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Podcast: Dan Deacon


Dan Deacon is an electronic music performer based in Baltimore, Maryland. In fact he's a classically trained composer with a Masters degree in electro-acoustic composition. From 2003 - 2006 he released no less than seven self-produced albums.

His latest offering "Spiderman of the Rings" blends his frenzied live performance electro anthems with amusing lyrics and colorful instrumentals. Dan has maintained an almost constant tour schedule but has still found the time to draw on his classical background and compose and perform for ensembles at museums and galleries around the United States.

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Any Chicago photogs?


Anyone out there a photographer who's willing to shoot our live show in Chicago Wednesday night?

I can't really pay, but I will gladly offer you a free t-shirt, whatever seats you want in the house, and my undying appreciation. And a plug for your site here on the blog.

Anybody? Email me: jesse at

EDIT: Found one! Thanks gang!

Me and my best friend Mr. Stephen Colbert


My interview with Mr. Stephen Colbert is up now in iTunes.

If you don't have iTunes, a commenter points out that it is available on the Apple website as a video. I should be clearer: it's audio and still pictures, not a full-motion video. But the file's in a video format.

Thanks to Apple for the photo and the amazing opportunity.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Second City.


We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

On this week's show The Second City we're joined by guest Anne Libera.

Co-Artistic Director of the training school and author of the book, The Second City Almanac of Improvisation, Anne talks about the Second City and how it has become a comedy empire. Among other things, we hear about the methods of improv used in the Second City and there are also some sound-clips from the Second City archive.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 22: Stench Suit


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 and Sharpe highlight the benefits of wearing a suit that smells!

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Office Hours are CLOSED


Edit: office hours are now closed. Thanks for calling everybody!

Bill Weber's top ten comedy duos...


Our old pal Bill Weber is a film writer for the online magazine Stylus, and he just compiled a very interesting guide to the top ten comedy duos of all time. You can find the full list, with thoughtful and insightful commentary, here, but I've reproduced the ranking below. I'm happy somebody else is prepared to defend Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan. I loved that movie.

Laurel & Hardy in Sons of the Desert (1933)
Loy & Powell in The Thin Man (1934)
Olsen & Johnson in Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Hope & Crosby in Road to Utopia (1946)
Abbott & Costello in Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Martin & Lewis in Living It Up (1954)
Cook & Moore in Bedazzled (1967)
Allen & Keaton in Sleeper (1973)
Arkin & Falk in The In-Laws (1979)
Chan & Wilson in Shanghai Noon (2000)

Bill seems to be making an argument for the comic duos of bygone days... what are some of your favorites? I might nominate Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, off the top of my head.

Borat: Touristic Guidings contest!


Hey gang... neat giveaway today. There's a new Borat book coming out shortly, called "Borat: Touristic Guidings to Minor Nation of US and Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." To celebrate its release, I've got a copy to give away.

Here's how you can get a copy: just email our intern Emma (emma@maximumfun dot org) with your name, address and the name of the traditional Kazakh song which Borat teaches to a group of country & western fans in da Ali G Show. Please note that this contest is open to Maximum Fun donors only. You have until 5PM Pacific.

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