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.
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.
Todd Levin talks about writing for Conan, not writing for Swamp People, and more.
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One of the best films we saw at Sundance this year was Chris Morris' Four Lions. It's a satirical look at a London-based group of terrorists. UK-born terrorists, specifically. In the Q&A after the film, Morris talked about the sheer idiocy of terrorists he'd read about in his research, and he was unflinching in satirizing the would-be murderers. What's most remarkable about the film, though, is that these horrible, horrible doofuses are also quite human. That's a pretty remarkable achievement in my book.
The movie opens in a couple of cities November 5th, and it spreads across the country from there. Don't miss it.
Bill McKibben wrote a lovely piece for The New York Review of Books this week that summarizes the current state of the art in public radio. It focuses on some wonderful producers like Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad and Benjamen Walker and their struggles to make something new and great.
I was immensely gratified to see that McKibben included The Sound in his rundown of "Broadcasts Worth Listening To." It's an immense honor to be alongside folks like Ira and Jad. The whole list is worth checking out - almost every show is one I love, like To The Best of Our Knowledge and Q.
William Gibson is a science fiction writer whose works increasingly take place in a realistic present. His latest book, Zero History, is about fashion, authenticity and identity. It's a freestanding third work in an informal trilogy, which also includes Pattern Recognition and Spook Country.
WNYC's Greene Space will be streaming tonight's Sound of Young America Live! show with Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, Judah Friedlander and more. The show starts online at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern.
Greg Fitzsimmons from Fitz-Dog Radio joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about the Sunset Strip, getting in fights and more.