Two great past TSOYA guests, Ira Glass and Damian Kulash of OK Go chat about the power of INTERNET at the Ford Foundation.
Special guest appearance by a CERTAIN JUDGE.
Maria Bamford joins Jesse and Jordan to pitch reality shows and so forth.
Two best friends disagree on the morality of the potluck. One says it's a great opportunity for everyone to pitch in. One says it's a sign of a host who's abdicated responsibility for the party. Only one man can decide who's right.
Why are we even having a pledge drive?
I'll tell you why.
First of all, we want to increase the staff of The Sound of Young America. For the last three months, producer Julia Smith has been working full-time on the show. I've paid for 40% of her salary out of my own pocket. The extra time Julia's hard work affords me is the biggest reason I've been able to add Judge John Hodgman to our lineup. We need to raise money so Julia can have a full-time job at a reasonable wage.
Theoretically, The Sound of Young America editor Nick White works for us two days a week. The reality is that it's more like three, and even that's compressed. I want to hire him to work on The Sound four days a week, so we can have more highly-produced episodes like our interview with Mavis Staples last month.
Similarly, our costs in producing The Sound are increasing all the time. We've been running lots of comedy in the show the last year or so - something in almost every episode. We pay the people who write that material, and we pay for studios all over the world in which they're recorded. More and more, also, we have to book studios for Sound guests who aren't in Los Angeles. Two out of our four pledge drive episodes were taped in a studio we booked in New York, for example. We're also moving this month - we need more room to accommodate the four people who work in our office.
Theresa, our development director, has been working without a salary for about six months. She's a vital part of MaxFunCon, arranges all of our road shows, manages relations with donors and underwriters, and is generally indispensable. She needs to get paid for her work.
Speaking of getting paid for their work, we have a group of amazing podcasters who deserve to be paid more! We've been giving My Brother, My Brother and Me a monthly check, but it's for a modest amount that will be increased after the pledge drive. We also want to increase the monthly checks that Stop Podcasting Yourself and Jordan get. All of these folks are working incredibly hard, and they deserve to be compensated for their efforts.
We're making content that isn't designed as a wrapper for advertisements or as a lowest-common-denominator mass market product. We're making stuff that you care about and that we care about. I think it's worth your support.
Everything we do, we do because people like you donate. Thousands of them. I appreciate if you send us $200 a month, and I appreciate if you send us $2 a month. What's important to me is that if you like and care about the work we're doing, you give.
Bill Hader has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live for several years, and has become known for his impressions, from Vincent Price and Alan Alda to Al Pacino.
His last appearance on The Sound was in 2007, shortly before his appearances in a spate of movies including Superbad, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, Hot Rod, and Adventureland.
His newest role is in the film Paul, a sci-fi comedy about two English comic book nerds touring alien sites in the American Southwest. Hader plays an FBI agent who becomes involved in tracking the nerds after they pick up a stray alien. The film comes out March 18th.
JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program, Bill Hader, has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live for quite a number of years now; he’s also managed to worm his way into some of the best comedy films of the past ten years, including movies like Tropic Thunder and Superbad, among many others. He’s now featured in the new film, Paul, which is just about to hit theaters, and of course, he’s in the current season of Saturday Night Live. Bill, welcome back to The Sound of Young America.
BILL HADER: Thanks for having me, man.
Comedian Charlie Demers returns to talk about superheroes, pep talks, and slippers.
Download episode 156 here. (right-click)
Brought to you by: (click here for the full list of sponsors)
The IFC show I host, The Grid, is wrapping up in a few weeks, but not before I managed to squeeze this little gem onto the air. A tribute to The Cooking Dance, as created by Lil B. Thank you, Based God!
We're now up to 516 new monthly donors!
With half our drive left, we're just short of halfway to our goal of 1200. Your help is needed. If you haven't given yet, give now. It's easy, fast and you'll feel FANTASTIC.
Our dear friend Michael Mayne whipped up a short comic which details the origins of My Brother, My Brother and Me. Every word -- every single word -- is true. Check it out over on the Maximum Fun forums!
Brandon Bird's paintings place minor celebrities into bizarre situations, which often combine ridiculousness with banality. For this TSOYA Classic, we take a look back at Jesse's conversation with Bird, as they discuss his realistic pop art style. Bird talks about the role of humor in art and the things he believes are missing from modern art. Bird has worked on paintings of Christopher Walken, Edward Norton, and the Law and Order television show, among others.