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David Wain talks about The Ten


A guy from The Sundance Channel talks with the cast & crew of The Ten (pretty much all of them).

Louis Theroux Visits Pen & Pixel


Here's a clip from one of Louis Theroux's wonderful documentaries. You may remember Louis' show "Weird Weekends," or his work on TV Nation. In this segment, he visits Pen & Pixel, the legendary hip-hop graphic designers.

The clip comes courtesy of our man Noz at Cocaine Blunts & Hip-Hop Tapes. If you want to learn a bit more about Louis, check out this exhaustive interview at Quickstop Entertainment.

Alternately, you can just wait a week or two and listen to him on The Sound.

Intern needs a home!


My summer intern-to-be, Tim Noble, is looking for a summer sublet near UCLA. If anyone knows anybody or anything, please drop him a line at He seems very nice, and I have spoken with his references who speak very highly of him.

RIP, Kurt Vonnegut


Happy 60th birthday, David Letterman. Please don't die, ever.

"Tiny Oscars, here we come."


Human Giant - Lil' 9-11 Trailer

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This new video from the Human Giant is amazing. Also, a little offensive, so if the idea of something called "Lil 9/11" offends you, don't watch it.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe: Ep. 3: The Plank


In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varies as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe ask whether you would be willing to cross a plank over a rivulet, if your safety was assured. Also -- how do you feel about the possibility of being destroyed by the vice?

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Better than the lottery!

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In addition to the $250,000 NASA is giving away, I will give $20 to any Maximum Funster who wins THE 2007 ASTRONAUT GLOVE CHALLENGE.

Furthermore, I will offer $50 (in addition to the $250,000 prize) to any Maximum Funster who wins the PERSONAL AIR VEHICLE CHALLENGE.

My promise to you is simple: design me a jetpack, win fifty big ones.

Podcast: Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock's "Kenneth"


Jack McBrayer plays the almost alarmingly lovable NBC page Kenneth in the new sitcom "30 Rock." He's unquestionably the breakout star of the program, lighting up the screen with a 10,000 watt smile. (In case you haven't noticed, I think he's fucking great.)

While Jack is a newcomer to the national stage, he's a comedy veteran. He appeared in the film Talladega Nights, and has graced the boards of The Second City, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the IO for many years.

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By the way, the day after this interview was recorded, it was announced that 30 Rock has been renewed for a second season!

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God bless these people!


I have recently been interviewed a couple of times, and I thought I would share them for those who don't have a google news alert set up for "the sound of young america" yet. (Which, I sincerely hope, is everyone on earth who isn't me).

Here I am on this morning's "Moldawer in the Morning" podcast
. The charming David Moldawer and I discuss a few interesting news stories, as well as how much we love SkyMaul. It was a very fun show.

Here I am being interviewed in The Coming, which is the new LA affiliate of The Apiary. I talked with Megan Berru about the roots of TSOYA and the Los Angeles comedy scene.

Also and additionally, Dr. Tim Anderson posted this small piece in the online journal "In Media Res" about the show. It's about how TSOYA covers hip-hop, and specifically about portrayals of "the game" in our interviews with Killer Mike and Peedi Crakk.

Oh! And I've been hosting the Slate Daily Podcast the last couple days. That's mostly me reading a story from Slate, but Friday's show was an edition of the Political Gabfest, so I actually had some agency in it. It was fun!

Also: because I don't have any "marketing budget" or "publicist," I'm pretty much happy to help you out with any press project. If you want to interview me or use me as a resource, I'm happy to help. I even have high-quality photos (thanks Noe)!

Jordan Burns MTV


In 2003, Jordan, Jesse GO! co-host Jordan Morris was bored. So, he did what any normal college graduate would do to entertain himself -- he made up a complicated and absurd story in order to prank a prank show.

He told "Burned," a dating-based knockoff of "Punked," that his friend Hector had a one man show, which Hector performed in order to get girls. He also told them that he could get Hector to come to a party with him, where Hector would perform the monologue, then get "Burn'd."

It turned out Jordan's friend Hector couldn't come, so Jordan asked another friend, whose name wasn't even Hector, to stand in for him. Then he wrote the "one man show" for "Hector," corralled a few other friends into the operation, and, well, burned Burn'd.

It aired a month or two later, my aunt and uncle taped it for me, and this is the first time the prank has been ever been revealed.

Particularly enjoyable: Jordan's absurd flopping about when the "burn" is "revealed."

Part One:

Part Two:

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