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Judge John Hodgman Episode 181: Amicus Grief


Will brings the case against his friend Moby. Moby has constructed a "friendship and acquaintance theory" that helps her navigate the relationships in her life. She's entirely upfront about which people in her life are acquaintances, and which are friends. She says it helps her maintain better relationships. Will thinks Moby has gone overboard with the theory, and it's alienating her from other people. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Christian Philippe Roulleau for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.


Great question! Judge Hodgman is out on the road right now, touring the Midwest and Northeast United States! Chicago! Milwaukee! Akron! Hartford! and more. Find a tourdate in your area here!



Submitted by Moby

Right click here to download Moby's "Friendship-Acquaintance 6 Stage Theory"

Moby's Friendship Quiz

Ross and Carrie Meet Jon Ronson: Butt Edition


BONUS MAXFUNWEEK EPISODE! In this special interview episode, Carrie has a chat with Jon Ronson, bestselling author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test, and Frank. And by a chat, we mean they devise horribly accusatory questions and make each other take lie detector tests. It's all fun and games until Jon's butt gets brought up. Plus, hear Ross' reactions as he listens along with you!

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MaxFunWeek Day 7: MaxFun Rocket Coloring Contest


As MaxFunWeek draws to a close, we'd like to thank you all for all of the reviews, Adventure Zone drawings, episode shares, and everything else. We hope everyone enjoyed the first MaxFunWeek as much as we did!

We're capping things off with a coloring contest. Brian "Sunny D" Fernandes created a blank rocket for you to color and decorate how you chose. Go to town, email the results to, share it with the world on Facebook or Twitter (don't forget the #MaxFunWeek hashtag!), and you'll be in the running for a t-shirt or poster of your choice from the MaxFunStore, thanks to our friends at Topatoco.

Today's Reddit Ask Me Anythings

We'll be updating this page with links to the AMAs once they're up. A full list of the week's planned AMAs can be found here.

Tuesday, October 21st
Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder) - 1:00-2:00 PM PDT
Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy (Oh No, Ross & Carrie) - 6:30-7:30 PM PDT

The Flop House Live at NYC Podfest!

01/09/2015 - 21:30 - 23:00
Venue Name: 
The Bell House

We help open the 2015 NYC Podfest with our first live show that's not a film screening, but an actual episode of The Flop House!

Tickets: $10

The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York

Sawbones: The Goat Testicle Solution


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are providing you with some extra vitality by any means necessary, which, in this case, means implanting you with goat testicles.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Live in L.A. with Dan Harmon and Rob Corddry

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Steve Agee
Dan Harmon
Rob Corddry
Andy Kindler
Sara Watkins

This week's episode was recorded live on stage in the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Our thanks to them for hosting us. Additional thanks to NPR's Generation Listen for sponsoring the event.

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Comedy: Steve Agee Talks About His Year

Steve Agee is a comedian, writer and actor, known mostly for his work on The Sarah Silverman Program. He performed as part of our live show in the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

If you want to hear more from Steve Agee he has a podcast where he interviews all sorts of television and music personalities. It’s called Steve Agee: Uhhh and can be downloaded on iTunes.

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Dan Harmon Explains Why He Was Fired from Community (and Why He Was Rehired)

Dan Harmon created the NBC sitcom Community. It’s a show about seven misfits at a community college trying to get their lives together as they deal with their new friendships. The show’s offbeat humor and characters earned it a devoted following and helped Harmon rise to fame.
Harmon was fired from Community after its third season, but it wasn’t long before he was able to find a new job… as the showrunner for Community.

In the year that Community went on without him, he took his podcast on the road. Documentarian Neil Berkley produced a movie about the tour and Harmon’s impact on others. It’s called Harmontown.

Harmon will talk about his mindset going into the sixth season of Community, what he likes and dislikes about traditional sitcoms and why he will never again share a personal voicemail from Chevy Chase with a public audience.

You can catch the documentary Harmontown in select theaters and available on demand now.

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Rob Corddry’s Golden Childhood

Rob Corddry has been a correspondent for The Daily Showand starred in a bunch of different movies, but more recently his face -- covered in clown make-up -- has been a fixture of Los Angeles billboards and bus stops. It’s because he created and stars in adult swim’s Children’s Hospital. It’s probably the silliest show to have ever won an Emmy.

Corddry also plays a doctor in the webseries Wedlock. In it, he attempts to help a couple played by Mark Duplass and Jennifer Lafleur who are desperate to start a romantic relationship, but have none of the chemistry necessary to make it happen.

Corddry will talk about growing up as the oldest sibling, what he worked out in therapy, and what it’s like being on-set with Michael Bay.

Wedlock is available through Vimeo on Demand. Children’s Hospital can be seen on Adult Swim .

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Comedy: Andy Kindler Is Legendary

Andy Kindler was the second comedian that joined us live on stage in the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He’s had two specials on Comedy Central and has an annual State of the Industry Address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs, festival.

You can catch Kindler as the voice of Mort in the animated series Bob’s Burgers and as a fictionalized version of himself in the IFC series Maron.

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Sara Watkins and members of the Watkins Family Hour perform "You and Me"

Singer and fiddler Sara Watkins has been busy in the bluegrass scene since she founded Nickel Creek with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile in 1989. She's released five studio albums as part of the band. In 2009, she began her own solo project and has released two albums.

Watkins joined us to perform the single "You and Me" from her 2012 album Sun Midnight Sun. Her band included Sean Watkins on guitar, Don Heffington on drums and Benmont Tench on piano.
Sara and Sean have a monthly podcast called Watkins Family Hour in which they banter and play music with fellow bluegrass musicians. You can download it on iTunes.

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photo courtesy Dana Robinson

Outshot: The Museum of Jurassic Technology

Jesse tells you about The Museum of Jurassic Technology, a place that does very little to explain its exhibits, but is no less beautiful for it.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 344 - DeAnne Smith

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DeAnne Smith

Comedian DeAnne Smith joins us to talk lap dances, baseball, and boats.

Download episode 344 here. (right-click)

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

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MaxFunWeek Day 6: Share Your Favorite Episode Day


Whether it's the funniest, most interesting, or most emotionally impactful, we all have that one MaxFun episode that stands out above the rest. Take this day to share it with your friends, loved ones, and the world at large. And tell US why you love it, too! We'll have a post on our MaxFun Facebook group, a topic on Reddit, and a post on our forum for everyone to exchange faves.

If you want to know what other MaxFunWeek challenges we have in store for you, you can find them all here! Tomorrow is the day to unleash your incredible creative potential on the world in the form of the MaxFun rocket coloring contest! You can find the blank rocket here.

Today's Reddit Ask Me Anythings

We'll be updating this page with links to the AMAs once they're up. A full list of the week's planned AMAs can be found here.

Monday, October 20th
Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris (Jordan, Jesse, Go!) - 2:00-3:00 PM PDT (this one may get started early!)
Julie Sabatier (Destination DIY) - 4:00-5:00 PM PDT
Lisa Hanawalt and Emily Heller (Baby Geniuses) - 6:00-7:00 PM PDT

MBMBaM 222: The Rich Kids Camp

John Hodgman

It's a Max Fun Week special as we welcome John Hodgman to the program. He does an admirable, charitable job of pretending he knows who we are.

Suggested Talking Points: A Fate Worse than Public Deification, Papa John Refuses to Grow, A Day Without Doxxing, Bowser Went to Juliard.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 347: Growing Violet with Lisa Hanawalt

Lisa Hanawalt

Artist and podcaster Lisa Hanawalt joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of novelty footwear, Jordan's visit to a cat cafe, and a crazy dragon subreddit.

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