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.
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.
Today's theme: Back from Jury Duty!
The College Years is back from jury duty! Well, at least Jesse was around this episode's original broadcast date. Still, oh happy day. Listen in as Jesse welcomes many talented gentlemen during this episode. First up, Olde English pays the show a visit. At the time of the interview, the sketch group were still in Bard college but already performing at legitimate venues and credible festivals! Funny back then and still hilarious now, check out their work.
Following that, Jesse speaks with director, actor, and writer Paul Feig. As a director, he's done work on your favorite programmes, including Arrested Development, Bored to Death, and Mad Men. As an actor, you may remember him from the classice film, Heavyweights (note: Heavyweights is awesome). And as a demigod, you better know him from Freaks and Geeks. If you're interested in a good read, check out Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin.
If you didn't catch our announcement, tickets are now on sale for our live show at WNYC's Greene Space! The show will include:
with standup comedy from
a reading from
and a special performance of rarities and never before performed songs from
TIM HARRINGTON and SETH JABOUR of LES SAVY FAV
When: Friday, October 22 at 7pm
Where: The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)
New York, NY 10014
Tickets: $30, available HERE.
Admission includes complimentary glass of wine or beer.
Look forward to seeing you there for a super fun show!
Punchline Magazine is celebrating its Five Year Anniversary with a night of comedy at the Largo in LA this Monday night, October 11th.
You can't beat this line-up -- Marc Maron, Greg Proops, Maria Bamford, Whitney Cummings, and Chris Hardwick -- and the Largo is a very cool venue. Click here to buy tickets for the show.
Kristen Schaal is a comedian, actress, and writer. Her brand of humor is weirdly sweet, and probably exemplified by her role as Mel, the obsessive fan on The Flight of The Conchords. She's been a contributor to The Daily Show, appeared in a number of films including Dinner for Shmucks, and lent her voice to animated characters in Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Her book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, written with Rich Blomquist, is out now.