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The Sound of Young America Live! Live! on the web!

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So excited to announce that The Sound of Young America Live! program in New York will be streaming live on the web!

Our show, which features Andrew WK, Scott Adsit, Rik Cordero, Nellie McKay and Kumail Nanjiani is sold out, but you can catch the live webstream at wnyc.org or thegreenespace.org.

Watch! Tell a friend! Tweet it on Friday! Yeah! Woo! Exciting!

Put This On on Twitter

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You may have heard that Adam Lisagor (Lonely Sandwich of You Look Nice Today) and I are working on a web series about men's style called "Put This On." We hope it'll appeal both to people who already love men's style, and to those who are just ready to dress like a grownup.

We're launching the website soon, but in the meantime, we're tweeting @PutThisOn, so subscribe now. We start working on the pilot at the end of the month!

Kevin Allison of The State and RISK! Show: The Text Of Young America

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Kevin Allison is a comedy writer/performer best known for his role as a member of The State. In August, Allison launched his new project RISK! A weekly live storytelling event described as “the Moth, only edgier.” And later this month (September) there will be a podcast version of the show on Breakthru Radio and iTunes. Allison spoke to me about taking a chance, putting it all out there, and bringing people together.

Chris Bowman: It’s been a pretty big summer for you. First, after much anticipation, The State was released on DVD, and now RISK! How long have you been planning this project?

Kevin Allison: Gosh, you know. It’s so funny. I did a show last November called F*** Up. It was five characters and each one told a story. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and years whenever I perform as a solo artist. I’ve done a few one-man shows, and you know what? I think it was just getting really old. I hadn’t realized I was yearning to do something different. So F*** Up was characters all based on me, different aspects of my personality. And I found myself really struggling to connect with the audience. I was playing it too big, then I tried to play it down but I just felt like I wasn’t quite connecting. Then I did it in San Francisco at SF Sketchfest, and a lot of the guys from The State were there and again I felt like “Gosh, this isn’t quite working for me.” I was walking away from the show with Michael Ian Black and I said, “Well, what do you think?” (Laughs) Because he could tell that I wasn’t too thrilled with how the show had gone. He said, “You know, I really feel like you just want to speak as yourself to the audience.” And I was like, “You’re absolutely right.” I’d wanted to do that for a long time. So within weeks I just started going up places, telling my own stories and immediately the connection was palpable. I was getting big reactions and people were approaching me after saying, “Gosh, I just loved that.” But I was on to something. This story telling thing is booming in New York right now. And I noticed something. Anytime someone would go out on a limb, where they were revealing something a little bit more serious and profound than you’d see at your normal comedy show the audience would respond that much more. The audience was like, “I appreciate that you’re laying it all out there with this one.” And so I thought well why don’t I just put a show together where that’s the entire theme. Tell personal stories and in some way or another try to push yourself to do something on stage that you’ve never quite done before.

For more from Kevin Allsion and why stories of misfortune can be good for you, click Read More

RIP Larry Gelbart

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A true genius of comedy.

Kasper Hauser: Wedding Emergencies Unit Two

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Kasper Hauser guide you through solutions to two wedding crises: Drunk Priest and Forgotten Rings.

Gary Hustwit, Director of the Design Documentary "Objectified": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Gary Hustwit is a documentary filmmaker. His first film, "Helvetica," focused on the history of the iconic font. His newest, "Objectified," is about the process of consumer design. It's currently touring theaters, and will run on PBS this fall.

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Hitler Gets Rejected From College

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I remember this day well. I mean... when it happened to me, not Hitler.

Retarded Test

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Sorry, Neda, but this is hilarious.

Pay What You Will for Internets Celebrities

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Our pals The Internets Celebrities put together a great DVD of their hilarious (and informative) short films... and now, you can pay whatever you want for it. A penny, a dollar, ten dollars, fifteen dollars, thirty dollars.

I recommend this DVD without reservation, folks. WITHOUT RESERVATION. These guys are a delight. If you don't believe me, watch their short documentary Checkmate.

Buy it here.

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