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Episode 24 - Totally Laime written by Elizabeth Laime - Story by Elizabeth Laime and Tami Sagher

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Guests: 
Ayden Mayeri as Molly
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Jason Ritter as Andy
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Toni Trucks as Kendall/Yvette
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Jamie Denbo as Molly’s Mom/Gate Agent/Pilot
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Lucas Neff as Burditt
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Scott Michael Foster as BDT
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Brendan Hines as Julian
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Marc Evan Jackson as Waiter/Mountain Man Dude
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Katelyn Tarver as Wendy
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Nola Bowie as 11 year old Molly

In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Elizabeth Laime (Totally Laime; Totally Married; Totally Mommy) regarding her dead pilot, Totally Laime. You'll also listen to a live table read of Totally Laime, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

We also want to thank all of our Max Fun members, new and old! We really couldn’t do this show without you! If you’re not a member, you can become one by going to maximumfun.org/donate. With your donation, you’ll get access to our awesome bonus content including a reading of The Mary Tyler Moore Show pilot, Steve Agee’s Weekend Dracula, and a special reading of a TV adaptation of the film Big, at The ATX FESTIVAL. Donate now and thank you again for all of the support!

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EP24: Brian "B+" Cross on Freestyle Fellowship's "To Whom It May Concern" (1991)

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Brian Cross

The album: Freestyle Fellowship: To Whom It May Concern (1991)

Brian Cross, better known to most as B+, is one of the most important photographers of the hip-hop generation to ever emerge out of the West Coast. A transplant from Ireland to California, Cross began documenting the L.A. rap community throughout the late '80s and early '90s, producing one of the great books about the region's hip-hop scene, It's Not About a Salary. He's also a founding partner of the music/events organization Mochilla. Just this year, Cross finally published his first book reflecting on his career in photography, Ghost Notes: Music of the Unplayed. For his episode with Heat Rocks, Cross took us back to 1991 and the release of To Whom It May Concern, one of the greatest West Coast hip-hop albums of all time...and one that most people never got to hear back in the day because of its limited distribution at the time. Better late than never; don't keep sleeping.

More on Freestyle Fellowship and To Whom It May Concern

More on Brian "B+" Cross

Show Tracklisting (all songs from To Whom It May Concern unless indicated otherwise):

  • ”Here I Am”
  • Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill “How I could Just Kill A Man”
  • AMG: Bitch Betta Have My Money “Bitch Betta Have My Money”
  • ”Good Life”
  • ”7th Seal”
  • ”120 Seconds”
  • ”Jupiter’s Journey”
  • ”For No Reason”
  • ”We Are The Freestyle Fellowship”
  • ”Sunshine Men”
  • ”Dedications”
  • Ornette Coleman: This Is Our Music “Humpty Dumpty”
  • ”5 o’Clock Follies”
  • Gang Starr: No More Mr. Nice Guy ”Manifest”
  • Jon Hendricks: Freddie Freeloader “Freddie Freeloader”
  • ”Convolutions”
  • ”7th Seal”
  • ”Legal Alien”
  • ”We Will Not Tolerate”

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Episode 22 - Red State Blue State written by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy

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Guests: 
David Koechner as Billy
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Busy Philipps as Janie
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Baron Vaughn as Evan
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Michaela Watkins as Wendy
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Marcus Scribner as Oliver
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Mikey Madison as Courtney
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Craig Cackowski as Teddy
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Sujata Day as Customer/Student/Elderly Woman
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Joel Spence as Dr. Howard Lean
Guests: 
Andrew Reich with Stage Directions

In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman) regarding the dead pilot he wrote with Chris Henchy (The Other Guys, Daddy’s Home) called, Red State Blue State. You'll also listen to a live table read of Red State Blue State, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

LIVE SHOW ALERT! Come to our next one on 3/11! We’ll be reading dead pilots by:

Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed; He's Just Not That Into You)
Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Ride Along; The Invitation)
Elizabeth Laime (Totally Laime; Totally Married; Totally Mommy)

Location:
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dead-pilots-society-tickets-42799302867?aff...

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Heat Rocks, EP 15: Kris Bowers on Kendrick Lamar's "Section.80" (2011)

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Kris Bowers

The album: Kendrick Lamar: Section.80 (Top Dawg, 2011)

To talk about Kendrick Lamar's studio LP debut, we wanted to find someone of K-Dot's generation, another L.A. young gun, and who better than pianist and composer, Kris Bowers? Like Kendrick, Kris grew up in L.A. and just as Kendrick has ascended the hip-hop ladder, so has Kris in jazz, as he won the prestigious Theolonious . But more than that, the web of Los Angeles musical ties was bound to bring the two into orbit in different ways - something we discuss in the episode - not the least of which is the fact that Kris covered one of the biggest tracks in Kendrick's early career: "Rigamortis."

