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ANNOUNCING: A MAXFUNCON 2018 SCHOLARSHIP!

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Hi friends! We are so excited to announce that we have a scholarship available for MaxFunCon 2018! Thank you so much to all of the generous attendees who contributed to the scholarship fund and made this possible!

The scholarship will be awarded to one individual who has a strong desire to attend MaxFunCon but is financially unable to do so. It will cover the cost of your MaxFunCon ticket, accommodations, food, drink, and activities -- but it will not cover airfare or travel to and from the event.

In order to apply for this scholarship, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You have significant financial need. Specifically, it would be difficult or impossible for you to attend MaxFunCon if you did not receive a scholarship.
  • You will be able to participate in the entire weekend-long conference. MaxFunCon begins at 4 PM on Friday, June 8 and ends at 1 PM on Sunday, June 10.
  • You are able to arrange your own transportation to and from Lake Arrowhead, CA to attend MaxFunCon.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please send a short essay telling us a bit about yourself and explaining why you want to go to MaxFunCon. In particular, please describe your creative aspirations and how attending MaxFunCon might help you with your future projects. Essay instructions are as follows:

  • Email your essay to stacey@maximumfun.org
  • In the subject line of your email, please write "MaxFunCon Scholarship"
  • The essay should be included both as an attachment to your email in Microsoft Word format (or link to a Google Doc) and in the body of the email.
  • The essay must be no longer than 300 words. Essays longer than 300 words will not be read or considered.
  • Please include your phone number in the body of the email so that we can call you if needed.

Creativity is always appreciated, but please make sure your essay conforms to all the requirements outlined above in order to be considered.

  • The deadline for scholarship applications is MONDAY, APRIL 30.
  • We hope to select and notify the recipient no later than THURSDAY, MAY 3.

Thank you again to all the wonderful MaxFunCon attendees who contributed to the Scholarship Fund! And good luck to all applicants!

Minority Korner 113: Thank You for Thanking Me and Thank You, Thank You (Women's March, Mike Pence, Adam Ripon, Lady2Lady, MaxFunCon, 100 Days of Gratitude)

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Show: 
Minority Korner

Oooh weeee do we have a treat for you! You might have missed it, but Nnekay guested on a special MaxFunCon episode of Lady 2 Lady- she chats and takes audience question and more with Barbara Grey, Tess Barker, and Brandie Posey. But before we get to the episode- The wonder twins talk about the Women's March and how to be an ally. James has a bone to pick with Mike Pence for his twitter feud with Olympian Adam Ripon. Why do we make kids do math on the chalk board in front f everyone?! We also do a quick gratitude check in following James' journey through his 100 Days of Gratitude. Enjoy the show!

Twitter: @minoritykorner
Email: minoritykorner@gmail.com
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Pop Rocket 76: LIVE at MaxFunCon 2016

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Guy, Margaret, Wynter, Corin Tucker, and Ricky Carmona!
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Corin Tucker
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona

Guy, Wynter, and Margaret are joined by special guests Ricky Carmona and Corin Tucker for our first ever live show! This week's topic, summer camp and campy camp movies. Pop culture trivia! Xanadu! Movie and music advice! All that and more on this special episode of Pop Rocket!!

NOTE #1: This is a live show, so forgive the audio issues. We tried to clean it up as best as we can, but we're not miracle workers.

NOTE #2: After we taped this episode, someone pointed out to us that Sleepaway Camp is a somewhat transphobic movie. We didn't know that when we taped, so bear
that in mind if you plan on checking it out.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Ricky Carmona and Corin Tucker

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org. Special thanks to Nick White for his help during the taping.

International Waters: Episode 52 Live at MaxFunCon

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Photo by Kenneth Lecky
Guests: 
Paul F. Tompkins
Guests: 
Janie Haddad-Tompkins
Guests: 
Nadia Kamil
Guests: 
Helen Zaltzman

Paul F. Tompkins, Janie Haddad-Tompkins , Nadia Kamil and Helen Zaltzman join host, Dave Holmes up in Lake Arrowhead to face questions about Kate Moss, exploding creatures and classic summer movies.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunCon 2015 by Nick White, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests on the MaxFun forum or through our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter for updates on guests and when we’ve just posted a new episode it’ll be 1st and 15th of every month).

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Sergio Mendes and The Pogues’ James Fearnley

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Sergio Mendes
Guests: 
James Fearnley
Guests: 
Brent Weinbach


Courtesy of Sergio Mendes

Sergio Mendes on the, "very sensual, very romantic," Sounds of Bossa Nova

For a time, Sergio Mendes was the most famous Brazilian musician in the world. He grew up learning classical piano, heard Dave Brubeck's "Take 5" and took a turn towards a jazzier sound. His band Brasil '66 was at the forefront of a bossa nova explosion that introduced the genre to listeners across the world.

Throughout his career, Mendes has collaborated with many artists, including saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley and Janelle Monae. But he also once collaborated with Harrison Ford… in an unexpected way. He'll explain.

Mendes will talk about how his music has evolved over the years, why his encounters with other musicians have been so important, and why the sensual, romantic sound of bossa nova has such universal appeal.

Sergio Mendes' new album is called Magic. To find out where he's going next on his tour, check out his website.

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Comedy: Brent Weinbach at MaxFunCon 2014

Abstract. Experimental. Weird. Funny. Those are all good words to describe Brent Weinbach. But none of them come close to summing up how special he is. Or the faces he made during this set. You'll just to have to imagine those.

