|Type||Podcast and radio show|
|Key people||Jesse Thorn|
|Affiliation||National Public Radio, Public Radio International (formerly)|
Maximum Fun is an independent podcast and radio show production organization founded and run by Jesse Thorn. The organization originated with Thorn's college radio show The Sound of Young America which continued in an adapted format and with a new name, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. Maximum Fun has since grown to include several other programs.
Bullseye, begun as a combination interview/talk/sketch comedy college radio show, now follows an interview-only format and is available both as a podcast and, via Public Radio International, on XM satellite radio and numerous public radio stations across the United States.
Coyle and Sharpe: The Imposters
Rebroadcasts of audio comedy pranks and put-ons performed and recorded by comedy duo Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe in the 1960s.
The segments were originally recorded for KGO radio and Warner Brothers Records and preserved by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe.
Jordan, Jesse, Go!
A talk podcast where hosts Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris and usually a guest provide a comedic take on a variety of topics. All time number one guest by appearances is "Big Time" Gene O'Neill.
Notable Past Jordan, Jesse, Go! Guests
- Jasper Redd
- Jason Mantzoukas
- Jen Kirkman
- Jessica Makinson
- Jim Gaffigan
- Jimmy Pardo
- John Hodgman
- John Ross Bowie
- Jonah Ray
- Jonathan Coulton
- Karen Kilgariff
- Kent Nichols
- Kevin Pereira
- Kurt Andersen
- Luke Burbank
- Marc Maron
- Maria Bamford
- Maria Thayer
- Martin Starr
- Matt Belknap
- Matt Besser
- Michelle Biloon
- Mike Pesca
- Mike Phirman
Judge John Hodgman
Stemming from a popular segment on Jordan, Jesse, Go!, Judge John Hodgman debuted as a standalone Maximum Fun podcast in November 2010. Hodgman serves as judge and jury, hearing cases brought by listeners on topics ranging from which kind of soap goes in the dispenser on the sink to whether a high schooler is responsible for the theft of a life-sized Ernie doll that he had previously stolen. Jesse Thorn serves as the "bailiff," though this role is occasionally filled by guest bailiffs when Jesse is preoccupied.
The Memory Palace
The historical podcast The Memory Palace, hosted by Nate DiMeo, was added to the Maximum Fun network in July 2012.
My Brother, My Brother, and Me
On January 17, 2011, Jesse Thorn announced the addition of My Brother, My Brother, and Me to the Maximum Fun family. The show is a comedy program that poses as an advice podcast, hosted by real-life brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy. Over the course of the show, the brothers answer two types of questions: the real questions, in which listeners of the show write in, asking the brothers for their advice on a certain situation; and the more humorous, ridiculous questions from Yahoo! Answers. The brothers often refer to the latter as "Yahoos."
The Kasper Hauser Podcast
Selections of sketch comedy performed by the Kasper Hauser comedy group.
The Sound of Young America: The College Years
Rebroadcasts of episodes of The Sound of Young America from its early days as a college radio show.
Stop Podcasting Yourself
Stop Podcasting Yourself is a weekly comedy podcast hosted by Graham Clark and Dave Shumka. Each week the comedy duo invites a guest onto the program for a conversational interview. It is sometimes referred to by its acronym—pronounced "spy"—and its listeners are referred to as "bumpers" after Dave mistakenly referred to the audience that way in episode 1.
Stop Podcasting Yourself started independently on March 2, 2008, being distributed thru iTunes and its blog. On March 22, 2010, it was announced that the Vancouver-based podcast would join Maximum Fun.
Past Stop Podcasting Yourself guests
In order of first appearance.
- Ben Mills (ep. 2, 193)
- Paul Anthony (ep. 15, 87)
- Dan Clark (ep. 26)
- Reggie Watts (ep. 30)
- Jon Dore (ep. 31, 84, Bonus Live Ep., 201, 256)
- Crumbs (ep. 32)
- Mark McGuckin (ep. 35)
- Sam Easton (ep. 36)
- Erica Sigurdson (ep. 37, 79, 117, 204, 226)
- Emmet Hall (ep. 38, 92)
- Dan Werb (ep. 43, 57, 143, 198)
- Ian Boothby (ep. 58)
- Kliph Nesteroff (ep. 66)
- Jimmy Barnes (ep. 67)
- Becky Johnson (ep. 73)
- Paul F. Tompkins (ep. 82, 140, 171, 194, 205, 257)
- Mike Paterson (ep. 88)
- Steve Bays (ep. 97, 162)
- Diana Frances (ep. 103)
- Ryan Bell (ep. 114)
- Jeff McEnery (ep. 125)
- Kyle Kinane (ep. 133, 236)
- Eddie Pepitone (ep. 134)
- Jamie Kilstein (ep. 135)
- Moshe Kasher (ep. 137, 188, 216)
- Debra DiGiovanni (ep. 138, 163)
- Peter Oldring (ep. 142)
- Brent Butt (ep. 166)
- Jimmy Pardo (ep. 172)
- Ryan Hamilton (ep. 191)
- Chris James (ep. 192)
- Baron Vaughn (ep. 196)
- Katie Crown (ep. 203)
- Kulap Vilaysack (ep. 206)
- Myq Kaplan (ep. 240)
Throwing Shade is a weekly comedy podcast centered around discussions of pop culture, politics, gay rights, and issues important to women, hosted by Erin Gibson (a.k.a. "Feminasty") and Bryan Safi (a.k.a. "Homosensual").  Gibson and Safi are "equal-opportunity offenders," and their comedic repartee frequently features adult topics and a politically incorrect sense of humor, even as they explore serious cultural and political issues.  The podcast launched on November 9, 2011 and on March 5, 2012 it was announced that Throwing Shade was joining the Maximum Fun podcast network.
Begun in 2009, an annual weekend convention where fans of Maximum Fun can spend time with Maximum Fun hosts and other celebrities.
An online store for Maximum Fun-related merchandise.
- Coyle and Sharpe
- Nate DiMeo (11 July 2012). "Some Largish News". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-03-13.
- Jesse Thorn's blog, 17 January 2011
- Jesse Thorn's blog, 22 March 2010
- "Throwing Shade: Podmass Central". A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Middleton, Josh (January 4, 2013). "Throwing Shade at Delta Burke - and Philly". GPhilly: Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Joseph Gordon-Levitt charms Nerdist and Gilbert Gottfried is unrepentant on WTF: Podmass Centeral". A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Thorn, Jesse. "Please Welcome: Throwing Shade!". Jesse Thorn's blog. Maximumfun.org. Retrieved 16 January 2013.