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Space Bed!

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Snoop Dogg + Vocoder Tube in Mouth + Little Dance + Space Bed = Video of the Year

This would be a contender for Video of Ever if it weren't for The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It" clip.

RIP Mel Tolkin

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Legendary writer for Sid Caesar's various television enterprises.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 24: Werewolf

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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 varied 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 and Sharpe do another 'Meet the Celebrity' and bring the Werewolf to the streets of San Francisco.

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YouTube Comments on Ask the Optimist

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The two parts of "Ask the Optimist" on Youtube have over 300,000 combined views. I estimate that of those 300,000, about 3 got the joke.

Here are a few prime comments:
"I hate to be an ass, but that was not good dude.I'm not saying you should give up, but go back to the drawing board pls." - ShaneYnclan
"Boo!" - WaveRunner2008
"okokok reeeaaaaallllly not funny." - tmg36
"SHOW OFF. I MAKE MONEY SELLING GUM" - lynden95
"this is very strange . dont really like it" joeyisme36
"Dear optimist,
Your videos are boring and provide no useful advice never once did you do a segment on what you should do if your best friend is a nickel named Phillip and you don't know what you should get him for his bar mitzvah. Bored and Confuzzled" - Hockeyprincess87
"boring peice of cunt" - Smithy3713
"one thing this is the freakest shit ive ever seen dont make any more videos u fucken freak" - cool247

and perhaps most trenchant of all:
"PANTERA RULES!" - lolshax

See the video that everyone's been buzzing about above! Part one is embedded, you should be able to click through to part two.

TSOYA Presents: Brent Weinbach and Jen Kirkman in Chicago Saturday Night

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I don't go around attaching The Sound of Young America name to any comedy show, just the good 'uns.

If you're in Chicago, don't miss Brent Weinbach and Jen Kirkman at the Lakeshore Theater Saturday night. Two MaxFun veterans and two HILARIOUS comics. Brent will blow your mind and Jen will win your heart.

Tickets and more information right here. Below, some older Brent video:

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Podcast: Simon Rich, author of "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations"

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At the age of 22, Simon Rich published his first compilation of humor writing, the hilarious "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations." He's a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a current writer for Saturday Night Live. We interview Simon and hear him read several pieces from his book.

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Satirist George Saunders
Artist/Writer/Filmmaker Miranda July
Comedian Dave Hill

Podcast: Sarah Lamm, director of "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox"

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Sarah Lamm is the director of the documentary "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox," which examines the Bronner family and their counter-culturally iconic soap. She talks about the original Dr. Bronner, who created his famous soap in a tenement apartment after being briefly committed to a mental institution. The soap's text-dense label includes wisdom from Ghandi, Jesus and Olympic champion Mark Spitz. Sarah also discusses the second and third generations of the family, who've built the soap into an international force and more recently into a leader in the field of sustainable business practices.

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Goofaround Gang with Tim & Eric, Paul F. Tompkins and Will Franken
Baseball with Bill Lee and Tim & Eric
Joke Warfare with Terry Jones and Dino Stamatopoulos

The secret history of the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats

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The secret history of Ape Lad's grandfather Alouitious Koford's Laugh-Out-Loud Catson BoingBoing TV. Garfield Creator Jim Davis looks pretty familiar.

Thanksgiving

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Hey all...

I'm headed out of here to go home to the Bay and and spend the holiday with family. I won't be back on the web or email much at all until next week.

I feel really great about what I have accomplished this year, and most of that accomplishment came directly from folks offering helping hands.

First and foremost, the dozens of listeners and blog readers who donate to support the show. Without you, I couldn't be doing this work full-time right now, even with national distribution and all that stuff. Donations are what keeps the machine churning. So thank you to everyone who's donated.

Secondly, thanks to the many folks who've offered other kinds of help. Obviously, the folks at PRI like Mike and Heidi who reached out to me and brought the show on board, despite the fact that it remains really an experiment. Also to the folks at stations like Chris and Terry who reached out and convinced me by their actions that maybe doing this kind of show wasn't totally crazy. Of course Ian and Aaron and Emma and Tim and Stefan who've worked directly with me and done a uniformly superb job, for much less money than they're worth. And also to the many folks I've met along the way, like the Kasper Hauser guys, John H, Jenna at the Second City, Nick and all the many other folks I won't name who've just taken it upon themselves to help out this year, generally without me even having to ask. I can't tell you how excited I was when Paul Scheer sent me that picture of him wearing a TSOYA shirt at the MTV something-or-other awards :).

One of the toughest things about doing the show, especially in the couple years between Jordan and Gene leaving and all this great stuff happening, was feeling alone. That's always a hazard in radio -- who knows if anyone's out there listening. Help from all of you has really made this year the best in Sound of Young America history, and for that I'm very thankful.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Del Close Marathon.

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

On this week's show The Del Close Marathon, Ian Roberts from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Anthony King of the UCB Theater join us to talk about the marathon which took place in memory of the legendary comedian. Jeff Griggs, author of “Guru: My Days with Del Close”.

For over 30 years Del Close was the leading light in improvisational comedy in Chicago, having a huge influence on Mike Meyers, Bill Murray, John Belushi and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, among many others. Following Del’s passing in 1999, the UCB started the annual Del Close Marathon as a means of celebrating their mentor’s life, and passing on his legacy to future generations. Ian Roberts and Anthony King from the UCB talk about the event.

Jeff Griggs’ book “Guru: My Days with Del Close” explores elements of Close’s biography, from his childhood in Kansas, his early years as an actor to his involvement with the Compass Players and Second City.

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