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Off to Hearst Castle!

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I'll be off the computer for the next few days, as I'm taking a birthday trip to Hearst Castle.

Your next episode of TSOYA should come up in the feed automatically, though there won't be a blog post for it here until the weekend.

I love you! Goodbye!

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 5: The Ashtray

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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 discuss with a New Zealander the possibility of growing an ashtray from his forehead. The ashtray would be sold.

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BALDWIN: DO NOT FUCK THIS UP FOR ALL OF US.

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I know for a fact that Alec Baldwin reads this blog, so I'm just going to write to him directly.

Dear Alec,

Sounds like your family is in a bit of a mess. That happens to the best of us. I'm really sorry your business got leaked to the press, and I hope you straighten things out.

I hear you might quit television.

DON'T EVEN FUCKING THINK ABOUT IT.

WE HAVE A GOOD THING GOING, ALEC. A GREAT THING EVEN.

IF YOU QUIT 30 ROCK, IT'S OVER FOR US. IT WILL GET CANCELLED, AND I WILL BE REDUCED TO A QUIVERING HEAP OF JELLO.

AGAIN: DON'T EVEN FUCKING THINK ABOUT IT.

Love,
Jesse

Troop!: "Drug Dealers"

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This was one of my favorite Project Breakout submissions that didn't end up making the finals. It's by the excellent LA sketch group Troop!

I'm going to Hearst Castle!

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This is gonna be AWESOME!

Podcast: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Co-Creator Dave Willis

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Out interview guest Dave Willis is the co-creator of the cult series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The television program has just become a film, called "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Moviefilm for Theaters." The trailer for the film is below.

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Andrew WK about town...

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America's top Rock Star, your friend Andrew WK is making the rounds in New York City this week.

Tonight, he appears at the PIT's show "Comic Book Club," which is a weekly talk show about comic books. He'll appear alongside Timmy Williams of The Whitest Kids U Know. Show's at 9:30.

Then tommorow (Wednesday), you can catch him on the Conan O'Brien television program. I'd have missed it if it weren't for our Notable Television & Radio Appearances thread on the forum. If someone cool is getting some shine, make sure to share it with all of us there!

More Mike Daisey follow-up...

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Student protest has ART upset

Celebrated storyteller Mike Daisey had barely begun his 90-minute monologue at the American Repertory Theatre when much of the audience stood up and walked out. One of the put-upon patrons even picked up a glass of water used as an on stage prop and poured it over Daisey's papers. The problem? The posse, 87 students and staff visiting Thursday from Norco High School in Southern California, objected to Daisey's dirty language. (They left during a particularly profane riff about Paris Hilton.) Daisey, who's posted the episode on YouTube, invited the aggrieved audience members to talk to him, but they bolted. "None of you have the guts to stay here and talk to me," said Daisey. "Saying [expletive] is the least racy thing I do, so I'm a little flabbergasted." Daisey's handwritten outline -- he doesn't work from a script -- was soaked, but salvageable. "If a patron in an art museum objected to a painting and slashed it, we'd be clear that that's a criminal act," the ART's artistic director, Gideon Lester, fumed yesterday. Seems the school group did inquire about the content of the show, called "Invincible Summer," and was told it includes profanity and adult subject matter. They decided to buy tickets anyway. Daisey has since talked to Cindy Lee, Norco's activities director, and received a halfhearted apology. "They keep saying it was a 'security issue' . . . They had to get their children out because of these words," he said. "It's ludicrous." The show runs through Sunday.

Here's some original reporting from the Boston Globe on the incident. Like my pal Hodgman, I apologize for spreading the rumor that it was a Christian school group. Turns out it was a *public* school group, which is even worse.

OGRE M&Ms

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Clifford & Kidd write us to follow up on their candy-grading appearance on Jordan Jesse Go! a few months back. Their message: "Ogre-sized" M&Ms have returned.

If you listened to the episode on which they appeared, you know how important this news is to them.

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