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MaxFunDrive 2017 Gifts!


The 2017 MaxFunDrive is fast approaching (it starts this Monday, March 20th, in fact!). What is the MaxFunDrive? It's the best time to show your support for your favorite MaxFun shows by becoming a monthly member or upgrading your monthly membership. It's also the time of year when we really up our ante in terms of delivering truly excellent content. And you know what else?

It's when we offer the best, most excellent and exciting gifts. And I think we really outdid ourselves this year.

To be eligible for these gifts, simply sign up as a new MaxFun member or upgrade your existing MaxFun membership between March 20th and March 31st. Bam! AND these gifts are cumulative, so you'll get everything at the level you join at or upgrade to, PLUS everything below that level. Here's what we have for you this year:

If you start or upgrade to a $200 monthly membership, we'll cover your MaxFunCon 2018 registration. That's right -- everything you need to have the best weekend of your life in Lake Arrowhead, California is on us: food, lodging, entertainment, drinks, and swag. Basically, get yourself there, and we'll take care of the rest.

Get that MaxFunCon 2018 registration, plus everything below!

Let's say you join as a $100 monthly member, or upgrade your existing membership to $100 per month. You get a spot in MaxFun's exclusive culture club: the Inner Circle. Each month for the next 12 months, we reach out to a MaxFun host for a piece of culture (movie, book, or album) that they think our members will love. We send it to you in the mail (or over email for digital downloads) along with a note explaining why our host picked it. Never run out of cool culture again.

Join The Inner Circle, and get a hand-picked selection sent to you each month! Plus everything below!

We decided to keep with the glassware tradition for our new and upgrading $35 plus monthly members. This year we are so excited for this pair of quality glass beer mugs, engraved with the classic Maximum Fun rocket ship! Gone are your days of serving beer to your friends in cans and bottles! You will be able to class AND chill up your act with these great mugs. They'll even hold non-beer beverages! Cheers to MaxFun and friendship!

Get a pair of rocket-engraved mugs, plus everything below!

Remember how good it feels to get a handwritten card in the mail? We’re here to help you spread that feeling! For our new and upgrading $20 plus monthly members, we’ve put together a really special Keep In Touch Kit. In the KIT Kit, you’ll get a set of Max Fun note cards, designed by our own Brian "Sunny D" Fernandes; a self-inking stamp that is sure to lift your friends’ spirits; a four-color rocket pen; and, to put you in a cozy and nostalgic mood while crafting your notes, MaxFun's official candlemaker, Erica Huff, created a rocket-shaped, pencil-shaving-scented candle. Let’s bring back that good old fashioned correspondence!

Get the Keep in Touch Kit, plus everything below!

We can’t even describe how excited we are for what we have in store for folks who join at or upgrade to $10 per month. But we'll give it a shot. The inimitable Megan Lynn Kott has once again DELIVERED in designing this year’s gift: drive-exclusive enamel pins, with a design for each show! Check out the designs, choose which pin you want, and flaunt your love for your favorite MaxFun show. Put it on your hoodie, backpack, tote bag, denim jacket, or whatever article of clothing you're wearing! Stick it in your cork board! Keep it in your pocket, and pull it out if someone questions your podcast bona fides. What a fool that person was to doubt you!

Get a MaxFun enamel pin, plus the bonus content!

Finally, everyone who gives at least $5 per month gets access to our treasure trove of bonus content. We're talking over 110 hours of extra episodes, outtakes, pilots, videos, Q&As, and all manner of sweet, sweet bonus goodness. Just for you, dear MaxFun member. It's our most popular gift for a reason, so join now, and start listening!

Are you tempted? Support your favorite MaxFun shows and get some amazing gifts in the process -- go to to join or upgrade during the drive!

Questions about gifts or memberships? Email

Thank you to Brian Fernandes for these beautiful images!

And thank YOU for listening and supporting!

Thank you for an amazing 2016 MaxFunDrive!


