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Drunk History's Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner at Sundance: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Derek Waters
Guests: 
Jeremy Konner

Drunk History on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner are the creator and director of Drunk History, a series of shorts in which comedians get very, very drunk, then re-tell their favorite stories from history. The stories are re-enacted, with drunken narration and dialogue, by notable actors. Past participants have included Michael Cera and Jack Black. At Sundance, Konner and Waters screened two shorts, one featuring the story of Tesla and Edison, with actors John C. Reilly (above) and Crispin Glover, and one telling the story of Lincoln and Douglass, who were portrayed by Will Ferrel and Don Cheadle.

"Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln," narrated by past Jordan, Jesse, Go! guest Jen Kirkman, won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. The new shorts will air as part of a new series on HBO, Funny or Die Presents, which premiers tonight.

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MaxFunCon Podcast Ep. 11: Merlin Mann

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Merlin Mann shared his thoughts on creativity and producing creative work in a very popular talk at last year's MaxFunCon.

Maybe you couldn't make it in 2009. Well, luckily enough for you, Merlin will be joining us again this year. In anticipation of next week's podcast, in which Jesse will be talking to him about his upcoming book, we're sharing the advice he gave at MaxFunCon 2009.

Merlin is great at breaking down the process of making art, or writing, or however you choose to be awesome and helping you think clearly about how you can stop stalling and just get started. So what are you waiting for? Help him help you by heading over to the MaxFunCon site to get the podcast.

Podcast: The College Years: First Impressions

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Guests: 
Joanne Gilbert
Guests: 
Jeff Richards
Guests: 
Harmon Leon

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

Today's theme: First Impressions.

Joanne Gilbert, former standup comic and doctor of philosophy, talks about her book Performing Marginality, a look at the roles of women in standup comedy.

Standup comedian and former Saturday Night Live and MadTV cast member Jeff Richards stops by to talk about his career and do some of his celebrity impressions.

He's also done the late-night circuit with appearances on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, NBC's Late Friday, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.


And finally, we're joined by Harmon Leon, a first-person journalist and funnyman who's written for Might Magazine, Esquire, Salon, This American Life, and Wired, among others. He's also published six books, including The Harmon Chronicles. You can find links to his writing and cultural commentary at his site, FreedomHaters.org.

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Biker Fox and Jeremy Lamberton of "Biker Fox": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Biker Fox
Guests: 
Jeremy Lamberton

Biker Fox on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

The cycling enthusiast, muscle car parts salesman, and wildlife worshipper Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka Biker Fox, is both loved and loathed in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Director Jeremy Lamberton found himself fascinated with the character of Biker Fox, and set out to make a documentary feature about the complexities of his persona and lifestyle. The film explores the sometimes-strained relationships between Biker and the people of Tulsa. Biker Fox premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

BONUS: TSOYA documents some of Biker's characteristic attention-grabbing stunts on the streets of Park City.

Biker Fox Stunts at the Slamdance Film Festival on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

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Drake Doremus, Director of "Douchebag": Interview on The Sound of Young America at Sundance 2010

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"Douchebag" Stars Andrew Dickler and Ben York Jones
Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Drake Doremus

Drake Doremus on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Drake Doremus' second feature, Douchebag, premiered at Sundance 2010.  It's about two estranged brothers who hit the road before one's wedding.  It was inspired by Doremus' relationship with Andrew Dickler, the editor of his first feature Spooner, who makes his acting debut in Douchebag.

The twenty-six-year-old director, already a filmmaker for ten years, grew up in Southern California in the sketch comedy and improv scene. He was the youngest graduate of the director's program at the American Film Institute, and has also directed a number of award winning short films, music videos and commercials.

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Jordan Jesse Go Ep. 124: Some Pig with Brandon Bird

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Jordan, Jesse, Chompers! by Brandon Leedy
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Brandon Bird

Artist Brandon Bird joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about daytime drinking, The Antiques Roadshow and doctor's exam disasters.

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Taika Waititi and James Rolleston of "Boy": Interview on The Sound of Young America at Sundance 2010

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Taika Waititi
Guests: 
James Rolleston

Taika Waititi and James Rolleston on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Taika Waititi is the writer, director and star of "Boy," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. James Rolleston is his pre-teen co-star. The film, based on Waititi's Oscar-nominated short, is a funny and affecting coming-of-age story set in a rural New Zealand village.

Rolleston plays "Boy," a young Maori boy who lives with his grandmother. When she heads off to a funeral in the city, he's put in charge of the house, and is shocked when his father, played by Waititi, comes home from jail. Boy and his father struggle to connect, as the father struggles with the responsibilities of adulthood. Rolleston and Waititi both offer vibrant and hilarious performances.

Waititi previously directed "Eagle vs. Shark," which starred his former comedy partner Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords. "Boy" is based upon his Oscar-nominated short "Two Cars, One Night." Waititi famously feigned sleep when his nomination was read at the Academy Awards.

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TSOYA Classics: Live in New York (December 1st, 2006)

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This week's classic episode brings us part one of The Sound of Young America's first live on-stage show (aw!), recorded at The People's Improv Theater in New York City.

The standup comedian Heather Lawless, who is part of the live show Variety Shac, begins with ruminations on her body issues and other relatable topics, related in her fabulous Southern drawl.

Then we hear from Mike Daisey, the amazing storyteller, actor, and author of 21 Dog Years: A Cube Dweller's Tale. Mike spends some time telling us stories of his time spent in frozen Northern Maine, giving us a alternately funny and scary portrait of his youth.

The actor, director, and writer David Wain then joins the stage for a conversation with Jesse to talk about his film The Ten and being a part of the hotbed of creative talent that was the sketch comedy show The State.

And finally, we wrap up with a performance from hip-hop group Tanya Morgan. Enjoy.


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Actor Kevin Kline: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

The Sound of Young America was in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this year, and we took the opportunity to talk to the hottest film directors, actors, and creatives. Here’s our first part in that series, in which we talk to actor Kevin Kline.

Kevin Kline is one of America's greatest actors. He's one of the few to have won an Oscar for a comic role (his amazing turn in "A Fish Called Wanda"), and he's been acclaimed for his work in everything from contemporary drama to Shakespeare to light opera. We spoke with him at Sundance after the release of "The Extra Man”, a film adaptation of a Jonathan Ames novel. Kline stars as Henry, an eccentric older gentleman who makes his living as a social escort to New York’s high society widows.

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Sal Santana on "Keyboard City" and more: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Sal Santana

Salvador Santana is a keyboard player and singer-songwriter. His father is guitar legend Carlos Santana. He's just released a new LP, Keyboard City. He talks with The Sound of Young America about his Bay Area roots (he's an alumnus of School of the Arts in San Francisco), working on "Supernatural" as a teenager, touring with Ozomatli and recording with his mentor, Money Mark.

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