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Brian Posehn: Raw and Uncut

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Today's Sound of Young America guest is Brian Posehn, who's best known by the average American for his work as "that guy" on sitcoms like Just Shoot Me and Newsradio. He's also an accomplished standup comic and was a writer and actor on Mr. Show.

I talked with Brian for nearly an hour, and I'll be editing it for broadcast, but I thought some Sound fans might like to hear what Brian had to say about all kinds of things, from growing up in small-town Northern California, to his early days as a standup in the Bay Area, to his first writing gig for MTV, to Mr. Show, to everything since.

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Free Comic Book Day

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Today is Free Comic Book Day. Even if you're not a comics fan, it might be worth braving the vague creepiness of your local comic shop to pick up something you might actually like.

Brian Posehn Has a Posse

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Brian Posehn is one of the guests on this coming week's Sound of Young America broadcast. I think I'll release a director's cut of the interview sometime -- he talked a lot about his remarkable history in both comedy and life.

Then he told me this great (breaking) story, about a guy who bragged on the net about spitting in his burger at a Bob's Big Boy the other day. The moral of the story is: don't mess with Brian Posehn. He has people.

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Podcast: The College Years: Official Things

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On this week's College Years podcast, Jesse, Jordan and Gene pick Official Stuff of The Sound of Young America.

Official Bubble Gum Comic: Bazooka Joe
Official Lummox: Gene for Stepping on Jordan's Cord
Official House: Run's
Official Dance: Etch a Sketch
Official Caller: Molly

And more!

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Wholphin's Looking for Comedy

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Wholphin is a new DVD magazine from the good people at McSweeney's. They've already featured material from folks like Bob Odenkirk, Spike Jonze, and Patton Oswalt.

If you're interested in getting your high-quality comedy short or other short film featured in Wholphin, contact Sound of Young America listener and blogger Ian Brill by email at ibrill (at) gmail.com.

Of course, there are no guarantees, but Ian's a good guy and they really are looking for great stuff.

Dr. Katz Live in NYC 5/9

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Jonathan Katz is performing as part of "Dr. Katz Live" at Gotham Comedy Club on Tuesday the 9th. Tickets are only $12. More info on the Gotham website

Something I should have posted on Monday...

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if I wasn't so busy going to Stockton on business.

Jonathan Coulton - First of May (Free MP3)

Man, this song is funny. Be aware that it's not entirely appropriate for children.

CBC Podstravaganza

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Tod Maffin informs us that CBC Radio 1 has begun to podcast... you can find a full lineup, including great shows like Quirks & Quarks and As It Happens, here. There are also regional podcasts, for those of you who are looking for all the hottest news from Saskatchewan.

The future of public media is on many, many platforms... kudos to the CBC!

New Outkast song...

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It's a radio rip, and terrible quality, but it sounds pretty nice. And it's a real Outkast song, too. Not a solo song passing.

The Killer (not the Killers)

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One of the great heroes of The New Sincerity is profiled in PopMatters: Jerry Lee Lewis.

In '57, with Sun founder Sam Phillips manning the dials, Jerry Lee recorded "Whole Lotta Shakin'" which eventually rose to the top of the country and R&B charts. Later that year, he cut "Great Balls of Fire", a rumbling, crudely suggestive rock ditty penned by black tunesmith Otis Blackwell. The song, in all its immortal stomping glory, still sounds wondrous today. And the title itself pretty much encapsulates the whole of Jerry Lee's public existence.

The rock of the 50's is absolutely FILLED with New Sincerity. Can you imagine what it must have been like, in 1957, to see Jerry Lee Lewis? Or Little Richard? It boggles my mind.

My dad listened to Ray Charles records in his basement, with the speakers turned off, by putting his ear next to the needle. He hid the 45s in his bed.

And to see the Killer? Unbelievable.

By the way, if you've never heard "Live at the Star Club," it's amazing.

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