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Brass Eye alert! Brass Eye alert!


Regular readers of the blog know already that I think that Brass Eye and its predecessor The Day Today are the funniest fake news programs ever created. You can't really buy them in the US, though as I understand the UK DVD of Brass Eye is region-free. My pals in Kasper Hauser introduced me to Brass Eye, of which they spoke in hushed, reverent tones that had previously been reserved for things like Larry Sanders and Python.

My point in bringing all of this up: someone has Brass Eye to Google Video.

Here's episode one: "Animals"

Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five (thanks Dan)
Episode Six
Episode Seven / The Pedophilia Special

Thanks to the CC Insider for the heads up.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 21: Hearst Castle

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss Hearst Castle, amongs other topics.

Jesse and Jordan are in a village in India. They are joined by comedian Chris Fairbanks. A discussion of Jesse's birthday quickly becomes a discussion of Jamie Kennedy.
Hearst Castle
Jesse and Chris have both had very strange experiences on Hearst Castle tours -- but both loved the experience. Chris was so moved that he wants to make a mockumentary about tour guides there.
Pledge Break!
The pledge drive is May first through fifteenth. There are lots of great prizes and a big sweepstakes if you donate to the show, so please do so.

Local Television Commercials

Chris discusses turning down a commercial for an Orange County plumbing commercial. The owners of the company are now trying to track him down. Jesse discusses his local commercial, in which he was completely nude.

Radio Advice
Justin from New York wants help and advice -- he's planning on entering the Public Radio Talent Quest, and he's not confident in his radio abilities. Jesse and Jordan offer sage advice.

Drinking Game

Some listeners call in to mock Jesse and Jordan for suggesting a Jordan, Jesse GO! drinking game. Jesse and Jordan agree.
Important Moments in Your Life

We hear from a babysitter locked on the roof, and from a young man who just asked a girl to the prom.


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The Day Today: War


Pursuant to our post on "Brass Eye" last week, here's a clip from the show's predecessor, "The Day Today." Here we see Chris Morris in fine form. Below, Steve Coogan as dull-minded sports reporter Alan Partridge.

Podcast: The College Years: The 50 States 04/11/02

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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.

In this week's dig in the archives, David Wain of Stella and The State stops by to talk about his various projects like Wet Hot American Summer, but only after Jordan, Gene and Jesse talk to a fat shut-in who has become the new state bird of California.

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I am a twit.



Here is my twit page.

PS: I love you.

Podcast: Louis Theroux, Author and TV Host


Louis Theroux is an author and television host. His new book, "The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures." He's been reporting on fringe groups and subcultures since he started in television, on the Michael Moore series TV Nation.

In the 1990s, he hosted the series "Weird Weekends," which ran in the United States on the Bravo network. More recently, he's hosted the UK-only series "When Louis Met...", a series of long-form documentaries which investigates some of the odder corners of celebrity culture. His work is often distinguished by a very strong sense of empathy towards his subjects, which has sometimes been interpreted as manipulation for the purpose of mockery, particularly given the generally light tone of his work.

In his new book, Louis rekindles some of the relationships he'd formed in his first television series, and investigates how his subjects have changed and how the nation has changed around them.

Louis himself is half American -- his father is the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux.

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Off to Hearst Castle!


I'll be off the computer for the next few days, as I'm taking a birthday trip to Hearst Castle.

Your next episode of TSOYA should come up in the feed automatically, though there won't be a blog post for it here until the weekend.

I love you! Goodbye!

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 5: The Ashtray

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varies as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe discuss with a New Zealander the possibility of growing an ashtray from his forehead. The ashtray would be sold.

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