Human Giant Season Two is Coming!


TSOYA Pals Human Giant have a second season of comedy hurtling towards your television. You can already download episode one of season two in iTunes, or for free using Amazon Unbox, though for the latter you'll need a special player (wtf, amazon?).

Hard to imagine that it was only ten months ago that the HG fellas first visited The Sound. Or that it was only a few years ago when we first saw HG director Jason Woliner's brilliant and hilarious Dick Cheney's Alive!.

Kudos to you, Human Giants! You are a delight to us all!

Podcast: Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein of Cinematic Titanic and Mystery Science Theater 3000

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Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein are 3/5ths of Cinematic Titanic. The series of DVDs and digital downloads combines old, terrible films with comic commentary. If the description sounds familiar, you might be thinking of the long-running cult comedy classic Mystery Science Theater 3000, of which Hodgson was the original host. We talk with Joel, Frank and J. Elvis about their careers in comedy, why they got the band back together, and more. We even delve into their relationship with Rifftrax, a similar outfit run by some other MST3K expats.

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Word on the street is that The Foot-Fist Way is the funniest thing since ever. Or maybe since Wet Hot American Summer. We'll see... the people behind it are making a TV series for HBO and they cast Andy Daly, so they've certainly got that going for them.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: International Waters

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

On this week’s show, Dick Blasucci of Mad TV stops by, as well as John Baur and Mark Summers, the men behind International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Dick Blasucci won two Emmys as the head writer for SCTV. He has spent the last seven years as executive producer of Mad TV.

John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers are the creators of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, which is celebrated annually on September 19.

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The Stupidest Man in the World


From Neil & Paul, two of the absolute funniest guys on the planet. Jordan pointed this one out in the forum.

"End racism... in about an hour!"


Our old pal W. Kamau Bell (remember his piece Sarah Silverman is Racist?) has a gala show coming up in the East Bay (that's the San Francisco Bay Area, sorry Tampa) called The W. Kamau Bell Curve. Kamau's a great comic, but I rarely post show-specific notices here, and I wouldn't have in this instance if it weren't for this policy: "Tickets $20; bring a friend of another race and your friend gets in free."

Now if that's not an awesome ticketing policy, I don't know what is.

The show's are March 1st and 2nd at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley. Buy your tickets online here.

Behind the Scenes with Diablo Cody


From Jackie Clarke and Olde English. Look: I liked Juno. But this is fucking hilarious.

John Mulaney in San Francisco


I don't usually plug local comedy shows on the blog, at least ones in which I'm not involved as a sponsor, but I thought I'd make an exception. New York comic John Mulaney will be co-headlining San Francisco's Punchline tonight through Saturday, and he's dynamite. He's the best kind of alternative comic -- the kind that takes the craft seriously and has lots and lots of great, suprising jokes. I'd compare him maybe to Dana Gould, another comic who blends the worlds of traditional club comedy and alternative stuff. John takes well-grounded premises and spins them out until they're surprisingly silly, but never self-indulgent. He's a very young guy, younger maybe than me I think, and he's still polishing his performance style, but he'll be a big name in comedy if he doesn't quit to be a big-money writer. I've heard good things about his co-headliner Amy Schumer as well. The Punchline is a great club in which to see a show, and if you're lucky, you might run into MaxFunster/sometime doorman Bucky Sinister.

Tickets available online here.

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Podcast: JJGo Ep 51: Balls & Calls

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This week on the show Jesse and Jordan discuss Jordan's kidney stones, which includes laughing a lot at the word "balls." Plus: the winner of the showdown is announced!


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The Sound of Young America on Current: Patton Oswalt


You may or may not be familiar with Current. It's a news-and-information cable channel, started by Al Gore & Friends a few years ago to cater to younger audiences. The channel broadcasts what they call "pods," which are essentiall 3-5 minute news stories, often contributed by viewers, which are bracketed by VJ-like hosts. Current approached me a few months ago about putting together a pilot for a TV version of The Sound of Young America, and what you see above is the result.

We tried to keep it very simple and true to the spirit of the radio show and podcast. It's shot in my apartment, and they're actually shooting a radio interview. As you can see, they work in a lot of other visuals and so forth, as well. I was really impressed by the excitement producer Mark Reinhardt and his team managed to introduce into what's essentially a pair of talking heads.

What do you think? Current are as happy with the product as I am, and it looks like we'll be doing more of these in the future.

(In case anyone's worried, while Current will probably end up owning the TV productions, they won't get any control or rights to anything other than that, including any future TSOYA video projects. They've been really good about understanding my desire to control my work, and I feel very good about the partnership.)

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