If you had to come up with a celebrity least likely to have a sex tape, who would it be? When This American Life fan Julian Joslin answered this question with "Ira Glass," he decided that this meant the world needed a a podcast of the NPR host mulling over how to go about making a sex tape, and then doing so, on the air, with Terry Gross. If you haven't yet listened to the two-act parody radio show, prepare your ears, because it's absolutely spot-on. Which means you won't be able to forget the sound of Ira Glass and Terry Gross getting it on in Gross's "NPR member station."

The clip was put together with actual cut recordings of Alex Bloomberg, Jonathan Goldstein and Terry Gross, but the voice of Ira Glass was mimicked by Joslin, the producer of the video. When "The Ira Glass Sex Tape" went viral, it seemed everyone was wondering how Ira Glass himself would react to it. Now that he has, it's kind of sad!

"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. So I had to decide, do I want to see myself as kind of trite and dumb? Seemed better to stop. Maybe I'll go back sometime."

Oh, Ira. Don't be so hard on yourself. The only thing that's changed between your audience and you is that some of us are now "thinking about you in nothing but your glasses." Oh, is that just me? Still, you should have at least stuck around until minute seven; it's impossible not to laugh at fake-Ira's reasoning for preferring really loud sex: "Because otherwise I wouldn't be able to hear you over the sound of my own neurosis."

Commentarium (14 Comments)

Oct 17 11 - 2:50pm

Yawn! Pseudo intellectual libs talking to one another.

Oct 17 11 - 3:24pm

I like how you chose to punctuate 'yawn' with an exclaimation point.

Oct 17 11 - 3:41pm

It's a yawn of distain. Yawn!

Oct 17 11 - 4:05pm

Yawn! Internet insult commenter cruising for pages he can insult comment on.

Oct 17 11 - 6:30pm
Failed Trolling

Greg, you're not trying hard enough. Koch Brothers won't pay you for milquetoast comments. Try changing "lib" to "libtard". Insult the writers at Nerve? Maybe throw in a little racism too.

Oct 17 11 - 4:02pm

Awesome if you're an NHP fan!

Oct 19 11 - 8:41am


Apr 16 12 - 4:00am

Neil Hat-Trick Paris, of course.

Oct 18 11 - 3:06pm

Hm. Maybe what Ira Glass should do is try to stop sounding trite and dumb...? I mean... I want to like the show, I really do. But I cannot stand his minor-note delivery style and how they seem to force every contributor to speak in that same way. Don't believe me? Listen to John Hodgman do that show, and then listen to him do anything else.

Oct 18 11 - 8:36pm

Yawn! It's called trolling.

Oct 18 11 - 8:41pm

I already think of Ira in nothing but his glasses and on a regular basis!

Oct 18 11 - 8:44pm

Thinkywritey, actually linguists call it accomodation. When someone starts whispering, do you continue talking in a 'regular' voice? No, you start also whispering responses. Same effect here - the studio they record in is probably terribly quiet - adding Ira Glass' calm voice means those being interviewed probably naturally change their typical speaking style. I doubt they force people to talk a certain way - anything beyond "Sorry, we need to fix your mike" would be insulting.

Oct 19 11 - 10:24am

It's not just that it's quiet. They speak in minor notes as well, with the same lilt. Maybe everyone does it for "tradition," maybe they are directed, I don't know. But I find it distracting.

When one is a performer, taking direction is not an insult. One of the best compliments I ever got while on the mic was "you take direction well."

Oct 20 11 - 4:39pm
Stayle Ayre

I wonder how Terry Gross feels about this? Ira was satirized, but it's Terry's actual voice and character that appear.