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The Dangers of Supercool


Upright Citizens Brigade: Supercool Brownies

Have you talked to your children about the dangers of Supercool? Just one wand of this nightmarish drug can result in the kind of bizarre, unhinged behavior seen in the above video. It even ruined the career of pop superstars The Titte Brothers.

Upright Citizens Brigade: Cyborg Training

Luckily, there IS help. As you can see in the above video, our government is training cyborg detectives to "sniff out" supercool in our schools and places of business.

Eternal vigilance, however, is required. A good first step? Check out the Upright Citizens Brigade Season 2 on DVD. You'll be glad you did.

Perfect Venues for Maximum Fun, V1


Thank you to MaxFunster Guy for this wonderful photograph. We are all proud to honor Dick Bliss, and Dick Bliss' years of service. Dick Bliss has been very important for every one of us. You could argue that without Dick Bliss, none of us would be here today.

W/r/t t-shirts: some shirts have been delayed in shipping because I ran out of a couple sizes, if you're waiting for one and don't want to wait any longer, just send me an email and I will gladly refund you. Otherwise, give it some time for the printers to re-print and we'll get them to you. Sorry for the delay!

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep 38: Extras, Extras


On this week's program, we are joined by the wonderful comedian and actor Andy Daly. We discuss Jordan's movie role, Mustache TV, and much more.


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Office Hours


OK folks, I'm trying something new.

From 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, pacific, it's office hours.

Use that button to call me and ask me a question about pretty much anything you want. Should be free to you and me, and it will be over your regular phone through some sort of google magic that I don't understand -- you don't need a Skype headset or anything.

We'll see how this works out, maybe I will make it a regular thing, maybe not.


Well, that was fun! We'll do it again sometime, maybe even regularly. Thanks to those of you who called to chat.

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Battleship Pretension"

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Are good podcasting skills contagious? Not that Battleship Pretension was a bad show before Never Not Funny’s Matt Belknap appeared on the twenty-third episode. It’s just that I have noticed since that appearance hosts Tyler Smith and David Bax have improved as podcasters and made Battleship Pretension a much better show. The earlier episodes had stimulating content but they started with awkward conversations between the hosts. These newer episodes get right into the movie talk. Now Battleship Pretension is the latest podcast I look forward to hearing every week.

You’ve probably noticed that I’m especially interested in discovering podcasts about films. This reflects my own fandom. Film as a topic offers limitless discussions possibilities. What matters is the quality of discussion. I enjoy Filmspotting but I’ve felt lately that hosts Adam Kempenaar and new host Matty Robinson can be more than a little snobbish. I liked the format of Watching the Directors but Joe and Melissa Johnson’s commentary rarely goes beyond the superficial. Battleship Pretension’s name is actually a misnomer. Listening to Tyler and David I don’t hear much pretensions. Rather, I hear two guys who are extremely knowledgeable of films but never turn that knowledge into haughtiness. They’re style lands right where I want movie discussions to be. Tyler and David open episode twenty-five by creating some talking points designed to be controversial to combat the idea that they’re far too positive on the show. I’ve got nothing against the positive nature of the show as it’s clear coming from these guys’ deep understanding of the medium.

How much do these guys know movies? Episode twenty-five is devoted to the work of cinematographer John A. Alonzo, who worked on Harold and Maude and Scarface. It is one thing to talk an hour about a director but to talk about a cinematographer is really impressive. Tyler and David pay close attention to how Alonzo changed his approach from film, sometimes being an acolyte of the French New Wave with its shaky camera work to going in the total opposite direction and having very centered shots in his later work. The best compliment I can lend to Battleship Pretension is, with just the previous example alone, it changes the way I look at films I already love.

Have Netflix? Watch A Thousand Clowns


My favorite movie (well, one of my three favorite movies), "A Thousand Clowns," has been out of print since the early 90s. It never came out on DVD.

HOWEVER, astute Max Funster Carol noticed that for some reason, it IS available on Netflix "Instant Viewing."

So, if you have Netflix and a PC, you can watch the movie by clicking here, then clicking on "Play." I urge you to do so.

Comix tonight!


Hey gang... I'm posting from my hotel room in NYC. I'm headed over to WNYC to visit my radio pals, then I'm off to the Grand Finale of the Project Breakout contest at Comix. Comix put some great comics on the bill, above and beyond the contestants -- Jordan Carlos (best known as Stephen Colbert's black friend) is opening the show, and Ted Alexandro (one-time TSOYA guest) is closing it while the votes are counted. Seems like at least a few Max Funsters will be meeting up. I know at least two who've traveled from Lawrence, Kansas! (OK, I think it was a coincidence that they were in NY when I was... but still...)

See you tonight, NYC.

Podcast: Austin Grossman


Austin Grossman is the author of the new novel "Soon I Will Be Invincible," a literary look at a team of superheroes and their nemesis. Before he became a novelist and academic (he is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley), he was a writer for video games.

Video of this interview is viewable above, or downloadable via bittorrent at Myspleen. MySpleen is invite-only; if you need an invite, email me and mention your favorite TSOYA moment (to keep out the riff-raff).

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Comics & Comix with Art Spiegelman (MP3)
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"We are sleepwalking into the future."

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MaxFunster Neal pointed on our boards to this wonderful TED Talk from James Howard Kuntsler that is, essentially, a basic manifesto for The New Urbanism. It's fantastically funny and insightful, and will make you think about public space in a new way -- and about the future of American places with a new zeal.

Foul Language


There has been some concern amongst the higher ups about foul language (bleeped, of course) on The Sound of Young America. None of it anything to be angry about, to be clear, but it still gets me thinking. It seems like when this comes up, it's always about protecting someone else's ears.

Anyway, above: Steve Coogan, funny as usual. (Warning: contains some foul language)

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