Congrats To Our 2014 Scholarship Winners!

Photo By Lecky Photography

We always enjoy reading the truly inspiring applications we receive every year for MaxFunCon. A sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who applied this year. We are more convinced than ever that our listeners are the smartest, most creative, and interesting bunch of folks in the whole wide internet. It was no easy task to pick just two winners. We wish we could have you all up at Lake Arrowhead!

To those who applied but did not win this year, please do not feel discouraged. We do plan to offer scholarships to our future events and we hope that you will write to us again at that time to tell us about your latest hopes, dreams, projects and creations.

The scholarship recipients who will be joining us in Lake Arrowhead this May are: Lucy Cappiello and Michele Wilson!

Congratulations to both of you! Other MaxFunCon attendees: please keep an eye out for these awesome folks during the weekend and introduce yourself. We hope you’ll all become great friends!

A huge thank you to Will Graham and the generous donations of this year's MaxFunCon attendees for making these scholarships possible!

Scholarships Available for MaxFunCon, Apply Now!

Photo by Lecky Photography; Enhancements by MaxFun
We are thrilled to offer two full scholarships to MaxFunCon 2014! Scholarships will be awarded to two individuals who have a strong desire to attend but are financially unable to do so. Each scholarship will cover the full cost of attendance, which includes accommodations, food, and all MaxFunCon activities in Lake Arrowhead.

In order to apply for a scholarship, you must meet all of the following criteria:
  • You have significant financial need. Specifically, it would be difficult or impossible for you to attend MaxFunCon 2014 if you did not receive a scholarship.
  • You are able to arrange your own transportation to and from Lake Arrowhead to attend MaxFunCon 2014.
  • You will be able to participate in the entire weekend-long conference. MaxFunCon begins at 4 PM on Friday, May 30th and ends at 1 PM on Sunday, June 1st.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, send a short essay telling us a bit about yourself.  Explain why you want to go to MaxFunCon and why you need the scholarship.  In particular, please describe your creative aspirations and how attending MaxFunCon 2014 might help you with your future projects. Essay instructions are as follows:
  • Email your essay to
  • In the subject line of your email, please write "MaxFunCon Scholarship"
  • The essay should be included both as an attachment to your email in Microsoft Word format, and in the body of the email.
  • The essay must be no longer than 300 words. Essays longer than 300 words will not be read or considered. 
  • Please include your phone number in the body of the email so that we can call you if needed.

Creativity is always appreciated, but please make sure your essay conforms to all the requirements outlined above in order to be considered.

With respect to financial need, in the initial application stage we are not requiring any supporting documentation (like bank statements or tax returns). Even so, you should be able to provide evidence to support any assertions you make in your essay about your financial circumstances. We may need to request supporting documentation once we start narrowing down the applications.

The deadline for scholarship applications is FRIDAY, MARCH 28TH
We hope to select and notify the two recipients no later than Friday, April 4th.  

A huge thank you to all the awesome MaxFunCon attendees who contributed to the Scholarship Fund and the generous contribution of Will Graham!

Announcing the MaxFunCon 2014 Lineup

We're so excited about this year's lineup! The speakers are great, the comedy lineup is amazing, and the classes are beyond compare. Though MaxFunCon is currently sold out, you can get your name on the waitlist by emailing

Ricky Carmona
Ian Edwards
Shelby Fero
Kumail Nanjiani
Brent Weinbach

Speakers & Other Entertainment:
Dan Deacon
John Hodgman
Geoffrey Nunberg
RISK! with Kevin Allison, featuring Jonathan Ames & more
Stop Podcasting Yourself (Dave Shumka & Graham Clark)
Throwing Shade (Bryan Safi & Erin Gibson)

Colin Anderson
Chuck Bryant
Jessica Charlton
Julia Crookston
Liezl Estipona
Emily Gordon
Benjamin Harrison
Kenneth Lecky
Sarah Morgan
Jordan Morris
Oh No, Ross and Carrie! (Ross Blocher & Carrie Poppy)
DC Pierson
Joe Randazzo
Ten West (Jon Monastero, Stephen Simon, Bryan Coffee)

We'll follow up with more details on the class sessions soon. Stay tuned!

Get your MaxFunCon 2014 Tickets Now!

UPDATE: MaxFunCon 2014 is now SOLD OUT

If you'd like to be on the MaxFunCon Waiting List, email with the title "MaxFunCon Waitlist" and your name & daytime phone number.

Join us May 30th - June 1st, 2014 in Lake Arrowhead, California for the most magical weekend of comedy, creativity, and camaraderie ever.

Registration is $790 per person (plus a small processing fee) and includes everything you'll need for the weekend - lodging, food, drink, classes and shows. For couples sharing a bed, there's a nice discount and it's only $1480 per couple (plus processing). For a limited time, you can also pay via an installment plan - four easy monthly payments. 

Click here to register today! 

And click here for the limited-time-only MaxFunCon installment plan. 

We can't wait to see you!

Got questions? Email Amanda!

