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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Jenna Fischer, Jack Handey, Video Game Picks and Kasper Hauser

Jenna Fischer
Jack Handey
Heather Anne Campbell
Kasper Hauser

This week!
Video Game Picks: Comedian and video game journalist Heather Anne Campbell tells us about some of the games she's most excited about right now: a game in the canon of the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Resident Evil Revelations. (Embed or share this segment)

Actress Jenna Fischer: Emmy-nominated actress Jenna Fischer, best known for her role as Pam on The Office, talks to us about her early days in Hollywood – her totally-made-up-sounding first acting gig in LA, auditioning for The Office, and what all the actors are doing on their computers when they're in the background of a shot. The Office is now in its eighth season. (Embed or share this segment)

Kasper Hauser: San Francisco-based comedy sketch group Kasper Hauser takes us to the set of Mundos de Perros. You can find more from them on their podcast, or catch them live this week at SF Sketchfest. Click here for the Kasper Hauser podcast.

Humorist Jack Handey: Yes, he's totally real. Writer Jack Handey, whose one-liners are an enduring part of Saturday Night Live history, will talk about his days as Steve Martin's neighbor, and which of the many, many Deep Thoughts are his favorites. Plus, Jesse will reveal his favorite SNL sketch of all time. (Embed or share this segment)

The Outshot: And finally, the outshot for this week – Bo Jackson. How is a guy that fast, that strong? And how is a guy that strong, that fast? (Embed or share this segment)

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Bill Hader, Actor and Comedian: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Hader as FBI Agent Haggard in the new movie "Paul".
Bill Hader

Bill Hader has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live for several years, and has become known for his impressions, from Vincent Price and Alan Alda to Al Pacino.

His last appearance on The Sound was in 2007, shortly before his appearances in a spate of movies including Superbad, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, Hot Rod, and Adventureland.

His newest role is in the film Paul, a sci-fi comedy about two English comic book nerds touring alien sites in the American Southwest. Hader plays an FBI agent who becomes involved in tracking the nerds after they pick up a stray alien. The film comes out March 18th.

JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program, Bill Hader, has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live for quite a number of years now; he’s also managed to worm his way into some of the best comedy films of the past ten years, including movies like Tropic Thunder and Superbad, among many others. He’s now featured in the new film, Paul, which is just about to hit theaters, and of course, he’s in the current season of Saturday Night Live. Bill, welcome back to The Sound of Young America.

BILL HADER: Thanks for having me, man.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 139: Lola with Ryan Perez

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Ryan Perez

Saturday Night Live writer Ryan Perez joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about a missing parrot, unfairly maligned films and more.

Action Items:
What is the worst lyric in a song you actually like?
What films did you love that were unfairly maligned?

Potato Chip (and Stefon)


I tend not to watch episodes of Saturday Night Live that aren't hosted by funny people, so if I hadn't read this list on Best Week Ever I might never have seen this sketch, called Potato Chip. Blake Lively is not especially funny, but oh man are Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis funny. I'm not going to say that this is the new Tales of Fraud and Malfeasance in Railroad Hiring Practices, but it's right up there with the crazy-ass wedding speech sketch with Hugh Laurie for greatest thing that's happened lately.

Also: Stefon. I literally have tears forming at the corner of my eyes, and I watched this alone at my computer at 4 in the afternoon.

Julie Klausner and "I Don't Care About Your Band": Interview on The Sound of Young America

Julie Klausner

Julie Klausner has written for Saturday Night Live and Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins. Her new book is a dating memoir called "I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated." It chronicles her struggles dating man-children of all ages.

The making of an SNL set...


Watch live as an SNL sketch's set just barely comes together in time for air. The flats are literally being held up by stagehands. Amazing.

via The Comic's Comic

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