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Celia Cruz & the Fania All-Stars - Bemba Colora

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I've been listening to Fania All-Stars Live at Yankee Stadium Volume 2 for about two weeks straight, and this song is the JAM. This video is from 1980.

The Sound of Young America Live!

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Date: 
09/18/2009 - 20:00 - 22:00
Show: 
City: 
New York, NY
Venue Name: 
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC

The Sound of Young America Live! is coming to New York City and the beautiful new performance space at WNYC.

With Special Guests:
Standup Kumail Nanjiani
Singer Nellie McKay
Director Rik Cordero
Actor & Improviser Scott Adsit
& Rock Star Andrew WK!

Tickets are now sold out. Sorry!

Pay our tour bills: get a poster (only $12!) Available at the show!

The Sound of Young America Live!

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Date: 
09/16/2009 - 22:00 - 23:59
Show: 
City: 
Philadelphia
Venue Name: 
Adrienne Theater

The Sound of Young America is coming to Philadelphia as part of Philly Fringe!

With Special Guests:
Charles Burns
The Spinto Band
Robert Hicks, PhD, Director of The Mutter Museum
& Kent Haines

Tickets now available - $15 in advance from the Philly Fringe.

Pay our tour bills: get a poster (only $12!) Available at the show!

Monsters of Podcasting: Philadelphia

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Date: 
09/17/2009 - 22:00 - 23:59
City: 
Philadelphia
Venue Name: 
Adrienne Theater

The Monsters of Podcasting are coming to the Adrienne Theater in Philadelphia for Philly Fringe! Our show is sponsored by the Philly Improv Theater.

Tickets $15 in advance, available from the Philly Fringe website.

Pay our tour bills: get a poster (only $12!) Available at the show!

Mike Birbiglia's parents vs. their computer

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Mike Birbiglia's parents are spectacularly bad at computers.

The Whipmaster

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Is there anything better than The Whipmaster?

Yes. There is "Tales of Fraud and Malfeasance in Railroad Hiring Practices," but there's no video of that on the internet, so we'll settle for The Whipmaster.

SF Sketchfest is looking for entries...

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SF Sketchfest is the best comedy festival in the country, bar none. Every year I'm amazed at the lineup they put together. They book huge names and they book the absolute best no-names around, they get people to come to everyone's shows, they treat performers well, it's a delight. Unreserved recommendation.

They've just opened up performer applications for the 2010 festival on their website. If you're in a comedy group or know someone who is, you should apply.

Armando Iannucci, director of "In the Loop" Interview: The Sound of Young America

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Armando Iannuci (L) with James Gandolfini and Mimi Kennedy of "In the Loop"
Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci is one of the UK's most prominent comedy writers, producers and performers, having helped create shows like The Day Today and I'm Alan Partridge among many others. His new film, which he both wrote and directed, is In the Loop. It follows a group of mid-level government policy personnel and their PR flacks as they steer the US and UK towards a war very much like the war in Iraq. The film opens in staged release in the US on July 24th.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Episode 67: The Pigeon Problem

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! 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. These original 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.

On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe propose a solution to the pigeon problem.

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Dick Gregory on Starz Tonight

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If you don't know about Dick Gregory, you don't know your standup history. Gregory was essentially the man who integrated standup comedy. He was eclipsed in the mid-to-late 60s by the personal comedy of Cosby and Pryor, but in the early 60s, he was the only black standup comic doing political and racial humor for mixed audiences. In 1964, he wrote his autobiography (it was a bestseller), and it was called "Nigger." In 1964? That's guts. My mom used to have a copy of his very funny book "From the Back of the Bus" around the house, and I read it two or three times as a kid. Like Gregory himself, it was hilarious.

Gregory's career path, in some ways, mirrored that of Mort Sahl, another cultural commentator whose career peaked in the early 60s. As the civil rights movement became the black power movement, Gregory got more and more serious, and he lost much of his audience and became primarily an activist, rather than an activist comic.

I saw Gregory speak when I was in high school, and I was struck by two things. The first was that he was kind of nutty. His conspiracy theories were the conspiracy theories to top all conspiracy theories. Now, my dad helped found a super lefty organization in the 60s, and had his phones tapped and was on watch lists and all that stuff, so I can see where that comes from. COINTELPRO is no joke. But Gregory was talking about the CIA dissapearing 1000 people during the Rodney King riots and stuff. Stuff that, frankly, I'd put in the "wingnut" category.

The other thing that struck me, though, was that he was hilarious. You go to see a 65-year-old man give a lecture at a state college and you don't necessarily expect it to be funny. Even a former comedian, at 65, is usually pretty corny. Especially if what they're into now is juice fasts. But Gregory was quick-witted and genuinely hilarious.

He doesn't do standup much, but he's on this black comedy anthology series on Starz tonight, so we'll see what it's like.

Also, he was featured in this episode of Wonder Showzen, so that's pretty awesome.

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