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Ten reasons from the last year to support


10. Louis CK
9. Chris Parnell
7. Jay Smooth
6. Sarah Vowell
5. Dan Savage
4. Jeffrey Tambor
3. Larry Wilmore
2. Rob Corddry
1. Jenna Fischer

If you're here, I'm guessing these names mean something to you. Is insight into their lives, work and processes worth something to you? Donate to support

Reggie Watts on The Sound of Young America in Portland


Reggie Watts on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Reggie Watts' bravura performance at The Sound of Young America Live! in Portland. I was standing off to the side -- I don't think I've ever seen an audience so wowed by a performer.

RIP Dom Deluise


There's only one way, in my opinion, to honor the life of Dom Deluise.


If you want to learn more about Deluise's life, check out this interview our pal Ken Plume did a couple years ago for his site Tibby's Bowl.

Chris Ware for This American Life


Quimby The Mouse from This American Life on Vimeo.

Real American Hero Chris Ware made this cartoon for the live This American Life that ran in movie theaters a week or so ago. Give its creator, you will not by surprised to learn that it is A) spectacularly beautiful and B) heartrendingly sad.

If you missed the first showing, it will run again in theaters on May 7th.

Visa is Hungry from James Adomian

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Our pal James Adomian believes whole-heartedly that comedy can change the world, and bully to him for that. He also does an impression of Paul Giamatti -- as John Adams. Which is pretty fantastic.

Above a video he made for The Midnight Show here in LA. The pretty lady is Heather Campbell, JJGo video game correpondent.

James is on our Portland JJGo show, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Brian Michael Bendis on The Sound of Young America in Portland


Brian Michael Bendis on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Our second video from our trip to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Shot and edited by Brian Brewer.

Yesterday: Mirah
Later this week: Nick Kroll, Blitzen Trapper, Reggie Watts, The Third Floor

Louis CK in Time


Our hero Louis CK interviewed by Time Magazine about the end of the world.

He's like a monk, isn't he? He's really embraced truth, even dark truth, without much artifice, just craft and heart.

via jumbodump

Violence in our Dreams


Should We Be Doing More To Reduce The Graphic Violence In Our Dreams?

This Onion News Network clip is one of the best web videos I've ever seen. It's truly spectacular.

Bun B of UGK: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Bun B

Bun B is half of UGK, and one of the South's greatest hip-hop lyricists. Alongside partner Pimp C, he's spent the last 15 years recording classic hip-hop, and in the process has helped establish Texas as a force to be reckoned with in the national hip-hop scene. Pimp C passed in 2007, and UGK's new record, UGK For Life, is also their last.

Fresh Air Rock Historian Ed Ward: National Treasure (for Germany, I guess)

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If Fresh Air's rock historian, Ed Ward, didn't live in Berlin, I'd say he was a national treasure.

His pieces are consistently insightful and full of great music. If NPR's treatment of baby boomer stuff was always this good, I'd be on board 1000%. I think the greatest sign of the quality of his pieces is how much I enjoy the ones on kinds of music I don't care for at all. And the ones on music I *do* like are double awesome.

Check out this recent piece on Westbound Records, the Detroit label that spawned Funkadelic, among others.

And of course, anyone who dedicates eight minutes of national radio to the great Swamp Dogg is a national treasure in my book!

PS: Dear NPR web gurus, I presume based on reviews that your API is super cool and all, but can we get an embeddable audio players? Love, Jesse

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