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Interview on The Coming


Over at The Coming, the burgeoning Los Angeles wing of The Apiary's comedy blog empire, you can find an interview with yours truly.

I talked with Megan Berru about the origins of The Sound, the time I complained about the line at the UCB, and how scared I was to interview Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam.

Podcast: Scott Dikkers, Editor-in-Chief of The Onion


Scott Dikkers served as Editor-in-Chief of The Onion from 1989 to 2000, when he left for the warmer climes of Hollywood. He returned to The Onion in 2005.

We talk with Scott about The Onion's newest venture: Onion News Network. It's one of The Onion's most ambitious ventures into non-text media, and will feature parodies of cable news, Sunday-morning talk shows and C-Span. The network's motto is: "You'll never read again."

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From our mailbag!


Our hottest new iTunes review:

"I tried hard to like this podcast. I listened to about a dozen installments. Guests were interesting. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the behavior of the host. He speaks in an affected radio voice, steps all over his guests with his 'witty anecdotes,' and keeps referring to himself, in the third person, as "America's radio sweetheart."

If this podcast gets a new host, I'll be back on board. Until then, I remain unsubscribed."

From our mailbag!

"Hello Jesse,

Well, since you asked for it, I'm writing in with some thoughts regarding your radio show that is now being broadcast via WNYC here in NYC.

I must say I had an immediate (negative) response to your self-assigned title of "America's Radio Sweetheart." What's that all about? And what gave you the balls to give yourself that title? I mean, someone like Ira Glass is indeed America's Radio Sweetheart - but only bc he's been the radio f o r e v e r and bc he is broadcast all across our country. Just thinking it's a bit premature to be self-assigning such a title to yourself! sheesh.
A bit presumptuous, heh?

So what makes you YOUNG anyway? We have NO IDEA how old you are - I wld think if you're gonna lay claim to YOUNG you'd better qualify yourself. Sounds to me as to you're around 45, btw. And your subjects haven't exactly been cutting-edge "young."

Dunno why, but WNYC has been running your add ad naseum - I honestly don't want to hear it ONE MORE TIME. I don't want to hear that you're "marginally employed" and that you make good meatballs. PUHlease.

The show? Guess the show is OK. Heard your bit with Amy Sedaris. Heard yesterday's show with live mic guys from the 70's - a WHOLE HOUR on these guys, I ask you? Cudda been a twelve minute segment.

Anyway, as you wld say, thanks for listening.

XXXXX in Brooklyn"

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Maximum Fun LA Meetup: Friday April 13th!


The Sound of Young America / SoCal meetup is Friday, April 13th, 2007.

Mark your calendar for 8PM. We'll meet at the Bourgeois Pig, at 5931 Franklin Ave in LA. This moderately insufferable coffeehouse is right next door to our next stop, and we can have some cups of Morrocan mint tea.

Then, we'll catch the late show at the UCB (should start at 9:30) -- it's The Match Game, starring podcast superstar Jimmy Pardo and friends. Hopefully one of us will win the hundred dollar prize and cover everyone's outlay on overpriced tea a few hours earlier.

All in all, ten or fifteen bucks well spent, says I.

One note: the Match Game will require reservations. They're not available yet, but I will post here on the blog and on the forum when they are. When you make your reservations, please email me your confirmation as an RSVP, so I know how many people to expect.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 17: Jesse and Jordan Go Blue


In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we work blue.

Jesse and Jordan are in a widget factory. A listener calls to correct Jordan's allusion to Bartleby the Scrivener.
South by Southwest
A discussion of Jordan's trip last weekend to South by Southwest in Austin. Which rock stars are jerks, and which are nice? Who reacted best to Jordan's Crazy Scientist character? Find out here.

Jordan Sings
Jordan sings "Bicycle Built for Two."

Les Savy Fav

The lead singer of Les Savy Fav violates Jordan.

Personal Questions

Pat asks: how would we handle our interview with Dustin Diamond if it were conducted today?

Hang It Up, Keep It Up

Jesse tells you what to think and do.

Bachelor Party

Jordan describes his relatively chaste bachelor party.


We hear Aaron's debut story, among other things. Above: Aaron's dancing debut, in his high school's cafeteria at lunch.

* Are you friends with a wild & crazy guy who always gets the party started? Are you that guy? What was the craziest shit that guy ever got you to do?
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How Patton Oswalt Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Guns


"I believe in sustainable agriculture. I support gay marriage. I think war is a failure of diplomacy, logic and leadership. I’m embarrassed by the fact that it’s 2007 and my country is debating evolution. Pot should be legal. I dream of a world where punches are made of flowers.

And, it turns out, I love guns."

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: A Very Magical TSOYA with Amy Krause Rosenthal and Ricky Jay


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

Ricky Jay is a magician, actor and historian of magic. He can kill a man or slice a melon with a thrown playing card. He's also the author of a number of amazing books about the history of magic and odd performance.

Amy Krause Rosenthal is the author of "An Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life," a touching and funny memoir, presented in alphabetical order.

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