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This week, we break format a bit, to highlight some of the routines and albums that really spoke to me before I ever thought about doing standup. With many of these albums, I can still remember exactly where I was when I first bought them (Bill Cosby's Greatest Hits was purchased in the record section of an electronis store on Queens Boulevard, George Carlin: Classic Gold was purchased on cassette at the old Sam Goody next to the subway near the Queens Center Mall).

The following is a track list, and where you can buy the albums:

Steven Wright, Jiggs Casey, I Have A Pony
Eddie Murphy, Ice Cream Man, Greatest Comedy Hits
Tom Lehrer, The Vatican Rag, That Was The Year That Was
George Carlin, A Place For My Stuff, A Place For My Stuff
George Carlin, Seven Words You Can't Say On Television, Class Clown
Cheech & Chong, Dave's Not Here, Greatest Hit
Nichols & May, Mother and Son, In Retrospect
Mel Brooks, Hope For The Best (Expect The Worst), Greatest Hits
Mel Brooks, Springtime For Hitler, Greatest Hits
Woody Allen, The Vodka Ad, The Third Woody Allen Album
Woody Allen, Q&A, The Third Woody Allen Album
Bob Newhart, Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Ave., The Button Down Mind
Bob Newhart, The Grace L. Ferguson Airline & Screen Door Company, The Button Down Mind In Concert
Steve Martin, Funny Comedy Gags, Let's Get Small
Steve Martin, Excuse Me, Let's Get Small
Richard Pryor, When Your Woman Leaves You, ...Is It Something I Said?
Richard Pryor, Rumplestilskin, The Wizard of Comedy
Bill Cosby, To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With

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In this week's issue of the TYF! podcast, we talk to Clara Bizna$$ of Brooklyn hip-hop trio Hand Job Academy. Liam and Clara discuss hip-hop, being taken seriously as a hip-hop artist, mental illness, suicidal depression, and audition to be a Princess at, and working as a cartoon in, The Happiest Place On Earth. It's a truly riveting conversation, and you're gonna like it.

In addition, we get two stories from Bob Powers, and Liam McEneaney briefly eulogizes Joan Rivers and tells the story of getting arrested for prank calling a schoolmate.

You can buy Hand Job Academy's debut album, #IKEAMonkey, at

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This week's issue of the TYF! podcast is Best of Volume 2, with stories from Adam Wade and Kambri Crews, and music from Alana Amram and Eden & John. 

Also, enjoy some of the best excerpts from interviews with Lewis Black, Gilbert Gottfried, Baratunde Thurston, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ophira Eisenberg, Julia Wertz, and David O'Doherty.

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Long-time fans will recognize David and Caroline from previous live issues. Live show #1 (with Gilbert Gottfried and Lewis Black) heard Liam McEneaney making fun of them for finding a seat up front after the taping had started. Live show #2 (with Andy Borowitz, Jessi Klein, Chris Gethard, Ophira Eisenberg, and MORE) found Liam reading from an old Dear Abby book her found in their apartment.

For the third live taping show, Liam takes the action to David and Caroline's back yard in Long Island City, Queens, for a relaxed barbecue/podcast taping in front of a select audience of some friends. Returning TYF! champ Mike Doughty debuts a pair of new songs from his next album, Stellar Motel, plays banjo publicly for the first time ever, and talks about crowdfunding and the most surprisingly popular item he offers as an incentive.

You can still pledge to Mike's campaign here:

After getting of to a bit of a rocky start, Julia Wertz opens up about her career as an "urban explorer," breaking into abandoned sites and taking pictures, about her hellish birthday vacation with a politician who told her he cheated on her in an island paradise, and about her forthcoming book, Museum of Mistakes. 

You can check out her site:

All that, and Leslie Goshko tells a story about why she only took one friend on a family vacation that one time, and Liam McEneaney reads a piece he wrote for an evening of John Hughes fanfiction reading.

Episode recorded by: Patrick Holbert


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Next live taping:

August 27th
at Le Poisson Rouge, downstairs Gallery
158 Bleecker St
7:00pm // $5.00

with Janeane Garofalo 
and Sarah Goldstone 
Come out to the first of our regular monthly tapings of the TYF! podcast at the small Gallery space in the bar below Le Poisson Rouge.

My guests will be: 
Janeane is a comedian, actress, and activist, whose many film and television appearances include Wet Hot American Summer, Ratatouille, 24, The Larry Sanders Show, and many many others. Her standup credits include HBO and Epix specials, and more TV appearances than you can count on your fingers and toes.

Sarah Goldstone is NYC-based pianist, keyboardist, violinist and vocalist. She currently performs with Alex Winston, Matt Sucich, Germans, AM to AM, Firelights. She also plays classical piano, teaches piano and writes scores for film.

