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Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: Ep. 14: The News 6 Update

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This week: Bay Area news update -- more at six.

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The Industry Shits on The Wire

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The Wire is the best television program ever created in any genre.

It is so spectacular that I can barely bring myself to watch other shows.

It is borderline perfect.

It is smart, sharp, brilliantly acted, spectacularly written, it has real meaning. It is art.

And it got ZERO Emmy nominations.

None!

HBO, as a network, got EIGHTY SIX nominations, and how many were for its best show?

ZIPPO.

Fuck you television industry people. Seriously, fuck you.

Kasper Hauser in New York Magazine

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Hey! New York Magazine's "Approval Matrix" picks up on Kasper Hauser's This American Life parodies, as heard on the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast. Needless to say, they approve, though they use the variant spelling Kaspar Hauser, which I worry will keep anyone from hearing them after seeing it in the magazine.

Here's the first of the shows, and here's the second. You can of course get them free in iTunes as well.

NY Magazine isn't the first big media outlet to pick up on the genius of Kasper Hauser. Just a few weeks ago, the prestigious Very Short List described the parodies as "sweet, imaginative portraits of sweet, ridiculous people too genial to realize how ridiculous they can be." Which is a nice way to put it.

By the way... have you bought Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul yet? If you haven't, you're making a terrible, terrible mistake. When Patton Oswalt was over the other day, he was talking about his copy. "Oh my God, those guys are SO FUCKING FUNNY," was the specific quote, I believe.

Sly is back, and he's reppin the Yay.

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Fuck the haters, Sly is back, and stooped though he may be, he's nearly as bad as ever.

"If You Want Me To Stay," my favorite song of all time, performed with a very solid band this past Sunday, followed by "Sing a Simple Song" and a shortened version of "I Wanna Take You Higher." Sly's moving pretty well for a guy with as pronounced a hunch as he's displaying here. As you'd imagine, his upper register isn't as strong, but his lower register is rich and sounds wonderful. I'm just happy he's back. We lost JB, nice to see Sly stepping back into the spotlight.

And did you check out his Bay Area lid? REPPING THE YAY.

(via The Soul Imperialist)

Podcast: They Might Be Giants

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John & John
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Bullseye

They Might Be Giants are giants in a field of their own creation. Their funny art-rock has it's roots in the New York performance art world, but it's gone through many incarnations in 25 years. The band's most recent record, The Else, is largely produced by The Dust Brothers. They've also begun podcasting and offering free concert downloads.

You might also enjoy these past programs:
Greg Saunier of Deerhoof
Bob Odenkirk
Ted Leo

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Backpack Picnic: "Spin"

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An old friend of The Sound of Young America, Shannon McCormick, is a member of this Austin-based sketch group. I really enjoyed this sketch, called "Spin." Shannon's also a producer of the Outof Bounds Comedy Festival (and Miniature Golf Tournament), of which TSOYA is proud to be a sponsor this year.

Podcast: The College Years: Mace Detective Gets His Man (Or: Jordan's Amnesia!)

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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.

Mace Detective, Private Detective is back on the job in this week's trip back to the College Years, as he solves murders and drinks fruity beverages. Jordan Morris later attempts to recover from amnesia caused by an unknown source.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Laugh Riot

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

In anticipation of KZSC's comedy festival, Laugh Riot, we're joined in studio by comic crooners Hard N Phirm. Also, recorded comedy from Brent Weinbach and Jasper Redd.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 14: Human Leech

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe discuss the prospects of a 7 ft., 300 lb., antennaed Human Leech. Don't worry, he will carry you on his shoulders while you sleep.

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