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CarolineEAnd

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  1. I suppose I could email this, but posting it as a comment feels less time-wastey. I've always really wanted to hear Aaron Bleyaert on the show. He runs Team Coco and hosts the Team Coco Podcast. The internet was a major part of Conan's whole...ordeal and I think we can all agree that he wouldn't have had his chance with TBS were it not for the internet response. Plus, Team Coco is one of the ABSOLUTE BEST websites for a television show, complete with podcasts and deleted and extended and reheasal takes. It's amazing and I think he'd be really interesting on the show.


  2. Mr. Pete, I'm going to take you up on that. Can you tell me the difference between Baroque Pop and Twee? I know that I like both, and 90% of the music I listen to is ONE of those two, I just can't figure out which is which. Or is it like squares and rectangles where all Baroque Pop is Twee but not all Twee is Baroque Pop?


  3. Chester, I'm going to have to disagree with you on the "singing is still just singing" comment. I trained for 10 years as an opera singer (please, please, everyone stay calm. I realize that's pretty much the COOLEST thing a person can do) and as a result, I am ABSOLUTE GARBAGE at singing pop music. I try, trust me. I really do. When nobody else is home I pull up karaoke tracks on Youtube and see if I can approximate good-sounding-ness, but the technique is just SO different that I can't handle it. However, I can sorta pull of country music, and have done pretty well at musical theater. R&B is 50/50 (I can do Mariah Carey-esque runs, but none of the brassy low stuff).
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    All genres of music require different skill sets, although they share an instrument. I don't think comedy is too different. You are using the same muscle but in a different way. And if Scott Aukerman (and many others) can do sketches, interview comedians, interact with characters, perform comedy songs, and play improv games I don't think it's ludicrous to at least challenge the contestants to widen their range in a similar way.
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    Elizabeth Laime has sketch training and yet Totally Laime was still one of the weakest of the week. I think that should prove that it's not about ability but about execution.


  4. Ben Garant's appearance means that OVER HALF OF THE STATE HAS BEEN ON EARWOLF! Yaaaaaay!
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    Also, just a quick note about Schlittebahn and the uphill slides Howard was talking about: When you arrive at Schlitterbahn, you basically put down your stuff, get in a tube, and never stand up until you leave. The whole place is connected by a flowing stream and instead of walking from slide to slide, the water takes you there. So in order to get you everywhere, there are a few points along the flowing stream where these crazy conveyor belts (aided by Schlitterbahn employees) elevate you. It's pretty rad.


  5. I'm poised to enjoy anything Batman related (in spite of DC's recent attempts to turn me off, but we won't get into that), so I suppose it isn't a SPECTACULAR feat that Left Handed Radio accomplished, but holy hell did I enjoy that sketch. Totally solid start to finish, and it wasn't too long. Every beat worked. Great job Left Handed Radio!


  6. Oh, absolutely Ronald. It CAN be done. I mean, I LOVE Andy Daly's Jerry O'Hearn character, and as I mentioned in the Earmail this week, I've been enjoying the hell out of Matt Besser's own web series Masterclass, an undeniably meta series of videos taking place in an improv masterclass. In both scenarios you have INCREDIBLY skilled comedians making the comedy.
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    I'm not super well versed on Eminem, but he's clearly doing something right. I'd use as a personal example Meat Loaf who has several songs about rock and roll that I really dig. And in my opera training I sang many a beautiful baroque aria about the glorious gift of music by composers like Purcell and Handel. But, compare that to Rebecca Black's My Moment or Starship's We Built This City or Prefab Sprout's King of Rock and Roll:


  7. Ronald: I'm trying to understand your point from the perspective of music, which is where most of my education comes from. You said that you can make jokes about musicians without being a musician, so why can't you make jokes about comedy, or making jokes.
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    So, that lead me to think about musicians writing songs about being musicians, the equivalent in the scenario you laid out. I hate those. I hate those so much. I think they're dumb and pretentious and awful. I especially hate songs about rock and roll lifestyle, or how it's the singer's moment to shine. I hate songs that are only funny to musicians because they're so full of "musician jokes."
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    So, you said that if you can joke about musicians without being a musician, why can't you joke about comedy without being an established comedian. Because: You are using the craft of comedy to discuss the art of comedy. That is not the same as using the craft of comedy to discuss the art of music. It would be the same as using the craft of music to discuss the art of music, which I think I dislike as much as Matt dislikes the former.
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    Make sense? I'm probably not doing a great job of making my point.


  8. Downloading right now! This is going to be epic! Thanks so much Brian! I didn't look at the tracklist because I didn't want it spoiled (I treat Girl Talk the same way) but just in typing this my eye couldn't avoid "De La Soul" so I'm mighty pumped to listen! Everyone- 'Load it and we can all jam together!


  9. A few weeks ago Jesse Thorn gave the following advice when it comes to making-fun-of-hacks:
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    "Ask yourself "Am I Andy Kindler?" and if the answer is "No," don't do it"
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    I think in terms of meta-sketches, a similar question to ask would be "Am I David Wain?" and if the answer is no, don't do it.


  10. I'm with you Julia. I have 5 wearable Earwolf shirts (one is delightfully autographed and thus stays home) so I rarely have to wear anything else (I'm wearing my Enigma Force Five shirt right now). I was just looking at my laundry this weekend and it was pathetic: 5 Earwolf shirts, 2 Maximum Fun shirts, 2 The State shirts, 2 Conan shirts, 2 UCB hoodies, and little to nothing else. God forbid someone think I'm a real live human being with thoughts and feelings that go beyond "Remember that one Mr. Show sketch where they...?"
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    Also, Jeff Rubin is the best. The episode of his podcast about Legends of the Hidden Temple is a must-hear for people of my age range who worshiped that show growing up (don't pretend like you didn't!).


  11. As a fan of Totally Laime who has listened to nearly every episode, I genuinely want to know why they chose that clip. They mentioned being out of town, so maybe they only had limited time or files to work on? Seems like a weird choice. Maybe she wanted to avoid using any of the frequent podcast guests she's had (Harris Wittels, Jen Kirkman, Garfunkel & Oates, Casey Wilson) but...yeah, not the strongest pick.

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