Engadget’s “Peripheral Vision” series looks at creative people whose work intersects with the tech industry. For episode 009, they talked to yours truly about where podcasting is heading, why Put This On and MaximumFun.org are independent, and some other stuff. Basically I map out the future of the entire media world in a few deft turns of phrase, with time left over to make a perfect soufflé.
“It’d be a polo sweater. Like a v-neck short-sleeved sweater. It was white, but I’d dye it a ruby red color. Then I’d get some Guess jeans and dye them ruby red too. And then some Tretorns. Like the Tretorn sneakers? I’d dye them all red. That’d be my Raspberry Surprise.”— Big Boi from Outkast, giving an example of an outfit he used to wear in high school that involved DIY dyeing.
Put This On Season 2, Episode 6 Clothing Credits
Intro & Outro
Suit: High Society Tailor (Fabric by Molloy & Sons)
Tie: Saks 5th
Shirt: CEGO Custom Shirts
Pocket Square: Put This On
Shirt: CEGO Custom Shirts
Pocket Square: Put This On
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?
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.
So sad to hear the news that one of the great American singers, George Jones, has passed away. I wrote this piece for my NPR show, Bullseye, a week or two ago. It’s about one of his greatest tunes, “The Grand Tour.”
Jesse in San Francisco at SF Sketchfest
As many of you know, Put This On is my side gig - in my day-to-day life, I’m a public radio host and comedy podcaster. I’ll be bringing that side of my work to San Francisco next weekend for SF Sketchfest, and I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop by, if only to see me dress in a bailiff outfit based on that of Bull from Night Court.
Friday night, I’ll be at the Marines Memorial Theater for Judge John Hodgman. John, who you may know from The Daily Show, Bored To Death, Community or the Mac v. PC ads will be live-judging disputants from around the Bay Area. We’ve got some great cases lined up, and it’s always a lot of fun. We’ll also be joined by our friend John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. Tickets are available here.
On Saturday afternoon, I’ll be at the Punchline, hosting a live recording of my public radio show Bullseye. I’ll be interviewing Roman Mars, the creator of the brilliant design show 99% Invisible, and Boots Riley of The Coup, who’ll also be performing a few songs. Peter Hartlaub of the Chronicle will provide some San Francisco-themed film recommendations, and Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Erin Foley (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, etc) will be doing standup. I will also be speaking on the important subject of The Luniz hit record “I Got Five On It (Bay Ballas Remix)”. Get your tickets for that show here.
This week’s episode of my public radio show, Bullseye, is a great place to start if you’ve never heard the show. Bullseye is all about culture that’s worth your time, and this episode is a doozie.
It features two great interviews.
First I talk with Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the brilliant show Sherlock. He talks about how being abducted in Africa changed his life, among other things. In addition to Sherlock, Cumberbatch will be the voice of Smaug the dragon in the next Hobbit film, and the baddie in the upcoming Star Trek movie.
Then I talk with the documentarian Errol Morris, who describes why he thinks it’s OK that when all is said and done, people may forget about his amazing documentaries (like The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War and Cheap, Fast & Out Of Control), but remember his equally amazing Miller High Life commercials.
Plus Jason Kottke recommends some of his favorite things on the internet ever, and Craig Finn of The Hold Steady tells us how The Replacements showed him what rock music could be. And I recommend the simple, loving joy of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready.”
Here’s the best of the first year of my comedy game show International Waters. Every month, a team of comics from the US takes on a team of comics from the UK in a pop culture quiz. But mostly they just make off-color jokes. I host the show from my luxury recording yacht. It’s a blast.