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Susan Ching's Blog, by Jarrett Grode

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Today was OK. I think Sung has a crush on me because his homiez always try to clown on him when I walk over to their group at lunch, like, “Hey Sung, why don’t you tell Susan about your plans to become a dope MC?” and “Susan, I bet you weren’t aware that our boy Sung here is campaigning to rename our clique Playerz United!” That is embarrassing because their name is already “Tha Remarkable Crew” and it’s not going to get any better than that! Then Sung gets all quiet and tries to compliment my calculator. Hell-o, you have the same one! I guess he’s cute but he’s so shy, but in a way where you know he wants to be cool. And he needs a haircut because his fade does not form right angles anymore. Re-bleach the tips while you’re at it! Ohmigod, that sounded mean. I’m not trying to be, it’s just that I don’t think I like him. More than a friend, I mean.

Susan Ching's blog, by Jarrett Grode.

Podcast: Comedy: Wyatt Cenac

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Wyatt Cenac is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian. This performance was recorded at The Sound of Young America Live! at the Westside Eclectic Theater in Santa Monica, California.

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Kasper Hauser Fan Film!

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Two guys apparently named Skye and Steve perform Kasper Hauser's legendary "Spicy Pony Head" sketch.

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Podcast: Live in Chicago: Comedy from Schadenfreude, Team Submarine, The Second City and Hannibal Burress

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The first of two podcasts covering our live show at The Second City in Chicago. Later this week we'll hear my interview with Steve Albini, but first here's comedy from the show.

Schadenfreude open things up with some Chicago jokes (Rick Sutcliffe, anyone?), then Team Submarine duo their way into your hearts. The Second City Tourco knock one out of the park, then Chicago's Funniest Man Hannibal Burress tears the club down.

Here're some wonderful photos of the show online! Photos are by David Facchini.

Special thanks to Bossman Graphics for designing our poster, and to The Second City for inviting us!

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Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant's "The Golden Years"

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This is Merchant and Gervais' first TV project, "The Golden Years." Not the show with the bickering elderly women... a very clear precedent of The Office, in which Gervais plays a boorish businessman, desperate for reality show fame.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Odd Ends

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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.

This week’s show Odd Ends, as the name suggests, has a varied mix of entertaining guests and features some of the weirdest things that have ever been on TSOYA. Kasper Hauser, the San Francisco comedy sketch group talk about scamming internet scammers and things go drastically awry when interviewing a scout for Steve Harvey’s Big Time. We get some ‘ninja insight’ from Robert Hamburger and Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere talks about their pranks on the streets of New York.

In this archive episode of TSOYA check out some hilarious tips from the Kasper Hauser guys on how to scam people on the internet (in a nice way) and they also give a run-down of their alternative craigslist. Worth a listen!

Jesse also talks to Mr. Robert Hamburger, self-proclaimed ninja master. Check out his website www.realultimatepower.net for some insightful ninja ‘facts’.

Since its inception in August 2001 Improv Everywhere has completed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. Based in New York City, creator Charlie Todd tells TSOYA about some of their most successful and notorious pranks.

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TSOYA Presents: Brent Weinbach and Jen Kirkman in Chicago Saturday Night

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I don't go around attaching The Sound of Young America name to any comedy show, just the good 'uns.

If you're in Chicago, don't miss Brent Weinbach and Jen Kirkman at the Lakeshore Theater Saturday night. Two MaxFun veterans and two HILARIOUS comics. Brent will blow your mind and Jen will win your heart.

Tickets and more information right here. Below, some older Brent video:

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Podcast: Simon Rich, author of "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations"

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At the age of 22, Simon Rich published his first compilation of humor writing, the hilarious "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations." He's a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a current writer for Saturday Night Live. We interview Simon and hear him read several pieces from his book.

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The secret history of the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats

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The secret history of Ape Lad's grandfather Alouitious Koford's Laugh-Out-Loud Catson BoingBoing TV. Garfield Creator Jim Davis looks pretty familiar.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Del Close Marathon.

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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 The Del Close Marathon, Ian Roberts from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Anthony King of the UCB Theater join us to talk about the marathon which took place in memory of the legendary comedian. Jeff Griggs, author of “Guru: My Days with Del Close”.

For over 30 years Del Close was the leading light in improvisational comedy in Chicago, having a huge influence on Mike Meyers, Bill Murray, John Belushi and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, among many others. Following Del’s passing in 1999, the UCB started the annual Del Close Marathon as a means of celebrating their mentor’s life, and passing on his legacy to future generations. Ian Roberts and Anthony King from the UCB talk about the event.

Jeff Griggs’ book “Guru: My Days with Del Close” explores elements of Close’s biography, from his childhood in Kansas, his early years as an actor to his involvement with the Compass Players and Second City.

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