Episode 3 - Wunderland written by Amanda Lund & Matt Gourley

Amanda Lund
Matt Gourley
Kiernan Shipka
Rich Sommer
Skylar Astin
Natalie Morales
Steve Agee
Craig Cackowski
Noah Galvin
Laraine Newman
Maria Blasucci
Marc Evan Jackson
Arturo Del Puerto
Ben Feldman
Matt Gourley

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview Amanda Lund (Co-creator, Ghost Ghirls, Goosebumps) & Matt Gourley (Podcasts: Superego; I Was There Too) regarding their dead pilot, Wunderland. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Wunderland performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors like:

Amanda Lund as Jane, Kiernan Shipka as Young Blond Girl/Kelsea, Rich Sommer as Peyton, Skylar Astin as Juan Pablo, Natalie Morales as Boleyn, Steve Agee as Petite Keith/Security Guard, Craig Cackowski as Narrator/Policeman/King Strudel/Driver, Noah Galvin as Teenaged employee (Gary), Laraine Newman as Kelsea's Mom, Maria Blasucci as Hippie Mom/Tera Kaltenbach/Olivia, Marc Evan Jackson as Bruce, Arturo Del Puerto as Corporate Stiff/Brad, Ben Feldman as George Doyle, and Matt Gourley reading stage directions.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Jason Sudeikis, Sarah Vowell & Paul F. Tompkins

Jason Sudeikis
Paul F. Tompkins
Sarah Vowell

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Jason Sudeikis on Mentorship, Fame and his Blue Man Group Aspirations

Jason Sudeikis is an actor, comedian and screenwriter, probably best known for time spent as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live.

His comedic skills were honed as a founding member of Second City Las Vegas and have been enjoyed by audiences on television shows including 30 Rock and Eastbound & Down as well as the films Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers.

His recent work has taken a more dramatic turn, and includes his role in the film Race, which tells the story of track and field legend Jesse Owens' pursuit of the gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Sudeikis plays Owens' coach, Larry Snyder, who mentored and coached him through his time at Ohio State University and into the Olympics.

Race is in theaters now.

Sudeikis joined Jesse to talk about his aspirations to join The Blue Man Group, the role that his own mentors have played in his life and what it’s like to have his personal life serve as fodder for tabloid media.

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"I Wish I'd Made That": Sarah Vowell on her Love of Randy Newman and "The World Isn’t Fair"

Artists -- the people that make stuff -- are always influenced by the work of others. And sometimes, something an artist sees is so good, so perfect that they wish they had made it themselves.

This happens so often to the people we talk to, that we made a segment about it. It’s called "I Wish I’d Made That". This week, we talk to author and social commentator Sarah Vowell who joins us to talk about the Randy Newman song, "The World Isn’t Fair".

You probably don't need us to tell you who Sarah Vowell is, if you're listening to an NPR podcast, but she's a frequent contributor to This American Life, and is the author of multiple bestselling books including Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes.

Vowell's latest book is about the Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who became a sort of adopted son to George Washington and fought in the American Revolutionary War. It's called Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

You can find her other appearances on our show here and here.

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Photo by Jesse Thorn

Paul F. Tompkins Talks Success, Podcasting and Improvising with Puppets

Paul F. Tompkins has a certain kind of fame. If you're a comedy fan, he is known and beloved for his appearances on comedy podcasts (including his own) or from his live stand up and improv comedy. But to the world at large, he's probably best known for his work as a writer and performer on the HBO cult comedy show Mr. Show with Bob and David.

In recent years, he's started his own improv podcast, Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins, and also currently hosts the show No, You Shut Up! on the Fusion network.

No, You Shut Up! is a talk show in the vein of "Meet the Press", if its talking heads were actually puppets from Henson Alternative. The show airs Thursday nights at 10pm on Fusion. Episodes are also available on YouTube.

Tompkins joined Jesse to talk about what it feels like to become more personal in his stand-up, the role of podcasting in his success and what it’s like to improvise with puppets.

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The Outshot: SNL’s Tales of Fraud and Malfeasance in Railroad Hiring Practices

Can a Saturday Night Live sketch change the course of your life?

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 203 - Katie Crown

Katie Crown

Comedian Katie Crown joins us to talk about abandoned food, oregano oil, and Kideo.

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Jordan returns to "The Indoor Kids"


Jordan is back this week on the wonderful gaming podcast "The Indoor Kids." According to Jordan's own summary of the episode, "Kumail, Emily and I talk lost games, judge-related pornography and games to play when you’re unemployed."

Can't beat that. Check it out here.

Keep RISK! Running


Lauren Cusimano contributed this story.

Kevin Allison might be best known as a cast member of The State – the 90s MTV sketch show that needs no introduction even though we just gave it one. However, "Kevin Allison presents RISK!" might be catching up to some of that State fame.

Since 2009, RISK! has served as a podcast and live show – playing host to the tagline: “True Tales, Boldly Told”. Allison says the object of RISK! is simple. He asks guests to “try to step outside of your comfort zone,” he explains. “Drop the act, don’t do something you would do every night on stage, and try come clean about some stuff in the way you would with very close friends.” Perhaps the biggest difference between RISK! and other storytelling podcasts is the fact these stories are not rehearsed, and can range from the “super emotional to flat out X-rated,” Allison says before bursting into laughter. Guests of the show have included Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, and our very own Jesse Thorn.

