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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 562: Pleasant Taint with Brendan Hay

Brendan Hay

Brendan Hay (Harvey Street Kids, Dawn of the Croods) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the european soccer player villain in Cliffhanger who kicks people off the mountain, Brendan's desire to expand the roster of his new Netflix show based on Harvey Street characters to Casper, Richie Rich, and ultimately Baby Huey, and Jesse's deconstruction of the song Word Up by Cameo and how it cannot be about anything but a disfigured penis. Plus, Jordan asks an important question: is the culture more horny for Santa than usual this year?

CIPYD 171: Scooting Around and Holiday Dogs


Well hey there all you spooky cats!

Happy holidays! This week Allegra tells us all about a new dog at work and Alexis is MAD! Find out why! Renee solves an interesting scooting problem with Tug. Plus, we have a Dog Hero and a very charming My Mutt Minute!

Tune in!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Holiday Spectacular! Featuring: The Monkees, Alonso Duralde, The McElroy Brothers, and Sy Smith

Micky Dolenz
Alonso Duralde
The McElroy Brothers
Sy Smith

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Photo:Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Micky Dolenz on The Monkees' new Christmas album

Our guest Micky Dolenz starred in the hit 1960's TV show "The Monkees." It was essentially a Hollywood version of The Beatles' rock-n-roll comedy "A Hard Day's Night." Micky played the drummer and one of the singers alongside Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones. The gang played four lovable goofs trying to make it as a band, bumming around Los Angeles, solving mysteries, and staying in haunted houses.

And, this probably isn't news to you, but: The Monkees weren't a band before the show started. They each auditioned for parts in the show, and most of them were mainly actors. Nevertheless, they had some legendary all-time hits like "Last Train To Clarksville," "Daydream Believer," and "I'm a Believer."

The band actually outlasted the show itself and just this year they recorded and released their 13th studio album Christmas Party. It's a holiday record chock full of standards, covers, and originals. It's also got contributions from Rivers Cuomo, Peter Buck and more.

Micky tells Jesse about a time when he was spotted in a mall by screaming fans, and what John Lennon really thought about The Monkees.

Click here to listen to our interview with Micky Dolenz on YouTube.

Photo: Courtesy of Alonso Duralde

Alonso Duralde on Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies

Alonso Duralde is film reviews editor for The Wrap and the author of Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas. He also co-hosts Maximum Fun's Who Shot Ya? podcast.

Alonso talks to Jesse about the basic elements of every Hallmark movie, his search for veiled gay characters in those films, and offers an alternative suggestion to typical Christmas cinematic fare.

Click here to listen to our interview with Alonso Duralde on YouTube.

Photo: Courtesty of The McElroy Brothers

The McElroy Brothers Share Christmas Advice

Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy are the hosts of the Smash Hit podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me.

They talk to Jesse about ways to make white elephant gift exchanges more interesting and share their findings of long-lost verses from well-known Christmas carols.

Click here to listen to our interview with The McElroy Brothers on YouTube.

Photo:Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Song That Changed My Life: Sy Smith on My Favorite Things

Sy Smith is a brilliant singer, songwriter, and producer that lives here in Los Angeles. She's been recording soul records for over a decade now and has collaborated with folks like Kamasi Washington and Thundercat. She's also an incredibly talented backup singer for greats like Sheila E., Chaka Khan, Usher, and Whitney Houston.

Sy talks to us about two versions of her favorite holiday tune - My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music original soundtrack and it's interpretation by jazz legend
John Coltrane.

She just dropped a seasonal EP called Christmas in Syberspace and it's streaming now.

If you live in New York, don't miss a chance to see Sy performing with trumpeter Chris Botti. They'll be live every night at Blue Note right up until Christmas.

Beef And Dairy Network Podcast - Episode 42 - The Ballad Of Parsnip Flendercroft

Freya Parker
Mike Wozniak
Max Davis
Jenny Laville
Mike Shephard
Tom Crowley
Gemma Arrowsmith
Henry Paker

Freya Parker, Mike Wozniak, Max Davis, Jenny Laville, Henry Paker, Mike Shephard, Tom Crowley and Gemma Arrowsmith join in for this special documentary about former Bovine Farmers' Union bursar Parsnip Flendercroft.


“Kitten” “Por Supuesto” “Morels”
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Everything's Coming Up SImpsons Ep. 168: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire w/ Alonso Duralde

Alonso Duralde

It's crazy to think we've been doing this podcast for so long and no one has picked the first episode of The Simpsons. That's all about to change! This week, Alonso Duralde relives his memories of watching "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." You know Alonso as a film critic for the The Wrap. He's also one of panelist on "Who Shot Ya?" from Maximum Fun, and the co-host of the pod Linoleum Knife.