After a strong showing from folks taking advantage of weekend amnesty, we're delighted to announce our final-final total for the 2016 MaxFunDrive is 9404 new and upgrading members.

Another huge thanks to everyone who joined, upgraded, and spread the word! This is easily our biggest MaxFunDrive yet.

We also wanted to extend a thank you to COTU Media -- if you were admiring the production quality of this year's live JJGo, that was all them!

Finally, if you missed out on this year's MaxFunDrive, but still want to support your favorite MaxFun podcasts, you can become a member year-round at

Thank you again!

Final count: 8,752 new and upgrading members!


Thank you so much to everyone who joined, upgraded, and spread the word about the 2016 MaxFunDrive! We ended the night at 8,752 new and upgrading members, which blew all of our expectations out of the water.

Thanks to your generosity, we'll be sending a check to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank for over 18,700 meals for hungry Angelenos.

And since we smashed our stretch goal of 7,500, we'll be getting to work on the pledge drive wallpaper and ringtones for members. Look out for those in the coming weeks!

If you weren't able to join or upgrade during the drive, you can do so this weekend, and still be eligible for the neat pledge gifts. But after that, those bandanas are gone forever, and you can kiss your chances of laying your hands on a MaxFun thermos goodbye!

From all of us at MaxFun, thank you so, so much for believing in and standing by what we do.

Jordan, Jesse, Go -- LIVE!


We're capping off the 2016 MaxFunDrive with a live JJGo, streamed directly to your Personal Computer! The show kicks off at 7 PM PDT.

Watch here!

Thanks so much for your support! If you haven't yet joined or upgraded your membership, do so NOW!

(P.S. the current count is 8436!)

Success! 5,000+ new and upgrading members!


We've achieved our goal of 5,000 new and upgrading members. In fact, we've breezed past our goal, and we're at 5,762. This is just astonishing; if you've already stepped up and joined or upgraded, thank you so much. If not, you still have 3 1/4 days to join or upgrade your membership, get all of our exclusive pledge drive thank you gifts, and add to our growing grand total.

For every new and upgrading member above our initial goal of 5,000, MaxFun will be donating the cash equivalent of 5 meals to our friends at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. That means we're already in for over 3800 meals for needy families in LA, and we're not stopping until the drive ends on Friday. Let's give back to MaxFun HQ's home community, together!

Plus, we're adding a stretch goal to the mix! If we hit 7,500 new and upgrading members, we'll release a pack of MaxFun Digital Premiums for $5+ monthly donors, which will include:

- A pledge drive exclusive desktop wallpaper designed by Megan Lynn Kott (the genius brain behind the beautiful MaxFun bandana designs) featuring all of your favorite MaxFun hosts geared up for an old-timey adventure

- An exclusive MaxFunDrive ringtone!

We're about to head out to our local MaxFun meet up tonight (you can find yours here), but we just had to give you this awesome news and thank you again for your amazing support and listenership. Let's finish strong!

The 2016 MaxFunDrive starts TODAY!


The 2016 MaxFunDrive is here! The next two weeks are all about us delivering the best episodes of the year. It's also the single best time to support your favorite MaxFun shows by becoming a monthly member or upgrading your existing membership. We love making awesome shows for you, year-round, but we need your help to do it!

In addition to the Warm Glow one feels when contributing during the MaxFunDrive, new and upgrading members will get some truly astonishing thank you gifts: your selection of a classy, MaxFun bandana; the Adventure Necessities Collection, for all of your out-doorsy needs; and an elegantly practical thermos (drinkware for the adventurer), just to name a few. Plus, all members get access to our enormous collection of bonus content -- dozens of hours of secret podcasts just for you!

Our goal this year is a whopping 5000 new and upgrading members. Can we count on you to help us reach that goal? Join or upgrade now at And once you do, be sure to let us know on Twitter with the #MaxFunDrive hashtag, so we may doff our caps to you.

Thank you so much for your support! Let's make the 2016 MaxFunDrive the greatest yet!

