America’s Radio Sweetheart
America’s Radio Sweetheart himself, Jesse Thorn, is our Guest Editor this week, a purveyor of all things that are awesome with his public radio show, The Sound of Young America.
In addition to TSOYA, Jordan Jesse Go, and the other shows he produces through maximumfun.org Jesse is an advocate of The New Sincerity, which espouses being more awesome, among other things. It’s a philosophy of life that I am proud to say I have adopted for the last two years, with…awesome results. But let’s let Jesse explain what it is:
What is The New Sincerity? Think of it as irony and sincerity combined like Voltron, to form a new movement of astonishing power. Or think of it as the absence of irony and sincerity, where less is (obviously) more. If those strain the brain, just think of Evel Knievel.
Also, any artists or designers out there, the second annual Maximum Fun Drive T-Shirt Contest is in full swing until April 15th!
Tig Notaro – No moleste
I love a dry comic, and Tig Notaro is a world champion in that department. This is a great example.
Maria Bamford – What people want
I’m a sucker for comedy about comedy, but what really sets The Bammer apart is her writing. Maria can annihilate me with a single phrase choice: in this one, it’s “I can’t feel my hands.” Wait for it…
Brent Weinbach – Coping with chastity
Brent Weinbach is one of my favorite comics in the country. The idea that he can take over a comedy club while speaking monotonously and holding the mic with two hands is absolutely amazing to me. I guess it’s because he’s insanely funny.
Jasper Redd – My road rage could sound better
Jasper Redd is as funny as it gets. I like how he slides into jokes slyly, sort of like Mitch Hedburg. The ideas in his bits always explode.
W. Kamau Bell – Obama down the middle
I love Kamau. He’s a big guy with a big stage presence, and his comedy is pushy — he takes it straight to the audience. But his jokes are always a little off kilter, they always surprise you.