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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Tig Notaro, Ed Helms & Nick Frost

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Bullseye
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Tig Notaro
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Ed Helms
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Nick Frost

Do you live in Los Angeles? Know someone who does? Come see Bullseye with Jesse Thorn LIVE on Wednesday, October 15th at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Featuring conversation with Dan Harmon (Community, Harmontown), music from Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek, Watkins Family Hour), comedy from Steve Agee (New Girl, The Sarah Silverman Program) and Andy Kindler (Maron, Letterman) and more! Get your tickets now!


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"I Have Nothing to Lose Now": Tig Notaro on Life and Stand Up Comedy After Cancer

In 2012, the stand up comic Tig Notaro had a famously bad year. She caught pneumonia, which snowballed into C. Diff. She and her girlfriend broke up. Her mother passed away unexpectedly. And then, she learned she had breast cancer.

You're probably familiar with what came next. Notaro headed out to a stand up gig in Los Angeles, at the Largo. But she didn't feel right performing her usual set. She decided to open up like she had never before. Hours after she received the diagnosis, she went on stage and said to the audience, "Hello, I have cancer."

She took the audience through the pain she had experienced over the last few months. It was still in her deadpan style, with jokes and stories that were brave and sometimes uncomfortably funny.

Notaro is in remission now, and she's continued to perform stand up, write and record her podcast Professor Blastoff. She's headed off on a new national stand up tour, called Boyish Girl Interrupted.

She talks with Jesse about how she decided to approach that set at the Largo, why cancer and tragedy made her more open to the world, and telling her "bee joke" after an emotionally intense set.

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The Part: Nick Frost on Humanizing Greed & Excess in 'Money'

Becoming an actor isn’t easy. Getting cast in your first role is a huge challenge. But even then it’s sometimes YEARS before an actor lands the role that changes everything. It's The Part.

The English actor Nick Frost is known for playing the everyman: goofy, kind, good-hearted men who are easy to love, like his characters in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

So why did he take a role as the greedy, hedonistic ad director John Self in the BBC adaptation of 'Money'? Well... he'll explain.

Frost voices the henchman Mr. Trout in the new animated movie The Boxtrolls, which is in theaters now.

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Ed Helms: From The Daily Show, to The Hangover, to... Bluegrass?

Ed Helms is an A-list comedy star these days. He starred in the mega-successful Hangover trilogy, and on NBC's The Office for seven seasons. And before that, he caught a break as a correspondent on The Daily Show, where his cohort included Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

But like most folks in show business, he started out low on the totem pole -- working as a barker for comedy clubs, handing out fliers to people walking by, begging them to come inside.

Helms talks to Jesse about his very early career, how Stephen Colbert helped him both professionally and personally, why he thinks The Hangover doesn’t deserve its reputation as a "bro movie", and why of all things, he started a bluegrass festival.

Helms is currently shooting the new National Lampoon's Vacation movie, in which he stars as Rusty Griswold. If you live in Los Angeles, you can find him hosting the 2014 LA Bluegrass Situation on October 10th and 11th.

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The Outshot: Nina Simone's "Four Women"

Jesse talks about one of his very favorite singers, Nina Simone, and "Four Women".

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Welcome, Destination DIY, Baby Geniuses, and The Flop House!

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We are so excited to announce Destination DIY, Baby Geniuses, and The Flop House are now part of the Maximum Fun family. You probably already know and love these wonderful shows, but in case you're not familiar, here's a rundown:

Destination DIY
Destination DIY is a show about all kinds of creativity. Host Julie Sabatier takes the concept of "doing it yourself" well beyond arts & crafts and home improvement. From fitness, to health care, to building a space suit, Destination DIY is about recognizing that you are an authority.

Baby Geniuses
Comedian Emily Heller and cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt love learning stuff, and they pursue that knowledge by inviting guests to share information on whatever topic they want! Self-proclaimed and dubious experts alike are welcome on Baby Geniuses.

The Flop House
Not every movie is a hit, but even the worst of the worst can be fun when Flop House hosts Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington examine them.

We know you'll love these shows as much as we do. Please give all of these new additions and their hosts a warm welcome if you see them around the internet. And don't forget you can subscribe to the feeds for updates and support the creators by becoming a MaxFun member today!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 341 - Paul F. Tompkins

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Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins returns to talk nonsense, Baby Margot, and wedding photobooths.

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

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Baby Geniuses Ep. 73 - Dave Thomason / Henry Zebrowski

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Baby Geniuses
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Dave Thomason
Guests: 
Henry Zebrowski

Hey babies - this week's guest is comedian Dave Thomason! You can see him on this season of Adam Devine's House Party, or you can listen to him talk about his dog's separation anxiety. We also talk about Finnish cuss words and LIFE HACKS!! Then, raccoon expert Steven Tobolowski tells us how to care for these nocturnal critters.

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The Flop House Ep. 161 - A Talking Cat!?!

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The Flop House

Smalltember continues with perhaps the smallest movie we've ever covered, the bad movie new classic "A Talking Cat!?!" Meanwhile Stuart entertains the lizard representative of Harlem, Elliott gives helpful mnemonic devices for the major German directors, and Dan does some research into the pervy past of the movie's creative team.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 219: Pizza Delivery Clone

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Travis is recording from a hotel in Norman, OK, as he makes his big move to Hollywood. Enjoy this episode, because it's the last one before he goes all Big Time on us.

Suggested talking points: NCIS: Norman, Parking Malarkey, Rewriting Good Burger, Zone Coverage, Murder Most Mysterious, Apple Gluttony, Memorable Wedding Entrance

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Destination DIY September, 2014 - Mother of Invention

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Destination DIY
Guests: 
Helen Anderson, mom, nurse, inventor
Guests: 
Soledad Iniguez, director of Lactation Services at OHSU

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Our Inventor Series has taken us into the past to learn about Hjalmar Hvam, an enthusiastic Norwegian skier who came up with the first quick release ski binding. And we’ve looked towards the future with teen inventors inspired by everything from shark week to synaptic transistors. This month, we’ve got both feet firmly planted in the present as we bring you the story of Helen Anderson. She’s a nurse and an inventor who balanced new motherhood with her passion to invent a device to help other moms.

Helen's original patent

And here's the infomercial she made about the Milk Saver:

Funding for the Oregon Inventor Series comes from The Regional Arts and Culture Council

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 344: Drinkin Void with Hari Kondabolu

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Hari Kondabolu

Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of 90's alternative rock bands, racism in Scooby Doo, and capybara videos.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 70 - Homefront

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Wham Bam Pow

This week, Rhea returns, Ricky tells us What's Poppin', and we chat about the 2013 action thriller/Jason Statham vehicle, Homefront!

Next week, we will be watching Zero Theorem, which is currently available in theaters.

Amended! Next time, we will ACTUALLY be watching The Machine, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

Don't forget about our Facebook and Tumblr pages. You can also email us at whambampow@maximumfun.org

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Mr.Wonderful & His Majesty Pt.1 | EP#31

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The Goosedown

Kim & Jasper discuss the music & genius of Mr.Wonderful & His Majesty.

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