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Nathan Rabin, Author of The Big Rewind - Interview on TSOYA

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The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture
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Bullseye
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Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin has been the head writer of The Onion's AV Club for over ten years, his first book The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture delves into the unusual upbringing that helped create the pop-culture savant that we know and love today: in a way that's both hilarious and heartbreaking.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go!: Episode 111: Richmond

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Karen Kilgariff

Karen Kilgariff joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about Dennis Richmond, getting punched in the face and more.


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An Hour with Kasper Hauser: A Sound of Young America Special

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Bullseye
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Kasper Hauser

The Kasper Hauser Comedy Group are a San Francisco-based sketch comedy group who've been mainstays of The Sound of Young America, and have appeared on Comedy Central and on This American Life. They're the authors of three hilarious books: "SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane," "Obama's Blackberry," and "Weddings of the Times." They also wrote the website Wonderglen for former Onion editor and Daily Show executive producer Ben Karlin.

On this special hour-long Sound of Young America special, they talk about their careers, and we hear their comedy -- both sketches produced for The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast and all-new pieces.

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Kevin Allison of The State and RISK! Show: The Text Of Young America

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Kevin Allison is a comedy writer/performer best known for his role as a member of The State. In August, Allison launched his new project RISK! A weekly live storytelling event described as “the Moth, only edgier.” And later this month (September) there will be a podcast version of the show on Breakthru Radio and iTunes. Allison spoke to me about taking a chance, putting it all out there, and bringing people together.

Chris Bowman: It’s been a pretty big summer for you. First, after much anticipation, The State was released on DVD, and now RISK! How long have you been planning this project?

Kevin Allison: Gosh, you know. It’s so funny. I did a show last November called F*** Up. It was five characters and each one told a story. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and years whenever I perform as a solo artist. I’ve done a few one-man shows, and you know what? I think it was just getting really old. I hadn’t realized I was yearning to do something different. So F*** Up was characters all based on me, different aspects of my personality. And I found myself really struggling to connect with the audience. I was playing it too big, then I tried to play it down but I just felt like I wasn’t quite connecting. Then I did it in San Francisco at SF Sketchfest, and a lot of the guys from The State were there and again I felt like “Gosh, this isn’t quite working for me.” I was walking away from the show with Michael Ian Black and I said, “Well, what do you think?” (Laughs) Because he could tell that I wasn’t too thrilled with how the show had gone. He said, “You know, I really feel like you just want to speak as yourself to the audience.” And I was like, “You’re absolutely right.” I’d wanted to do that for a long time. So within weeks I just started going up places, telling my own stories and immediately the connection was palpable. I was getting big reactions and people were approaching me after saying, “Gosh, I just loved that.” But I was on to something. This story telling thing is booming in New York right now. And I noticed something. Anytime someone would go out on a limb, where they were revealing something a little bit more serious and profound than you’d see at your normal comedy show the audience would respond that much more. The audience was like, “I appreciate that you’re laying it all out there with this one.” And so I thought well why don’t I just put a show together where that’s the entire theme. Tell personal stories and in some way or another try to push yourself to do something on stage that you’ve never quite done before.

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Kasper Hauser: Wedding Emergencies Unit Two

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Kasper Hauser

Kasper Hauser guide you through solutions to two wedding crises: Drunk Priest and Forgotten Rings.

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Gary Hustwit, Director of the Design Documentary "Objectified": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Gary Hustwit

Gary Hustwit is a documentary filmmaker. His first film, "Helvetica," focused on the history of the iconic font. His newest, "Objectified," is about the process of consumer design. It's currently touring theaters, and will run on PBS this fall.

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Mike Sacks, author of "And Here's the Kicker": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Mike Sacks

Mike Sacks is the author of And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft. Sacks is a writer for Vanity Fair magazine. The book features interviews with writers like Jack Handey, Buck Henry, George Meyer, David Sedaris, Harold Ramis and many others.

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Jordan Jesse Go Ep. 110: Moors and Christians with Nick Adams

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Nick Adams

Nick Adams joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about all kinds of different stuff.


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Brent Weinbach Interview: The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Brent Weinbach

Brent Weinbach is a comedian from San Francisco, whose unique style has ingratiated him to some, and had the opposite effect on others. One CBS executive banned him from the Late Late Show on the grounds that he was "too weird." His new CD, available September 15th, is "The Night Shift."

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Al Madrigal Interview: The Sound of Young America

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Al Madrigal Dreams of Laughter
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Al Madrigal


Al Madrigal is a comedian and actor. He's been a regular on numerous network television shows, but his hallmark is his standup. We talk with Al about his new CD, called Half Breed, and about his old job -- firing people.

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