The MaxFun Blog

Maximum Fun is your home on the internet for things that are awesome. Our blog will guide you and our family of podcasts will entertain and inform you. About

The Greatest Generation Ep 187: Vaguely Nutcrackery (DS9 S1E9)

| 0 comments

When diplomats from the Gamma Quadrant head straight past a good premise, they wind up in Quark’s bar. But when the Ferengi act like Ferengi, the stakes are raised for the staff of DS9 in the worst way possible. Are the Wadi elves or sharks? Is O’Brien just going to spend the rest of Season 1 on an air mattress at his mother-in-law’s house? Is Major Kira our emotional proxy? It’s the episode that is paid for with swag from a natural history museum gift shop.

Patreon's Big Mistake, Russia Barred from Olympics, Bryan Singer, Michael Flynn, Terrible Men with Courtney Enlow, Resistbot co-creator Jason Putorti, 2018 Midterm Preview, California Wildfires, Super-Bad Gun Bill Passes in the House, Killer Cop Sentenced

| 0 comments
Guests: 
Courtney Enlow
Guests: 
Jason Putorti

INTRO 0:25
 
News Just Keeps Going
Dilly Dilly
The Disaster Artist
Bevs Like These
 
BEYOND THE HEADLINES 6:39
 
Christmas Tree Costume Girl
Russia Barred from Olympics
Patreon's Big Mistake
California Wildfires
 
TERRIBLE MEN 32:45
 
Time's POTY: "The Silence Breakers"
Danny Masterson & House of Cards S6
John Conyers & Al Franken
Bryan Singer
Trent Franks & Blake Farenthold
Roy Moore
19 Allegations Against Trump
INTERVIEW: Courtney Enlow
 
RESISTBOT CO-CREATOR JASON PUTORTI 1:15:34
 
POLITICS ROUNDUP 1:36:02

Michael Flynn
Trump's Self-Implicating Tweet
Are Pence's Hands Clean?
What If Trump Got Impeached?
HR 38: Super-Bad Gun Bill
Tax Bill Post-mortem
2018 Midterm Preview
 
TIDBITS 2:13:42
 
Gay Wedding Cake SCOTUS Case
Trump Names Jerusalem New Israeli Capital
Walter Scott Killer Cop Sentenced to 20 Years
28 Senators Protest FCC's Net Neutrality Plan
 
WI-FIVE 2:20:53
 
OUTRO 2:23:29

Who Shot Ya? Episode 14: Bad Movies and The Disaster Artist with Elliott Kalan

| 0 comments
Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Elliott Kalan

Oh hai, everyone! In light of the release of The Disaster Artist, this week the gang is talking about bad movies. You know, the movies that are so terrible, but so enjoyable to watch. And who better to have on the show than bad movie expert and host of , Elliott Kalan. The crew discusses their thoughts on The Disaster Artist AND the original masterpiece, The Room. Plus, Elliott opens up about the true beauty of horrible cinema. And, as always, the gang tries their best to Stump Alonso! This time Elliott provides the question, and it is a doozy.

In news, John Oliver goes after Dustin Hoffman, RedBox releases their list of top rentals, Hallmark has huge ratings, Disney removes Frozen short from theaters, and Bryan Singer is fired.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Icarus
Alonso - The Lonely Lady
Elliott - Popatopolis
Ricky - Summer of Sam

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Elliott Kalan, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Go Fact Yourself Ep 1 with Jimmy Pardo and Beth Littleford

| 0 comments
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong
Guests: 
Beth Littleford
Guests: 
Jimmy Pardo

It's the inaugural episode of Go Fact Yourself! Hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong test whether comedians Jimmy Pardo ("Never Not Funny") and Beth Littleford ("Dog with a Blog") are as smart as they think they are about topics they love. For Jimmy, it's 1980s music, the band Chicago and Post-90s Chicago White Sox, while Beth professes in-depth knowledge of old school funk music, artificial sweeteners and therapy. Beth and Jimmy may say they know about these subjects, but DO they? To find out, J. Keith and Helen enlist the help of actual experts, and pepper them with fascinating, but useless, trivia questions about things they might know and things they should know along the way.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Beth Littleford
Jimmy Pardo

With guest experts:
Grammy-winning songwriter Billy Vera
Food scientist and author Dr. Steven Witherly, Why Humans Like Junk Food

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The theme music is by Jonathan Green. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Christian Dueñas

Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology (Part 10): All Are Welcome

| 0 comments

Ross and Carrie make good on their promise to go back to Scientology one (final?) time, and see if they are VIPs or SPs. First they head over to a play authored by L. Ron Hubbard. Then, they check out the largest Scientology church in North America: the less than a year old Church of Scientology of the Valley. Will they be welcomed back with open arms? Will the Church finally let them know whether they're SPs? Will there be quiche? The only way out is through, so go find out!

