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Podcast: Seven Second Delay with Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman

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Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman are the hosts of Seven Second Delay on WFMU, the legendary freeform radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey. For the past fifteen years, they've picked a "radio stunt" each week, then tried to execute it in just one hour of live airtime. They've chain-translated a Village Voice S&M personal add through 15 languages, then back into English, written the ultimate New York Times "Metropolitan Diary" column entry, then gotten it published, and failed more times than they can count.

When they're not on-air, Freedman serves as the station's manager. Breckman is a noted comedy writer, having written for David Letterman and Saturday Night Live (he penned the classic "White Like Me" sketch), and he is creator and showrunner of USA network's Monk.

The folks behind the Seven Second Delay blog have put together this guide to the show for listeners of TSOYA, including links to the various programs referenced during our interview. Thanks!

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Dave Hill is Looking for Love


The always-awesome Dave Hill is looking for love in all the wrong places this Valentine's day.

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Philosophy Bites"


Scholars have labored endlessly over the works of philosophers such as Plato, Kirkegaard and Hobbes. Now those scholars must compress their findings into about eleven minutes for the podcast Philosophy Bites (iTunes link).

Living up to its name the show features bite sized interviews with professors and authors about various philosophers and philosophies. Hosts David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton start off with the most basic questions as to introduce that week’s topic. Listeners get a straight forward take on a particular idea that is often communicated as a vague concept. Near the end of certain interviews the questions do get tend to be a bit more challenging and insightful. Richard Norman, author of On Humanism, takes these interesting queries on how the behavior of celebrity atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens can both help and hurt how humanism is perceived by the greater world. The show still covers their topics in the most general sense but I’m glad to know there is an acknowledgment of the truly complicated thinking behind these subjects.

The best use of this podcast is if you’re a student and you are having trouble with a confusing philosophy class. Philosophy Bites gives you the most basic but still vital take on these very big, very daunting ideas about human culture.

A bite sized show deserves a bite sized review. This gives me a little time to mention that I’m setting up a Bay Area MaximumFun meet-up March 5th. We’ll meet 7 p.m. at the Edinburgh Castle. At 8 p.m., without even having to leave the place, we’ll see Mary Van Note’s Comedy Darling show featuring MaximumFun favorite Brent Weinbach! Be there, laugh and meet some people who are also into things that are awesome.

Podcast: Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave Live in San Francisco

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The fourth in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Zach Rogue is the front man of the Bay Area indie rock band Rogue Wave. He performed three songs for our audience, including one unreleased gem and one that came complete with a hilarious story about John McEnroe. The full performance is podcast, you can also download each song individually as a high quality MP3. (Note that the recording has some blips, due to hardware problems on the recording end).

Download songs individually (direct links, right click and choose 'save as'):
You Read My Mind
Endless Shovel

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Podcast: Zach Rogue Live in SF


Larry David starring in a Woody Allen movie?


Fuck yes!

Two tickets, please!

Woody Allen has found the one person who can match him in the all important categories of TERRIBLE AT ACTING and UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Life Changes


We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

On this week’s show, Matt Besser of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade stops by to talk about the troupe’s new series on Bravo, Rodney Rothman discusses his new memoir, “Early Bird,” and we feature music from some New Orleans legends.

Matt Besser is a founding member of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade comedy group. He was part of the cast of the group’s Comedy Central show, which ran from 1998 to 2001. He also created Stung, an MTV hidden camera show, and starred in Crossballs, another Comedy Central series. He has appeared in films such as Junebug, and performs several times a week at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rodney Rothman was a writer for the Late Show with David Letterman and Undeclared. At the age of 28, he retired to a Florida senior’s community. His memoir, “Early Bird,” chronicles his time as a retired man. He is an executive producer on the upcoming film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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Interview: Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller of "What We're Not Writing" by Rob Baedeker


Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller are Emmy-nominated writers whose credits include CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” Comedy Central’s “The Showbiz Show With David Spade,” and MTV’s “The Andy Dick Show.” When the Writers Guild went on strike in November, they launched a new website, “What We’re Not Writing." Rob Baedeker interviewed the pair this week.

