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RISK! #625: Gross

Selena Coppock, James Judd, Jamie Pinto and Travis Cook tell stories of icky life and yucky times.
Selena Coppock
James Judd
Jamie Pinto
Travis Cook
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RISK! Live in NY

05/28/2015 - 21:30
Venue Name: 
The People's Improv Theater ; 123 East 24th St

RISK!'s monthly NY live storytelling at the PIT on May 28th. This month our theme is "Nightmare", and we are excited to present stories from:

Kevin Allison
Ray Christian and more!

Hosted by Kevin Allison


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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

Stop Podcasting Yourself 365 - Ivan Decker

Ivan Decker

It's MaxFunDrive 2015, and Ivan Decker returns to talk motorcycles, ice cream, and teenage comedy. To support the show, go to and click "donate."

Download episode 365 here. (right-click)

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

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MaxFunDrive 2015 Gifts!


What's a pledge drive without gifts? You know we wouldn't do you like that. To be eligible for these gifts, just sign up as a new or upgrading member before March 27th. That's it! Here's the run down:

If you sign on as a MaxFun member at the $200 per month level, we'll cover your registration for MaxFunCon 2016. Included in registration is food, lodging, and entertainment for the whole weekend -- basically everything you'll need to have an awesome time at MaxFunCon, short of transportation there and a snazzy outfit for the big party.

Get the complementary MaxFunCon 2016 Registration

Become a member at $100 per month or more, and we’ll welcome you into The Inner Circle. MaxFun hosts are always discovering awesome music, movies, books, and once you're part of The Inner Circle, they'll share those picks with you. Each month, we ask a host to select a piece of culture they love, and we send a copy to you in the mail or digitally.

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

Long-time MaxFunsters may have noticed a glassware theme around the $35 per month level, and this year is no different. We are thrilled to present to all new and upgrading $35 plus monthly members a pair of beautiful rocket engraved shot glasses. They make a perfect addition to any home bar -- use them to measure shots for mixed drinks or break them out at celebrations.

Get a pair of rocket engraved shot glasses

The gift package we put together for new and upgrading $20 plus monthly members is designed to appeal to road trippers, world travelers, or maybe just people whose phones frequently die. We are pleased to present the MaxFun In-Flight Power Pack. Complete with a portable device charger, a collapsible water bottle, a pack of anti-bacterial wipes (easily brought through security), and a set of pilot wings, we have all of your traveling needs covered.

Get the In-Flight Power Pack

We went back to the basics with this year's gift for new and upgrading monthly members who sign on at the $10 level or higher: a stylish, drive-exclusive tote bag. This bag bears the names of all of your favorite shows arranged in a classy rocket, word cloud design.

Get the tote bag

Finally, all of our members who give at least $5 per month are granted access to our collection of exclusive bonus content. You'll get over 50 hours of extra episodes, outtakes, Q&As, extended cuts, and pilots from all of your favorite shows. Become a member now, and start listening!

What are you waiting for? Go to to find out more and join or upgrade now!

If you have any questions about memberships or thank you gifts, please email

And thank you to Brian "Sunny D" Fernandes of Brianstorm Creative for these beautiful gift mockups.

Rendered #2 Choose Your Own Adventure!

Panels from "Meanwhile" by Jason Shiga
Choose Your Own Adventure author Edward Packard
ChooseCo publisher Shannon Gilligan
Actor Neil Patrick Harris (kind of)*
Cartoonist Jason Shiga
Author Doug Wilhelm
Multnomah County Library youth services outreach worker Cathy Camper

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Please support Rendered by becoming a member of Maximum Fun!

If, like me, you’re a child of the ‘80s, you probably remember Choose Your Own Adventure books. For a lot of us, it was our first experience with reading for fun.

Whether you were a die-hard fan of Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) books or you're just discovering them for the first time, there is something in this episode for you. I talked to Edward Packard, who wrote the very first CYOA book and Shannon Gilligan, whose late husband, Ray Montgomery was a CYOA writer and the first publisher to take a chance on this innovative storytelling format. Shannon was a CYOA author herself and she now runs ChooseCo, the company that's now publishing some of the classic CYOA titles. You'll also hear from Jason Shiga, a huge CYOA fan and the cartoonist behind Meanwhile — a CYOA-style graphic novel for kids.

*Was I able to convince Choose Your Own Autobiography author Neil Patrick Harris to come on the show? There's only one way to find out!

After you listen, you'll probably want to check out Edward Packard's U-Ventures along with the ChooseCo books and CYOA author Doug Whilhelm's work. Youth librarian Cathy Camper also has a fantastic graphic novel for kids that should not be missed. It's called Lowriders in Space.

