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Switch Hitter v. Switch Pitcher

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Thanks to Josh for sending me this video of the greatest thing ever to happen in a baseball game ever.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Comics and Comix, Pt. 3

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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.

Nerds unite! Again! On this episode: Brad Meltzer author of DC comic's Identity Crisis stops by to discuss his work. Sarah Silverman talks about her film Jesus is Magic, and San Francisco's Kasper Hauser perform a sketch and read some fake Craigslist postings .

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Canada, Et Al.

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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.

America's radio sweetheart in conversation with the laughter star of the eastern block, comedian Eugene Mirman. We'll also hear from incredibly talented painter Brandon Bird and Kyle MacDonald who writes the blog One Red Paperclip. His aim is to trade up from a red paperclip, to a house.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Belushi!

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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 Clasics.

Jesse speaks to Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby editors of Belushi, a book about the life and times of comedian John Belushi. Also, clips from The National Lampoon Radio Hour featuring the man himself.

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Chris Hardwick is The Nerdist

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Our friend comedian/writer/TV host Chris Hardwick, who is both one of the funniest and one of the nicest fellas around, has started a NEW ENTERPRISE. It's a blog called The Nerdist. He seems to be trying to convince us to watch something called Odyssey 5, which I'm not ready to get involved in, but I have subscribed to the blog.

Bryson, Fields & Anderson from The Elders of the Dark Tower (of Xxoron)

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I didn't see The Elders of the Dark Tower (of Xxoron) at Sketchfest NYC, but they saw me, liked my suit, and sent me this fucking hilarious video.

I LOVE IT!

FRISCO ANTHEM

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All those who know me know I rep the Sco to the fullest.

So, it would appear, do Traxamillion, Big Rich, San Quinn and Boo Banga. FOR THIS I SALUTE THEM!

UK's Word Magazine writes up TSOYA

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The UK music magazine The Word has a kind blurb about The Sound of Young America in a larger piece about what to listen to instead of radio.

The Sound Of Young America
From Japanese toy experts to Miles Davis's missus, it's like Start The Week with cool people

Let's face it, UK radio doesn't talk well about fun stuff - the glowering spirit of Lord Reith tends to make Radio 4 err on the side of worthiness. When pop culture does get a look in, it constantly has to justify its presence while someone like John Humphrys or James Naughtie sniffs disparagingly in the background.

Jesse Thorn's The Sound Of Young America is the complete antithesis of this. Billed as "a public radio show about things that are awesome", it features the San Franciscan comedian-presenter simply talking to people who make or do cool stuff. Whether it's crime novel king Elmore Leonard, porno-soul legend Swamp Dogg or Tank Girl/Gorillaz creator Jamie Hewlett, Thorn talks to them all in an easy, informed style that assumes the listener is hip to their output or at least the field in which they work. While that can make conversations with some of the more obscure stand-up comics a little excluding, most of the time it means there's a connection and a conversation worth listening in to. MATT HALL
http://www.maximumfun.org, podcasts via iTunes

Thanks Matt! (By the way: Blowfly is porno soul, Swamp Dogg is... Swamp Dogg).

Rock & ROFL tommorow: Futureheads, Birbiglia, etc

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I try to push Rock & ROFL, the show we sponsor, which is presented by Brooklyn Vegan and Klaus Kinski, but I don't know if you're paying attention.

Let me say it: this is an awesome show, every month.

This month, they've got a super-secret show from The Futureheads, plus comedy from Mike Birbiglia, Dave Hill and others. The show's tommorow night at 8 at Piano's in New York. You can always find the latest Rock & ROFL info here, and there may still be some tickets for tommorow night here.

Kent Haines' "That Guy"

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MaxFunPal Kent Haines, who we first met at Project Breakout's comedy contest, has just started a new series for something called CSpot. I dunno what that is, but the series is funny, and Kent's a funny guy with a lot of drive and talent. Here's to young people working hard on making good things.

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