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Ep. 32: Go Fact Yourself with Guy Branum & Emily Heller

Margaret Cho, J. Keith van Straaten, Guy Branum, Helen Hong, Emily Heller
Guy Branum & Emily Heller
Margaret Cho, Emily Saliers

In honor of the #MaxFunDrive, Go Fact Yourself presents a special network crossover!

Guy Branum is a comedian and host of the podcast "Pop Rocket". He's also a pop culture savant, as detailed in his book My Life as a Goddess. If you want to know more about the pop culture he loves, you'll have to read the book… but he's happy to provide a glimpse through some of his answers today.

His opponent is a fellow comedian for whom he has a lot of respect (and fear): Emily Heller! You can hear her as the host of the podcast "Baby Geniuses". Her show is all about explaining things. Today she’ll key in on a very important topic: Martha Stewart's barnyard animals.

From personal heroes to classic television to the subtleties of regional coffee pot designs, this episode has it all.

This show is directly funded by our Maximum Fun Members. As part of our annual #MaxFunDrive, you can sign up for as little as $5 a month at to help support this and other Max Fun shows you listen to AND earn great gifts in the process!

What’s the difference: Coffee/Coughy

What’s the difference between a teapot and a coffee pot?

What’s the difference between phlegm and mucus?

Guy Branum and Emily Heller

Areas of Expertise

Emily Heller: The TV show "Frasier," the musical group Indigo Girls and how to have a good time at Disneyland.

Guy Branum: Academy Award nominees for best actress, the TV show "30 Rock" and grains.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Guy Branum
Emily Heller

With guest experts:

Emily Saliers, Grammy Award winning musician and one-half of Indigo Girls.

Margaret Cho, comedian and actress.

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

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

MaxFunDrive 2019 week ONE recap!


Week one of the 2019 MaxFunDrive is drawing to a close, and while we had some bumps at the very start, we’re ending the week on a high note. Why? Because as of this writing, 7,901 of you have started or upgraded a monthly membership. To give you some perspective, that’s significantly higher than double-occupancy capacity of world’s largest cruise ship (so cancel your plans for a Caribbean vacation with all of your fellow MaxFun members). Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have already shown up to support your favorite shows!

But this week was action packed beyond our progress toward our goal of 25,000 new and upgrading members. For one thing, we released the long awaited MaxFun Dream Date footage, where you can see Ross and Carrie (of Oh No, Ross and Carrie!) treat long-time listener and superfan Mya to flowers, chocolate, a massage, a delicious dinner, and an exclusive live show in the comfort of her home. Is it a podcast match made in heaven? Or does Mya NEXT ONRAC? Watch and find out, and then support the MaxFun podcasts you’re crushing on at; after all, this special date was a result of us smashing our network-wide goal last year. Who knows what stretch goals we have in store for this year?

The second week of the drive holds some of our favorite MFD traditions, which we are eagerly looking forward to. First off, MaxFun Meet-Up Day is happening this Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 PM local time. It’s a fantastic opportunity to make connections with folks in your area with built-in shared interests because, let’s face it, it’s tough to make friends as an adult, and the knowledge you can show up at a place, shout “GHOST HORSE” and get some nods of recognition is a huge relief, right? And if your city isn’t on the list yet, just pick a place, commit to showing up yourself, and send the info to We’ll add it to the list, and that’s ALL you need to do to make it official.

Finally, while we still have AN ENTIRE week between now and then, a wise man (Stephen Covey) once said “begin with the end in mind,” and we AGREE. The end of the 2019 MaxFunDrive will be marked with a live show extravaganza on Friday, March 29th at 4 PM PDT, 7 PM EDT, and it’s sure to be a ridiculous, playful, unmissable blast. If you’re a member who is a Los Angeles local (or just happen to be in town for the day), there’s still a handful of spots available to join us in person. Admission is free, but RSVP is required (so we have enough snacks) -- check your email for the invite. If you can’t make it or will be in one of the many non-LA places in the world, don’t worry, we’ll be live-streaming the festivities. Tune in and help us close out this year’s greatest week of podcasting!

