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Meetups May 1st in Chicago and LA!



Meetup days are fast approaching.

For the LA meetup, we're meeting at the Ikea food court in Burbank on May 1st at around 6:30 PM. The This American Life Live! show is down the street at eight, but tickets sold out very fast. Please let me know if are planning on going to both Ikea and the TAL show, so I can figure out if anyone's coming with me to TAL :). One way or the other, we'll have some fucking meatballs and lingonberry drink.

In Chicago, Jason aka GymboyUSMC is organizing a meetup that same night. Here are details for that joint:

JJGo/TSOYA Chicago Meet up
Thursday May1st

Sweet Occasions in Andersonville
5306 North Clark
Chicago, IL 60640

Come hang out and meet up with other listeners. Purchase required. They specialize in desserts and ice cream. They also have sandwiches, salads, and quiche. We will be meeting in their back room. There are lots of good local bars we can hit following the meet up – Mary’s Attic is a lot of fun!

Per Jordan and Jesse’s orders we do have to have at least one hook up at the meet up.

Take the redline to Bryn Mawr and head west to Clark Street.

In my experience with MaxFun meetups, everyone is really nice, and a pleasant time is had by all.

TSOYA in the UC Santa Cruz Magazine


There's a very nice piece in the UCSC Alumni magazine about me and The Sound of Young America this issue. Scott Rappaport writes about how the show has gone from campus radio to PRI, and I think he did a great job of encapsulating the journey and conveying what TSOYA is all about.

Hopefully some rich UCSC grad will now become my patron.

Just kidding. There are no rich UCSC grads.

Read the article here.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Perceived Sleights with Bruce Bridgeman and Robert Weide


We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

This week on the program: UC Santa Cruz professor Bruce Bridgeman and Curb Your Enthusiasm Executive Producer Robert Weide.

Bruce Bridgeman (left) talks with us about his unusual area of research: world-famous Santa Cruz tourist attraction The Mystery Spot.

Robert Weide started his television career as a comedy documentarian, but his relationship with Larry David eventually led him behind the camera for David's series "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Weide served as Executive Producer of the series, and directed many episodes.

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Kasper Hauser Need Your Couple Photos!


Kasper Hauser are working on a top-secret new book (fans of the podcast might be able to guess its subject), and they need your couple pictures.

Dear Friend,

SkyMaul authors Kasper Hauser will release their next book, a parody of the New York Times wedding announcements, in 2009 (St. Martin's Press).

Would you like to be in our next book?

Send us a picture, and if we use it, we'll give you a free signed copy of the book.

We'll need a high-res digital close-up of you and your partner. (Or you and anyone else pretending to be a couple -- straight, gay, young, old, whatever).

Most of the photos will need to look like the real ones (like these).

You don't need to be funny in the photo. It should look real (see below).

Send your photos to, or email if you'd like more details.


If we end up using your picture, we'll use fictional names and we will let you know before the book goes to press.

Please forward this message to fans of Kasper Hauser, SkyMaul, Fishing with Gandhi, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Star Wars, the zoo, Nike, museums, medicine, BMW, falcons, fishing, Tibet, dog parks, philosophy, the Olympics, or anyone you think would like to be a part of comedy history.

Podcast: John Moe, author of "Conservatize Me"

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John Moe, a Volkswagen Bug-driving, latte-sipping lifelong Seattleite realized, upon becoming a real grownup, that perhaps his dismissal of conservatism wasn't less righteous than it was intellectually lazy. He spent a month steeping himself in conservatism of all stripes, from the Heritage Foundation to a Toby Keith concert.

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If you enjoyed this show, try these ones:
Long-time Daily Show producer Ben Karlin
Andre Royo and Wendell Pierce of HBO's The Wire
Satirist George Saunders

Bill James on 60 Minutes

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Bill James is the man who invented baseball nerd-dom -- at least in the contemporary sense. He took the box scores printed in the morning paper and drilled down, putting basic assumptions to the test over and over again. Then he took what he'd learned, and wrote it for a general audience in incisive, often very funny prose. I'm interviewing him in about an hour, over the phone, and I couldn't be more excited about it.

Above, a very good segment from 60 Minutes on James, which does a better job than most of expressing what James does and has done over the past 30 years.

Also: Morely Safer is just impossibly old. I should emphasize: he does a great job and as far as I can tell hasn't missed a beat. But he is super, super old.

Scheerstravaganza: Court TV Acting Reel from Human Giant

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In the business, this is known as Scheer Mayhem. In my book, it's a Scheer delight!

Well, I'm off to drink some Scheerly Canadian!

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep. 58: Old-Time AIDS (Live at UMass Amherst)

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Jesse and Jordan are live at UMass Amherst's annual Comedy Jam, before 400 students in a giant lecture hall filled with comedy. Special thanks to Natasha from UMass' own Sketch 22 for volunteering to come on stage with us.



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