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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Way Into You.


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

On this week's show Way Into You we're joined by comedian and author Greg Behrendt. We’re also got “The Fun Bunch”, Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter.

Greg Behrendt is a standup comedian and best-selling author of “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “It’s Called a Break Up Because It’s Broken”. He also acted as consultant for two episodes of the hit tv show “Sex and the City”.

Also on the show are Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter, otherwise known as comedy duo “The Fun Bunch”. These guys have written for “Mr. Show” and run the hugely successful alternative comedy showcase Comedy Death-Ray in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA.

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Kasper Hauser in NYC: "An event of magnitude."


Our very good friends The Kasper Hauser Comedy Group are bringing their brilliant, off-kilter eye to New York City tonight and tommorow night. Kasper Hauser coming to NYC is a big enough deal for Time Out New York to have declared it "an event of magnitude."

Tonight (Thursday), they're performing their show SkyMaul. See SkyMaul CEO Jerry Ponda detail the decline of the SkyMaul company, and meet the mis-matched characters who are hoping to bring it back to the top. Features original sketches specific to the show, plus material drawn from SkyMaul the book. The show's at 10 at Ars Nova.

Tommorow (Friday), they're co-headlining The Longest Sketch Show Ever at the UCB in NY. The show starts at 10 and runs for 24 straight hours. It's part of the New York Comedy Festival. They'll be performing lots of classic Kasper Hauser sketches in a show that's completely different from SkyMaul.

Be there or be square!

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 23: Fish People


In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle and Sharpe question whether or not the "fish people" of California should be allowed to live as they do.

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Stand Up for Diversity!


Once a year, NBC holds a standup comedy contest for comics who aren't white. It's called "Stand up for Diversity." The cool part about this contest is that the winner actually gets a holding deal at NBC -- which if I'm not mistaken is what you get for winning Last Comic Standing, too. A year or two ago, our buddy Brent Weinbach (half-filipino, half-jew) won the contest, and while he didn't get a guest show on Joey, he did make some money and contacts out of it.

The big show is tonight in New York, and it's hosted by the very funny Jordan Carlos. So if you're not already going to see Kasper Hauser, see deets below.

Stand Up New York
236 W. 78th st just east of Broadway

Office Hours are CLOSED


Update: Office Hours are CLOSED thanks to those who called.

Office hours are open for a little while here. Call and ask me any question on any subject, or share your thoughts about TSOYA or any of the rest of the MaxFun Empire.

So... lines are open. Gimme a call. IF YOU DARE.

Podcast: The Upright Citizens Brigade

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Matt Besser (above) is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy group which brought long-form improvisation to New York City in the late 1990s, and has brought high-quality comedy to both coasts since opening theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Besser talks about the history of the group, which also includes SNL's Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, and has also included comedy luminaries like Adam McKay and Horatio Sanz. The second season of their Comedy Central sketch series was recently released on DVD.

We also hear improvisation from Besser and colleagues from the UCB Theater in Los Angeles -- Sean Conroy, Andy Daly and Chad Carter.

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You might also enjoy these past interview programs:
Put-Ons with Matt Walsh and Charlie Todd
Del Close Marathon with Ian Roberts and Anthony King (MP3)
Life Changes with Rodney Rothman and Matt Besser (MP3)

Fighting Little Donny Disease


Little Donny Disease, or magnimus-obliviophallocytis, is a terrifying affliction that affects young people across the country. You can find out more information here, or by viewing these short informational clips.

Little Donny on the Upright Citizens Brigade

And visiting The Today Show.

Dexter: The First Season Contest


Hey everyone... another giveaway up for grabs. Season 1 of the hit tv show Dexter is now on sale but you can get a copy right here for free! Not only that, there's also a music cd from the series plus a poster you can hang on your wall, or ceiling or wherever!

To get your hands on the loot: just email our intern Emma (emma@maximumfun dot org) with your name, address and tell us the name of Dexter's boat in the series. Please note that this contest is open to Maximum Fun donors only. You have until 5PM Pacific this Thursday 8th November! Good luck!

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