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Contest: Zach Galifianakis's Bad Art Auction!

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Hey NYC area max-funsters/Galifianakers/Indie rock lovers/bad art hounds - this contest's for you! July 10th, at the Hiro Ballroom in New York, Zach will be hosting a charity event for New York Cares in which "really bad, really funny" art will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. And if that doesn't already sound like a blast and a half, the auction will be followed by a full set from reverb-rockers Band of Horses - who's Everything All The Time was, to this Intern's mind, one of the better debut albums OF THE MILLENIUM. I've also seen them live, and they are indeed top notch. IN ADDITION, it's their only show scheduled in NYC the whole summer.

So now you're wondering, "Hey Tim the Intern, how can I win free tickets to this hip shindig for a good cause?" Well that's simple. Just be the first person to e-mail me (tim@maximumfun.org) the answer to the following intern related question, along with your name and phone number:

In a classic episode of Seinfeld, Kramer takes on an NYU Intern to assist him at Kramerica Industries. WHAT IS THAT INTERN'S NAME?

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Old Men

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Watch Mr. Wizard
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Bullseye

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

This episode features a couple of old fogies. You probably know him best as Larry David's dad on Curb Your Enthusiasm - but Shelley Berman has been a legend in the comedy world since the 1950's. He was a co-founder of Second City and his debut album Inside Shelley Berman won the first non-music Grammy Award...ever.

We also talk with Don Herbert AKA Mr. Wizard AKA Donny Hizza. He was the host and creator of the 1950's children's program Watch Mr. Wizard and its 1990's Nickelodeon revival Mr. Wizard's World. He eats the whole time he's being interviewed.

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"Maximum Fun" Live

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One little treat for the MaxFunsters who came by the live show in Santa Monica was a live rendition of Maximum Fun by the song's co-composer and performer, Mr. Dan Grayson. Check out Dan rocking out above (photo by Lee Meredith).

I haven't edited the full show yet, but I did get the raw stereo mix back from our engineer Paul, so here's a little treat for those who couldn't make the show: Maximum Fun Live (MP3).

Steve Albini speaks

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Record industry legend Steve Albini speaks in a thread on a poker message board.

Genius is a weird and inappropriate word, and hard work is underrated, but Kurt Cobain had a distinct and personal take on the world, and generally, when someone strikes a chord with his audience, that's what people respond to.

There were a lot of bands the "sounded like Nirvana" at the time Nirvana made it big, but none of them have had the same long-lasting influence. I have to admit that I wasn't particularly a fan of Nirvana when I was asked to work on In Utero, but during the course of making the record I came to appreciate that they were genuine about their band and their music, that Kurt was capable of sophisticated thinking, and that they and their music were unique.

If you think of the other bajillion-sellers of the Nineties, not very many of them have survived as significant influences today. I think there's a reason beyond luck for that to be the case.

Recorded Live From Congress

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Live From Congress: Rep. Ingersoll's Murder of a Hobo

Recorded from ONN's live congressional feed. Amazing what your representatives are up to, just amazing.

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing"

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Editor's note: this Podthoughts column, by Ian Brill, has not been edited for grammar. Feel free to point out below everything our author did wrong.

More than any Podthought this is one I worry about writing the most. No matter what I say about it, if this article is rife with grammatical mistakes is it any kind of recommendation? I’ll just hope that between listening to the last six episodes of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (oh, and possessing a degree in English Literature) I can come up with something worthy of the Grammar Girl.

Not unlike another Podthought subject, 12 Byzantine Rulers, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing is an educational podcast with a single host speaking into a mic. Grammar Girl a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty devotes each show to one subject that people have trouble with when speaking and writing. Recent episodes tackle “on accident” versus “by accident” and “bring” versus” take.”

I cannot say I noticed dirtiness of any sort in the podcast but the episodes are indeed quick. None pass the length of ten minutes. Grammar Girl keeps it simple. The basic lesson format has our host introducing a subject, laying out the basics, sorting out the wrong way versus the right way and then ending on a review. It’s not just that Grammar Girl’s wisdom comes in snappy chunks; she’s also a fun host. She’s has a very inviting voice and she always has funny, personal anecdotes to go along with each lesson. The accompanying blog has transcripts of each show and supplies references for each episode.

There’s a certain type of comfort to Grammar Girl’s podcast. It’s how she’s able to turn a subject many dreaded in school into something worth listening to every week. The running time means you can fit an episode in the middle of the day’s playlist. That is of course if you’re the kind of person who, whilst jogging, wonders when to use “you and me” and when to use “you and I.”

Jay Smooth is KILLING the video podcast game.

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"I am hip-hop. I contain multitudes."

Jay Smooth from WBAI in New York is absolutely destroying the v-logging scene with his intelligent, thoughtful, funny commentaries on hip-hop at illdoctrine.com. I'm really impressed.

Jay Smooth is KILLING the video podcast game.

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"I am hip-hop. I contain multitudes."

Jay Smooth from WBAI in New York is absolutely destroying the v-logging scene with his intelligent, thoughtful, funny commentaries on hip-hop at illdoctrine.com. I'm really impressed.