Thanks for listening and for supporting Rendered!

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MBMBaM 243: Lenny Kravitz Marinara Breast Milk


Happy MaxFunDrive, everybody! This is our first of two pledge drive episodes, and it's extra-long, meaning we have way more time to talk about haunted dolls and Travis' unhealthy relationship with food. Also: Lenny Kravitz Marinara Breast Milk.

Suggested talking points: Babypizza, Precog Wendy's, Mayonnaise Boys, Angel Lover, Photography Class, Food Faces, Burning Man Bartering, Chicken Memory, Fabric Secrets, Katie/Frida, Whip-Its Master

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MaxFunDrive 2015 is here!


It's the first day of the 2015 MaxFunDrive, and you know what that means, right? Two weeks of the best episodes of your favorite MaxFun shows! It's also the time to join up as a new MaxFun member or upgrade your existing membership. We have amazing gifts to tempt you (A stylish, drive-exclusive tote bag! The In-Flight Power Pack to help you sustain your jetsetting lifestyle! Rocket engraved shot glasses because we know you like to keep it classy!), and all members get access to our collection of over 50 hours of bonus content. That's a lot of goofs.

We've added a ton of new shows to the MaxFun family this year, and if you like these shows, they need your support now. Our goal is 2,000 new and upgrading members, which is pretty ambitious, but we know we can make it with your help. Becoming a member is easy. Just decide on an amount that's right for you, go to, and sign up there. That's it! Make sure you tell the world you're a MaxFun member on Twitter with the #MaxFunDrive hashtag.

Thank you so much for your support and listenership! Let's do this!

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 368: Upgrade to Blast with Alison Rosen

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Alison Rosen

Alison Rosen joins Jordan and Jesse for an extra long pledge drive episode! They discuss Alison's podcast in the news, medical marijuana options, and Jordan's reaction to changing dish soaps. Plus Christian joins everyone for momentous occasions!

It's MaxFunDrive 2015! Go to to get in on it!

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Kumail Nanjiani/Kristen Studard

Baby Geniuses
Kumail Nanjiani
Kristen Studard

Hello babies and welcome to our special MaxFun Drive episode! Join us as we discuss Emily encounter with her Scientologist chiropractor and Lisa's new iPhone game addiction (hint, it's Kardashian related!) Then we're joined by Kumail Nanjiani who blows this whole "Zodiac Killer" case wide open! He also guides us through the mysterious "Max Headroom Broadcast Interruption" of the mid-80's. Kumail knows all about weird internet mysteries and he's not afraid to tells us all about them! We're also joined by Officer Jamie Gerblin of the Dream Police to talk us through what the D.P.D. does to get us through our dreams alive. She shares with us some tips and tricks to survive your dreams! Then, we discuss everyone's weird sex dreams! Maybe even yours! Listen and find out! Then go to and become a donor today!

Emily Gordon

Lisa Hanawalt

Kumail Nanjiani

Kristen Studard

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International Waters: Episode 46 Come to Bottom End Are Ye?

Robin, Beth, Dana, Dave & Susy
Robin Ince
Beth Stelling
Dana Gould
Susy Kane

Which birds of prey should you avoid including in your novel and which will give you a bitchy look? How do you ruin an Englishman’s day? And can Beth or Susy get a word in while Robin and Dana are talking about Hammer Horror films?

Dana Gould, Beth Stelling, Robin Ince and Susy Kane join host, Dave Holmes.

Other useful links this week:

Dana Gould wants to plug his podcast The Dana Gould Hour and recommends “the best television series of its kind since Twin Peaks”, the original French version of The Returned, Les Revenants, which is currently available through Netflix. Also, the Twitter feed @TVNetworkNotes.

Beth Stelling wants to plug her up-coming gigs atSouth By Southwest and at Zanies in Chicago. You should also check out her great, recent Conan appearance. Beth recommends The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Robin Ince wants to plug The Infinite Monkey Cage podcast and his own upcoming tour dates in the UK and Australia. Robin recommends John Ronson’s latest book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and Josie Long’s current tour.

Susy Kane wants to plug The Missing Hancocks, a BBC radio series she did recently that’s now available on CD. Susy recommends the Casting Call Woe Tumblr, which posts real actual casting notices from the web - "Stunning actress needed to play a naked dead body. No pay" sort of thing.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and currently has a TV show running on Ovation, called American Canvas at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to recommend Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth’s new memoir, Girl In A Band.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, 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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