Our new pledge gift: Andy Daly's Mustache TV!


If you know, you know how much we love Andy Daly, the brilliant Los Angeles character comic. You may also know that we also love Andy Daly's GREATEST INVENTION: Mustache TV!

Mustache TV is the world's greatest party game. The best explanation comes from Andy himself, so here he is talking about it on TSOYA a few years ago:

In short, Mustache TV is a game kit which includes a rulebook and mustache. You put the mustache on your TV, then award yourself points according to the rulebook when the mustache falls on something -- an un-mustachioed face, the front of a car, the Queen of England, whatever. It makes anything you're watching 1000 times better, and any party 20,000 times more fun.

Of course, Andy's a big star now, and he doesn't have the time to make Mustache TV kits, so he hasn't sold them for a couple years now. No matter how many people email him begging.

But we cracked Andy's tough shell, and managed to get permission to be the exclusive distributor of Mustache TVs -- but only as a thank-you gift for our MaxFunDrive.

Between now and the end of the drive, if you donate $10 or more per month, you'll not only get our special pledge drive t-shirt, you'll also get a Mustache TV kit!

And guess what? Mustache TV is also our special existing donor thank you gift! If you were a monthly donor at $5/month or more before the drive, you'll receive a Mustache TV kit from us as our thank you for your continued support.

MaxFunDrive 2009: The Halfway Point


We're midway through the third annual MaxFunDrive, and while we're not quite printing money, we're doing great. Here are a few highlights:

We've had a total of 271 new donations, including existing donors who raised their monthly gifts. That's most of the way to our base goal of 300, and more than halfway to our "things are going great!" goal of 500.

Of those, 223 have been monthly donations, which sustain the day-to-day operations of Leading the way have been Doug Stewart, who became our first Jesse's Golden Eagle at $200 per month, and Rebecca O'Malley, who became our first Jordan's Platinum Angel at $100 per month.

Our monthly income has been increased enough to meet our first goal: an offer to our editor to come on for an extra day a week. If it's accepted, it'll mean more original Sound of Young America content, including comedy, commentaries and reviews.

We've had some really awesome podcasts, which I've tried hard not to clutter too much with pledge drive chatter.

Here's the plan for the coming week:

500 new donors seems well within our grasp. I don't think it's unreasonable to shoot for eight or ten percent of listeners paying for the show, and we're getting closer to that now.

We'll have more awesome shows, including a big blowout JJGo and a couple of really great Sound of Young America interviews.

We're almost out of special pledge gifts, so we'll be announcing a really awesome new gift for folks who give $10 or more per month in the second half of the drive.

There's a great thread on the forum about the drive, where you should feel free to ask any questions you have. You can also of course use the contact link at the bottom of the page.

And above all: my thanks to all those who've given so far!

Ten reasons from the last year to support


10. Louis CK
9. Chris Parnell
7. Jay Smooth
6. Sarah Vowell
5. Dan Savage
4. Jeffrey Tambor
3. Larry Wilmore
2. Rob Corddry
1. Jenna Fischer

If you're here, I'm guessing these names mean something to you. Is insight into their lives, work and processes worth something to you? Donate to support

MaxFunDrive 2009: And Proud We Are Of All Of Them


We're now up to 731 new donors, surpassing our goal of 500! Thanks to all the folks who have supported us!

Below, I'll be thanking the folks who've given.

First, I want to thank Doug from Edmonton for becoming our first Jesse's Golden Eagles member, with a $200 per month pledge. Doug said his motivation was a bit of "No one wants Jesse to be homeless, eh?" and a bit of "Game on, MFers!" Rebecca from Seattle was the first Jordan's Platinum Angel. We met Rebecca this past week at our live show and she's a peach. My thanks to Doug and Rebecca.

I'd also like to thank Hampton Catlin and Amy & Alan Starling, who become Jordan's Platinum Angels on the last day of the drive.

Click through for all our thank yous.

Maximum Fun Drive Thank You Gifts

Donations of $10 or more per month made May 1st or later will receive our very special pledge gift - Mustache TV!

The best part of the Maximum Fun Drive is, of course, the thank you gifts. Here's a list of these amazing treasure just waiting to be claimed by new donors. These gifts typically go in the first few days of the pledge drive, so give quickly if you want them.

To get a thank you gift, pledge at ten dollars or more a month, and indicate your top three preferences, in order, in the field provided. We can't promise you'll get your first choice, but if past experience is a guide, you should get one of your picks.


Plus two special gifts for donors at the $20, $100 or $200 level:
  • John Hodgman pack, featuring More Information Than You Require, the audiobook of Areas of My Expertise, John Hodgman Hobo Chalk and More Information Than You Require taxonomy of knowledge poster
  • George Saunders pack, featuring a signed & numbered limited edition chapbook of Saunders short fiction, "A Bee Stung Me, So I Killed All The Fish," plus George Saunders merchandise.
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