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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: George Clinton and Cristela Alonzo

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
George Clinton
Guests: 
Cristela Alonzo

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P-Funk's George Clinton: From Doo Wop to Funk, and Saving His Musical Career

This week, we'll revisit a couple of our favorite interviews from Bullseye past. First up, the legendary George Clinton. He's the musician, producer and mastermind of Parliament-Funkadelic. He started his career singing doo wop, later found himself writing songs for Motown, and finally wound up creating a wholly unique sound and visual experience with Parliament-Funkadelic. They made hits like "One Nation Under A Groove" and "Flashlight" and their performances were as funky as their tunes.

In recent years, Clinton has found himself entangled in a series of legal battles over the copyrights of his songs. While fighting in the courts, George found himself fighting for his health as well. The doctor of the Funk gave himself his own prognosis: if he was going to continue a musical career and regain agency in his business affairs, he had to clean up his act, and he has.

The pioneer of funk joins us this week to talk about the evolution of his sound, getting wild onstage, and putting forward momentum back into his working and personal life.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are still touring and recording. You can track him down on his official website.

Check out this interview on YouTube!

This interview originally aired in March of 2014


Photo: Tommaso Boddi / Stringer

Cristela Alonzo has a new stand-up special on Netflix, Lower Classy

Cristela Alonzo is a veteran stand-up comedian, actress, writer, and producer. She's also something of a pioneer. You might remember her from the ABC sitcom Cristela, where she was the first Latina to create, write, produce, and star in her own show.

She talks to Jesse about her formative years growing up in South Texas with an undocumented parent. Hiding from police and immigration raids were daily realities in her small border town. Her family was also desperately poor--she recalls squatting in an abandoned diner.

Down the road, Cristela discovered she had a talent for weaving those tough experiences into comedy gold. That gift is on full display in her Netflix standup special, Lower Classy, as she takes on difficult topics including racial stereotypes, immigration, poverty, and parenting, all with her trademark smile and laugh. Cristela recalls the long journey that led to the special, and how being a comedian is, for her, about more than simply making people laugh.

Cristela Alonzo's stand-up special, Lower Classy, is available to stream on Netflix now. You can also hear her on Maximum Fun's new scripted podcast "Bubble," in which she plays an evil corporate executive.

Check out this interview on YouTube!

This interview originally aired in February of 2017

The Outshot: "Wells for Boys"

In this week's Outshot, Jesse shares a Saturday Night Live sketch that spoke to him in a particularly magical way. Behold, Wells for Boys:

This segment originally aired in February of 2017

Check out this segment on YouTube!

International Waters Ep 125: Old Wet Ham

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Guests: 
Dave Nadelberg
Guests: 
Jackie Tohn
Guests: 
Athena Kugblenu
Guests: 
Howard Read

Jackie Tohn, Dave Nadelberg, Athena Kugblenu and Howard Read join host, Dave Holmes for embarrassing childhood memories, certified karaoke bangers, and gritty Paddington reboots

Jackie Tohn wants to plug GLOW on Netflix and recommends Kate Nash's music and Zumbo's Just Desserts.

Dave Nadelberg wants to plug The Mortified Guide on Netflix and The Mortified podcast and recommends the music of Tom Rosenthal.

Athena Kugblenu wants to plug her website and recommends Dear White People on Netflix.

Howard Read wants to plug Horrible Histories and Little Howard and recommends Wild Wild Country on Netflix.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

Lady to Lady is leaving Maximum Fun

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A bit of sad news today, my friends:

Lady to Lady has decided to leave Maximum Fun and take their show independent. We've loved having Brandie, Tess, and Barbara as part of the family for the past five years, and we're sad to see them go. If you're one of the many MaxFunsters who loves Lady to Lady, there's no need to update your feed - future episodes will continue to show up in your podcatcher of choice.

If you are a monthly member and you had chosen to support Lady to Lady with your membership, your donations will no longer go towards Lady to Lady. If you want to support other Maximum Fun shows, you can alter your Maximum Fun donation to redirect your contribution. If Lady to Lady was the only show you listened to and you would like to cancel your membership, you can do so by following the instructions at that link. If you run into any issues, please email donations@maximumfun.org and we can help you out.

