School, in which people talk about a fake school where diplomas “crumbled into dust” and the building was made of “spider web crystals”. Very silly and great fun.

Pledge Drive Update



Our first-ever MaximumFun.org pledge drive is going really fantastically well. We're giving away a bunch of prizes, including t-shirts, hobo illustrations, a copy of SkyMaul and a copy of The Areas of My Expertise, and a DVD box set of Get Smart. We're also getting lots of listeners stepping up and becoming supporters of maximumfun.org. And, of course, they'll all get Maximum Fun Packs in the mail, with their own Maximum Fun Club cards and more.

So far we've had (by my count) 34 new pledges -- most of which are monthly commitments. I want to thank the following folks for supporting the show thus far:
Sarah Z, Kyle H, Margaret H, David B, Craig S, Edward M, Mike D, Jeff M, Ayesha M, Marylee R, Reena R, David S, Guan Y, Tim A, Mark M, Scott S, Justin Z, Tom S, Brian S, Adam L, Nicholas L, Adam K, Chris F, Elias G, Matt A, Maryam M, Kristen S, Neal S, Elisabeth C, Zack S, Carol M, David L, Mason P, Daniel S, William R, Keren K, Rachel L, Charles F, Alex T, Ben W, Derek H, Joseph C, Aaron M & Linus B.

Not yet a donor? You still have time. I'm absolutely committed to keeping this drive to two weeks, but there's still a full week left.

If you haven't yet given, what's holding you back? Just haven't pulled the trigger yet?

Donate now.

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


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

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Kasper Hauser profile in The Coming


Megan Berru wrote a wonderful profile of Kasper Hauser in The Coming this week.

John Reichmuth — who wore sunglasses for the duration of the morning, distinguishing him from his twin brother, James — suggested I turn to fellow groupmates Dan Klein or Rob Baedeker if dealing with the four of them got overwhelming.

“We promise if we ever tell you something that’s not true,” says Dan, sensing my difficulty in assessing John’s dry sarcasm, “someone will say ‘that’s not true.’”

“That’s not true,” John quips, and the table laughs.


Pledge Drive: 5/1 - 5/15 (Inclusive)



It's officially been one year since The Sound of Young America and MaximumFun.org starting accepting donations. In that time, dozens of listeners have stepped up to the plate to support our programming (and blogging). Your support has allowed me to expand our offerings, buy some new equipment and quit my day job (though I still spend too much time on contract work).

In celebration of a year of donation-supported content, we're having a good old-fashioned pledge drive. The goal is to build a base of supporters that can carry the show into the future.

Here's the deal.

I give everything away for free. The blog, all the shows and all their archives, the radio show... everything. There's no mandatory subscription fees or pay-per-downloads here. My first priority is sharing this work with you.

In order for me to do that, I need your support.

I ask that you donate to support the show. You can give $20 a month if you have the means, or you can give $2 or $5 if you're as broke as I am. I ask for monthly gifts because I'm not a professional fundraiser, and I'd rather dedicate my time (and yours) to programming and not to asking for money. This way, instead of fundraising two or three times a year, I can do it once. That said, if you'd like to make a one-time donation, or simply mail a check, you can do that as well.

I appreciate your support -- and because of that, I'm giving shit away to say "thanks."

Thank You Gifts

Everyone who donates will receive a Maximum Fun Pack. That means a Maximum Fun Club card, personally inscribed (not to mention laminated) by yours truly, some stickers, and a pin for your lapel.

If you donate at the $10 or $20/month level, I'll send you a Sound of Young America t-shirt. If you've already got one, get one for your spouse! It'll be great, they'll love it, I promise.

And furthermore...

The Big Prizes

Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize drawing. It's different from most drawings in that you have a great chance of winning.

You could win:
Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane

John Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise, personally autographed by the author

One of FIVE personalized Hobos drawn according to a name you choose by the great Ape Lad (also known as Adam Koford)

Or the grand prize:
A complete box set of the legendary spy spoof series Get Smart (created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry) -- a set which costs $300 in the store!

So Donate Now

Click here for our donation page, where you can choose the level of your support. If you'd like a t-shirt, be sure to include your shirt size and address. And once you do donate, be sure to record an intro for The Sound of Young America!

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