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Matthew Mallon has a great little piece on the show, and specifically our George Saunders interview, on the Tyee Books weblog. It includes a transcription of Saunders' fascinating comments on the secret of eternal youth.

Attention LA Metalheads: Brian Posehn Needs You


From Brian Posehn:

I'm shooting a video for my song METAL BY NUMBERS and need headbangers for the moshpit scene. We're shooting this Saturday, June 17 in LA. Darren Doane(Deftones, Shadows Fall) is directing, it's gonna be funny and metal and all you have to do is DRESS METAL(black, cammo, whatever metal means to you) and run around in an old school circle pit. Please come help me out. All types/ages of metalheads welcome. I want old school heshers next to the penny picking metalcore kids. Don't contact me, please contact Jeremy in production at or

Thanks in advance and horns up, Brian

AZ: Modest Proposal Meets Garage Comedy


Here's another one for those of you who want more non-NY/LA comedy show announcements. Garage Comedy is a charming LA comedy show that features everything but traditional standup. Modest Proposal are the guys behind Modest Proposal Magazine, a great comedy fanzine. Lots of good people on the bill, should be worth every penny of the $5.

Tina Fey's "30 Rock": Redux


More evidence that it may actually be pretty darn good.

Previously: 30 Rock: From A Hopeful Skeptic to a Hopeful Hopeful

(special note on that old post: I realized that's not Mike White, that's a guy who does a lot of improv at the UCBT in New York. Don't know his name, but he is HILARIOUS.)

Devin the Dude in Mass Appeal


Devin the Dude is my favorite rapper. I've never heard someone who's more true to himself on record -- I feel about him the way some people feel about Tupac. He's got an easy charm, and almost all of his songs are about either girls or weed, and none of them are mean.

Listener X Amount sends us a link to a great interview with Devin in Mass Appeal. He talks about being with his wife for 14 years, and about his game:

What's your game like? How do you approach women?

Back in the day, of course.
Back in the day, I was a smooth mo'fucka! [Hyena laughter.] I'd try to be kind hearted and honest without being a pushover.

Where did you get your game?
Dolemite! My uncle Terry used to have me tag along with him, serenade his girlfriends and shit. They'd have me sing Shalamar songs, just smile and hug me, big kiss. I was like, I get more of this if I sing? Dang.

Even better, he speaks on his record collection:

What would most surprise people in your stacks?
Paul Simon. All of Paul's shit is cool to me; his voice is just so smooth, just like James Taylor. My favorite music is probably '70s light rock.



I love Ask Metafilter: Planning a Parade


Want to help a guy plan a parade? He needs somewhere to put the beauty queen. Link

Tom Scharpling in Gothamist


Our friend Tom Scharpling of The Best Show on WFMU is interviewed today in Gothamist. He talks about The Best Show, about writing for TV and film, and about what keeps him going:

Now that I have shots at these things, I'm really excited about it. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying how it is. I can definitely be back selling sheet music. I'm one step away from that. I still pass the store where I used to sell sheet music everyday on my way to work. I didn't come from fancy schmancy upper middle class stuff. I come from a family of blue-collar people and it feels like I was meant to run a landscaping business and it's like the movie Final Destination. Instead of the grim reaper chasing me it's a guy with a push mower trying to get me back to where I'm meant to be. I just have to keep things moving now before reality and my inevitable fate catches up with me.

Link (thanks Ben)

TSOYA: "The Best Show" with Tom Scharpling and clips from The Best Show (MP3)
TSOYA: Another show, this time with Tom and Jon Wurster (MP3)
TSOYA: Another show with Tom, this time in streaming format (RealAudio)

T-Shirt Design: Whaddya Think?


Also: on a related note, I'm still working out a pricing structure for the shirts. My inclination is to charge cost (which'll be something like $12) to folks who are financially subscribing to the show, and something like $22 (including shipping) to non-subscribers. They'll be nice shirts, by the way. That make seem out of whack?

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