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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep. 56: Threesome.

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This week on the show Jesse and Jordan are joined by rapper Ashkon. They discuss sex dreams, threesomes, burritos and drying steak in the refrigerator. Ashkon also performs his songs "Soldier Boy" and "Hey Keezy."

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Prodigy on Blogs

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"A BLOG IS INTERNET SLANG FOR A LOG AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT A LOG IS—IT’S WHAT BOAT CAPTAINS WRITE AND KEEP IN ORDER TO DOCUMENT THE DAYS OF LONG VOYAGES AND TRAVELS." - Prodigy of Mobb Deep

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Ask Mr. Biggs"

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If you, like Jordan Morris, takes comfort in the sounds of talk radio perhaps you'll be interested in Ask Mr. Biggs (iTunes link). The concept is that a team of audio experts take calls from actual radio shows, splice them up and play them on this fictional show hosted by Mr. Biggs, who sounds like The Thing looks.

On their description the team behind Ask Mr. Biggs say they're not going "for easy laughs, but rather for a more subtle, nuanced, character-driven humor." Listening to the show I got a sense that its all taking place in a small town full of strange people. Mr. Biggs talks about his restaurant Whiz Bangs which sounds like home grown version of Applebee's. He proudly tells of how they put on a Richard Greco look-a-like contest in hopes of getting Greco to show up to the restaurant (he didn't). Mr. Biggs's sidekick Roger sounds like the calm voice against his friend's bluster but he proves to be the type of person so bland it becomes disturbing. He loves learning and sharing stupid points of trivia and talks of his racist grandmother in ways that aren't entirely disapproving. This show clearly takes places in Anytown, USA and creates a strong sense of place with satirical wit.

I was surprised, given the premise of the show, is that the calls aren't particularly funny. The producers of the show usually take normal types of questions, people asking for technical or diet advice, and use that to spin Roger and Mr. Biggs into absurd debates. The comedy on the show ends up sounding like a lot of the low key humor a lot of improvisers practice. I'm thinking particular of the episode of Jordan Jesse Go! with invented presidential candidates. There are a few laugh out loud episodes. Show #0016 features Mr. Biggs talking down a disgruntled former Whiz Bangs employee that's a riot. But most of the time its just slight a glimpse into small town insanity.


We've got podcast review so why not podcasts news (becuase that's where you want to go for news, a guy who manages to write his column every two weeks with no set schedule). Former Never Not Funny co-host (and Jordan Jesse Go! guest) Mike Schmidt returns to the podcasting world with The 40 Year Old Boy. It will be on iTunes soon I hope but for right now Schmidtty's got all the info to load the first episode into your iPod. So far it's The Former Third Baseman in monologist mode. It's a bit different from NNF but Schmidt's such a classic storyteller that I think it's great stuff.

New Stations: Baton Rouge and (kinda) Austin & Las Vegas!

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Baton Rouge, pictured before the invasion of awesomeness

I want to extend a hearty welcome to the Sound of Young America family to WRKF in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, KNPR-2 in Las Vegas, Nevada and KUT-2 in Austin, Texas!

WRKF is already airing the show Sundays at 6PM. If you're in Baton Rouge, you can find WRKF on the dial at 89.3 FM.

If you're in Vegas or Austin, you'll need an HD Radio to hear the show. HD Radio is a digital radio technology that allows for digital quality audio and multiple streams of programming on one frequency. In both places, we'll be on substations of the main station.

HD Radios have been the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in radio advertising, but rarely is one spotted in the wild. AND SO: free Sound of Young America t-shirt to anyone who emails me a picture of them with an HD radio in some place that's obviously Las Vegas (casino, whorehouse, cleaner simulacrum of another city, etc) or Austin (barbeque restaurant, alt-country concert, room full of people using the phrase "island of blue in a sea of red" etc). Ready, steady... GO!

If you don't get TSOYA where you live, ASK FOR IT!

This American Life: Live in Movie Theaters

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I've known about this burgeoning plan for some time, but was sworn to secrecy. Now that it's public, I can finally scream it out loud: THIS AMERICAN LIFE LIVE IN THEATERS!

Ira & Co will be doing a live show, Q&A and screening of an upcoming episode of the TV show live in a theater in New York City. That show will be broadcast around the country via satellite, and you'll be able to buy a movie ticket in select cities and watch the whole thing live. The Metropolitan Opera has been doing this very succesfully for some time, and Prince has done some concerts this way... the whole thing is really neat.

I'd love to

Live and in your face!

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If you haven't stopped by the Live page lately, we've got some really kick-ass "Sound of Young America Presents" shows coming up in the next week or so.

In New York:

Brooklyn Vegan & Klaus Kinski present Rock & ROFL is Monday night at Piano's. From 8-9, there's awesome comedy, including our pal Will Franken and lots of great NYC comics. From 9-12, there's awesome music... we can't give away the lineup, but there's a super-secret guest on the music side who's a past TSOYA guest. If you don't know who it might be, pick up a tiny telephone and call a friend who loves indie rock for a hint.

The Variety SHAC is April 3rd at the UCBNY. This is an awesome monthly comedy and music show from four really talented New Yorkers: Shonali Bhowmik, Heather Lawless, Andrea Rosen, and Chelsea Peretti. They always have amazing guests, to boot. If you haven't been charmed and laugh-ified by these ladies yet, you soon will.

And this Thursday night in San Francisco, Club Chuckles is at the Hemlock Tavern. Prank the Dean has played this show before, and it's an amazing showcase for alternative comedy and funny and outrageous music. This month, you can see TSOYA favorite Brent Weinbach recording his CD, and hear music/performance from Dynasty Handbag. The show's producer told me he wants the place jammed for both shows (early and late!), so he's only charging five bucks(!) to get in. Very worth your time.

Go! Enjoy yourselves! With our blessing!

Pig in the City

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Scott Tobias of the AV Club has a thoughtful and informative piece in the AV Club this week about one of my all-time favorite films, "Babe: Pig in the City."

"Pig in the City" is a lot like "The Wire," in that it's about flawed but mostly virtuous characters trapped in a world that seems to conspire against them -- and that forces them to conspire against each other. Unlike "The Wire," which has often been compared by its creator David Simon to a Greek tragedy, where the characters' sense of agency is completely illusory, "Pig in the City" is a hopeful story. Because Babe believes in virtue and in the power of behaving virtuously, he's able to overcome circumstance and bring together all of the scared, trod-upon animals in the Big City. And they win. They remain flawed, but by believing in themselves and each other and most importantly in being good, they win. And I cry every time and am inspired every time I watch the film.

Also: it is not too scary for children, who face the same problems every day and could really use the example that Babe offers. I know that both of my brothers -- who were about 10 and 4 when the film came out -- grew up loving this film and watching and rewatching it.

Wonderful, wonderful movie.

Tina Fey

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Tina Fey didn't actually say anything bad about Jon Stewart or male comedians in her interview in fucking READERS DIGEST, so let's give it a fucking rest, OK internet? Jeebus.

Barack Obama-sistible

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I'm not here to endorse candidates, but I will say that Jon Glaser and Detroit Octane have convinced me of ONE candidates "Barack Obama-sistibility."

Above: the music video that's sweeping the nation. Below: the making of.

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