We hope everyone is enjoying all of the live-streaming, tweeting, facebooking, special-guest-having, and more that's happening! And thanks again for your amazing support!

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 576: Live at SF Sketchfest with Tony Hale and John Roderick

Tony Hale
John Roderick

Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development, Mr. Roboto VW Commercial) and John Roderick (The Long Winters, Friendly Fire) join Jordan and Jesse live on stage at The Punchline comedy club in San Francisco as part of the 2019 SF Sketchfest. They give away the infamous "Destroy the West" robot, play a game delving into the obscure corners of Reddit, and John Roderick pulls of a musical magic trick with the help of some very talented musicians in the audience.

This special extra live episode is coming to you in celebration of the MaxFunDrive! This is the best time of year to support the MaxFun shows you love, including Jordan, Jesse, Go!

Go to right now!

Sawbones: Broken Heart Syndrome


This week on Sawbones to celebrate the Maximum Fun Drive we've got a special crossover episode with Shmanners! Let's talk about broken heart syndrome (which is exactly what we'll have if you don't donate!)

Subscribe on iTunes! then, tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Netflix's 'Norsemen' co-creators Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen

Jon Iver Helgaker
Jonas Torgersen

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: Netflix

Netflix's Norsemen co-creators Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen

WARNING: There's some talk about sexual assault in this conversation. Nothing graphic, just some discussion of the use of it in comedy, in the abstract. If you're sensitive to these kinds of topics, we figured we'd give you a heads up.

Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen join us to discuss their hit Norwegian show Norsemen. It's a sitcom about vikings. It has a particularly Norwegian sense of comedy. Deadpan but brutal. It's set around the year 790 AD. Throughout the series we see the villagers and vikings deal with daily life. The vikings pillage. The vikings fight amongst themselves. They sacrifice slaves.

The jokes are great. Sometimes it's straight-faced like The Office, sometimes they play it big and absurd like Monty Python. Except, the violence is real, and their actions have real consequences to the storyline. And at the heart of the show, modernity is closing in on them. New inventions. New norms. Pillaging towns doesn't pay like it used to.

Jon and Jonas will give us a behind the scenes look at the show. Plus,
they'll explain Taco Friday: the latest food craze in Norway. The first two seasons of Norsemen are available to stream on Netflix now.

Trump Tops all Tweet Tirades, Christchurch Shooting, Does Hot Tea Cause Cancer?, The Economist’s Anti-Trans Tweet, Jekyll & Hyde Movie Musical, Chick Fil-A Update, Brent’s 2020 Minute


Happy #MaxFunDrive!!!

Here are the timecodes:

INTRO 0:27

A Visit From Mr. Fundrive!
Bevs Like These
John Wick 3 Trailer


Hot Tea Causes Cancer?
The Economists Anti-Trans Tweet
Christchurch Shooting


They’re Makin’ a Dang Jekyll & Hyde Movie
Brent’s 2020 Minute
Chick Fil-a Never Stopped

WI-FIVE 1:10:15

OUTRO 1:11:45

Friendly Fire Ep 63: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Friendly Fire

Are we as humans ok with the destruction of our creations if its under the auspices of patriotism? Or do we gain our strength from knowing that our real reward are the railway bridges we built along the way? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John bridge the gap between podcaster and podcast supporter on this very special #MAXFUNDRIVE 2019 edition of #FriendlyFire!

This film is available on:
Amazon, Apple, Fandango Now, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library.

Next week: Predator (1987)
Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local library.

