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EP. 168 "Bus Justice" ft. Molly Ruben-Long

Lady to Lady
Molly Ruben-Long

Molly Ruben-Long (@mollyrubenlong) joins the ladies to discuss Tess's butt, party planters, Marc Maron, Fuller House, bowls of cigarettes, GoFundMes and more! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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How (Not) to Party

Still Buffering

This week we update you on Rileigh's party status and a brush with law enforcement. We also welcome our coolest uncle, Scampi Mike to help tell Rileigh where she went wrong.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

#57 - Best BBQ with Adam Gertler

Adam Gertler

There's something undeniable about the greatness of BBQ. Just some animal protein, spices, wood, metal, and fire combine to create magic! Several regions across the US lay claim to having the best BBQ, but only one can be right, and it's up to the Dukes of Debate, who are joined by Hal's college buddy Adam Gertler (Gertler's Wurst, FX Movie Download, Man vs Child), a BBQ expert who will help us get to the bottom of it!

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CIPYD 36: Evan Sinclair and Pugs

Evan Sinclair

It's time once again for another great episode! As you know, Easter is right around the corner... from when we recorded this on Saturday. Have you painted and hid your Easter Dog Bones? If so, then let's get on with the episode! Allegra may have just fallen in love with a new (old!) fuzzy friend in Dogs We Met This Week! Renee tells us all about Pugs and we make wild speculation about possible porcine ancestry in Mutt Minute! We are so excited to be joined by Evan Sinclair ( a writer on Mutt and Stuff) to hear what it's like to work on a TV show for kids that is full of real life dogs! He also shares with us his very strong views on non-fuzzy pets! Enjoy!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bob Odenkirk & Rickey Vincent


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THANK YOU to everyone who donated to support Bullseye during this year's MaxFunDrive. We're proud to announce that over 9,400 of you joined or upgraded your memberships this year. That's HUGE, and we're so grateful for your support.

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Bob Odenkirk: Cult-Comedy Icon, Reluctant Celebrity

Millions of Breaking Bad fans know Bob Odenkirk as sleazy criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. He has reprised the role the spin-off show Better Call Saul which is in its second season.

But comedy fans already knew about Odenkirk from another show -- Mr. Show with Bob and David. Odenkirk’s outrageous and profanity-ridden outbursts were a staple of his performances and helped make him a cult-comedy icon.

Before that he wrote for Saturday Night Live. Perhaps his most notable work was co-writing the sketch Down by the River The bit featured a 35-year-old divorcee motivational speaker played by Chris Farley and is considered one of the best sketches in the history of the SNL.

When Mr. Show ended, Odenkirk appeared in a number of one-off roles for TV before working behind the camera. He directed Let’s Go to Prison, Melvin Goes to Dinner and The Brothers Solomon. Even though he loves directing, it’ll be a while before he decides to gives it another shot. He’ll explain.

Odenkirk talks to us about why writing timeless humor is so difficult, transitioning from comedy to drama and why he still doesn’t consider himself a celebrity.

Odenkirk will also read a selection from his collection of short-fiction humor. It’s called A Load of Hooey and is available now.

Better Call Saul airs Monday nights at 10 pm on AMC.

Cannonball: Touring Parliament's Mothership Connection with Rickey Vincent

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Cannonball.

This week we're joined by author, historian and self-described funkateer, Rickey Vincent. He's going to talk about Parliament's landmark R&B album, Mothership Connection. The album is at once a celebration of the past and a glimpse into the future. It touches on a lot of traditional soul ideas, but delivered with a new funky edge. Vincent will explain more.

Vincent's recent book is called PARTY MUSIC: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music. You can also hear his radio show The History of Funk on KPFA.

The Outshot: Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas

Jesse tells us about a song that makes him imagine a better world: the simple but powerful Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 419 - Ivan Decker

Ivan Decker

Comedian Ivan Decker returns to talk comedy body language, goth pals, and blacking out.

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Thank you for an amazing 2016 MaxFunDrive!


After a strong showing from folks taking advantage of weekend amnesty, we're delighted to announce our final-final total for the 2016 MaxFunDrive is 9404 new and upgrading members.

Another huge thanks to everyone who joined, upgraded, and spread the word! This is easily our biggest MaxFunDrive yet.

We also wanted to extend a thank you to COTU Media -- if you were admiring the production quality of this year's live JJGo, that was all them!

Finally, if you missed out on this year's MaxFunDrive, but still want to support your favorite MaxFun podcasts, you can become a member year-round at

Thank you again!

MBMBaM 296: Shower Boys


THANKS FOR THE MONEY CHUMPS. You thought all that was going to help support the podcast you're about to listen to? No way - we just needed some seed money to launch our heart's true passion: A Podcast about renovating people's showers against their will. Welcome to: Shower Boys: Episode One.

Suggested talking points: New Projects, Babysitting Whoopsies, Dyngus Day, Buzzers, Hogbasket, Ambien Olympics, Haunting Value

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 421: Live at MaxFunHQ for MaxFunDrive 2016

Baby Geniuses
Jonathan Van Ness
Carrie Poppy
Travis McElroy
Teresa McElroy
Andie Bolt
Renee Colvert
Allegra Ringo
Erin Gibson

Highlights from the live JJGo streamed online from MaxFunHQ to cap off the 2016 MaxFunDrive! Guests include MaxFun hosts Jonathan Van Ness, Carrie Poppy, Travis McElroy, Andie Bolt, Teresa McElroy, Renee Colvert, Allegra Ringo, and Erin Gibson.

Final count: 8,752 new and upgrading members!


Thank you so much to everyone who joined, upgraded, and spread the word about the 2016 MaxFunDrive! We ended the night at 8,752 new and upgrading members, which blew all of our expectations out of the water.

Thanks to your generosity, we'll be sending a check to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank for over 18,700 meals for hungry Angelenos.

And since we smashed our stretch goal of 7,500, we'll be getting to work on the pledge drive wallpaper and ringtones for members. Look out for those in the coming weeks!

If you weren't able to join or upgrade during the drive, you can do so this weekend, and still be eligible for the neat pledge gifts. But after that, those bandanas are gone forever, and you can kiss your chances of laying your hands on a MaxFun thermos goodbye!

From all of us at MaxFun, thank you so, so much for believing in and standing by what we do.

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