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This American Laugh: Ira Glass Sex Tape

Fri, Oct 21, 2011

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If you’re an NPR junkie, you’re going to love this. It’s an 11-minute spoof of a “This American Life” episode featuring a story about host Ira Glass making a celebrity sex tape. All the elements are there: Ira Glass’s go-to phrases, input from Alex Blumberg, the clever mood music, the end credits with a shout out to WBEZ general manager Torey Malatea. The Ira Glass impersonator’s tone is spot on (though he could have gone heavier on the speech impediment that makes Glass’s Ls sound like G-Ls, as in “This American Glife”). And it’s full of funny nods to other NPR shows: Fresh Air, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Car Talk. There’s even a deep, thought-provoking and truly inspiring wrap up at the end that avoids any cheap jokes or crass puns, just as any real T.A.L. show would. We won’t give away who it is Glass ends up making his sex tape with, but it is someone who enjoys the sound of their own voice even more.

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