The Maximum Fun Drive is in full swing!
Our goal is 1000 new monthly donors to MaximumFun.org, and we're well on our way. As of this posting (Wednesday morning), we're at 216, or just a little under 22% of our goal! In addition, nearly 100 continuing donors have upped their donations!
A consortium of ONE HUNDRED existing monthly donors have also issued a challenge: for every new donor during the drive, they'll give a total of over SEVEN DOLLARS to Maximum Fun.
How could you not support something this awesome?
Our newest MaxFun show is International Waters!
International Waters is a pop-cultural comedy quiz show where land laws do not apply. Join me (Jesse Thorn) in the lawless waters off the coast of wherever, as a team of comedians from the United States battles one from the United Kingdom for WORLD SUPREMACY.
Our pilot episode features Paul Scheer and Janet Varney representing the US of A in a skirmish with Tom Parry and Josie Long in London, England. Plus an interview with director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom), who was also kind enough to host a bonus round.
Listen to the show online using the player above, or subscribe to the show in iTunes now!
If you use a non-iTunes podcatcher, use this feed: http://www.maximumfun.org/feeds/iw.xml.
For the time being, we're planning on making International Waters a once-a-month event, with the next episode coming during the MaxFunDrive. Our hope is that the drive will generate the capital we need to keep the show running, so if you like our first episode and want to hear more, give generously and tell us you want more IW!
We just posted this new episode of Put This On over on that site. See if you can catch the cameo from one of JJGo's favorite guests.
We're retiring the old donors-only "TSOYA on the Radio" feed for Bullseye. Since we've upgraded the audio quality of the standard Bullseye feed, and are now podcasting the show in radio (or slightly-longer-than-radio) form, it had become redundant.
If you formerly subscribed to the donors-only feed, please subscribe to the regular Bullseye feed.
(If you're one of a few people who got a mini-podcast in the standard feed saying that feed had been discontinued - sorry, I accidentally posted it briefly to the regular feed instead of the donors feed. If you get the regular podcast, no need to do anything.)
I'm so excited to announce the latest member of the MaxFun family: Throwing Shade!
Throwing Shade is a weekly comedy show hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi. Erin and Bryan first worked together on Current's hilarious and dearly missed infoMania, where Bryan hosted "That's Gay!" and Erin held down "Modern Lady," looking at the funniest parts of the awful parts of being gays and ladies in America.
They've taken those themes and brought them to Throwing Shade, where they tear apart the most embarrassing and horrible parts of our culture's sexism, homophobia and general wrong-headedness with wit and charm to spare. Seriously: these two are just exceptionally pleasant, funny people who also happen to not take any shit from anybody.
We've been secretly fomenting our plan to associate for a couple months now, but we're finally ready to announce it, and I couldn't be happier. Bryan and Erin are absolutely brilliant, and their show is crazy hilarious. And for God's sake BRYAN HAS AN EMMY!
HOW MANY EMMIES DO YOU HAVE?! ALSO: HOW DO YOU SPELL EMMY IN ITS PLURAL FORM? ALSO: WHY AM I YELLING?!
Anyway, subscribe now, and donate in the MaxFunDrive so we can get these guys a great big pile of money for the great work they're doing. If you don't, you're almost certainly a sexist homophobe. (My baseless, irresponsible accusation, not theirs.)
Here's a clip from next week's Bullseye (or more accurately a clip that was cut from next week's Bullseye but that we couldn't bear to leave on the cutting room floor).
It seems that comedian Chris Gethard genuinely believes that he could potentially win the UFC Welterweight crown. And that it would be worth fighting the current champion, a terrifying man named George St. Pierre, just in case he's right.
The first episode of Bullseye will be up here on the website soon, but it's already in our podcast feed.
If you were subscribed to The Sound of Young America, you're now subscribed to Bullseye with Jesse Thorn; you don't have to change anything.
If you're not already subscribed to Bullseye, subscribe now!
As you likely already know, today marks the first day of a new era here at Maximum Fun, as our flagship show, The Sound of Young America, becomes Bullseye with Jesse Thorn.
It's a very exciting day for me, personally, but it's a bit sad, too. I've been working on The Sound of Young America for eleven years now. That's the longest I've done pretty much anything. It has been as central to my life as anything that doesn't have "Thorn" in its name. It's my thing.
I decided a few weeks ago that the best way to remember the show would be to offer a free torrent of all of it. Every single file we've got. Every episode. 500 or so, by my count. More than 15 gigs. A few videos I found lying around, too.
The contents of this torrent are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. That means you can share them non-commercially as freely as you like. In fact, I hope that you will. Feel free to upload the torrent to public trackers, as well.
I do have two requests.
First, remember that we're supported by your donations, so if you are a donor, thank you, and if you're not, please become one.
Second, if you can, please seed this torrent, so others can share in the fun.
Without further ado...
Bullseye shirts are here!
They're just $20 over at the MaxFunStore. We're currently taking pre-orders for three colors. Everyone who pre-orders will get their favorite color, but once they go into production, we'll only be offering the best-selling color, so act now.