Seattle

Don't fuck this up, Seattle

| 4 comments


Look: I'm as excited as the next guy about John Hodgman coming to my town. I'm so excited that I'm inviting him over TO MY HOME. And even allowing his feral mountain man sidekick to CO-HOST one of my programs.

But what about you, Seattle?

Are you taking care of business?

Because not only is Hodgman coming to see you, and not only is he bringing his mountain friend, but he's also bringing Sean Nelson AND John Roderick. That's TWO indie rock super-celebs, ONE expert on everything, ONE singing feral mountain man, and ONE show that you should not miss.

TICKETS ARE FIVE BUCKS! Are you kidding me?!

A challenge: there were FOUR Sound of Young America shirts in the audience in Chicago, I'm told. Seattle, you can beat that! Do it! It's in you!

Jonathan Coulton, PWRFL Power & Rhett Miller of the Old 97s Live at Bumbershoot on The Sound of Young America

| 2 comments
Show: 
Bullseye
Rhett Miller, photographed by Chris Graham

Last month we were live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle. Our shows included three fantastic music performances -- Jonathan Coulton, PWRFL Power and Rhett Miller of the Old 97s (above). In addition to the podcast version of this show, you can download individual songs from the direct links included below.

Jonathan Coulton
is the internet's leading serio-comic troubador. He's blazed a trail for independent musicians everywhere, blending comedy with subtle character studies. In 2006, we interviewed Coulton on The Sound of Young America. Later that year, Coulton performed as part of our Live in New York show.

Jonathan Coulton - Skullcrusher Mountain (MP3)
Jonathan Coulton - I Feel Fantastic (MP3)

PWRFL Power is Kaz Nomura, a classical guitar virtuoso and indie pop stylist. He rocketed to the top of the Seattle Music scene over the last two years with sweet, simple songs backed by sometimes baroque guitar lines. He recently self-released a self-titled LP.

PWRFL Power - A Wonderful Ghost (MP3)
PWRFL Power - Baby Tiger (MP3)

Rhett Miller jumped out of an airplane and onto our stage at Bumbershoot. He's best known as the frontman of the country-rock band The Old 97s, and has also released music under his own name. He rocked our crowd with two Old 97s classics. (Special note: please excuse the awkward mix on Dance With Me, we had a verse worth of trouble with the house sound system).

Rhett Miller - Dance With Me (Into the Ocean) (MP3)
Rhett Miller - Timebomb (MP3)

Listen to This Week's Show Online

Please allow our low-bandwidth server a little time after you click "play"

Download This Show

Embeddable Audio Player Code (Copy and Paste)


Discuss this episode on the forum!
Subscribe in iTunes
Please Donate to Support the Show

If you enjoyed this show, try these:
Bumbershoot Comedy
Janeane Garofalo at Bumbershoot
Chip Kidd at Bumbershoot

Janeane Garofalo, Actress & Comedian, Interviewed on The Sound of Young America

| 0 comments
Show: 
Bullseye

Janeane Garofalo is an actress and comedian. As an actress, she's appeared in films like Wet Hot America Summer and Ratatouille, and on television series like 24 and The Larry Sanders Show. She was also an early leader in the alternative comedy movement of the early to mid 1990s, and is currently touring with comics like Marc Maron and Greg Proops as part of the Satiristas. She's also well known as a liberal activist, and for several years, she cohosted a leftist radio program on Air America Radio.

Listen to This Week's Show Online

Please allow our low-bandwidth server a little time after you click "play"

Download This Show

Embeddable Audio Player Code (Copy and Paste)


Discuss this episode on the forum!
Subscribe in iTunes
Please Donate to Support the Show

If you enjoyed this show, try these:
Patton Oswalt
Nellie McKay
Dan Kennedy

Greg Behrendt & Tig Notaro Live at Bumbershoot on The Sound of Young America

| 0 comments
Show: 
Bullseye

Last month we were live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle. Our shows included two standup performances, from two of our favorite standup comics - Tig Notaro and Greg Behrendt (above).

Tig Notaro can be seen as Officer Tig on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program, and of course touring the nation as a standup comic. She performed standup for us in Seattle.

Greg Behrendt is a veteran standup, who found unexpected success a few years ago with the relationship book "He's Just Not That Into You." The success of the book, and popularity of his appearances on Oprah Winfrey's show netted him a daytime talk show. Greg performed, then we talked with him about fitting his persona into the odd format of daytime talk.

Listen to This Week's Show Online

Please allow our low-bandwidth server a little time after you click "play"

Download This Show

Embeddable Audio Player Code (Copy and Paste)


Discuss this episode on the forum!
Subscribe in iTunes
Please Donate to Support the Show

If you enjoyed this show, try these:
Patton Oswalt
Nellie McKay
Dan Kennedy

Photos from Seattle Sketchfest

| 3 comments

Thomas Hayden of Immersive Media was kind enough to share these photos he shot of TSOYA Live! in Seattle this past weekend. Look for the show on the podcast in a few weeks.

