Justin Robert Young
Young, 2013
Born (1983-03-05) March 5, 1983 (age 38)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesWhiskers, Jury
Alma materSyracuse University
OccupationJournalist and Podcaster
Notable work
Politics! Politics! Politics! Podcast
Daily Tech News Show
Great Night
Night Attack
WeirdThings.com
G4 Underground
Websitewww.politicspoliticspolitics.com

Justin Robert Young (born March 5, 1983)[1] is a podcaster, journalist, comedian and writer. Young writes and publishes the Politics, Politics, Politics! podcast, and co-hosts the weekly comedy podcast Great Night with magician Brian Brushwood.

Young has recorded four comedy albums with Brushwood, two of which (Night Attack 2: Enjoy the Garden and Night Attack: Live) debuted at #1 on Billboard's Comedy Albums chart.[2]

Biography

Young was born in Fort Worth, Texas but considers Davie, Florida his hometown. He graduated from South Plantation High School in 2001.[3]

Young is a graduate of the Syracuse University journalism program where he also worked at The Daily Orange, the independent student newspaper of Syracuse, New York, as its editor-in-chief.[4] He has also worked as a newspaper journalist for The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Morning Call.[5] Young decided to include his middle name in his professional moniker, as several persons were already utilizing the name "Justin Young" in a professional capacity.[6]

Journalism and podcasting career

Following his brief tenure in newspaper journalism, Young was recruited by longtime friend and magic inventor Andrew Mayne to serve as the editor-in-chief of iTricks.com, published by Mayne.[7] Young later went on to serve as editor of WeirdThings.com, also published by Mayne.[5] In 2009 Young began the Weird Things podcast with co-hosts Mayne and Brushwood,[8] and served as an Associate Producer on the first season of G4 Underground.[5]

Young has also worked as a correspondent for BitTorrent News as it launched at the Republican National Convention, as well as covering other political news, until BitTorrent News eventually shut down.[9]

Comedy career

During and after college, Young performed stand-up comedy and improv in addition to attempting a comedy podcast.[6]

Young hosted a short-lived YouTube series called TalkingHead TV in which he interviewed guests from around the world on the topics of tech and pop culture,[10] including an early interview with magician and future podcast collaborator Brian Brushwood.[11] Young met Brushwood in Florida while interviewing him for iTricks.com. Soon after, Young became a regular guest on Brushwood's BBLiveShow podcast.[6] Young and Brushwood were selected by Leo Laporte's TWiT network to co-host a late-night comedy show, NSFW. NSFW premiered on November 24, 2009.[12]

As co-host of NSFW and later Night Attack, Young has interviewed many notable people such as The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker[13] and novelist/screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, as well as musical guests such as Get Set Go, Turquoise Jeep, and Ali Spagnola.[14] Young has also co-hosted a podcast film festival with film director and producer Christopher Coppola,[15] and has written advertisements for Greg Grunberg's website Talk About It, which promotes epilepsy awareness.[16]

Young and Brushwood released a comedy album Night Attack in 2011, debuting at #38 on Billboard's Launchpad.[17] The duo have since released three sequel albums, two of which (Night Attack 2: Enjoy the Garden and Night Attack: Live) debuted at #1 on Billboard's Comedy Albums chart.[2] They were also responsible for the crowd-sourced parody of Fifty Shades of Grey titled The Diamond Club: A Novel.[18]

Other works

Young is a co-creator of The Contender,[19] a card game on the theme of presidential debate. The project was kickstarted with $142,551 in crowd-sourced funding.[20]

Internet broadcasting and television

Justin Robert Young and Brian Brushwood hosting a show at Dragon*Con 2013
Justin Robert Young and Brian Brushwood hosting a show at Dragon*Con 2013

Current

Former

References

  1. ^ "Justin Robert Young Day!". Itricks.com. March 5, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Comedy Albums - 2013 Archive". Billboard.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Where Are They Now?". Culpepper Journalism Foundation. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Throw Down a Tarp". Justin Robert Young Tumblr blog. justinrobertyoung.tumblr.com.[failed verification]
  5. ^ a b c "About". WeirdThings.com.
  6. ^ a b c "Episode 07: Creepy Santa" (audio:MP3). My So Called 8bit Life podcast. Cosmicradio.tv
  7. ^ "iTricks.TV The 24-Hour Internet Magic Channel". PR Web. May 9, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2013. (press release)
  8. ^ "Weird Things » Podcasts".
  9. ^ McNary, Dave "BitTorrent News to Launch at Republican Convention" Variety. July 13, 2016
  10. ^ TalkingHead TV Official YouTube channel.
  11. ^ "Brian Brushwood" interviews (video). YouTube.com. TalkingHeadTV official channel.
  12. ^ "NSFW". NSFWshow.com.
  13. ^ "NSFW 56: A Rooker Looks Back" Archived February 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. December 29, 2010.
  14. ^ "The Power Hour". DCTVpedia. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  15. ^ "NSFW 53: Christopher Coppola and the Infinite Sadness" Archived February 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. December 8, 2010.
  16. ^ "NSFW 21: New Show Fails Weekly" Archived June 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. April 22, 2010
  17. ^ "Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. 123 (35): 49. October 19, 2011 – via Google Books.
  18. ^ Falconer, Joel (July 31, 2012). "Here’s how you can help the Internet troll 50 Shades of Grey". Thenextweb.com.
  19. ^ "The Contender: The Game of Presidential Debate". The Contender. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  20. ^ "The Contender: The Game of Political Debate". Kickstarter. December 8, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2020.