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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Holiday Special 2014

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Mitchell Kezin
Guests: 
Bill Corbett
Guests: 
Elliott Kalan
Guests: 
Dan McCoy
Guests: 
Stuart Wellington


Christmas Music Fanatics and Mitchell Kezin's "Jingle Bell Rocks"

Mitchell Kezin is the director of the new documentary Jingle Bell Rocks! Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree at 33 ⅓ RPM. In it he unravels the backstories of twelve alternative Christmas songs that you won't hear on the radio or in department stores. You'll hear a few of those tracks today.

The film includes other famous Christmas-music lovers including Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips and John Waters.

Kezin will tell us why a grumpy Christmas song helped ignite his love of holiday music and how the US Air Force produced a Christmas album in the late 1960s (complete with fighter jets). He'll also recommend some of his favorite records for people who want to branch out from Bing Crosby.

Jingle Bell Rocks! is available now on VOD and DVD.

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Bill Corbett on Riffing and Rebooting Christmas

If you've ever listened to Mystery Science Theater 3000 or RiffTrax, you know who Bill Corbett is. He's been mocking bad movies for decades, alongside his collaborators Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy.

He's also kept busy as a writer, a screenwriter and a playwright. He writes for the public radio show Wits, was a contributor to A Prairie Home Companion and even wrote the Eddie Murphy movie Meet Dave.

This year, he's getting into the holiday spirit. What if Santa Claus and Rudolph were actually super heroes that went by the names Red Avenger and Caribou? What if they spent their time fighting the villainous Ebenezer Scrooge? That's the premise of Corbett's new graphic novel Super-Powered Revenge Christmas.

Corbett will tell us why he chose to tackle a Christmas reboot, and explain why his most important holiday tradition involves melted cheese. And we couldn't let him go without divulging one of his favorite bad Christmas movies -- he'll tell us about Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny.

Super Powered Revenge Christmas is now available.

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The Flop House Tackles the Holiday with Flash Gordon

The Daily Show writers Dan McCoy and Elliott Kalan host The Flop House podcast along with their pal, Stuart Wellington. The films the show covers aren't complete amateurish duds like The Room or Birdemic. Rather, they deal with Hollywood gone wrong. Think films like Pompeii or Dracula 3D.

Now the show's hosts have written a new holiday comic: The Flash Gordon Holiday Special: 2014. The adventures Flash and his crew go on show the hero in unusual situations that you may not expect; especially if the only thing you know about Flash is the 80's Queen song.

They'll talk about the Flash Gordon mythos and some of their favorite bad Christmas films. Plus, they'll explain how they celebrate Cagemas; a special holiday tradition that's all about Nicolas Cage.

The Flash Gordon Holiday Special: 2014 is out this month from Dynamite Comics.

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The Outshot: The Peewee's Playhouse Christmas Special

Jesse doesn't have many holiday traditions. But he'll tell you about the one thing that he makes time for every year: The Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 352

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No guest this week, as we talk about snorting chocolate powder, the Eagles documentary, and the music of Friends.

Download episode 352 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

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Judge John Hodgman Live at SF Sketchfest

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Date: 
02/06/2015 - 19:30 - 21:00
City: 
San Francisco, CA
Venue Name: 
Marines Memorial Theater

Judge John Hodgman returns for another live recording at SF Sketchfest!

Judge Hodgman will adjudicate live and on-stage at Marines Memorial Theater, with special guests TBA.

Judge John Hodgman Live at SF Sketchfest
Friday, February 6th
7:30 - 9:30pm
Marines Memorial Theater
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tickets are $35. To get yours and find more information on the show, click here!

We need YOU to submit cases to be heard that evening! If you and another party
- reside in the SF Bay area, or will be able to attend the show on February 6
- have a legitimate beef, large or small

... write us with the details! Send it directly to hodgman@maximumfun.org or submit it via the handy dandy form here.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 355: Extreme Whiffenpoof with Vanessa Ramos

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Guests: 
Vanessa Ramos

Writer and comedian Vanessa Ramos joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's excursion to get a Christmas tree, videogame movies, and the En Vogue Lifetime movie.

Follow Vanessa on Twitter!

