Night of 140 Tweets is now Available on iTunes and Amazon


Two weeks or so ago, Jordan and I participated in one of the most surreal nights of our lives. Our pal Paul Scheer invited us to be part of Night of 140 Tweets, a Twitter performance at the UCB Theater here in LA. Each of us performed one of our tweets on stage, alongside 138 other performers, ranging from Will Ferrell to Ben Stiller to our pal Lonely Sandwich from You Look Nice Today.

Now, the show is available from iTunes and Amazon. You can get it from iTunes for $2.99, or you can get the digital download PLUS the DVD for $10.99 from Amazon. I recommend the latter - and remember, all the money goes to charity.

Please tweet and re-tweet the announcement and share the good news - the hash tag is #140tweets.

"Weird", the Weird Al Story


Weird Al finally gets the biopic he deserves, courtesy of Eric Appel.




So I visited the IFC compound in Austin while we were at SxSW. The folks there are big JJGo fans and TSOYA fans, because as our pal Jimmy would say, THEY GET IT.

As if their bizarre and amazing show Food Party wasn't enough to convince you, they just dropped a newsbomb on us... they'll not only be airing The Kids in the Hall's CBC series, they'll also air David Cross' BBC show, plus, perhaps most excitingly, a new show from the folks behind Onion Network News.

If you haven't been watching ONN, it's pretty much lapped the rest of the internet in the "funny video on the internet" department. The head writer is our pal Carol Kolb, who is mega-funny and a WAY COOL lady, and among the staffmembers is our pal Geoff Haggerty of Elephant Larry. Basically, it's so funny that I hate it.

So bully to IFC, who seem to be giving adult swim a run for their money in the "making something interesting and funny and putting it on TV" department.

Coming Soon to Stop Podcasting Yourself


I harbor not-so-secret ambitions to make the world hub of things that are awesome. Today, I am proud to announce a big step in that direction: the addition of Stop Podcasting Yourself to the stable of podcasts.

Hosts Dave Shumka and Graham Clark have been hosting one of the funniest little shows on the internet from their hideout in Vancouver, British Columbia for a couple of years now. They've built quite a following, but I always felt that their following wasn't quite as big as it should be, so I'm proud that we can help bring their charming and hilarious show to a wider audience.

The guys have been active MaxFunSters for years, and their show has been an active topic of discussion in our forum. I'd recommend starting with this episode, featuring MaxFunPal and You Look Nice Today star Scott Simpson, or this one, with Paul F. Tompkins if you haven't yet been initiated into SPY's growing cult.

We're building out the SPY page here at MaxFun as I write this - expect it in the next week or two. In the meantime, check out the show in iTunes

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 128: Young Man's Fancy with Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist podcast and G4 TV's Web Soup joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about the worldwide waffle crisis, the first robin of spring and more. Plus Judge John Hodgman and the case of "is chili a soup?"

Bear Nation Director Malcolm Ingram: Interview at South by Southwest on The Sound of Young America

Malcolm Ingram

Bear Nation Director Malcolm Ingram on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Malcolm Ingram, the director of Bear Nation, talks with Jesse Thorn at South by Southwest. The film is about "bears," a gay subculture known for their girth, their penchant for all things hirsute, and their acceptance of men who may not have been comfortable in other parts of gay culture.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: Talk to Me


Format: live-recorded New York lectures and Q&As from novelists and other writerly types
Ideal audience: those outside literary centers and thus desperately in need of a fix
Duration: ~1h
Frequency: erratic, but frequent
Archive available on iTunes: last 29

For avid lecturegoers, especially those who live in hamlets, backwaters and/or nowheresvilles, I bet podcasting's a godsend. When you're at a remove from the lecture circuit, it's not as if you've got Jonathan Franzen, Jeffrey Sachs, Germaine Greer or Mad Men creator Matthew Wiener swinging by for chats and coffee on the regular. Online lecture repositories like Open Culture and iTunes U put a lot on offer, but it's podcasts like WNYC's Talk to Me [RSS] [iTunes] that really get across that live-event flavor.

As potentially un-public-radio-nerdy and thus as unfamiliar with a behemoth of the medium like WNYC as you might be — yeah, I know, not likely — surely you can discern a datum or two about the station's location from its call letters. The epic struggle between U.S. cities for the title of Most Alive with Literary and/or Spoken Intellectual Culture is usually said to endure between the likes of Seattle, San Francisco and Iowa City, but shows like this reveal that we underestimate the fair city of New York at our peril. Well, nobody really underestimates New York. We Americans outside it realize, at least on some abstract level, that the place is absolutely seething with writers and lecturers, frustrated and otherwise. We just get... confused by it. In one episode of Talk to Me, a speaker extolls the literary virtues of Brooklyn. Specifically. He then goes on to say that, hey, Manhattan might just be the candidate for the next Brooklyn. This draws big laffs.

I promise that most of the lectures featured on the podcast aren't quite so inside. But listening to it does feel like eavesdropping on a few of those Genuine New York Literary EventsTM that those of us on the West Coast hear so much about. What separates these from any other lecture or interview podcasts you might hear is that each installment offers both the lecture and the public Q&A following it, as well as the introductory remarks, venue description, thanks to the donors, etc. Sound like small potatoes though this might, it's pretty damn cool to hear the proceedings exactly as the live attendees did.

Well, almost exactly. For a WNYC production, Talk to Me bears some strangely unprofessional scars. The editing, to cite the most noticeable example, can sound pretty herky-jerky; too often, the cuts and pastes leap right out at you. It's hard to believe they sound better than whatever gap, mumble or stumble they're meant to mask. But the content seems more or less intact, and, given the basically-wide-open public nature of these lectures, it's endearingly human. The aforementioned Franzen [MP3], Sachs [MP3], Greer [MP3] and Wiener [MP3] put on good shows, with their prepared remarks, but the truly interesting bits are their unprepared interactions with fellow presenters and the audience. Free idea for enterprising podcasters: a "Just the Muffin Tops"-esque program offering "Just the Q&As".

[Got a podcast to suggest for Podthoughts? Got any suggestions as to how to take Podthoughts to the next level, no matter how wild? Send it all, without hesitation, to Podthinker Colin Marshall at colinjmarshall at gmail.]

Standup Comedy: Karen Kilgariff on The Sound of Young America

Karen Kilgariff

Comedian and writer Karen Kilgariff performs standup comedy on The Sound of Young America. She's been head writer for Ellen, and was a castmember of the sketch comedy series Mr. Show.

This set was recorded at The Sound of Young America Presents: Laugh Night, a benefit for Art Share Los Angeles.

Girls' Guitar Club


The short film, starring Karen Kilgariff and Mary-Lynn Rajskub

"Wheel of Carpet Samples" with John Cleese and Jimmy Fallon

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Double banana? Yeah, I like that.

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