If you or someone you know is in a sketch comedy group, SF Sketchfest has issued a call for entries. I've worked with the Sketchfest the past few years, and I think it's the best-run operation in the country. You'll get paid, have great audiences, and meet cool people. The festival is in January.
Just wanted to thank Sound of Young America listener Chad from One Heart Press in San Francisco. When he heard I was moving to LA, he emailed and offered to print me some business cards. I had been putting off getting them printed -- they can be expensive. I couldn't believe it when Chad offered to do them for free, because he loves the show.
One Heart does really beautiful high-end printing -- wedding invitations, custom books and the like. What an honor! Thanks Chad! Take a look at their website, and check out the stunningly lovely pieces they make. I bet if you called and told him you heard about One Heart here, he'd give you a discount.
It's free here, on Google Video. A full hour.
Couldn't someone at PBS get up off of a couple grand to get rid of that cable access theme music?
The New York Post reviewed Season Four of The Wire, which HBO has provided in it's entirety to reviewers (where's my copy, HBO? Let's do this thing.)
"The shows are so powerful - so well-written, acted, filmed and edited - that the experience of watching them has left me a complete wreck.
I am so blown away by this show that I will go out on a limb here to declare that these 13 episodes just might comprise the single finest piece of work ever produced for American TV."
A great audio clip: Scott Aukerman on the airwaves of ClearChannel's Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles as entertainment expert William Perth, offering his analysis of The Emmys. Great stuff. Scott was a writer on Mr. Show and is the co-creator of Comedy Death Ray in Los Angeles -- you may remember him from this Sound of Young America episode.
"My Life as America's Radio Sweetheart: On the cusp of his move to KUSP, 'The Sound of Young America''s dearly beloved radio host reveals all" in this week's Metro Santa Cruz. I hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, I hope that it makes me rich and succesful beyond my wildest dreams.
Here's the introduction:
I was born in 1981. In 1982, I began composing my memoirs, with the able assistance of Presidential Historian, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Accused Plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin. Today, nearly a quarter-century later, I've created a 12,000-page tome that I think sums up the first 25 years of my amazing and inspiring life. I hope the book, when it appears, will help historians of the future understand my impact upon not only our nation but upon our world.
I'm currently in talks with a number of (largely imagined) publishers, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share a few excerpts from the larger text, which focus on my time in my adopted hometown of Santa Cruz. I expect these entertaining tales will cement my legacy as a Great Santa Cruzan, alongside other legendary locals like the guy from Survivor and the guy that decided to put a fiberglass caveman on the sky-tram at the Boardwalk.
Looks like Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell and Kenan Thompson are out at SNL. Darrel Hammond is still in negotiations. Parnell's a wonderful comic actor, but I imagine he's just come to the end of the line. Best of luck to him going forward.
Edited to add: Sanz says as far as he knows, he's coming back. You'd expect that with the success of Boat Trip, he'd be eager to leave, but I guess you just can't predict what these mercurial celebs'll do.
Pharrell is rocking like a "guy who works at a resort" look in this clip...