In our conversation with Kris, we got deep into how he put together both the song and video for his version of "Rigamortis," whether or not Kendrick has a jazz sensibility in his style, and what it's like to see a hometown kid become the Greatest Rapper Alive.

More on Kendrick Lamar's Section.80

More on Kris Bowers

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Section.80 unless indicated otherwise):

  • "A.D.H.D."
  • Kris Bowers: "Rigamortis (Kendrick Lamar Cover)"
  • Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City "m.A.A.D. city"
  • MURS: Captain California "GBKW"
  • Dr. Dre: The Chronic “Dre Day”
  • A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory “Jazz (We’ve Got This)”
  • "High Power"
  • "Rigamortis"
  • "Keisha’s Song"
  • Kendrick Lamar: “Sing About Me”
  • "Ab-Souls Outro"
  • "Kush & Corinthians"
  • Willie Jones III: The Next Phase “The Thorn”
  • Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly “If These Walls Could Talk”
  • Chapter Six

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 494: Live at Angel City Brewery with Elliott Kalan and Open Mike Eagle

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Elliott Kalan
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Open Mike Eagle
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Danielle Radford
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Riley Silverman

Jordan and Jesse are joined live on stage from the Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles by Elliot Kalan from The Flophouse podcast and Open Mike Eagle from the Tights and Fights podcast. Plus, bonus stand up sets from Riley Silverman and Danielle Radford.

DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY LIVE MUSICAL SHOW

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Dead Pilots Society is having a night of musical pilots at Largo on The Coronet on June 23rd! Don't miss it!

We're reading pilots from Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan (Can't Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats) and Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory, Selfie)!

Ticket link: http://www.largo-la.com/event/1489666-

Bullseye With Jesse Thorn: Sam Richardson and Syd of The Internet

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Sam Richardson
Guests: 
Syd

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This week, Wyatt Cenac sits in for Jesse Thorn.


Photo: Kevin Ferguson

Sam Richardson on growing up in and returning to Detroit

Sam Richardson is an actor, writer, and comic. He was born in Detroit, but he has a Ghanaian mother. His childhood was split between the two places. After college, Sam moved to Chicago to pursue comedy through The Second City improv theater. He then moved to LA where he landed a couple of small roles in TV comedies like The Office and Arrested Development, eventually getting his breakout SAG nominated role as Richard Splett on HBO's Veep. Now, Sam's co-created and starred in the new Comedy Central show Detroiters produced by Lorne Michaels and Jason Sudeikis. It's about two young men (Sam and co-creator Tim Robinson) who acquire an advertising company in Detroit.

Sam talks to Wyatt about creating his new show, what it was like growing up between the United States and Ghana, and what people get wrong about Detroit.

You can watch Sam on Detroiters Tuesday's at 10:30/9:30 c on Comedy Central and on the sixth season of Veep which premieres on April 16th.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Syd on her new album Fin

Syd was born and raised in Los Angeles, and has been making music for most of her life. She began her career producing and singing on tracks in the music collective Odd Future when she was still in high school. In 2011, she and producer Matt Martians started an R&B band called The Internet. Six years later, they are signed to Columbia Records, have three albums under their belt, and one Grammy nomination. This year, Syd decided to venture out on her own and released her first solo album Fin to great reviews

Syd sits down with Wyatt to talk about about how she wrote and produced her new album, the influence of her parents on her music, and why she is not in a rush to meet her idols.

She is currently on tour and her debut solo album Fin is out now.

The Outshot: The Thing With Two Heads

This week, Wyatt tells us about the 1972 Blaxploitation film The Thing with Two Heads.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Mel Brooks and Directors of "The Source Family"

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Bullseye
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Mel Brooks
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Maria Demopoulos
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Jodi Wille
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Andrew Noz

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Hip Hop Recommendations from Andrew Noz: Juice by Chance The Rapper and Picacho by Young Thug (feat. Maceo)

Andrew Noz joins us to provide some recommendations from the world of hip hop. First, he talks to us about Chance the Rapper's self-proclaimed lyrical challenge, as evidenced in Juice, a track off his latest mixtape, Acid Rap. And what if Lil Wayne stayed off the beaten pop music path? It might sound like Young Thug's weirded-out track, Picacho.

