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Your News Update for October 2011 from Kasper Hauser

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The Kasper Hauser Comedy team brings you the hard hitting stories that the other guys won't. Probably because they weren't funny enough to make it up themselves. Whatever the case, brush up on all the news for October, 2011.

For more from Kasper Hauser, including their own comedy writing class in San Francisco, visit

Judge John Hodgman Episode 38: Pepperoni Pauper


Flynn and Helen are frequent guests of a particular pizzeria in Canada that offers free prize tickets on their pizza boxes. Flynn, Helen's boyfriend, goes to great lengths to find as many of these tickets as he can -- even rummaging through the trash to find discarded and unpeeled tickets. Helen finds this extremely embarrassing and feels that no slice of pie is worth the disgraceful effort of dumpster diving. Is Flynn's treasure hunt for free prizes an admirable quest? Is Helen's embarrassment of her boyfriend's trash digging ways justifiable? Only one man can decide!


John Hodgman's new book of fake trivia and world knowledge, THAT IS ALL, can now be pre-ordered for its release on 11/1/11. To find out when he may be visiting a city near you, see Areas of My Expertise.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 187 - Warren Bates

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Warren Bates

Triple-threat Warren Bates joins us to talk about Wendy's, the Justin Bieber movie, and Circus Magazine.

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Rin Tin Tin with Susan Orlean: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Susan Orlean

Bestselling nonfiction author and The New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean talks to us about the fascinating life of the iconic screen star, Rin Tin Tin.

Rin Tin Tin went from being an abandoned puppy in a bombed-out dog kennel to being one of the best-recognized and best-loved dogs in recent history. His owner Lee Duncan devoted his life to showing the world the fantastic stunts his dog could do, including jumping 12-foot fences and climbing trees. Rin Tin Tin became "The Wonder Dog" and a star of the silver (and later, television) screen.

Susan's new book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, is not merely a biography of the dogs that took on the mantle of Rin Tin Tin, but an exploration of what our relationships with dogs have to come mean in the past hundred years.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 196: Bird Play With Elizabeth Laime

Elizabeth Laime

Elizabeth Laime from the Totally Laime podcast joins us to talk about unemployment, astrology retreats and snake-like sexuality.
Also, Jordan Morris needs your help in this weeks edition of 'Action Items'. What path of trans-formative enlightenment should he take after the final taping of his show on Fuel TV in December? All that and more!

My Brother, My Brother and Me 76: Food Versus Man


We'd like to take some time in this episode to apologize for all the straight-up erroneous garbage we've spouted in our previous dispatches. Of course, our apologies aren't comprehensive -- that would take the full hour -- but we come as close as we can manage.

Suggested talking points: Fill in the Gaga, Raspberry Fizzlespritz, Choddler Boyfriend, Genuine Bieber Fur, Toker Grace, Sad Libs Two, Manicurious, Skittlenips, Frank Lloyd Dirty Boi, Ghostly Doorknob

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: Get Up on This


Vital stats:
Format: conversation based on advance and belated notice of cool cultural stuff
Episode duration: 1h30m-2h
Frequency: weekly

Don’t people consume media — whether that media be podcasts, television shows, status-update feeds, those Japanese half-book-half-magazines, or what have you — mainly out of a desire for word of cool stuff? What thought haunts young and youngish first-worlders more than the suspicion that that they might be missing out on cool stuff right now, even as they mess around with slightly less cool stuff than they could be? And so we have the primary shaping force of Get Up on This [RSS] [iTunes], a podcast about recognizing cool stuff before it becomes popular, then circling back and savoring the cool stuff you’ve overlooked.

So while the show delivers no small amount of freeform chat — and with episodes that often approach two hours, how could you avoid it? — it maintains that driving force of awareness: preferably advance awareness, but belated awareness works too. Cool stuff so far gotten up on in the show includes Spotify, humblebragging (I can’t believe I didn’t know there was a word for that), Attack the Block, Asterios Polyp, Instagram, Das Racist, Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Fran Lebowitz, Chinatown, Chick-fil-A, and the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration Watch the Throne.

