Standup Comedy

Demetri Martin, author of This Is A Book: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Demetri Martin

Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, writer and actor. He's just published his first book, "This Is A Book." Like his comedy, the book reveals Martin's interest in structure, order and disruptions of structure and order. He's always been a fan of puzzles, and the book features, among other things, some extraordinarily long anagrams.

Demetri talks with Jesse Thorn about how standup comedy is like skateboarding, how his father, a priest, inspired him to be a performer, and more. Martin last appeared on The Sound of Young America about seven years ago.

JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program is the comedian Demetri Martin. He's an accomplished standup comic, and he's also had his own standup and sketch show, Important Things with Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. He's been featured in a number of films, and starred in one recently, and now he's the author of a brand new book called This is a Book.

Demetri, welcome back to The Sound of Young America.

DEMETRI MARTIN: Hey Jesse, thanks for having me.

JESSE THORN: I think we counted it up, it's actually been seven years since the last time you were on The Sound of Young America. It's a long time, thank you so much for coming back.

DEMETRI MARTIN: Yeah, thanks for having me back.

Click here for a full transcript of this interview, or click here to stream or download the audio.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 175: The Hare Krishna Gang with Tig Notaro

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Tig Notaro

Comic Tig Notaro of the Professor Blastoff podcast joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss late-night smoke alarm searches, gangs of hare krishnas and more.

WEINBACH!

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Jim Real, "The Master of Would You Rather," called me with exciting news. An old favorite of ours, Brent Weinbach, was in a Honda commercial. As if that wasn't enough, he was also destroying the audience at Lopez Tonight.

BRAVO, WEINBACH. BRAVO.

Bill Burr's Los Angeles

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This video, made by Bill Burr with our pals from LAist, is a real gem. It's half an hour of Burr driving around and offering his committed opinions about crap in Los Angeles. Bill has such a remarkable energy - so much anger, so much passion, but a real sweetness, too. He's also funny as shit.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 168: Moose with Dana Gould

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Dana Gould

Longtime Simpsons writer-producer and standup comic Dana Gould joins Jesse and Jordan for much enthusiastic chatter.

Louie Anderson on Ferguson

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It's nice to see a masterful comic like Anderson collecting laughs like this. Nothing's forced or needy, just good jokes and good reactions.

Comedy: Maria Bamford on The Sound of Young America

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Photo from MaxFunCon, by Noe Montes.
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Bullseye
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Maria Bamford

A standup set from one of our comedy heroes, Maria Bamford. Recorded at our last Laugh Night, a benefit for Art Share in Los Angeles.

Greg Fitzsimmons, Comedian: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Greg Fitzsimmons

Greg Fitzsimmons is a standup comedian. His memoir is Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox.

JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program is the comedian Greg Fitzsimmons. He’s not only one of the nation’s most popular standup comics, having appeared on basically all of the venues that are available to standup comedians, including multiple comedy central specials, almost all of the late night shows, and more; he also has his own talk radio program on Sirius XM Radio, the Greg Fitzsimmons show; his own podcast, FitzDogRadio, and he’s the author of the new memoir Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox. It’s not just the story of his life told through his words, it’s also the story of his life as told through a giant pile of disappointing letters that his mother kept from his elementary school days all the way through his career as a standup comedian. Greg, welcome to The Sound of Young America.
GREG FITZSIMMONS: It’s an honor to be here and in good company with some of my favorite comics also, so I appreciate you having me in.

Click Here for a Full Transcript of This Interview.

Comedian, Actress and Author Kristen Schaal: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal is a comedian, actress, and writer. Her brand of humor is weirdly sweet, and probably exemplified by her role as Mel, the obsessive fan on The Flight of The Conchords. She's been a contributor to The Daily Show, appeared in a number of films including Dinner for Shmucks, and lent her voice to animated characters in Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Her book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, written with Rich Blomquist, is out now.

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