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The Two Jonathans


This upcoming week's Sound of Young America broadcast features two Jonathans I admire greatly: Jonathan Katz and Jonathan Goldstein.

Katz may be more familiar to you as Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. I talked with him about his career (more on that tommorow).

Goldstein is the producer of a great radio show on the CBC called Wiretap. He's also a longtime contributor and producer on the Public Radio International show This American Life.

What I didn't know was that they'd worked together.

Katz has long had a fascination with audio, something we touched on in the interview. He had a huge cache of recordings of himself, both today, and in childhood, with his family. Goldstein explains how he ended up on the project, and why it was amazing to work on (download):

Anyway, with Goldstein producing and his sister along for the ride, Katz went back to his childhood neighborhood to compare what was on the tapes with real life. The results made for a great piece, which was on this This American Life Episode, "Return to Childhood."

The College Years


Those were our salad days.

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The College Years: No Theme Day


On this Sound of Young America broadcast, it's a potpourri, a hodge-podge, a cornucopia of miscellany. Here's a rundown:

We hear a bizarre message left on Matt's voicemail by a Briton looking for someone named "Harry." Then a woman, who says Harry is "in trouble!" calls. Who is Harry?

Jordan improvises a poem with a yutz at the candy store.

Jordan shares some Bold Statements

Jesse "Runs the Numbers"

Jesse and Jordan ask local businesspeople how they plan to make their business more XXXtreme

Then a guy calls in to "pay allegiance to you guys."

Overall, we learn that The Sound of Young America used to be surprisingly ambitious.

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Will this disturb the Cult of 24?


Is it just me, or is Keifer Sutherland a lot like Donald Sutherland, only slightly less good in every way?

Whatcha gonna do when the reefer's all gone?


In honor of Prank the Dean's two shows tonight (8 and 10:30) at the High Times Comedy Festival at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco:

Devin the Dude - Doobie Ashtray (Produced by DJ Premier)

One of my favorite tracks by my favorite MC, Devin the Dude. How did being a stoner become so sweet and vulnerable?

TSOYA MP3: "Southern Soul" with Devin the Dude and Rob Bowman

Zappa and John Belushi on SNL


Here's a remarkable video of Frank Zappa's band doing whatever it is that they do, with some help from John Belushi.

Related on TSOYA: "Belushi" with Tanner Colby and Judith Belushi Pisano (MP3)

Tom Goes to the Mayor Season Two Preview


I love how gentle and sad this show is.

Rip Taylor of The New Sincerity


Great Rip Taylor story from a poster on (name withheld):

Rip Taylor just walked into my (my boss's) office for an audition and started talking to the other actors about a game show he did where people had to guess celebrities' secrets.

Corbin Bronson, Bernsin, what's his name? Anyway, he collects those snow cones that you shake and make it snow in. No one could guess what my secret was.

What was it?

You have to guess.

Is it about your... [stares at wig] um... [stares at wig] hair?


About your early career? Where you grew up? Something about your, um, lifestyle?

Rip, come on in.

Before you go in, tell me what your secret is.

I used to be a page in the Senate.

Unearthed Monty Python Footage From 1975


KERA-TV in Dallas was the first PBS station to broadcast Monty Python's Flying Circus, and it was the Pythons' first stop in the US after the premier of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Los Angeles in 1975. This interview footage first aired live on KERA that year, and hasn't been seen by the public since. It was discovered on an old reel that had been saved by an engineer, and as you can see, it cuts off after about 14 minutes... the engineer taped over the rest. It's a look at the group being candidly questioned by fans at the peak of their fame and creative powers.

If you prefer not to watch the video in-line, it can be downloaded in iPod-ready format. You can also download the video or subscribe to our free podcast from iTunes. Our show, of course, features many in-depth interviews with folks in entertainment and the arts, and particularly comedy.

"Monty Python's Personal Best" airs this month on PBS, and Flying Circus returns to PBS later this year. Personal Best was also just released on DVD, and as a DVD box set.

Please share this blog link, but understand that KERA and the Python folks retain the rights to their footage, so please refrain from redistributing the file itself.

If you're coming from outside the blog, I encourage you to check out our radio show / podcast, The Sound of Young America. We've interviewed many comedy legends, from Bob Odenkirk & David Cross to, just last week, Terry Jones of Monty Python. It's totally free, so take a look at our archives and see if something interests you. You can also check out our blog for news and views from the world of art & entertainment.

My thanks go to KERA in Dallas for sharing the footage with us, especially to Kim and Bill Young, who made the arrangements. Also to the Python organization for giving us clearance to share the Flying Circus footage seen in the clip. Also, thanks to Tyler MacNiven and Jessica Jardine for their help shooting the introduction.

Norm MacDonald's return to SNL


I'll post some more Norm MacDonald stuff, some folks shared a real treasure trove with me, but here's a great clip of Norm upon his return to SNL. As you may or may not recall, he'd been unceremoniously dumped from the Weekend Update host chair at the request of Don Ohlmeyer, then the Big Boss at NBC. Since he never really did much in sketches, he quit shortly thereafter.

Two years later, he returned to host SNL, and this was his monologue. I remember thinking at the time that it was the greatest thing of all time. My stance has moderated only slightly.

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