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John Hodgman: On Tour

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Here's a little taste of the Hodg on tour, courtesy of our friend Adam Pranica.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 192 - Chris James

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Guests: 
Chris James

Comedian Chris James joins us to talk Canadian Football, The Mechanic, and Home Depot.  Also, we talk about the greatest and the worst.

Download episode 192 here. (right-click)

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Stop Podcasting Yourself - LIVE with The Sunday Service

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Recorded at The Kosmik Zoo in Vancouver, Friday, November 18th, 2011 with all 6 members of The Sunday Service improv gang.  Oh, also the mayor shows up in the middle.  Seriously.  The whole thing is weird.  Enjoy?

Download the episode here. (right-click)

And check out the Sunday Service's podcast (also on iTunes)
And if you're in Vancouver, check out Emmett and Taz of the Sunday Service in the Giants show on November 26th.

Comedy: Jordan Ranks America, November 2011 on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Jordan Morris

Our correspondent Jordan Morris pores over trends and happenings to let you know what's best in the US right now. Join us for Jordan Ranks America, November 2011 edition!

My Brother, My Brother and Me 81: Pizza Roll Suicide

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Happy week of Thanksgiving, everyone! In this episode, we discuss the many, many things on this Earth we're grateful for, and offend the Pat Morita estate within the first 90 seconds or so. It's a holiday show the whole family can enjoy, assuming they are bad people.

Suggested talking points: Sweet Potato Protocol, Five Years of Lovin', Sexy Kickball, Man vs. Sadness, Washing Off the Night, Risk/Reward, Before Twilight, Turbacon, On a Good Day

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: Girl on Guy

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Vital stats:
Format: one-on-one conversation, usually with guys, sometimes about “guy stuff”
Episode duration: 1-2h
Frequency: once or twice per week

What do I know about Aisha Tyler? Not a whole hell of a lot, though I do know she’s spent decades as a comedian, which, through the prism of my own special brand of comedy fandom, means I’ve heard a lot of her on the radio and on podcasts. She became a favorite Loveline guest of mine by coming to the show with interesting things to say, unlike almost everyone else in that rogue’s gallery of, as Adam Carolla remembers it, “drunken rockers, stupid actresses — a who’s-who of retards.” The age of podcasting has dropped the means of audio-entertainment production straight into the hands of most of the cut-above Loveline regulars, and their shows usually reveal, as Tyler’s does, that they can do more than I thought.

I would say that Tyler’s podcast, Girl on Guy [RSS] [iTunes], reveals that she can host, but it seems the world already knows that. From what I can gather from what she says about her career, she seems to have done time in the hosting trenches already, working the sort of television gigs where she had to add comedic or intellectual value to segments of clips of, er, questionable value themselves. I could be wrong, though; she could have easily gotten experience with richer host-y projects than that, since she drives her podcast not just as a presenter, but as a conversationalist.

How to distinguish genuine conversationalists from garden-variety clip-plumpers and list-goer-downers? The latter, for one, won’t sit down with their guests and get in-depth for an hour, for an hour and a half, for nearly two hours. Which topics make up the meat of these heartily meaty conversations? The show’s branding, from its logo image of a suited Tyler smoking a cigar to its description as “a rant about stuff guys love: video games, action movies, comic books, fast machines, sex, small batch spirits, bar fights, and blowing sh*t up,” suggests a certain specificity. And to an extent, Girl on Guy does function as a forum for Tyler to discuss her less-girlish pursuits — brewing beer, watching expensive classic cars race each other, inheriting her dad’s Kawasaki Ninja, fearing reproduction, playing Fallout 3 — with a suite of highly dudeish dudes. This concept appeals to me in the same sense that I enjoy eating, say, Chinese food at restaurants that cater to Lebanese customers, but her mission hasn’t taken long to broaden (as it were).

When fellow comedians and entertainment-industry people like Chris Hardwick [MP3] or the non-guy Jackie Kashian [MP3] come on, for instance, the talk takes frequent turns toward exactly what it’s like to hone one’s on-stage persona, or exactly what it’s like to get buffeted around by the windy whims of the film-and-television executive class. Yet Tyler seems motivated mainly by curiosity to hear how exactly her guests got to where they are in life; when she talks with Adam Carolla [MP3], she drills down into the specific means by which a dirt-poor, semi-illiterate young carpenter from the Valley goes about capitalizing on his sense of observational humor. By the same token, when she brings wounded Army Corporal Jeremy Kuehl on the show [MP3], she wants to know about every step of what he went through in wartime.

Tyler gets ahead of other long-form interview shows by, consciously or unconsciously, asking only questions whose answers she actually wants to hear. (As 101 a skill as that might seem, it turns out to be surprisingly rare in this game.) This might come as a by-product of inviting only people she knows she can get pumped about interviewing, whether because of friendship, because of pre-existing creative or social connections, because of let’s-compare-notes experience in career and/or craft, or because of pure fandom. As an example that hits a few of these points at onc, I recommend Tyler’s conversation with Questlove [MP3] — or “?uestlove,” whichever’s cooler. For well over 90 minutes, Tyler engages Quest/?uest with an established rapport, a working knowledge of the scenes they both run in, and a hell-of-a-lot-better-than-working knowledge of his music. I know almost nothing about the Roots upon pressing play on the interview, but I think listening somehow allowed Tyler to transmit her enthusiasm right over to me. I think I’ll go listen to it again now.

[Podthinker Colin Marshall also happens to host and produce The Marketplace of Ideas [iTunes], a public radio show and podcast dedicated to in-depth cultural conversation. Please hire him for something.]

Stop Podcasting Yourself LIVE with The Sunday Service

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Date: 
11/18/2011 - 21:00 - 22:00
City: 
Vancouver
Venue Name: 
The Kozmik Zoo (formerly the Hennessey), 53 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC

This Friday, Dave and Graham will be hosting a live Stop Podcasting Yourself as a part of the Sunday Service's 5th anniversary. If you don't know the Sunday Service, they're an improv troupe from Vancouver featuring six hilarious guys who have all been guests on SPY.

They'll all join us on stage and we hope you'll join us as well.

Here's a Facebook group with more details.

Jordan Morris Live!

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Date: 
11/20/2011 - 21:00 - 22:45
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
IO West in the Del Close Theater

Dearest Friends!

Come see Jordan Morris live on stage at the IO West in the Del Close Theater as he and special guests give a live reading of Jordan's critically acclaimed pilot "Dorm Lordz"

Readers will include past JJGO guests and some guy named Jesse Thorn.

Admission is FREE but bring your wallets as there will be a reception following the show at Stout

It promises* to be amazing!

(promises not guaranteed, void where prohibited)

Stop Podcasting Yourself 191 - Ryan Hamilton

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Guests: 
Ryan Hamilton

Comedian Ryan Hamilton joins us to talk about movies, waterskiing, and New York.

Download episode 191 here. (right-click)

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