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Tidbits from Past Guests: October 29, 2010




Not really sure how to describe this video, by Andre Hyland, but it's pretty great. via Bob Odenkirk

Podcast: The College Years: Free-est Form Radio

Tom Scharpling
Jon Wurster

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Free-est Form Radio

This is the first ever piece of original programming that Jesse put onto the internet as a podcast. And, as they say, the rest is history. Now a world-famous podcaster, Jesse starts this episode by explaining the then-newfangled technology of podcasting in simple, yet brilliant terms that an idiot can understand and a genius can appreciate. Thanks Jesse, I appreciate it.

Next, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster talk to Jesse about the age-old technology of radio (which, beyond podcasting, Jesse is also famously brilliant at).

Scharpling and Wurster show off their own radio prowess in the back half of this episode in a hilarious bit from the Best of the The Best Show on WFMU.

Some Upcoming Sound of Young America Guests


Lee Unkrich
Chris Morris
Amy Sedaris
Greg Fitzsimmons
John Brandon
Lynda Barry
Judd Apatow
Judah Friedlander
Darryl Hall
The National

This Show Will Get You High, on Comedy Central


MaxFun friend (and TSOYA and JJGo guest) Matt Besser has been working on a project to get kids high on sketch comedy, and it's airing this week. Hear his plea for comedy, not drugs, below.

My name is Matt Besser, one of the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and one of the creators of This Show Will Get You High. A year ago I approached the leaders of Comedy Central with the idea to create a sketch show so funny that it had the power to get the viewer high. I theorized that if we can get the kids high on sketch comedy, then they won’t have to be in the empty lots and the abandoned malls looking for real drugs like heroin, crack, and worst of all, marijuana.

To accomplish this dream I recruited some of the best sketch comedians from the UCB Theatre including Brett Gelman, John Gemberling, Paul Rust, Betsy Sodaro, combined with the directing genius of Eric Appel, plus Nathan Barnatt, Sergio Cilli, Allan McLeod, and Jessica Williams. Upon completion of the experiment, Comedy Central showed it to focus groups where it was determined that it got them way too high. It has since been decided that the safest time to exhibit the special are the hours when only those who are used to being “way too high” are still awake. On November 2, citizens in communities across America will vote on various marijuana legalization propositions. Before that date, America needs to wake up and realize that you don’t need to get high on the weed, when you can get high on This Show Will Get You High.

This week on Comedy Central,
October 27 at 3 am
October 28 at 3 am
November 1 at 4 am

Jonathan Coulton in Time


If you're not yet tired of the wonderful story of our pal Jonathan Coulton, check out this Time Magazine piece about his unique business model.

Tidbits from Past Guests: October 26, 2010


  • I couldn't be more excited about Jason Segel's new Muppet movie, especially now that Zach Galifianakis is attached. Above, Zach with Animal and Sgt. Floyd Pepper at the Webby Awards earlier this year.

  • Greg Kot, host of NPR's Sound Opinions and music critic for the Chicago Tribune, takes on one of all-time biggest debates in rock music with his new book, The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry.

  • In other music analysis news, legendary rapper Bun B has confirmed that he'll be joining the faculty of Rice University to teach “Hip Hop and Religious Studies” this upcoming spring.

  • Elijah Wood will star in the new FX series Wilfred, about a guy and his alcoholic dog. The show is based on an Australian show of the same name.

  • Wilfred follows on the heels of several great shows FX has done recently, including Terriers with Donal Logue and Louie, the current project of comedian and writer Louis CK, who's been a guest on TSOYA on multiple occasions. Louie is available now on Netflix instant streaming. The show is a satirical look at a comedian's life in New York City post-divorce, and is by turns trippy, realistic, and poignant while being consistently funny. If you haven't caught it on FX, Season 1 of Louie is now streaming on Netflix.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 137 - Moshe Kasher

Moshe Kasher

Comedian Moshe Kasher joins us to say the most swears ever and talk about Australia. Meanwhile, Dave got engaged.

Download episode 137 here. (right-click)

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John Mulaney Loves It


Brightest Comedy Mind? PERHAPS.

Supporting Coverage of the World of Comedy on TSOYA, Humber College Is Back!

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We're proud that Toronto's Humber College has signed on for another three months of underwriting on The Sound of Young America, this time specifically supporting our coverage of the world of comedy!

Here at MaxFun Headquarters, we're so happy to know a place like Humber College exists. It's the only college in North America that offers a comedy diploma program. The two-year program includes writing, improv, standup, and acting, plus chances to perform in the vital Toronto comedy scene. Faculty members are experienced, working comics and comedy writers. Also, compared to American schools, Humber College tuition is very inexpensive, even for non-residents of Canada.

Basically, we're jealous of Humber students.

To learn more about the program, visit

Our thanks to Humber for supporting our work! You'll find them in the "With Support From" panel to the right through the end of January.

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