[Audio] The Ira Glass Sex Tape, Featuring Terry Gross

Last week the Village Voice posted their shocking discovery of The Ira Glass Sex Tape. If you’re not familiar, Glass is the famed voice of This American Life, a Public Radio International (and NPR) audio show in a variety format, featuring nonfiction programming and occasional essays, short memoirs and more. It has included a number of TinyNibbles favorites as guests, among them being David Sedaris and our favorite gin-drinking co-conspirator Mary Roach. It’s a very serious and grown-up bit of programming typically aimed at older people who have a fetish for that sort of thing. And as the ‘tape’ reminds us, NPR *is* a member-supported station.

At any rate, a close look at the video of the Ira Glass Sex Tape audio above and you’ll see that it’s cleverly titled “This American Laugh” – and it’s one of the funniest, smartest and frighteningly spot-on celebrity spoofs I’ve ever heard. Mad props to its mastermind, Julian Joslin. Apparently I wasn’t the only one that felt this way, as the Voice reported Ira Glass’ response to Joslin’s work had him feeling a little unsettled by the accuracy – of the impersonation, at least:

I’ve listened to about three minutes of it. His imitation of my writing and delivery are so dead-on, it was hard to keep listening and I stopped. If I had to articulate why, I think it was because hearing his version of me, made what I do on the air seem kind of dumb. And the impersonation was so good, I couldn’t really pick a fight with it. (…read more, blogs.villagevoice.com)

It got a wee mention on the Tumblr for Fresh Air with Terry Gross. I’d love to see Joslin go on the show – if not, you all know I’ve done the dirty pirate version of NPR (and been on actual NPR), and I’d be delighted to have Joslin on Open Source Sex. I mean, let’s all do what we can to keep public radio sexy, shall we?

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  • Hilarious! Thank you for sharing! Ok, so maybe I’m getting old, but I am still a thirty-something. And I do write about porn. But I also confess to having listened to both Ira Glass (quite a bit). And especially, of course!, Terry Gross (quite a lot). Loved this! Excellent sound and picture matching, this made my night. And especially after a way to long afternoon with a testy willful three-year-old. Thanks!