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John Hodgman's Today in the Past podcast is now The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. If you'd like John Hodgman to solve your pressing issue, simply email it, along with your phone number, to hodgman@maximumfun.org. THAT IS ALL.
 
Twice a month, host J. Keith van Straaten and co-host Helen Hong bring together the smartest celebrities they know and make them look dumb...and then smart again! Recorded before a live audience in downtown Los Angeles, this game show features comedians, actors and musicians answering arcane questions on topics they claim to be experts in. But don't worry, if they slip up, there are real experts on hand to give us the facts! If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like to be in the audie ...
 
Baby Geniuses is a show for people who know stuff and people who don't know stuff, but would like to. Every week, comedian and super-genius Emily Heller and cartoonist and mastermind Lisa Hanawalt, challenge their guests to share some knowledge on any topic they want.
 
Scorching guests and sizzling records: join music writer Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes each week as they invite their favorite artists, critics and scholars for in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives. Each week our special guests will take you deep into their heat rocks from the world of hip-hop, soul, dance, jazz, funk and more. Get with us!
 
Jo Firestone and Manolo Moreno play original game shows sent in by listeners with their comedian friends and listener call-ins. Listen as Jo and Manolo struggle through these outrageous games submitted by people all over the world, from New Jersey to Pakistan.
 
Welcome to Fairhaven, a literal Bubble of corporate utopia set amid the wild, goblin-infested Brush. The first scripted comedy series from Maximum Fun, Bubble was created by Jordan Morris, and tells the tale of a small band of monster killers struggling to make ends meet and find love in a nightmarish version of the gig economy. Starring: Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation), Keith Powell (30 Rock), Cristela Alonzo (Cristela), Eliza Skinner (The Late Late Show) and Mike Mitchell (Love), with ...
 
Troubled Waters is the pop culture quiz show where comedians disagree to disagree. Twice a month, Dave will stoke pointless arguments between two teams of comedians and make them compete against each other in order to settle their meaningless debates once and for all. Winner takes home the right to be right.
 
The Art of Process with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo is the newest artistic collaboration from legendary singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Every other week, Aimee and Ted talk to friends across the creative spectrum to find out how they work. And sure, they're friends with a lot of musicians, but weirdly not as many as you'd expect. So you'll hear from comedians, directors, novelists, show creators - ok, yes, some musicians - writers, producers and more, as they discuss the process of tur ...
 
What is the dumbest show you can imagine? This award-winning show may be dumber. It has no content. No format. Yet it's going on ten years of delighting hundreds of thousands of people. It's been an iTunes editors choice, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of the world's best comedy podcasts. It's light in the dark, comfort in the cold and a penguin in the pants (long story). Join hosts Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (Comedy Central's @Midnight) and a celebrity guest on a rau ...
 
Switchblade Sisters is a podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, film critic and screenwriter April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie - horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others! Along the way, they cover craft, the state of the industry, how films get made, and more. Mothers, lock up your sons, the Switchblade Sisters are coming!
 
The dark and brilliant sketch comedy of San Francisco's Kasper Hauser Comedy Group has dazzled audiences around the world, on stage and on Comedy Central. Hear audio comedy, watch videos, and read pages from the hilarious catalog parody "Skymaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane," which has already been acclaimed by Patton Oswalt, George Saunders, Fred Willard and John Hodgman.
 
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We're right in the middle of the Max Fun Drive! Right now is the best time to support all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! We've got something special interrupting your feed today… in 2018, Jordan Morris and John Hodgman recorded an episode of a one-off podcast called Shootin' the Bri…
 
Go Fact Yourself is joining forces with Politifact for the United Facts of America -- a (virtual) festival of fact checking -- May 10-13. To get 30% off tickets to the event and to see a special video edition of Go Fact Yourself, visit bit.ly/FactsFest and enter the promo code “FACTS2021” at checkout. And… make sure to listen to our second pledge b…
 
We're right in the middle of the Max Fun Drive! Right now is the best time to support all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! We've bleeped the expletives in this episode, but some material might not be suitable for children. We've got something special interrupting your feed today… in 2…
 
IT’S MAXFUNDRIVE! To cap off the first week of the MaxFunDrive, we are introducing part one of our exclusive series, ‘The Ifechukwude Collection.’ This is a group of films curated by our very own Ify Nwadiwe. First up is a film that Ify has referred to as “perfect” on several occasions – 2013’s Pacific Rim. And to help us discuss this movie, we bri…
 
