Splitsider Reviews JJGo

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We were completely blindsided by this very thoughtful and complimentary review in Splitsider, a new comedy blog from the folks behind the wonderful Chicago literary blog The Awl. Joe Berkowitz writes that "Jordan, Jesse, GO! is a funny and subscription-worthy podcast that the new guys could all learn a lot from." He also wrote very nice things about Jordan and myself as hosts, saying "Both of these guys are quick and sharp enough to go beat-for-beat with some of the funniest people working today."

It's a real honor to have received such a complimentary review, and our thanks go out to the good folks at Splitsider!

Jesse on WTF and TBTL. OMG!


A couple of my favorite podcasters invited me on their shows recently, and now you can check out the results.

I stopped by The Cat Ranch in beautiful Highland Park, California on a sweltering day recently and visited my friend Marc Maron. Marc visited the Sound of Young America last year, and I was repaying the favor. We talked about all kinds of stuff, including the feud Marc's insecurity was trying to start with Jad Abumrad, nerd identities and more. You can download the show from this link, and you can find iTunes info and more at

I also visited my pal Luke Burbank's live show at the Troubador in Los Angeles. I was by far the least significant person on the bill, which also featued folks like Garfunkel & Oates, Rob Corddry and Dana Gould. You can grab it in iTunes by going to, or listen to the embed below. Luke had me play a game in which I was tricked into critiquing the outfits of his producer and engineer. I come in about half an hour into the show, but the rest is pretty great, too.

More audio at

We're everywhere...


This week, we're really getting around to a few of our favorite podcasts.

I'm the guest on this week's Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap. You can listen to the free version of the show here. That's the first twenty minutes or so. Of course, if you want to listen to the whole thing, you'll have to become a Primo subscriber. For twenty bucks, you get six months worth of Never Not Funny. As our pal Nathan Rabin of the AV Club tweeted a couple days ago: "I cannot recommend the premium Never Not Funny subscription highly enough. What a joy."

Jordan and I also appeared on this week's season finale of the comedy series Superego. Also guesting on the big finale were Paul F. Tompkins, Tom Scharpling and more. It's a truly crazy show, and one we both like a lot. In fact, we're using some of their stuff on The Sound of Young America. Worth your time!

Boing Boing v. Max Fun


Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing visited MaxFun World HQ on Tuesday - I interviewed him about his lovely new book Made By Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World. He posted a picture of me and one of Cocoa on BB and was kind enough to call The Sound of Young America "the most consistently interesting interview program on the planet."

He was, as ever, a joy. The interview goes up next week.

Everything by Everyone

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Last summer, Nathan Kuruna interviewed me for his documentary Everything By Everyone. It's about internet media, and particularly Newgrounds, a website which hosts independent flash games. As you might guess, he didn't ask me about flash games - he asked me about the future of media, and particularly independent media. It was a pleasure and an honor to be included in the project... and now he's got a trailer! Note the appearance by internet luminary Kevin "Sprinkles" Pereira.

Paul Gilmartin, Maria Bamford and Me on BBC Radio 4


Hold on! We got bumped because Gordon Brown said something weird. This'll run next week.

This evening (UK time) or afternoon (US time) you can catch me on BBC Radio 4's "The Vote Now Show." I talk with Rep. Richard Martin (R-OH), aka Paul Gilmartin, and his lovely wife Jazz, aka Maria Bamford. Paul and Maria are so amazing as these characters, and the piece is really a lot of fun.

The show runs from 3:00-3:30 this afternoon (pacific time) or 11PM-11:30PM GMT. You can catch the stream here on the Radio 4 page or in iTunes.

Jesse and Jordan on the Adam Carolla Podcast


Jordan and I had a blast heading over to Adam Carolla's garage, checking out his vintage race cars and recording a podcast. Both Jordan and I think Carolla is an exceptionally gifted comic mind and a big asset to the world of podcasting.

There's a player below, you can check it out on, or grab it in iTunes.

Jesse Thorn on Comedy & Everything Else


I had a blast last night recording an episode of Comedy & Everything Else. Stef and Jimmy were gracious hosts and we had a lot of fun talking about everything from President Obama to Queen Latifah. If you have the stomach for two and a half hours of me running my mouth, you should check it out.


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Jeff Robinson from our Salt Lake City affiliate KCPW was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk to me while we were out there for Sundance. Sadly, the David Hyde Pierce interview I allude to was canceled at the last minute, but it may be rescheduled.

Sundance shows start February 9th!

McSweeney's Recommends The Sound of Young America


The good people at McSweeney's, a little literary journal you may have heard of, have seen fit to Officially Recommend The Sound of Young America.

Here's what they wrote:

The Sound of Young America podcast
This is the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world. We feel better after an episode. The fact that we just found it and that they have an immense back catalog bodes well for everyone.

Thank you McSweeney's! Here's to you!

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