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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Live in Santa Cruz

04/24/2015 - 21:00 - 22:30
Santa Cruz
Venue Name: 
The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street

Jesse and Jordan are returning to their roots in Santa Cruz with a live taping of Jordan, Jesse, Go! at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

With special guests --

The Master of Would You Rather Jim Real!
John Vanderslice!
Bucky Sinister!
A capella from the UCSC Hightones!

Tickets are $20 and available here

Doors at 8:30, Show at 9

RISK! Live in Boston

04/25/2015 (All day)
Venue Name: 
Laugh Boston

April 25th RISK! Live will be part of the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston at Laugh Boston. Our theme: "Breakdown" More info TBA!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Lynda Barry & Tom Arnold

Lynda Barry
Tom Arnold
Brian Coleman

It's MaxFunDrive time! The production of Bullseye is funded by your donations. Become a monthly sustaining member now, and get cool thank you-gifts, plus unlock challenge funds from other donors and help us meet our goal of 4000 new and upgrading members by March 27th. Just visit!

Photo: Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY

Lynda Barry Inspires Us to Get Creative with Monsters

Lynda Barry is a self-identified "freak", a cartoonist, a writer, and for the last couple of years, she's also been a college professor teaching interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin.

What does that mean? Well, she encourages students to abandon their fears of creating and embrace their work and process.

Her most recent book, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor collects her lesson plans and writing and drawing exercises.

Lynda talks with us about using monsters as a tool, why we're sometimes afraid to draw, and how elementary school aged kids can teach us a thing or two.

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Canonball: Brian Coleman Talks about Mantronix: The Album

Every so often we interview music journalists and experts, and ask them which records they think should be part of the pop music canon. It's Canonball.

This week, we're talking with the acclaimed rap journalist Brian Coleman, author of the series Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip Hop Junkies. He chose to talk to us about Mantronix.

In the mid-1980s, producer Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee joined forces and created the hip hop group Mantronix.

Kurtis Mantronik rocked the TR-808 drum machine, and MC Tee moved the party along with his lyrics.

Together, they recorded Mantronix: The Album, and influenced the producers who followed them.

Brian Coleman's newest edition of "liner notes" is Check the Technique Volume 2.

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Tom Arnold Talks About Shaking Off the Bullies and Making His Own Way

Tom Arnold is a real show business survivor. In the mid 1990s he got famous -- both the kind you want to be, and the kind you don't want to be. His first big job in Hollywood was as a writer on Roseanne. He ended up married to her. He became a regular on the show and their relationship was tabloid fodder for five years. By the time they broke up in 1994, you couldn't make it through a late night monologue without a Tom Arnold joke.

But that was just the beginning of Tom Arnold's ride. A star making performance in a huge hit movie, True Lies, made him a star. Then a disastrous series of broad comedies made his career a punchline again.

But Arnold never stopped working, as a character actor, as a sports talk show host, as a stand up comic, and now in his 50s he's a dad for the first time and he's now been a star in Hollywood for thirty years. His new show is Yahoo's Sin City Saints. Arnold also continues to perform stand up across the country.

Tom talks with us about growing up in Iowa and fighting bullies, the difficulties of working in Las Vegas, his enduring respect for Roseanne, and the way he's found satisfaction with his work.

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The Outshot: MacGruber

Jesse heartily disagrees with A.O. Scott's review of the film version of MacGruber. In short: MacGruber exists, and the world is better for it.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 366 - Matt Braunger

Matt Braunger

Comedian Matt Braunger joins us to talk Portland, fair play, and drinking at a Legion. To support the show, go to

Download episode 366 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

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RISK! #626: Intimates

Mollena Williams, Andrew Aghapour, and Melanie Hamlett tell true stories that get very up close and personal.
Mollena Williams
Andrew Aghapour
Melanie Hamlett
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MBMBaM 244: Slimefoot


We're wrapping up the MaxFunDrive the only way we know how: By talking about Garfield, urinal footwear and sexual reactions to The Flash. If that doesn't deserve your hard-earned dollars, we don't know what will.

Suggested talking points: Super Rich, Garbage House, Cat Enema, Pizza Warlock, Nerdgasm, Japanese Courtesy Sandals, Glamping, Olderwear

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 369: Punk Rock Brunch with Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Nick "Repeat" Adams joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, Jordan's run-in with some rockabilly ladies, and Jesse's friend Alice from photography class.

And it's MaxFunDrive time! Go to to support the show!

If we reach our stretch goal of 2500 new or upgrading members, Jordan and Jesse will buy a boat on Craigslist and record a show from the middle of the MacArthur Park lake. #jjgogrosslake

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MaxFunDrive Week 1 Update and Announcement!


Your favorite podcasters asked for your support, and you all showed up.

That's right, thanks to your generosity, we already reached our initial goal of 2000 new and upgrading members. Thank you so much to everyone who signed up or upgraded!

But the MaxFunDrive isn't over yet! You still have one more week of the year's finest episodes; one more week to score some amazing, limited edition pledge gifts; and one more week to get us all the way to our MaxFunDrive Goal 2.0 and help out hungry families in the process.

Let's shoot for the moon and double our goal. If we get 4000 new and upgrading members by the time the drive ends on March 27th, every MaxFun show will release two more donor-only bonus episodes over the next year. We have some really special things in the works for this, and we are super excited to share them with you, but we need your help: become a member or upgrade your membership now.

On top of that, since we so thoroughly crushed our initial goal, for every new and upgrading member over 2000, MaxFun will be donating 5 meals to hungry families in Los Angeles through our friends at the LA Regional Foodbank.

We are tremendously grateful for the strong response in week one. Let's keep it up into the final week, and give back to LA families, support MaxFun hosts and producers, and get you some groundbreakingly awesome bonus content.

Thank you!

Become a member or upgrade your membership now!

Rendered: Leftovers! Choose Your Own Adventure

All your favorites from the Choose Your Own Adventure episode!

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You've heard our Choose Your Own Adventure episode. Now, listen to the leftovers! That is, the stuff we hated to cut out of the show, but just couldn't squeeze in for various reasons including:

  • What happened when Ray Montgomery & Shannon Gilligan's trip to Belize took a wrong turn
  • Sexist assumptions on the part of the publishing industry
  • The crushing rejection Doug Wilhelm went through with his first book

And much more!

Thanks so much for your support. One more week to go in the MaxFunDrive! If you haven't done it yet, please help us get to 150 new & upgrading members for Rendered!

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The Flop House: Episode #174 - That Awkward Moment

The Flop House
Hallie Haglund

It’s the MaxFun drive! And, though Stu is in Puerto Rico, we pulled out the big guns with a return appearance by Hallie Haglund! She adds some much needed perspective to the asshole-dude-based rom-commery of That Awkward Moment. Meanwhile Elliott reveals his hatred of smooth men who have a lot of sex, Dan is, yet again, accused of racism, and Hallie can’t get over the similarity between our lead actress and farts.

Movies recommended in this episode:

Cold in July
All Good Things
Man is Not a Bird

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