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TSOYA is Live! in New York on Saturday Afternoon

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The Sound of Young America is Live! in New York City on Saturday afternoon as part of Sketchfest NYC.

We're so happy to have Ze Frank, Jay Smooth, Pangea 3000 and Dawn Landes to entertain you.

Tickets are available now, so buy yourself some.
And tell a friend!

The Sound of Young America Live! in New York

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Yes folks, it has indeed been confirmed. The Sound of Young America will be live in New York City next month as part of Sketchfest NYC.

It's a matinee show, Saturday June 14th at 4PM. Tickets just went on sale for only ten bucks at the UCB theater website. I'm still working on confirming guests, but there should be some cool people on the bill, so buy those tickets now.

There are also lots of other amazing shows in the festival, which you really oughta go to. More on that later. For now, just buy those tickets.

Mike Daisey's "How Theater Failed America" in NYC

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MaxFunPal Mike Daisey, last heard on our Live in NYC show a year and a half or so ago, has a brand new show. Given the title, "How Theater Failed America," I'm guessing it has less severed limbs and blood-soaked snow than the story he told on our air, but it still sounds pretty great to me. I saw Mike, (who I have decided is the official Monologuist of MaximumFun.org), perform in LA a month or so ago, and he was just as hilarious and electrifying as he was in New York.

Here's the details:

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
Starts May 16th--Six Weeks Only
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm,
Sundays @ 7:00pm
BARROW STREET THEATRE
27 Barrow Street @ 7th Ave. South
Tickets: telecharge.com or 212.239.6200

I'm not going to reprint all of Mike's rave reviews, so let's go with a favorite, from the New York Times: "A sardonic rebuke to the corporate types who hold American theater hostage and a powerful sense of the wonder of theater. The entire room was quietly rapt...a remarkable performer."

And guess what?

Mike's extended a special offer for MaxFunsters... use this direct link to the online box office, and use the code MDHTFA and you can get twenty dollar tickets to the show. That's a hell of a price. And you can call 212-947-8844, use the same code, and get the same sweet sweet deal.

(Above photo: Mike at TSOYA Live, shot by Anya Garrett)

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Comics and Comix with Chris Elliott, Art Spiegelman and Matt Walsh

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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.

This week, Pulitzer-prize-winning comix artist Art Spiegelman (above) talks about his book "In the Shadow Of No Towers," a collection of large-format newspaper comics about September 11th and its fallout.

Then we talk with Chris Elliott, long-time foil to David Letterman, co-creator and star of the cult sitcom Get A Life, and now comic novelist. His first novel was "The Shroud of the Thwacker."

Finally, we talk with Matt Walsh. In addition to appearing in many movies, Walsh is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade. He also starred in the semi-improvised semi-reality sitcom Dog Bites Man.


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Rock & ROFL and Variety SHAC in NYC

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In case you haven't noticed on our Live page, The Sound of Young America is proud to be sponsoring two monthly live shows in New York City.

The first is Variety SHAC at the UCB Theater. Shonali Bhowmik, Heather Lawless, Andrea Rosen and Chelsea Perretti are four of the funniest women in New York, and each month they present a pastiche of standup, short film and music. I've seen the show here in LA, and it's fantastic.

The next SHAC is Thursday night at 9:30, and features Jon Glaser (Conan, Human Giant, etc) and Greg Johnson. That's a lot of entertainment for just five buckaroos.

The second is Rock & ROFL, a combination comedy/rock show that's put together by Klaus Kinski and Brooklyn Vegan. Comedy runs from 9-10, then a couple of bands rock your ass off. This month's show is Monday, May 5th at Piano's in NYC. Among the comics making you ROFL will be John Mulaney, who I was lucky enough to see at the Project Breakout show at Comix last year -- and he knocked me out. You can also see The Acorn and War on Drugs, two very highly-regarded rock bands. And it's ten bucks! You can't lose!

But wait... what if it got EVEN BETTER?

We've got two pairs of tickets for Rock & ROFL to GIVE AWAY to two lucky Max Funsters. Just email me your name and contact info, plus your favorite TSOYA interview. That's it! I'll pick two winners tommorow.

"The Takeaway" debuts Monday on WNYC and elsewhere!

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I'm looking forward to the launch of a brand-new public radio morning show tommorow, "The Takeaway," with John Hockenberry and Adoara Udoji.

"The Takeaway" is a co-production of PRI (my distributor), the BBC, WNYC in New York, the New York Times and WGBH in Boston. The goal is, at it's essence, to provide an alternative to Morning Edition, which is something that I think is desperately needed in public radio. (And to be clear: I like Morning Edition).

When I attended my first public radio conference six months or so ago in Minneapolis, I was really wowed by Hockenberry's brief talk about how he imagined the show. Expect a program that at least aspires to be truly multi-platform, and focused on the in-depth and analysis, which is exactly what I think public radio does better than any other broadcast outlet.

You can hear the show on WNYC (both AM and FM at different times), on WEAA in Baltimore, and on WGBH in Boston. You can also hear it online at thetakeaway.org. There's already a sample up at PRI's site.

Now, just to make this a bit more Maximum Fun-like, I will say that while I was at the conference, I saw Udoji at Saks Off 5th in downtown Minneapolis. I was looking at shirts, and she asked me what shirt size I wore. I told her (16.5x35, if you're wondering), then told her how much I enjoyed their presentation earlier that day.

"How did you..." she started, confusedly. "OH! You don't work here!"

Yes, PRI's new flagship star thought I worked at Saks' discount store.

Podcast: Sloane Crosley, author of "I Was Told There'd Be Cake"

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Sloane Crosley started her non-fiction writing career after an acquaintance offered to publish a cleaned-up version of a mass email she'd sent... in the Village Voice. Her collection of humorous personal essays, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," recently debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Rock & ROFL Pics

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Brooklyn Vegan has posted some awesome pics of the BV & KK Present Rock & ROFL show that we sponsored last night at Piano's in NYC. Looks like it was awesome!

The surprise guest was John Vanderslice, who was a guest on TSOYA in 2006. What an awesome guy.

Above is a shot of our man Will Franken, who's repping Kansas and the Bay in Queens these days. You can find more awesome photos of Vanderslice, the comedy cats and Takka Takka by Ryan Muir over at BV.

And if you missed this show, be sure not to miss our next TSOYA Presents show, Variety SHAC at the UCBT Thursday night... not to mention Will Franken at the Purple Onion in SF on Friday and Saturday.

Podcast: Seven Second Delay with Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman

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Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman are the hosts of Seven Second Delay on WFMU, the legendary freeform radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey. For the past fifteen years, they've picked a "radio stunt" each week, then tried to execute it in just one hour of live airtime. They've chain-translated a Village Voice S&M personal add through 15 languages, then back into English, written the ultimate New York Times "Metropolitan Diary" column entry, then gotten it published, and failed more times than they can count.

When they're not on-air, Freedman serves as the station's manager. Breckman is a noted comedy writer, having written for David Letterman and Saturday Night Live (he penned the classic "White Like Me" sketch), and he is creator and showrunner of USA network's Monk.

The folks behind the Seven Second Delay blog have put together this guide to the show for listeners of TSOYA, including links to the various programs referenced during our interview. Thanks!

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Dave Hill is Looking for Love

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The always-awesome Dave Hill is looking for love in all the wrong places this Valentine's day.

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