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Man, Stephen Colbert is very funny.

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Thanks, Martin.

What's wrong with public broadcasting in this country?

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Wooooah. Hold on. What the heck... the CBC has a MAIL ROBOT?? A mail robot capable of DESTROYING THINGS?

Waaaay no fairsies. I don't even have one of those vacuum robots.

Via ILoveRadio.org

Live in NY? See Tina Fey's new pilot...

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Tina Fey has a new pilot, a behind-the-scenes at SNL sitcom starring Alec Baldwin. It also features Fey and Tracy Morgan, among others. If you live in NYC, you can go see the taping...
Greetings from NBC Studios!

Next Friday, March 17th, Tina Fey will be shooting her television pilot in Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center. Tina Fey stars in a workplace comedy behind the scenes of a television show. The pilot also stars Alec Baldwin and more details are to follow.
We would LOVE to have you as a part of our audience! Shooting will take place from about 1:00pm until 5:00pm . Arrival time of audience will be no later than 11:45am. If interested in attending, please email: Kathleen.Tula@nbcuni.com with "TINA FEY PILOT" in the subject line. Please include all names, numbers, and email addresses of those that would like to come.

**ALL CALL TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
When Liz Lemon was hired to write for her best friend's show on NBC, she was living every lady comedy writer's dream. But her life gets a jolt when a brash new network president bullies Liz into hiring a wild and unpredictable African-American movie star to join the cast. If she doesn't, her little show is history. Now Liz must manage the unmanageable and appease the unappeasable so that her dream can go on.

Interestingly, NBC is planning two sketch comedy behind-the-scenes shows for the fall. The other was created by Sportsnight/West Wing/A Few Good Men scribe Aaron Sorkin, and is an hour long drama. A little birdy let us check out the scripts of the two shows, and we're coming down on Aaron Sorkin's side (not that Sportsnight didn't predispose us to that outcome already). That said, both shows have a lot of potential, and with performers as winning as Morgan and Baldwin on board for Fey's, we hope both succeed, creatively and audience-wise.

Via The Apiary

Stelllaaaaaaa!

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Pedaling off into the sunset...

Sad news from the Stella guys...

"The STELLA series was on Comedy Central last summer. The network has offcially decided not to renew it for a second season.

Thank you to all the fans for your lobbying and support. Perhaps Stella will return on TV in some other form in the future. In the meantime, Comedy Central occasionally repeats the episodes, and we are currently working on a DVD which will have the whole season and lots of cool extras. The DVD release (and possible touring) will be this fall."

At least we got a season, huh? At SF Sketchfest they said they felt that Comedy Central had really supported the show, and the audiences just weren't enough. Sad.

Stella on The Sound of Young America (MP3 Download)

Live, From Aspen, Todd Jackson

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Todd Jackson at dead-frog is blogging from the Aspen Comedy Festival. I told him he should go see Sound of Young America favorite Brent Weinbach.

Making Friends with Black People on Daily Candy

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Our pal Nick Adams checks in with news on his new book, Making Friends With Black People: "Wow. I just cracked the top 200 on Amazon, thanks in large part to a piece on Daily Candy."

...with the publication of Making Friends with Black People, everyone (read: all the colors in the Crayola box) can get one step closer to true racial harmony. The new book by L.A.-based comedian Nick Adams is a smart, hilarious look at the conflicted, all-too-often misguided relationship white people have with African-American culture...

Buy the book (for less than $11) today!

Kasper Hauser - Glinder & Glinder

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You'll find no greater fans of the San Francisco-based sketch comedy group Kasper Hauser than us here at The Sound of Young America. It is our considered opinion that they are the best sketch comedy group in the US of A. Besides being featured on The Sound performing classic sketches like "Spicy Pony Head" and "Phone Call to the 14th Century," they perform all over the world, have a book coming out later this year (it's called Sky Maul), and they're starting to work more and more in video.

Our pals over at McSweeney's DVD magazine Wholphin have graciously hosted one of KH's new video pieces. It's so hilarious, I can barely even describe its hilarity.

RIP to Gordon Parks

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The AV Club has the news. He was one of the first black director to helm a major studio feature, and one of the great news and feature photographers of the 20th century. Here's his Times obit.

Salon's Audiofile is hip to The Sound

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Ira Boudway of Salon.com has a nice piece in the Audiofile today about our Wholphin episode (MP3 Link), which featured interviews with Wholphin editor Brent Hoff and Fred Armisen of SNL.

The soft-spoken and relentlessly positive Armisen keeps an attitude of grateful humility throughout. "It was like being asked to be the pope or the president," he says of getting an audition for "SNL." "It just seemed so ridiculously huge that, you know, you just think, 'I'll do my audition, but, man, this is really insane to even be in this room.'"

Ira previously wrote (effusively) about The Sound in this post.

Read the Salon Piece
Download "Wholphin" with Brent Hoff and Fred Armisen

A truly international phenomenon.

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Our Python post has been making the rounds in Bloggington (as I will heretofore refer to that which was formerly known as "the blogosphere"), and has made it into several languages. Here's one post, translated from German to English via robot:

In the year of the gentleman 1975 a strange troop landed in Dallas: four young men with long hair and a stuffed armadillo. No - not the Beatles, but Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Graham Chapman: Monty Python. Directly of the premiere of its film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" they had hurried from Los Angeles in the KERA TV kERA-TV-Studio, in order to introduce itself the being astonished Americans.

This interview was sent 1975, and since then it had disappeared. It was rediscovered on an old Videoreel (comes me admits forwards?), the Blog The sound OF Young America arranged a publication with the transmitter and the Pythons, for which Jesse Thorn and its people of infinite thanks are entitled. The file may be downloaded, but not spread further. The recording breaks off after 14 minutes, because someone overacted the remainder of the volume (’%!!?xx??#!&!!).

Ladies & Gentlemen: fourteen precious minutes with four young Pythons and an armadillo. That has tip for the reference goes at MacFrisbee.

And that's to say nothing of this one, which is in what language I dunno, and is titled, "You Smell Like Dead Papa!"