You can tell it's Christmas, because all of our favorite LA comedians have recorded this ironic cover of Do They Know It's Christmas to promote the Comedy Death Ray 2010 calendar and Christmas CD.
Featuring (in order): Paul F. Tompkins, R.O. Manse, Tig Notaro, Rob Huebel, Patton Oswalt, Mike Phirman, Jimmy Pardo, Brian Posehn & Scott Aukerman, Garfunkel & Oates, Aimee Mann, Chris Hardwick, Paul Scheer & June Diane Raphael, Doug Benson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nick Thune, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Cracked Out, Dragon Boy Suede, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon & Ed Helms
Kurt "Explodo" Andersen is going to be at the wonderful Greene Space at WNYC next Tuesday night with the Studio 360 crew for a show about time travel. Guests include the fantastic Janelle Monae and our old pal Mike Daisey. Tickets are $15 and should be well worth it.
Scott Schuman is the creator of the street fashion photography blog The Sartorialist. His new book collects some of his favorite photos from the blog. His subjects range from Hasidim on the streets of New York to garment industry insiders in Milan.
The good folks at PRI had me record a little video message (on my iPhone!) about why I'm with PRI, because they're doing some fundraising. I'm so happy and grateful to be part of the Public Radio International family.
The actors behind The Trailer Park Boys have a new show in development (albeit without writer/director Mike Clattenburg).
Here's what the Ottawa Citizen has to say.
It includes three grown men working on a children's show in the sleepy town of Port Cockerton (of course) called The Happy Funtime Hour. But they don't stray that far from their drunk and cursing former selves.
The guitarist from the rock band Rush, Alex Lifeson, shows up as a scientist to teach children about nutrition, but somehow creates an addictive hallucinogen from local berries. The cast then unknowingly ingests the drug and begins to believe they are the characters they are portraying on the show — including deranged pirates, playboys from a 1980s television show and a group of not-very-super superheroes. There is also the added problem of a dysfunctional crime family that runs Port Cockerton, and a dangerous cult somewhere in there. Okaaaaaaaay.
And then the series promises to turn all this into a Monty Python-esque sketch show.
Thanks everybody for the submissions and for lending us your talents!
Voice your opinions on which ones are your favorites, because after all: you'll be the ones wearing the winning design.
Emily & Aaron
Ian & Darcy
Our hats are off to comic book writer Gregg Schigiel for including everyone's favorite fictional characters, Chip Dipson and Dip Dopson in the brand new issue #2 of Marvel Comics' X-Babies.
The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.
Brian "Back In Business" Lane covering for Jordan Morris in this installment of TSOYA. With guest Patton Oswalt and the comedy stylings of Jesse's little brother: Brendan Thorn.
My mother teaches at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California. It being a typical community college, she has all kinds of students - would-be firefighters, cowboy types, football players, and housewives. She has a soft spot for the mad geniuses.
One of her very early students was a guy named Tawd Dorenfeld, who named a punk rock band after her. A mad genius if ever there was one. Tawd now works as an animator - he's done animations for people as diverse as Serj Tankian (of System of a Down) and Rosanne Barr. His animations are beautiful and subtly twisted.
His latest project is a series of animated versions of the stories of the great Rebbe Baal Shem Tov. As Tawd describes him, "The Baal Shem Tov was the first Rebbe of the Chassidic Jewish Movement who reinvigorated Judaism in the mid 1700s across Europe. His style of Judaism was that of a Joyous religion and culture instead of the dreary fearful Judaism of the past. He is recorded to have 100s of stories untapped by the Film Industry, until now."
You can find out more about the project at Holy World Productions.