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OGRE M&Ms

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Clifford & Kidd write us to follow up on their candy-grading appearance on Jordan Jesse Go! a few months back. Their message: "Ogre-sized" M&Ms have returned.

If you listened to the episode on which they appeared, you know how important this news is to them.

Ira Glass' Other TV Gig

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Ira Glass guest-stars in this episode of Acceptable.TV's "Mr. Sprinkles."

For those who haven't been following the show: Mr. Sprinkles is a Cat-in-the-Hat-like figure who finds that his methods (breaking into homes on rainy days to entertain children) are frowned upon in today's society. His life has fallen apart and he's now in jail.

Previously on TSOYA: Dan Harmon, Acceptable.TV Creator Interview

Elsewhere: TAL in The Onion

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 20: Sadness, etc.

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss our joys and sadnesses.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are on a marina. We address the fact that a listener named Mika thought a "beer koozie" was a jacuzzi full of beer. Also: Jordan wants to get a massage, but he's worried he'll accidentally go to a handjob store.
Elderly Greeks
Jordan attended his house-mate Lauren's grand-Uncle's 80th birthday. Children insulted the uncle. Jordan is worried that the more comedy he does, the less he is able to directly experience life -- he just sees everything as comedy fodder.
A Drinking Game?
What would be the rules of a JJGO or TSOYA drinking game?

Puppies, Etc

Jesse's girlfriend Theresa has hormones which are starting to demand children. So they are thinking about getting a dog instead.

Guy Quits His Job
Our new thing is celebrating important moments in your life with you. A guy called in immediately after quitting his job, which he hated.

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* Should we have Rutger Hauer on JJGO? If so: what should we do with him?
* If you're creative, do you see everything through that lens? Does it intrude on your direct experience of life?
* Have a rule for the JJGO drinking game?
* Should Jordan join Crunch fitness, and where can he get a massage that won't turn into a handjob?


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"Doo Doo Doo Doo" by The Screaming Eagles from "Enemy Gold" (Thanks, Dave!)

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Maximum Fun Meetup!

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A few people were camera shy, but here's a bunch of folks from the Maximum Fun meetup!

Bjork: The Earth Intruders (Prod. Timbaland)

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New Bjork album = new crazy-ass videos!

Directed by Michael Ocelot, produced by Timbaland

Via Nick Adams, (sometimes known as Black Fan of Bjork)

Mike Daisey Follow-Up...

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I just got an email from our friend Mike Daisey. Turns out, by coincidence, that they were taping the show the night of the walk-out. Above, you can see what happened -- apparently they were objecting to the word "fuck" being said in front of high-school students? Hard to tell, because none of them will talk to Mike as they file out of the theater.

In the video above, you can see not only the walk-out, but Mike's perplexity, then anger, then regrouping. As a special bonus, you can see a bit of Mike's great show.

Note to protesters: this was a shitty protest.

(Post-action report on our blog here, Mike's description here).

Dick Cavett & Eddie Murphy - BFF

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These guys are best pals of all time. Deee-lightful.

David Letterman can barely get a word in edge-wise.

Dan Grayson Rocks Canoga Park Sunday

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Long, long, long-time Sound of Young America friend Dan Grayson, writer-performer (not to mention producer and engineer) of our theme song, Maximum Fun, has the debut show of a new project Sunday in Los Angeles.

Dan's played in a variety of bands around LA, but for the past year or so, he's been furiously working on something called "Yes Means Yes." It's sort of a solo record, sort of a song suite, sort of a band, sort of an art project. In performance, Dan will be accompanied by some sort of complex computer music setup, a bevy of visual art, some sound-sensitive lightboxes he built from scratch, and some other stuff. He sees it as an inter-media operation. He'll be opening for his former band, The Karabal Nightlife, which is fronted by the prodigiously talented guitarist Jesse Davis, who we also knew in college.

Anyway, the club's The Verity Room, 7503 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Canoga Park. Show's at 8, Dan's up first.

Mike Daisey show interrupted by anti-art terrorists...

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You may remember monologuist Mike Daisey from our live show in New York City late last year, when he told an amazing story about his childhood in Maine. Mike is an extremely nice guy, a gifted performer, and a thoughtful man. Last night, his show was interrupted by a choreographed mass walkout.

I'm still dealing with all the ramifications, but here's what it felt like from my end: I am performing the show to a packed house, when suddenly the lights start coming up in the house as a flood of people start walking down the aisles--they looked like a flock of birds who'd been startled, the way they all moved so quickly, and at the same moment...it was shocking, to see them surging down the aisles. The show halted as they fled, and at this moment a member of their group strode up to the table, stood looking down on me and poured water all over the outline, drenching everything in a kind of anti-baptism.

Here's his full description of the events.

If you live in the Boston area, I think the best way to respond to this kind of madness is to go to his show. If you're on the fence, try reading this rapturous review in the Boston Globe. Mike will be at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge through May 8th. It's worth your time.

Podcast: Steven Wright

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Show: 
Bullseye

Steven Wright is a standup comedy legend. He's also an Academy Award winner, and is well known for playing, well, Steven Wright-like guys in films like Reservoir Dogs, Half Baked and Babe: Pig in the City.

His new comedy special "When the Leaves Blow Away" is about to be released on DVD -- it's his first special in 15 years.

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