And we're off!
So far, in the first 36 hours or so of the MaxFunDrive, we already have nearly 200 new members!! Yay!
In addition, more than 50 loyal donors upgraded their membership!
You people are the BEST!! Our goal is 1,000 new members by April 12 - so let's keep it up!!
It's the MaxFunDrive, April 1st - 12th! Visit maximumfun.org/donate to find out more and support this show.
Erik Adams and Claire Zulkey from The AV Club join us this week to talk about what you should be watching this spring. Erik's pick is Happy Endings, a great sitcom from ABC with undeservedly less-than-great ratings. And speaking of ABC sitcoms: Claire's recommendation is Suburgatory, a single-camera sitcom about a couple of Manhattanites who make the big move upstate.
Lily Tomlin has a remarkable range as an actress and comedian. Whether she's playing a precocious six-year-old on Laugh-In or a pill-popping sixty-six year old on HBO's Eastbound and Down; whatever character she plays, Lily inhabits her roles in a way that few performers can.
Now, she appears in the new film Admission, playing a tough second-wave feminist mom to an uptight college admissions officer played by Tina Fey. Though she may not have as much screen time as Fey, Tomlin made the most of the role (and insisted on the proper accoutrements, including a fake tattoo of founding feminist Bella Abzug).
Lily talks to us about shaping her role in Admission, the moment that she decided she wanted to be a professional actor...and yes, a certain YouTube-famous confrontation (link NSFW) with I Heart Huckabees director David O. Russell.
Admission is in theaters now.
But wait! There's more! Click here for an extended interview with Lily Tomlin for talk about how she develops her characters, coming out of the closet as a performer, and why her main priority as a comedian isn't getting laughs. And don't forget to share this one with your friends – it's too good to keep to yourself!
FOUND Magazine co-creator and editor Davy Rothbart is back again to share more pieces of lost and found ephemera: receipts, notes, and letters with stories behind them that we can only imagine...or laugh at.
Davy's new book of personal essays is called My Heart Is an Idiot. FOUND Magazine is on its eighth issue and posts new finds all the time on their website. If you've got a cool find, be sure to share it with them.
When Neil DeGrasse Tyson was a kid, he had a plan: he wanted to be an astrophysicist. But the adults around him had other plans. They thought he'd make a great athlete. But Neil stuck to his guns, and now he's one of the most famous astrophysicists in the world – heck, one of the only famous astrophysicists in the world.
But how did he persevere? Or, to use his words: why was it that he took the "path of most resistance" when there were plenty of other, easier paths around him? Ultimately, it was his passion for the universe itself that kept him going.
Neil joins us to talk about why he thinks the universe is more awesome than anything else...and to maybe try to help Jesse get over his fear of outer space.
Neil is the host of StarTalk, director of the Hayden Planetarium and the author of Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, out now in paperback.
This week, the big thing on Jesse's mind is baseball, specifically opening day – not just for the excitement of the game itself, but for the new beginnings it brings.
It's our first Max Fun Drive 2013 episode! We've got an extra long episode for you this week, featuring a showdown between the McElroys and their longtime rival-in-advice, Dan Savage. Four podcasters enter! All four leave, the best of friends.
Suggested talking points: Halo Opportunities, Schadenfreude, Fabinets, Roll-Ups, Rough Mouth Stuff, A Half-Inch of Spume, Bangarang, Straight Survivor, Cleaning Montage, Walgreens Lifer, Secret Cats
Comedian Karen O'Keefe joins us to talk extra work, dog lasers, Powder,
and Fanta Tweets. And this is week one of the #MaxFunDrive. Support us
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And BOY do we have some great things planned! First and foremost, take care of business, and support your favorite podcasts by visiting maximumfun.org/donate and becoming a member of Maximum Fun. It's ridiculously easy, and you'll get some great gifts.
Yes, GIFTS! Awesome ones! Intimate ones! For a full list of all of the amazing gifts we're offering to new and upgrading members this year, click here.
And after you've become a member, make sure you tell your friends about it. When you tweet a link to the donate page using the #MaxFunDrive hashtag, you'll be entered to win a trip to Los Angeles and a tour of MaxFunHQ. Seriously. For more details, visit this page. Remember, the best tweet wins it, so flex your creativity muscles.
