Every year, I gather a group of two hundred or so people at a hunting lodge in the mountains of Southern California for MaxFunCon. It’s a celebration of creativity and comedy, with classes, talks and performances from the best comics in the world. Past guests have included folks like Dick Cavett, The Upright Citizens Brigade, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Lee Unkrich, Jad Abumrad, Andrew WK, Al Madrigal, John Hodgman, Mary Roach, Brooke Gladstone, Pendleton Ward and many more. It’s never failed to sell out, and tickets just went on sale. Perhaps it’s obvious, but they make a wonderful holiday gift. You can buy yours here.
Always dress well when stuffing an entire fluffernutter sandwich into your mouth on stage for comic effect.
MaxFunCon & MaxFunCon East
Every year, I host a weekend called MaxFunCon. It’s a bit tough to describe to folks who haven’t been. It’s like half comedy festival, half creativity conference, half grown-up summer camp. There’s mind-blowing talks and amazing performances and also people make terrariums in crafting class. We’ve had performers like The Upright Citizens Brigade with Andy Richter, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Al Madrigal, Rifftrax, John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, Chris Hardwick and a bazillion others. And speakers like Jad Abumrad, Brooke Gladstone, Lee Unkrich, Charlie Todd (the founder of Improv Everywhere) and more. The best of the best, curated by me.
The next MaxFunCon is coming up in Southern California, June 1st-3rd. We sold out in January, but after assigning the rooms for performers, we’ve got a few beds open that are available now. Registration includes everything (food, lodging, entertainment, booze, palling around fees). This year’s event features the totally amazing Susan Orlean and Mary Roach, John Hodgman, Maria Bamford, Kumail Nanjiani, W. Kamau Bell and many more. It will be spectacular. You can buy tickets now - it really will change your life.
And we’ve also just announced our first-ever MaxFunCon East this October. People have been begging us to do an East Coast version of the event for years now, but we wanted to get it just right. We’ve got an amazing lineup already booked (but secret so far), and a beautiful venue in the Poconos. Our friends at New York Public Radio are helping us out (and some of their coolest people will be there). Tickets just went on sale today at MaxFunCon.com.
I know that a weekend of drinking, eating s’mores, meeting public radio personalities and going to comedy shows with people you don’t know sounds like kind of a crazy mix, but it’s not uncommon for me to talk to people with literal tears in their eyes at MaxFunCon. It’s really a special place - a haven for passionate creative people who aren’t afraid of a great joke.
I hope I’ll see you there.
MaxFunCon Tickets on Sale Now
Every year, I put together a special gathering in the mountains of Southern California. It’s called MaxFunCon.
It’s part comedy festival - last year we had the Upright Citizens Brigade, Greg Behrendt, Maria Bamford and others. It’s part creativity retreat - we have classes in film making and songwriting and crafting and other stuff. It’s part convocation of like-minded people - the air just crackles with intelligence and kindeness and friendships new and old.
The 2012 edition will be June 1st-3rd, and tickets have just gone on sale. Last year, they sold out by the new year, so if you’d like to come, grab your spot now. I hope to see you at MaxFunCon.
(Above, by the way, a Deranged Millionaire, Mr. John Hodgman, delivers our benediction.)
Thanks to all the Put This On readers who attended our annual conference MaxFunCon this past weekend. It’s sort of my chance to see the impact this blog has on people’s lives, as well-dressed men come up to me and tell me stories about how schlubby they were before.
I hope I’ll see you next year!
We don’t post a lot of pictures of ourselves, but here’s another from MaxFunCon. Again, credit Noe Montes for the lovely shot.
I bought the suit at Goodwill, years ago. It’s by Abercombie & Fitch, dated 1959. The tie is also vintage A&F, though it’s much later… I’d guess early 80s. The square is Luciano Barbera and the shirt is Thin Red Line, and it’s cream, not white. The shoes, which you can’t see here, are Alden wingtip boots. Perfect for stomping around in the brisk mountains of Southern California.
As you may know, I (Jesse) put on an annual convocation of things that are awesome called MaxFunCon. It’s a weekend in the woods in the mountains of Southern California full of comedy, workshops, classes and friendship. Among other things going on at MFC this year is one event sponsored by Put This On: a talk by Will Boehlke, the proprietor of A Suitable Wardrobe, about dressing like a gentleman.
We know that some folks don’t have the scratch for all-inclusive weekends in the woods, so we’re offering two tickets for free, thanks to the generous support of MetaFilter. If you’re interested in applying, you can find the details here.
Of course, if you have the scratch, we think you should just register and come, because MaxFunCon is fucking amazing.
Put This On Presents: Will Boehlke of A Suitable Wardrobe at MaxFunCon
Many readers likely know that Adam and I have numerous outside pursuits. In addition to his filmic work, Adam is a host and editor on the brilliant comedy podcast You Look Nice Today. I’m a public radio host, and the proprietor of MaximumFun.org.
I also run an annual theme vacation / retreat / conference / bacchanal called MaxFunCon here in Southern California. It’s a weekend at a beautiful lodge on Lake Arrowhead, in the San Bernadino mountains featuring comedy, talks and classes. This year we’ll have Andrew WK, John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford and a bunch of other great people.
Folks asked me to include an element in MaxFunCon related to Put This On, so I invited Will Boehlke, proprietor of A Suitable Wardrobe, to offer a seminar on dressing for gentlemen. Will graciously accepted, and I can’t wait to learn from his vast knowledge of men’s tailored clothing.