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The time has come! Tickets for the Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival 2014 are now available. Here's what you need to know:
THE DATES: July 25-28, 2014
THE BOAT: This year we're on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, which is bigger and newer than last year's (every level of room is larger!)
THE DESTINATIONS: We're leaving from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and headin' back to the Bahamas!
THE LINEUP: Oh man, we're so excited about the lineup. Check out who we've got performing this year!
If you came on the Boat Party last year, you know it was a blast. If you haven't gone yet, what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket here and join us for the first (or second!) time. We can't wait to see you on the high seas!
Amazing news, people! We just launched our Kickstarter campaign to support Make Your Thing, found at makeyourthing.LA. Born from Jesse's Make Your Thing Manifesto, the most popular article in transom.org history, Make Your Thing aims to create a physical meeting place to foster independent creation. Make Your Thing is a conference about making a living creating what you love. We're hosting parties, live music, comedy, and a marketplace, in addition to an exceptional lineup of speakers that can only be heard at Make Your Thing.
Our speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and creative outlets. They include:
Jane Espenson, (TV Writer/Producer: Game Of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls)
Vernon Reid (Musician: Living Colour, Black Rock Coalition)
John Vanderslice (Musician/Producer: Tiny Telephone, Spoon, The Mountain Goats)
Merlin Mann (Back To Work), @hotdogsladies)
Chris Gethard (Creator and host of The Chris Gethard Show)
Kate Beaton (Comics artist: Hark! A Vagrant)
Colt Cabana (Professional wrestler, The Art of Wrestling)
Ayesha Siddiqi (Writer: New Inquiry, Buzzfeed)
Brad Bell (Producer/Writer/Actor: Husbands, VH1's Pop-Up Video)
Jay Allison (Radio Producer: The Moth, This American Life, Transom.org, Public Radio Exchange)
Julie Sabatier (Radio Producer: Destination DIY, Oregon Public Radio's Think Out Loud)
Camas Davis (Founder of The Portland Meat Collective)
What's that? You want more? You want to...party?
We’re so excited about the amazing folks speaking at Make Your Thing, but we really see this as an opportunity to interact with your peers. Towards that end, we’re already planning gatherings and gathering places, formal and informal, to get people sharing their experiences. Many of these will have drinking.
We need an animator for a short, cool, paid (not a lot) project - someone whose style is, in Jesse's words "sweet/lovely/pretty."
Email email@example.com with any reels, clips, resumes, questions, comments, etc.
On August 25th we will be recording special live tapings of Jordan, Jesse Go! and International Waters in London and we want to invite all of our friends in the UK to the show!
Jordan, Jesse Go! 2pm. Tickets!
A very special live edition of Jordan, Jesse, GO!, the freewheeling comedy podcast about life and everything else. Your hosts are Jesse Thorn, "America's Radio Sweetheart," and Jordan Morris, "Boy Detective," who are in the UK because they thought the Olympics happened here every year...
There will be a brilliant special guest TBC.
International Waters 4:30pm. Tickets!
International Waters is the pop culture comedy quiz show where land laws do not apply.
Join host Jesse Thorn and competing teams of world-famous comedians from the US and UK in a hilarious and lively test of pop culture knowledge (and the ability to make up baloney when that knowledge fails).
It's part panel show, part trivia quiz and all laughs. It's also a little embarrassed it wrote that last sentence.
We'll be announcing our teams closer to the taping but we have some GREAT people ALMOST lined-up!
The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, London United Kingdom
The venue opens 30 minutes before each recording. The phoenix has good food, good booze and there's going to be a MaxFun meet-up afterwards.
We're not surprised to see some of our favorite past Bullseye guests got Emmy nods this year! Take a listen to some of our past conversations with these Emmy contenders.
Julia Louis Dreyfus: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her performance as Vice President Selina Meyer in Veep.
Tony Hale: nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his performance as Gary Walsh, aide to the Vice President, in Veep.
Hugh Bonneville: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his performance as Robert, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey.
Benedict Cumberbatch: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for his performance as the brilliant aristocrat, Christopher Tietjens, in Parade's End.
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein: nominated for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series for their hipster-sketch show Portlandia.
Armisen and Brownstein joined us to talk about their respective music careers before comedy, Armisen's "other job" on Saturday Night Live, and why Portland is such a rich subject for relentless satire.
