The Philly City Paper has a regular feature where local artists talk about something they love... and guess what? A local artist loves The Sound of Young America...
I'm a comedy nerd. So is Jesse Thorn. Only, he has a radio show. The Sound of Young America is a weekly radio program out of KZSC in Santa Cruz, Calif. Each week Jesse interviews comedians, authors and other artists that comedy nerds find cool. Lest you think by "comedians" I am speaking of the local Chuckles' open-mic winner; let me present you with a sampling of his guests: Louis CK, Paul Feig, Patton Oswalt, Mike Nelson, Shelly Berman and Terry Jones. If none of those names sound familiar then I've just wasted about 26 seconds of your life. Otherwise, fellow nerd, check out The Sound of Young America at www.splangy.com/radio or subscribe to it in iTunes.
Comedy writer, member of ComedySportz and sketch group Bad Hair
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In this week's Boston Globe Ideas section (which is wonderful every week, by the way), James Parker briefly considers "Wrestling with the American Dream," whose author, Florian Keller was a guest on The Sound a few weeks ago.
Keller in his book goes at this ''anticomedy" with the tongs of academe; but where contemporary commentators registered their bafflement in woolly references to European avant-gardism (''...like Ionesco doing stand-up," ''comedy's stand-up Pirandello," ''the Dada of ha-ha," etc.) Keller is committed to Kaufman's Americanness-specifically his relationship to the American Dream. The moment in Kaufman's set when Foreign Man, who has been nodding placidly along to a recording of the theme from ''Mighty Mouse," suddenly raises his arm and lip-synchs the line ''Here I come to save the day!" is for Keller a ''primordial scene": It ''basically re-enacts," he writes, ''the most fundamental myth about America as the land of opportunities where immigrants can reinvent themselves."
Also considered: the week that Kaufman opened for... wait for it... BARRY MANILOW.
Dead-Frog.com always comes correct, but they've outdone themselves with this remarkable list of groups Rob Corddry hates.
In Rob Cordry's Wednesday report on the Daily Show entitled "Racist Like Me", he ends his report saying people might say of him that "he's a pretty decent guy, unless of course, you're one of these things. In which case I hate your guts." The screen then shows a long, very fast scroll of group names.
My favorites are "Tivo List Pauser," "NPR Listener," "Jim Belushi," and most particularly "Somone Who Only Gets Their News from The Daily Show."
There's an interview with him on Entertainment Weekly's website, and he offers this nugget about the upcoming Christopher Guest film, in which he has a small role:
What's Guest's new movie about?
A small, independent movie that starts getting Oscar buzz and then finds itself in the running against huge pictures. There's a Siskel and Ebert team who review all the major films of the year, and they review this little indie movie... I'm in the big studio movie, playing a cop. It's called — actually, I probably shouldn't give any more away, I'm just so excited about it!
While you're doing Office-related shit, why not check out the fake "The More You Know" PSAs they made for April Fools Day? As much as I hate to promote something clearly made with viral marketing in mind, they're really f'ing funny.
One time, I went looking for a "crime blotter" on the SFPD website, becuase there was a string of shootings outside my house. Well, no dice, but I found something much, much, much better. The Northern District Community Newsletter is sort of a like the greatest episode of Law & Order ever filmed. It's a newsletter, maybe written by a cop, I dunno. It starts out with some newslettery stuff (hiring announcements, community fairs, that kind of thing), and then moves on to the AWESOME PART: crime stories. Like this one, picked at random:
Friday December 30, 3:25 AM, Prositution Arrest: Officer Kennedy and Officer Paulsen were working in plain clothes in the area of California St. and Larkin St. They observed a woman whom they recognized from a myriad of prior contacts for prostitution related activity. They observed the woman for a short while. She hailed several cars and eventually got one to stop, most likely because her diaphanous blouse commanded a certain amount of attention. The officers observed as the woman entered the car and the driver left the area. The officers followed the car and found the couple engrossed in hedonistic activity. The officers interceded and the couple was arrested. The man was released on a citation and the prostitute was booked at county Jail due to the fact that she would have plied her trade in perpetuity had the officers not removed her from the streets.
It's in PDF form, and I had to retype that one, or I'd post more. They are wonderful. The word "scallawag" is used liberally. Amazing, amazing stuff.
And to think, all this was going on in my neighborhood!
The most fun I ever had doing a Sound of Young America interview was when I talked to Jimmy Pardo. I know, you wouldn't expect much from the former host of a TV show called "National Lampoon's Funny Money," but Jimmy is the funniest extemporaneous speaker I've ever linked up with. He also has a wonderful old-timey quality that makes you think he should be drunk and hosting "The Match Game" with one of those long skinny microphones with the ball at the end. A charming combination.
Anyway, Jimmy's teamed up with Matt Belknap of AST Radio to produce "Never Not Funny," a new podcast. It's as funny as I have come to expect from Pardo, and it's set to feature a sort of rotating panel of comedians alongside him. I added it to my subscription list, which is a pretty exclusive one.
I pretty much despise all personal blogs. Who cares? And lord knows I avoid MySpace blogs like the plague. Why look at MySpace when you don't have to?
But then I read Jen Kirkman's blog, which is wonderful. It's about her life in Hollywood as a comic and sometime actress... she's got brilliant things to say, and she's fantastically funny. When I was reading her stuff, I thought to myself "Why is Sandra Tsing Loh Sandra Tsing Loh, when Jen Kirkman could be Sandra Tsing Loh?"
Then I remembered that I have a radio show of my own. So I asked Jen if she would be interested in doing some sort of commentaries for The Sound. She's into it. I think we'll be doing it by phone... working title, "Your Friend in Hollywood, Jen Kirkman." I think the intimacy of telephone sound will work great with her personal stories.
Anyway, check it out, let me know what you think.
Oh! And her show, "Dork Days," is running in LA on April 10th:
Monday, April 10th @8PM
Dork Days! *new version*
Laugh and cringe at Jen's failed mission to achieve child stardom in the 1980's before nuclear war hits.
The Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd Hollywood CA 90038
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His radio commentaries for KCRW, entitled "Jay's Journals," are one of the best thing on the internet ever.
This is the New Sincerity perfectly captured in a performance context. If you don't like this, you don't like living life.