Justin Robert Young

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Justin Robert Young
Justin Robert Young.jpg
Justin Robert Young, 2013
Born (1983-03-05) March 5, 1983 (age 32)
Ft. Worth, Texas
Residence Alameda, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Syracuse University
Occupation Journalist and Podcaster
Notable work Daily Tech News Show
Night Attack
G4 Underground
Website http://jurytalks.com

Justin Robert Young (born March 5, 1983)[1] is a podcaster, journalist, blogger and writer. Young is a co-host of the Night Attack podcast with Brian Brushwood, and is a correspondent of Daily Tech News Show with Tom Merritt.

Young is editor-in-chief of iTricks.com[2] and WeirdThings.com.[3] Prior to this, he was formerly associate producer of G4 Underground's first season. Along with Brushwood, he spearheaded the effort behind the crowd-sourced romance story The Diamond Club: A Novel.[4]

Early career[edit]

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.[5] He has also worked as a newspaper journalist for "The South Florida Sun-Sentinel" of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and "The Morning Call" of Allentown, Pennsylvania.[3] He 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] In his early career, Young practiced and performed stand-up comedy and improv in addition to attempting a comedy podcast.[6]

Journalism and podcasting[edit]

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.[3] Young first met podcasting collaborator and magician Brian Brushwood in Florida while interviewing him for iTricks.com and soon after became a regular guest on Brushwood's BBLiveShow podcast following a swarm of call-in appearances.[6] Prior to this, 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,[8] including an early interview with future co-host Brian Brushwood.[9] Young and Brushwood were picked up by Leo Laporte's TWiT.tv network to co-host a show that went on to be named NSFW and premiered on November 24, 2009.[10] In the same year, Young began the Weird Things podcast with co-hosts Mayne and Brushwood,[11] and served as an Associate Producer on the first season of G4 Underground.[3]

As co-host of NSFW and Night Attack, Young has interviewed many notable people such as The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker[12] and novelist/screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, as well as musical guests such as Get Set Go, Turquoise Jeep, and Ali Spagnola.[13] Young has also co-hosted a podcast film festival with film director and producer Christopher Coppola,[14] and has written advertisements for Greg Grunberg's website Talk About It, which promotes epilepsy awareness.[15]


Young, with Brian Brushwood, released a comedy album Night Attack in 2011, debuting at #38 on Billboard's Launchpad.[16] 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.[17]

Live events and hoaxes[edit]

On March 10, 2010 at Digg's South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival party, Young, along with NSFW co-host Brian Brushwood, initiated one of the largest Twitter hoaxes ever when they prompted a packed audience to tweet and re-tweet with the hashtag #omgconan that Conan O'Brien, recently departed from NBC, was going to join Revision3, an internet television network co-founded by Digg founder Kevin Rose. Word even spread that Conan walked out live on stage to make the announcement[18] The stunt was originally orchestrated to set the world record for the "Most Tweeted Hoax", and now Justin Robert Young currently holds the record at 525 tweets with RecordSetter.[19]

During Magic Month at Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida (January 30 – February 25, 2011) Young was featured in "Stars of Magic" alongside performer Andrew Mayne. This marked Young's first performance in magic.[20]

Internet podcasting and television[edit]


  • Daily Tech News Show - Young is a weekly correspondent of the technology news podcast hosted by Tom Merritt.
  • JuRY Talks - A solo weekly Internet discussion show where anything goes.
  • Night Attack - A weekly comedy podcast based on the Billboard #1 Comedy Album series, which Young co-hosts with Brian Brushwood. It succeeded the NSFW Show.
  • Weird Things Podcast A podcast discussing science, the paranormal, the supernatural, and fringe, hosted by Young, Brushwood, and Andrew Mayne.


  • BBLiveShow - Young became a regular guest on the show after several call-ins to the show following a chance meet-up with host Brian Brushwood in Florida for an interview for iTricks.
  • Before You Buy
  • Game On! - Young was the lead writer of TWiT's short-lived gaming news podcast.
  • iTricks Magic Week in Review - A review of the latest magic news of the week, as well as interviews with personalities in the magic industry.
  • NSFW Show - Following the success of BBLiveShow, Young and Brushwood started a weekly comedy show for the technology-minded on the TWiT Network.
  • This Week in Tech - Young was an occasional contributor to Leo Laporte's roundtable technology discussion show.


  1. ^ "Justin Robert Young Day!". Itricks.com. March 5, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "About". iTricks.com.
  3. ^ a b c d "About". WeirdThings.com.
  4. ^ Falconer, Joel (July 31, 2012). "Here’s how you can help the Internet troll 50 Shades of Grey". Thenextweb.com.
  5. ^ "Throw Down a Tarp". Justin Robert Young Tumblr blog. justinrobertyoung.tumblr.com.[not in citation given]
  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. ^ TalkingHead TV Official YouTube channel.
  9. ^ "Brian Brushwood" interviews (video). YouTube.com. TalkingHeadTV official channel.
  10. ^ "NSFW". NSFWshow.com.
  11. ^ "Weird Things" Podcast[not in citation given][vague]
  12. ^ "NSFW 56: A Rooker Looks Back" (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. December 29, 2010.
  13. ^ "The Power Hour". DCTVpedia. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "NSFW 53: Christopher Coppola and the Infinite Sadness" (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. December 8, 2010.
  15. ^ "NSFW 21: New Show Fails Weekly" (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. April 22, 2010
  16. ^ "Heatseekers Albums". Billboard 123 (35): 49. Oct 19, 2011 – via Google Books. 
  17. ^ "Comedy Albums - 2013 Archive". Billboard.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ Daniel Terdiman, Daniel (March 13, 2010). "#OMGConan: The big Digg party Twitter hoax". news.cnet.com.
  19. ^ "Most Tweeted Hoax" world record. RecordSetter.com. March 10, 2011.
  20. ^ Young, Justin Robert (February 9, 2011). "View From the Box: My First Magic Performance". Itricks.com.

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