There’s a lot of “How To Be A Man” stuff on the internet, but I think this commencement speech, from Norm MacDonald, is all you really need.

Thanks to all the Put This On fans who sent us this SNL sketch about Jos. A Bank. Pretty fair, we’d say.

Max Silvestri is correct. Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp invented #Normcore.

Things You Should Never Say To Your Tailor
IvoryTowerStyle lists twenty things you should never say to your bespoke tailor. A selection:
It’s ok, I’m going to lose 10 pounds.
This looks great. I can’t wait to have a cheaper tailor copy it.
Don’t worry, it’s ok, I read Fred Astaire did this to all his new suits.
I’ll post some pics on the Internet and let you know what needs to be changed.
Could you measure my inseam a few more times?
I’d like no padding in the shoulders, only in the trousers.
Which way do I dress? Up.
Do you accept blog posts as payment?
According to this guy on the Internet, here’s how it should be done…
Read the full post here. 

Things You Should Never Say To Your Tailor

IvoryTowerStyle lists twenty things you should never say to your bespoke tailor. A selection:

  • It’s ok, I’m going to lose 10 pounds.
  • This looks great. I can’t wait to have a cheaper tailor copy it.
  • Don’t worry, it’s ok, I read Fred Astaire did this to all his new suits.
  • I’ll post some pics on the Internet and let you know what needs to be changed.
  • Could you measure my inseam a few more times?
  • I’d like no padding in the shoulders, only in the trousers.
  • Which way do I dress? Up.
  • Do you accept blog posts as payment?
  • According to this guy on the Internet, here’s how it should be done…

Read the full post here

The Slipnutz, featuring my pal Brian Stack and the great Andy Blitz and Jon Glaser, are reuniting February 1st at SF Sketchfest. They performed their signature song “We’re the Slipnutz” several times on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. It seemed the same every time, but they said the difference was that the first time their sweaters were polyester, the second time a cotton blend, and the third time, they went back to polyester.

So the moral of this story is: fiber content matters, folks.

Jimmy Pardo's one of my favorite standup comics in the world - no one's more in the moment on stage than Jimmy. Seeing him run a show is a pleasure like few others. For this reason, he's always been hesitant to record a CD, because it might not capture the magic. I think this one does.

Jimmy’s obsessed with the idea of being “a gentleman” in “a hard shoe,” and he named his record Sprezzatura, so I thought I’d share it here. In this track, he’s discussing a trip to the movies with a friend named Jeff.

You can grab the whole CD for $8.99 on Amazon now. If you’re not convinced yet, you can also check out his podcast, Never Not Funny, which just made the switch to free from premium and has been nestled at the top of the iTunes comedy charts.

Jesse in the UK with Jordan, Jesse, Go!

I’m headed to the UK this week to record episodes of my comedy podcast, Jordan, Jesse, Go! in London and Edinburgh. If you’re in the UK, I hope you’ll come.

Our Edinburgh show is August 22nd at 11PM at the Pleasance Theater. We’ll be joined by our friends Tig Notaro, Graham Clark and Mat Ricardo. Mat’s a variety artist who I met through Put This On, and I’ll probably be wearing jeans, so he will almost certainly outclass me.

In London, we’ve got two shows on the 25th at the Phoenix. We’ll have a whole pile of guests, including Dave Hill, Put This On’s very own Rudiments correspondent, and the great Helen Zaltzman from the wonderful podcast Answer Me This.

So come out, say hi, and marvel at the difference in dress between the folks who see the show announcements here and the ones who heard about it on a podcast.

Judge John Hodgman: ODOR IN THE COURT!

Ordinarily, I’m the bailiff on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast, which features my friend John Hodgman (who you may know from The Daily Show, his books, Bored to Death or the Mac/PC commercials) as a wise and hilarious judge.

This week, though, while the judge is away, the bailiff plays. Hodgman’s on vacation, so I sat in for him in a very Put This On case: a man who sometimes goes two weeks without showering or washing his clothes, cuts his own hair and insists he doesn’t smell.

A very sweet guy, but pretty dang gross.

What did I decide?

You can listen above, on our website, or you can subscribe to the show free in iTunes.

Comedian and actor Eddie Cantor in his famous vaudeville sketch “Moe the Tailor,” as seen on Broadway in the Ziegfeld Follies. 

As some Put This On readers may know, I’m a public radio host by trade. This week, on my show Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, I got to talk to one of my all-time heroes: Mel Brooks. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I hope you’ll take the time to give it a listen. If you enjoy the show, subscribe to it free in iTunes.