Podcast: (Un)Clean


This week's Sound of Young America broadcast bears the theme "(Un)Clean." My guests are comedian Jim Gaffigan (who doesn't swear on stage) and the creators of Wonder Showzen (who dress children up in Hitler costumes).

Jim Gaffigan is one of the country's most popular stand-up comics, and an accomplished actor, as well. His observational humor is peppered with audience commentary - that he provides himself, in a creepy high pitched voice. We talk about his long standup career, and his acting career, which features both comic and dramatic credits. He's currently on tour (including a show in San Francisco April 7th), and his new CD and DVD are in stores now.

Vernon Chatman and John Lee are the creators of the brilliant MTV2 series Wonder Showzen. The series could be broadly described as a parody of children's television, but it's really more of a satire of the banality of American culture. One recurring segment, "Beat Kids," sends children dressed as reporters to ask pointed questions of the man on the street. In one, a 7-year-old (or so) black girl is dispatched to Wall Street, asking "Who have you exploited today?" and "Where will you be when the revolution comes?" John & Vernon are also members of the rock band PFFR (pronounced P-F-R), and the former writers of the MTV series "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle." Wonder Showzen returned to MTV2 yesterday, and airs Fridays at 9:30PM. Their first season DVD was just released.

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Check out our uncut, unedited interview with Jim Gaffigan

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Jim Gaffigan's Beyond the Pale DVD (only $9.99!)

Jim Gaffigan's Beyond the Pale CD

Wonder Showzen Season 1

Previously on The Sound of Young America Blog

Dead Frog v. Wonder Showzen
Wonder Showzen Creators' Core Beliefs
Change the Channel for Kids
Good Shows & Bad People


The Showzin interview was great! Towards the end when they began discussing the "Good Shows & Bad People" issue I was wondering if these were the same guys that began the interview. Not unlike WS, it was hilarious and also touched on some important stuff.Of course Jim Gaffigan is awesome, making this one of my favorite TSOYAs in recent memory.

Hey there,Just read your comment on my blog and it looks like we have many similar interests. Shoot me an email if you'd like to trade links.Oh, and as much as this sounds like some robot-written spam post, I swear it's not. Long live "Wonder Showzen"!

Gaffigan = the nicest guy ever.When John from Wonder Showzen was at the station with Muckafurguson, he was the nicest fella ever. He brought his niece and sister (in-law, maybe?). It was great.

Hey, thanks for turning me on to Wonder Showzen. I got a copy of episode 1 from friend. It really is the funniest thing I've seen on TV in a while. Lots and lots (and lots) of gravy jokes too.