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Podcast: JJGo Ep. 41: One Giant Gummi Bear

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On this week's program, Jesse and Jordan eat a bag of gummi bears which have melted together, discuss their trips to the East Coast, and natter on aimlessly as per usual.


* What should we dress as for Halloween? What are you dressing as?
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Live in Chicago! October 31st!


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Roxanne Shante wins in the end.


Roxanne Shante is a true hip-hop pioneer. As a teenager, she was a member of the legendary Juice Crew, which featured Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl and Masta Ace among others. Today, she's Dr. Roxanne Shante. How she got there is unbelievable. See the above video (from the credit sequence of Beef 3) and let Roxanne blow your mind.

Never before have I been more tempted to use the phrase "you go girl."

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Podcast: Kenna

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Kenna is a rock and roll singer-songwriter. Originally from Ethiopia, he was raised in Cincinnati and Virginia. Kenna talks about how U2's album The Joshua Tree changed his life, and led to his dramatic, dancable New Wave-ish rock.

His most recent album, "Make Sure They See My Face," was produced, like his first, by his long-time friend Chad Hugo, half of the super-producer duo The Neptunes. Kenna was also featured in Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book Blink.

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SF's Alterna-Comedy World: CHRONICLED


I was chatting with my fiance's mother, who celebrated her birthday this past weekend, and she mentioned there was an article about comedy in the Sunday SF Chronicle entertainment magazine, Datebook. This usually means that someone's excavated the corpse of Robin Williams for a benefit show. Or maybe, at best, Father Guido Sarducci.

This time, though, it was different.

"Isn't Brent Weinbach a friend of yours?" She asked. "He's in the article."

Indeed he is, and he's been a great friend of TSOYA for many years. So are Tony B and Bucky Sinister, pictured above. Tony's been running the Club Chuckles room at the Hemlock Tavern for a few years now, and we put together a show there with Brent, Jasper Redd and Prank the Dean early on in that run.

San Francisco is lucky to have two really excellent comedy clubs -- The Punchline and Cobb's -- but as another TSOYA buddy, W. Kamau Bell, points out in the piece, it's the alternative spaces where you work on your art.

So kudos to all involved! Here's a link to the article.

Live in Chicago: Going Swimmingly

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Woo hoo!

Our planning for the The Sound of Young America Live! in Chicago is going swimmingly. We've an official forum thread, an official pre-show meetup, a MySpace events page (RSVP! Invite friends!), an event page on Facebook (same deal), and even... A LINEUP!

Performing comedy will be:
Hannibal Buress (above on the Late Late Show)
Team Submarine
& The Second City

I'll be interviewing legendary rock producer Steve Albini -- the man who produced In Utero among many, many, many other great rock albums.

Plus we'll have live music!

It's all free of course, and it's all Halloween night at the Second City's etc stage. I promise to get everyone out of there in time to go to Halloween parties, too. Tell your friends! Go! Please!

Chicago Max Fun Meetup

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MaxFunster Doug-Life has put together a great Maximum Fun Meetup itinerary for the night of our live show in Chicago. If you want to head out to drinks & dinner with some fellow TSOYA fans, here are the details:

Halloween MaxFun Dinner Plans

4pm : Happy Hour at Angelo's Tavern
Corner of North Ave and Sedgewick. South west of the theater.

6pm : Dinner at Old Jerusalem Restaurant
South of the theater in Old Town.
1411 N. Wells
Here is a PDF of their menu.

RSVPs are cool, but not 100% essential.
PM me or email

I am flying in that day, so I can't absolutely promise I'll attend, but I'll do my best to stop by at the very least. See you there!

James Adomian's Bush Blog


Ever since I published George Saunders' Ask the Optimist last week, I've been getting emails asking whose pitch-perfect Bush impression was featured in the show. The answer is James Adomian, who's been doing brilliant impressions around LA for several years now. My personal favorite character is a semi-retired, effeminate 1970s variety show host ("Heeeeeey gang... wanna know how to get to Malibu? Head north on the PCH and turn left when you hit Ben Vereen.")

Anyway, he's started a new "Bush Blog" on YouTube, featuring his pitch-perfect malapropisms and deeply knitted brow. Great, great stuff. Above, our nation's president discusses warrantless wiretapping.



Photo: Kareem Nelson

Chicago: The Guests So Far...

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As most of you know, The Sound of Young America will be live in Chicago on Halloween. We're at the Second City's e.t.c. stage, with an in-person taping and lots and lots of big fun. Best of all, it's all 100% free.

So far, you can expect comedy from Hannibal, Team Submarine, Schadenfreude and The Second City, PLUS an interview with rock superproducer Steve Albini.

We may yet add a music act to the mix, but things are looking really exciting. The comedy lineup is bursting and I can't wait to talk to Steve -- I spoke with him briefly today and he's a firecracker.

Chicagoans: be there or be square.

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