Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11.29.11 - The A&J Show - Ep. 22: Evan Davis and J-L Cauvin!

Key Take-Away Notes: It's an A&J stand-up spectacular featuring interviews and set selections from New York comics Evan Davis and J-L Cauvin. You can learn more about J-L by vising his website and following his Twitter feed (@jlcauvin). He's basically a hunk. And if Evan piques your interest, here's a video of him performing, handsomely. And just so you know: the opinions expressed in this episode (especially the strident ones) are not in any way directed against J-L, who is, in the official opinion of John, a perfectly nice guy. (Alex has never met him, but John thinks Alex would like him if he did meet him.) 

Evan's segment of this episode runs from 6:15 to 28:29, and J-L's runs from 28:30 to 1:04:20. Also:

Potty Mouth Alert: I didn't censor anybody in this episode, because I figured, hey, you know what? You're all adults. You know what you're getting into.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The A&J Show - Episode 21 - Alison Agosti!

Key Take-Away Notes: Folks, this is a big one. Twitter phenom and all-around nice gal Alison Agosti lets us into her world, and boy howdy, there is no furniture in there, and nothing in the fridge. But it's still fun! For those of you pressed for time - and I know you're all very busy people - the straight dope starts at 14:51. That's when we start grilling Alison on her life choices.

And don't forget to follow Alison on Twitter, which you probably already do, but if you don't, you should! Oh, and you can subscribe to this show and follow our scintillating Twitter feed too if you'd like, but hey, no pressure, people.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The A&J Show - Episode 20: The Big 3-0

Key Take-Away Notes: Episode 20 of A&J is all about what it means to turn 30, and features the insightful, reflective musings of five guests who are really, really old. Also, Alex reveals that he was, while still a child, constitutionally incapable of learning how to write. How little has changed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The A&J Show - Ep. 19 - It's Electric

Key Take-Away Notes: We intended to introduce a new segment in this episode, but we just had way too much stuff to get off of our heaving chests. It's a return to the unmoored musings that made A&J the #1 podcast of 2011 according to everybody. Really, really important stuff in here. Also, the episode was (intentionally) deceptively edited to suggest that when Alex plays trivia, he plays trivia alone. This is false. He plays trivia in a group environment.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

3.4.11 - The A&J Show - Episode 2.2

Alex and John are swept out by the tide of technical difficulties, leaving time for a fundraising announcement from public radio and the premier of a new A&J segment, Space Face with Andrew (originally recorded a few weeks ago, for you space sticklers out there).

Friday, January 7, 2011

1.6.11 - The A&J Show - Episode 2.1

Episode Guide: A&J's Show was renewed for a second season, and here's the first episode! What's the good news? It's short. That's the good news. Thanks for asking.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

1.1.11 - The A&J Show - The First Annual New Year's Eve Spectacular!

Episode Notes: May all your 2011 dreams come true. Ours sure did. Ruminations from one year ago on art, whether Avatar is art, and Evan's top-ten science fiction films of all time. (Not on the list: Bicentennial Man.) Max also explains why Star Wars is one of his favorite WWII movies, while John struggles to keep up.

Part 1: 

Part 2: 

Friday, December 10, 2010

The return...

...is imminent.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

10.6.10 - The A&J Show - Ep. 1.15 - Jackie!

Episode notes: Guess who's back? Well, we're back with a big one. This extremely special episode of The Alex and John Show features an interview with about 67% of Jackie, a group of Washington DC's greatest improvisers. Jackie performs at the Washington Improv Theater, or "WIT" in government jargon. Even at a fraction of their normal strength, they are fantastic.

You can find much more info on WIT by clicking here, and you can learn more about Jackie by going here. Or by visiting your local library. You should actually probably just stick to the links.

Full Episode:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We need advice

A&J has been in a funk recently. Fortunately, the google has answers.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

5.12.10 - The Alex and John Show - Episode 1.14

Episode notes: Since the last episode was so structured, we decided to get back to our roots. This episode is nonsense. But it does feature John meditating on loss, and Alex talking about his dietary habits and reflecting on his return to stand-up comedy. Also featured is an A&J Special Report live from the Washington, DC premier of "Birdemic: Shock and Terror." It's the best episode since the last one.

