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Louis CK at Cobb's


Thanks to our pal Brian Palmer (check out his great website) for this... he went to the Thursday night Louis CK show and shares it with all of us.

Via A Special Thing

Slovin & Allen

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Eric Slovin & Leo Allen are probably the most succesful comedy duo since like, I dunno, Super Dave and Fuji. But that's not sayin' too much.

Maybe you've seen their great Comedy Central Special, or seen them on stage at an event like SF Sketchfest. Maybe you saw one of the sketches they managed to get on SNL the years they were writing for the show, like "The Falconer." If you've never seen them, trust me, they're great.

But have no fear! Experience the magic of Slovin & Allen two different ways:

Download their (not work-safe) short film "Family Film" (right click and save as)


Download their appearance on The Sound of Young America some years ago

you could even check out this interview on

Beaver-Otter-Platypus? That's what I'm talkin' about!

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Note to scientists: discover more stuff like this.

Oscars: I Beg of You


I really don't care who wins the Oscars. Usually.

This year, though, this year I really do have something to root for.

Please, please, please, please, let the 3-6 Mafia win an Oscar. PLEASE.

Mustache TV

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On this week's Sound of Young America broadcast, I'm going to have Andy Daly. Besides being the host of Comedy Central's "Crossballs," and being a former castmember of Mad TV, Andy is one of the funniest people I've ever seen improvise. More importantly, he's created "Mustache TV," which, he claims, is "The hip parlor game that's sweeping the nation!"

Apparently it involves placing mustaches on your TV set, then getting points when they land on a face. Or, I guess, a face lands on them.

See for yourself.

"Jesus Christ had dreads..."

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Keak da Sneak and E-40 are the ultimate Bay Area New Sincerity rapper combination.

This video for "Tell Me When To Go" is AWESOME.

Making Friends With Black People


Sound of Young America pal Nick Adams is about to start touring the world behind his new book "Making Friends with Black People." I'll try and get him on the show, but in the meantime, check out this interview with him in which he makes the following promise regarding what he'd do with his $$ if the book takes off:

Wait until Bjork tours again, then follow her from city to city filming a documentary that chronicles her African-American fans around the world. I call it, Black Fans of Bjork.

Making Friends with Black People: An Interview with Nick Adams

Buy the book from Amazon

RIP Jay Dilla


If you listen to the show, you heard me offer a brief memorial note for the late James Yancey, aka Jay Dee, aka Jay Dilla upon his passing. He was one of the greatest hip-hop producers ever, a revolutionary in the field. This article in the Detroit Free Press details his struggles with a rare blood disease, and later with lupus, which eventually claimed his life. His friends from the hip-hop world supported him in his last days, and his mother took care of him to the end, massaging his fingers when they swelled painfully from beatmaking in his hospital bed.

You can listen to NPR's rememberance of him here.

While he did have health insurance, his medical expenses were huge, and they've fallen on his mother. Friends from the hip-hop community are helping, but if you'd like to help, you can make payment to:

Mrs. Maureen Yancey

Donations can be mailed to:

Maureen Yancey
132 N. Sycamore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bank Wires can be sent to:

Wells Fargo Bank of Los Angeles, CA
Routing Number: 122000247
Account Number: 6043250676

Save Our Bluths...

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Arrested Development is a wonderful, wonderful program. I hope it gets saved. Some lady from E! who's taken an interest says her source tells her it's 50/50.

How we roll...


Via the wonderful Big Happy Funhouse

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