He performed for us at the most recent MaxFunCon -- as part of a comedy showcase in the woods. We present part of his set here to you.

Tickets for MaxFunCon 2015 go on sale November 28th. You can find more of Brent Weinbach's upcoming shows on his website.

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James Fearnley: Heavy Drinking in a Minivan and Navigating Irish-English Relations

James Fearnley plays accordion for the English folk/punk band The Pogues. The band formed in the early 1980s, and made a name for themselves with a Celtic-inspired sound.

Fearnley will talk about his time with the Pogues, how they finally decided that frontman Shane MacGowan had gone off the rails, and whether as an Englishman, Fearnley feels secure in the band's Irish heritage.

Fearnley's memoir is called Here Comes Everybody: The Story of The Pogues.

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Outshot: Black Jesus

Courtesy of Facebook: Adult Swim

What Jesus lived in America, in 2014? Jesse will tell you why Black Jesus, a new show from Adult Swim, is so affecting.

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Bonus Episode - LIVE from MaxFunCon 2014 with Abby Shumka

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Guests: 
Abby Shumka

Recorded live at MaxFunCon in Lake Arrowhead, California on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.

Get Your MaxFunCon 2014 Tickets Now!

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Update: MaxFunCon 2014 is now SOLD OUT!

Registration for MaxFunCon is now open!

Join us May 30th - June 1st, 2014 in Lake Arrowhead, California for the most magical weekend of comedy, creativity, and camaraderie ever.

Registration is $790 per person (plus a small processing fee) and includes everything you'll need for the weekend - lodging, food, drink, classes and shows. For couples sharing a bed, there's a nice discount and it's only $1480 per couple (plus processing). For a limited time, you can also pay via an installment plan - four easy monthly payments.

MaxFunCon would make a wonderful holiday gift for someone close to you - or for yourself!

Registration for MaxFunCon is extremely limited (there're only so many beds), so register now or risk being left out of the fun.

If you'd like to be on the MaxFunCon Waiting List, email waitlist@maximumfun.org with the title "MaxFunCon Waitlist" and please include your phone number.

Click here to register today!

And click here for the limited-time-only MaxFunCon installment plan.

We can't wait to see you!

Got questions? Email Amanda!

Stop Podcasting Yourself Bonus Episode - LIVE from MaxFunCon East

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Guests: 
Hari Kondabolu

Recorded live at MaxFunCon East at Pocono Manor on October 28. Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins us and we spend about 90 seconds tearing a Hulk Hogan shirt off Graham.

Download it here.

In fact, check out this video.

And this one.

Bullseye: Kurt Andersen, Ari Graynor, Chris Fairbanks

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Kurt Andersen
Guests: 
Ari Graynor
Guests: 
Chris Fairbanks
Guests: 
Keith Phipps
Guests: 
Marah Eakin

Our show is guest hosted this week by Jordan Morris. Jesse Thorn will return next week. Check out more from Jordan on the podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go! or on his blog.


Music and a Movie with Keith Phipps and Marah Eakin

AV Club editor Keith Phipps recommends Quadrophenia, a film based on the rock opera of the same name by The Who. Music Editor Marah Eakin recommends the single I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons.

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Kurt Andersen’s True Believers

Kurt Andersen is the host of Studio 360, co-founder of the satirical Spy Magazine and a novelist. He brought his love of research and cultural criticism to bear when he penned the new novel True Believers, the story of a high profile lawyer who steps away from a nomination to the Supreme Court. True Believers follows her on a quest to piece together a mysterious episode in her childhood during the Cold War and the age of the spy novel.

Andersen fondly recalls his own childhood interests in espionage, and he discusses the leap of faith required for a trained journalist to stop doing research and begin trusting the imagination. The end result is a novel which weaves together generational politics, 1960s counter-culture, and a children's game that becomes all too real.

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MaxFunCon 2012, photo by liezelwashere

Comedian Chris Fairbanks on Being Mugged

Ever had a neighborly mugging experience? Comedian and artist Chris Fairbanks knows what it’s like. He told us this story at the fourth annual Max Fun Con.

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For a Good Time, Call... Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor plays a lot of outrageous, messy roles -- she was a self-destructive college student on The Sopranos, and she played a drunken best friend in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist -- but her characters have heart and a kind of innocence.

The same is true of her most recent role of Katie Steele, the brash-yet-vulnerable young Manhattanite who runs a phone sex line in the new movie For a Good Time, Call. The film is in select theaters nationwide this week.

Ari talks to us about the 80s films that inspired her, the story's depiction of female friendship, and the strange intimacy and appeal of phone sex.

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The Outshot: No Use for a Name

Jordan shares his passion for the music of the late Tony Sly, of punk band No Use for a Name.

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Got a favorite band you want to spread the word about? Head on over to the MaxFun forum and pick your own Outshot.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 226: Live at MaxFunCon with W. Kamau Bell, Ashkon, Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi

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Guests: 
W. Kamau Bell
Guests: 
Ashkon
Guests: 
Bryan Safi
Guests: 
Erin Gibson

W. Kamau Bell, Ashkon and Throwing Shade's Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson join Jesse and Jordan for a live show at MaxFunCon.

(Sorry the audio's not perfect - we got a little excited on stage and recorded a little hot.)

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