Jesse Thorn: The Sound of Young America on ‘The Grid’

Jesse Thorn: The Sound of Young America on ‘The Grid’ (photo)

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Set your alarms because at precisely 7:45 p.m. The Grid hits the airwaves. As the clock strikes quarter to eight, in just 15 minutes you will learn everything you need to know about what’s getting LOLz and what’s making eyes roll across the internet; what to buy; what to eat and what to talk about while you’re eating. It’s a pop culture party and you’re invited.

Our host is Jesse Thorn, self proclaimed America’s Radio Sweetheart, who has been blessing the radio with his presence on The Sound of Young America since 2000. The Sound of Young America is a radio show and podcast produced in Los Angeles and distributed across this fair nation by Public Radio International. Yes, the same quality folks who bring you This American Life. He has a knack for finding awesome and varied guests such as David Cross, Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, Chuck D, and Art Spiegelman, who are willing to stop by his studio and chat. His conversational interviews range from hilarious to serious and are peppered with regular bits such as raucous rounds of “Would You Rather?” For station information and podcast downloads, head over to his site MaximumFun.org, but be back here by 7:45 p.m. ET to watch The Grid or else.

Here are some of our favorite guests from The Sound of Young America:
Here’s Ze Frank talking to Jesse Thorn during a Sound of Young America recording session:

Ze Frank on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Here’s Reggie Watts performing:

Reggie Watts on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Kevin Kline stopped by TSOYA at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to promote the film The Extra Man, adapted from Jonathan Ames’ book:

Kevin Kline on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Finally, here’s Blitzen Trapper making their beautiful noise during a taping of TSOYA :

Blitzen Trapper on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

The Grid airs Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. ET

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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