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Asparagus Valley Cultural Society Shares Music, Magic, and Comedy.

Penn Jillette, Teller, and Wier Chrisemer form the troop Asparagus Valley Cultural Society. Today, they, sound engineer Marc Garland, and guitarist Gary Anderson, join the show for an interview and perform their music, comedy, and magic. The group also shares their favorite classical records.

06:56

Humor in Music: Success and Failure.

Rock Critic Ken Tucker considers two New York acts who are known for their humor: folk-singer Christine Lavin, and the eclectic rock group, They Might Be Giants. Lavin's album, "Attainable Love" is on Rounder Records. They Might Be Giants' album is "Flood," and it's on Elektra.

50:00

Eric Idle on Comedy and Music.

Eric Idle was one of the six original members of Monty Python's Flying Circus which, by the way, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. He wrote many of the songs from the show like, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Since then, Idle has written a number of books. His latest is a comic science-fiction thriller, "The Road to Mars: A Post-Modem Novel." (Pantheon books)

44:49

From the Archives: Eric Idle on Comedy and Music.

Eric Idle was one of the six original members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Idle wrote many of the songs from the show including "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." He has a new CD, “Eric Idle Sings Monty Python, Live in concert.” (Big Monkey Records). Idle is going on tour for this album, beginning 4/29/00 in Pheonix, AZ and ending 6/28 at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Idle has also written a number of books.

21:22

'Conchords': Musical Comedy from Clueless Kiwis

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, aka the folk-parody band Flight of the Conchords, hail from New Zealand and were named best alternative-comedy act at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Now they're starring in an HBO series called, yes, Flight of the Conchords — which is, yes, about two transplanted New Zealanders living in New York City's Lower East side. It launches Sunday.

21:18

'Conchords': Music, Comedy, Clueless Kiwis

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, aka the folk-parody band Flight of the Conchords, hail from New Zealand. They were named best alternative-comedy act at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

Now they're the stars of an acclaimed HBO series called, yes, Flight of the Conchords — which is, yes, about two transplanted New Zealanders living in New York City's Lower East Side. The first season is out now on DVD.

Clement and McKenzie join Fresh Air for a conversation and a few songs.

This interview first aired on June 14, 2007.

14:58

'Conchords': Music, Comedy, Clueless Kiwis

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, aka the folk-parody band Flight of the Conchords, hail from New Zealand. They were named best alternative-comedy act at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Now they're the stars of an acclaimed HBO series called, yes, Flight of the Conchords — which is, yes, about two transplanted New Zealanders living in New York City's Lower East Side. The first season is out now on DVD. Clement and McKenzie join Fresh Air for a conversation and a few songs. This interview first aired on June 14, 2007

42:31

Samberg, Taccone And Schaffer: Three's Not A Lonely Island

As the brains behind the hip-hop parody group responsible for digital shorts like "D--- in a Box," Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer have produced some of the funniest Saturday Night Live material in recent memory. Here, they talk about comedy, Yo! MTV Raps and adolescence.

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