See photos and videos of all these adventures by liking us on Facebook!

Minority Korner 107: Never a Feud for you, Black Princess (Meghan Markle, Books on Privilege, Gay Zoo, Nickelodeon, Grey's Anatomy, PrEP, Black Doctors)

| 0 comments
mk logo
Show: 
Minority Korner

This week starts off with a bang as the twins celebrate a some color entering the British Monarchy! That's right Meghan Markle is breaking barriers by blessing Prince Harry with the decision to marry him! James finally gets all the hullabaloo about the royals, while Nnekay wants to see more from Meghan. They also discuss how Ms. Markle was able to bust on through to Nick News as an 11 year old preaching about feminism. Impressive start! James finds himself in the middle of Grey's Anatomy with a Black Woman Doctor!!!!!! He also gives a little teaser to a future episode about PrEP. In the Korners, Nnekay wants to give you some hints on what to give the children in your life for the holidays... BOOKS. This time her book list includes books on how to teach children about privilege. It's a hard topic to breech and these book will make it a little bit easier and fun! James' takes us to the magical land of the Gay Zoo!!!! Did you know that animals are just as gay as we humans are? You didn't well, James spells it out for you! From elephants to hyenas to bison to dolphins and even the good ole warthog! James' covers it all- so you'll have the arsenal to counter any claim of what is TRULY natural. We also have a new winner! Remember to stay for the end to see if you're the review that won the raffle! We also have a new store!!!!! Hooray! Remember to share Minority Korner: Guide to a Gay Bar, and buy up those tickets to Nnekay's Nice Tan Show in SF on January 26th! Enjoy!

Twitter: @minoritykorner
Email: minoritykorner@gmail.com
Like Us On Facebook: Minority Korner

Minority Korner Store!

https://teespring.com/minority-korner-t-shirt#pid=369&cid=6513&sid=front

Minority Korner Guide to a Gay Bar: Straight Guy Edition part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO_ZTYVotE4

Nice Tan at SF Sketchfest

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nice-tan-queen-george-hosted-by-michelle-bi...

Episode Links!

Books on Privilege

http://www.booksforlittles.com/silence-is-violence/

Gay Zoo

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15750604/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/g...

http://www.dw.com/en/10-animal-species-that-show-how-being-gay-is-natura...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/natalia-reagan/hooray-for-gay-animals-9-_...

Story Break Episode 34: Contra

| 0 comments
Show: 
Story Break

This week the team attempts to break the story of the game that has been known to "break" lesser players.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 5: The Others with Anne Hamilton

| 0 comments
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Anne Hamilton

Things get spooky as April talks to director Anne Hamilton about the 2001 gothic horror film, The Others. They discuss Nicole Kidman's casting in the film, the director Alejandro Amenábar's rejection of Catholicism, and how films like these just don't exist anymore. Plus, Anne discusses what she would have done differently had she directed The Others, and what is was like working on her own gothic film, American Fable.

Anne Hamilton's American Fable is available on Netflix now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Others.

With April Wolfe and Anne Hamilton

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Tights and Fights Ep. 70: Bray Wyatt should not be playing Xbox

| 0 comments
Lindsey Kelk, Danielle Radford, Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

We’re officially just a few weeks away from Clash of Champions, the final Pay-per-view of the year! But why does Smackdown feel so directionless outside of a few feuds going into the event?

Maybe it has something to do with how much Shane McMahon has been inserting his influence into the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn angle? Or maybe it’s because the tag team division hasn’t gotten another two teams hot yet for a big match?

But at least RAW has looked really good this week! Jason Jordan seems to finally be developing a character and Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns are on a collision course for the Intercontinental Title.

We’ll talk about all this plus The Bar retaining the RAW tag titles from the Shield, the differences between the Riott Squad and Absolution and more.

Gimmick Corner

When a wrestler named Husky Harris was sent back to NXT, he came up with a character named Bray Wyatt. He was a mysterious cult-like figure that seemed larger than life. But over the past few years, things haven’t gone as well as they could have with him. He’s taken losses, been in the worst WWE Title match in recent memory and lost much of his mystique. But could a pairing with Awoken Matt Hardy finally help right his ship? We’ll find out.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Maximum Fun 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

| 0 comments

We put together a holiday gift guide with some popular merch - plus books, albums, art, and more fun stuff created by your favorite podcast hosts! Check out the list below (in alphabetical order by show title) for some great ideas for the beloved MaxFunsters in your life.

The Adventure Zone
Pre-order your pal a copy of the comic adaptation of The Adventure Zone.

And since that won't be here for a few more months, why not throw in TAZ enamel pins?

Baby Geniuses
Get one of Lisa Hanawalt's Ben Chunch shirts or a lovely art print of her own design.