Hey! That's me!
That guy's Dan Savage! I'm still me!
Peter Rothbart from Found Magazine
Nice boots, me.
There's Peter again!

Jesse + Luke Burbank = Too Beautiful to Live?

| 2 comments


Luke Burbank
was kind enough to invite me on his very fun radio program, Too Beautiful To Live, last night. It was all kinds of fun. I got to talk with Luke and his charming producer/co-host Jen, and play their game Awesome/Not Awesome. You can listen below, or download the hour directly with this link.

Me on KUOW Presents

| 0 comments
Seattle's #1 celebrity, Detlef Schrempf

The very kind Jeremy Richards from KUOW and KXOT in Seattle stopped by MaxFunHQ earlier this week and interviewed me for a show called KUOW Presents. As you may have heard, I'm going to be doing TSOYA Live! at Sketchfest Seattle on Saturday, along with Dan Savage, Pete Rothbart from Found Magazine, the sketch groups The Birthday Boys and Hey You Millionaires.

You can download the show in MP3 format from this link. You can also stream it on their site here. I'm the final segment, from about 40 minutes in to the end.

And for gosh sakes, if you're in Seattle, come to the fucking show. If nobody shows up, guess who looks like an asshole? Me, that's who. Here I am, sleeping on some nice sketch group's floor, and there you are, not coming to my show. That's a bad situation. So buy some tickets, round up some friends, and make me feel like I make good decisions with my life.

Podcast: Adrian Tomine, creator of Optic Nerve and author of Shortcomings

| 0 comments
Show: 
Bullseye

Adrian Tomine is one of the world's most acclaimed comics artists. He began publishing his own work at the age of 15, and his series Optic Nerve has run continuously since he was a teenager. His work often focuses on subtle, shifting relationships between young people, and his clean, striking art is broadly regarded as among the best in the field. He also regularly contributes illustrations to The New Yorker and other publications. His most recent book-length work is Shortcomings.

This show was recorded live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

Listen to This Week's Show Online

Please allow our low-bandwidth server a little time after you click "play"

Download This Show

Embeddable Audio Player Code (Copy and Paste)


Discuss this episode on the forum!
Subscribe in iTunes
Please Donate to Support the Show

If you enjoyed this show, try these:
Ariel Schrag
Tony Millionaire
Dan Clowes

Get out of the house, nerd.

| 0 comments

This post is going to be sans-graphics, but fulla-info.

If you live in Seattle, I hope I'll see you this weekend at Bumbershoot. And if you can't come this weekend (or if you can), I hope I'll see you at Sketchfest Seattle later in September. Guests at Bumbershoot include Janeane Garofolo and The Human Giant, and at Sketchfest we'll have Dan Savage.

If you're in New York, don't miss Will Franken's "Grandpa, It's Not Fitting" at Ars Nova on Wednesday night. Will is an amazing solo performer who made his name in the San Francisco theater world. He essentially does one man sketch comedy, and what isn't hilarious is always fascinating -- you really go for a ride.

If you're in Los Angeles, don't miss 826 LA's Falltime Yukfest September 10th. I'm really proud to be sponsoring this amazing show, with Tim & Eric, Jimmy Pardo, Al Madrigal, Bill Burr and a bunch of other great stuff. Proceeds benefit 826 LA's literacy programs.

Finally, if you're in San Francisco, and you miss Louis CK at the Punchline Weds-Sat, September 3-6th, you're a fucking idiot. Seriously, just fucking go. There is no better standup in the world right now, and you should count your blessings that you could ever, ever get to see a show like his at a place like the Punchline. Tickets here.

Sketchfest Seattle is Accepting Submissions

| 0 comments


Our pal Andrew Connor from the brilliant sketch duo The Cody Rivers Show is taking over the venerable Sketchfest Seattle -- the longest-running sketch comedy festival in the country. Prank the Dean had an amazing time playing the festival a couple years ago. If you're a Seattleite, keep your eyes peeled. If you're in a sketch group, they're taking applications.

Here's what Andrew has to say for himself (and the fest):

SketchFest Seattle is now accepting applications for 2008!

SketchFest Seattle, the original sketch comedy festival, is ready.
Really ready. Ready for YOU to apply. We've got a cool new venue, a cool new format, and we need your application to make it all happen.

This year, we'll be running September 24th through 27th at the Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle's historic International District. We're getting back to our roots: one full weekend, jam-packed with jury-selected sketch comedy! So much funny, our copy editor won't let us use the words necessary to describe it.

We think you'll like what we've got to offer:

* Two shows in a fully-stocked and tech-staffed theater.
* Free lodging with a local volunteer.
* A $500 artist's fee.
* The opportunity to perform in front of great Seattle audiences at the original sketch comedy festival.
* Artistic Direction led by the one and only Andrew Connor of
The Cody Rivers Show.

The application can be downloaded directly here, or at the Sketchfest website.

Syndicate content