Episode guide, for your convenience:
  • Meditation on loss: right up front
  • Alex returns to stand-up: 2:37 and 15:46
  • Dietary habits:  10:10
  • Birdemic: Shock and Terror: 25:09

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

British update

New prime minister, but country still hard to take seriously. Why? Floridation.

About last night

I had a dream in which I battled some kind of vampire-zombie character whose greatest fear was that it would have to pay property taxes on its house. I was armed with a spatula. I have a vivid recollection of me hitting the vampire-zombie with the spatula as it moved towards me menacingly, all while shouting, "I'll make you pay the property taxes! I'll make you pay the property taxes!"

Mental stability incarnate, folks.

- John

Monday, May 10, 2010

An important programming note

Dear reader (readers?),

I'm writing today to announce some changes to A&J. (Don't tell Alex - I didn't inform him of the changes.) Basically, when Alex and I started this little project, we had two goals in mind: 1) produce a periodic, funny podcast, and 2) get super famous. As soon as the blog was started, however, I began compulsively putting things on it, and inviting others to do the same, which turned A&J into a blog/podcast. The problem was that while other contributors would add original material, I more often than not would simply throw up stuff that other people had done, or link to YouTube videos that were already well known - although to my great credit, I never put up the keyboard cat video, the appeal of which I fail to grasp. 

It has since occurred to me that the people who make a dent in the fast-paced world of online media are the ones who a) produce a regular or semi-regular product, and b) ensure that it's original and of high-quality. I'm thinking of Homestar Runner, Glenn Greenwald, Hyperbole and a Half, and Google. 

I have to admit that I have a disturbing history re: online plagiarism. My first venture into digital publishing came in high school when I started a GeoCities webpage. It consisted entirely of links to hyper-dominant websites like Yahoo! and CNN.com. I pitched it to my friends as some kind of a "web portal"  that would enable visitors to streamline their online experience. It might sound absurd, but that didn't stop the venture capitalists from knocking down my door (it was 1998, after all). My site IPOed, soared, then sunk when the Wall Street Journal reported that my business model was built around the idea that if venture capitalists gave me money, I would be happier. In retrospect, this idea isn't that different from the system our economy is currently built on, but still. Not cool.

So here's what we're going to start doing at A&J: the first thing is that we're going to shift the focus back to the semi-regular podcast, which was our original intent. And secondly, to the extent that anything gets blogged about, we're going to institute a strict "no free-rider" policy, which means that 100% of our material on the site will be original stuff. Let's lower that bar a bit. 90% will be original material. Admittedly, I'm not really sure what a "regular" product looks like, let alone one of "high quality" or "originality." What these three ideas would look like smooshed together is hence entirely beyond me. But we'll try. Why else would people visit the site, after all? For charity? No, wait, that's a real question - is charity a business model?

Alex and John

Friday, May 7, 2010

A&J EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Lesko Supports Socialist Obama Regime, Free Parking

Washington, DC - Those of us who have the pleasure of living in our nation's capitol know that Hyper-Commie Matthew Lesko, the Government Giveaway Guru, is totally for reals. You remember Matthew Lesko, right? He's the biggest lefty since Engels, the guy who said he would show you how to get free government money - $15,000 to open up a coffee shop, or $10,000 to write a novel! (You know, that novel you've been working on.)Well, Matthew lives in the DC area, and he's often seen around town, sporting his classic question-mark jacket and driving a signature question-mark car.

Well today, A&J spotted that very vehicle, and obtained exclusive photographic evidence that Lesko supports the socialist Obama regime. And why wouldn't he? Both he and the president, Barack "Che" Obama, are all about the government cheese.

Lesko's vehicle

 Damning evidence #1

Damning evidence #2

Predictably, Lesko also believes that everything should be socialized - even parking. Hence, he had pulled the classic "broken meter" trick: 

Oh come on.

Yeah Matthew - we're sure you tried REAL hard.


IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Just to be clear: if you actually believe that a politician who took over $77,000 from BP is a socialist just because he thinks that insurance executives shouldn't be allowed to let people die so that they can buy an eighth yacht, then Lesko will show you how to get $20,000 from the government for a reality check.  

DOUBLE DISCLAIMER: Lesko appears to be staunchly against the Obama administration's fiscal agenda, which means that he could very well be against Obama too, which in turn means that he has been carjacked. Please email A&J if you have any details about Matthew Lesko's whereabouts.


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