Countdown to Awesome

MaxFunCon 2014 Trailer on Vimeo.

It's almost time! MaxFunCon tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY, 11/29!  

What better gift for yourself or the ones you love than a trip to MaxFunCon? Keep an eye on this site for links to purchase tickets. We sell out every year, so be sure to get your tickets early and secure your space with all your friends at MaxFunCon 2014!

Want to relive past MaxFunCon glory? Looking forward to next year's shenanigans?

Check out our official photos from MaxFunCon 2013!
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

All Signs Point to MaxFunCon

Lecky Photography

Friends, get ready for another awesome MaxFunCon!

MaxFunCon 2014 will be May 30 - June 1, at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center.

Tickets go on sale on "Black Friday," November 29. You'll find the link to buy tickets right here on this very website, so be sure to keep an eye on!

It's Almost MaxFunCon Time

Oh man, this year is going to be so great. To prepare you for the greatness, here's some key info to keep in mind...

* Tickets *

There are no tickets to MaxFunCon. As a registered guest, you'll check in at the front desk for your room assignment and at the MaxFunCon welcome table for your name tag and conference bag.

* When to Come *

Registration for MaxFunCon starts at 4pm. This is also when check-in begins at the conference center. From 4pm until 6pm, we will be welcoming people with a pleasant reception. That said, it's our strong recommendation that you come to Lake Arrowhead as early as your schedule permits. Both traffic out of LA and driving conditions on the mountain (particularly fog) grow exponentially worse as it gets later. A pleasant 90-minute drive from LA at 1 or 2pm becomes a grueling 3-hour-plus slog at 4 or 5pm. If you end up arriving early, you can always park and enjoy the lake.

* What to Bring *

Lake Arrowhead is a mountain resort, and while the forecast is in the 70’s and 80’s, we do suggest you bring clothing to layer as it can become chilly at night, dipping into the 40’s and 50’s. One of our comedy shows is held in an outdoor amphitheater at night, and our s'mores roast is also held under the stars, so please bring cozy clothes to keep yourself warm. Consider bringing a hat, scarf and gloves. You can look at up-to-date weather information here: .

Bring comfortable shoes (the center is situated on a hill). There is WiFi, but you won't really need or use your laptop. Generally, you won't need many diversions - your schedule will be quite full. Your food, beverages (including adult beverages) and everything else is provided, so there isn't much need for money. Bring something to write down contact information for your new friends.

Classes largely have no special requirements other than the obvious -- if you signed up for improv, bring improv-friendly clothes or if you’ve signed up for cooking bring clothes you don’t mind potentially getting messy. If you are in the Superhero Battle and have not been in touch with Amanda, please email her - we've got some costumes to coordinate! Supplies for the various crafting classes will be provided. And don’t forget to bust out some fancy duds for the Country Estate Party!

* Carpools *

We strongly encourage you to share rental cars and other ground transportation whenever possible. Folks are organizing carpools on the forum, here
* Special Needs *

If you have a mobility impairment or a special food need and you haven't reported it to Amanda, please do so immediately. Also: it has been suggested to us that if you're a vegetarian, you might want to bring a couple protein-y snacks, as the vegetarian meals, while good, might be short on non-meat protein.

* Getting There *

We strongly encourage you to use the directions to the conference center on our website, rather than using GPS or Mapquest directions. The mapping software doesn't understand the terrain of the region and the relative road sizes, and will send you on a route that will take you an extra 20 minutes or so of driving. The best directions are here.

* If you arrive early *

If you happen to arrive early, feel free to say hi - we'll be in Iris. We may need a bit of help setting up and filling the conference bags.

* If you have questions *

Feel free to email if you have questions. You can also post your questions on the forum.

Time to Sign Up!

MaxFunCon has two activity sessions: Session A (Saturday morning) and Session B (Saturday afternoon).  Each attendee should sign up for ONE class per session.  Full activity descriptions can be found on the sign up pages (and also here).  

To sign up for Session A, click here.

To sign up for Session B, click here.  

NOTE: You do not need to print out your tickets via Eventbrite. We will keep track of the sign-up lists.

Please sign up only if you're already registered for MaxFunCon!  If you try and slip one past us, we'll notice.

MaxFunCon 2013 Class List!

Check out the amazing classes we'll be offering this year! 

Signups will be MONDAY, MAY 6 at 11 AM PST
We will be emailing you the link, so keep an eye on your inbox!

Session A

Comedy Open Mic Workshop with Maria Bamford
Maria will lead a small group of performers. Perform new material, get help, enjoy others' performances. All skill levels welcome.

Crash Course on Independent Animation with Dan Henrick
Ever dreamed of being the next Bill Plympton or Friz Freleng? Or are you simply interested in bringing your own doodles to life? Dan Henrick (animator of The AV Club's series, Stand Down) presents this crash course on independent animation. You'll learn everything you need to know about creating cartoons, from the basics to time-saving pro tips. We'll cover hand-drawn techniques and essential software tricks, so that you can hit the ground running. This class will include a lecture with visuals and a demonstration, along with a special collaborative project. You'll walk out of this workshop armed with the tools to produce your own animated creations!  

