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The Stupidest Man in the World

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From Neil & Paul, two of the absolute funniest guys on the planet. Jordan pointed this one out in the forum.

"End racism... in about an hour!"

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Our old pal W. Kamau Bell (remember his piece Sarah Silverman is Racist?) has a gala show coming up in the East Bay (that's the San Francisco Bay Area, sorry Tampa) called The W. Kamau Bell Curve. Kamau's a great comic, but I rarely post show-specific notices here, and I wouldn't have in this instance if it weren't for this policy: "Tickets $20; bring a friend of another race and your friend gets in free."

Now if that's not an awesome ticketing policy, I don't know what is.

The show's are March 1st and 2nd at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley. Buy your tickets online here.

Behind the Scenes with Diablo Cody

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From Jackie Clarke and Olde English. Look: I liked Juno. But this is fucking hilarious.

John Mulaney in San Francisco

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I don't usually plug local comedy shows on the blog, at least ones in which I'm not involved as a sponsor, but I thought I'd make an exception. New York comic John Mulaney will be co-headlining San Francisco's Punchline tonight through Saturday, and he's dynamite. He's the best kind of alternative comic -- the kind that takes the craft seriously and has lots and lots of great, suprising jokes. I'd compare him maybe to Dana Gould, another comic who blends the worlds of traditional club comedy and alternative stuff. John takes well-grounded premises and spins them out until they're surprisingly silly, but never self-indulgent. He's a very young guy, younger maybe than me I think, and he's still polishing his performance style, but he'll be a big name in comedy if he doesn't quit to be a big-money writer. I've heard good things about his co-headliner Amy Schumer as well. The Punchline is a great club in which to see a show, and if you're lucky, you might run into MaxFunster/sometime doorman Bucky Sinister.

Tickets available online here.

Photo by Anya Garrett

Podcast: JJGo Ep 51: Balls & Calls

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This week on the show Jesse and Jordan discuss Jordan's kidney stones, which includes laughing a lot at the word "balls." Plus: the winner of the showdown is announced!

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The Sound of Young America on Current: Patton Oswalt

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You may or may not be familiar with Current. It's a news-and-information cable channel, started by Al Gore & Friends a few years ago to cater to younger audiences. The channel broadcasts what they call "pods," which are essentiall 3-5 minute news stories, often contributed by viewers, which are bracketed by VJ-like hosts. Current approached me a few months ago about putting together a pilot for a TV version of The Sound of Young America, and what you see above is the result.

We tried to keep it very simple and true to the spirit of the radio show and podcast. It's shot in my apartment, and they're actually shooting a radio interview. As you can see, they work in a lot of other visuals and so forth, as well. I was really impressed by the excitement producer Mark Reinhardt and his team managed to introduce into what's essentially a pair of talking heads.

What do you think? Current are as happy with the product as I am, and it looks like we'll be doing more of these in the future.

(In case anyone's worried, while Current will probably end up owning the TV productions, they won't get any control or rights to anything other than that, including any future TSOYA video projects. They've been really good about understanding my desire to control my work, and I feel very good about the partnership.)

Improv Everywhere on Nightline

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Can you spot the Sound of Young America t-shirt?

Podcast: Seven Second Delay with Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman

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Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman are the hosts of Seven Second Delay on WFMU, the legendary freeform radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey. For the past fifteen years, they've picked a "radio stunt" each week, then tried to execute it in just one hour of live airtime. They've chain-translated a Village Voice S&M personal add through 15 languages, then back into English, written the ultimate New York Times "Metropolitan Diary" column entry, then gotten it published, and failed more times than they can count.

When they're not on-air, Freedman serves as the station's manager. Breckman is a noted comedy writer, having written for David Letterman and Saturday Night Live (he penned the classic "White Like Me" sketch), and he is creator and showrunner of USA network's Monk.

The folks behind the Seven Second Delay blog have put together this guide to the show for listeners of TSOYA, including links to the various programs referenced during our interview. Thanks!

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Dave Hill is Looking for Love

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The always-awesome Dave Hill is looking for love in all the wrong places this Valentine's day.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Life Changes

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

On this week’s show, Matt Besser of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade stops by to talk about the troupe’s new series on Bravo, Rodney Rothman discusses his new memoir, “Early Bird,” and we feature music from some New Orleans legends.

Matt Besser is a founding member of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade comedy group. He was part of the cast of the group’s Comedy Central show, which ran from 1998 to 2001. He also created Stung, an MTV hidden camera show, and starred in Crossballs, another Comedy Central series. He has appeared in films such as Junebug, and performs several times a week at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rodney Rothman was a writer for the Late Show with David Letterman and Undeclared. At the age of 28, he retired to a Florida senior’s community. His memoir, “Early Bird,” chronicles his time as a retired man. He is an executive producer on the upcoming film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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