The sci-fi adventure series Doctor Who has been a fan favorite for more than 40 years. The original run of the show, from 1963 to 1989, is mostly remembered by Americans for its cheesy special effects and distinctly British eccentricity. A series revamp in 2005 dispensed with the former and kept the latter - it's a huge hit, both critically and commercially, in the UK.
This month the fifth series of the new version of the show launched on BBC America, with a new head writer (the highly acclaimed Steven Moffat), a new Doctor (Matt Smith) and a new companion (Karen Gillan). Moffat, Smith and Gillan are our guests on this Sound of Young America. They talk bout the significance that Doctor Who held in their lives, and about what it's like to put a personal stamp on a revered cultural phenomenon.
This is our third annual t-shirt contest. We're really going to be blowing the doors of things this fall, and that's why I think we need the greatest t-shirt contest in history.
Here's how it'll work.
This year, there will be THREE winners... because we're looking for THREE t-shirts. One Sound of Young America t-shirt, one Jordan, Jesse, Go! t-shirt, and one Stop Podcasting Yourself t-shirt.
You can submit up to two of each design (six entries, total).
Entries should be emailed to email@example.com.
You can use up to four printed colors, plus any shirt color available for the Alternative Apparel basic tee.
Include printable vector graphics (.EPS format) and a web-friendly jpeg of your design (400 pixels wide), plus your name, address and phone number.
We will accept entries until the eve of MaxFunCon - Thursday, May 6th.
When you enter, you are giving us permission to use your design (duh).
We'll be posting the entries as they come in in three threads - one for each show.
Finalists will be determined by a popular vote, then the winners will be selected by a panel of EXPERTS and SUPER CELEBS, which will most likely include MY MOM. In the past, this panel has included Mike Birbiglia, Jonathan Coulton, Maria Bamford, John Hodgman and other Friends of MaxFun.
Winners will receive a free t-shirt of their design, any item they want from the MaxFunStore, a copy of our upcoming TSOYA DVD, and a care package of crap that's sitting around our office.
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 & Sharpe would like you to meet the namesake of modern bathing, Lorenzo Shower.
Gideon Lamb and Jeremiah Smallchild of the Christian folk music duo God's Pottery share some insights on the subject of sex and abstinence for teens, and sing their hit "The Pants Come Off When the Ring Goes On." Their new book is "What Would God's Pottery Do?"
The Sklar Brothers join Jesse and Jordan for a talk about Hanson, Hansen's, the dark side of Canada and more.
Watch live as an SNL sketch's set just barely comes together in time for air. The flats are literally being held up by stagehands. Amazing.
So, uhm, if you don't like rape jokes, this ain't for you.
But it's nice to see Chappelle on stage being funny.
Ever since Andrew W.K. told us on Jordan Jesse Go! about hanging out at Hansen's songwriting fantasy camp, I have felt that the Hansen brothers are among The Good Ones. This exceedingly pleasant song and its accompanying video, which features both Weird Al Yankovic and an elaborate recreation of one of the best dance numbers in The Blues Brothers (the Ray Charles "Shake Your Tailfeather" scene) is further evidence.
If you're tired of negativity, griping and snark, from others or from yourself, take a second to support positive day by posting something positive on Twitter and tagging it #PositiveDay.
I just posted a link to "Everybody Loves Grampa," the blog of Grampa, Dave Shumka of Stop Podcasting Yourself's dog.
Pass it on!