Joketacular

23rd May 2007

This week’s Sound of Young America broadcast is a delightful ride through the world of comedic entertainment. A Joketacular, if you will. My guest is Brian Posehn. Brian is a standup comedian who’s appeared on almost every sitcom ever made as “that guy.” He was also a writer and actor on HBO’s Mr. Show. I […]

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This week’s Sound of Young America broadcast is a delightful ride through the world of comedic entertainment. A Joketacular, if you will.

My guest is Brian Posehn. Brian is a standup comedian who’s appeared on almost every sitcom ever made as “that guy.” He was also a writer and actor on HBO’s Mr. Show.

I talk with Brian about his chidhood as a self-described “misfit.” He describes being called in to the counselor’s office, so the powers that be could check on “Brian the ticking timebomb.” He also describes his early 20s, when he drunklenly leapt from a lifeguard tower and was paralyzed from the waist down. Brian also talks with us about the writer’s room at Mr. Show, and his feelings about being recognized on the street. The version of the interview contained here is somewhat shortened, the full, unedited version is available here.

We also hear comedy from all over the world (OK, it’s all from the US, except for one song from New Zealand, but still).

Songs:
“Pi” by Hard N Phirm
“First of May” by Jonathan Coulton
“Jenny” by Flight of the Conchords

Sketch:
“Extreme Food” from Meat (performing at Sketchfest NYC in June)

and Standup:
Todd Barry from “Invite Them Up”

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