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Elephant Larry - "Frat Boy Dad"

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Our buddies in Elephant Larry put together this great new short: Frat Boy Dad.

"It was really weak of you to take your sister's tampon like that. It's fucking gross, but it's a natural part of life."

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Hedberg, etc.

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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 Classics.

On this week's show, we talk with a couple of comedians, and discuss the life and career of Mitch Hedberg on the day of his passing. Also, listeners send in their tributes to the show.

Our Guests: Al Madrigal is an up-and-coming standup comic who toured with Mitch on his Comedy Central tour.

We also talk with Marc Maron, veteran standup comic and host of Air America Radio's "Morning Sedition". He shares his thoughts on drug-use in the profession and life as a morning radio host.

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"I wanted to do something to explicate what America is."

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Randy Newman performs "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" for the benefit of the MacWorld keynote audience.

Yeah, I know. I posted this song before. I also made a whole post just for the lyrics. I just think Randy Newman is the greatest, OK? Sheesh. Don't like the Newm? Go listen to the new Cam'Ron song.

Julie Klausner on Dieting

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New York comic Julie Klausner takes a variety of new diet books for a ride in this very funny video from 23/6. Special effects assist, I'm told, from Mr. Tom Scharpling.

Jonathan Winters meets Chelsea Peretti

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When Hodgman said Jonathan Winters was on Chelsea Peretti's Superdeluxe show, "All My Exes," I thought it was a joke. But that really is Jonathan Wintes. Holy shit.

Podcast: Eric Lax on Woody Allen

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Jesse interviews Eric Lax. Lax is the author of "Woody Allen: A Biography," "On Being Funny" and most recently "Conversations with Woody Allen." Since being assigned to profile Allen for the New York Times magazine almost forty years ago, Lax has followed the comedian and filmmaker's career, interviewing him regularly. We talk about Allen's life and enormous ouvre, from the great to, well... The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

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The Venture Bros Creators Put Colbert "On Notice"

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For the first two seasons of Cartoon Network's "The Venture Bros.", the character of Professor Impossible was voiced by Stephen Colbert. The show's putting together its third season now, and show co-creator (and past TSOYA guest) Jackson Publick tried to get in touch with Colbert, who is now famous. After bouncing from manager to agent to assistant to assistant, he got this snide reply:

"Stephen has neither the time nor the interest in participating in your project."

James Urbaniak, one of the show's stars, had this to say:

As my wife noted, it's an open question why the assistant who wrote that email didn't add the word "little" before the word "project." (One also wonders if Mr. Colbert's lack of interest in the show applies retroactively to the two seasons he's already recorded. The assistant fails to clarify.) Ah well. Such are the consequences of Mr. Colbert's much deserved success. I realize that the person who wrote the email was probably not quoting Mr. Colbert directly and may very likely have had no idea what The Venture Brothers is. Nevertheless (and no one's unhappier about this than I am) I am left with no choice but to put Mr. Colbert on his own board. Guess what, Prof. Impossible-For-Me-To-Do-Any-More-Cartoons? You're on notice!

I mean really... "the interest?" He did do it for the last two seasons. Sheesh. It's complicated to be famous, and it's hard to find good help these days, but this gets a big thumbs down from me.

Andy Kindler's "The Hack's Handbook"

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In 1991, Andy Kindler wrote an article for an issue of The National Lampoon which centered on the impending demise of the comedy boom. It was called "The Hack's Handbook." The piece was a compendium of every cliche that the boom had dragged up -- from inane observations to celebrity gags to "I'm half (ethnicity) and half (ethnicity), so (racist punchline)" jokes.

It was believed to be lost.

OK, so, not really, but it wasn't free on the internet, you had to go to the library or whatever.

However, it HAS RETURNED.

Thanks to the efforts of AST's BillBrasky, who presumably pulled it from the National Lampoon DVD magazine collection, and the hosting of Nathan Smart, the man behind Indie BlockedAPpella, it's now available for the first time.

Here she is, in all her printable PDF glory.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep 48: Crossover

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This week on the show Jesse and Jordan are joined by Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap from the Never Not Funny podcast.


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