Andrew Noz is the columnist for Pitchfork's Hall of Game, and also blogs and Tumblr-s regularly at Cocaine Blunts and Tumblin 'Erb.

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Mel Brooks catching up on the present in between takes of History Of The World: Part I. (Photo by Pamela Barkentin Blackburn.)

Mel Brooks Takes Down Hitler (and Makes a Few Wonderfully Bad Jokes Along the Way)

It's hard to imagine what American comedy would look like without Mel Brooks. With a sharp eye for parody, a seemingly infinite supply of gags, and enough destruction of the fourth wall to make a postmodern novelist blush, his work has set the tone for countless comedy TV shows and films. It's hard to imagine SNL's relentless TV parodies without Your Show Of Shows (which Brooks wrote for alongside Sid Caesar back in the 50s), The Simpsons without his filmography full of sly pop-culture references, or the careers of Airplane! creators Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker without Brooks' shameless love of (self-admittedly) awful jokes.

A new PBS American Masters documentary, Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, explores the life and career of the EGOT winner and man behind The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and so much more. Brooks talks to us about fighting in World War II (where he managed to even make a few Germans laugh), the genius of Gene Wilder, and that time Sid Caesar dangled Brooks out the window of a Chicago hotel room.

PBS's American Masters documentary Mel Brooks: Make A Noise premieres Monday, May 20. Check with your public television station for local listings. A box set from Shout! Factory with over ten hours of rare and exclusive footage was also released late last year.

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Directors Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille on The Source Family, LA's Most Famous Hippie Cult

The Source Family fit the conventional image of a typical hippie cult in a lot of ways – assuming, of course, that there is such a thing as a typical hippie cult. You could point to the commune, the long hair, the Jesus-y robes...not to mention occasional hits of what they called "sacred herb". Dig deeper, though, and it becomes clear that there was plenty that separated the Source Family from stereotypes.

The group was just as unique as their leader, a man who called himself Father Yod. He was a former Marine, stuntman, jujitsu expert who founded the Source Family alongside a highly successful vegetarian restaurant. Out of the back of that restaurant, the family sold recordings of their regular jam sessions, which became the stuff of psychedelic rock legend. Perhaps most unlike your average cult leader, Father Yod was not particularly attached to any particular ideology – not even his own. In direct violation of his own commandments, Yod married thirteen wives, a move which both alienated a number of family members and caught the LAPD's attention. This caused the Source Family to flee to Hawaii, which ultimately resulted in the group's demise.

We're delving further into LA's most famous hippie cult with the help of Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille, the directors of a new documentary called The Source Family. They discuss the group's run-ins with celebrities (and law enforcement), why Father Yod once told his followers to cut their hair and get jobs, and whether or not they would have joined the group, if given the chance.

The Source Family is in limited nationwide theatrical release. For information about screenings at a theater near you, check out the film's website.

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The Outshot: Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson

This week, find out why Jesse's been spending a lot of time with Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson, a home-tome that gracefully runs the housekeeping gamut from sections titled "Administering Insurance Policies" to "Privacy, Sex, and the Constitution".

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Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident #70 with Laura Krafft!

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Guests: 
Laura Krafft
Guests: 
Shaina Feinberg, Ian Ball

Episode 70 of Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident is gonna give you a rash or something it's so incredible. This time around, I visit with comedian, writer (Colbert Report, Wanda Sykes Show, and more!), actress and so much more Laura Krafft, whom I once went to prison with (It's true!), in scenic Los Angeles. Loosen your pants as Laura and I talk about topics including but not limited to cookies, the time she talked to Lou Reed on the street, how smoking probably won't kill you, Los Angeles, a major head injury she sustained, what it's like sharing a bathroom at the Chelsea Hotel, and much, much more. I also debut a hot new track from the new Valley Lodge Album, answer important listener questions, check in with Shaina Feinberg, and Ian Ball delivers the Hot Jamz from London. For more information on this podcast and other important Dave-related topics, please visit my website at www.davehillonline.com and follow me on Twitter at @mrdavehill. And, hey, be careful out there.

Love,
Dave Hill

Judge John Hodgman Episode 70: The Golden State Debate

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Harry and Dan are best friends who grew up together in New York state. After college Harry took a chance and moved to LA – a move he thinks Dan should make now. Their mutual friend Sammy insists there are plenty of reasons for Harry to stay put, and Dan sees wisdom in both positions. Is the west coast the best coast for Dan, or would he do better sticking to New York? Only one man can decide.

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