You’ve probably heard of that last one already, maybe because Jay-Z and Kanye West seem to have already “gotten popular” — or they define what modern popularity is, or something — but even more likely because you’ve heard that Maximum Fun’s own Jesse Thorn spent two full hours of Get Up on This considering Watch the Throne in a track-by-track breakdown featuring both song clips and mini-interviews with people actually involved in the making of the album. Hearing such an elaborate, enthusiastic, and (in the best way) serious-minded production made me wonder if something important wasn’t going on in this podcast. Had I been, dare I say it, missing out?

Not that an informed/informative hip-hop conversation shouldn’t come as a surprise on this show. Across from Jesse sat host Jensen Karp, a Los Angeles pop-cultural gallerist who originally came up from Calabasas to become Hot Karl, a satirical rapper with a bad record-label experience. No surprise either that Karp’s previous podcast Hype Men dealt entirely in hip-hop talk — or so I’ve heard, since I failed to get up on it. But I like hearing him use his connections to interesting people outside hip-hop and, even more so, people you didn’t realize would be interesting. One particularly striking example comes right in the very first episode [MP3], in which Karp sits down with Mike Shinoda, a founder of Linkin Park. However you’re imagining him, you’re probably wrong.

But if it makes the most evaluative sense to talk about what Get Up on This has led me to personally get up on, we need to talk about D.C. Pierson. While his two appearances on JJGO! certainly rose to the ranks of my recent favorites, his time with Karp [MP3] pushed me over the fandom edge. Hearing him on a show like this — which admittedly does much the same thing as a standard Two Twenty/Thirtysomething White Guys/Girls Bullshitting About Culture, but with enough direction and purpose to rise to a higher league — I realized that he combines the two qualities essential for attaining (at least with me) and maintaining fame through podcast appearances: having the personality of the fellow I’ve always wanted to hang out with, while actually being good at stuff, like comedy-doing, novel-writing, and one-man-showing.

But I’ve gotten up on one D.C. Pierson project above all others: his First 100 Days of L.A., a blog which documents exactly that. I don’t know if it’s because I just moved to L.A. myself or because I just like the casually dry refinement of Pierson’s writing style, but damn, I can’t stop reading it. This alone repays all the fast-forwarding through the five-minute blocks of ads that, as with every SModcast network program, precede each Get Up on This. I mean, five minutes? What the.

[Podthinker Colin Marshall also happens to host and produce The Marketplace of Ideas [iTunes], a public radio show and podcast dedicated to in-depth cultural conversation. Please hire him for something.]

Mannie Fresh with Mystikal and Juvenile in the studio...

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Yeah, that's rapping.

I want Mannie Fresh to do the theme for The Sound of Young America. Mannie! Email me!

Culture: AV Club Picks Fall TV on The Sound of Young America

Todd VanDerWerff
Erik Adams

The Fall TV season is fully underway and although there have been a few misses there's no shortage of good if not great programming. The Onion's AV Club TV Editor Todd VanDerWerff and Assistant Editor Erik Adams give the run down.

  • Homeland-Sundays on Showtime 10PM ET/PT:A CIA drama with a female anti-hero, chronicles the often wonky politics of working for the CIA.
  • 2 Broke Girls-Mondays on CBS 8:30/7:30c: Two girls in their twenties sitcom, different backgrounds collide while working at the same restaurant.
  • American Horror Story-Wednesdays on FX 10/9c: Family moves into a haunted house. From the creators of Glee.
  • Up All Night-Wednesdays on NBC 8/7c: New parents work out the kinks while Will Arnett's character is a stay at home dad. Also starring Maya Rudolph.
  • The New Girl - Tuesdays on FOX 9/8c: Zooey Deschanel stars as a girl getting over a surprise breakup, and shows off her physical comedy skills.
  • Pan Am-Sundays on NBC 10/9c Period drama surrounding the world famous airline, focusing on the pilots and stewardesses of the jet-set era.
  • Brent Weinbach on Conan



    One of our favorite standups in the world hit the stage on Conan last night... and destroyed. As you'd expect. The man's a genius.

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