Jesse Thorn is the host and producer of Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and the co-host and producer of Judge John Hodgman. He's also the proprietor of MaximumFun.org.
He founded The Sound of Young America in 2000, while a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2007, the show began to be distributed by Public Radio International, making Jesse the youngest national host in public radio history. The show became Bullseye in 2012.
In addition to his work at MaximumFun.org, he hosts and helps produce Put This On, a video series and blog about men's style. He also hosted The Grid, a culture recommendation program on IFC.
A native of San Francisco's Mission District, Jesse lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son Simon and two dogs.
Jesse is available for public speaking engagements and voiceover projects – please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesse’s hour-long talk, Make Your Thing, focuses on how he turned his college radio show into an independent media powerhouse, and how 12 other people, many of them his friends and colleagues, exemplify the qualities you need to make your independent artistic and career aspirations a reality in the internet age. In 2010, some of his speaking engagements included:
-Keynote Speaker, Corduroy Appreciation Society Grand Meeting, New York City
-Featured Speaker, Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Folk Boot Camp, Alberta, Canada
-Jesse Thorn, “Make Your Thing,” with introduction by Merlin Mann, The Darkroom Theater, San Francisco (Sold Out!)
-Guest Lecturer, CalArts: California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
-Guest Lecturer, Monmouth University, New Jersey
Jesse is equipped with a home studio and capable of easily recording high-quality voiceover auditions and roles from home. His past voiceover projects include: liners and announcements for BBC radio, identity work for Comedy Central's late-night programming block Super Late Fun Time; theater welcome messages for the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival; web imaging for the Gates Foundation-funded NGO ThinkTechAct.org and many others.