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Giant Crabs Pose No Threat

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Experts Agree Giant, Razor-Clawed Bioengineered Crabs Pose No Threat

Look, I don't want this blog to just become the posting-ONN-videos blog, but shit, they are the funniest thing going right now.

Maria Bamford "I can't feel my hands!"

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By the way, I have one slot open for MaxFunCon at the moment, featuring the Bammer herself. Email me if you want to go.

This clip is so fucking amazing.

Perfect Day Designs

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In the unsolicited endorsement department, I just wanted to thank Perfect Day Designs for doing an absolutely spectacular job with the photography at my and Theresa's wedding this past summer. Their very reasonable rate included two wonderful photographers, a great engagement photo session, the rights to (and digital originals of) our pictures, an awesome photo booth at the wedding and a beautiful custom album. Ben and Jeff couldn't have been nicer, and couldn't have shot better photos. And again -- their price was very reasonable, notably less than a number of other folks we priced. If you need wedding or event photography in the Bay Area, Perfect Day Designs have my whole-hearted recommendation.

Jordan, Jesse, Shirt!: One Week Only

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Jordan, Jesse Go! is proud to offer Jordan, Jesse Shirt!

A handsome, stylish t-shirt celebrating one of your favorite podcasts. Printed on ultra-premium, velvety-soft 100% cotton Alternative Apparel shirts in both men's and women's sizes, and available for one week only. We will stop taking orders on March 9th.

Order your shirt today. The shirts will be printed beginning March 10th, and should arrive in your mailbox in early to mid April. Proceeds, of course, benefit The Darkish Teal Ribbon Fund for Jordan and Jesse.

The end.

Jordan, Jesse, SHIRT!: Only a few more hours.

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If you want one of our new Jordan Jesse Go! shirts, now is the time to buy it. They will no longer be available as of 2PM pacific time, 5PM eastern.

All gone. Sorry.

Jeffrey Tambor on the Arrested Development Movie

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The internet's been clogged with rumors about a possible film adaptation of the wonderful sitcom Arrested Development. Last week, I had a chance to talk with one of the show's stars, Jeffrey Tambor, and I took the opportunity to ask him to clarify exactly what he knows about the film as part of our extensive in-person interview with Tambor, which you can hear here.

This is what he told me, in no uncertain terms: "Well, here's the real truth of it: we are going to do it. It's very, very probable. The script is not finished yet, and when the script is finished, we will go into production. I'm positive. "

As Tambor explains in the full version of the interview (which will be up here and in the podcast feed in a couple of weeks), he and Mitch Hurwitz have been close since before Arrested was even a television show, so Tambor knows what of he speaks.

Here's the audio of this small portion of my 40-minute conversation with the actor behind George Bluth Sr. (and of course Oscar Bluth). And speaking of Oscar, he shares a little tidbit at the end about how Hurwitz created the long-haired Bluth.

The transcript of the Arrested Development film portion of the interview follows. Don't miss our full interview, which is now on the web and covers Tambor's career from Kojak to Hellboy and beyond.

Jesse Thorn: What do you understand is the current state, according to the current knowledge of Mr. Jeffrey Tambor, celebrity actor and cast member of Arrested Development, of the proposed Arrested Development film?

Jeffrey Tambor: Well first of all, that wonderful actor who does Spongebob, what's his name?

Tom Kenney?

Tom. Tom said to me, "Jeffrey, before we go on..." and it was a colloquy about Word Girl, "is there gonna be an Arrested Development movie?"

And I said "yes!" and there was a big huzzah.

Well you couldn't find a house full of more committed comedy nerds than at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

But previous to that, there was a reporter who had asked me about the Michael Cera thing, I think that's what you're referring to. And I said, "I will go to Michael Cera's house and I will pull him out by his hair..." and like that. Well what I didn't know was that there was this kerfuffle that was going on about Michael Cera.

Well, here's the real truth of it: we are going to do it. It's very, very probable. The script is not finished yet, and when the script is finished, we will go into production. I'm positive.

Have you signed any papers or anything?

No, what I have done is I talked to Mitch. He called and said, "Hey pal, you on board?" and I said, "absolutely." Jason [Bateman] and I just had lunch the other day, and we're all excited about it so everyone, to a man, is on board.

Including Michael Cera, who was said to be circumspect about it? (And Michael Cera has been a guest on this program, best guy in the world...)

Oh he's... yeah, yeah yeah. Do I have 100% certainty? No. But I think when everything comes together, and he sees the script, I know that Mitch can take care of all of this.

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If you're a fan of Jeffrey's, by the way, he's teaching an acting workshop in Los Angeles on March 21st. You can find out more information at jeffreytambor.net.

