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Emmy Nominations 2013!


We're not surprised to see some of our favorite past Bullseye guests got Emmy nods this year! Take a listen to some of our past conversations with these Emmy contenders.

Julia Louis Dreyfus: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her performance as Vice President Selina Meyer in Veep.

She talked to Jesse about crafting the character of Vice President Meyer, similarities between showbiz and politics, and, yes, the Elaine dance from Seinfeld.

Tony Hale: nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his performance as Gary Walsh, aide to the Vice President, in Veep.

He talked to us about behind-the-scenes humor in Veep, selling Volkswagens to the tune of "Mr. Roboto," and returning to the role of Buster in the newest season of Arrested Development.

Hugh Bonneville: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his performance as Robert, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey.

He joined Jesse along with Downton co-stars Dan Stevens and Joanne Froggatt to talk about what makes their show's romances so compelling, and how they keep old customs fresh and exciting.

Benedict Cumberbatch: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for his performance as the brilliant aristocrat, Christopher Tietjens, in Parade's End.

We talked about playing the title character in PBS's Sherlock Holmes adaptation Sherlock, and how his traumatic kidnapping in South Africa transformed his outlook on life.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein: nominated for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series for their hipster-sketch show Portlandia.

Armisen and Brownstein joined us to talk about their respective music careers before comedy, Armisen's "other job" on Saturday Night Live, and why Portland is such a rich subject for relentless satire.

Bob Newhart: nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for his appearance as the children's science show host Arthur Jeffries a.k.a. Professor Proton on Big Bang Theory.

Newhart reflected on a comedy career spanning more than 50 years, and shares some of his own tricks for continuing the funny.

Mel Brooks, whose HBO special Mel Brooks Strikes Back! was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special.

Brooks talked to us about making Germans laugh when he fought in World War II, being dangled out of Chicago hotel window by Sid Caesar, and much, much more.

Jane Lynch: nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee.

Jane and Jesse talked about Jane's cult sitcom Party Down, the first big break in her acting career, and (not) coming out Ellen Degeneres-style.

Bill Hader: nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his assorted roles on Saturday Night Live.

Hader talked to Jesse about his first stab at impressions for the SNL audition, "breaking" during sketches, and the wonderful bizarreness of actually working with Tom Cruise.

Pendleton Ward: creator of Adventure Time, which was nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program.

Literally drawing Jesse while they talked, Pen told Jesse about finding inspiration in Dungeons and Dragons, writing the perfect fart joke, and his creative process for the show Adventure Time.

Louis C.K.: nominated for (wait for it) Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series, Outstanding Variety Special, Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Special, Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials, and Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series. These are for his original series Louie, his HBO special Louis C.K.: Oh My God, and his hosting stint on Saturday Night live, respectively.

Louis and Jesse have talked a couple times and their interviews get just as philosophical, inward-looking, and hilarious as you would expect. Listen and share here and here.

Throwing Shade LIVE: Coming to a Town Near You!


Over the next few months, Erin and Bryan will take Throwing Shade on the road for some fantastic, in-the-vicinty-of-your-face live shows! Check the following pages for more info:

More dates will be announced soon!

John Hodgman On Tour: Appearing in Oregon, Massachusetts, and Other States!


In celebration of the world not ending, John Hodgman is taking time to step away from the judicial bench to visit a variety of states, including Oregon (nickname: "The Big Beaver Furrier's Dreamland"), California (motto: "Do Not Fear Our Giant Prehistoric Trees") and Massachusetts (which is actually a commonwealth).*

You can purchase tickets for any of these appearances through his website.

Dates and Cities

-March 7: Portland, OR
-March 8: Eugene, OR
-March 10: Northampton, MA
-April 20: St. Mary's City, MD
-May 3: Alexandria, VA
-May 4: Hartford, CT
-May 29: San Francisco, CA
-June 21 to June 23: North Adams, MA (Solid Sound Festival)
-June 22: also North Adams, MA (MASS MoCA)

Bring your minds. There is COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE to be learned.

*All state information from The Areas of My Expertise, which you have, of course, completely assimilated the contents of by now.

