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Podcast: Joketacular

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This week's Sound of Young America broadcast is a delightful ride through the world of comedic entertainment. A Joketacular, if you will.

My guest is Brian Posehn. Brian is a standup comedian who's appeared on almost every sitcom ever made as "that guy." He was also a writer and actor on HBO's Mr. Show.

I talk with Brian about his chidhood as a self-described "misfit." He describes being called in to the counselor's office, so the powers that be could check on "Brian the ticking timebomb." He also describes his early 20s, when he drunklenly leapt from a lifeguard tower and was paralyzed from the waist down. Brian also talks with us about the writer's room at Mr. Show, and his feelings about being recognized on the street. The version of the interview contained here is somewhat shortened, the full, unedited version is available here.

We also hear comedy from all over the world (OK, it's all from the US, except for one song from New Zealand, but still).

Songs:
"Pi" by Hard N Phirm
"First of May" by Jonathan Coulton
"Jenny" by Flight of the Conchords

Sketch:
"Extreme Food" from Meat (performing at Sketchfest NYC in June)

and Standup:
Todd Barry from "Invite Them Up"

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Podcast: Marty Krofft

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Marty Krofft and his brother Sid Krofft created many of the 1970s most memorable television programs, particularly for children. Their creations for kids included HR Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost, Lidsville and Sigmund and the Sea Monster.

They also produced adult variety fare, including shows starring Donnie & Marie Osmond, the Brady Kids and Barbara Mandrell. The lattermost program was just released on DVD.

Before entering the world of television, Sid & Marty toured the world as puppeteers, starting in their teen years.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 8: Elongated Head

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe discuss the merits and difficulties of having an extremely elongated head. The head is elongated through the power of science, and is desirable for social reasons.

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Podcast: Bob Odenkirk

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Bob Odenkirk has written for Saturday Night Live, and won an Emmy for his writing on The Ben Stiller Show. He co-created and starred in the sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, and directed the films Melvin Goes to Dinner and Let's Go To Prison. He also directed the upcoming film The Brothers Solomon, which was written by and stars SNL's Will Forte, alongside Kristen Wiig and Will Arnett.

Odenkirk's latest project is "Derek and Simon," a series of shorts featuring comedians Derek Waters and Simon Helberg on Super Deluxe. Their casual, conversational tone is pierced by sometimes outrageous premises. Below is the first episode.

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Joketacular with Mr. Show writer/performer Brian Posehn
Goofaround Gang with Mr. Show writer/performer Paul F. Tompkins and Tim & Eric
Joke Warfare with Mr. Show writer Dino Stampatopoulos

Podcast: The College Years: Guys in Their Underwear

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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.

This week's dip in the archival river of The Sound of Young America makes you come up with leeches in the form of guys in their underwear. First, the guys talk to the mysterious Inspector #14 of underwear-inspecting fame. After, legendary soul singer Swamp Dogg talks about being a cult artist, his transformation into Swamp Dogg and why his liner notes were so great. Also, some of his hard-to-find, great music is played and discussed.

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 23: You're the reason that daddy left.

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss vacations and more.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are kick-starting summer at the beach! Rutger Hauer called in sick, so please send us a get well card or picture for him. Also: Jordan's slang update.
Eros
Jesse and Jordan discuss the bumper sticker that listener SmartBunny designed. Jordan is concerned that everything devolves into eroticism.
Short Hair, Long Hair
A surprisingly emotional discussion of long and short hair.

Movies and So On

Jesse saw The TV Set, and really enjoyed it. Jordan saw Spiderman 3. Also, a listener calls in with a harrowing tale.
Pledge Break
May first through fifteenth is the MaxFun Drive. Donate.
Drinking Game

The final game is here on the forum. We want you to host one and report back.

Lyme Disease

A listener calls in because he thinks he might have Lyme disease. Turns out he totally does.

Outro

We hear a few more big moments calls.

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* Donate to support MaximumFun.org
* Send us something nice for Rutger Hauer -- like a get well soon card.
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LISTENER SONG

"Yr Polish Uncle" by The Reid Paley Trio from Approximate Hellhound

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Podcast: Celebrity Snark with Amelie Gillette and Alex Blagg

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How's this for a change of pace... an issue-oriented TSOYA! We talk with two people I really like about a phenomenon I really hate: celebrity snark.

Amelie Gillette is the author of the very funny column and blog "The Hater" for The Onion AV Club. Alex Blagg is one of the bloggers on BestWeekEver.TV, the blog spinoff of the popular VH1 series.

We talk about the proliferation of celebrity snark, the recent Kimmel/Gawker kerfuffle and much more.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 7: Wolverine Football

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe invade a football practice field, where the ask a coach for his help training their wolverines in sport.

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Podcast: The Lobotomist with Jack El-Hai

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Jack El-Hai is the author of "The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and his Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness." It traces the life of Dr. Walter Freeman (pictured above), who popularized the lobotomy. The technique was innovative in its time, but Freeman continued performing it long after more effective pharmaceutical treatments were available. Nonetheless, Freeman was an innovator in treating the physical causes of mental illness.

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Podcast: Sarah Thyre, author of "Dark at the Roots"

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Sarah Thyre is an actress and writer. She's been seen as Coach Cherri Wolf on "Strangers with Candy," and on The Upright Citizens Brigade and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Her memoir, "Dark at the Roots," describes her childhood in the deep south. Rebellious and irreverent, but also secretly deeply class and status conscious, she struggled through catholic school as an outsider.

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