Anne Beatts on joining the National Lampoon


This clip is from an upcoming Sound of Young America broadcast featuring Anne Beatts. Anne was the first female editor of the National Lampoon, and was an original writer on SNL. Later, she created the cult sitcom Square Pegs, which was Sarah Jessica Parker's big break.

And hey -- this is our first ever original video post! What do you think?

(PS: Full disclosure: Anne is working with me as a judge for our sponsor, Project Breakout. I was scheduling this interview with her when I suggested her as a judge to the Project Breakout folks.)

(PPS: if it says "video is no longer available," that just means it's still encoding it. I posted it Thursday night, so if you're looking at it Thursday night, you might have to wait till Friday morning.)

My name is Jesse Thorn, and I endorse this show.

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I personally endorse literally EVERY performer on this bill (presuming Janeane Garofolo will be performing her great jokes rather than rambling semi-coherently). If you are a San Franciscan who doesn't go to this show, which is for charity, you are a fool. It is expensive, but it will be worth it.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe: Ep. 1: Maniacs in a Living Hell

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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.

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My Naked Dad


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Our pal Neil Campbell, (who is half of the brilliant comic duo of Neil & Paul with our other pal, Paul Rust), has just re-launched his long-dormant web comic My Naked Dad. The new site is gorgeous, especially Neil's carefully crafted line drawings of dad penis. Oh, and the comic is hilarious.

And hey, while you're checking out Neil & Paul effluvia, check out Paul's rarely-updated but always-hilarious blog, Watch Paul Rust Age Behind Glass.

Suburban Bravery

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Listener/reader Rob Bloom sends us this funny short film, for which he wrote the screenplay.

His screenplay for the film won a big contest, and was produced by the UCB Theatre and directed by Maggie Carey, whose work we've featured here before. As a result of the contest, you might see the film as pre-show entertainment the next time you go to the movies.

Also worth checking out: Carey's "Jeannie Tate Show," which also features her husband Bill Hader.

This is a teaser post!


The tendrils of the empire continue to spread ever outward...


Podcast: Scott Dikkers, Editor-in-Chief of The Onion


Scott Dikkers served as Editor-in-Chief of The Onion from 1989 to 2000, when he left for the warmer climes of Hollywood. He returned to The Onion in 2005.

We talk with Scott about The Onion's newest venture: Onion News Network. It's one of The Onion's most ambitious ventures into non-text media, and will feature parodies of cable news, Sunday-morning talk shows and C-Span. The network's motto is: "You'll never read again."

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 17: Jesse and Jordan Go Blue


In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we work blue.

Jesse and Jordan are in a widget factory. A listener calls to correct Jordan's allusion to Bartleby the Scrivener.
South by Southwest
A discussion of Jordan's trip last weekend to South by Southwest in Austin. Which rock stars are jerks, and which are nice? Who reacted best to Jordan's Crazy Scientist character? Find out here.

Jordan Sings
Jordan sings "Bicycle Built for Two."

Les Savy Fav

The lead singer of Les Savy Fav violates Jordan.

Personal Questions

Pat asks: how would we handle our interview with Dustin Diamond if it were conducted today?

Hang It Up, Keep It Up

Jesse tells you what to think and do.

Bachelor Party

Jordan describes his relatively chaste bachelor party.


We hear Aaron's debut story, among other things. Above: Aaron's dancing debut, in his high school's cafeteria at lunch.

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How Patton Oswalt Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Guns


"I believe in sustainable agriculture. I support gay marriage. I think war is a failure of diplomacy, logic and leadership. I’m embarrassed by the fact that it’s 2007 and my country is debating evolution. Pot should be legal. I dream of a world where punches are made of flowers.

And, it turns out, I love guns."

New York Times Link Premiers Tonight!

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Above: Superhawk

Don't miss on VH1... or our interview with the show's Executive Producer, Dan Harmon!

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