(Google) Hangout with Your Favorite Podcast Hosts!


We are but a few hours away from the start of the first ever MaxFunDay, and if you've checked out the schedule, you probably noticed many of our amazing podcast hosts will be chatting with listeners in a Google Hangout throughout the day tomorrow. It will be fun to watch on Intern Lindsay's Google+ page, but it wouldn't be much of a hangout without listeners to hangout with! That's where you come in! Keep an eye on the @MaxFunHQ Twitter account throughout the day; we'll be soliciting invitation requests shortly before each session begins. When we give the word, just send an email to with your Google email address, and we'll invite you when the time comes. It's first come, first served, but we'll be keeping an eye on the comments, so don't worry if you don't make it in!

If you don't have a Google+ account, you can get one here.

See you on the internet!

MaxFunDay is tomorrow!


All of us at MaxFun HQ are getting excited for MaxFunDay tomorrow, and we hope you are too! Here is a schedule of tomorrow's festivities -- more fun stuff may be added, so keep an eye on this page for the latest!

MaxFunDay Schedule: October 15, 2012

All Day -- Enter to Win a Tour of MaxFun HQ and Lunch with the MaxFun Crew
Simply tweet a link to our MaxFunDay page using this URL:, and throw in the MaxFunDay hashtag (#MaxFunDay) so our Twitter robots can find it.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT -- Twitter Giveaways
We will tweet a trivia question every hour on the hour on the @MaxFunHQ Twitter account. First person who replies with the correct answer wins a prize pack!

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT -- Reddit AMA with John Hodgman

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with John Hodgman

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT -- Reddit AMA with The Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with RISK!'s Kevin Allison

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with SPY's Graham Clark

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT -- Reddit AMA with Jesse Thorn

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with MBMBaM's Justin and Griffin McElroy

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT -- Reddit AMA with MBMBaM's Justin and Griffin McElroy

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with Jesse Thorn

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT -- Google+ Hangout with SPY's Dave Shumka

Our Google+ Hangout will be hosted on Jesse's Google+ page, and it'll also be streamed on YouTube -- we'll have that link available on the 15th. Everyone who has Google+ is welcome to join us, but please be aware we may need to shuffle people out in order to add hosts in at some points. If you're not able to video chat with us, no worries; we'll be monitoring the comments as well, so feel free to converse that way!

We look forward to spending MaxFunDay with you! Remember to visit on Monday, October 15 to become a member, help fight hunger in Los Angeles, and push us toward our goal of 1000 new members!

Jesse Thorn Interview On Earbuddy


For a change of pace, Jesse Thorn played interviewee to Chris Bell who operates Earbuddy, a website dedicated to introducing it's readers to new music.

The two talk about the nicest man in rock n' roll (Andrew W.K.) Jesse's relationship with the Judge himself- Mr.John Hodgman and how online piracy affects content. Read and enjoy!

Jesse Thorn on The Gentleman's Club podcast


Jesse Thorn was a guest on The Gentleman's Club with host Caleb Bacon today. They cover the basics like the 1970's porno 'stache, matchmaking, and Bullseye.

Check out MaxFun contributor Colin Marshalls review of The Gentleman's Club on his Podthoughts column here on!

Chris Lilley Interview on


Last week on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, we had Chris Lilley on to talk about Summer Heights High and Angry Boys.

The AV Club has kindly put the transcript up on their site with a foreward by, who else, Jesse Thorn. Go read it!

Come Intern with!!

| 1 comment is looking for a great Intern for the 2012 Spring Semester!!

If you are a student or a recent graduate who is interested in Public Radio or two small dogs, you should apply!
The Mountain Chalet is a great place to learn how to edit audio, research ideas for the show and how Jesse likes his dry cleaning done. (The last one is not true, you have to launder and iron yourself)

With the recent cross over to Bullseye, you would be entering the maxfun world at a very exciting time! There will be new segments to help produce as well as the old classics to work on.

So, apply* now & come join the team!

*application process includes a sniff-down by Coco The Brown Dog.

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