MK 171: Put a Ring On it! (Jennifer Covington, Maximum Fun Drive, Cults, Affirmative Action, MANKind Project, On My Block, Surviving R. Kelly, 5 Levels of Interaction, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar)

Minority Korner
Jennifer Covington

We are so chuffed for this weeks episode! It’s the Maximum Fun Drive and we have an action packed episode! Nnekay will be joining throughout the episode in our Maxim Fun Drive segments. We have returning to Minority Korner Jennifer Covington, self help guru, extraordinary and host of Shine on Sista Podcast. With all the hard hitting documentary series what makes a series like Leaving Neverland, Surviving R. Kelly, or My Strange Addiction, helpful and when is it just voyeuristic? What makes a cult a cult- how to know you’re in one, and why Jen and James might be susceptible to cults. Remember hit Netflix show “on My Block”? ... We kind of do. We remember enjoying it but can’t remember what it was about- but it’s BACK! Jen leads us through a great conversation about the 5 Levels of Interaction she learned at a seminar by the MANKind Project, and these tips will help you navigate this debate filled world, and how to use your power and privilege. With the college admissions scandal plaguing our psyche’s James focuses in on the real scandal: White Affirmative Action. It’s a thing! Plus gay prime minister Leo Varadkar, visits... Mike Pence? Whaaaaat?  All this and more on this special episode of Minority Korner: Maximum Fun Drive edition!


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Tights and Fights Ep. 134: Fear and Loathing in Mexico w/ Salina de la Renta

Salina de la Renta

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey will break down some of the biggest news on the road to WrestleMania. That includes what some are calling the hottest angle in WWE: KofiMania! Kofi Kingston ran the gauntlet, defeating five men to earn a shot at Daniel Bryan. But even that wasn’t enough to convince Vince McMahon to give Kofi his title shot. As we try to collect ourselves and our shattered emotions, we’ll try to determine what comes next.

Plus, why was Travis Browne on RAW this week with Ronda? Why is Kurt Angle facing Baron Corbin for his last match ever? And does it look like the Miz will actually be a great babyface in his match against Shane McMahon?

Salina de la Renta

The team is joined by Salina de La Renta! She’s a rising star in Major League Wrestling, both as a wrestler and as a manager. She’s had to deal with a lot of injuries right now and is able to get in the ring. But she doesn’t think the pain of the bumps will ever stop her. According to her, "The bump is the sacrifice you’re willing to take to make the show great,"

She’ll tell us all about her goals, why Total Divas is directly responsible for her career and about the craziest story of her first night working in Mexico that involved a minivan, police and the dangerous kind of heat.

This show is dedicated to our Max Fun Members! If you’d like to join them, sign up at as part of the #MaxFunDrive to support this and other Maximum Fun shows you listen to for as little as $5 a month. You’ll get all sorts of gifts, including bonus episodes of every show, including Tights and Fights!

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Troubled Waters Episode 4: Donuts vs Doughnuts

Troubled Waters
Adam Felber
Brea Grant
Siobhan Thompson
David Gborie

Adam Felber, Brea Grant, David Gborie and Siobhan Thompson join host, Dave Holmes to decide once and for all, is it spelled "Donuts" or "Doughnuts"?

Team D-O-N-U-T-S
Adam Felber and Brea Grant

Team D-O-U-G-H-N-U-T-S
David Gborie and Siobhan Thompson

This week, our contestants argue over the correct spelling of everyone's favorite fried confection, pitch products based on various titles of MaxFun podcasts, and defend terrible Tinder dates.

We are right in the middle of MaxFunDrive, so if you like what we do here at Maximum Fun, please head over to and become a monthly supporter! We have exclusive bonus content for you, plus you can get some cool gifts! We love making this show for you, and we are able to make this because of YOU. Thank you so much for your support.

Adam Felber wants to plug Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone on MaxFun and Schrodinger's Ball and recommends Billions on Showtime.

Brea Grant wants to plug Something Else premiering at Tribeca and Reading Glasses on MaxFun and recommends The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara.

David Gborie wants to plug his upcoming tour dates and recommends Tobe Nwigwe.

Siobhan Thompson wants to plug her social media presence @vornietom and recommends Hoopla and Libby

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes Dave would like to plug his appearance on the upcoming Lou Pearlman documentary and recommends Illiterate Light

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod. You can also find us on Facebook .

Call us on the official Troubled Waters hotline! Our number is 323-300-4984. Our producers will have a new prompt for you to answer and we may just use your call on the show.

Don't want to pay those pesky international calling fees? Email us a voice memo!

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

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