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Elephant Larry: TriDad

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This is one of my favorite super-structure-dependent comedy sketches ever. Watch as it bends, folds, turns in on itself and never breaks. They even have a capper!

Project Breakout Grand Finale

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Well, it's down the the finale of the Project Breakout Sketch v. Standup comedy competition. I'll be flying in to the Big Apple for the showdown, which will take place September 13th at Comix comedy club in the meatpacking district. If you want to come by, check out the show, have some drinks and meet me and the other judges, you can buy tickets online, and the promo code "PROJB" will get you five bucks off the ticket price. See you there!

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep 36: The Blinding Light of Truth

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On this week's program, Jesse discusses his progressing nerdiness. Also, controversial views are espoused and defended -- if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!

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Brent Weinbach in Austin

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OK Austin: one of our all-time favorite comedians in the whole US of A is at Cap City Comedy Club this week, and you are under direct orders not to miss it. He's the man banned from CBS for being "too weird," the man who conducted a fart orchestra at The Sound of Young America Live in LA. He's been featured with the Comedians of Comedy at Coachella and at the Aspen Comedy Festival. He'll be there tonight through Saturday night, tickets are available here.

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"Phatic Discourse" and British Comedy

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I had no familiarity with the concept of "phatic discourse" before reading this fascinating piece, which relates it to the current state of British comedy. Apparently it's the everyday language we use which has no real communicative purpose, other than as social lubricant. "How are you?" for example.

The author argues that the current spate of catchphrase-driven British sketch comedy -- Little Britain, in particular -- serves as a source of this odd form of communication. Instead of being, you know, funny, the series simply offers chunks of material that we can understand and relate to, then repeats them until their real meaning is one of recognition, rather than surprise. We can repeat the catchphrases to our compatriots, having the same effect as the show.

As a thesis, it's a bit of a stretch, but it's a wonderful idea that captures some important qualities of a certain type of comedy.

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Podcast: The College Years: David Cross, Reel Big Fish and Adam West's Divine Hand

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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.

Jordan and Gene make a go of it without Jesse, and instead stack the show with content! Indie comedy god David Cross makes his first (and, to date, only) TSOYA appearance, but only until his phone cuts off. Then ska-rockers Reel Big Fish help close out the show. Also, the great radio drama, "The Divine Hand of Adam West!" opens the show.

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Podcast: The College Years: David Cross, Reel Big Fish and Adam West's Divine Hand

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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.

Jordan and Gene make a go of it without Jesse, and instead stack the show with content! Indie comedy god David Cross makes his first (and, to date, only) TSOYA appearance, but only until his phone cuts off. Then ska-rockers Reel Big Fish help close out the show. Also, the great radio drama, "The Divine Hand of Adam West!" opens the show.

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Get well soon, Owen Wilson.

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I've seen a surprising amount of snark around the internet about Owen Wilson's apparent suicide attempt this past week. It makes me sick. It shouldn't need to be stated that depression can strike anyone, regardless of how rich or succesful they are. The brain works in mysterious ways, and our values as a society and the chemicals in our neural systems rarely line up in the ways we expect them to. There are very few screen actors as fantastically vibrant and funny as Wilson, a guy who earned every bit of his fame. He's a really special talent, and I can only hope we get to share in more of that talent in the future. So all the best to Mr. Owen Wilson, huh?

TSOYA in Filmmaker Magazine

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Thanks to a couple of astute listeners who pointed out that we're featured in the Summer issue of Filmmaker Magazine. If you take the magazine, flip to "The Super 8: Eight things that will keep you in the know."

Here's what you'll find:

#8: The Sound of Young America. The handmade radio show, The Sound of Young America, is a bit like "Fresh Air" for Generation Y. Hosted by 25-year-old Jesse Thorn, the show provides casual in-depth conversations with figures as diverse as writer Chuck Klosterman, "H.R. Pufnstuf" creator Marty Krofft and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier.

Here's to you, Filmmaker Magazine.

Woody Allen Shot A Moose

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Here's a TV clip of Woody Allen's legendary moose routine. A perfect example of Allen's standup -- carefully crafted, strong authorial vision, clearly the work of a guy who wrote 1000 gags a week for a living. It's amazing to me how completely dated this is, yet how fresh and funny it remains. It's dated 1965.

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