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Drunk History's Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner at Sundance: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Derek Waters
Jeremy Konner

Drunk History on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner are the creator and director of Drunk History, a series of shorts in which comedians get very, very drunk, then re-tell their favorite stories from history. The stories are re-enacted, with drunken narration and dialogue, by notable actors. Past participants have included Michael Cera and Jack Black. At Sundance, Konner and Waters screened two shorts, one featuring the story of Tesla and Edison, with actors John C. Reilly (above) and Crispin Glover, and one telling the story of Lincoln and Douglass, who were portrayed by Will Ferrel and Don Cheadle.

"Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln," narrated by past Jordan, Jesse, Go! guest Jen Kirkman, won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. The new shorts will air as part of a new series on HBO, Funny or Die Presents, which premiers tonight.

I'm with Chompers!


Thanks to Garth Johnson for putting Chompers the Power Pig's segment on Antiques Roadshow on YouTube... and thanks to internet power broker Mark Frauenfelder for Boing Boinging it!


MaxFunCon Podcast Ep. 11: Merlin Mann


Merlin Mann shared his thoughts on creativity and producing creative work in a very popular talk at last year's MaxFunCon.

Maybe you couldn't make it in 2009. Well, luckily enough for you, Merlin will be joining us again this year. In anticipation of next week's podcast, in which Jesse will be talking to him about his upcoming book, we're sharing the advice he gave at MaxFunCon 2009.

Merlin is great at breaking down the process of making art, or writing, or however you choose to be awesome and helping you think clearly about how you can stop stalling and just get started. So what are you waiting for? Help him help you by heading over to the MaxFunCon site to get the podcast.

Podcast: The College Years: First Impressions

Joanne Gilbert
Jeff Richards
Harmon Leon

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.

Today's theme: First Impressions.

Joanne Gilbert, former standup comic and doctor of philosophy, talks about her book Performing Marginality, a look at the roles of women in standup comedy.

Standup comedian and former Saturday Night Live and MadTV cast member Jeff Richards stops by to talk about his career and do some of his celebrity impressions.

He's also done the late-night circuit with appearances on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, NBC's Late Friday, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.

And finally, we're joined by Harmon Leon, a first-person journalist and funnyman who's written for Might Magazine, Esquire, Salon, This American Life, and Wired, among others. He's also published six books, including The Harmon Chronicles. You can find links to his writing and cultural commentary at his site,

Coyle & Sharpe Box Set: Now at the MaxFunStore!


The way cool Coyle & Sharpe box set, which is produced by none other than Mal Sharpe himself, is now available at the MaxFunStore. It includes 3 CDs of audio (including a recording of Coyle & Sharpe getting arrested) and a DVD of their never-aired network TV pilot. Best of all, it's all only $29.95.

Biker Fox and Jeremy Lamberton of "Biker Fox": Interview on The Sound of Young America

Biker Fox
Jeremy Lamberton

Biker Fox on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

The cycling enthusiast, muscle car parts salesman, and wildlife worshipper Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka Biker Fox, is both loved and loathed in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Director Jeremy Lamberton found himself fascinated with the character of Biker Fox, and set out to make a documentary feature about the complexities of his persona and lifestyle. The film explores the sometimes-strained relationships between Biker and the people of Tulsa. Biker Fox premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

BONUS: TSOYA documents some of Biker's characteristic attention-grabbing stunts on the streets of Park City.

Biker Fox Stunts at the Slamdance Film Festival on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Jordan, Jesse, Go, Live!


Hey! We streamed the recording of next week's JJGo live right here, but now it's all done. Our thanks to Boing Boing TV host Xeni Jardin for appearing on the show with us - everyone who missed it can catch it Monday on the podcast. If you don't want to miss future streams, follow me on twitter @YoungAmerican.

Don't forget: Laugh Night in LA on February 25th!


Less than ten days to go! Make your reservations now!

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