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David Letterman on Tom Snyder

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This is from Snyder's Worldwide Pants-produced "Late Late Show," circa 1995. A wide-ranging interview -- Snyder cracks Letterman's surface just a bit, gets him to talk about his early days in broadcasting and to be surprisingly frank about his critics in the media.

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Kasper Hauser at Google

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Kasper Hauser visited the offices of Google last month to offer a sales presentation for their catalog SkyMaul. SkyMaul CEO Jerry Ponda was on hand, in his trademark black turtleneck, and a variety of friends were there too. Luckily for America, Google recorded the whole operation, which you can watch above.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 15: Grevenz

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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 varied 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 render a man mute with the utterance of one word: Grevenz.

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Podcast: Comedy: Dan Mintz

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Comedian Dan Mintz has, at 26, already cemented his reputation as a rising star in the LA comedy scene. His distinctive style -- feet planted firmly on stage, his eyes drifting high over the audience's head, the occaisional goofy smile -- is nearly as remarkable as his finely-crafted jokes. He's also written for several television shows, including The Human Giant and The Andy Milonakis Show.

This performance was recorded for The Sound of Young America at the Westside Eclectic theater in Santa Monica, California. Our live comedy series is co-produced by Matt Belknap & aspecialthing.com.

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Podcast: Comedy: Dan Mintz

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Show: 
Bullseye

Comedian Dan Mintz has, at 26, already cemented his reputation as a rising star in the LA comedy scene. His distinctive style -- feet planted firmly on stage, his eyes drifting high over the audience's head, the occaisional goofy smile -- is nearly as remarkable as his finely-crafted jokes. He's also written for several television shows, including The Human Giant and The Andy Milonakis Show.

This performance was recorded for The Sound of Young America at the Westside Eclectic theater in Santa Monica, California. Our live comedy series is co-produced by Matt Belknap & aspecialthing.com.

Please share your thoughts on this program on our forum!

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Scott & BJ's New FOX Sketch Pilot: The Right Now! Show

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Long-time TSOYA pals Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter are at it again, dropping a news-bomb on all of us.

They've announced, via aspecialthing.com, that they're filming a new pilot for FOX's late night division. The series will be primarily sketch, but will also include lots of other miscellany and flim-flam from the broader comedy (and alterna-comedy) world.

The cast includes Maria Bamford, Paul Rust, Mike O'Connell, James Adomian, Ian Edwards, Casey Wilson, Natasha Leggero, and a rotating cast of wonderful guests. They've already spilled the beans that Zach Galifianakis will guest in their pilot, which will shoot in LA in mid-September.

Keep your eyes on this folks, because with this talent, this is VERY exciting stuff.

Warrior Nation

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When I was a freshman in college, my roommate Mike was a big (semi-ironic) fan of 80s wrestling. His favorite hobby was reading to me from The Ultimate Warrior's COMPLETELY INSANE website. The Warrior seemed to be promoting some sort of cult, with plans to open gyms and inculcate young people with his bizarre ideas of "Foke" and "Destrucity." He was trying to create "Generation Warrior." After all, "Generation Warrior is the identity of the omnipresent body of peerless individuals existent in every voguish X,Y,Z Generation. Unlike their faddish 20-30 year span -- its start generally set off by a collison between disparate bodies of thinking and acting -- warrior individuals are thread continuately throughout the whole of mankind’s existence."

Before you click on any of those links, though, please note this warning from the website's front page:

"I am also NOT confused about my gender. I have no desire to tone down the nature of the sex I am. I am a male and am proud to be a man. Often I will forcefully punctuate my points and positions on ideas and issues with manly language. I make no apologies."

The Simpsons Movie

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This is a great movie, and if you find yourself complaining about it, you should never have watched it, because there is no fun in your heart.

Pocast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep. 32: Modern Art and Comic Books

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Jesse and Jordan had eventful weekends.

Introduction
As Jesse and Jordan introduce the show, Tim the Intern digs them some holes.
New York City
Jordan visited New York City over the weekend. We discuss Picasso's under-heralded "Minotaur Period," as well as the Del Close Marathon.
Gene's Recovery


Gene remains in critical condition after being shot on last week's show. Cross your fingers for him.
Bear V. Rhino


Bear destroyed Rhino in this past week's Zoo Animal Battle.

Giraffe v. Capybara


Giraffe v. Capybara is this week's Zoo Animal Battle. Share your thoughts and vote here.

Comic Book Convention


Jesse and Jordan both went to the comic book convention, and had very mixed reactions. Also: Jordan met Peter Fonda and Peter Fonda's beautiful teeth.


Outro


A graceful denoument to a brilliant program.


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