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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Sergio Mendes and The Pogues’ James Fearnley

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Sergio Mendes
Guests: 
James Fearnley
Guests: 
Brent Weinbach


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Sergio Mendes on the, "very sensual, very romantic," Sounds of Bossa Nova

For a time, Sergio Mendes was the most famous Brazilian musician in the world. He grew up learning classical piano, heard Dave Brubeck's "Take 5" and took a turn towards a jazzier sound. His band Brasil '66 was at the forefront of a bossa nova explosion that introduced the genre to listeners across the world.

Throughout his career, Mendes has collaborated with many artists, including saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley and Janelle Monae. But he also once collaborated with Harrison Ford… in an unexpected way. He'll explain.

Mendes will talk about how his music has evolved over the years, why his encounters with other musicians have been so important, and why the sensual, romantic sound of bossa nova has such universal appeal.

Sergio Mendes' new album is called Magic. To find out where he's going next on his tour, check out his website.

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Comedy: Brent Weinbach at MaxFunCon 2014

Abstract. Experimental. Weird. Funny. Those are all good words to describe Brent Weinbach. But none of them come close to summing up how special he is. Or the faces he made during this set. You'll just to have to imagine those.

He performed for us at the most recent MaxFunCon -- as part of a comedy showcase in the woods. We present part of his set here to you.

Tickets for MaxFunCon 2015 go on sale November 28th. You can find more of Brent Weinbach's upcoming shows on his website.

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James Fearnley: Heavy Drinking in a Minivan and Navigating Irish-English Relations

James Fearnley plays accordion for the English folk/punk band The Pogues. The band formed in the early 1980s, and made a name for themselves with a Celtic-inspired sound.

Fearnley will talk about his time with the Pogues, how they finally decided that frontman Shane MacGowan had gone off the rails, and whether as an Englishman, Fearnley feels secure in the band's Irish heritage.

Fearnley's memoir is called Here Comes Everybody: The Story of The Pogues.

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Outshot: Black Jesus

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What Jesus lived in America, in 2014? Jesse will tell you why Black Jesus, a new show from Adult Swim, is so affecting.

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Bonus Episode - LIVE from MaxFunCon 2014 with Abby Shumka

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Abby Shumka

Recorded live at MaxFunCon in Lake Arrowhead, California on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.

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Get Your MaxFunCon 2014 Tickets Now!

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Update: MaxFunCon 2014 is now SOLD OUT!

Registration for MaxFunCon is now open!

Join us May 30th - June 1st, 2014 in Lake Arrowhead, California for the most magical weekend of comedy, creativity, and camaraderie ever.

Registration is $790 per person (plus a small processing fee) and includes everything you'll need for the weekend - lodging, food, drink, classes and shows. For couples sharing a bed, there's a nice discount and it's only $1480 per couple (plus processing). For a limited time, you can also pay via an installment plan - four easy monthly payments.

MaxFunCon would make a wonderful holiday gift for someone close to you - or for yourself!

Registration for MaxFunCon is extremely limited (there're only so many beds), so register now or risk being left out of the fun.

If you'd like to be on the MaxFunCon Waiting List, email waitlist@maximumfun.org with the title "MaxFunCon Waitlist" and please include your phone number.

Click here to register today!

And click here for the limited-time-only MaxFunCon installment plan.

We can't wait to see you!

Got questions? Email Amanda!

Stop Podcasting Yourself Bonus Episode - LIVE from MaxFunCon East

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Guests: 
Hari Kondabolu

Recorded live at MaxFunCon East at Pocono Manor on October 28. Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins us and we spend about 90 seconds tearing a Hulk Hogan shirt off Graham.

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And this one.

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Bullseye: Kurt Andersen, Ari Graynor, Chris Fairbanks

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Kurt Andersen
Guests: 
Ari Graynor
Guests: 
Chris Fairbanks
Guests: 
Keith Phipps
Guests: 
Marah Eakin

Our show is guest hosted this week by Jordan Morris. Jesse Thorn will return next week. Check out more from Jordan on the podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go! or on his blog.


Music and a Movie with Keith Phipps and Marah Eakin

AV Club editor Keith Phipps recommends Quadrophenia, a film based on the rock opera of the same name by The Who. Music Editor Marah Eakin recommends the single I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons.

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Kurt Andersen’s True Believers

Kurt Andersen is the host of Studio 360, co-founder of the satirical Spy Magazine and a novelist. He brought his love of research and cultural criticism to bear when he penned the new novel True Believers, the story of a high profile lawyer who steps away from a nomination to the Supreme Court. True Believers follows her on a quest to piece together a mysterious episode in her childhood during the Cold War and the age of the spy novel.

Andersen fondly recalls his own childhood interests in espionage, and he discusses the leap of faith required for a trained journalist to stop doing research and begin trusting the imagination. The end result is a novel which weaves together generational politics, 1960s counter-culture, and a children's game that becomes all too real.

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Comedian Chris Fairbanks on Being Mugged

Ever had a neighborly mugging experience? Comedian and artist Chris Fairbanks knows what it’s like. He told us this story at the fourth annual Max Fun Con.

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For a Good Time, Call... Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor plays a lot of outrageous, messy roles -- she was a self-destructive college student on The Sopranos, and she played a drunken best friend in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist -- but her characters have heart and a kind of innocence.

The same is true of her most recent role of Katie Steele, the brash-yet-vulnerable young Manhattanite who runs a phone sex line in the new movie For a Good Time, Call. The film is in select theaters nationwide this week.

Ari talks to us about the 80s films that inspired her, the story's depiction of female friendship, and the strange intimacy and appeal of phone sex.

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The Outshot: No Use for a Name

Jordan shares his passion for the music of the late Tony Sly, of punk band No Use for a Name.

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Got a favorite band you want to spread the word about? Head on over to the MaxFun forum and pick your own Outshot.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 226: Live at MaxFunCon with W. Kamau Bell, Ashkon, Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi

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W. Kamau Bell
Guests: 
Ashkon
Guests: 
Bryan Safi
Guests: 
Erin Gibson

W. Kamau Bell, Ashkon and Throwing Shade's Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson join Jesse and Jordan for a live show at MaxFunCon.

(Sorry the audio's not perfect - we got a little excited on stage and recorded a little hot.)

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MaxFunCon East is coming!

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For years, you East Coasters have dreamed of it. Some of you have even journeyed cross-country in its absence. And now, it's finally here!

In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, we're bringing the party that is MaxFunCon to the eastern seaboard this October, for a little pre-Halloween magic from the 26th to 28th at the Inn at Pocono Manor.

The line-up will be announced later this summer, but we guarantee that MaxFunCon East will bring all the goodness you've come to love about MaxFunCon West to the East Coast, from days classes and workshops, to evenings packed with comedy shows and parties.

Tickets go on sale THIS WEDNESDAY, May 2nd, so don't miss out on what's sure to be an unforgettable weekend, and keep watching this space for more details as they develop.

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Blast Processing! Sept. 9th, 2011

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The Alumni Newsletter: August 5, 2011

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A MaxFunCon Special with Brooke Gladstone, Lee Unkrich and more on The Sound of Young America

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A moment with John Hodgman and Lee Unkrich
Show: 
Bullseye

This week, highlights from our annual creativity and comedy conference, MaxFunCon. Join us for some excerpts of illuminating talks:

Plus, top-notch comedy from:

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