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Solo in New York City

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BIG NEWS.

Two of TSOYA's top pals have solo shows running in New York, and if you miss them, YOU'RE A FOOL.

Our pal Mike Birbiglia has his first solo stage show, called Sleepwalk with Me, running at the Bleeker Theater. Mike has always been fantastically hilarious as a standup, but this show is also receiving acclaim for its emotional depth. WE VOUCH FOR MIKE. If that's not good enough for you, listen to Mike on TAL and TRY not to laugh uncontrollably. FURTHERMORE: you can get discount tickets with this link.

ADDITIONALLY: our pal Mike Daisey (above) has his new solo performance, If You See Something, Say Something, running at the Public Theater. It's about the resonances of the cold war in contemporary America, and in Mike's own life. If it's like his other work, it's fantastic. The Times certainly seems to have enjoyed it. So have others. Tickets are available here. Mike has generously offered TSOYA fans a big ticket discount -- $35 tix can be had with the code SSMKTG. It is offered with the proviso that tickets are selling out fast and that code might stop working at some point.

OK, New York: GET OUT THERE.

Comedy Podcast: Jordan Morris' "Swing State," Simon Rich's "Hey, Look," and Elephant Larry's "El Pollo Loco"

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All kinds of comedy on this Sound of Young America podcast.

First, we hear a sketch from our own Jordan Morris. What is it really like to live in a swing state?

Then Simon Rich shares his essay Hey Look, from his new book Free-Range Chickens.

Also: Elephant Larry (above) give us the SPOOKTACULAR "El Pollo Loco."

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Wow. Just wow.

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Sunday's New York Times Magazine featured a largely slobbering portrayal of Lauren Zalaznick, the programming chief of Bravo. Zalaznick is the woman who masterminded the network's transformation from an arts network to the reality show network for rich jerks. She took over the channel during the Queer Eye boom and spun that into the panoply of brand-marketing aspirational douchebaggery that it is today. Mostly the article just made me upset, but this paragraph truly left me agog. The author concludes the article asking what the Bravo brand might be in the context of an economic downturn:

One answer, said Zalaznick, might be a nightly show in which a host would interview characters from the various other shows, about the relation between events on their shows and current events. “We know we just showed you an episode about someone buying $1,500 shoes,” she said. “Here’s what’s important about that, or here’s what’s funny about that, here’s this person sitting on my couch to talk about that, given what’s going on in the world. It’s providing a little context, less inference — it’s not a time for subtlety.”

Yeah fucking right. That'll make it allllll better.

This is what's important.

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In life, or whatever.

Just get yourself a vanilla bullshit, have a donut, have a bagel...

Best People in the World Pt. 4: Tracy Morgan on Conan O'Brien

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I was laughing like an asshole at this. Bothering my neighbors with my laughter. That type of shit. Man alive. Telly Savalas? Goodness me.

Good looking out, Videogum.

And guess what? Tracy's profiled in the Times on Sunday. Don't miss the audio clips on the sidebar.

Complete Seinfeld for $140

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Amazon is offering a Seinfeld Complete DVD Set for $140, including shipping.

That's a public service announcement, folks.

By the way: on the bottom of the blog sidebar, you'll find an Amazon link. Enter Amazon through that link and we get 6% of your purchase. Which can really add up, y'know? You can even bookmark it.

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Mikita Brottman, author of The Solitary Vice: Against Reading on The Sound of Young America

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Mikita Brottman is the author of "The Solitary Vice: Against Reading." She argues that reading isn't the unalloyed good it's been presented as over the past hundred years. In fact, she says it can be dangerously anti-social. Brottman holds a Ph.D in English Literature from Oxford University, and is currently anticipating a Ph.D in Psychoanalysis from Heed University. She's currently the chair of the M.A. program in Engaged Humanities at the Pacific Graduate Institute.

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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 41: Crawfish Boat Shirt

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe try out their own language on a very confused man.

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Are you an accountant?

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Are you can accountant who might be interested in handling the MaxFunBooks on a pro-bono basis, or perhaps for a reduced fee? I could use some help, as it feels like the old TurboTax Home Business is sort of stretched to the limit for me these days. I can probably pay something, but probably not what you're worth.

If you think you could help, email me. jesse@maximumfun.org. One note: I will respectfully ask that you wear a green visor.

Sarah Vowell, author of The Wordy Shipmates on The Sound of Young America

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Sarah Vowell is the New York Times Bestselling author of books including Assasination Vacation, Take the Canoli and now The Wordy Shipmates. Her most recent is the story of the settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the religious and political world of the Puritans.

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