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Judge John Hodgman Episode 424: Barbecuties

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear that docket. They talk about barbecue, migraine triggers, controlling the thermostat remotely, sharing deodorant, cell phone silencing, watching tv from the other room, and more!

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Story Break #115: Star Wars: A Murder on the Orbital Express

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We forgo our usual descent into wikipedia, to instead, dive into the wild world of WOOKIEEPEDIA! The #1 source for all things Star Wars.

Will the Story Boys be able to craft an intelligible story from 3 random Star Wars articles? Can they craft a mystery so compelling that Hercule Poirot himself would be pulling out his notepad? You don't have to be the world's greatest detective to answer that question.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 87: 'Avengers: Endgame' and Fond Farewells

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Avengers: Endgame

In this episode, the gang says "auf wiedersehen" to two beloved powerhouses - The Avengers, and more importantly, our beloved host Ricky Carmona. But don't worry, this is a fond farewell, with Ricky bringing that Bustelo-fueled Carmona Energy. Plus, the gang answers several calls from the Who Shot Line. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, RIP John Singleton, director Dee Rees sheds some light on "discrimanatory theater practices," and repertory theaters are worried about Fox's film library under Disney ownership.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Howards End
Drea - Knock Down The House
April - Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Ricky - Sneakers, The Night of the Hunter, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Interview with the Vampire, Strangers on a Train, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, All About Eve, John Wick: Chapter 2.

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 86: Living That 'High Life' and The Stereotypical Favorite Movies of Millenials with 'The New Negroes' Head Writer Kevin Avery

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Robert Pattinson, "Fuck Boxes," and screaming babies - you gotta listen to our conversation about the Claire Denis sci-fi odyssey, High Life, to hear all of these topics covered. The crew is joined by the head writer of the new Comedy Central show The New Negroes, Kevin Avery. Plus, they discuss the stereotypical favorite films of millennial men. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, a Wisconsin man saw Captain Marvel 116 times and Abigail Diseny calls CEO Bob Iger's salary insane.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Some of My Best Friends Are...
Drea - Band Aid
April - Long Weekend
Kevin - Zorro, The Gay Blade

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, April Wolfe, and Kevin Avery.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

Call us on the "Who Shotline" - WSY-803-1664

Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

#216 - Best Star Wars Droid with Lindsey Kelk

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We're joined by Lindsey Kelk, Hal's co-host from Tights & Fights, who steps in to help us decide, once and for all, who the best Star Wars Droid is.

The JV Club Ep. 312: Kara Morgan

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Swing set Millennium Falcons! Giant Tinker Toys! Band bus makeouts! All this and oodles more with this week’s enchanting guest, Kara Morgan ("Fortune Rookie," "The Kara Morgan Show"). Reach for the stars with us and dare , yes dare, to dream the ultimate Impossible Dream: to intern on a yogurt farm.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Story Break #81: Boba Fett

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The galaxy's most feared bounty hunter Boba Fett finally gets a sweet movie of his own that's definitely still happening at Disney yup yup!

Ep 21: Go Fact Yourself with Maria Bamford and Grant Imahara

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Gabriel Koerner, J. Keith Van Straaten, Grant Imahara, Helen Hong, Maria Bamford
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Maria Bamford & Grant Imahara
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Christine Dresser & Gabriel Koerner
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J. Keith Van Straaten
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Helen Hong

Maria Bamford is a comedian, and star of the Netflix series Lady Dynamite. She’s normally not one for small talk, but this podcast has just the right amount of organized conversation to make her feel comfortable.

Grant Imahara is a former member of the B-Team on Mythbusters, and can currently be seen on Netflix’s White Rabbit Project. He’s a HUGE robotics fan. Why? Two words: Star Wars.

In this episode, we’ll get an answer to what happens when a bull is actually let loose in a china shop and learn about the robots Grant has created--including a BB-8 that he has at his shop.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between “magma” and a “lava”?

What’s the difference between “baking” and “roasting?”

Areas of Expertise

Maria Bamford: 12 step programs, self-help and pug aging.

Grant Imahara: Star Trek, X-Men comics and “La Di Da Di” by Doug E. Fresh.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Grant Imahara
Maria Bamford

With guest experts:

Dr. Christine Dresser, pug breeder and health liason for the Pug Dog Club of America.

Gabriel Koerner, digital effects artist who appeared in the documentaries Trekkies and Trekkies 2.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Roy Wood Jr. and Peter Serafinowicz

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Bullseye
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Roy Wood Jr.
Guests: 
Peter Serafinowicz

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Roy Wood Jr. on writing jokes and working on "The Daily Show"

Roy Wood Jr. is a comedian. You've probably seen him as a correspondent on "The Daily Show." He's done comedy pretty much his entire life, but he majored in broadcast journalism and for a while, it was looking like that was gonna be his career. He was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and first got his start in radio, working at a handful of stations. Sometimes he wrote, sometimes he produced or reported, but at heart, Roy has always been a stand-up, doing his act whenever he found the time.

