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Kanye Performs "Love Lockdown" on SNL


I spent the day yesterday in San Francisco, meeting with Kasper Hauser to write some pledge promos. Last night I spent at my mom's house, where I decided to stay up and watch a bit of SNL -- Hugh Laurie was hosting, and while I'm not a House fan, I have been a bit obsessed with Jeeves & Wooster lately.

I think the set Kanye performed with was the most remarkable I've ever seen on SNL. I like "Love Lockdown" a lot, though it doesn't really gain much from live performance... but that set is amazing and beautiful and mesmerizing.

Also: my favorite sketch of the night, the wedding toasts (I went to be after Kanye's first song, so I probably missed some). Laurie demonstrates how fantastically hilarious he can be in this one (and much of the rest of the cast stretch their wings a bit, too). Sidenote: Fred Armisen is so wonderful.

Finally, it can be said: Kasper Hauser are behind Wonderglen


Well, the cat's out of the bag.

The amazing, amazing virtual world of Wonderglen Productions was created by producer Ben Karlin (long-time Daily Show showrunner) and written by our pals The Kasper Hauser Comedy Group. I've been dying to share this information for months, but was sworn to secrecy. Now, web sleuths have revealed the truth, so I can finally speak.

Not only is this possibly the most ambitious project Kasper Hauser have ever worked on, it's one of the most ambitious in the history of web entertainment. This isn't an advertisement for something else -- it's an independent ecosystem of hilarity.

The folks funding this will only continue to fund it if it keeps attracting visitors, so tell a friend.

True Hip-Hop Stories

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True Hip-Hop Stories: Masta Ace from D-Nice on Vimeo.

Our man Masta Ace
tells the story of how he got on The Symphony, the most classic posse cut of all classic posse cuts.

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Ben Folds On His New Album Way to Normal, Interview on The Sound of Young America


Ben Folds has spent more than 15 years in the music business. He was kicked out of music school after breaking his hand in a fight, and spent time in lounge bands and as a contract songwriter in Nashville before The Ben Folds Five broke big in the mid-1990s. We talk about the melodies in his mind, what it's like to be unfashionable, and his new album, "Way to Normal."

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Bob Odenkirk: Abe Lincoln in My Own Words

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Comedy Central launched with a huge trove of standup comedy clips like this one. Remember that MTV music site that launched a couple months ago? This is that for comedy.

Dave Hill in NYC


Due to certain unfortunate circumstances, I was unable to catch the Dave Hill Explosion in Los Angeles this past week. Not only did Dave hook up with the one and only Andy Dick, but there was a surprise drop-in from Robin Williams. A volatile combination, I think we can all agree.

Dave will be a guest on our show soon -- we taped the interview while he was in town. In preparation, I watched and enjoyed mightily his Mojo HD series "King of Miami," the first episode of which you too can watch online. I also watched and delighted in his various shorts for SuperDeluxe.

Luckily for those of you in NYC, you can catch Dave Thursday night at the UCB Theater. Joining him will be two old TSOYA pals, John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton.

Below: Dave at Fashion Week and Dave's reality show, co-starring Little Michael Jackson.


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Kasper Hauser's Khraigslist is the funniest thing in the world.

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My new style guru: Evil Norm Macdonald


Kudos to The Sartorialist for spotting Evil Norm Macdonald in Florence, Italy, where he is plotting a simulateneous takeover of the worlds of comedy and men's style.

Here's to you, Evil Norm, for setting my heart aflame!

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