It's #MaxFunDrive and if you like what we're doing here on Heat Rocks, please consider supporting us and our network and help keep the show going! https://maximumfun.org/join Drummer and producer Karriem Riggins sits down with us to discuss a bonafide classic, A Tribe Called Quest's third studio album Midnight Marauders. We get deep into the sample…
 
We hit our first Max Fun Drive membership goal, so you know what that means... We're sharing a fail of Broadway Opening Night proportions - Biz gets Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti's name wrong three times in a row... to her face! Thank you to all the Max Fun Drive supporters who joined or boosted or upgraded their memberships! We're not done yet t…
 
Dave Shumka and Graham Clark (Stop Podcasting Yourself podcast) join Jordan and Jesse for the first week of MaxFunDrive 2021!! They get into all the old Los Angeles restaurants that advertise pastrami, but actually have a different specialty that everyone orders, the time Dave's family rented a video camera to tape him singing the Gilligan's Island…
 
It's MaxFunDrive! To support the show, go to maximumfun.org/join Lloyd Langford, Monica Gaga, Chris Cantrill and Nic Redman join in as we find out all about shocking levels of Bovine TB in the UK. By Benjamin Partridge, Lloyd Langford, Monica Gaga and Chris Cantrill. Thanks to Nic Redman. Stock media provided by Setuniman/Pond5.com and Soundrangers…
 
KLAXON! It's the MaxFunDrive! The best time of year to show your support for what we do. Join us at MaximumFun.org/join! Drea brings the case against her husband, Morgan. Morgan believes that we are all living in a simulation. And he loves to talk about it. Drea disagrees and does not want to talk about this any longer. Who's right? Who's wrong? Th…
 
Week 1 of the 2021 MaxFunDrive - hosts Jo Firestone & Manolo Moreno play listener-created games with comedian friends via Zoom! Games played: Room Report, Song Scenarios, and Big Brother Oren We haven't had official guests on for about a year now, so we thought we'd do something special for one of our MaxFunDrive episodes and have 5 of our comedian…
 
It's an extra musical edition of One Bad Mother! Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti joins Biz to sing about big feelings, nipple papayas, and her new picture book for moms, M Is For Mama and Also Merlot: A Modern Moms ABCs! Plus, it's Max Fun Drive! Get your copy of Laura Benanti's book with Kate Mangiameli and Helene Weston, M Is For Mama an…
 
This week on The Jackie and Laurie Show, don't send me Thursday, golden retrievers, and am I rusty or a monster? Comic of the Week: Kath Barbadaro @kathbarbadoro Buy Laurie’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Laurie-Kilmartin/e/B0096S2CLM%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Buy anything from Jackie: http://jackiekashian.com/store Follow @jackiekashian and @…
 
Josh Gondelman (Make My Day podcast, Desus and Mero) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's attempt to do the show on easy mode with sports bloopers, Jordan's quest to find something he likes at Dunkin Donuts, the most impressive shoe in Josh's sneaker collection. Plus, Jordan challenges Josh and Jesse to a game of guessing AI pickup li…
 
An earth-shattering episode that will have you screaming “Mortal Kombat!!!” at the top of your lungs. We are joined by one of the hosts of How Did This Get Played? and the Doughboys podcast, Nick Wiger. We chat all about video game adaptations and how successful this iteration of Mortal Kombat is at making a compelling movie out of a video game. Pl…
 
Cristela Alonzo (Chicano Squad podcast, To Be Continued podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of her strong feelings about Pepe the King Prawn Muppet, the surprising tone that dominates the Pasadena subreddit, and Cristela's junior high school song lyric hustle. Check out the Pixar documentary that Cristela is in, Inside PIxar! And check…
 
In honor of Computer World's 40th anniversary (!!!) we decided to rerun our episode with Nite Jewel discussing this classic album. [show notes from the original post] When we invited L.A.’s own Nite Jewel to join us, it probably shouldn’t have been a surprise that she picked Kraftwerk’s Computer World; after all, she’s toured the world performing t…
 
Teenage angst is good for one thing... comedy. Fox animated series The Great North creators Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux joining us to talk writing with your sibling, memory pranks, and what it's like being the motherf***ing boss. Plus, Biz doesn't miss lunch. Watch The Great North on Fox, Sunday nights at 8:30 PM ET/7:30 PM CT, or on your streaming p…
 
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