In 2010, he finished third on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," which is when his career took off - he got his own radio show, got acting roles, started getting booked in bigger venues. Last year, Roy released his stand-up comedy album called "Father Figure," which made it on to many top 10 lists. He also just kicked off a national tour that will continue over the rest of spring and summer.

Roy talks with Jesse about the difficulty of writing original jokes, gang colors, and how being on "The Daily Show" has given him an opportunity to share some of his bolder takes on politics and race.

Click here to listen to Roy Wood Jr.'s interview on YouTube.


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Peter Serafinowicz on his new role on the TV series "The Tick"

Peter Serafinowicz is a British actor and comedian with a varied career in entertainment. He's been on a bunch of British TV shows - "Spaced," "I'm Alan Partridge," and "The IT Crowd." He did voice work as Darth Maul in "The Phantom Menace." He's also a music video director, a brilliant impressionist, and a screenwriter. Together with Robert Popper, he created the comedy series "Look Around You"- a parody of those boring educational documentaries kids watch in school.

Now, he's got a lead role. He's starring in the Amazon series "The Tick" as the Tick. It's a new live-action superhero comedy about a giant muscle man in a blue suit with antennas on his head. He's got super strength. It's almost impossible to hurt him, but he's kind of dumb and bumbling, too. His sidekick, an accountant named Arthur, is the only one who can really keep him grounded.

Peter talks to Jesse about writing dialogue that is essentially meaningful but sounds nonsensical and the most important lessons he learned from great impressionists like Mike Myers and Phil Hartman.

The first season of "The Tick" is available to stream now on Amazon. It just got picked up for a second, which should premiere next year.

Click here to listen to Peter Serafinowicz's interview on YouTube.


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The Outshot: Uni Watch

If you ever found yourself falling in love with a team because of their goofy logo, Uni Watch is the blog for you. It's a whole website dedicated to all things sports uniforms and where the intersection of athletics and aesthetic is big news.

Click here to listen to Jesse's Outshot on Uni Watch on YouTube.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson & The Go! Team

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Bullseye
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Rian Johnson
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Ian Parton
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Nkechi Ka Egenamba aka Ninja

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Director Rian Johnson on 'The Last Jedi' and working with Carrie Fisher on her last film

The force is strong with this week's guest! Writer and director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Rian Johnson joins us in the studio to talk about making the blockbuster and putting himself in the head of characters like Luke Skywalker to write a compelling story.

Rian Johnson first broke through as a writer and director with 2005's "Brick." It's kind of a Coen brothers inspired film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film is set in an Orange County suburb, and it's sort of a neo-noir where most of the main characters are high school students. The tone of the film is eerie and dark, the dialogue is quick and snappy, and most important of all -- it's a great detective story.

Before "Brick," he was an editor for the creepy cult film "May," released in 2002. Other writing and directing credits include the sci-fi thriller "Looper," and the heist film comedy "The Brothers Bloom." He also directed a few of the most memorable Breaking Bad episodes.

When Rian sat down with Jesse they spoke extensively about "The Last Jedi." Including what it was like working with Carrie Fisher on her last film, how he received the offer to direct "The Last Jedi," and why he thought it was important that "Star Wars" be funny.

This segment will include some spoilers to the film, but honestly, if you haven't seen "The Last Jedi" by now you are practically asking for spoilers. You have been warned!

Click here to listen to Rian Johnson's interview on YouTube!

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Ian Parton & Ninja of The Go! Team on their new album 'Semicircle'

Jesse talks with Ian Parton and Ninja of The Go! Team. They're the band that made the Bullseye theme song -- "Huddle Formation."

Formed in the year 2000 in Brighton, England, the band's basically the brainchild of Ian Parton. He recorded a lot of the band's first record in his parent's kitchen and released it as "Thunder, Lightning, Strike." A classic Go! Team track has a lot of influences: hip hop, marching band music, noise rock, 70s soul. A lot of the songs are sample based but they still sound live and fresh. One of Ian's longest running collaborators is the MC Ninja, born Nkechi Ka Egenamba. She's sung and rapped on every Go! Team record.

Ian tells Jesse about his creative process, and what it was like writing the smash hit "Roudou Sanka" by Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z. Ninja discusses what it was like when she first heard The Go! Team, and how she brings the music to life on stage.

The Go! Team will be touring this Spring, and their new album "Semicircle" will be released on January 19. For more information visit their website.


The Outshot: Sylvester

Finally, for this week's Outshot: singer-songwriter Sylvester. Jesse tells us about the life of a disco, rhythm and blues, and soul singer with a fabulous stage presence. "Mighty Real" was Sylvester's signature hit. The song was about authenticity. It's hard to imagine him bringing anything but realness.

Click here to listen to Jesse's Outshot on YouTube!

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