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Denver Post on Comedy Podcasting

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Thanks to the Denver Post for recommending Jordan, Jesse, Go! as one of their favorite comedy podcasts in this wonderful overview piece on the growing success of the genre.

Alumni Newsletter: August 22, 2011

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Jane Espenson (writer and producer for Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, Caprica, and Game of Thrones, amongst others) is developing a new web series called Husbands. It’s a classic newlywed comedy about two men who are dating and, while on a trip to Vegas, wake up to find themselves married. The first episode is expected on September 13th.

Donald Glover is preparing a one-hour special for Comedy Central called "Weirdo." The special will air on Sunday, November 20th and it will be his first full hour for television.

Ben Folds will be releasing a new anthology on October 11th called "The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective".

Jimmy Pardo was recently interviewed in SF Weekly. He talked about his early relationship with Bob Odenkirk as well as his favorite advice for young comics. Characteristically, that advice is very straightforward: "[w]henever people ask me for advice on comedy and how to get started in stand-up, there's no way to get started but to do it. Write down your ideas, things you think are funny. And then do it." Pardo will be joining Dave Anthony and Greg Behrendt this week on their podcast "Walking the Room".

Just in case you missed Louis C.K.'s most recent appearance on Conan last week, here's the clip. It includes great new material about murder and one highly unusual idea for a children's Halloween costume.

Jesse and Jordan Head Back to the Adam Carolla Show

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Jordan and I are the guests on today's Adam Carolla Show. You can check out the show here. We had a blast as usual. It's a pleasure to share a set of mics with a guy as hilarious as Carolla is.

We talked on the show about childbirth, about Adam's conviction that movie stars should not have to prostrate themselves before children and geeks, and more.

If you want to hear Adam on The Sound, you can check that out here.

(By the way - there's been some controversy around Carolla that cropped up since we recorded this. I didn't hear the show in question, but I've heard many Carolla shows. He says plenty of stuff I don't agree with, and sometimes things that genuinely bother me, but I think he's a decent guy and not hateful. Saying stupid and outrageous stuff sometimes is his job as a talk radio guy and comedy guy. I think he's really smart, funny and interesting, and in my personal experience, a nice, considerate man. So that's my position on that.)

The BBC's "Life: An Idiot's Guide"

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Here's a little promo for the BBC Radio 4 Comedy program "Life: An Idiot's Guide," which was taped at Edinburgh this year. Note the presence of MaxFunPals W. Kamau Bell and Josie Long, and right at the top, a brief snippet of the voice of YOURS TRULY.

Why is my voice in there? Because the producer of the show, one Colin Anderson, knows my STRONG POSITION on recording theater instructions. My policy: if you need someone to record the "turn off your cell phones" message at the beginning of a show, I AM YOUR MAN.

Now, hundreds of arts patrons around the world know about my commitment to the ANNOUNCING ARTS.

My Brother, My Brother and Me 68: Never Stop Dancing

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We realize that today's going to be fairly rough on the more youthful portion of our audience, as they'll be forced to march back to the confines of their educational prisons for nine more brutal months. We feel you, friends -- and that's why this week's episode is geared to help you deal with your back-to-school anguish.

Suggested talking points: Get Fit, Chess Team Cabal, The Dean's Couch, Cello Man, Dumb Things Justin Did in College, Figure 8, Kiss Flower, Seven Stars, Sexual Ed, Cursing Cursive

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 188: Bunko with Andy Kindler

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Guests: 
Andy Kindler

Andy Kindler joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss methods and aesthetics of baby transportation, pleasure waves, going over the top and more.

Chris Tucker Returns to the Stage, Launches Stand-Up Tour

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The folks who attended this year's Wild 94.9 Comedy Jam on August 13th are some of the luckiest comedy fans ever.

Not only did they get to witness Chris Tucker's return to stand-up, but also a performance by the brilliant and long-absent Dave Chappelle.

I am seriously jealous.

Thankfully, if you are a devoted Chris Tucker fan, you will have another opportunity to see him. This week, Tucker launched an eighteen-city stand-up tour that will run until mid-November. You can find the full schedule and ticket info here. He is appearing in Phoenix tonight.

And while you are waiting for Tucker to arrive in your town, check out this interview he did with The New York Times about his career path and his decision to return to the stage.

Blast Processing!

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A terrific interview with Scott Aukerman that addresses podcasting, writing, comedy groupies and the theme song for "MacGruber".

Aziz Ansari is making a series of "Watch The Throne" comics on his aptly-named Tumblr "Aziz Is Bored".

An aurally fascinating piece about Radiolab that demonstrates how the show explores complex topics through the attempted re-creation of unrecordable sounds. Includes links to their efforts to mimic a sleeping cat's brain, confused neurons and, of course, the Big Bang.

And finally,"Antique Trader" tells us how the intrepid Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club (the CC & GTCC for short) found thousands of vintage casino chips buried in a pile of sand behind a convenience store in Carson City.

Jordan Morris on "The Anytime Show"

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Jordan will be this week's guest on the "The Anytime Show". Keep an eye out for the episode and, if you're in Los Angeles, come out and watch Morris record the show live with host Dominic Dierkes.

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