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Comedy: Prescott Tolk on The Sound of Young America, Live in Chicago

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Prescott Tolk

A stand up set from Prescott Tolk on The Sound of Young America Live in Chicago at The Second City!

Prescott has performed comedy for the past ten years at colleges and clubs nationwide, and has appeared at Just For Laughs Chicago and on Comedy Central's Premium Blend.

Weird Al Returns to The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Weird Al Yankovic

The musician and parodist Weird Al was on The Sound of Young America earlier this year, but the details of his new album were still under wraps. It was so top-secret, he couldn't even allude to it. We agreed to do the interview if we could do a follow up when Alpocalypse was released.

The caveat from their side -- that we come over to Al's house to record! So this time, we're at Al's to talk about the timing of parodies, getting artists' permission (including Lady Gaga), and where he stores all those Hawaiian shirts.

JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. We booked Weird Al Yankovic to appear on our show six or nine months ago, and it was a great pleasure to get to book him on our show. At the time he had a new children's book out, and he was putting the finishing touches on his new album. We asked if we could hear the album, and they said, no, absolutely not. Everything that “Weird Al” does is kept under lock and key until he decides to release it. He will not even allude to the new album in the conversation.

So this was the compromise that we came up with: we do our interview with Weird Al Yankovic; we talk about the children's book and his career and all of the amazing stuff I've always wanted to talk about “Weird Al” with; but, we would then do a followup interview where we would talk about his new record that we could put out now, when his new record is just about to hit stores. Their caveat was that I would have to do it at Weird Al's house, which is hardly a caveat; I would basically do anything, I would become a furniture mover so that I could visit Weird Al's house.

So before we go to my conversation with Weird Al in the Casa de Al, let's hear a song from his new album Alpocalypse. This is called TMZ, it's a parody of the hit Taylor Swift song “You Belong With Me.”

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC: Welcome Jesse, thanks for coming.

Click here for a full transcipt of this interview, or here to stream or download the podcast.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 172 - Jimmy Pardo

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Guests: 
Jimmy Pardo

Comedian and podcaster Jimmy Pardo joins us to talk about male jewellery, Canadian classic rock, and Planet of the Apes movies.

Download episode 172 here. (right-click)

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The MBMBaM Shirt is Here!

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The all-new My Brother, My Brother & Me t-shirt is here!

Check it out in the MaxFunStore now.

My Brother, My Brother and Me 61: Steak'em and Tubes

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There are a lot of important, history-making events going on around this big, blue world of ours, and we'll be entirely damned if we're going to talk about any of them. No, instead we're talking about much more topical things, like if the Matrix is real.

Suggested talking points: Steaker's Dozen, Slarshed and Dumpst', Not Like This, Electric Neil, Love and Dentistry, The Cap'n and The Gorilla, Hip-Hop Steamboat, President Haggar

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 181: Knife Dick with Rob Delaney

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Guests: 
Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss the new inner sanctum of MaxFun World HQ, the sick appeal of the Gathering of the Juggalos and more.

Gil Scott-Heron & Jay Smooth

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I had some of the same feelings about Gil Scott-Heron's passing as Jay did. The difference, I think, is that Jay is one of the most thoughtful, brilliant cultural commentators we have, and I was busy working on this tweet about baby kangaroos .

Roach Gigz - Pop Off

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I went into the Hype Men podcast yesterday and had a lot of fun talking about my hip-hop history and the Bay Area. In fact, I'd say I had hella fun. Sent me down into YouTube, listening to tracks by the hottest MC repping San Francisco right now, Roach Gigz. This one was a favorite.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 30: Ob-Law-Di, Ob-Law-Da

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Pat and Joe come before the court with a case about that famous rock band, The Beatles. Pat claims that The White Album is one of The Beatles' worst albums and has a scattered approach. Joe argues that the album benefits from its variance and is one of their best works. Who is correct?

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