Getting Crafty with Jessica Charlton
Medals Of Distinction: Are you a Prince of Podcasting, the Comedy Comandante? How will people know how special you are unless you show them? Instructor Jessica Charlton will teach you how to create your own medals of distinction, so you can class up your wardrobe just in time for evening cocktails. 

Baking a Pie with Evan Kleiman
Join the host of KCRW's Good Food in the kitchen and learn how to bake a pie from the master! 

Superhero Battle with Pendleton Ward
Have you always wanted to star in an epic battle of superheroes? Well now is your chance! Join legendary hero-creator Pendleton Ward and the awesome film crew from Corridor Digital and be part of a battle for the ages. PLEASE have a superpower/superhero identity for yourself in mind - we will be contacting you to coordinate your costume.

Begin Your Novel Right NOW with Antoine Wilson
Got an idea for a great novel rolling around in your head? Well Antoine Wilson wants to help you get started on it right away! Soak in the advice of the renowned author of Panorama City and The Interloper as he talks you through starting off the writing process.

Victorian Portraiture the Easy Way with David Malki !
What could be classier than your very own Victorian portrait? It would look stunning in your sitting room when the Leftenant comes to visit. In this interactive workshop, collage artist David Malki ! will help you create your very own portrait, using authentic 19th-century book engravings cut-and-pasted together with a photograph of you. Along the way, he'll share fascinating tidbits and forgotten lore from his collection of strange Victorian magazines. Come with your best Queen Victoria frown, leave with a unique keepsake that'll forever remind you of the stern but dignified time you had at MaxFunCon 2013. All materials provided.

Monetizing Your Creative Skills So You Can Spend More Time Being Creative with John Vanderslice
The amazing and talented musician (and label head and studio owner) John Vanderslice shows you how to implement his Dual Income Stream Technology™, helping you rake in the $$ while spending more time on drawing or writing operas or whatever it is you want to accomplish.

Improv for Beginners with Jordan Morris
Jordan Morris isn't just the co-host of Jordan Jesse Go! -- he's also a UCB-certified improv instructor. Try improv for the first time, Session A is open to all. (Session B is for experienced improvisers.)

Getting Gouda with Roman Mars
Having a hard time getting your artistic vision off the ground? Roman Mars, creator of 99% Invisible, will discuss fundraising, Kickstarter, and the necessary financial hurdles that often need to be overcome in the creative process.

Making It Work with Nick White
"Honor thy error as a hidden intention." - Brian Eno
Mistakes happen all the time. When you're creating multimedia content, they're downright common. Whether it's a recording error, an unpredictable interview subject, or a story that just won't come together, Bullseye producer Nick White will show you a few editing and post-production tricks that can turn a potential disaster into what Eno calls a 'happy accident'.

Cooking with Julia Crookston
Love to cook? Want to learn more about your favorite foods? Join renowned chef and MaxFunCon All-Star Julia Crookston to learn the ins and outs of whipping up some tasty treats. 

Session B

Crash Course on Independent Animation with Dan Henrick
Getting Crafty with Jessica Charlton
Baking a Pie with Evan Kleiman
Superhero Battle with Pendleton Ward 
Begin Your Novel Right NOW with Antoine Wilson  
Victorian Portraiture the Easy Way with David Malki !  
Getting Gouda with Roman Mars  
Making It Work with Nick White 
Cooking with Julia Crookston

Handcrafted Bitters with Ben Harrison
Are you an enthusiast of cocktails, cooking, or just sipping on a bitters and soda? Of course you are! If you take this class, you will learn all about bitters, what they're made of and how to make them. Participants will make their own bitters and taste them and other kinds of bitters in cocktails. You'll go home with your own bottle and you can use it to delight all your friends at your next cocktail and/or secret sex party. All materials provided.

Pub Quiz with Chuck Bryant and John Hodgman
Hosted by Chuck Bryant, co-host of podcast ‘Stuff You Should Know’, and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman. Have a beer. Earn valuable bragging rights.

Advanced Improv with Jordan Morris
Jordan Morris isn't just the co-host of Jordan Jesse Go! -- he's also a UCB-certified improv instructor. Further your skills in the afternoon, Session B is for experienced improvisers. (Session A is open to all!)  


Just like the signature segment of Rico's public radio show and podcast "The Dinner Party Download," here you'll learn about some of the coolest/weirdest/dumbest moments in history... and then you'll mix yourself cocktails themed after each.  Kind of like "Drunken History" except with actual facts and actual booze.  Liquor, citrus fruits, ice and shakers provided.  Note: Rico is not a mixologist.  But the recipes he'll provide come from some of the best cocktailians in the world, and anyway he is making it possible for you to learn neat trivia and get tipsy in the middle of the day, so shut your piehole.  Imagine rolling into MaxFunCon dinner Saturday evening and dazzling everyone with your newfound historical knowledge!  Assuming you can remember any of it through the hangover.