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Kasper Hauser: Free in SF Tuesday!

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The world-famous comedians of the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group will be presenting their book, "SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From a Plane" Tuesday at Modern Times Books in San Francisco. This is a really great bookstore down the street from where I grew up that I can't recomend highly enough.

The event is 100% free, and things kick of at 7PM.

"The group will talk about sketch comedy and parody writing, and their attempt to break the Guinness Book world record for throwing a checker the length of the Queen Mary. "

Even if you're not in San Francisco, you should tell your friends who are. And even if you don't know anyone there, you should buy this book, which is one of the funniest I have ever read.

Classic.

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KRS-One, Rakim, Nas and Kanye on a DJ Premier beat? Classic.

Podcast: Rhymefest

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Show: 
Bullseye

Before he'd even released his first album, Chicago rapper Rhymefest won a Grammy award for co-writing the Kanye West hit "Jesus Walks." He's also a veteran of the battle rap circuit, having bested Eminem at the famous Skribble Jam in 1997.

His first LP, Blue Collar, was one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop CDs of 2006. His upcoming release, "El Che," bears the name his grandfather gave him at birth.

In our interview, 'Fest talks about being a revolutionary, what it means to be a grown man in an industry full of people clinging to adolescence, how battle rapping feels, and more. In our bonus audio (bottom), he talks about what it's like to tour with legends like A Tribe Called Quest and the Wu-Tang Clan. He also reveals an impressive production and guest lineup on his upcoming record, including Ghostface Killah and DJ Premier.

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Anne Beatts on The Treatment

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Don't miss this interview with Anne Beatts, original SNL writer, on The Treatment.

Among other things, she talks about a time when Eric Idle had cats go to the bathroom INSIDE HIS PANTS live on air, then had to go directly to another sketch without cleaning up.

She also talks about 30 Rock v. Sudio 60, and reveals that 30 Rock was originally planned as a behind-the-scenes series about a Crossfire-type news opinion show. Also, lots and lots of other amazing stuff.

Christine Cariati at Hotel Biron

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I know I don't cover art much here, but I want to take this opportunity to highlight a gallery show in San Francisco. Christine Cariati paints spectacularly beautiful works, with dancing colors and a sort of music-box aesthetic that I find stirring. One of her paintings is in my bedroom, and I'm very proud to own it.


Christine's show "Private Lives" opens tonight at the Hotel Biron in San Francisco. The reception runs from six to nine PM, and the show runs through the end of March. Details are here.

If you're not a Yay Area Representative, and can't make it out to the show, visit her site and take a look at her beautiful portfolio.

Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

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The Official Scientist of The New Sincerity

SNL Intro Montage

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They made him put on the jacket. Still pretty great though, huh?

Buy one for yourself.

Gilbert Arenas aka Agent Zero aka Black President

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Chuck Kosterman has a great piece in the new Times sports magazine "Play" about Gilbert Arenas. Arenas is known for sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber and occaisionally saying something goofy.

“Sometimes you have to create your own legacy, and that is what I have done. There is no quirkiness about me. I just lash out at things, but it’s lighthearted. The freak part of me is not that I’m going to take 60 pills to get attention. I’m not that kind of freak. I just like to watch the Gummi Bears on TV. I’m not Ron Artest. I’m a character. The things I do, the things I say — these are things I sit in my house and think about. I know what I’m doing.”

God bless him for it.

Ira Glass on Storytelling.

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Filmmakers, documentarians, journalists, podcast producers, writers... watch and learn. Four parts are below, watch from top to bottom.

Podcast: Maria Bamford

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Bullseye


Maria Bamford is a comedian and sometime actress. She's been featured on Comedy Central's The Comedians of Comedy, and her distinctive voice has been heard in a number of animated films.

We talk about her career as a Star Trek impersonator, her preference for collective living and how much a comedian actually makes. Oh, and also: her comedy. Her new CD is called "How to Win."

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These American Jokes, featuring laffs from Maria

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