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Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 133: The Blue and The Grey w/ Helen Hong

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Helen Hong

Helen Hong joins Allie and Julia to talk about The Blue and The Grey. You know Helen from Max Fun podcast Go Fact Yourself, and you might recognize her as a regular guest on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. In the episode, Marge discovers she's had grey hair for years. With this new discovery she decides to go all natural. Join us as they talk about the canonical nature of Marge's grey hair, Sister Act 3, and Valentine's Day in Springfield. Plus, find out why everyone is obsessed with pickles.

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 132: Lisa's Date with Density w/ Sam Wiles

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Sam Wiles

Stand-up comedian Sam Wiles joins Allie and Julia to talk about Lisa's Date With Density. In the episode, Lisa develops a crush on Nelson Muntz. Lisa lets Nelson know how she feels via Milhouse. She asks him to pass a love note to Nelson during class. Things don't end so well for Milhouse. Things get personal when Julia asks Sam and Allie about their childhood crushes. They also discuss Homer's sweet tooth. He tries to pass off candy on his doughnut as sprinkles at the Kwik-E-Mart. And since they're talking candy -- have you guys heard of IT'SUGAR? Find out what it has in common with Spencer's gifts. And, they discuss Mr. Burns hilarious bit in this episode.

The MaxFunDrive wraps up this week! Right now is the best time to support this show and all of the MaxFun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! Listen carefully and find out how you can have your very own Horny Marge enamel pin!

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 131: Principal Charming w/ April Wolfe

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Guests: 
April Wolfe

April Wolfe joins Allie and Julia to talk about Principal Charming. You know April from Max Fun podcasts Who Shot Ya? & Switchblade Sisters, naturally, she picked an episode with a ton of nods to classic films. They'll break down the cinematic pop culture gags for you, including references to: Terminator, Vertigo, Gone With The Wind, and more! In the episode, Homer is tasked with finding Selma a husband. He finds the perfect mate -- Principal Skinner. Unfortunately, he falls for Selma's identical twin sister Patty instead. April tells us why she loves heart-wrenching episodes like this one. Plus, find out which characters make their first appearances in the series in this episode!

The MaxFunDrive is finally here! Right now is the best time to support this show and all of the MaxFun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! Listen carefully and find out how you can have your very own Horny Marge enamel pin!

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 130: Lisa vs Malibu Stacy w/ Riley Silverman

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Guests: 
Riley Silverman

Riley Silverman (Head Writer for International Waters on MaxFun) joins Allie and Julia to talk about Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy . In the episode, the talking Malibu Stacy doll ignites pandemonium at the mall, and Lisa is eager to find out what her new doll will say. Unfortunately, she is incredibly disappointed by the sexist catchphrases. She spends the rest of the episode trying to get a new kind of doll made -- one that will inspire little girls everywhere to believe in their dreams. Riley tells us about her favorite gags in this episode, discusses how some of the jokes have aged overtime, and why she loves Malibu Stacy's new hat!

Don't forget Everything's Coming Up Simpsons has an upcoming live show in Chicago on Saturday, March 31 at Thalia Hall!

The MaxFunDrive is almost here! Tune into your favorite MaxFun shows (including Everything's Coming Up Simpsons) April 2nd through April 13th for all of the details. This is the best time to support this show and all of the MaxFun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one!

Bullseye With Jesse Thorn: A$AP Ferg and Dr. Katz

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
A$AP Ferg
Guests: 
Jonathan Katz

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

A$AP Ferg on how to form a successful hip-hop collective

Rapper and fashion designer A$AP Ferg was born Darold Ferguson and grew up in Harlem's Hamilton Heights neighborhood. Together with A$AP Rocky, A$AP Bari and many more, he established himself as one of the best MCs in the New York hip hop collective A$AP Mob. In 2013 he released his first solo record, Trap Lord, which included the hit single "Shabba", which hit #7 on the Billboard hot 100. Ferg has spent the last couple of years cultivating a sound that's totally unique, touching on genres like trap, house, soul and dubstep. He's achieved this by working with artists like the girl group Haim, Bone Thugs N' Harmony, Missy Elliott, and more.

A$AP Ferg and Jesse talk about how attending an arts high school fueled his creativity and allowed him experiences he wouldn't of otherwise had. They talk about the beginnings of A$AP Mob, and the death of his dear friend and A$AP Mob co-founder A$AP Yams.

A$AP Ferg's latest album Always Strive and Prosper is out now, and has a new mixtape called Still Striving coming out in August. And don't forget to check out his clothing line Traplord.

Click here to listen to Jesse's interview with A$AP Ferg!


