Janet Varney

The JV Club Ep. 314: Alison Becker

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Alison Becker

This is what teenage Alison Becker (Star of the Maximum Fun podcast "Bubble!") might refer to as “a really great episode, eh?” Join her as she takes JV for a trip from the firefly-laden woods of New Jersey across the globe to the mountains of Switzerland. By the way, do you pronounce the “T” in "mountains?" Tweet us about it.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

CIPYD 177: Janet Varney and Dog Love

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Guests: 
Janet Varney

Hello Valentines!
Did you get a cute heart shaped treat for your favorite pup yet? Don't worry, you've got plenty of time!

This week we are joined by the very talented and very funny Janet Varney (JV Club) where she lays out the honest truth about dealing with a new puppy! Allegra and Renee learn how Pistachio and Tugboat show their love. Plus, Alexis tells us about a dog she experienced at the park!

Smooch a Schnauzer and tune in!

The JV Club Ep. 309: Vera Sola

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Vera Sola

Get ready to cut some alarm wires, escape your apartment and sneak on over for some teenage tales of literature devouring, lakeside sulking, and blue hair dying with musician Vera Sola, and find out who King Solomon was (no, not that King Solomon) and the mysterious fate that befell him.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Episode 34 - Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster

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Guests: 
Joel Kim Booster as Joel
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Sarah Kim
Guests: 
Guy Branum as Guy
Guests: 
Tawny Newsome as Sonia
Guests: 
Lucy Davis as Esther Kim
Guests: 
Alice Wetterlund as Nancy
Guests: 
Atsuko Okatsuka as Marcy 
Guests: 
Carla Cackowski as Janet
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski as Gay Cop/Driver
Guests: 
Will Choi as Mark/Finance Bro/Drug User/Chip Hearts
Guests: 
Irene Tu as Ruthie

Our dead pilot this month is Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central, Conan). We recorded this one live from SF Sketchfest! Birthright is based in part on Joel’s real life. This outrageous and raw pilot centers on Joel Miller. Adopted by white, Midwestern evangelical parents, Joel "knew he was gay before he knew he was Asian". When he has a falling out with his adoptive parents, he goes in search of his birth mother. He assumes she is in Korea, but finds that the truth is way more interesting...

Before the table read, listen to Ben interview Joel about what he learned during his many rounds of development on this pilot for both Fox and Comedy Central. 
  
Come catch our live show at Dynasty Typewriter on February 10th at 2pm. We'll be reading scripts from Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie), Colleen McGuiness (30 Rock) and Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)!

Our cast so far includes Noel Wells (Master of None), Nichole Bloom (Superstore), David Walton (New Girl), Mo Collins ( F is For Family), Brad Morris ( Seeking A Friend For The End of The World), Ian Gomez (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and more!!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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The JV Club Ep. 303: Alicia Witt

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Alicia Witt
Guests: 
Janet Varney

It’s a foamy almond milk latte of an episode with the delightful Alicia Witt, who talks Nashville, Bill Shakes, and the simple elegance of a tv show title when it’s as self-explanatory as “That’s Incredible!”

Alicia Witt's EP 1500 Days is available now.

The JV Club Episode 302 - Breeda Wool

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Breeda Wool
Guests: 
Janet Varney

Janet Varney indulges her most recent lady crush with this week’s guest, the immensely talented Breeda Wool. She's known for her role in the Audience Network TV series Mr. Mercedes.

Breeda tells Janet about how her precociousness combined with life in a sleepy college town created a perfect storm of pre-teen wildness. Plus! Homemade clothes, campfire witches, and breast-exposing ballgowns!

The JV Club Episode 300 - Non-Boy-of-Summer: Eric Elbogen

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Eric Elbogen

To celebrate the 300th episode of The JV Club, JV is joined by Say Hi’s Eric Elbogen! Eric, of course, is the reason for the very existence of The JV Club’s theme song, “Back Before We Were Brittle!” Before some excessive mutual fawning (don’t worry- it’s at the VERY END), Eric and JV talk living rooms, first guitars, and the indignities of class team presentations in this special 300th Episode Non-Boy-of-Summer!

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 553: Uncandy Valley with Janet Varney

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Guests: 
Janet Varney

Actor, writer, and podcaster Janet Varney joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the unusual middle ground that Werther's Original hard candy occupies, Jordan's true fear around visiting the Warner Brother's Halloween haunt this year, the opulent mcmansion Janet visited to consult a psychic medium, and the bodily fluid challenge Jordan faced on his recent whirlwind podcast promotional tour. Plus, Janet has a new show called Fortune Rookie on IFC!

Action Item: Postal workers call in with your stories! 206-984-4FUN

Ep 16: Go Fact Yourself with Jonathan Ames and Janet Varney

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Johnny Whitaker, Janet Varney, J. Keith, Johnathan Ames, Helen Hong, Tom Nolan
Guests: 
Janet Varney & Jonathan Ames
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong
Guests: 
Johnny Whitaker
Guests: 
Tom Nolan

Jonathan Ames created several TV shows, including Bored to Death and Blunt Talk. He’s also the author of many books, including You Were Never Really Here, which was recently adapted into a movie.

Janet Varney stars in the TV show Stan Against Evil and hosts of the podcast The JV Corner.

In this episode, we’ll learn about Jonathan’s experience with having his book transformed into a movie and why, for all his literary expertise, he still has trouble pronouncing certain words. We’ll also hear more about Janet’s involvement at the annual Sketchfest and why she enjoys talking to women about their awkward teen years. And both Janet and Jonathan wonder what Jodie Foster is up to while they are on stage. Is she watching TV with someone while getting a nice neck massage? We may never learn the answer to that question. But GFY listeners will learn other things by listening to this episode.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a “Presidential Pardon” and “Presidential Commutation”?

What’s the difference between “Avenge” and “Revenge”?

Areas of Expertise
Jonathan Ames: 1990’s New Knicks, Detective Novels/Noir Literature and the works of Pema Chodron.
Janet Varney: Jodie Foster movies from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, New York Times crossword puzzles, Alt. Rock 1990’s bands

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Jonathan Ames
Janet Varney

With guest experts:
Tom Nolan, crime novel reviewer for the Wall Street Journal and author of several books.

Johnny Whitaker, actor who’s had roles in shows like Family Affair and General Hospital

Go Fact Yourself is coming to New York for two live tapings on July 21st and 22nd at Caveat NYC! For information on guests and to buy tickets go to gofactyourpod.com.

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

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Bubble Episode 4: Home Brew

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Show: 
Bubble

Van starts brewing his own beer and men with beards take notice.

Want to support Bubble? Visit maximumfun.org/bubble to help pay for it.

CAST: 

Starring: 

Alison Becker - Morgan
Eliza Skinner - Annie
Mike Mitchell - Mitch
Cristela Alonzo - Bonnie
Keith Powell - Van
Tavi Gevinson - Narrator

Featuring:

Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Mark Gagliardi, Janet Varney, Taylor Orci, Danielle Radford

OFF-MIC: 

Created by Jordan Morris. Executive Produced by Jordan Morris, Nick Adams, and Jesse Thorn.
 
Written by Ryan Perez.
 
Produced by Julia Smith. Directed by Eric Martin. Editing and sound design by Ben Walker. Script Supervision by Shana Daloria. Engineered by Julian Burrell.
 
Original Music by Annie Hart.

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