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Most of the Acceptable.TV "pilots" are pretty silly, but this one pretty much takes the cake for silliness. I was laughing like a fool.

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Our interview with Head Honcho Dan Harmon

Anne Beatts Pt. 2


Here's some more of my interview with Anne Beatts. She talks about getting her first byline in The National Lampoon, the work of her then-boyfriend Michael O'Donaghue, and more.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of The National Lampoon, which in many ways is the dividing line between mid-century and contemporary humor, on this show, in which I interviewed the biographer of Doug Kenney, the magazine's editor.

If you missed part one of the interview, you can find it here.

I'll be running this interview on the radio show, but it might not be for a few weeks.

Some technical notes: I learned how to put still photos in there! And how to bring outside audio in under video! And my cross fades are slightly better! If anyone out there is a video guru and wants to help me improve in shooting this stuff, please get in touch.

Podcast: Cornucopia!


We hear an exclusive-to-TSOYA sketch from Clifford & Kidd, then a track from Jonathan Katz's great new album Caffeinated, and then the first episode of our newest podcast, Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters.

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Ricky Gervais Meets Garry Shandling

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"Nigga', why the fuck you wanna be givin' money to a dolphin?!"

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Anne Beatts on joining the National Lampoon


This clip is from an upcoming Sound of Young America broadcast featuring Anne Beatts. Anne was the first female editor of the National Lampoon, and was an original writer on SNL. Later, she created the cult sitcom Square Pegs, which was Sarah Jessica Parker's big break.

And hey -- this is our first ever original video post! What do you think?

(PS: Full disclosure: Anne is working with me as a judge for our sponsor, Project Breakout. I was scheduling this interview with her when I suggested her as a judge to the Project Breakout folks.)

(PPS: if it says "video is no longer available," that just means it's still encoding it. I posted it Thursday night, so if you're looking at it Thursday night, you might have to wait till Friday morning.)

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I personally endorse literally EVERY performer on this bill (presuming Janeane Garofolo will be performing her great jokes rather than rambling semi-coherently). If you are a San Franciscan who doesn't go to this show, which is for charity, you are a fool. It is expensive, but it will be worth it.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe: Ep. 1: Maniacs in a Living Hell

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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 varies 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.

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My Naked Dad


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Our pal Neil Campbell, (who is half of the brilliant comic duo of Neil & Paul with our other pal, Paul Rust), has just re-launched his long-dormant web comic My Naked Dad. The new site is gorgeous, especially Neil's carefully crafted line drawings of dad penis. Oh, and the comic is hilarious.

And hey, while you're checking out Neil & Paul effluvia, check out Paul's rarely-updated but always-hilarious blog, Watch Paul Rust Age Behind Glass.

Suburban Bravery

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Listener/reader Rob Bloom sends us this funny short film, for which he wrote the screenplay.

His screenplay for the film won a big contest, and was produced by the UCB Theatre and directed by Maggie Carey, whose work we've featured here before. As a result of the contest, you might see the film as pre-show entertainment the next time you go to the movies.

Also worth checking out: Carey's "Jeannie Tate Show," which also features her husband Bill Hader.

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