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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bob Odenkirk

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Bullseye
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Bob Odenkirk


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Bob Odenkirk: Cult-Comedy Icon, Reluctant Celebrity

Millions of Breaking Bad fans know Bob Odenkirk as sleazy criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. He’ll be reprising the role in February in the spin-off show Better Call Saul.

But comedy fans already knew about Odenkirk from another show -- Mr. Show with Bob and David. Odenkirk’s outrageous and profanity-ridden outbursts were a staple of his performances and helped make him a cult-comedy icon.

Before that he wrote for Saturday Night Live. Perhaps his most notable work was co-writing the sketch Down by the River The bit featured a 35-year-old divorcee motivational speaker played by Chris Farley and is considered one of the best sketches in the history of the SNL.

When Mr. Show ended, Odenkirk appeared in a number of one-off roles for TV before working behind the camera. He directed Let’s Go to Prison, Melvin Goes to Dinner and The Brothers Solomon. Even though he loves directing, it’ll be a while before he decides to gives it another shot. He’ll explain.

Odenkirk talks to us about why writing timeless humor is so difficult, transitioning from comedy to drama and why he still doesn’t consider himself a celebrity.

Odenkirk will also read a selection from his new collection of short-fiction humor. It’s called A Load of Hooey and is available now.

Odenkirk also just released his debut stand-up comedy special, Amateur Hour. We'll be showcasing a clip from it in our Best Comedy of 2014 Special at the end of the year.

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Cannonball: Touring Parliament's Mothership Connection with Rickey Vincent

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Cannonball.

This week we're joined by author, historian and self-described funkateer, Rickey Vincent. He's going to talk about Parliament's landmark R&B album, Mothership Connection. The album is at once a celebration of the past and a glimpse into the future. It touches on a lot traditional soul ideas, but delivered with a new funky edge. Vincent will explain more.

Vincent has a new book out. It's called PARTY MUSIC: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music. You can also hear his radio show The History of Funk on KPFA.

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The Outshot: Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas

Jesse tells us about a song that makes him imagine a better world: the simple but powerful Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas.

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Live Sex Show! Part 1

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RISK!
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Reid Mihalko
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Waverly Jane
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Kate Smith

Reid Mihalko, Waverly Jane and Kate Smith share stories of sexual boundaries crossed at Albuquerque's Pornotopia and San Francisco's Bawdy Storytelling.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 350 - Amber Harper-Young

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Amber Harper-Young

Comedian Amber Harper-Young joins us to talk gentleman's clubs, municipal politics, and anesthesia.

Download episode 350 here. (right-click)

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

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Get your MaxFunCon 2015 tickets!

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Registration for MaxFunCon 2015 is now open!

MaxFunCon2015 is sold out! If you'd like to be on the MaxFunCon Waiting List, email waitlist@maximumfun.org with the title "MaxFunCon Waitlist." Please include your phone number and number in your party.

Join us at beautiful Lake Arrowhead from June 12-14, 2015 for a weekend of comedy, creativity, friendship and s'mores.

Registration is $790 per person (plus a small processing fee) and includes everything you'll need for the weekend - lodging, food, drink, classes and shows. For couples sharing a bed, there's a nice discount and it's only $1480 per couple (plus processing). For a limited time, you can also pay via an installment plan - four easy monthly payments.

MaxFunCon would make a wonderful holiday gift for someone close to you - or for yourself!

Registration for MaxFunCon is extremely limited (there're only so many beds), so register now or risk being left out of the fun.

We can't wait to see you!

Got questions? Email jennifer@maximumfun.org

International Waters: Episode 39 Turner and Satan and Hooch

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Brian, Jackie and Dave
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Brian Fernandes
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Jackie Kashian
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Simon Kane
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Helen Zaltzman

Brian Fernandes, Jackie Kashian, Simon Kane and Helen Zaltzman join host, Dave Holmes to call out the first un-funny Canadian, identify terrible Christmas songs and reminisce about a thing called Dido.

Other useful links this week:

Brian Fernandes wants to plug Jordan, Jesse Go!, which he produces and his award-winning iO sketch team Brute Squad. Brian recommends the USA TV show Benched and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler.

Jackie Kashian wants to plug her “Dork on Dork Dialogue” podcast The Dork Forrest and her latest album / DVD / download This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux. Jackie recommends that you identify and donate to your local foodbank.

Simon Kane wants to plug his blog, his Monster Hunters podcast and the BBC sketch show he’s a regular on, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme. Simon recommends supporting tragic conceptual art project / broken relationship Fred and Sharon’s Movies.

Helen Zaltzman doesn’t really want to plug anything, but if you haven’t subscribed already you can find her Answer Me This podcast here.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to recommend the band Chumped, particularly their new album Teenage Retirement.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests on the MaxFun forum or through our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter for updates on guests and when we’ve just posted a new episode (hint: it’ll be 1st and 15th of every month).

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 353: Nose Shrimp with Scott Aukerman

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Scott Aukerman

Podcaster, TV host and writer Scott Aukerman joins Jordan and Jesse for a conversation about washing behind the ears, children's books, and Jesse's experience on Scott's television program.

Follow Scott on Twitter!
Check out Comedy Bang Bang on IFC!
And listen to Comedy Bang Bang the podcast!

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MBMBaM 228: Sex Draculas

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You can't afford this Nana. I'm sorry - it's just way out of your price range. But with patience, hard work and a little luck, we can turn this busted Nana into the Nana of your dreams! Believe in the brothers.

Suggested talking points: Star Wars Watch, Time Travel Comedian, TP Thief, Nana Property Brothers, The Truth About Birds and Snakes, Private Selfies, Vamp Fiction Vamping

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Ross and Carrie See Theresa Caputo: Greatest Living American Edition

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Ross and Carrie finally see the woman they've been dying to see for ages: the Long Island Medium. And they're not the only ones dying around here. Pesky ghosts are clamoring for Theresa's attention, so she can deliver messages to their surviving loved ones... or so she says. Carrie and Ross attend a Beverly Hills performance of Caputo's sold-out show, The Experience. And what they see leaves more questions than answers.

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The Flop House: Episode #166 - Pompeii

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The Flop House

A returning Flop House director guides a cast of returning Flop House stars in an eruption of mediocrity named Pompeii. Meanwhile Stu asks a provocative question about Cenobites, Elliott reveals an early draft of a Robert Louis Stevenson classic, and Dan debuts his new hit character.

Movies and TV recommended in this episode:

Volcano
Housebound
The Hurricane
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 77 - Batman

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Wham Bam Pow

This week, we chat about Batman and take a step back to appreciate Tim Burton before the CGI saturated Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Plus, Ricky drops a Sam Shepard reference on us and lets us know what's poppin', and the crew anticipates this week's biggest trailers.

Next week, we will be watching Batman Returns, which is currently on Netflix Watch Instant.

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

Don't forget about our Facebook and Tumblr pages. You can also email us at whambampow@maximumfun.org

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