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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 521: King of Drugs with Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Jordan and Jesse take a break from their usual topic to welcome beloved return guest, comedy writer Sarah Morgan, for a discussion about Jordan's recent unlikely patriotic moment, Sarah's quest for a video game system for her daughter, the british condiment Gentlemen's Relish, and Jesse's new era of life as a dank daddy.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: David Oyelowo and Heather Graham

David Oyelowo
Heather Graham

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David Oyelowo on his history as a Shakespearean actor, film star, and his decision to move to the US

David Oyelowo's breakout performance was playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 2014's "Selma." He got a Golden Globe nomination for that role and since then, he's become one of Hollywood's most sought-after celebrities. He stars in the new goofy, action comedy "Gringo," alongside Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton. It's out in theatres this week.

In "Gringo," Oyelowo plays a middle manager at a pharmaceutical company that wants to get into the medical marijuana business. He's sent to Mexico to work on developing the drugs and that's where he gets sucked into the underground drug trade. Then more and more chaos ensues.

Oyelowo was born in Britain and is of Nigerian heritage - Nigerian royalty in fact. He and his family spent some time in Lagos when he was a kid. He says that having lived in two very different worlds at such a young age shaped his ability to code switch, which in turn improved his ability as an actor. He began his career as a classically trained stage theater actor who cut his teeth at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. Some of his most notable films include "Queen of Katwe," "A United Kingdom," and Disney's latest "A Wrinkle in Time."

He talks to Jesse about his decision to move from the UK to the United States, why he knows more about American history than Nigerian history, and why some roles that require him to stay in character even after the camera stops rolling means he can't go home and be around his kids. He also shares some of his thoughts about one of the most outrageous characters he ever played on the short-lived HBO show "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."

Click here to listen to David Oyelowo's interview on YouTube.

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Heather Graham on her debut as writer and director in her latest film "Half Magic"

We all know Heather Graham as an actress whose career has spanned over 30 years and starred in smash hits like "Swingers," "Drugstore Cowboy," "Boogie Nights" and "Twin Peaks." In her new movie "Half Magic," Graham is expanding her skills as a writer and director. She also stars in the film as Honey - an aspiring show business development executive that starts out as the assistant to an action film star.

"Half Magic" is a comedy, but it's also one that speaks to the current #MeToo moment. It highlights the struggle for female artists to make movies about women. It's filled with plenty of outrageous sexist lines that Graham drew from personal experience.

Graham also talks to Jesse about how not popular she was in high school. She described herself as awkward and geeky - never the one to be asked out on a date. She gained confidence auditioning and landing parts in school plays. She also shares the mistakes she made in her first go at writing and directing and talks about what she will do differently in those roles going forward.

Click here to listen to Heather Graham's interview on YouTube.

The Outshot: "Handsome"

Standup comic and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor Jeff Garlin wrote, directed and stars in the Netflix movie "Handsome." It's a detective story that's sort of like Columbo. It's funny, but also has a good amount of interactions that are thrillingly and modestly human.

Click here to hear Jesse's Outshot on YouTube.

MBMBaM 396: Independence Jumanji 3


It's Hollywood's Biggest Night! (Please indulge us. It is still Hollywood's Biggest Night.) We're here with our incisive brand of twisted comedy, cracking wise about all the ... big movies! And all the other stuff. From Hollywood's Biggest Night.

Suggested talking points: Some Very Good Oscars Jokes, Heart-Shaped Biscuit, Hero Fire Pig, Blue Cream, The Spinner That Never Stopped Spinning, Travis' Bidet, Sex Nook

Stop Podcasting Yourself 520 - Emily Heller

Emily Heller

Comedian Emily Heller joins us to talk pen pals, a brush with the law, and a hockey game. Plus, we count down our top 5 crackers.

Download episode 520 here. (right-click)

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Flatulence Humor

Baby Geniuses

Hello babies!

We've been very busy lately so we're finally catching up on all the good things we missed last year. Why didn't anyone tell Emily to watch Get Out sooner? On this episode, we let the toucan out of the bag! Lisa is creating a new show for Netflix! Tuca & Bertie stars some of the characters she's been doodling while recording Baby Geniuses. On Wiki of the Week, we read the Wikipedia page for "Flatulence Humor." Humans have been laughing at our own farts for millennia. Sorry mom, it's not a "phase" I'll "grow out of." 

Tourism Pt. 2 (LIVE! with special guest Alison Rosen!)

Alison Rosen

This week is all about TOURISM! This is PART TWO of our two part episode recorded LIVE at Sketchfest 2018! We were joined by Alison Rosen and it was just a whole lot of fun! Enjoy, and if you haven't already, be sure to go back and check out Part 1!

The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 199: A Lotion for Everything and Everything in its Lotion (DS9 S2E2)


When a new first officer begins his career on DS9, the old one has a lot of emotional goodbyes to say. But when Quark is deputized by Odo, the mystery of What’s Even Happening gets blown wide open. Which Avenger is Jake Sisko reminding us of? Is Kira as sweaty as Ben thinks? Is the Three Day Rule Lifestyle a pyramid scheme? It’s the episode where we throw all orb continuity out the window.

Follow the board game!

The Flop House: Episode #252 - The Book of Henry

The Flop House

Another from our backlog of live shows! This one is from Toronto, our discussion of The Book of Henry!

Maximum Fun Is Going to the Grand Canyon! (MaxFunDrive 2017 Stretch Goal Update)


At the end of the MaxFunDrive in March 2017, we announced that if we hit our MFD super stretch goal of 25,000 new and upgrading members, Jesse and a few MaxFun hosts would do a live show from the Grand Canyon, in front of 5 very lucky, randomly selected winners. WELL, it is finally HAPPENING! At the end of March, we'll be bringing Sage, Joey, Ben, Sara, and Kevin to the rim of the Grand Canyon for an extremely special MaxFun live show.

We reviewed our plan with our friends at the Grand Canyon, and while there was way less "You want to do WHAT?"s than we expected (they're cool!), they were also very clear that we needed to limit the number of attendees in our group in order to protect the beautiful landscape. Of course we wish our entire community could join us in one of America's Treasures, but in order to respect the folks at the Grand Canyon and ensure we keep our impact on the park as low as possible, we have to keep it to our lucky winners and their plus-ones only.

But don't fret - we're going to record all the fun so all of our incredible members can enjoy it. We'll even have a video to go along with it, so you can see the splendor and silliness. Thank you so, so much for such an incredible MaxFunDrive. We love you all!

Ep 7 Go Fact Yourself with Kirsten Vangsness and Jason Kravits

Kirsten Vangsness and Jason Kravits

In this episode, J. Keith and Helen play host to Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds) and Jason Kravits, who is very recognizable from his many many appearances on the big screen and the small screen, as well as Broadway. We learn that Kirsten considers herself an expert on Duran Duran, female sexual anatomy, and vegetarian food. Jason fancies himself an expert of intercontinental geography, crossword puzzles and Young Frankenstein. Will Kirsten be able to name the differences between apes and monkeys? Will Jason know the difference between “imply” and “infer”? Find out on this episode of Go Fact Yourself!

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Jason Kravits
Kirsten Vangsness

With guest experts:
Lyndsey Parker, Author of the book Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan

Actor Danny Goldman of Young Frankenstein

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 Christian Dueñas

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