Matt Sucich (pron: Sue-Sitch) is from Astoria, Queens. He writes songs. He plays them with a guitar. He sings them with his voice. Sometimes he sleeps, but most times he’s awake. "Equal parts Lord Huron, Paul Simon and M. Ward, Sucich establishes his own voice on the playful, island flavored, 'The Lonely Dreamer.'" Bruce Warren, WXPN-FM

and MORE!


In this week's issue, we speak with Jon Ronson, author of the international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists, and The Psychopath Test,as well as co-writer of the movie Frank, in theatres now, about his adventures with the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band, as well as the forthcoming book, Frank: The True Story That Inspired The Movie.

We also speak with Maeve Higgins, Irish comedy star, author of the wonderfully charming memoir We Have A Good Time Don't We?, and cohost, with Jon, of the show "I'm New Here--Can You Show Me Around?"

We also get a story from Bob Powers, "Jeff and the 37 Year-Old Woman," and Liam talks about meeting George Takei and missing Robin Williams.

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This week on the TYF! podcast, we speak to documentary journalist Erin Lee Carr, director of the hit gun control film Click. Print. Gun., about her obsession with obsessive men, about pushing to cover the stories she thinks are important, about using your job to get a free trip to Paris, about the amazing advice she gets from her father, and about the line one walks when one is a journalist.

Plus, comedy master Livia Scott performs a one-woman show titled "Next Stop: Bedford." All that and Liam describes the recent TYF! live episode/barbecue.



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In this week's issue of the Tell Your Friends! podcast, we speak with "TV's Frank" Conniff, about his days on Mystery Science Theater 3000, getting his start in the New York City downtown comedy scene of the '80s, how getting sent to rehab was responsible for his career, how Lizz Winstead discovered him, and how he does not mind being thought of as a "nostalgia act."

Bob Powers tells the story of "Shower Cam Sheldon," and Liam talks about his childhood being raised as a nerd, and how nerd culture left him behind.

Theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson.

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The Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast! Summer Spectacular continues today with a panel discussion between Liam McEneaney and five of the best comedy writers working today. Recorded live at The Bell House.

Our panel talks about comedy writing, how to make it, their first jobs, Twitter, and what a dick Chevy Chase is.

ANDY BOROWITZ – writer for The New Yorker, New York Times bestselling author, National Press Club award-winner, “Funniest man in America,” according to the CBS Sunday News Morning,one of the 50 Funniest American Writers according to the Library of America, and the co-creator The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

ANDY BLITZ - has written for, and appeared on, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Human Giant," "Important Things with Demetri Martin," "Eagleheart," and Comedy Central's "Review."

JESSI KLEIN - is head writer and executive producer of "Inside Amy Schumer," and has written for "Saturday Night Live." She also wrote and appeared on "Michael & Michael Have Issues" and "The Showbiz Show with David Spade," had a half-hour special on Comedy Central, and is a regular panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!"

CHRIS GETHARD - is a comedian and improvisor, the host of the cult hit The Chris Gethard Show, and star of a Comedy Central Half Hour special

BRYAN TUCKER – is the co-head writer of “Saturday Night Live,” where sketches he’s written and co-written include “What’s Up With That?” and “Black Jeopardy!” Previous credits include “Chappelle’s Show” (“The Racial Draft” sketch), MADTV, and “The Chris Rock Show.”
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Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest podcast returns with an all-new summer double issue. Part one features TYF!'s signature stories from some of New York City's best writers and storytellers. This week includes:

Ophira Eisenberg - host of NPR's Ask Me Another, and author of the memoir Screw Everyone: How I Slept My Way To Monogamy, You can learn more in her TYF! interview here.

Michele Carlo - Moth Slam Champion and author of the memoir Fish Out of Agua

Bob Powers - old friend of the show, and writer for, mastermind behind the cult blog “Girls Are Pretty,” and author of the books “Happy Cruelty Day” and the “Just Make A Choice” choose your own adventure books for adults.

Lux Alptraum - former editrix-in-chief for

Next week's issue features a live panel interview with Andy Borowitz, Jessi Klein, Andy Blitz, Chris Gethard, and Bryan Tucker.

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In this week's issue of Tell Your Friends! History's Greatest Podcast!, we speak to Allison Robicelli about the bakery she and her husband own, about their infamy among people who use their desserts in sex acts (including a six-woman lesbian porn), and about her days managing Pip's Comedy Club in Brooklyn, and she tells a perfect story about the late Otto & George.

Bob Powers regales us with another story, and Liam talks briefly about the recently-deceased comedians John Pinette and Otto & George.

theme song by A Brief View of the Hudson.

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