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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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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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SF Sketchfest is looking for entries...

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SF Sketchfest is the best comedy festival in the country, bar none. Every year I'm amazed at the lineup they put together. They book huge names and they book the absolute best no-names around, they get people to come to everyone's shows, they treat performers well, it's a delight. Unreserved recommendation.

They've just opened up performer applications for the 2010 festival on their website. If you're in a comedy group or know someone who is, you should apply.

Sean Cullen & Zion I Performe Live in San Francisco: The Sound of Young America

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Comedian Sean Cullen is a fixture of the comedy scenes in both Los Angeles and his native Canada. He's been seen on Last Comic Standing and in his own Comedy Central special. He also hosts a radio program for the CBC. Sean sang for us on the less-than-popular lyrical subject of farming.


Zion I are an Oakland-based hip-hop group known for producer Amp Live's diverse influences and emcee Zumbi's thoughtful rhymes. They performed some memorable songs for the crowd at Cobb's, including the Bay Area anthem "The Bay" and "Antenna" from their new album "The Takeover," which is in stores now.

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Tom Ammiano: California State Assemblymember and Standup Comic on The Sound of Young America

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Tom Ammiano was a San Francisco schoolteacher, standup comic and gay activist before becoming the state of California's first gay school board member. He went on to become president of the San Francisco school board, and later president of the city's board of supervisors. Now he represents San Francisco in the California state assembly. He's never stopped performing comedy, and is considered one of the fathers of San Francisco's still-thriving queer comedy scene.

We spoke with Ammiano during our live show at SF Sketchfest in San Francisco.

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Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep. 89: A Tribute to Dennis Richmond (Recorded Live in San Francisco)

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Jesse and Jordan discuss what about a city is bullshit, what to say to a Hollywood agent, Supercelebrity Rob Lowe, and of course newscaster Dennis Richmond. Recorded as part of the Monsters of Podcasting at SF Sketchfest 2009, alongside the wonderful and brilliant You Look Nice Today.

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The Sound of Young America Live! in San Francisco: We Have a Lineup!

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The Sound of Young America is Live!
in San Francisco
on Friday, January 23rd!

Join host Jesse Thorn and guests:

Zion I

Kasper Hauser

Sean Cullen

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano


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Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to New York & San Francisco: Stuart Schuffman interview on The Sound of Young America

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Stuart Schuffman is the author of "Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City," a follow-up to his zine and book "Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco." They're travel guides for residents -- particularly residents keen on knowing which happy hours have cheap domestic beer and free food. They also feature guides to little-known, bizarre and beautiful attractions like San Francisco's Columbarium.

Previously: a text interview with Stuart.

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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 45: Fungus Infant

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! 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. These original 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.

On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe try to convince a mother to allow her infant to take part in a radical science experiment that will cover the baby in fungus.

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