Thank you for all of your support of Maximum Fun and Lady to Lady!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 537 - Lachlan Patterson

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Guests: 
Lachlan Patterson

Comedian Lachlan Patterson returns to talk taxidermy, fire, and more wrestling.

Download episode 537 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 413: Faster Car

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The current world record speedrun of this episode of My Brother, My Brother and Me is a tight 14:51, from runner FastDave69. Can you find all the skips and glitches you need to beat FastDave69's impressive time? Good luck!

Suggested talking points: Boyhood Speedrun, Hotel Heist Participation, Divinity of the Burger King, Stranger than Fiction, Papa John's Duel, Donut Fries, Skipping Mario

The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 216: The Loaf Forgives All (DS9 S2E19)

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When the Klingon chapter of the Dead Sons Club holds a meeting on DS9, Dax goes way back with some of the board members. But when the plan for the next meeting leads to a far away planet and a Scarface-like enemy, it forces her to choose between her career at Starfleet and an oath to her friends. Which X-Men side-scroller character are you? What’s the person version of object permanence? Is loaf just a way to get around an insensitive makeup decision? It’s the episode where we look at each other during, again!

Come see us live on tour with Greatest Gen Khan

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Music by Dark Materia & Adam Ragusea.
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The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 215: The Sooner We End This Episode The Sooner I Can Stop Looking At You (DS9 S2E18)

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When their brand new ship takes a lot of body damage, some radical Cardassians put in at the station for a buff-out. But when the pilot turns out to be an old friend of Quark’s, his interest in her becomes more than academic. What does Quark get out of giving oral? Is ‘bloody dress’ a fashion statement or a metaphor? Could Odo ever safely impersonate a table at the Promenade’s Chili’s Too location? It’s the episode where we find out what’s in it for Adam.

Come see us live on tour with Greatest Gen Khan

Follow The Game of Buttholes: The Will of the Prophets!

Music by Dark Materia & Adam Ragusea.
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Sawbones: Antimony

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Sawbones

Imagine an incredible pill that could give you nausea and diarrhea and then once ejected from your body could be reused an endless number of times. Dream no more! Antimony is here!

Subscribe on iTunes! then, tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Who Shot Ya? Episode 43: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with Jordan Morris

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Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Jordan Morris

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

This week we are graced by podcast royalty - Maximum Fun's own Jordan Morris. He's on the program to talk about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The gang reviews the film and in the process discusses what makes the original Jurassic Park work so well. You may be surprised to find that one of our beloved hosts is not a big fan of the original! Jordan gets the opportunity to discuss his new scripted podcast project Bubble. Plus, they discuss the future as presented in movies. The gang decides which movie future they would like to live in, which one scares them, and which one is a little too close to reality for their comfort.

In news, Netflix releases 'A Great Day In Hollywood', Elizabeth Olsen found out about the end of Infinity War on the way to set, and some fans want to remake Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Thing
Jordan - L7: Pretend We're Dead
April - Leave No Trace
Alonso - Three Identical Strangers

Come to our LIVE SHOW on July 5th at the Dynasty Typewriter. We'll be discussing Attack The Block with special guest star Tre'vell Anderson. Buy tickets here!

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing 1776 with Matt Piwowarczyk

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Jordan Morris 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.

Big D*ck Energy, Supreme Court Crisis, Tanacon vs. Vidcon, Pixar’s Sexist Past, Sarah Huckabee Sanders & Red Hen-gate, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s Amazing Win, Anapolis Newspaper Shooting, ABC Renews Roseanne (Kind of), Canada Legalizes Marijuana

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TIMECODES:

INTRO 0:27

Travis Is Fired Up
Brent’s New Meds
Bevs Like These

BEYOND THE HEADLINES 10:18
Big D*ck Energy
Tanacon vs. Vidcon
Pixar’s Sexist Past
Anapolis Newspaper Shooting

POLITICS ROUNDUP 1:16:37
Sarah Huckabee Sanders/Red Hen-gate
Supreme Court Crisis
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

TIDBITS 1:54:16
Bill Shine
Michael Rosfeld
ABC Picks Up “The Conners”
Influencers-Only Mural
Canada Legalizes Marijuana

OUTRO 2:04:47

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