Also: JJGo has a few live shows coming up --

JJGo with Bunker Buddies with Andie and Travis at the UCB Franklin on January 6th.
JJGo with My Brother, My Brother and Me at the SF Sketchfest on February 7th.

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Bunker Buddies and Jordan, Jesse Go! Live at the UCB

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Date: 
01/06/2015 - 23:00 - 23:59
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Franklin (5919 Franklin Ave. 90028)

Bunker Buddies with Andie and Travis are performing with Jordan, Jesse Go!, live at the UCB Franklin in Los Angeles at 11pm on Tuesday, January 6th.

Tickets available here at the end of December for $5.

Get more info on the UCB Franklin here.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! and Bunker Buddies live at the UCB!

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Date: 
01/06/2015 - 23:00 - 23:59
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Franklin (5919 Franklin Ave. 90028)

Jordan, Jesse, Go! (guest TBA) and the new MaxFun podcast Bunker Buddies with Andie and Travis are performing live at the UCB Franklin in Los Angeles at 11pm on Tuesday, January 6th.

Tickets available here at the end of December for $5.

Get more info on the UCB Franklin here.

My Brother, My Brother and Me and Jordan, Jesse, Go! Live at SF Sketchfest!

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Date: 
02/07/2015 - 13:00 - 15:30
City: 
San Francisco
Venue Name: 
Cobb's Comedy Club (915 Columbus Avenue, 94133)

My Brother, My Brother and Me and Jordan, Jesse, Go! perform live at Cobb's Comedy Club as part of the 2015 SF Sketchfest on Saturday February 7th at 1:00pm!

Get your tickets here!
Get more info here!

MBMBaM 230: Chipocalypse

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Guests: 
Bill Corbett

Next week, we'll be doing our live Candlenights spectacular from our hometown of Huntington, WV -- our cleanest episode of the year. That means this episode, we're getting real dirty, which is uncomfortable for all of us, especially for special guestspert Bill Corbett.

Suggested talking points: Candlenights Countdown, Forbidden Attic, Return of the Cod, Mystery Glove, Potato Extinction, Hank Safari, Riff Career, Foreign Billy Joel, Threadbare Garbage Clothes

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Holiday Stories #2

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Elna Baker, Michele Carlo, Scott Whitehair, Christine and Steve Spatucci share true tales of the Yuletide.
Show: 
RISK!
Guests: 
Elna Baker
Guests: 
Michele Carlo
Guests: 
Steve Spatucci
Guests: 
Christine
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International Waters: Episode 40 Cue the Jingle Bells!

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Erin, Chris and Dave
Guests: 
Erin McGathy
Guests: 
Chris Fairbanks
Guests: 
Cariad Lloyd
Guests: 
Paul Foxcroft

Erin McGathy, Chris Fairbanks, Cariad Lloyd and Paul Foxcroft join host, Dave Holmes and share stories of Grandmothers’ biscuits, the Danish word for squirrel and Santa’s washboard ass.

It’s our Christmas special, so we get into the differences in how our countries celebrate the holidays, talk about Santa in sexually explicit terms and break out the Christmas crackers.

Useful links this week:

Erin McGathy wants to plug the wedding special of her podcast and is currently enjoying series two of The Comeback.

Chris Fairbanks is on Twitter @ChrisFairbanks and is currently being “Forest Gumped” into some scenes from Cocktail. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to find the end result here. In the meantime, you can see the first film where they Forest Gumped Chris into an episode of Dragnet. Chris is currently enjoying the paintings of a guy who works on the Venice boardwalk. This guy doesn't have a website and Chris hasn't even seen him around recently, but guess who else paints and who does have a website? Chris' dad James Fairbanks!

Cariad Lloyd wants to plug her other improve group Austentatious, who do improvised Jane Austen novels and are touring in the new year. Cariad’s on Twitter as @LadyCariad. Cariad recommends Graham Linehan’s recent sitcom, The Walshes.

Paul Foxcroft is on Twitter as @MisterSpiderGod and recommends that we all spend Christmas re-watching The Kids in the Hall.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to recommend an app called FrickBits, which uses the GPS info from your smartphone to make beautiful art.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests on the MaxFun forum or through our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter for updates on guests and when we’ve just posted a new episode (hint: it’ll be 1st and 15th of every month).

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