Bob Newhart: nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for his appearance as the children's science show host Arthur Jeffries a.k.a. Professor Proton on Big Bang Theory.
Mel Brooks, whose HBO special Mel Brooks Strikes Back! was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special.
Jane Lynch: nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee.
Bill Hader: nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his assorted roles on Saturday Night Live.
Pendleton Ward: creator of Adventure Time, which was nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program.
Louis C.K.: nominated for (wait for it) Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series, Outstanding Variety Special, Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Special, Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials, and Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series. These are for his original series Louie, his HBO special Louis C.K.: Oh My God, and his hosting stint on Saturday Night live, respectively.
Over the next few months, Erin and Bryan will take Throwing Shade on the road for some fantastic, in-the-vicinty-of-your-face live shows! Check the following pages for more info:
More dates will be announced soon!
In celebration of the world not ending, John Hodgman is taking time to step away from the judicial bench to visit a variety of states, including Oregon (nickname: "The Big Beaver Furrier's Dreamland"), California (motto: "Do Not Fear Our Giant Prehistoric Trees") and Massachusetts (which is actually a commonwealth).*
You can purchase tickets for any of these appearances through his website.
Dates and Cities
-March 7: Portland, OR
-March 8: Eugene, OR
-March 10: Northampton, MA
-April 20: St. Mary's City, MD
-May 3: Alexandria, VA
-May 4: Hartford, CT
-May 29: San Francisco, CA
-June 21 to June 23: North Adams, MA (Solid Sound Festival)
-June 22: also North Adams, MA (MASS MoCA)
Bring your minds. There is COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE to be learned.
*All state information from The Areas of My Expertise, which you have, of course, completely assimilated the contents of by now.
We are but a few hours away from the start of the first ever MaxFunDay, and if you've checked out the schedule, you probably noticed many of our amazing podcast hosts will be chatting with listeners in a Google Hangout throughout the day tomorrow. It will be fun to watch on Intern Lindsay's Google+ page, but it wouldn't be much of a hangout without listeners to hangout with! That's where you come in! Keep an eye on the @MaxFunHQ Twitter account throughout the day; we'll be soliciting invitation requests shortly before each session begins. When we give the word, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your Google email address, and we'll invite you when the time comes. It's first come, first served, but we'll be keeping an eye on the comments, so don't worry if you don't make it in!
If you don't have a Google+ account, you can get one here.
See you on the internet!
All of us at MaxFun HQ are getting excited for MaxFunDay tomorrow, and we hope you are too! Here is a schedule of tomorrow's festivities -- more fun stuff may be added, so keep an eye on this page for the latest!
All Day -- Enter to Win a Tour of MaxFun HQ and Lunch with the MaxFun Crew
Simply tweet a link to our MaxFunDay page using this URL: bit.ly/maxfunday, and throw in the MaxFunDay hashtag (#MaxFunDay) so our Twitter robots can find it.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT -- Twitter Giveaways
We will tweet a trivia question every hour on the hour on the @MaxFunHQ Twitter account. First person who replies with the correct answer wins a prize pack!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT -- Reddit AMA with John Hodgman
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with John Hodgman
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT -- Reddit AMA with The Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with RISK!'s Kevin Allison
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with SPY's Graham Clark
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT -- Reddit AMA with Jesse Thorn
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with MBMBaM's Justin and Griffin McElroy
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT -- Reddit AMA with MBMBaM's Justin and Griffin McElroy
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with Jesse Thorn
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with SPY's Dave Shumka
Our Google+ Hangout will be hosted on Jesse's Google+ page, and it'll also be streamed on YouTube -- we'll have that link available on the 15th. Everyone who has Google+ is welcome to join us, but please be aware we may need to shuffle people out in order to add hosts in at some points. If you're not able to video chat with us, no worries; we'll be monitoring the comments as well, so feel free to converse that way!
We look forward to spending MaxFunDay with you! Remember to visit maximumfun.org/maxfunday on Monday, October 15 to become a member, help fight hunger in Los Angeles, and push us toward our goal of 1000 new members!
For a change of pace, Jesse Thorn played interviewee to Chris Bell who operates Earbuddy, a website dedicated to introducing it's readers to new music.
The two talk about the nicest man in rock n' roll (Andrew W.K.) Jesse's relationship with the Judge himself- Mr.John Hodgman and how online piracy affects content. Read and enjoy!