Now, RISK! is in the middle of a critical campaign: Keep RISK! Running. Between now and November 16th, Allison and his staff – a crew of 18 talented people – are hoping to raise $50,000 to keep the RISK! podcast alive. Donation levels range from $10 to $10,000, but the real story is in the prizes.

Donate $20 to be considered RISK!’s childhood friend, $75 to be RISK!'s secret fetish, $1,000 to be RISK!’s hero. But the reward isn’t just in the name. Allison has some one-of-a-kind prizes ready for his supporters. Donate $250 and Janeane Garofalo will make you a friendship necklace, $300 and Margaret Cho will give you relationship advice, $500 and Lisa Lampanelli will insult you on Twitter for a full day. Other prizes include autographed posters of Marc Maron, fantasy football lessons from the Sklar Brothers, and autographed, doodled-on State scripts.

Allison says he’s been apprehensive of putting on the fundraiser since the idea of asking for money is no one’s favorite, but he understands that it’s necessary. “This whole podcasting phenomena is still so new that it’s very difficult to gauge exactly how to stay afloat doing it,” say Allison.

However, a successful fundraiser means more RISK!, more Story Studio – Allison’s over-Skype storytelling workshop – and even brand new projects. “Eventually I would also love to create a show that was family friendly,” Allison says. “A show people could play in the car with their kids, because God knows they cannot play ‘Kevin goes to Kink Camp.’”

“We want this to last forever,” says Allison. “There’s no limitation on people sharing personal stories – it’s the original art form and if it’s done well, it’s just riveting.”

Allison says the real question is what format RISK! might try next.

Denver Post on Comedy Podcasting

Thanks to the Denver Post for recommending Jordan, Jesse, Go! as one of their favorite comedy podcasts in this wonderful overview piece on the growing success of the genre.

Comedy Podcast The Bugle Takes on News Corp. from the Inside


According to British comedian and author Andy Zaltzman, when the British tabloid The News of the World was accused of wrongdoing in the now infamous phone-hacking scandal, the paper "did not just cross the line . . . it drove through the line in a high-speed tank, reversed back over the line, picked it up, taped the line back together, headbutted it, released the line into the woods, ran after it, kidnapped it, chained it to a radiator in its dungeon, fed it half a slice of stale bread and a glass of water every day, and whacked the line round the kneecaps with a baseball bat before releasing it and saying, 'Right, line, I never want to see you anywhere near one of my articles again, comprende?'"

That's a quote from the July 10th 2011 edition of the topical British comedy podcast The Bugle. The Bugle is hosted weekly by Zaltzman and Daily Show correspondent John Oliver. As a popular new satire program, it wouldn't ordinarily be surprising to hear the hosts make scathing jokes about the almost-too-shocking-to-be-real hacking scandal and subsequent shuttering of The News of the World. But it was certainly a bold move for a podcast that is presented by a paper that is actually part of the News Corp. empire. "In full disclosure," says Oliver during the show, "this podcast is presented by The Times of London - a sister paper of The News of the World. But more of an older, more mature, less slutty sister than its tear-away, shameful, dirty younger sibling who has repeatedly brought disgrace upon the whole, admittedly flawed, family."

While many Murdoch-owned publications downplayed news of the scandal's most appalling allegations, the Bugle refused to hold back. For example, at one point during the show Zaltzman jokes that his grandmother-in-law got a telegram from the queen for her 100th birthday and that he hacked into it as per "company policy." Later, Oliver tells Zaltzman to "[d]elete your emails, Andy -- quick!"

To learn more about The Bugle, check out this summary of the show from our own Podthoughts column. You can also find the show on itunes.

And if you've been hiding in a cave all summer and missed out on hearing the details of the hacking scandal, you can catch up quickly by watching this clip wherein John Oliver (at his other job) provides an impressively concise and scathing summary of the key allegations to date.

Jesse visits The Longshot


The kind folks behind The Longshot Podcast (Sean Conroy, Eddie Pepitone, Jamie Flam and Amber Kenny) invited me over for a recording session the other day, and I had a great time. You can listen to the show here. I'd like to imagine that me complaining about pupuserias was the highlight, but it was actually Eddie talking about calling phone sex lines while subletting. Sean, by the way, will be joining his Asssscat colleagues at MaxFunCon 2011.

Jesse Visits Sklarbro Country


This week I visited one of my favorite podcasts, Sklarbro Country. It was my second appearance as the Sklars' Fantasy Analyst. Since the major sports networks have pretty much cornered the market on fantasy baseball, football and basketball analysis, we venture a little further afield. This time around, it was fantasy antiques.

Couch to 5K


Couch to 5K: the iPhone App from lonelysandwich on Vimeo.

There are a few types of regular listeners from whom I hear. These are people for whom audio content is an important and regular part of their day. There are public transportation commuters. There are animators, artists and graphic designers. Then, there are runners.

Lucius Kwok is a longtime supporter of MaxFun, and a good friend of You Look Nice Today's Adam Lisagor. Together they made this video for Lucius' very cool-sounding app, which combines personal guidelines for couch-to-5K training with your iTunes library.

My hope is that this will train a new generation of MaxFun listener-runners.

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