Wow, Dave Foley has some serious fans...

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Just today this was posted to a discussion thread I started a year or two ago on BlowUpTheMoon.com, a comedy discussion board, about Dave Foley's appearance on TSOYA.

Reminds me of the guy who used to send nonsense newsletters to the Mayor's office when I worked there, James Bond Zero of the Hardware Secret Service.

He had hisOwn PRIME TIME SHOW WHICH WAS FANTASTIC
It WAS CALLED "THANK GOD YOUR HERE" They swiped it tho';
Jhn Lithgow & Jeffrey Tambor had a new series & the swiped it off & canceled it as well.
Who are the appealing to as an audience.~?
"WE" A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF PROTESTORS AGAINST THIER CANCELATION; RIOTED BY GIVING UP WATCHIND THAT PARTICULAR STATION.
OVER 10,000 Viewers, & we are sworn to NOT WATCH NBC;
THEY CANCELED JOHN LITHGGOW'S SHOW;
DAVE FOLEY'S, *NEW INTERESTING, & CHALLENGING, TO ACTORS, & COMEDIANS,& AUDIENCES.
The SHOW IS CALLED~>"THANK GOD YOUR HERE~!"
We were all SO HAPPY TO HAVE DAVE BEING IMPROVE, NO SCRIPT FOR HIM HE'S TALENTED IN HIS INSPIRATIONS.
I'M CRYIING WITHOUT MY DAVE FOLEY FIX~!
BRING HIM & THE SHOW BACK~?
REALITY SHOWS ARE SUCKABLE, & ARE DUMBING THE YOUTH ADULTS OF OUR AMERICA.
WE NEEDED; "THANK GOD, YOUR HERE;" on Wednesdays on NBC.
NBC~> WE GIVE UP~!
WE ARE DONE PUTTING UP WITH YOUR CHOICES THAT *ARE'NT TRUE, ARTIST *WORTHY WORK.
DOES'NT ANYONE WITH A HEART, RUN NBC~?
WELL MYSELF & 100's of others across this ciountry,have decided to BOYCOTT YOUR STATION PERIOD~!!!
YOU ARE BOYCOTTING THE AUDIENCE WHO MADE YOU;
WE'RE AGREEING THAT YOU HAVE DESERTED THE PEOPLE.
ARTISTS, & VIEWER'S.
Your PLAYING TO THE MINORITY OF THIS COUNTRY.
YOU'LL SEE~!!!
DAVE FOLEY, & JOHN LITHGOW, & JEFFREY TAMBOR;
WERE WORTH OUR VALUABLE TIME;
NOTHING YOU HAVE LEFT IS WORTH ARE INVOLVEMENT~!
DONNA ANN WEATHERMAN
Viewer's That ARE SAYING SO;
WHY WE LEFT & WHY.
BECAUSE OF YOUR TEASING US & UNFAITHFULLY THEN DUMPING WHAT WE WANT<> DAVE FOLEY;~>
*SOMEONE ELSE WITH THE CHARACHTER,& GIFTING AS DEVELOPED AS *JOHN LITHGOW~{ WHOM YOU RE-NIGED TO US..}
THIS NETWORK HAS ONLY PROMISED;
*WE DRUM UP, THE AUDIENCE, FOR THE SUCCESS oF THE SHOW, & BEFORE IT'S BEEN ACCURATELY COUNTED YOU DUMP *OUR EFFORTS AT PUTTING THE *AUDIENCE TOGETHER/
I FILED MY TV RATINGS LIST,
But; *It Could'nt be mailed back,
It Was refused to be accepted to be sent to NEILSON RATINGS from which it came.
I HAD DESIRED ALL MY LIFE,to be on the NEISON ratings family.
After KEEPING TRACK & WRITING IN MY SUBMISSIONS TO NEILSON;
IT COULD'NT BE MAILED BACK TO THEM; IT WOULD'NT BE RECEIVED.
*You Network heads, are'nt making UN-INFORMED choices;
if you want viewers.
A LARGE GROUP OF FOCUSED *PEOPLE TALK THAT THEY'VE GIVEN UP ON WHAT *YOU THINK IS POPULAR~!
TAKING THE TIME; TO DO OUR NEISON RATINGS LIST'S, ARE A WAIST OF OUR TIME.
*WE BREAK THE OPERATION: OF HOW TV VIEWING HAS BEEN DECIDED FOR THE LAST 50 years or so.
WE QUIT,~>WE'RE GOING TO TAKE OUR LIVE'S BACK FROM BEING *STUPORED INTO *STUPIDITY & YOUR CONTROL of our lives.
THIRD ROCK WAS... ORIGINAL~!.
"Mork & Mindy" was similar to "Third Rock"; &
As WELL The show of"My Favorite Martian."
But, NOTHING COULD HOLD A CANDLE, TO *THIRD ROCK~!
WON'T SOMEONE PUT ON THE SHOWS THE NETWORK HEADS *REJECT~?

Alternate title for this post: "Thank God You're Here: Who Knew Anyone Gave a Fuck?"

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