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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy

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Eugene Levy on improv comedy and "Schitt's Creek."

Eugene Levy is hands down one of the funniest people in history.

The Canadian-born actor and funnyman has been a part of so many of our favorite moments from television and film. You know him from SCTV where he usually played the incredulous straight man who somehow still made you giggle with glee to some of the cast's sillier characters. The Canadian-born Levy got his start in the world of comedy when he joined The Second City. There, he perfected his craft in improvisation, opting to work within an ensemble than alone on stage as a stand-up.

His film credits include such classics as Splash, A Mighty Wind and Waiting for Guffman. He's collaborated numerous times with fellow improv mockumentarian Christopher Guest. Most notably in the hilarious comedy Best in Show And who could forget his work in 1999's American Pie?

Levy joins us to talk about his amazing life in television and film. We'll hear about the very funny SCTV sketch that inspired Saturday Night Live's Norm McDonald and he'll talk about working on all eight of the American Pie movies. You read that right. Eight! Plus, he'll talk to us about what it's like working with his son Dan on their hit show Schitt's Creek, now in its fifth season.

He was recently nominated for an Emmy for lead comedy actor. This is his first Emmy nomination in 36 years! We'e sure his son couldn't be prouder.

This interview originally aired in April of 2018.

Comedy: Prescott Tolk on The Sound of Young America, Live in Chicago

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Prescott Tolk

A stand up set from Prescott Tolk on The Sound of Young America Live in Chicago at The Second City!

Prescott has performed comedy for the past ten years at colleges and clubs nationwide, and has appeared at Just For Laughs Chicago and on Comedy Central's Premium Blend.

Podcast: The College Years: Party Time!

Anne Libera

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Party Time!

In this episode, Jesse celebrates the legendary comedy institution, The Second City. With an alumni that includes some of the funniest people ever (e.g. Bill Murray, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Sedaris, etc.), The Second City has certainly contributed to the comedy landscape. Fortunately, this episode has a few recordings of their hilarious performances. Hear more vintage funny in The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater, a nice coffee table book that comes with two audio CDs.

Appropriately, Jesse also talks to Anne Libera, author of The Second City Almanac of Improvisation. Anne shares what distinguishes The Second City from other groups, what signs indicate a comedy star in the making, and the unique nature of improv performance. All that and more, in this episode of The College Years.

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