Best Oddball College-Radiotalk Show (2008)


Every college campus needs at least one wild-haired, rhetoric-spouting, borderline-deranged radical who never changes his or her clothes. Columbia has many, but none as charismatic as sophomore Merlin Chowkwanyun (yes, that's his real name), host of the weekly BOMB THE HAMPTONS radio show. On air, Chowkwanyun conducts "guerrilla interviews" with media figures, chats up strippers and porn stars, and takes on campus politics (his Glorious Revolutionary Federation of Fortune 500 Killers party came in fourth in last semester's student council elections). When ranting about anything from global injustices to his own sexual dysfunctions, Chowkwanyun may be whiny, preachy, and self-centered, but he is often hysterically funny and always entertaining.


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