Rep both geniuses by getting Emily Heller's CD and t-shirts, too!

Beef and Dairy Network
Just buy your friend the best gift of all: truckloads of beef.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
There's a beautiful Bullseye poster in the MaxFunStore, and if you want to really impress the Bullseye listener in your life, get them the perfect find from Jesse's vintage shop Put This On.

Bunker Buddies
Andie knows all the best stuff for your favorite prepper, so check out the holiday gift episode of Bunker Buddies and see what sounds the most practical (and awesome) to you.

Can I Pet Your Dog
If it doesn't seem right to buy your loved one a puppy, the next best thing you can do is buy this adorable CIPYD poster.

Dead Pilots Society
Host Ben Blacker has a few books out in stores now that would make great gifts:
The first two books in the Star Wars young adult series:
Book 1: Join The Resistance
Book 2: Escape from Vodran.

If the person you're buying for isn't a Star Wars fan, then grab a copy of Ben's supernatural Western graphic novel, Death Be Damned.

The Flop House
The Flop House has done a series of comics on the themes of "Horror" and "Love" with the proceeds going to charity - an ideal gift AND a donation to a good cause!

Go Fact Yourself
RSVP for two free tickets to an upcoming podcast taping in LA (feel free to gift them the transportation cost), and bring your friend out to Angel City Brewery for a night of live podcast fun!

The Greatest Generation and The Greatest Discovery
Show your allegiance to The Greatest Generation and The Dustbuster Club with this impressive challenge coin .

Heat Rocks
Co-host Oliver Wang has a book called Legions of Boom that would be fantastic for Heat Rocks fans.

Inside Pop
Gather some of of your Big Sells (recommendations for new media your friend would love) and give your friend the gift of discovering new loves.

International Waters
Dave Holmes' book, Party of One, just came out in paperback!

Jordan, Jesse, Go!
Let your favorite JJGo fan know you support their Tuppy lifestyle with this Tuppy shirt. Be sure to get something from Jesse's vintage shop Put This On, too!

Judge John Hodgman
If your weird dad missed John on his book tour, he'll love a copy of John's new book Vacationland.

Lady to Lady
Brandie Posey's comedy album can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp, you can buy a cassette of Brandie's album for your friend that never gave up on their cassette player.

Magic Lessons
Get your most creative buddy a copy of the book that inspired the podcast.

Minority Korner
Tell your pal who loves Minority Korner exactly how great you think they are with a jumbotron message read by Nnekay and James on the show. Go to maximumfun.org/jumbotron for more details.

My Brother, My Brother, and Me
Give the cool babies in your life some old school MBMBaM cred with this Peepum's Nastygum shirt.

One Bad Mother
Biz and Teresa's book, You're Doing a Great Job! is an ideal gift for any parents you know. And the ever popular OBM onesie makes a perfect addition to it!

Oh No, Ross and Carrie!
Gift this conversation piece of a mug, so they always have a point of reference for something creepy that happens.

Pop Rocket
Margaret Wappler's novel, Neon Green, came out last year, but it still makes a great gift!

Reading Glasses
For all your family members who sneak away to read this holiday season, there's this very direct Do Not Disturb the Reading Tote bag.

Sawbones
This t-shirt lets everyone know your loved one's stance on drilling holes in heads (don't do it).

Shmanners
It would only be polite to gift Emily Post's book of Etiquette, a Shmanners favorite.

Stop Podcasting Yourself
It's like this Stop Podcasting Yourself shirt was MADE for your friend. You wouldn't get it, but they will.

Story Break
Introduce your pal to Will Campos and Freddie Wong's earlier project Video Game High School.

Still Buffering
Get your favorite teen a shirt with their 3 favorite (former) teens. And whatever you do, don't talk about butts.

Switchblade Sisters
Assemble a collection of the genre films April chats about in the podcast, like Bone Tomahawk, Near Dark, and The Invitation.

Tights and Fights
Tights and Fights fans would be super into getting one of Mike Eagle's albums.

Trends Like These
Your TLT pals would enjoy checking out Brent Black's music (including the TLT theme).

The Turnaround
Support Jesse's next passion behind interviewing: his vintage shop, Put This On.

We Got This
Get your beloved people of the world this Mark and Hal Throwdown poster so they stay vigilant about choosing the right things.

Who Shot Ya
Who Shot Ya? fans will love Alonso Duralde's book Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas.

Wonderful!
Rachel (and we) think it's wonderful that Griffin has a short story in this book.

It's also worth noting that "all participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book—a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need."

Or if you you love a big time MaxFunster very much and want to get a few gifts out of the way in one go:
A ticket to MaxFunCon 2018, a weekend-long gathering full of comedy, creativity and friendship in Lake Arrowhead, CA from June 8-10.

Syndicate content