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Yay Area Representatives!

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Not only is the very funny Kevin Shea taping his first CD at the Purple Onion in San Francisco Friday night with supporting acts including the also very funny Sheng Wang...


But you can also catch the great Brent Weinbach dropping the BOOMTIME on the Punchline in San Francisco tonight (4-17) and tommorow (4-18). Tonight he delivers BEGINNING WEINBACH, then tommorow... it's ADVANCED WEINBACH. We say GO SEE BOTH! This is a rare opportunity for a COMPLETE WEINBACH SCHOOLING.

And for those of you who don't live in the 'Sco, don't miss BW rocking the M Bar in LA on the 26th and Coachella on the 27th.

Becker Re-run Promos Needed!

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It's not often you get a request as ridiculous as this.

Our friend Asterios, who helped arrange our interview with SCTV head writer Dick Blasucci, is working for The Westside Eclectic, a nice comedy theater in Santa Monica, California.

He sent us this message:

I'll soon be launching a blog for the guys I work for that'll be an archive of local and regional commercials for syndicated Becker reruns. If you know of any online, please email me at asterios@westsideeclectic.com . If you live in a market where they air and can capture & upload them to youtube, I will mail you a prize pack that will blow your mind. I've also got an FTP site if you want to upload directly.

Bonus points for commercials that say stuff like, "Now Becker's on 5 times a week! That's five times the [clip of Becker saying something harshly]."

Thanks!
Asterios Kokkinos
LA Comedian, Television Enthusiast

Asterios offers us this as an example.

So, do you have any Becker promos? Why you would, I don't know, but I feel compelled to support this effort.

Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: Ep. 13: More This American Life

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This week: More stories of This American Life, including The Phantom High School.

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Neil & Paul visit NEW YORK CITY!

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Our friends Neil & Paul visit New York City in this delightful short film.

Podcast: Brian P. Stack, Late Night with Conan O'Brien Writer/Performer

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Brian Stack is a long-time writer and performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. We talk about his early career as an improviser in Wisconsin -- at a theater which produced Chris Farley and Joan Cusack, among others, his masters degree (really!) and of course his time writing for Conan. His characters include the Ghost Crooner and Frankenstein (above).

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David Wain talks about The Ten

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A guy from The Sundance Channel talks with the cast & crew of The Ten (pretty much all of them).

"Tiny Oscars, here we come."

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Human Giant - Lil' 9-11 Trailer

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This new video from the Human Giant is amazing. Also, a little offensive, so if the idea of something called "Lil 9/11" offends you, don't watch it.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe: Ep. 3: The Plank

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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. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varies as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These 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.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe ask whether you would be willing to cross a plank over a rivulet, if your safety was assured. Also -- how do you feel about the possibility of being destroyed by the vice?

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Podcast: Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock's "Kenneth"

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Jack McBrayer plays the almost alarmingly lovable NBC page Kenneth in the new sitcom "30 Rock." He's unquestionably the breakout star of the program, lighting up the screen with a 10,000 watt smile. (In case you haven't noticed, I think he's fucking great.)

While Jack is a newcomer to the national stage, he's a comedy veteran. He appeared in the film Talladega Nights, and has graced the boards of The Second City, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the IO for many years.

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By the way, the day after this interview was recorded, it was announced that 30 Rock has been renewed for a second season!

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God bless these people!

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I have recently been interviewed a couple of times, and I thought I would share them for those who don't have a google news alert set up for "the sound of young america" yet. (Which, I sincerely hope, is everyone on earth who isn't me).

Here I am on this morning's "Moldawer in the Morning" podcast
. The charming David Moldawer and I discuss a few interesting news stories, as well as how much we love SkyMaul. It was a very fun show.

Here I am being interviewed in The Coming, which is the new LA affiliate of The Apiary. I talked with Megan Berru about the roots of TSOYA and the Los Angeles comedy scene.

Also and additionally, Dr. Tim Anderson posted this small piece in the online journal "In Media Res" about the show. It's about how TSOYA covers hip-hop, and specifically about portrayals of "the game" in our interviews with Killer Mike and Peedi Crakk.

Oh! And I've been hosting the Slate Daily Podcast the last couple days. That's mostly me reading a story from Slate, but Friday's show was an edition of the Political Gabfest, so I actually had some agency in it. It was fun!

Also: because I don't have any "marketing budget" or "publicist," I'm pretty much happy to help you out with any press project. If you want to interview me or use me as a resource, I'm happy to help. I even have high-quality photos (thanks Noe)!

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