Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio join us and it gets political, then it gets less political, then we talk about headbutting someone to death.
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Noel Murray and Scott Tobias of The AV Club share their picks from the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. They discuss Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist, which is animated from a script by Jacques Tati. Also: Darren Aronofsky's latest, Black Swan, which stars Natalie Portman as a ballerina struggling to find the passion to play the Black Swan in Swan Lake. In The Trip, director Michael Winterbottom supervises an impression-off between British comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
They also say they had a number of disappointments at the festival, including It's Kind of a Funny Story (despite a great turn from Zach Galifianakis) and Danny Boyle's latest, 127 Hours. They also didn't like the seriocomic Will Ferrel vehicle Everything Must Go.
We were completely blindsided by this very thoughtful and complimentary review in Splitsider, a new comedy blog from the folks behind the wonderful Chicago literary blog The Awl. Joe Berkowitz writes that "Jordan, Jesse, GO! is a funny and subscription-worthy podcast that the new guys could all learn a lot from." He also wrote very nice things about Jordan and myself as hosts, saying "Both of these guys are quick and sharp enough to go beat-for-beat with some of the funniest people working today."
It's a real honor to have received such a complimentary review, and our thanks go out to the good folks at Splitsider!
One of the biggest outcomes of our 2010 pledge drive was the hiring of a new development director, Theresa Thorn. Theresa manages our relationships with the folks who support our show. That means, of course, our listener-donors, but it also means larger organizations.
These partnerships sometimes take the form of underwriting - Ask Metafilter has been supporting our show for years, and in return we credit them on every broadcast. Recently, Smith Micro Software has been supporting us, in part to get the word out about the latest version of their utility StuffIt.
We also have done more specific projects. Philips, for example, supported our trip to South by Southwest last year. While we were there, we recorded two full Sound of Young America programs. We also produced a few special video interviews exclusively for Philips' Facebook page.
Almost all of these awesome collaborations have come about because someone followed what we do here, and reached out to us (and in many cases to their colleagues, as well). If you're interested in partnering with us, email Theresa Thorn at theresa (at sign) maximumfun.org. We're actively looking to expand our shows and our services, and we hope you can help! If all goes well, we'll soon be as cool as the cool people in the cool partnership picture above.
Our pals in The Kasper Hauser Comedy Group are teaming up with our pal Mike Birbiglia for a veritable Laugh-a-Palooza in San Francisco on October 19th. KH will be doing sketches, Birbigs will be sharing funny stories and everyone will be LAUGHING THEIR ASSES OFF.
If you're not in the Bay Area, you can check out Mike's full schedule here. The tour also features dates with other great pals of ours like Jen Kirkman and Nick Kroll.
Look: I usually don't post "viral videos" on this blog, but at this point two dozen people have emailed me this one, so I feel it's important that we all get on the same page re: me having seen it (and having loved it).
The San Francisco Giants and our man Ashkon.
I'm a big fan of giving a shout-out to F.P. Santangelo, as well.