Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)
Vaudeville 12-31-05

Guest Trav S.D. This week we put on a show! Trav S.D. is the author of "No Applause: Just Throw Money," about the history of Vaudeville in America. We also hear from Hard n Phirm, Aziz Ansari, Dragon Boy Suede, Skillz, and more.

Direct download: tsoya123105.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Guests John Waters, Christopher Moore, Davy Rothbart, and more. It's our annual Holiday Special, which we made last year and plan to play annually. Merry Christmas!

Direct download: tsoya122405.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am EST

Guests Alex Blagg and Jarrett Krosoczka. With help from Alex Blagg of The Blagg Blogg and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of "Punk Farm," we choose winners of the New Sincerity Holiday Activity Contest.

Direct download: newsincerityholiday.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13pm EST

Guest Chris Elliott. On this week's show, we sit down with Chris Elliott, the comedian who has retained his bizarre sensibility through a variety of media the past 25 years. Also, a vintage audio put-on by Coyle & Sharpe and Hang It Up / Keep It Up.

Direct download: tsoya121705.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:34pm EST

Brendon Small (Bonus Interview)

Guest Brendon Small. Brendon Small is the creator of Home Movies, but he's also an accomplished guitarist. In this bonus interview, you can hear Brendon talking about his new show "Dethclok," due in the Spring. The show concerns the world's most popular death metal band.

Direct download: tsoyabrendonsmall.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:42am EST

Fawlty Towers Revisited (Bonus Interview)

Guest Lars Holm. Lars Holm is the author of "Fawlty Towers: The Worshipper's Companion." We talk about the show, in recoginition of the PBS TV special "Fawlty Towers Revisited," which is running on local PBS stations this week. Also... a contest to win two copies of the book.

Direct download: tsoyafawltytowers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40am EST

The Movies 12-10-05

Guests Brendon Small, Mark & Michael Polish, and Peter Molyneux. Brendon Small is the creator of the Cartoon Network [adult swim] series Home Movies. Mark & Michael Polish are the directors of several films, including Twin Falls Idaho; they're also the authors of "The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking," a book about how to make an independent film. Peter Molyneux is the designer of the computer game "The Movies," which allows users to create films in-game. He's also designed quite a number of groundbreaking games, like "Populous" and "Black & White."

Direct download: tsoya12105.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Canada, et al.  12-3-05

Guests Eugene Mirman, Kyle MacDonald, and Brandon Bird. Eugene Mirman is one of New York's top alternative comics. He not long ago released his first CD, "The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman." Brandon Bird is a painter, whose work has been celebrated across the country. It often features fringe celebrities and historical figures engaged in fantastical activities. Kyle MacDonald write the blog "One Red Paperclip." He's been trying to trade up, little by little, from a red paperclip to a house.

Direct download: tsoya120305.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

Comics and Comics Three 11-26-05

Guests Sarah Silverman, Brad Meltzer, Kasper Hauser. We return to our nerdiest theme. Sarah Silverman is the hottest comedian in the country as her film "Jesus is Magic" hits theaters. Brad Meltzer is a best-selling novelist, and the author of the controversial DC Comics graphic novel "Identity Crisis." The Kasper Hauser Skit Club are San Francisco's favorite sketch comedy group... they perform a sketch and read some of their fake Craigslist postings.

Direct download: tsoya112605.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:24pm EST

Belushi! 11-19-05

Guests Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. John Belushi was one of the great comics of the late 20th century. Belushi Pisano and Colby are the editors of the new book Belushi, an oral history of his life and times. The show also features clips from the National Lampoon Radio Hour which feature Belushi. Oh! And be sure to visit maximumfun.org for a neat web-only bonus mp3.

Direct download: tsoya111905.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:39pm EST