Most importantly for today's purposes Alonso is a Christmas expert and has a book to prove it called "Have yourself a movie little Christmas." We'll discuss how this episode was a perfect way to introduce the Simpsons to a mainstream audience. Plus, we'll sing some carols and share some last minute Christmas tips!

International Waters Ep 136: Sponsored by Edible Arrangements

Gaby Dunn, Dave, and Dan Cerruti
Gaby Dunn
Laura Lexx
Dan Cerruti
Alexis Dubus

Gaby Dunn, Dan Cerruti, Laura Lexx and Alexis Dubus join host, Dave Holmes to learn about the UK tradition of opening Christmas crackers, tell embarrassing gift-giving stories, and sing impromptu Christmas carols on International Waters' Holiday Special!

Gaby Dunn wants to plug Bad with Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together and I Hate Everyone But You: A Novel and recommends Pussy is God by King Princess.

Dan Cerruti wants to plug Put This On and his website and recommends Wildlife.

Laura Lexx wants to plug her upcoming tour dates and recommends the Trivial Warfare podcast.

Alexis Dubus wants to plug The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and would like to recommend The Incomplete Book of Running by Peter Sagal.

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

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

Maximum Fun Donates $101,922 to the National Immigration Law Center


Above: Jesse Thorn presents a check to Marisa Aguayo, Anthony Martinez, and Irene Santos of NILC

Maximum Fun's annual pledge drive - MaxFunDrive - was an enormous success this year, thanks to our kind, generous, and supportive community. In addition to welcoming over 25,000 new and upgrading monthly members, we also brought back our enamel pin sale. Like last year, we put our limited edition MaxFunDrive pins on sale to all $10+ monthly Maximum Fun members. As 2018 comes to an end, we're so excited to donate the profits from the enamel pin sale to a great organization that could really use some support from our wonderful community.

This year, we decided to donate all of the pin sale profits to the hardworking folks at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). NILC works to protect - and advance - the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families:

"At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S. should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and we play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of policies that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive."

On December 14, 2018 at Maximum Fun headquarters in Westlake, Los Angeles, the founder of Maximum Fun, Jesse Thorn presented Marisa Aguayo, Senior Officer of Institutional Giving at the National Immigration Law Center with a check for $101,922.97.

Joining Marisa Aguayo from NILC were Acasia Flores (Development Program Manager, Data Research and Analysis), Irene Santos (Development Associate), Anthony Martinez (Digital Director), and Robin Aubry (Digital Specialist).

Marisa Aguayo explains what this donation means for NILC:
It's through the support of your listeners and other supporters and donors that we know there's a groundswell of support for a better vision for our country that is more inclusionary of all kinds of people. That's really heartening. And that gives us great hope for the future - and kind of fuels our fight for the future, as well.

And Anthony Martinez adds:
This year we were met with so many challenges - and, particularly, the communities we represent were met with so many challenges- so to see something so great like this [donation], it really brought up our spirits. We're looking forward to the new year. We know there are going to be a lot of challenges that lie ahead for immigrant communities, but we're just really thankful for all of the support that your network has shown us.

Maximum Fun believes in trying to make the world a tiny bit better in whatever way we can, and this year in particular, it's very clear that immigrants could use all of the support we can give. We know MaxFunsters champion inclusivity, value community, and understand the importance of advocating for people who may need extra support, so NILC is the perfect recipient of this year's donation.

Thank you again for being the most fantastic community we could ever ask for. All of us here at Maximum Fun are so grateful for your continuing generosity towards our network, our shows, and the community at large. As Jesse said, "We're really proud that our community came together to make this happen so that [NILC] could advocate on behalf of folks that need an advocate." We couldn't have done any of this without you, and with your contributions, we hope we can help the NILC make the US a safer place for immigrants.

If you would like to support the National Immigration Law Center as part of the Maximum Fun community, head over to this page to contribute.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 561


No guest as we talk about Dave’s birthday, the Grinch, and choir fights.

Download episode 561 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 438: Face 2 Face: The Ham Up There


As we prepare for our hometown holiday extravaganza, we present to you our recent live show from Denver, CO! It was a rowdy one, y’all. We suspect that everyone in the room had been visited that night by their city’s nightmare airport horse, and had been driven into a state of pure, horrified ecstasy.

Story Break #87: The Boys are Back in Town (ft. Brian Firenzi)

Story Break
Brian Firenzi

The BOYS ARE BACK so Brian Firenzi, fellow VGHS writer and the funniest man alive, joins us to break Thin Lizzy's The Boys are Back in Town!

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