If you live in the Southland, you owe it to yourself to catch the Kasper Hauser show tonight (Wednesday night) at the UCB Theater. They'll be presenting their epic "SkyMaul" show, adapted in part from the book of the same name, which you MAY have heard of if you spend any time reading this here blog.
KH will be performing with red-hot up and comers Hendershaw.
Show's at 8PM, tickets are only five bucks, reservations are available right here. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.
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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.
I HEREBY DECLARE THIS CLIP DELIGHTFUL!
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.
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.
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.
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?
This week: Pepper Self-Spray, from SkyMaul (click image to enlarge)
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.