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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 187: The Duckiverse with Kumail Nanjiani

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Guests: 
Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani, comedian, podcaster and actor joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss Jesse's new child, the Duckiverse, Mortal Kombat and more.

David Mitchell's Soapbox: Naming Your Child

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In light of Jesse's decision to rename of "The Sound of Young America" (and, of course, in honor of the recent birth of his son, Simon), I thought we should consider this sage advice from writer and actor David Mitchell on the proper naming of people and shows.


Now that you've absorbed this critical input, please join our lively discussion in the forums regarding potential new names for TSOYA!

Video: Louis C.K.'s first appearance on Letterman

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Louis Did you catch the sweet two-episode set of "Louie" last night? One of the shows featured flashbacks to Louie's early days in standup and his relationship with a comic who started out with him. In the final flashback, Louie reveals that he has been asked to appear on Letterman. From there, we know that Louie goes on to success and acclaim, but his friend does not. It's a classic and moving story of how even close friends can evolve and slowly grow apart.

Apparently our good friend Adam Lisagor (of "Put This On") was so intrigued by the episode that he searched through the interwebs to find video of the referenced Letterman appearance and posted it on his Tumblr, Lonely Sandwich.

Here it is:



Adam also had a great observation about the set:

"Louie CK’s first appearance on Letterman, 1995.

Referenced on last night’s Louie (with a young Louie portrayed confusingly by a kid who looks less like Louie in ‘95 (anybody else see some Fincher in there?) and more like Ham from The Sandlot.

Louie, from this point in his career, shows every bit of the brilliance he does now. And still, it’s refreshing to see him tell one of the worst hacky 90s jokes ever written, at the very end of his set. Still figuring shit out. Just like the rest of us."

Comedian Tig Notaro: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Tig Notaro

This week, guest host Dave Holmes is in for Jesse! Dave hosts FX’s DVD on TV, performs at LA’s Upright Citizens Brigade, and you can see him on the web with his series A Drink With Dave.

Dave sits down with Tig Notaro, a veteran stand-up comedian who you might recognize from her Comedy Central special or perhaps her stint as "Officer Tig" on The Sarah Silverman Program.

She's just released her debut album, Good One, on indie music label Secretly Canadian. You can also find her mixing comedy and thoughtful musing on a different topic each week on the Professor Blastoff podcast.

In our interview, she talks about why she chose to be the only comedian on a music label, the slightly unorthodox way she taped the album's contents, collaborating with Sarah Silverman, and more.

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DAVE HOLMES: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Dave Holmes in for Jesse Thorn. My guest this week is Tig Notaro. An accomplished comedian whose live act has been on this program many times before. Her first album, Good One, is out right now on Secretly Canadian Records. Let's hear a clip from it.

Doug Benson: Potty Mouth

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Comedian and podcaster Doug Benson is releasing his third album for Comedy Central, called "Potty Mouth", on August 30th. Usually, I favor digital downloads for my music and comedy, but I've pre-ordered the CD of this performance because it will ship with a bonus DVD that includes all six episodes of "The Benson Interruption". The "Interruption", for those who missed it when it aired, featured Doug sitting in a chair onstage and making digs or observations while another comedian performs. The resulting banter and one-upmanship kept the show lively and fun. Below is a clip featuring one of the show's recurring bits, "Tweet Off", with Michael Ian Black.

And here is Eugene Mirman discussing an awkward search for food while on the road in Pennsylvania.

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While you are waiting for your CD to arrive, you should check out Doug's cinephile podcast, Doug Loves Movies.

Jeff Garlin will create a new comedy for ABC

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Awesome news to start your day: Jeff Garlin just landed a deal to create a new comedy for ABC. The executive producer and star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will write, executive produce and star in the currently untitled show. Bruce McCulloch (formerly of "The Kids in the Hall" and "Saturday Night Live") will co-write the script and will also serve as executive producer. As you know from Garlin's recent interview on the Sound of Young America, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Below is the theatrical trailer from Garlin's delightful 2007 film "Someone To Eat Cheese With".


Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness (Live, 1967)

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As heard in the new Kanye & Jay-Z video. By the way, if you don't have a copy of Otis Redding Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go, you really should get on that.

Then, shoot, get Solomon Burke's Soul Alive, too. Just get both. Then send me a thank-you email.

Spike Jonze's Hip-Hop Masterpiece: What's Up Fatlip?

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With all the buzz over the upcoming Jonze-directed video for Jay and Kanye's "Otis," I thought I'd share my own favorite Jonze video. Actually - it's my favorite video ever.

The Pharcyde had dissolved by the time Fatlip cut this track, and it lived as a one-off single for years before Lip got it together to actually cut a whole record. I don't think the pathetic tone was manufactured or satirical, though Fatlip has always been a funny guy. It's a remarkable inversion of hip-hop aesthetics, and it's hilarious and touching at the same time.

Blitzen Trapper: American Goldwing

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Solid plan for cooling down on a too warm summer afternoon: one tall lemonade, a soft backyard breeze and two peaceful new songs from Blitzen Trapper. The band has an album coming out on September 13th called "American Goldwing" and the new advance tracks prove that it will be the perfect soundtrack to summer's quiet departure.

The title track is embedded above and you can go here to download a second song, "Love the Way You Walk Away", directly from Sub Pop Records.

Here's what Blitzen Trapper singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Earley wrote about the band’s new record:

"When I sing, in the title track, “I know / I know / I’ll be staying if the wind don’t blow,” I’m seeking to invoke the unseen, the spirit that beckons you to saddle up that old 1980 Honda Goldwing, or your uncle’s beat up Ford Bronco, or that Jeep you somehow, and only barely, keep running and leave this lonely town behind, ‘cause that wind’s always blowing. I’m calling you to ride, to take those curves at speed and head for someplace better where love is true, whether that be into the depths of the galaxy or just to the next truck stop where the neon shines, and where the “company of strangers / and the close and the present dangers” are all that really matters."

Starting October 7, Blitzen Trapper will be hitting the open road for a two-month tour with Dawes. If you want to join them, all of the relevant info regarding dates, venues, and tickets can be found here.

Inside the Master Class with Matt Besser

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Ever wonder what happens inside a real master class with a legendary improv teacher like Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade? Well continue to wonder, because this video is a joke version of that.

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