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This is fucking hilarious.

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Probably the only thing funnier than this video of John Legend and Stephen Colbert dueting on the song "The Girl is Mine," is the original video, with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney on that fucking hayride.

Edit: a bigger Paul McCartney/MJ duet fan than I has pointed out that the hayride was in the video for the OTHER hit MJ/PM duet, Say Say Say.

Podcast: TSOYA: Patton Oswalt

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Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt makes his record-setting twelve-kwajillionth visit to The Sound of Young America. He's now a movie star -- voicing the rat Remy in the new Pixar Animation film Ratatouille. He's also got a brand new comedy CD, called "Werewolves and Lollipops," out on the Sub Pop label. It's always a pleasure to talk to one of the masters of comedy.

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You might also enjoy these past programs:
Patton Oswalt on KZSC's "The Collector's Item," talking about his favorite songs
"The Symphony" with Patton Oswalt and Masta Ace
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Patton in the AV Club
Patton in Modest Proposal Magazine
Patton on Death Valley Driver.com

Podcast: Tony Millionaire, creator of Maakies and The Drinky Crow Show

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Tony Millionaire is the creator of the comic strip Maakies, which runs in alternative newspapers around the country. The strip has also birthed two television adaptations: a series of shorts that ran on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s, and now a new longer-form series which premiers later this year on Cartoon Network [adult swim]. The strips are known for their combination of distinctive and often complex line art and typically profane humor. The newest collection of Maakies strips is "The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees."

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Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland this weekend...

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I've been corresponding on and off with the founder of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland for a few months. He's a guy with a tremendous passion for comedy and a lot of resourcefulness, and he's put together a remarkable festival that's not to be missed. Many of the best alternative comics on the West Coast, both famous and not famous, will be at the festival, and it'd be tough to go to a show and not see something amazing. And hey... Patton Oswalt is headlining! Past JJGo guests like Chris Fairbanks, Jonah Ray and Bucky Sinister will be performing, alongside heavyweights like the very funny Tig Notaro, Brent Weinbach and Eddie Pepitone.

If you live in Portland, this is an event that is NOT TO BE MISSED. The tickets are on a wristband basis -- and wristbands are only twenty bucks. Be there or be square.

Pretty Women.

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Funny women weren't allowed to be pretty, huh? Someone should tell Tina Fey to find a new hero.

Alessandra Stanley, the New York Times' TV critic, has a huge piece in this month's Vanity Fair with this thesis:

"It used to be that women were not funny. Then they couldn’t be funny if they were pretty. Now a female comedian has to be pretty—even sexy—to get a laugh."

This thesis is not true.

Many of the women Stanley writes about in the piece are funny (nice to see the extremely talented Kristen Wiig getting some shine). Some are not (how is Chelsea Handler getting *more* famous?). Overall, though, the achilles heel is that thesis: it's fucking dumb.

Here's another section-leading paragraph to ponder:
"It’s hard to remember or fathom, but there was a time when Phyllis Diller had to dress in drag to attend a Friars Club roast. There has been a epochal change even from 20 years ago, when female stand-up comics mostly complained about the female condition—cellulite and cellophane—and Joan Rivers and Roseanne Barr perfectly represented the two poles of acceptable female humor: feline self-derision or macho-feminist ferocity. (The fact that both those pioneers are now almost as well known for drastic cosmetic surgery as for comedy is either a cautionary tale or a very sad punch line.)"

Huh? Twenty years ago, was Ellen Degeneres complaining about cellulite and I missed it? How about Paula Poundstone? Those are the first two female comics I thought of from the era, and they're both completely at odds with this crackpot assertion. Both pretty good looking, too, if not heterosexual. And you know what? Before she became a freak show, Joan Rivers was quite good looking as well.

Honestly, the article is such a fucking mess that I really have a hard time following it, much less criticising it. Amelie Gillette does a nice job mocking it over at the AV Club. Why not just read that? You won't have to hear about how the new breed of comediennes are "almost beautiful." (actual quote).

Anyway, none of this is an attempt to defend any of the hoary cliches about women and their alleged lack of funniness. Women most certain can be funny, and many, many women are hilariously funny. The worst part about the article is that it seems to want to make me choose between its inanity and that of Christopher Hitchens. So instead of buying into that baloney, why not check out this very old TSOYA with Dr. Joanne Gilbert talking about her book "Performing Marginality," a scholarly (and coherent) look at women in standup.

Jordan interviews Will Ferrel, Andre 3K, Will Arnett and Woody Harrelson

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I am a good interviewer. Jordan Morris "Boy Detective" is a great interviewer.

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Eps. 53 & 53A: Whipped Her False Lover

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This week on the show Jesse and Jordan are joined by comedian Jasper Redd. Much is discussed, including an article about a guy named "Jesse Thorne" in the New York Times. Be sure to download both parts of this week's episode: 53 and 53A. Only episode 53 is in the player below, and depending on your settings, iTunes may only download the most recent episode and leave 53A behind.

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Human Giant Season Two is Coming!

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TSOYA Pals Human Giant have a second season of comedy hurtling towards your television. You can already download episode one of season two in iTunes, or for free using Amazon Unbox, though for the latter you'll need a special player (wtf, amazon?).

Hard to imagine that it was only ten months ago that the HG fellas first visited The Sound. Or that it was only a few years ago when we first saw HG director Jason Woliner's brilliant and hilarious Dick Cheney's Alive!.

Kudos to you, Human Giants! You are a delight to us all!

Podcast: Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein of Cinematic Titanic and Mystery Science Theater 3000

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Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein are 3/5ths of Cinematic Titanic. The series of DVDs and digital downloads combines old, terrible films with comic commentary. If the description sounds familiar, you might be thinking of the long-running cult comedy classic Mystery Science Theater 3000, of which Hodgson was the original host. We talk with Joel, Frank and J. Elvis about their careers in comedy, why they got the band back together, and more. We even delve into their relationship with Rifftrax, a similar outfit run by some other MST3K expats.

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Fred Simmons on Conan

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Word on the street is that The Foot-Fist Way is the funniest thing since ever. Or maybe since Wet Hot American Summer. We'll see... the people behind it are making a TV series for HBO and they cast Andy Daly, so they've certainly got that going for them.

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