Podcast: Goofaround Gang


This week's Sound of Young America broadcast looks at a few of our favorite goofs with the theme "Goofaround Gang."

We first hear from comedian Will Franken. Will performs a unique form of solo theater comedy -- essentially performing comedy sketches by himself. He's been voted the best comedian in San Francisco by the SF Weekly, and the "Best Alternative to Pyschadelic Drugs" by the SF Bay Guardian. Will talks about his future, and performs a sketch. Be sure to check below for a "too hot for the radio" sketch from Will.

Our second guest is comedian Paul F. Tompkins. These days, Paul is best known as a VH1 "Fundit," but he's also been a regular on TV series including "Mr. Show," "The Daily Show," and "Real Time with Bill Maher." We talk with Paul about his career in funditry, and about his sideline hosting a cult-favorite stage variety show in Los Angeles.

Our final guests are Tim & Eric, the creators of the Cartoon Network [adult swim] series "Tom Goes to the Mayor." The series is a silly and incisive look at the tiny banalities of American life. They also provide a live demonstration of a favorite musical instrument.

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Tim and Eric are so damn good. It's always nice to hear them on the show.

I'm glad someone likes them as much as I do...I love TGTTM, especially the littlest moments between Tom and the Mayor. Tom's fat, gross wife is a little over the top for me, but something inane like the song the Mayor and Michael Ian Black sing makes me laugh for hours.

TGTTM could do 15 (11ish) minutes of nothing but uncomfortable silence and it would probably be my favorite thing ever.In the season previews I've seen, it looked like there was some actual animation, so it was interesting to hear they say they got tired of the look of the show for a while.

Finally got the opportunity to listen to the show today:The Broadway show David Allan Grier won the Tony for was called "The First." I think it was back in 1982 or 1983. My parents took me to see it when it was in previews (much cheaper). Veteran actor David Hussleston played Branch Rickey, the GM of the Dodgers who signed Robinson. The book was written by ABC film critic Joel Siegel. I remember getting his autograph on my Playbill after the show. I doubt my parents still have it, though.

Joel Siegel from Good Morning America? Was it a musical?

The very same. He didn't write the score, though, which, as I recall, was pretty weak. But Siegel was also nominated for a Tony.Upon further research, it seems that Grier didn't win the Tony, but he was nominated.http://baltimore.broadwayworld.com/tonyawardsshowinfo.cfm?showname=The%2...Looking at the other nominations, I now remember that this was a particularly weak year for musicals. Of the four Best Musical nominations, Nine, a muscial re-write of Fellini's 8 1/2, was the deserved winner (with Raul Julia in the lead role). I liked Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the time (I was 12), but now I lump it in with the rest of ALW's crap. Dreamgirls was weak - I'd rather just listen to the Supremes than see a fictionalized version of them. All the other musicals that year (like the first and Merrily We Roll Along, a surprising flop for Stephen Sondheim - the only God my family prays to) didn't last long, except Pump Boys & Dinettes, which is why it got the fourth nomination, without being nominated for any other awards.Those were the days...