You heard it here first, folks: Janelle Monae is the real deal. I've been bothering you about her for a couple years now, and it looks like she's got the right single and is gonna pop.
Since last year's MaxFunDrive, we've produced 89 Sound of Young America programs. Eighty nine.
It's easy to forget that kind of thing, so I hopped on the forum and asked: "what were your favorites?" We got some great answers.
Several folks pointed out how much they loved our hour with Kasper Hauser. It's always great to visit with old friends.
Many folks also pointed to our interview with Bill Withers. That might have been my favorite interview experience, from my perspective, in the history of the show.
In a similar (but also completely different) vein, Ian MacKaye was a favorite for several folks. Molly! said it was her favorite, "especially because I wasn't the least bit interested in him at all before I listened." I think that's a great standard.
For comedy fans, Andy Richter was a big favorite. It literally took us a year to get him on the show, despite the fact that he himself happily agreed - NBC's publicists were a nightmare. Of course, when everyone got fired, he had both some free time and an inclination to speak frankly.
What have been your favorite Sound of Young Americas this year? Of all time? Is this operation here important to you? Do you support it?
We've broken 30% of our goal. We're just barely keeping pace with our ultimate destination: 1000 new and increased subscribers.
If you haven't yet given... why not?
I tend not to watch episodes of Saturday Night Live that aren't hosted by funny people, so if I hadn't read this list on Best Week Ever I might never have seen this sketch, called Potato Chip. Blake Lively is not especially funny, but oh man are Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis funny. I'm not going to say that this is the new Tales of Fraud and Malfeasance in Railroad Hiring Practices, but it's right up there with the crazy-ass wedding speech sketch with Hugh Laurie for greatest thing that's happened lately.
Also: Stefon. I literally have tears forming at the corner of my eyes, and I watched this alone at my computer at 4 in the afternoon.
Well, we've got 273 new and increasing donors as of this morning.
Hopefully our show with Jim Lehrer will convince a few people - or perhaps our new JJGo video with Maria Bamford and John Hodgman. And what about the Stop Podcasting Yourself fans, who have their first chance to support the show they love?!
A special video episode, recorded live at MaxFunCon and featuring special guests Maria Bamford, John Hodgman and Spiderman. (Note: audio player won't work for this episode.)
Yeah, so Brian "Back in Business" Lane sent me this video. Wow. Oh man. Holy cow. Baby sloths might be the new donks.
If you give $10/month or more today, I will record your voicemail.
Just donate, then email me a script and the call-in details for your VM. If you don't want to send me that info, I can record an MP3 for you.
Ryan Beil returns to talk To Catch A Predator and tribute bands, then we open a package.
Download episode 114 here.
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