Describe your site, “What We’re Not Writing,” and tell me how it got started.

GM: Every day we’ve been posting a description of the show or movie we’re not working on because we’re on strike. The idea was to bring the studios to their knees by letting them know the brilliance they’re missing out on.

JG: We know there are important issues at stake, but we felt like a lot of writers were starting to take themselves too seriously, as far as the contribution they’re making to society with “One Tree Hill” or whatever. So we decided to make fun of that a little.

These unwritten scripts are jokes, but have you come up with any that actually seem viable? For example, I would watch "Small Plates, Big Problems", a feature screenplay about a petty thief on the run from the mob who hides out by opening a tapas bar.

GM: Really? Do you want to buy it? 35 bucks.

JG: Most of the time, we try to play on some recognizable genre or premise or character, but we try to make the idea a little bit worse in some way. But it’s a fine line. We don’t want to get too wacky. We’d rather err on the side of “I could imagine them making that.”

GM: Sometimes we come up with the title first, usually a bad pun, and then figure out what the show or movie would be.

JG: In general, we’ve realized that it’s a lot easier to come up with ideas not to write than ideas to write.

Do you each have personal-favorite entries?

JG: Asking us to choose between these horrible ideas is like asking us to choose between our children. In that having children was also a horrible idea.

GM: I like anything where the story is set in motion by someone getting struck by lightning. So that’s been a recurring theme.

JG: But we do have a place on the site where other writers can post what they’re not writing, and some of those have been really funny. Like “Keepin’ It Zipped!”, a teen sex comedy about a bunch of guys trying not to lose their virginity.

GM: And I also liked the one-stop TV drama called “Detective Law, M.D.”

What’s the worst idea you’ve actually pitched (as non-striking writers)?

GM: We pitched a movie called “Mathletes,” which played all the conventions of a sports movie in the world of high school math. But we were told that for some reason audiences wouldn’t want to watch kids do math for an hour and a half.

JG: And we once put together a pitch for an idea a production company had, which was basically that a kid wakes up to find he has an alien penis. That was before we realized we were allowed to say no to things.

Is that true?

GM: Yes, unfortunately. The idea was something about how when you go through puberty, you feel like you’re an alien, and making that literal. But it pretty much boiled down to “alien penis.”

Has it been cathartic to step out of the industry and parody it?

JG: A lot of the writing we’ve done, especially on late-night shows, even though it’s done within the industry, has sort of a critical point of view, making fun of all the crap that’s out there. So it’s not new to us, but it’s definitely fun.

GM: Also, since back on The Andy Dick Show, we’ve loved writing characters who are overly confident idiots, and in a way, we get to be those guys on the blog.

JG: So, yes, it’s been nice to “step out of the industry” for a while, but we can’t wait to step in it again. We want to step in it so good that we can’t wipe it off, and it starts stinking up the place, and you try to take an old toothbrush to it, but at some point you realize you’re just going to have to throw out the shoes. Wait, what are we talking about?

There are rumors that the strike may be ending soon. Are you going to continue to do the blog? Has it been fun enough to keep it going, or was it just a way to kill time? Have you been getting a lot of good response to it?

JG: We’d like to keep some kind of Miller & Green website going. We don’t know exactly what it’ll be, but this has been fun to do, and a good way to make sure we write at least one joke every day. And it seems to be getting a good response, and even some press. Which is fun, too.

GM: I guess the first thing we’ll do on the blog is take a lot of credit for ending the strike. It took over 60 unwritten projects, but it worked. You’re welcome, America.

You can find What We're Not Writing online here. Rob Baedeker is a member of the comedy group Kasper Hauser and freelance writer.

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