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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Nat Faxon, Mimi Pond & Werner Herzog

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Nat Faxon
Guests: 
Mark Frauenfelder
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Werner Herzog
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Mimi Pond

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"It read like an independent movie": Nat Faxon on the Dark Comedy of 'Married'

Nat Faxon is an actor. You maybe saw him on Ben and Kate. He co-wrote the Oscar-winning script for The Descendants, which starred George Clooney, and also co-directed and co-wrote The Way Way Back. Faxon's been working as an actor since the early 2000s. Mostly in bit parts, the sidekick, the comic relief. Now he's got a leading role on Married, a new comedy on FX.

Married is a dark comedy about a married couple, played by Faxon and Judy Greer. The couple has been together for ten years and is growing apart, tugged in separate directions by their children, a lack of steady unemployment, and uncertain finances.

Faxon talks about how the show relates to his real-life married life, why he enjoys just being an actor instead of running the show, and the uncomfortable situation in which he first met George Clooney.

Married premieres this Thursday on FX.

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Mark Frauenfelder Recommends: 'Forbidden Island' and 'Citizen Keane'

This week's recommendations come from BoingBoing founder and Gweek host Mark Frauenfelder.

He suggests checking out Forbidden Island, a co-operative game. It's a simple premise: collect four treasures from a sinking island.

He also recommends Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes, a biography about the sketchy past of Walter and Margaret Keane, the couple who painted the kitschy pop-art paintings of teary, big-eyed children.

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Werner Herzog on "The Day I Became an Artist". Spoiler: There Isn't One!

It’s fair to say that Werner Herzog is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. He’s made critically-acclaimed documentaries, like Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. And some art-house staples like Fitzcarraldo. But he also made Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans -- where a crack-smoking Nicholas Cage has hallucinations of iguanas and a breakdancing Mafioso. And don’t forget that Herzog was the SUBJECT of a film called Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.

So, it should come as no surprise that there wasn't one day when he became an artist. He sort of always knew. He tells us about growing up in Bavaria, how walking the Albanian border taught him more than film school ever could, and why he just wasn't impressed by the first moving images he saw.

Werner Herzog has a new Blu-Ray boxset coming out later this month from Shout! Factory. It collects sixteen of his earliest films -- most of them on Blu-Ray for the first time. It's called Herzog: The Collection.

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Diners, Drugs, and Punk Rock: Mimi Pond on 'Over Easy'

Mimi Pond was an art school dropout in 1970s Oakland, and she was trying to figure out what to be. She walked into a diner and asked for a job application. Instead of a resume, the manager asked her to tell him a joke. She got the job. Her new graphic novel and fictionalized memoir, Over Easy, is based on her time waiting tables at said diner.

Pond found herself surrounded by storage room sex, assorted sniffables, and a cast of characters so big she couldn't fit them all in her memoir.

She discusses why she always knew she'd be a cartoonist (even as a kid), the mastermind and hiring manager behind the "anarchic punk opera" that was her workplace, and the very specific, improvisational nature of waiting tables.

Her book is out now.

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The Outshot: Vegetables, Swimming Pools, and Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys had a lot on the line in 1967. How do you follow up huge commercial hits like "Surfin' USA" and "Barbara Ann", and the experimental, influential Pet Sounds? Jesse explains why 1967's Smiley Smile is great all on its own.

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Song Exploder № 14: Open Mike Eagle

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Song Exploder
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Open Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Walker Ashby

In this episode, rapper Open Mike Eagle talks about making the song Dark Comedy Morning Show, along with the track's producer, Walker Ashby, aka Toy Light. Mike breaks down how Toy Light's original instrumental version of this song inspired him, and how his view of his own vocals on the track has changed since recording them.

Buy the song "Dark Comedy Morning Show (feat. Toy Light)" on bandcamp.

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A Tribe Called Quest - Steve Biko (Stir It Up)

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 330 - Sophie Buddle

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Sophie Buddle

Comedian Sophie Buddle joins us to talk laryngitis, the World Cup, and art.

Download episode 330 here. (right-click)

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

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RISK! Live in Portland

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Date: 
09/17/2014 - 20:00 - 21:30
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City: 
Portland, OR
Venue Name: 
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave


RISK!'s monthly live storytelling event is proud to present RISK! Live in Portland, OR at the Mississippi Studios on September 17th.

This show is 21+

$20

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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

RISK! Live in Austin

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Date: 
08/29/2014 - 22:00 - 23:30
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City: 
Austin, TX
Venue Name: 
Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave


RISK!'s monthly live storytelling is excited to be a part of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, TX on August 29th. We'll be at Stateside at the Paramount at 10pm.

$18.40

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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

RISK! Live in NY

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Date: 
07/24/2014 - 21:30 - 23:00
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City: 
NYC
Venue Name: 
The PIT, 123 East 24th St


RISK!'s monthly NY live storytelling at the People's Improv Theater on July 24th. This month our theme is "Absurd," and we are excited to present stories from:

Katina Corrao
Aparna Nancherla
Shaina Feinberg
J LaLonde
Katharine Heller

$10

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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

RISK! Live in LA with Andy Dick and Eric Andre

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Date: 
07/24/2014 - 21:00 - 22:30
Show: 
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
NerdMelt, 7522 West Sunset Blvd


RISK!'s monthly LA live storytelling at the NerdMelt Theater on July 24th. This month our theme is "Controversial," PLUS it's Sara and Beowulf's one year anniversary hosting the LA show.
We are excited to present stories from:

Andy Dick ("NewsRadio", "The Andy Dick Show", The Ben Stiller Show")
Eric Andre ("The Eric Andre Show", "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23", "2 Broke Girls")
Melinda Hill ("The Program w/ Maria Bamford", "Romantic Encounters", Craig Ferguson, "Reno 911")
David Crabb ("BAD KID", The Moth Story Slam Host, 3x Moth Story Slam Winner)
Eric Czuleger (Critic's Pick - Backstage Magazine, Immortal L.A., TheWrap.com, The Daily Breeze)

Hosted by Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous, Great, "This Tour Is So Gay") & Beowulf Jones ("The Andy Dick Incident", MaxFunCon, LA RIOT Festival)

$10

Buy Tickets

RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

My Brother, My Brother and Me 209: BurgerTime 4: Ketchup

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It's been a while since we've had film-franchise-fever, but the phenomenon is back in a big, big way. Let's just say our latest fascination has us going ... crazy. For gorillas, we mean.

Suggested talking points: Ape Fever, Bottle City Nephew, Shirt-Based Kegels, Bossy Landlord, The Fast and Furious Apex of Humanity, Getting our Faison, Fog Boss

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 333: Baby Unstein with Linda Holmes

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NPR host and writer Linda Holmes joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the Quaker religion, the Television Critics Association, and social clubs for adults.

Action item: send in JJGo and MaximumFun merchandise ideas!

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The Memory Palace Episode 61: The Glowing Orbs

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