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 34)
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, comedian and writer. He is the host of the JuRY podcast, the Politics, Politics, Politics podcast, co-host of the Night Attack podcast with Brian Brushwood, co-host of the Weird Things and After Things podcasts with Brushwood and Andrew Mayne, co-host of the Hotline Monday podcast with Scott Johnson, a correspondent for the Daily Tech News Show with Tom Merritt, and a weekly contributor of The Morning Stream with Scott Johnson and Brian Ibbott.

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]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] In his early career, Young performed stand-up comedy and improv in addition to attempting a comedy podcast.[5]

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.[6] Young later went on to serve as editor of WeirdThings.com, also published by Mayne.[4] 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.[5] 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,[7] including an early interview with future co-host Brian Brushwood.[8] 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.[9] In the same year, Young began the Weird Things podcast with co-hosts Mayne and Brushwood,[10] and served as an Associate Producer on the first season of G4 Underground.[4]

As co-host of NSFW and Night Attack, Young has interviewed many notable people such as The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker[11] and novelist/screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, as well as musical guests such as Get Set Go, Turquoise Jeep, and Ali Spagnola.[12] Young has also co-hosted a podcast film festival with film director and producer Christopher Coppola,[13] and has written advertisements for Greg Grunberg's website Talk About It, which promotes epilepsy awareness.[14]

Starting on July 18, 2016, Young will work as a correspondent for BitTorrent News as it launches at the Republican National Convention.[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] They were also responsible for the crowd-sourced parody of Fifty Shades of Grey titled The Diamond Club: A Novel.[18]

Other works[edit]

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

Internet broadcasting and television[edit]

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


  • After Things A podcast discussing various aspects of being a creative professional.
  • Daily Tech News Show - Young is a weekly correspondent of the technology news podcast hosted by Tom Merritt.
  • JuRY - A solo weekly podcast with an eclectic blend of humorous anecdotes, cultural musing and audience feedback.
  • The Morning Stream Young is a weekly contributor to Scott Johnson's morning show on his Frogpants network.
  • 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.
  • Politics Politics Politics! - Non-partisan political commentary focused on the 2016 US election candidates and continues to frolic in the afterbirth.
  • Hotline Monday - A live call-in drive time podcast where viewers can call-in to the show and discuss anything in the news, however it is heavily focused on geeky content. Young is the co-host with Johnson.
  • 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 - Occasional contributor of technology reviews on the TWiT network.
  • 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. ^ "Comedy Albums - 2013 Archive". Billboard.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Throw Down a Tarp". Justin Robert Young Tumblr blog. justinrobertyoung.tumblr.com.[not in citation given]
  4. ^ a b c "About". WeirdThings.com.
  5. ^ a b c "Episode 07: Creepy Santa" (audio:MP3). My So Called 8bit Life podcast. Cosmicradio.tv
  6. ^ "iTricks.TV The 24-Hour Internet Magic Channel". PR Web. May 9, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2013.  (press release)
  7. ^ TalkingHead TV Official YouTube channel.
  8. ^ "Brian Brushwood" interviews (video). YouTube.com. TalkingHeadTV official channel.
  9. ^ "NSFW". NSFWshow.com.
  10. ^ "Weird Things" Podcast[not in citation given][vague]
  11. ^ "NSFW 56: A Rooker Looks Back" (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. December 29, 2010.
  12. ^ "The Power Hour". DCTVpedia. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ "NSFW 53: Christopher Coppola and the Infinite Sadness" (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. December 8, 2010.
  14. ^ "NSFW 21: New Show Fails Weekly" (video). NSFW. Twit.tv. April 22, 2010
  15. ^ McNary, Dave "BitTorrent News to Launch at Republican Convention" Variety. July 13, 2016
  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. ^ Falconer, Joel (July 31, 2012). "Here’s how you can help the Internet troll 50 Shades of Grey". Thenextweb.com.
  19. ^ [1] The Contender
  20. ^ [2] The Contender (Kickstarter)

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