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Brian Wilson: Certified Ninja (It Happened In A Dream)

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If you don't enjoy this interview with San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, you're not a fun person.

Go Giants!

Comedy: Jordan Ranks America for October, 2010 on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Jordan Morris

Comedian and Jordan, Jesse, Go! co-host Jordan Morris tells us what's hot and what's not this month - October, 2010. It's...

JORDAN RANKS AMERICA

5. Netflix on Demand

The future of entertainment is here! This innovative service puts thousands of classic movies at your fingertips, from that one where Debbie Gibson fights a CGI shark to that one from the 80s that had a ton of nudity.

4. Combination Shampoo & Body Wash

Ask any guy's guy and he'll tell you: having more than one bottle in the shower is a real "pain in the rear." Squirt this strong-smelling glop all over everything and simplify your life!

3. Corn Chowder

Since its invention, during the Civil War, this hearty soup has always taken a back seat to clam chowder. Now, thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign, it's become a "hot topic" amongst American teens.

2. "Hold on to your butts!"

First uttered by Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park, this classic catchphrase is perfect for letting everyone know it's time to get ready... for something to happen!

1. The Cat

She's cute, she's fluffy, and sometimes... she'll jump into a shopping bag! Kudos to you, The Cat. You turn every day into an adorable vacation!

Alec Baldwin Insists you NOT Donate.

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In this spot recorded for our flagship station, WNYC, Television's Alec Baldwin insists that you not donate to public radio, under any circumstances.

More at WNYC.

Judge John Hodgman Needs Cases!

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We are working on a TOP SECRET PROJECT and we need YOUR HELP.

Are you involved in a dispute with a friend, relative or lover? Are you willing to submit to a HIGHER POWER to settle this dispute?

If you and your fellow disputant would be willing to talk about your dispute and present your cases via telephone, Skype or in-person in Los Angeles, email hodgman@maximumfun.org with the details of your case and your telephone number.

No case is too small, but disputes should be actual. There is no need to be a performer, be funny, or have a funny case. Just a genuine disagreement that needs settling by an ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY.

Again, that email: hodgman@maximumfun.org.

This Week in Rappers From Ten Years Ago

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Freeway - Escalators

dead prez - Malcolm, Garvey, Huey

Fart Police: Who Dealt It?

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Concept by me, execution by MaxFunster Nick.

Amy Sedaris on Letterman

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A) This is my favorite thing in the world.
B) I am so excited to interview Amy again on Friday night.
C) This show with Amy and Jimmy Carr is one of my favorite middle-period Sound episodes.

Nick Swardson's How Do I Know You?

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Nick Swardson is one of the funniest comics in America, and his new show Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, on Comedy Central, is something I'm really excited about. Nick was a guest on The Sound once, many years ago, but it looks like it may have been lost to the sands of time. Nice guy.

Above: a very NSFW sketch from the show, featuring the very funny Brian Huskey of Naked Babies.

Lee Unkrich's Monkey

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Six or eight months ago, I visited director Lee Unkrich at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California. Lee is a Sound of Young America listener, and he was kind enough to invite me out for a tour while I was in the Bay Area visiting family.

The topics of conversation included how great Kristen Schaal is and the crazy offices at Pixar. You see, when they moved into their facility, they let the artists buy sheds at Home Depot and assemble them in the open-floor-plan office. You know the kind of backyard shed that looks like a tiny house? Pixar is full of those. The bigwigs' offices are even crazier, and Lee's is full of taxidermied animals.

I thought I would score some cool points by asking if he'd been to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. Well, said Lee, My wife said I could only have one taxidermied animal in the house, so I chose a monkey. Then I had the founder of the MJT help me build a diorama for it.

Pictured, above.

The LA Times on Literary Deathmatch

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Carolyn Kellog of the LA Times was kind enough to come by the Literary Death Match show I was part of here in Los Angeles the other night. The experience of arbitrarily judging literary readings before a crowd of drunk 20- and 30-somethings was new, but it felt as familiar as an old pair of shoes. Or an old, well-worn metaphor.

In her write-up of the event, Carolyn wrote that I "proved he doesn't need radio's quiet room and a microphone to be funny." That was very nice of her, though I like to think of my work as much more than just my world-famous "Lazzi of the Quiet Room and Microphone." (Admittedly, that's what I'm known for in Commedia Dell'Arte circles.)

By the way - the champion turned out to be Seth Greenland, who was a guest on The Sound some years ago, talking about his novel The Bones, about the comedy industry. It turns out that Seth is now a writer/producer with Big Love. So that's neat, too.

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