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Spy Magazine: Bunny Burgers


Spy Magazine made a TV pilot in the early 90s, hosted by Kevin Nealon. Current Public Radio Superstar and past TSOYA guest Kurt Andersen was still working with Spy back then, and pointed us to this hilarious segment from the Spy TV pilot.

When Kurt was on TSOYA, he talked about the history of Spy.

Charity Auction: A Painting of Me.


Artist Andrew Finkle kindly offered to paint a portrait of me and auction it to benefit charity, so I gladly took him up on his offer.

The painting is me as early 20th century pitching superstar Christy Mathewson.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Not For Sale Campaign, which fights human trafficking. Half will be donated to The Jhai Foundation, which does sustainable, user-owned and driven development work in the third world. Jhai's chairman, by the way, is my father, Lee Thorn, and I sit on the board, along with a number of folks much more distinguished than I.

You can bid on the painting here. I started things off with a bid of $9.99.

Jonathan Coulton, Singer-Songwriter, on The Sound of Young America

Jonathan Coulton
Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton stops by MaxFun World HQ to talk about (and play) his charming, heartfelt and hilarious songs. Coulton recently released a live CD/DVD set, called "Best. Concert. Ever."

"Virtual reality 'terrorist' group Kasper Hauser" hack into Obama's Blackberry...

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The Iranian State-funded english-language TV network Press TV is currently reporting that Kasper Hauser, the noted "virtual reality 'terrorist' group," of "cyber hackers" have plans to "circulate President Barack Obama's private text messages."

The folks at Press TV apparently only made it to the third paragraph of this story from "the far-right US television network" Fox News.

I'm disappointed, because that means they probably missed these awesome (and shocking!) excerpts from the book.

The book is out this week from Little, Brown, though. They got that right.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Episode 62: Softball Game

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! 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. These original 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.

On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe try to make a man feel bad for watching softball.

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RIP Koko Taylor


The AV Club is reporting that Koko Taylor passed in Chicago due to complications from surgery. A true queen of the blues. She was 80.

Kasper Hauser on NPR's All Things Considered


Rob from Kasper Hauser was interviewed by All Things Considered host Robert Siegel today about one of KH's two new books, "Weddings of the Times."

George Jones "The Race Is On"


Part of Jesse's Country Music Self-Improvement Project.

Interview with Never Not Funny Hosts Jimmy Pardo & Matt Belknap

Jimmy Pardo (L) and Matt Belknap (R), photo by Liezl
Jimmy Pardo
Matt Belknap

Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap are the hosts of Never Not Funny, one of the world's most popular comedy podcasts. Pardo has been a standup comic for twenty years, and has appeared on the Tonight Show and been featured in his own Comedy Central special. He's also hosted television shows like National Lampoon's Funny Money on GSN and Movies at Our House on AMC. Belknap works in film development, and is the founder of the comedy fan website

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