2016 MaxFunDrive Meet Up Day!


Are you looking for 2017 meetups? Find them here!

Make some new friends at the 2016 MaxFun Meet Up Day! On Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 PM, local time, MaxFun listeners will be gathering across the nation to celebrate all things Maximum Fun!

If you don't see your city represented in the list below but want to join in on the fun, don't fret! Simply pick a location (we suggest a group-friendly restaurant or bar), and email with your city, venue name, and any additional information you want to include, and we'll add you to the line-up! Check out this handy map of meetup locations to see where MaxFunsters will be gathering:


The State Bar
10 E Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Facebook invite
Look for Michael Stanger!


Los Angeles:
Bigfoot Lodge
3172 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Facebook invite
Update with a new location! Look for Lindsay Pavlas, wearing a rocket tee Get 'Em, Get 'Em, Get 'Em tank!

Mountain View:
383 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
Facebook invite
Look for Meg, she's got pink hair and a MaxFun rocket shirt!

Drake’s Dealership
2325 Broadway Auto Row
Oakland, CA 94612
Facebook invite
Look for Kiera Peacock and Arielle Kesweder and her stuffed MaxFun rocketship!

San Diego:
South Park Brewing
1517 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92102
Facebook invite
Look for Ernesto Ramirez!


SoBo 151
151 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Facebook invite
Look for Greg Rosen and Phillip Klapperich!


Mandaville Beer Garden
428 N Lemon Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Look for Zack Cleveland!


Little Kings Shuffle Club
223 W Hancock Ave
Athens, GA 30601
Facebook invite
Look for Annabelle Barbe-Byer and Adam Byer!

Brewhouse Cafe
401 Moreland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Facebook invite
Look for Sarah Dickson and Chris Chandler!

Wild Wing Cafe
3035 Washington Rd.
Augusta, GA 30907
Facebook invite
Look for Alexis Akridge!


Guthries Tavern
1300 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
Facebook invite
Look for Dawn Gildenmeister!


Des Moines:
The High Life Lounge
200 SW 2nd St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Facebook invite
Look for Kevin Winslow and Lisette Metz Grulke!


Silver Spring:
911 Ellsworth Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Facebook invite
Look for Kim Swarz!

Washington, DC:
Looking Glass Lounge
3634 Georgia Ave NW
Washington DC 20010
Facebook invite
Look for John Kinsella and Jennifer Stoloff

Knight Moves Cafe
1402 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Facebook invite
Look for Kate Bosco in her green MaxFunCon East shirt! Note: It's a board game cafe with a $5 cover and $5 BYOB charge.

The Roost Cafe
1 Market Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Facebook invite
Look for Alex Liebowitz!


Grumpy's Downtown
1111 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Facebook invite
Look for Julia Carlis in her JJGo shirt!


3229 Harney St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Look for Greg Harries in his MaxFunCon 2013 shirt!


Brasserie Saint James
901 S Center St
Reno, NV 89501
Facebook invite
Look for Jeremy Floyd!


353 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Facebook invite
Look for Jeremy Frank!

Pioneers Bar
138 W 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
Facebook invite
Look for Pat Cartelli!


Fullsteam Brewery
726 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC 27701
Facebook invite
Look for Ryan Carrigan in his Get Em Get Em Get Em shirt!


Frank’s Place on Market
549 W. Market St.
Akron, Ohio 44303
Facebook invite
Look for Rob Core, he'll be the guy next to the front door with all the DJ equipment!

3378 Erie Avenue,
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Facebook invite
Look for Mark Mascolino!

17 Buttles Ave
Columbus, OH 43215
Facebook invite
Look for Erin Deel, in her MaxFun rocket tee!


Sizzle Pie
910 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97401
Facebook invite
Look for Rachel Rosing!

600 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
Facebook invite
Look for Ryan Fox-Lee!


1114 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Facebook invite
Look for Marshal Staggs in a red plaid shirt!