And if you love Arrested Development, you probably love other things that are awesome, so check out our archive for in-depth interviews you'll love with folks like Rob Corddry, John Hodgman and Jack Handey.

Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Jeffrey Tambor
Show: 
Bullseye

Jeffrey Tambor has spent more than 30 years as an actor. A native of San Francisco, he started in television in the 1970s, and his career has followed a simple track since: he plays important authority figures (doctors, lawyers, judges) and self-important pseudo-authority figures. He portrayed the sweet, sad, hilariously self-centered sidekick Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show in the 1990s, and this decade played the patriarch of the Bluth family on Arrested Development. In addition to his work as an actor, he's also a teacher, having worked for many years alongside late legendary acting teacher Milton Katselas. He teaches regular classes and workshops in Los Angeles, including one March 21st at the American Film Institute.

If you enjoyed this show, try these:
The Kids in the Hall
Jenna Fischer
Chris Parnell

The Sound of Young America on the Radio in San Francisco

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I'm so happy to report that today on KALW in San Francisco, general manager Matt Martin announced that the station will be picking up The Sound of Young America. We'll be airing Wednesdays at 2PM on the station (91.7 FM for those in the Bay), after This American Life and a new compilation series from the winners of the Public Radio Talent Quest. Broadcasts begin this coming week.

As many of you know, San Francisco is my hometown, and I always keep it 100% Sucka Free. I'm really proud to finally be on the radio in the city where my heart is.

In celebration of this awesome news, I have posted above the video for "San Francisco Anthem," produced by Traxamillion and featuring Big Rich, San Quinn and Boo Banger.

One day it'll be "house in Twin Peaks / view panoramic" for me and mine, but in the meantime, at least I'll visit once a week on the airwaves.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: "Spark"

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Examining the components of Spark [iTunes link], it quickly starts to look like a big sweep for the nothing-new-under-the-sun department: personal technology, short interviews, newsiness combined with storytelling, a friendly-sounding and lightly-accented Canadian announcer and what public radio wonks like to call "sound-richness". But the show picks up these shopworn parts and does its own thing, creating a program that's unlikely to startle listeners with the bold new directions in which it's taking them but successfully connects with them nonetheless.

The production sounds, like so many post-This American Life shows, a bit like This American Life. It's an assemblage of host commentary, conversations, personal stories, atmospheric sound effects and reasonably quirky music. It doesn't encompass the whole of life, though; it mostly just covers the parts that involve using today's ever-developing technology. And it's Canadian, not American. So This Canadian Technological Life would accurately describe the show (although, under pithiness comparison, it's easy to see why the CBC went with Spark instead).

The emphasis is on Life; while this is a show concerned with technology, it's not meant for geeks. The target audience seems to be that segment of the general listening public that finds all these shiny new gadgets on the market "neat" but would prefer not to think about integrated circuits and suchlike, those who'd rather hear people talk about the fun stuff they've done with technology than about the nuts and bolts of the technology itself. Recent episodes have been conveniently representative, featuring worries about how social networking and all that is robbing us of solitude [MP3], what it's like when a techie husband has a semi-luddite artist wife [MP3] and how Twitter allows an old grandmother to tell the world her surprisingly engaging life stories (yes, really) [MP3].

Those subjects may sound a tad hokey to the hardened technophile, but as an attempt to reach out to non-enthusiasts and entertainingly communicate to them a small sample of the myriad possibilities afforded us by today's gizmos, widgets and internets, Spark is actually pretty admirable. And it's not only valuable to listeners who don't as yet know their USB from their TCP/IP; your Podthinker, no stranger to gizmos, widgets and (especially) internets himself, was able to formulate some solid project ideas of his own while listening to the show's story subjects chat about how they've managed to fashion printer ink out of coffee grounds or print out blogs or shrinkwrap their laptop to take it into the kitchen or whatever. Their enthusiasm is infectious.

Still, for a program so concerned with the digital world, Spark is heavy indeed with the slick, busy, snippet-y feel of public radio as opposed to the pared-down, more expansive, content-oriented feel of podcasts and the new audio content sensibility they're even now ushering in. While this can be disorienting for a podcast habitué, it's presumably more comfortable for the aforementioned un-techie making the journey toward... semi-techiehood, at least. Don't be afraid; we welcome you.

Vital stats:
Format: This Canadian Technological Life
Running since: September 2007
Duration: ~27m
Frequency: weekly, approximately
Archive available on iTunes: all (which, for a public radio podcast, is astonishing)

[Podthinker Colin Marshall talks a big technological game, but still can't work Linux. Tell him how at colinjmarshall at gmail. Discuss Podthoughts on the forum here or submit your own podcast for the next by-Max-Funsters column here.]

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