Photo:Michael Fein

Jonathan Katz on Dr. Katz Professional Therapist

Jonathan Katz is best known for Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, his animated hit TV series from the 1990's that aired on Comedy Central where he voiced Dr. Katz. It was one of their weirdest animated TV shows on air at the time. Katz took the saying, "stand up is therapy for comedian's" and made a whole show based around it, having a whole host of characters on the show played different comedian's in his circle, all to be seen by Dr. Katz. Since the show went off the air in 1999, Katz has kept writing and doing standup.

Jonathan tells Jesse what it was like working with Robin Williams, when he was on tour with his then popular TV show Mork & Mindy. They talk about how he created Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, and the revival of that show in audio form. Plus, they talk about multiple sclerosis, and how it has affected his stand-up career.

Jonathan's Dr. Katz: The Audio Files is available on Audible now.

Click here to listen to Jesse's interview with Jonathan Katz!

The Outshot: Prince's Sign O' The Times

Jesse makes a case for why the now 30 year old Sign O' The Times is Prince's most essentially Prince album.

Click here to listen to Jesse's outshot on Prince's "Sign O' The Times"!

Bullseye: Lisa Hanawalt & Wyatt Cenac

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Lisa Hanawalt
Guests: 
Wyatt Cenac

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Lisa Hanawalt on BoJack Horseman, Food Obsessions and Martha Stewart’s Horse

Lisa Hanawalt enjoys exploring the strange ins and outs of her world using words and illustrations. Her penchant for drawing anthropomorphized animals to represent characters, including herself, reveals a childlike playfulness, even while exploring adult themes.

Her illustrations and writing have appeared in numerous print and online publications including McSweeney’s, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. In 2010, she earned the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic for her work on her first comic series, I Want You.

Her work can also be seen on Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, where Hanawalt serves as production designer and producer. She can also be heard on the Maximum Fun podcast, Baby Geniuses, which she co-hosts with Emily Heller.

Lisa Hanawalt sat down with Jesse to talk about her work on BoJack Horseman, her latest book of stories and illustrations and her fascination with Martha Stewart’s horse.

Lisa Hanawalt’s latest book is Hot Dog Taste Test


Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Wyatt Cenac on Stand-Up Comedy and Creating Space for Diverse Voices

Wyatt Cenac is a stand-up comedian and writer who is best known as a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On the program, Cenac’s segments often explored issues of politics and society from a black perspective and with a sharp satirical bite.

Cenac served as a writer and voice actor on King of the Hill as well as making appearances on other television shows including Inside Amy Schumer, BoJack Horseman and Maron.

Wyatt Cenac joined Jesse to talk about his new stand-up show, Night Train and the importance of providing a space for alternative voices in comedy.

Night Train is available now on Seeso.com.


Photo: Maddie Meyer / Getty Images

The Outshot: The Knuckleball

Jesse talk about the mystique and the power of baseball’s knuckleball.

Additional "Bleh!" in Pop Culture

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Sometimes, folks go above and beyond what is asked of them. Listener Jamie McCormick, in addition to submitting her theories as to when the first Dracula spoke the first "Bleh!", also generously provided a list of more recent cultural references to that odd vampire parody sound. This was a tremendously kind gesture given that it will (probably) have no impact on whether she wins the coveted prize.

McCormick noted that "Bleh!" was chanted repeatedly by a vampire character in the "Pink Plasma" episode of "The Pink Panther" (episode 78, from 1975); spouted by Count Drakeula in the "Ducky Horror Picture Show" episode of Duck Tales (episode 32 from 1988); and uttered nearly continuously by Count Blah, a friend of Greg the Bunny.

I’ve included all of them here to bring some animated levity to your otherwise-predictably-gory Halloween viewing.


"Blehs!" start around 3:16.



First “bleh!” around 4:17.


Editor's note: Language NSFW, despite featuring a bunny.

On a related cartoon note, Anna Brawley wrote in to say that she thought there was an old Bugs Bunny short with the same plot as “Pink Plasma” that was made in the 1940s; but I think she is referring to “Transylvania 6-5000” which does feature Bugs getting chased by Dracula, but which was actually made in 1963. It isn’t the winner, and it isn’t big on “bleh!”, but you should absolutely watch it anyway. It’s truly a classic.

Andrew W.K. Meets Bob the Builder

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Our pal Andrew W.K. voices his animated alter ego in this imaginary meeting with toddler superhero Bob the Builder.

Neil Patrick Harris is Prince Gumball on "Adventure Time"

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If you are looking for a way to infuse your holiday weekend with surreal images of a fuschia-toned prince named Gumball who serenades you (and your xylophone-playing cat) with the voice of Neil Patrick Harris, then I have got what you need:

That's a clip from this weekend's episode of "Adventure Time" (Sept. 5 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network).

I think everything's going to be okay now.

Andy Daly on The Life & Times of Tim

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An enthusiastic fan has put together this awesome clip montage of Andy Daly on The Life & Times of Tim. Andy is one of the funniest people in the world, and Tim is an under-appreciated show. Enjoy!