Nichols & May: Mother & Son


The legendary Mike Nichols & Elaine May perform one of their classic telephone routines, with Nichols as a NASA scientist and May as his worried mother.

Found after watching this wonderful routine they performed on the 1959 Emmy awards, which was pointed out by recent TSOYA guest Brian Stack. It seems that YouTube user drono2 has stumbled upon a cache of these videos -- anyone know where they're from?

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Nichols & May in ushering in the modern era of American comedy. It's a horrible shame that Elaine May has acted so rarely since the Nichols & May days -- if you don't believe me, rent the mediocre Woody Allen film Small Time Crooks and catch her brilliant turn.

So, on this topic: should I rent Ishtar?

Kasper Hauser LIVE and FREE in LA!

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Our own Kasper Hauser are performing live in Los Angeles on Tuesday the 24th (my birthday!), and the show is absolutely free!

They'll be at the Comedy Central Stage, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Tickets are free but you must call (323) 960-5519 for reservations. Show's at 8, don't be late!

Not Just the Best of The Larry Sanders Show


A lot of people haven't seen The Larry Sanders Show. It aired on HBO before HBO was known for its original series. The first season DVD release was botched, and there never was a second season release. It ran briefly in syndication, but that was at 1 AM on UPN and whatnot.

But it was really, truly special. Maybe The Simpsons was more important, possibly a little better. Maybe. But besides that, Larry Sanders is the best sitcom of the last 25 years. Perfectly drawn characters, hilariously funny, a truly amazing program.

You owe it to yourself and your family to at the very least buy the new DVD set, "Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show,", which was released today.

Or, to put it another way: if you don't buy it, we can't be friends anymore.

PS: Venture Bros. Season Two came out today as well.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep 19: Ask a Republican

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss the misspent youths of others.

Jesse and Jordan are in the jungles of Malaysia. They discuss, among other things, Veronica Mars, The Gilmore Girls and Entourage. Jordan is both drawn to and repelled by the latter. Can you explain it's appeal to us?
Ashley from Lubbock
Our Official Caller Ashley, a 17-year-old from Lubbock, calls in to tell us she's from Lubbock, not Houston as we had erroneously asserted. We don't think she should listen to Jordan, Jesse GO! in class. No one should listen to their walkmen/ipods/discmen/transistor radios in class unless the Giants are in the playoffs.
Ask a Republican
We are joined by the gracious and fascinating Richard Martin, a Republican representative from Ohio. Congressman Martin answers questions from us and from listeners.

Jordan Sings

By popular demand, the segment Jordan Sings returns. This week, he sings "The Big Rock Candy Mountain," a song about a hobo's paradise.

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Not only is the very funny Kevin Shea taping his first CD at the Purple Onion in San Francisco Friday night with supporting acts including the also very funny Sheng Wang...

But you can also catch the great Brent Weinbach dropping the BOOMTIME on the Punchline in San Francisco tonight (4-17) and tommorow (4-18). Tonight he delivers BEGINNING WEINBACH, then tommorow... it's ADVANCED WEINBACH. We say GO SEE BOTH! This is a rare opportunity for a COMPLETE WEINBACH SCHOOLING.

And for those of you who don't live in the 'Sco, don't miss BW rocking the M Bar in LA on the 26th and Coachella on the 27th.

Becker Re-run Promos Needed!


It's not often you get a request as ridiculous as this.

Our friend Asterios, who helped arrange our interview with SCTV head writer Dick Blasucci, is working for The Westside Eclectic, a nice comedy theater in Santa Monica, California.

He sent us this message:

I'll soon be launching a blog for the guys I work for that'll be an archive of local and regional commercials for syndicated Becker reruns. If you know of any online, please email me at . If you live in a market where they air and can capture & upload them to youtube, I will mail you a prize pack that will blow your mind. I've also got an FTP site if you want to upload directly.

Bonus points for commercials that say stuff like, "Now Becker's on 5 times a week! That's five times the [clip of Becker saying something harshly]."

Asterios Kokkinos
LA Comedian, Television Enthusiast

Asterios offers us this as an example.

So, do you have any Becker promos? Why you would, I don't know, but I feel compelled to support this effort.

Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: Ep. 13: More This American Life


This week: More stories of This American Life, including The Phantom High School.

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Neil & Paul visit NEW YORK CITY!


Our friends Neil & Paul visit New York City in this delightful short film.

Podcast: Brian P. Stack, Late Night with Conan O'Brien Writer/Performer


Brian Stack is a long-time writer and performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. We talk about his early career as an improviser in Wisconsin -- at a theater which produced Chris Farley and Joan Cusack, among others, his masters degree (really!) and of course his time writing for Conan. His characters include the Ghost Crooner and Frankenstein (above).

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David Wain talks about The Ten


A guy from The Sundance Channel talks with the cast & crew of The Ten (pretty much all of them).

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