The Fun Bunch - "Erectile Disfunction"

Erectile Dysfunction

BJ Porter and Scott Aukerman, the creators of Comedy Death Ray, also occaisionally perform sketch comedy under the moniker "The Fun Bunch." They also wrote together on Mr. Show.

Lately, they've been working on videos to be released under the "Comedy Death Ray" aegis. Above is the first, called "Erectile Disfunction," and it stars Scott and BJ.

Here's Scott and BJ on The Sound of Young America in 2005 - MP3.

Jordan in New York Tonight!

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New Yorkers - don't miss Jordan's shows at the Del Close Marathon tonight. He'll be performing at 8:30 with MacGuffin, then at 12:30 AM with the Smartest Panel of Experts in the Universe Ever. It's all at the UCB Theater.

On this TSOYA show, Anthony King and Ian Roberts of the UCB talk about the marathon and what makes it so special, then Jeff Griggs talks about his book "Guru," which detailed his time as Close's friend and man-at-arms. Including Close eating marijuana like cereal. (MP3)

Tom Lehrer - National Brotherhood Week

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Some more wonderful Tom Lehrer footage from the 1960s.

"...and everybody hates the Jews."

Fall on Your Sword f. Kasper Hauser - "Back to the Ship"


The New York band ">Fall On Your Sword has produced this great video for their track "Back to the Ship," which samples Kasper Hauser's podcast "Captain's Log."


Troop - "Bug Problem"


An endearingly silly short from the LA sketch group "Troop" (who, by the way, are big TSOYA supporters).

(via The Coming)

Kanye West + Zach Galifianakis = New "Can't Tell Me Nothin" Video


"Can't Tell Me Nothin'", directed by Michael Blieden, starring Zach Galifianakis (and featuring Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy etc)


Podcast: TSOYA: Live in LA with Rob Thomas, Brent Weinbach and Eleni Mandell


Earlier this month, we recorded this LIVE Sound of Young America program at the Westside Eclectic Theater in Santa Monica. Above, you can see Nutsy preparing for the show.

The one and only Dan Grayson rocked out theme song live, a rare and distinct pleasure.

The great Brent Weinbach, fresh of a performance with the Comedians of Comedy at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, led off the show, offering the audience a taste of his unique comic style. You can hear much of his performance in the show, but I had to cut some for time reasons. For example, here's Brent leading the audience in an orchestral performance that has to be heard to be believed: MP3.

Then I had the pleasure of interviewing Rob Thomas. He's the creator of Veronica Mars, the wonderful (and dearly departed) teen detective television show for people who would never watch a teen detective television show. He also created the cult hit series "Cupid," and edited a book of essays about Veronica Mars called "Neptune Noir."

The wonderful Eleni Mandell closed the show with three songs -- alternately haunting, sweet and charming. If you'd like to listen to the performances independent of the show, here are MP3 links (right click and choose "Save As"): Girls (MP3), My Twin (MP3), Make Out King (MP3). All three songs are taken from Eleni's newest LP, "The Miracle of 5," and you should really buy it on Amazon or from iTunes.

All photographs by Lee Meredith - see more here. Special thanks this week to The Onion, America's Finest News Source, and to He'Brew, The Chosen Beer for providing us with free refreshments.

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State of the Industry Address 2007

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Our pal Todd at Dead-Frog scooped me on this one, but check out the clips (above) from Andy Kindler's annual State of the Industry speach at Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival. Every year, Andy takes on all the shitty things in the comedy industry, from Delta Farce to Robin Williams to the bachelorette party. And usually Jay Leno.

Andy was a guest on The Sound a couple of years ago, and he talked a bit about why he speaks publically about things that are shitty. Here's an MP3 of the show. Andy's a great comic and he has a heart of gold.

And speaking of Montreal, both Dead-Frog and The Hater have been there offering recaps... both are worth reading.

Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: Ep. 14: The News 6 Update


This week: Bay Area news update -- more at six.

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Backpack Picnic: "Spin"


An old friend of The Sound of Young America, Shannon McCormick, is a member of this Austin-based sketch group. I really enjoyed this sketch, called "Spin." Shannon's also a producer of the Outof Bounds Comedy Festival (and Miniature Golf Tournament), of which TSOYA is proud to be a sponsor this year.

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