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Jesse on Sklarbro Country

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Jesse recently visited Sklarbro Country (the podcast of Jason and Randy Sklar) to deliver a very funny fantasy report that does not discuss any aspect of the upcoming NFL season. You can find the episode, "Twitter King Me", here.


Patton Oswalt: The Best Argument Against Gay Marriage

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Patton Oswalt - The Best Argument Against Gay Marriage
Here's a clip from Patton Oswalt's soon-to-be-released CD "Finest Hour". The rest of the album will be released on the 20th.

Top Comedians Acting Out Star Wars Lines for Charity

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Another example of using comedy for good today: Lucasfilms has collaborated with Stand Up to Cancer to make this Star Wars themed video tribute featuring Aziz Ansari, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, and Emma Stone acting out lines from (the best movies of) the Star Wars series. Stand Up to Cancer funds a variety of innovative and collaborative research projects that are working towards a cure.

Good nerdy fun and all for a good cause.

"Community" Auctions Off a Walk-On Role for Charity

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The winner of a special Ebay auction will win a brief appearance on the show "Community". The auction is sponsored by the Cal State Fullerton chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders.

Baron Vaughn Makes His Conan Debut

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Thank you, crackodactyl!

And thank you, team Coco!

Alan Partridge Set to Release Autobiography

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Aha! Fictional character Alan Partridge will soon release an "autobiography" recounting the many sad, funny and ridiculous adventures surrounding his increasingly desperate efforts to find success as a television and radio chat show host. Bearing the suitably immodest title of I, Partridge: We Need to Talk about Alan, the book was actually written by Partridge's creators, actor Steve Coogan and director Armando Iannucci, and will be released on September 29th.

Here's a clip of Coogan, in character as Partridge, discussing the book.


Backwash

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From Crackle: Val and Jonesy

On this week's JJGO!, our hosts chat with Joshua Malina and discuss his zany, madcap web series "Backwash". As such, I thought you might enjoy checking out the first episode of that series, as introduced by Jon Hamm.

You're welcome.

You can find the other equally hilarious episodes on Crackle.com.

Alumni Newsletter: September 12, 2011

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  • Baron Vaughn released his debut album last week on AST Records. It's called "Raised by Cable".
  • The Sklar Brothers will be releasing their third CD, "Hendersons and Daughters", on Sept. 13th.
  • Eugene Mirman is hosting a science fair. The event will precede a taping of StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Kristen Schaal and the whole evening will be the kickoff event for Mirman's annual comedy festival. It's going down on the 15th at the Bell House in Brooklyn and Mirman is currently seeking out interesting inventions to display. So if you're a comedy fan and you've also created a unique and fascinating scientific-y thing that you can easily transport to Park Slope by Thursday . . . well, first, you are awesome. Second, you should probably drop Mirman a line.
  • And finally, Charlyne Yi and Fred Armisen will appear in an upcoming episode of "Yo Gabba Gabba"! I'm guessing they get to keep the hats.

Interview: Matthew Bate, Director of "Shut Up Little Man!"

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“Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadvanture” is a documentary about audio verite: the art of capturing and reproducing audio from day-to-day life without commentary. It centers around two young men, Mitch Deprey and Eddie Lee Sausage, who live in a cheap, run-down apartment in San Francisco in the late 1980s. Their neighbors, Peter Haskett and Raymond Huffman, are two old drunken men who belt out profane yet oddly comical arguments nightly. Mitch and Eddie record these arguments and begin sharing the resulting audio with friends. Although the circumstances around the arguments are disturbing and even mildly frightening, the material is also weirdly compelling and sometimes amusing as Raymond and Peter exhibit a unique and intricate style of verbal abuse. Over several years, the tapes are circulated via underground networks throughout the country and become a viral phenomenon that inspires songs, plays, comic books and essays by artists and writers as varied as Kevin Peaty, Daniel Clowes and Devo.

The film explores how the tapes spread so widely and the impact of the material’s popularity on the lives of both the recorders and the recorded. It also examines the thorny legal, artistic and moral issues around developing commercially successful projects from material that the artist found and recorded, but did not create.

It was directed by Australian filmmaker Matthew Bate who kindly answered a few of my questions about the film.

Follow this link to read our discussion.

Steve Wolfhard: Turtie!

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I'm secretly in love with Turtie! - an adorable and endearing new cartoon series from Steve Wolfhard (creator of the beloved Cat Rackham and a loyal MaxFunCon attendee). Wolfhard is putting together a mini book of Turtie drawings that document the character's search for work. He'll be selling the mini-books this weekend at SPX.

Steve's drawings have great warmth and charm. I'm a proud owner of both his recent book "Cat Rackham Loses It!" and the print that he created to commemorate MaxFunCon 2010. (Note: You can still purchase the lovely "Warmth and Happiness Print" in the MaxFun store). You should check out more of his work here.

But mostly: Turtie!!
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