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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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Interview: Mary Van Note, Comedian

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An old friend of The Sound of Young America, Mary Van Note, has been on a tear lately. She's landed her own IFC.com web series, and is touring the nation with her acclaimed (and bizarre) standup comedy. Chris Bowman talked with Mary about the turns her burgeoning career has taken.

You teamed up with IFC.com this summer to release the web series Gavin Really Wants Me. How did IFC initially discover you?

I had some videos posted on Nerve.com, a sex magazine, which was a perfect fit for my weird and sexually themed videos. Nerve.com and IFC.com partnered up to put together these top 50 lists like Top 50 Greatest Sex Scenes in Cinema, and the popular Top 50 Comedy Sketches of All Time. I guess when they partnered up, the Nerve people showed the IFC people their video content and BAM! my series and the Nerve series “Young American Bodies” got connected with IFC.com.

Have you always had a raunchy sense of humor? Where did it come from?

No, I haven't. I'm just your average girl who was raised Catholic and has issues about sex. I was pretty obsessed with it for awhile, and by "it" I mean talking about sex, but lately I've been writing about everyday things like roommates and internet dating.

What do you find more rewarding, performing live or producing the online comedy shorts. Why?

That’s pretty hard to say. I love doing both and they’re both so rewarding in different ways. I will always enjoy performing live. The feedback is immediate and there is always the feeling that anything can happen when you perform live. It is such a thrill to make a room laugh. Producing online content is a thrill as well. Probably my favorite aspect of producing and directing online comedy shorts is the ability to collaborate and work with others. That’s something you don’t get with traditional stand-up comedy.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned from collaborating with others?

Being a director was entirely new for me. The most valuable learning experience was simply communication. Communicating as a director working with a cast and crew was challenging and new for me, but became hugely rewarding.

When did you decide you wanted to go beyond the standard set-up/punch line style of comedy and embrace a more challenging performance art style?

I never consciously decided to embrace a certain style. The first time I ever performed I was really nervous and my material was more storytelling than “club comic” jokes. That first set went really, really well and my mentor told me to keep that nervous energy. Since then I’ve developed into a more mainstream form of a who I was when I first started. I’m still weird and quirky, and can perform at the most alt-y of rooms and theaters, but I can also perform at Blank Comedy Club with the best of the road comics and hold my place.

What is coming up next for MVN?

Jan 24—Feb 17, 2009 I’ll be a part of Belles and Whistles: the indie music and comedy tour of ladies making noise from San Francisco. Uni and her Ukelele, Foxtails Brigade and I will be touring the Pacific Northwest hitting cities like Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, and more.

2009 will be full of fun and excitement: traveling and performing, recording my debut comedy album, and shooting videos.

Mary's online at MaryVanNote.com or myspace.com/maryvannote. She also hosts the regular San Francisco comedy & performance series Comedy Darling.

Al Madrigal & Tig Notaro at the Punchline in SF this weekend...

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Two great friends of The Sound of Young America and Jordan Jesse Go, Tig Notaro and Al Madrigal, are performing this weekend at the Punchline in San Francisco. If you're a San Franciscan and you've never been to the Punchline, it's a wonderful place to see comedy. Intimate, comfortable and well-curated. Of course, Tig and Al are both as hilarious as it gets -- and Al is a San Francisco native. Get some tickets now.

For those of you who aren't in the Yay Area, you can hear Al on JJGo... or Tig on JJGo. WE LOVE THEM.

Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 34: Yo Quiero Fumar Cigarros

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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: The Imposters attempt to convince a non-English speaking San Franciscan to sing a song. Although initially reluctant, he soon gets into the swing of things.

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