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Will Franken in Gelf

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Interesting piece on Will Franken, who you may remember from last week's show, in the excellent Gelf Magazine.

A half-hour into it and he's taken over his audience members' minds. He has them singing, praising Jesus, and laughing at child murder. Characters and scenes, public service announcements and daytime television show segments rise up and fall away. Franken changes roles as fast as putting on a hat, and the effect is so narcotic that you can see why the SF Bay Guardian named him the Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs. The fuel of "Good Luck With It" is the disgust of an intellectual raised in a religious small town, combined with the dismay of a religious, small-towner living in a metropolitan Babylon. It's more acting than stand-up, and no race, minority, nor pet cause is safe. It belongs in some London theater and it's way too good for cable TV.

Actually, looking at the date, I'm wondering if the author came to a show that I performed in. Anyway, interesting piece.

Zach Galifianakis on The Best Show

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The delightful bearded comedian Zach Galifianakis will be on this week's episode of The Best Show on WFMU, our favorite radio show. It runs from 8-11 PM Eastern time tonight, and you can either listen to WFMU's stream live or wait to catch the archived version when it goes up.

Teaching for the Future

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I was more than happy earlier this week to speak with TSOYA listener / podcaster Dave LaMorte about a topic which I know very little about -- podcasts in education. You can hear my interview on his "Teaching for the Future" podcast here.

And I should mention that if you have a podcast or a blog and you'd like to interview me, I'm happy to do it.

And speaking of soul...

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It's pretty tough to top the Hardest Working Man in Showbusiness, seen here performing "Please, Please."

Otis Redding Tears it DOWN

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There are a couple of live Otis Redding records with amazing versions of "Try A Little Tenderness," but it's amazing to see him rip it on film.

Demetri Martin's Short Film

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The charming and brilliant Brian M. Palmer is hosting Demetri Martin's short film 12:21 over on his blog. It's very much worth the download. Funny and sweet. Brian also did a great interview with Martin. So did I.

Lost Chappelle's Show Episodes on DVD 7/25

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Just got the press release from Comedy Central:

IT'S FINALLY COMING…
"CHAPPELLE'S SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES UNCENSORED" DVD
HITTING STORES ON TUESDAY, JULY 25
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Bonus Features Include Unaired Sketches, Never-Before-Seen Performances By John Legend And
Dead Prez, "The Fabulous Making Of Chappelle's Show" Documentary, Blooper Reel And More
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Audio Commentary By Charlie Murphy, Donnell Rawlings
And Series Co-Creator And Executive Producer Neal Brennan
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NEW YORK, May 30, 2006 -- This summer "Chappelle's Show" fans will finally be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated lost episodes. Released via COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, "Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes Uncensored" DVD arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, July 25 and will also be available at http://shop.comedycentral.com.
"Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes Uncensored" DVD is a one-disc set featuring all three lost episodes and over an hour's worth of bonus material from the third season. The release contains the following bonus material: extra unaired sketches, never-before-seen performances by John Legend and Dead Prez; "The Fabulous Making of Chappelle's Show" documentary; audio commentary by series collaborators and cast members Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings and series co-creator/executive producer Neal Brennan; blooper reel and deleted scenes.
"Chappelle's Show Season 1" DVD is the top-selling TV on DVD release with over 3.5 million units sold. "Chappelle's Show Season 2" DVD is the third highest-selling TV on DVD release of all time with 2.5 million units sold.*

Lost Chappelle's Show Episodes on DVD 7/25

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Just got the press release from Comedy Central:

IT'S FINALLY COMING…
"CHAPPELLE'S SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES UNCENSORED" DVD
HITTING STORES ON TUESDAY, JULY 25
--------
Bonus Features Include Unaired Sketches, Never-Before-Seen Performances By John Legend And
Dead Prez, "The Fabulous Making Of Chappelle's Show" Documentary, Blooper Reel And More
--------
Audio Commentary By Charlie Murphy, Donnell Rawlings
And Series Co-Creator And Executive Producer Neal Brennan
--------

NEW YORK, May 30, 2006 -- This summer "Chappelle's Show" fans will finally be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated lost episodes. Released via COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, "Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes Uncensored" DVD arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, July 25 and will also be available at http://shop.comedycentral.com.
"Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes Uncensored" DVD is a one-disc set featuring all three lost episodes and over an hour's worth of bonus material from the third season. The release contains the following bonus material: extra unaired sketches, never-before-seen performances by John Legend and Dead Prez; "The Fabulous Making of Chappelle's Show" documentary; audio commentary by series collaborators and cast members Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings and series co-creator/executive producer Neal Brennan; blooper reel and deleted scenes.
"Chappelle's Show Season 1" DVD is the top-selling TV on DVD release with over 3.5 million units sold. "Chappelle's Show Season 2" DVD is the third highest-selling TV on DVD release of all time with 2.5 million units sold.*

Kasper Hauser at Stanford Tuesday

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Kasper Hauser, the best sketch comedy group in the country, will be performing at Stanford University tommorow (Tuesday) evening.

The details:
Kasper Hauser, live at Stanford University's Pigott Theater
Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA
8 p.m.
$5, tickets at the door
Directions at
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/drama/maps.html#memaud

I'll be there, and so should you. If you live in the Bay Area or the South Bay, go. If you don't find someone who does and tell them to go. And if you do go, say hi to me.

Does anyone speak Swedish?

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Sound of Young America listener Martin Degrell has a very popular Swedish blog, and he interviewed me for it. Both sides of the conversation, remarkably, are in Swedish.

Link

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