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The First Six Minutes of The Pick of Destiny

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Featuring Meatloaf, Ronnie James Dio and of course... Tenacious D. What a cream dream.

Thanks Darryl!

Will Franken's "Things We Did Before Reality" Podcast

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Our friend Will Franken has been plugging away at the podcast mills, and the result is the wonderful "Things We Did Before Reality" podcast. Will's a standup comic whose style is best described as "one man sketch comedy." He passes in and out of voices and characters with astonishing fluidity, creating a bizarre and compelling comic pastiche.

His podcast is similar -- strange characters weave in and out of bizarre situations to hilarious effect. Highly reccomended, particularly for counter-culture enthusiasts and Python fans.

Here's an MP3 of his most recent episode, "Whose Dick Do I Gotta Suck to get a Blowjob Around Here?" In it, a rose-tinted version of 1950s Brooklyn is recast with Islamic terrorists, among other hilarious scenarios.

Previously on TSOYA:
Will Franken performs on our "Goofaround Gang" episode

Elsewhere on the interweb:
Will Franken interviewed by SF Standup

In real life:
Will's coming to LA on the 13th and 14th to perform in Garage Comedy and Comedy Death Ray (plus See You Next Tuesday!). He's also performing a solo show at the UCBT on the 29th.

David Letterman, dressed in a suit of chips, is lowered into a vat of dip.

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I think he should be the president, or if not, king.

Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: Hitler Turning Into Werewolf Nightlight

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As part of The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast, I'm posting weekly pages from their upcoming book (now in stores!) "SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From a Plane." If you subscribe to the podcast, you'll get them automatically, but you can also see them here at maximumfun.org.

Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes
Download the PDF
Podcast Feed
SkyMaul Website / Kasper Hauser Website
Buy the Book

Hey! That's me!

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Suggest a guest thread!

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I'm opening up the floor to suggestions once again.

Here are some guidelines...

The guest cannot be ironic
The guest should be doing interviews for some reason -- either they're not hard to get hold of, or they have a book out, or they're on tour, or whatever. This time stuff is much better when it's a month or six weeks in the future, for logistical reasons.
I always double-welcome ideas for awesome women guests, because I try to fight against the show's sausage-party tendencies.
They should be awesome.

Also, bonus question: should I book the Gorrillaz? Like, the cartoon group? Not sure what to think of this possibility that has crossed my path.

The Final Frontier

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I bought this at the flea market for ten cents.

The Larry David Contest

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Oh man, we got some great stories in response to our challenge -- tell us your most Larry David-esque true tale, and win a copy of "Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Book."

Mine would be a combination of two experiences, each happening at the same local restaurant, in the same bathroom.

It was tough to choose two winners, but here they are. Feel free to add further stories in the comments.

Keith writes:

"This particular restaurant employs (if that's the correct word) attendants who stand conspicuously in the bathroom, offering a selection of colognes and sundries to folks like me who are simply looking for a place to pee. The most manipulative part is that they remove the paper towels so the guy has to hand you one, provided you actually wash your hands, and you end up drying your hands directly over his tip bowl. Now, I'm all for giving gratuities, but not to a guy who steals the paper towels and then offers me one!

The first time there, knowing the guy was standing only a few feet away and waiting for me to finish, I succumbed to what my mom refers to as "shy bladder syndrome" (I call it "stage fright") and just couldn't produce. I returned to my table, bladder bursting, and told my wife I'd be right back. She looked at me quizzically as I walked out of the restaurant and across the street to find a less daunting restroom.

A few months later, we returned to the restaurant. Remembering the previous situation, I hatched a plan.

I went to the bathroom and was relieved (pun intended) that the same attendant chose to wait outside this time. Of course he returned in time to hand me a paper towel but, when he did, I pulled a cloth table napkin from my back pocket, smiled brightly and said, "Thanks, I got it covered!" and dried my hands.

Since I do believe in gratuities and I know he needs to make a living, I dropped a couple of dollars in his tip bowl. My terms, my tip."

An anonymous listener writes:

Shortly after I was hired a bunch of little meetings scattered throughout the day were set up. They turned out, as meetings tend to, dragging on for hours. I soon realized that I was going to need to call a series of meetings, but I wanted to distinguish them from regular meetings by being short and staying on track.

I work in a cube farm and the cubicles are sectioned off in pods. I decided that I should call them powwows. It was a brilliant idea, powwows in the pod. It just just rolled off the tongue. I went around and started asking everyone if they could make it to the powwow.

Then, it happened. I asked the colleague with American-Indian heritage if she could make it to the powwow. There was an awkward pause while I realized that the term powwow was the wrong term. I tried to back peddle for 10 minutes, but that made matters worse. The backpedaling made it look like I intentionally went out of my way to be mean. I got the evil eye of evil eyes.

Later on that very day, I used the phrase "I didn't mean to steal your thunder" and got the same stink eye intensified by 10X. I had never thought of "stealing your thunder" as an American-Indian saying, but apparently it is. When I think about it makes total sense, but it never occurred to me. I so thought I was going to get fired for some discrimination issue. Luckily, HR never called.

Now I call them meetings just like everybody else."

DVD contest winner

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The winner of our SkyMaul contest is Joey Dundale! Congrats, Joey!

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