When an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.
Ira gives a commencement speech denouncing the very idea of commencement speeches. He also tries to give helpful pointers to the grads.
David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Tig Notaro, Glynn Washington, Terry Gross, Mike Birbiglia, Ryan Knighton, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, music by OK Go (who created an app so the audience could play along with the band).
Ira writes: “I did this interview in the press tour for Sleepwalk with Me. Every now and then, I run into someone who makes movies – or tries to make them – who tells me how much they related to it.”
Chris Ware and animator John Kuramoto made two cartoons for the TV version of our radio show. This is the first.
An animation about “Toxie,” a toxic asset that reporters from Planet Money bought in 2010.
The second cartoon Chris Ware and John Kuramoto made for our TV show, animating a story told by Radiolab host Robert Krulwich and his wife, Tamar.
Ira writes: “Somehow, this interview I did with Current TV long ago became so well-known among creative types, that sometimes it feels more famous than our radio show.”
A video put together by David Rakoff and Dave Hill for our Spring 2009 event, "This American Life -- Live!"
Dan Savage, David Rakoff, and Mike Birbiglia. Plus: Joss Whedon sings!
Ira talks about our “Poultry Slam” episodes and one particular listener’s reaction.