San Francisco

Black & Orange - San Quinn f. Roach Gigz

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For those who are more comfortable mobbin' than rockin' out, San Quinn has recorded this ode to the Giants / drug dealing / color coordination.

Brian Wilson: Certified Ninja (It Happened In A Dream)

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If you don't enjoy this interview with San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, you're not a fun person.

Go Giants!

Kasper Hauser and Mike Birbiglia in San Francisco

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Our pals in The Kasper Hauser Comedy Group are teaming up with our pal Mike Birbiglia for a veritable Laugh-a-Palooza in San Francisco on October 19th. KH will be doing sketches, Birbigs will be sharing funny stories and everyone will be LAUGHING THEIR ASSES OFF.

Tickets for the show, which is at the Palace of Fine Arts, are on sale now.

If you're not in the Bay Area, you can check out Mike's full schedule here. The tour also features dates with other great pals of ours like Jen Kirkman and Nick Kroll.

A-1 Charizard

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I've known A-1 since he was watching Pokemon, and now he's flipping the theme song from Pokemon for this excellent track. He grew up on my block, and our families were (and are) close friends. He's the same age as my little brother, and they've been tight since they were like six. This is a hot record. I'm proud of the little guy (who's like 20 now, so I shouldn't call him a little guy anymore).

A Match Made In Heaven

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The other day, Mike Birbiglia called me. It's always a pleasure to hear from Mike, who's just as nice a guy in real life as he seems on stage, but in this case, he had a specific issue that needed addressing.

He'd just heard Kasper Hauser's This American Life parodies. His question was simple: "Are they as funny in real life as they are on these audio bits?"

Yes. They are.

"So, do you think they might want to open for me in San Francisco?"

Yes, I'm sure they would.

"Do you have their number?"

Yes, I do.

And it was settled.

Kasper Hauser are opening for Mike at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on October 19th.

Be there, or be square.

The Tourist Lane

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I just returned from five days in New York. I was sad I didn't get to see my pal Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere (he had late rehearsals), I was delighted when I came home and saw IE's latest mission. They used chalk (the kind that marks playing fields) to denote a local lane and a tourist lane on the NYC sidewalk.

I don't understand why sidewalk etiquette isn't taught in schools. I think it is the number one problem that faces our nation today. The basics are simple. Walk with purpose, keep to the right, don't spread out when in groups, pass on the left, step out of the moving traffic if you're going to stop. I am not above dropping a shoulder when these basics are ignored.

Of course, New York's incredible tourist population and hyper-crowded sidewalks make this all the more important, but I grew up with the same problems in downtown San Francisco. Little did I know that I would one day move to a new city - Los Angeles, where no one has any idea how to walk on a sidewalk at all.

Anyway: great job, IE. Glad to see you working on social justice issues.

KALW gets a new news home...

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Our San Francisco affiliate, KALW, launched a major new initiative today - a beautiful website for their local news operations. KALW is a small station that literally operates out of some classrooms in a San Francisco high school, but over the last few years, they've really put together an amazing local news operation. They're even featuring a story about Kasper Hauser on their homepage.

Old Man Periwinkle

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The most fun I've ever had at a show was at Jimmy Pardo's regular stage versions of The Match Game here in Los Angeles. Jimmy was born to host this show, and Paul F. Tompkins was born to be his foil.

Perhaps the most memorable running joke of the shows was Tompkins' ever-more-elaborate introductions of Jimmy reading a prompt in the voice of "Old Man Periwinkle."

As Jimmy has said many times (often on stage, during the Match Game), he does not do voices. Yet he persists in doing an old man voice to read Old Man Periwinkle prompts, and thus Tompkins persists in his ever-more aggrandizing introductions.

Sadly (for me), Jimmy doesn't do the Match Game in LA anymore, but he did it (as "Game Show Explosion") at SF Sketchfest this past weekend, and Pat Francis caught the Old Man Periwinkle introduction on video.

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

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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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