Piper's Pub
1828 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Facebook invite
Look for Padraic Malinowski in his Get 'Em, Get 'Em, Get 'Em shirt!


Mister Tramps
8565 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758
Facebook invite
Look for Andrea Caprottia and her red hair!

Addison Ice House
3875 Pointe Ave #250
Addison, TX 75001
Facebook invite
Look for Hayley Casey in her blue MBMBaM shirt and grey sweater!

McElroys Irish Pub
3607 S. Sandman St
Houston, TX 77098
Facebook invite
Look for Danielle Stillman-Diederich, the red-headed gal in the MBMBaM shirt!


1530 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Facebook invite
Look for Brittni Liyanage!


123 E Main St.
Madison, WI 53703
Facebook invite
Look for Laurel Sittig in a light blue MaxFunCon shirt!

Cafe Centraal
2307 S. Kinnickinnic St.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Facebook invite
Look for Allie Schwartz and Sam Sieger!



StormCrow Tavern
1305 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC V5L 3X5
Facebook invite
Look for Sam Mills!


Foggy Goggle
1667 Argyle St.
Halifax, NS B3J 2B5
Facebook invite
Look for Katharine Anderson!


Heart and Crown
353 Preston Street.
Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5
Facebook invite
Look for Alex Wright!

Prenup Pub
191 College St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3E4
Facebook invite
Look for Elissa Janca!



The Big Chill House
257 Pentonville Road
London, N1 9NL, United Kingdom
Look for Sophie Johnson!

The Big Society
95 Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1HR, United Kingdom
Facebook invite
Look for @graemehunter he'll be in a blue JJGO racing car t-shirt.

The Great Switcheroo 2015!


In honor of the unprecedented success of the 2015 MaxFunDrive a few months ago, MaxFun hosts pledged to orchestrate a full-on show swap where we jumble up all of your favorite shows and sprinkle hosts around all willy-nilly (to speak in technical terms). The time for this bold experiment has come -- we call it The Great Switcheroo, and we think you'll love it. Here's the rundown:

The Adventure Zone hosted by The Flop House

Baby Geniuses hosted by Bunker Buddies

Bullseye hosted by Guy Branum of Pop Rocket

Bunker Buddies hosted by Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler of Pop Rocket

The Flop House hosted by The Adventure Zone

International Waters hosted by Kevin Allison of RISK!

Jordan, Jesse, Go! hosted by My Brother, My Brother and Me

Judge John Hodgman hosted by One Bad Mother

Lady to Lady hosted by Baby Geniuses

My Brother, My Brother and Me hosted by Jesse Thorn, Dave Holmes, Rhea Butcher

Oh No, Ross and Carrie! hosted by Sawbones

One Bad Mother hosted by Stop Podcasting Yourself

Pop Rocket hosted by Throwing Shade

RISK! hosted by John Hodgman

Sawbones hosted by Oh No, Ross and Carrie!

Stop Podcasting Yourself hosted by Jordan, Jesse, Go!

Throwing Shade hosted by Wham Bam Pow

Wham Bam Pow hosted by Lady to Lady

So settle in, explore some new-to-you shows, and chat about the swaps by using the hashtag #GreatSwitcheroo. And thanks again to all of the folks who became members or upgraded their memberships during the MaxFunDrive this year!

Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That is LIVE!

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Big news! Maximum Fun's first ever web series, Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That, is live! You can catch all of them using this handy YouTube playlist link. Thumbs up, comment, share, and help us spread the word!

Thank you so much to all of our Kickstarter backers and our friends at Hover for making this project possible.

MaxFunDrive update: 5706 new and upgrading donors, plus weekend amnesty


With your help, we broke 5700 new and upgrading members, and we'll be giving over 18,500 meals to Los Angeles families. Thank you so much for being part of the most successful MaxFunDrive ever! If you haven't yet had a chance to join or upgrade, we'll be offering the exclusive gifts through the weekend, so sign up now! This is your last shot at the tote bag, In-Flight Power Pack, and MaxFun shot glasses -- don't miss out!

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