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Jordan Morris on Jonathan Goldstein's Wiretap

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Our own Jordan Morris guested on Jonathan Goldstein's wonderful CBC/PRI radio program Wiretap this week. You can hear him giving JG some tips on how to "comedy up" his downer of a show starting around 15 or 20 minutes in.

If you're not already on board the Wiretap bandwagon, now's a great time to get on board. The CBC doesn't offer an official podcast of the show, but I bet you could find one if you looked.

Celebrity Guests

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The AV Club thoughtfully included my pick for favorite movie of the year (Role Models) in their round up of "celebrity" picks. If you're interested in picks from people who saw more than five movies, you should check out their editors' picks here. If you feel bad because they seem too smart and together, you can check out their guilty pleasures here. Apparently, Nathan Rabin actually likes Boat Trip.

Coyle & Sharpe are tolerable!

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Hey, check it out... the Coyle & Sharpe Podcast was featured in The Onion AV Club's Tolerability Index recently -- as the MOST TOLERABLE THING OF THE WEEK. Our thanks go to the author, Amelie Gillette.

Jesse + Luke Burbank = Too Beautiful to Live?

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Luke Burbank
was kind enough to invite me on his very fun radio program, Too Beautiful To Live, last night. It was all kinds of fun. I got to talk with Luke and his charming producer/co-host Jen, and play their game Awesome/Not Awesome. You can listen below, or download the hour directly with this link.

Nice shirt, Tom Lennon!

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Nice shorts, Sprinkles!

Me on KUOW Presents

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Seattle's #1 celebrity, Detlef Schrempf

The very kind Jeremy Richards from KUOW and KXOT in Seattle stopped by MaxFunHQ earlier this week and interviewed me for a show called KUOW Presents. As you may have heard, I'm going to be doing TSOYA Live! at Sketchfest Seattle on Saturday, along with Dan Savage, Pete Rothbart from Found Magazine, the sketch groups The Birthday Boys and Hey You Millionaires.

You can download the show in MP3 format from this link. You can also stream it on their site here. I'm the final segment, from about 40 minutes in to the end.

And for gosh sakes, if you're in Seattle, come to the fucking show. If nobody shows up, guess who looks like an asshole? Me, that's who. Here I am, sleeping on some nice sketch group's floor, and there you are, not coming to my show. That's a bad situation. So buy some tickets, round up some friends, and make me feel like I make good decisions with my life.

Hey! We're in Spirit Magazine

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I had no idea until someone messaged me on MySpace, but we're in the current issue of Southwest Airlines' Spirit Magazine, as one of their entertainment picks.

Podcast: The Sound of Young America

THE CONCEPT: Whippersnappers take over public radio.

FRESH AIR: Hosted by 26-year-old Jesse Thorn, the weekly program features interviews with both celebs and relative unknowns from music, TV, and Hollywood. Previous guests include ESPN’s Kenny Mayne and former Colbert Report producer Ben Karlin. The crew also produces several other downloadable podcasts, such as a weekly sketch comedy routine.

NEW THING: Now carried on a dozen public radio stations around the country, The Sound of Young America was the first public radio program west of the Mississippi to podcast. Salon.com declared it “the greatest radio show you’ve never heard” and last year iTunes ranked it a “classic.”

GET IT: maximumfun.org

TSOYA in Current

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Current is the newspaper of record for public broadcasting. It's full of informative articles and advertisements for shitty public television pledge drive specials (The Three Irish Tenors Sing the Songs of Andrew Lloyd Weber, Suze Orman: A Creepy Lady, Thirty Years of Things on Public TV Because There Are British Accents In Them, etc).

If you want to know how the Public Radio Community thinks of The Sound of Young America, you can check out the article as a PDF here.

Theresa Hossfeld and Jesse Thorn

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Thanks Francesca and Emily!

"The Antipod" in the New York Times Magazine

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Rob Walker writes my favorite New York Times column, "Consumed" in the Sunday Magazine. Each week, he looks at a consumer and marketing phenomenon; this week's it's Zune.

Rob and I have corresponded since I emailed him a couple years ago about how much I like the column, and when he was prepping for this one, someone mentioned to him what big Zune fans Jordan and I are. He gave me a call, and the final result was probably my most important contribution to American culture thus far: getting the phrase "rocket up your Zunehole" printed in the Newspaper of Record. I'm really grateful that Rob took the time to accurately and reasonably affect my feelings about Zunes. Here's what he wrote:

But the most salient feature of the Zune seems to be that it’s not an iPod. Jesse Thorn, host of the public-radio show (and popular podcast) “The Sound of Young America,” is a Zune proponent, praising, for instance, its ability to sync wirelessly with a computer. Plus he was able to update his first-generation Zune with the improved software and firmware designed for the newer version — in contrast to Apple’s charging iPod Touch owners for upgrades, he makes a point of saying. Turns out Thorn has always resisted buying an iPod, having been put off initially by the price and later by the ever-growing number of “self-satisfied people carrying a ubiquitous object.” That sounds hostile, but Thorn is actually quite good-humored. On “Jordan Jesse Go,” another (less formal) podcast he co-hosts, he and his friend Jordan Morris regularly joke about the song-swap feature, inventing the term “rocket up your Zunehole” to describe the practice. Thorn also seems to take pleasure in examples of product-design oddities, like the inclusion of brown among the device’s first-generation color choices.

Here's the piece.

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