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Jordan, Jesse GO! Torrent


If you're interested in picking up the first six months of Jordan, Jesse GO! in one big fat torrent, you can do so now on MySpleen. It's free of course, but requires a MySpleen account (and the ability to use torrents). If you need the former, just email me and I'll hit you with one. You must include a specific favorite MaxFun moment in the email so I can verify you're a listener and not a random (if you're somebody who found this on google, please do not bother me).

Remember that you can also use MySpleen to download all the TSOYAs of 2006, 2005, and 2004 and before.


GLC - Honor Me

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GLC's been waiting patiently since Kanye's "I'm Good" mixtape before The College Dropout. He's always been a pretty formidable talent, particularly his beautiful voice. I guess A-Trak produced this record? Just guessing based on GLC's adlibs at the end. Doesn't sound like Kanye, maybe No ID. This isn't a hit record, but it's a good one.

Jonathan Winters meets Chelsea Peretti

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When Hodgman said Jonathan Winters was on Chelsea Peretti's Superdeluxe show, "All My Exes," I thought it was a joke. But that really is Jonathan Wintes. Holy shit.



This important documentary documents the Onion staff's Thanksgiving Day Chili Cookoff, 2007, and their descent into madness as CHILI MANIA spreads throughout the team.

Podcast: Eric Lax on Woody Allen


Jesse interviews Eric Lax. Lax is the author of "Woody Allen: A Biography," "On Being Funny" and most recently "Conversations with Woody Allen." Since being assigned to profile Allen for the New York Times magazine almost forty years ago, Lax has followed the comedian and filmmaker's career, interviewing him regularly. We talk about Allen's life and enormous ouvre, from the great to, well... The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

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Kasper Hauser at SF Sketchfest


Tuesday, Jan. 22, Mill Valley (shorter set)

Seriously, just go. On the 18th if you can, when they'll be stretching out and performing with another favorite of mine, the acerbic "Oh, You & Your Bone Spurs." On the other hand, you shouldn't miss them on the 24th, either, with mad genius Will Franken and the very charming Apple Sisters. Buy the ticket now, and get your ass out to the show. It will be amazing. There is no better sketch group in the country than Kasper Hauser, and there is no better place to see Kasper Hauser than at the SF Sketchfest.

The Onion weighs in on TSOYA Live!


The Onion's show preview of Monday's TSOYA Live! in San Francisco show:

"The Sound of Young America calls itself 'a public radio show about things that are awesome,' but the show is pretty awesome in and of itself. Made in the living room of "America's Radio Sweetheart" Jesse Thorn, a host whose voice sounds way too seasoned to belong to a 26-year-old, The Sound of Young America is everything a podcast (or public radio show for that matter) should be: insightful, funny, snappy and above all, not stuffy. The show covers all forms of entertainment, from books to music to TV, but casts an especially focused eye on comedy, which means lots of interviews with comedians like Louis CK, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, and even Shelley Berman. Here, Thorn tapes a live TSOYA program with guests Morgan Murphy, Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue, Merlin Mann and others."

Thanks to the Onion's SF staff, especially Marc!

Michael Feldman's Whaddya Know


I really like Michael Feldman's Whaddya Know. I think it's very funny, very charming and authentically Midwestern in a way that makes me feel like I'm looking through a peephole at a whole other culture.

This isn't a response to anything in particular, I've just been missing it a bit here in LA. Luckily, every weekend I have approximately 18 opportunities to hear a certain other weekend "comedy" variety show.

The Athens Banner-Herald Lauds TSOYA


How do you know you've made it? When you make it into the pages of the Athens Banner-Herald, that's how!

Public Radio International's "Sound of Young America" is one of the best podcasts I've heard. The wife discovered the free podcast on iTunes and it was literally all we listened to on our long drive through Florida this Xmas. Hosted by self-proclaimed "America's Radio Sweetheart" Jesse Thorn, the show features interviews with all manner of hip cats like comedians Patton Oswalt and Zach Galifianakis, authors Nick Hornby and Simon Rich and scads of others. It's available for free from and iTunes.

Thanks Ryan Lewis!

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