Finally, we're topping things off with a live Jordan, Jesse, Go! on Friday, April 12th at 7:30 PM Pacific Time. Tune in for a great time and ANOTHER awesome giveaway. Stay tuned for those details.
We hope you enjoy what we have planned for these next two weeks. We really pulled out all the stops -- great guests, amazing gifts, and legendary giveaways. Become a member now, and support the MaxFun podcasts you love. Thank you!
Fan favorite Chris Fairbanks joins Jordan and Jesse on this MaxFunDrive edition of JJGo for a discussion of sex toys, Prince, a few new business ventures, and Jordan's trip to WonderCon.
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We are delighted to present this year's MaxFunDrive thank you gift line-up! To get these awesome gifts, just become a new monthly member or upgrade your monthly membership level by April 12!
If you sign on as a MaxFun member at the $200 per month level, we will cover your registration on the inaugural Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival. Party with us and some of the best and brightest in the comedy and music worlds! On a boat!
Get the complimentary Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival Registration
Become a member at $100 per month or more, and you'll earn a spot in The Inner Circle. Each month, hosts from one of the MaxFun podcasts will send you their current culture pick, along with a note about what they love about it and a physical copy or download code to get it yourself. Get excited about going to your mailbox again!
Join the Inner Circle, and get a culture pick mailed to you each month
A toast to our donors! Beautifully engraved with our signature rocket logo, these custom rocks glasses will exhibit style and charm at your next cocktail gathering. Become a MaxFun member at $35 per month or more, and we'll send you a pair.
Get a pair of rocket rocks glasses
Become a member at the $20 per month level and above, and we'll send you our Intimate Sensations Pack. Brought to you by our friends at ExtremeRestraints.com [NSFW! ;)], the Intimate Sensations Pack is sure to please!
 Trinity Velvafeel Turbo Massager -- This pint-sized massager comes with four head attachments and is perfect for all of your massaging needs.
 RocketLube Natural Water Based Lubricant -- Glycerin and paraben free, this lubricant comes highly recommended from the folks at Extreme Restraints -- and they know their lubricants. Plus, it features the stately Maximum Fun rocket on the label. What's not to love?
 Black Satin Mask -- Light-weight and comfy, this mask can block out any bothersome light and help you wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a night of restful beauty sleep. Or...?
Would you prefer our classic, handsome rocket t-shirt to the Intimate Sensations Pack? No problem! You will have the option to select a t-shirt instead when you donate. Please note: the Intimate Sensations Pack is only available to donors 18 years and older. If you are under 18, we will send you a rocket t-shirt by default.
Get the Intimate Sensations Pack
Show the world that you love MaxFun while listening to the shows you love! Join at the $10 per month level or higher, and you can! These earbuds sound great, fit comfortably, and are tastefully adorned with our beautiful rocket logo. Perfect for enjoying your favorite podcasts on the go!
Get the MaxFun earbuds
And of course, all members who donate $5 per month or more gain access to our exclusive, donors-only bonus content hub. HOURS of entertainment await you. Join now and start listening!
Thinking about donating? Go to http://maximumfun.org/donate to learn more or sign up!
If you have any questions about donations or thank-you gifts, feel free to email me (lindsay at maximumfun dot org).
Thank you to Brian Fernandes of Brianstorm Creative for these beautiful gift mock ups!
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Episode 66 is here and it's so incredible you'll probably have a seizure or something. Close the blinds and take that phone off the hook as I sit down with comedian and rapper Rob Cantrell to tear into topics including but not limited to old school hip-hop, new school hip-hop, popping, locking, popping and locking, mind power, sandwiches, the hit movie "Beat Street," his new web series "Universally Speaking", and about 500 other things most people can't even handle properly. I also bring you up to speed on my gravity-defying trips to Arlington, Copenhagen, and Portland, answer questions from you, the incredible listener, check in with my secretary Shaina Feinberg, and yield the floor to Ian Ball as he delivers the Hot Jamz from London. For more information on this podcast and other Dave-related topics of great importance, please visit my website at www.davehillonline.com and follow me on Twitter at @mrdavehiil. That would be so great. Don't even get me started.