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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Way Into You.

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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 Classics.

On this week's show Way Into You we're joined by comedian and author Greg Behrendt. We’re also got “The Fun Bunch”, Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter.

Greg Behrendt is a standup comedian and best-selling author of “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “It’s Called a Break Up Because It’s Broken”. He also acted as consultant for two episodes of the hit tv show “Sex and the City”.

Also on the show are Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter, otherwise known as comedy duo “The Fun Bunch”. These guys have written for “Mr. Show” and run the hugely successful alternative comedy showcase Comedy Death-Ray in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA.

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Kasper Hauser in NYC: "An event of magnitude."

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Our very good friends The Kasper Hauser Comedy Group are bringing their brilliant, off-kilter eye to New York City tonight and tommorow night. Kasper Hauser coming to NYC is a big enough deal for Time Out New York to have declared it "an event of magnitude."

Tonight (Thursday), they're performing their show SkyMaul. See SkyMaul CEO Jerry Ponda detail the decline of the SkyMaul company, and meet the mis-matched characters who are hoping to bring it back to the top. Features original sketches specific to the show, plus material drawn from SkyMaul the book. The show's at 10 at Ars Nova.

Tommorow (Friday), they're co-headlining The Longest Sketch Show Ever at the UCB in NY. The show starts at 10 and runs for 24 straight hours. It's part of the New York Comedy Festival. They'll be performing lots of classic Kasper Hauser sketches in a show that's completely different from SkyMaul.

Be there or be square!

Stand Up for Diversity!

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Once a year, NBC holds a standup comedy contest for comics who aren't white. It's called "Stand up for Diversity." The cool part about this contest is that the winner actually gets a holding deal at NBC -- which if I'm not mistaken is what you get for winning Last Comic Standing, too. A year or two ago, our buddy Brent Weinbach (half-filipino, half-jew) won the contest, and while he didn't get a guest show on Joey, he did make some money and contacts out of it.

The big show is tonight in New York, and it's hosted by the very funny Jordan Carlos. So if you're not already going to see Kasper Hauser, see deets below.

Stand Up New York
236 W. 78th st just east of Broadway

Podcast: The Upright Citizens Brigade

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Matt Besser (above) is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy group which brought long-form improvisation to New York City in the late 1990s, and has brought high-quality comedy to both coasts since opening theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Besser talks about the history of the group, which also includes SNL's Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, and has also included comedy luminaries like Adam McKay and Horatio Sanz. The second season of their Comedy Central sketch series was recently released on DVD.

We also hear improvisation from Besser and colleagues from the UCB Theater in Los Angeles -- Sean Conroy, Andy Daly and Chad Carter.

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You might also enjoy these past interview programs:
Put-Ons with Matt Walsh and Charlie Todd
Del Close Marathon with Ian Roberts and Anthony King (MP3)
Life Changes with Rodney Rothman and Matt Besser (MP3)

Fighting Little Donny Disease

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Little Donny Disease, or magnimus-obliviophallocytis, is a terrifying affliction that affects young people across the country. You can find out more information here, or by viewing these short informational clips.

Little Donny on the Upright Citizens Brigade

And visiting The Today Show.

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah - Spooky, Scary.

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How could I have been working so hard I forgot to post WEREWOLF BAR MITZVAH, the GREATEST SONG EVER RECORDED, now in a FULL version? And downloadable to boot!

"It was a rocking werewolf zoo at Temple Beth Emmanuel."

GOD BLESS YOU WEREWOLF BAR MITZVAH!!!!! And God Bless 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan and writer Tami Sagher.

This song has surpassed "Haunted House of Rock" by Whodini and Overtime Comedy's "Dracula's Super Spooky 9-11 Candle Vigil" as my all-time favorite Halloween-themed novelty tune.

Related: Mr. Show's "Monster Parties: Fact or Fiction"

Me and my best friend Mr. Stephen Colbert

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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.

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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 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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Bill Weber's top ten comedy duos...

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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!

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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.

Ready... steady... go!

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