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Podcast: Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein of Cinematic Titanic and Mystery Science Theater 3000

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Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein are 3/5ths of Cinematic Titanic. The series of DVDs and digital downloads combines old, terrible films with comic commentary. If the description sounds familiar, you might be thinking of the long-running cult comedy classic Mystery Science Theater 3000, of which Hodgson was the original host. We talk with Joel, Frank and J. Elvis about their careers in comedy, why they got the band back together, and more. We even delve into their relationship with Rifftrax, a similar outfit run by some other MST3K expats.

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Podcast: RadioLab's Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

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Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are the host/producer and co-host (respectively) of the brilliant public radio program RadioLab. The show is a long-form investigation of life's Big Ideas, through the lens of science. It has won plaudits not only for its insightful and utterly comprehensible explanations of scientific principles, but also for its emotionally engaging narratives and bold production style. This American Life producer Ira Glass has said that when he heard RadioLab, he know immediately that "there's a new sheriff in town."

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: International Waters

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

On this week’s show, Dick Blasucci of Mad TV stops by, as well as John Baur and Mark Summers, the men behind International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Dick Blasucci won two Emmys as the head writer for SCTV. He has spent the last seven years as executive producer of Mad TV.

John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers are the creators of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, which is celebrated annually on September 19.

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Podcast: Colin Hay of Men at Work

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Colin Hay is a Los Angeles-based, Scotland-born Australia-bred singer-songwriter. In the 1980s, he was the frontman of the band Men at Work, and headlined festivals before hundreds of thousands of fans. Today, he performs at Los Angeles nightclubs like Largo, and is known for tightly-crafted songs and hilarious stage banter as much as for his former band. This second career has led to numerous Hay songs being placed in film and television, including one on the soundtrack to the film "Garden State." He's also brought an autobiographical stage show to the Edinborough Fringe Festival. His new album is called "Are You Lookin' At Me?"

High-quality downloads of his live tunes (right click and "save target as"):
Overkill
Are You Looking At Me?
I Wish I Was Still Drinking

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Podcast: Seven Second Delay with Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman

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Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman are the hosts of Seven Second Delay on WFMU, the legendary freeform radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey. For the past fifteen years, they've picked a "radio stunt" each week, then tried to execute it in just one hour of live airtime. They've chain-translated a Village Voice S&M personal add through 15 languages, then back into English, written the ultimate New York Times "Metropolitan Diary" column entry, then gotten it published, and failed more times than they can count.

When they're not on-air, Freedman serves as the station's manager. Breckman is a noted comedy writer, having written for David Letterman and Saturday Night Live (he penned the classic "White Like Me" sketch), and he is creator and showrunner of USA network's Monk.

The folks behind the Seven Second Delay blog have put together this guide to the show for listeners of TSOYA, including links to the various programs referenced during our interview. Thanks!

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Podcast: Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave Live in San Francisco

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The fourth in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Zach Rogue is the front man of the Bay Area indie rock band Rogue Wave. He performed three songs for our audience, including one unreleased gem and one that came complete with a hilarious story about John McEnroe. The full performance is podcast, you can also download each song individually as a high quality MP3. (Note that the recording has some blips, due to hardware problems on the recording end).

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You Read My Mind
Ghost
Endless Shovel

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Life Changes

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

On this week’s show, Matt Besser of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade stops by to talk about the troupe’s new series on Bravo, Rodney Rothman discusses his new memoir, “Early Bird,” and we feature music from some New Orleans legends.

Matt Besser is a founding member of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade comedy group. He was part of the cast of the group’s Comedy Central show, which ran from 1998 to 2001. He also created Stung, an MTV hidden camera show, and starred in Crossballs, another Comedy Central series. He has appeared in films such as Junebug, and performs several times a week at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rodney Rothman was a writer for the Late Show with David Letterman and Undeclared. At the age of 28, he retired to a Florida senior’s community. His memoir, “Early Bird,” chronicles his time as a retired man. He is an executive producer on the upcoming film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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Podcast: Merlin Mann Live in San Francisco

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The first in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Merlin Mann is an internet guru. He's best known for his wildly popular lifehacking site 43folders, which offers simple solutions to make work and home life less complicated and stressful. He's also a new media personality, with his own series (That Phone Guy, The Merlin Show) and a regular co-host slot on the Mac Break Weekly podcast.

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Podcast: Danny Hoch Live in San Francisco

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The third in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Danny Hoch is a multiple Obie award-winning playwright and actor, and the founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. His newest show, "Takin Over," is currently in its premiere run at Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California. The show examines the gentrification of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, using character monologues from a variety of community members. It is way, way better than that lame description makes it sound. Hoch talked about being a native New Yorker, how he feels when he's looking at the organic produce in Whole Foods, and how all the women he meets in New York seem to have come to the city from somewhere else to "find themselves."

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Podcast: Bucky Sinister Live in San Francisco

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The second in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Bucky Sinister is a San Francisco poet and comedian. He's been a leader in the Bay Area's performance poetry scene since moving to the Mission district of the City in the 1980s. He performed a poem from his book, "All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go." He also recently released a spoken word CD, on Talent Moat records, titled "What Happens in Narnia, Stays in Narnia."

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