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Dave Eggers interviews Chris Elliott

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At City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco. I used to work backstage at that theater!

Chris Elliott isn't just a comedy genius, he is also a really nice man. He's been on TSOYA a couple of times.

The Best of Radio Lab

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I just got back from the Public Radio Program Directors convention here in Los Angeles. Lucky for you, my trip around the convention floor scored an awesome prize for you guys.

I nabbed three copies of "Behaves So Strangely: The Best of Radio Lab (Volume One)." As you might know, Radio Lab is one of my favorite shows on radio (and podcast), and I'm proud to share a timeslot with the program on WNYC. It's so fantastic. You can listen to my interview with Jad and Robert, the hosts, here.

If you want to WIN one of these CDs, which are promo-only, and you're a MaxFun donor, email your address to Casey the Intern at casey@maximumfun.org. He'll pick three winners on Monday.

One way or the other, I urge you to check out Radio Lab, which is one of the 10 best things ever.

Podcast: The Human Giant's Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Aziz Ansari

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The Human Giant are a sketch comedy group whose eponymous series airs on MTV. Since getting their start at the UCB Theater in New York, they've become well known for a cast of signature characters, and for their distinctive, filmic style. Jesse spoke with Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer; filmmaker Jason Woliner was absent.

This show was recorded live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

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Paul Scheer's One Man Entourage

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"He brings a humanity to the characters like you've never seen before."

Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 35: For The Benefit of Mankind

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: The Imposters discuss with a native San Franciscan the appropriate level of mourning for the death of a car.

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Periodic Table of the (Fake) Elements

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Here, in three parts, is the fake periodic table of the elements from the amazing Look Around You. Click on them to make them larger. It is *so* worth it.

Who Wants "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" DVD?!

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Alan Moore is one of the most influential graphic novel writers in the medium. He has penned such classic graphic novels as "V For Vendetta" and "Watchmen." And we've got some movies about him! We currently have in our possession three copies of the documentary "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" that we're giving away. The first three people to answer the following question will receive a DVD: Who is the President of the United States in Moore's graphic novel "Watchmen?" E-mail your responses to casey@maximumfun.org
The answer is: Nixon

Contest Over.

Congrats to Cory, Tim, and Mark. You guys are so smart.

Norm MacDonald: Greatest (Canadian) In America?

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In high school, I was absolutely convinced that Norm MacDonald was the greatest person in the world. When he claims he's a big fan of Courtney Thorne-Smith from seeing her on Tom Snyder, it's truly a thing of majesty. He tops that, of course, with a remark about her film career that's so amazing I choose not to reveal it here.

So: three videos of Norm on Late Night in 1997, including this exchange...
Norm (interrupting Thorne-Smith's interview): "Are you talking about Melrose Place?"
Conan: "You are the biggest ass in the world."

Now, for the past five or ten years, Norm has mostly been performing in casinos and playing poker professionally, as far as I can tell. But as our friends at Videogum pointed out, he recently put on one of the truly great performances in Norm MacDonald history.

As you probably know, Comedy Central organizes phony "roasts" for semi-celebrities like Flava Flav and Pamela Anderson. Funny comedians who don't know these people at all come on, and tell some jokes they (or maybe Doug Benson or Morgan Murphy) wrote the night before. Unlike an actual roast, which is an expression of long-standing friendship, the Comedy Central Roast is an expression of 16-24 year old boys persistent commitment to dirty joke watching and general contemptuousness.

Norm MacDonald recently guested on the Bob Saget roast. Now Norm and Saget are actually friends -- Saget directed Norm's (hilarious) film "Dirty Work." But Norm was apparently intent on bringing down the whole affair. Not only did he read the newspaper throughout, pausing only to look up, confused, when someone directed an insult his way, but he performed the amazing jokes below.

After the roast, Norm talked to MaxFunPal Chris Hardwick, and insisted that he believe the event to be a toast, not a roast.

Norm has a really special gift -- the ability to sincerely commit to something absolutely, while mocking it with equal vigor. He's an amazing talent.

826 LA Comedy Benefit Redux

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LA Folks: are you coming to the 826 LA Falltime Yukfest? There are still tickets available, proceeds benefit the children's literacy programs of 826 LA, and in addition to Tim & Eric, Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt, Bill Burr, Al Madrigal, Jimmy Pardo and some performing dogs (all previously announced), they've added Tom Lennon from The State and Reno 911, and the mystery comic/writer/producer pictured above.

Why a mystery comic? Because we're GIVING AWAY a pair of tickets to the show. Email Casey the Intern (casey@maximumfun.org) your name and the name of the comic by 4PM pacific today, and you and a friend could go to this show for FREE. Of course, even if you win the tickets, we encourage you to make a donation to 826LA, which is a great organization. But I can't compel you to do so.

Ready... steady... GO.

CONGRATS TO LIEZL, WHO WON THE TIX!

Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 34: Yo Quiero Fumar Cigarros

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: The Imposters attempt to convince a non-English speaking San Franciscan to sing a song. Although initially reluctant, he soon gets into the swing of things.

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