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SF Sketchfest Tribute to Paul Reubens Tonight

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The one and only Paul Reubens, comedy god and creator of Pee-Wee Herman, the fictional character about whom I care most in the world, will be gracing the stage of the SF Sketchfest (of which we are a sponsor) tonight. He'll be interviewed by Bay Area journalism legend Ben Fong-Torres. And guess what, there are even some tickets still available!

Seriously, get your tickets and get your ass out to the show, Bay Areans. Do this thing.

Flight of the Conchords Deal With The Issues

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Tracy Morgan vs. Conan O'Brien

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Q: Who will win?
A: WE ALL WIN.

Note: I got a bit tired of some of Conan O'Brien's schtick long ago. And Andy Richter was my favorite part of the show. And I go to bed at 10:30 like an elderly man now.

But man, isn't Conan wonderfully funny with guests? It's a rare skill to be as funny as he is without stealing attention from the person you're interviewing. Wow. He's really gotten spectacularly good at it.

Comedy Death Ray at SF Sketchfest

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Scott Aukerman took some great photos at Comedy Death Ray, part of SF Sketchfest, of which we are a proud sponsor. Our man in SF, Darryl, promises some recaps of the shows we've been missing, but in the meantime, a few pictures...

Paul F. Tompkins dandies about, as Jimmy Pardo suffers from an undisclosed ailment.

Hard N Phirm look like 12-year-olds in this picture. Handsome 12-year-olds.

Doesn't Maria Bamford look like a beautiful ghost from an early 90's rock video?

Morgan Murphy is the kind of lady who can still rock the post-hippie thrift store look and look fantastic.

Knights of Prosperity Contest Winners

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Congratulations to Fred from Carle Place, New York and Aaron from Thorhill, Ontario, Canada, who won the Knights of Prosperity contest. Each will get a t-shirt courtesy of the folks at ABC.

If you haven't already, check out our show with the creators of K of P, and our show with Maz Jobrani, one of the show's stars. And listen to this week's Jordan, Jesse GO! for a brand new contest that will be one of the awesomest ever launched.

DJ Drama and DJ Cannon Update

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kelefa sanneh, Our Favorite Music Journalist With An Uncapitalized Name, runs down the current situation in today's Times.

According to the Times:
* Drama and Cannon are being charged with racketeering and helpd on $100,000 bond.
* The RIAA maintains that "a sound recording is either copyrighted or it's not." Since mix tape DJs have only implied permission to use the music they use, they're out of luck.
* The RIAA claims that Cannon and Drama were sent a cease-and-desist letter before the raid.

If you're unfamiliar with the situation, sanneh runs it down pretty effectively in his story, describing (accurately) the esteem in which these guys are held in the hip-hop community, the enthusiastic endorsements they get from artists, and so on.

Also: DJ J-Smooth from WBAI in NYC videoblogs the whole thing to delightful (and hilarious) effect.

And: VH1 gets comments from the RIAA: "We don't consider this being against mixtapes as some sort of class of product. We enforce our rights civilly or work with police against those who violate state law. Whether it's a mixtape or a compilation or whatever it's called, it doesn't really matter: If it's a product that's violating the law, it becomes a target."

Additionally: Eskay is reporting at XXL.com that Drama and Cannon have been released from jail.

Podcast: The College Years: Tricks with Mal Sharpe of Coyle & Sharpe

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every two weeks or so as we post a new program from our salad days.

This week we take an in-depth look at TRICKS AND TRICKERY. Our guest is the great Mal Sharpe, half of Coyle & Sharpe. If you heard him on this show from August, 2006 -- hear him again, five years ago! This show was originally broadcast January 10th, 2002.

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So I like Robin Thicke! Wanna make something of it?

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He's performing this joint on Leno tonight, and if that goes up on YouTube, I'll POST THAT TOO!

And I'm here to say this: EVOLUTION OF ROBIN THICKE: SLEEPER ALBUM OF 2006! Just as CHERRY BLUE SKIES was SLEEPER ALBUM OF 2003!

And I don't care if his father is Alan Thicke, THAT JUST MAKES ME LIKE HIM MORE!

Additionally... when his song "Brand New Jones" comes on in the Nordstrom Rack, I JAM WHILE I SHOP, because THAT'S MY JAM.

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