Kevin Allison

International Waters: Episode 60 Risk! Switcheroo

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Dave, Kevin, Judah, Jenny and Myka
Guests: 
Kevin Allison
Guests: 
Judah Friedlander
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Myka Fox
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Dave Hill
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Jenny Jaffe

It's Maximum Fun's #GreatSwitcheroo, so Kevin Allison from the RISK! podcast takes over hosting duties this week and is joined by New York-based comics Myka Foxx, Judah Friedlander, Dave Hill and Jenny Jaffe.

Plugs and recommendations:
Myka Foxx is on social media as @MykaFox and wants to plug her podcast This Week in Jackin' which is over with our pals at the Cave Comedy Radio podcasting network.

Judah Friedlander wants to plug his new book If The Raindrops United. He's on Twitter as @JudahWorldChamp and you can find more info about his live dates etc. at JudahFriedlander.com. Judah recommends a documentary about Japanese host boys calledThe Great Happiness Space.

Dave Hill is opening for Snoop Dogg October 23rd in Austin and he wants to plug his debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On. Dave recommends Bobcat Goldthwaite's new film Call Me Lucky, Adam Resnick's new book Will Not Attend and the music of Mike Adams At His Honest Weight.

Jenny Jaffe is on twitter @JennyJaffe and wants to plug her mental heath non-profit Project U R OK and recommends The American Scream home haunts documentary which is currently streaming on Netflix.

And finally, our guest host Kevin Allison is on Twitter @TheKevinAllison and hosts, RISK! on MaximumFun. Kevin would like to recommend the documentary Very Young Girls.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

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

RISK! #345: Everybody Naked!

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RISK!
Guests: 
Allison Moon
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Dave Hill

Dave Hill and Allison Moon share stories of moments when clothing was optional.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 243: Now That's Jungian with Kevin Allison

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Guests: 
Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison from The State joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Las Vegas, Robert Krulwich, bicycle safety, and Kevin's storytelling podcast and newest member of the Maximum Fun podcast family, RISK!.

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Keep RISK! Running

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Lauren Cusimano contributed this story.

Kevin Allison might be best known as a cast member of The State – the 90s MTV sketch show that needs no introduction even though we just gave it one. However, "Kevin Allison presents RISK!" might be catching up to some of that State fame.

Since 2009, RISK! has served as a podcast and live show – playing host to the tagline: “True Tales, Boldly Told”. Allison says the object of RISK! is simple. He asks guests to “try to step outside of your comfort zone,” he explains. “Drop the act, don’t do something you would do every night on stage, and try come clean about some stuff in the way you would with very close friends.” Perhaps the biggest difference between RISK! and other storytelling podcasts is the fact these stories are not rehearsed, and can range from the “super emotional to flat out X-rated,” Allison says before bursting into laughter. Guests of the show have included Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, and our very own Jesse Thorn.

Now, RISK! is in the middle of a critical campaign: Keep RISK! Running. Between now and November 16th, Allison and his staff – a crew of 18 talented people – are hoping to raise $50,000 to keep the RISK! podcast alive. Donation levels range from $10 to $10,000, but the real story is in the prizes.

Donate $20 to be considered RISK!’s childhood friend, $75 to be RISK!'s secret fetish, $1,000 to be RISK!’s hero. But the reward isn’t just in the name. Allison has some one-of-a-kind prizes ready for his supporters. Donate $250 and Janeane Garofalo will make you a friendship necklace, $300 and Margaret Cho will give you relationship advice, $500 and Lisa Lampanelli will insult you on Twitter for a full day. Other prizes include autographed posters of Marc Maron, fantasy football lessons from the Sklar Brothers, and autographed, doodled-on State scripts.

Allison says he’s been apprehensive of putting on the fundraiser since the idea of asking for money is no one’s favorite, but he understands that it’s necessary. “This whole podcasting phenomena is still so new that it’s very difficult to gauge exactly how to stay afloat doing it,” say Allison.

However, a successful fundraiser means more RISK!, more Story Studio – Allison’s over-Skype storytelling workshop – and even brand new projects. “Eventually I would also love to create a show that was family friendly,” Allison says. “A show people could play in the car with their kids, because God knows they cannot play ‘Kevin goes to Kink Camp.’”

“We want this to last forever,” says Allison. “There’s no limitation on people sharing personal stories – it’s the original art form and if it’s done well, it’s just riveting.”

Allison says the real question is what format RISK! might try next.

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