MaxFunCon Preparedness

Here's some info to help you as you get ready for the legendary MaxFunCon! 

* Tickets *

There are no paper tickets to MaxFunCon. As a registered guest, you'll check in at the front desk with your name for your room assignment. Then you'll head over to the MaxFunCon welcome table in Iris 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'll be welcoming people with a casual cocktail 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: http://bit.ly/maxfunconweather .

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. 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 official directions to the conference center on our  website, rather than using GPS or Google Map 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. You can also get accurate directions straight from the venue's website.

* 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 amanda@maximumfun.org if you have questions. You can also post your questions on the forum.

Country Estate Party: What is it, and What Do I Wear?

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Ladies and gentlemen, bust out your moleskin skirts and mustard-brown tweed sports coats because it's almost time for the Annual Country Estate Party. That's right, MaxFunCon's cocktail formal evening ball dance party extravaganza is back again. And this year...

Dan Deacon is the DJ. 

Never been to a MaxFunCon Country Estate Party? Intimidated by the MaxFunCon fashion police? Never fear, we're here to make sure you impress with yo' dress and understand the epic elegance of country estate ensembles.  


What, you didn't think there was an entire Pinterest board dedicated to MaxFunCon Country Estate Party ideas? You thought wrong, my friend.


Need some inspiration from Estate Parties past? We've got you covered. Browse away. Have fun with it. And, hey - save us a dance?


Wanna talk about the Country Estate? Here's a forum for you. 
(For real tho, this is all in good fun. Dressing in Country Estate attire is encouraged but not mandatory - you'll still get to party your butt off, regardless.)

Sign Up For Classes... NOW

Photo by Lecky Photography

Okay, MaxFunCon peeps! Are you ready??

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: https://mfc2014am.eventbrite.com


To sign up for SESSION B, click here: https://mfc2014pm.eventbrite.com


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 pull a fast one, we'll notice.


Announcing the 2014 MaxFunCon Class Lineup

Have we got some awesome classes for you! A little comedy, a little writing, a little crafting, a little of this, a little of that... Check out the full list below!

Mark your calendars - signups will be THURSDAY MAY 8 at 12 NOON PDT

How do class signups work?!
Our MaxFun classes are divided into two sessions: Session A (in the morning) and Session B (in the afternoon). On Thursday, we will be emailing you two separate links to select a class for each session. You’ll click each link, pick the class you’d like to attend at the session that corresponds to the link, fill out your name, and that’s it! You can only sign up for one class per session, and please do not sign others up. Space in every class is limited, and always fills up quickly. Now, on to the list of classes!

SESSION A (Saturday 9 - 10:30 AM)

Disco Balls with Jessica Charlton
Create a mini paper disco ball while listening to some sweet jams. BONUS cake decoration challenge: ugliest cake wins a special prize.

PRETZELZ & NUTZ - Sweet and Savory Beer Snacks with Julia Crookston
Everyone wants to make their own beer, sleep with a brewer, or at least know the brewer by name. But what's the snack with beer? Do you run off to buy some anonymous bag of beer nuts or a pretzel snack from Trader Joe's? Really? No more. Commit to local, commit to hand made. Become an artisan at something. I'll show you how to make delicious pretzels and addictive nutz - you're on your own to find the beer (brewer).

Sketch Comedy CRASH COURSE with Jordan Morris
Want to learn about sketch comedy? Learn how to turn your funny ideas/characters into short, hilarious comedy nuggets. You'll learn what separates sketch from other types of comedy and pitch ideas in a writer's room environment. Bring a laptop and a couple of pitches for concepts or characters.  

What Does This Button Do?: Photo 101 with Kenneth Lecky
Got a DSLR that confounds you with its various thingamabobs and doodads? Love taking photographs but want to elevate your pics to the next level? Join one of our esteemed Official MaxFunCon Photographers for a crash course in camera and photography knowledge! (A working camera is required for this class.)

Introduction to Clown and Physical Comedy with Stephen Simon
Shut up and tell the story. Get out of being a talking head and learn how to create fun and memorable scenes based on character, without saying a word (but you still can if you want to). This class features techniques from Commedia dell'arte, Keaton and Chaplin, through Ringling Bros. and Cirque du Soleil to help keep you grounded in your body and add depth and presence to your performance. Great for improvisers and people who just want to have fun. Stephen has been a professional actor and clown for over 20 year and is one half of the comedy duo Ten West (featured at MaxFunCon East). 


How to Be Psychic with Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy
Ross and Carrie teach you the tools and tricks that magicians and other tricksters use to pretend they have psychic or other-worldly powers. Learn to cold read (offer "psychic readings"), give an applied kinesiology test (a trick that makes special charms seem to improve your balance or health), and spoon bend! Teach your friends to spot a phony, and wow them with the greatest party tricks ever. No psychic skills required; good sense of humor recommended.

How to Write Comedy Like a British Person with Sarah Morgan
Part primer in cool British comedies (that you can drop into conversation), part writing class, all hilarious. Led by your favorite British Person (and co-writer of International Waters!) Sarah Morgan.

Writing Workshop with DC Pierson
DC Pierson, author of the novels The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To and Crap Kingdom and member of the comedy group DERRICK, will offer you writing feedback in a relaxed, fun, constructive environment. Students should bring in 8 copies of a piece of no more than 800 words (complete story, essay, sketch or short film script, or excerpt from a longer work-in-progress.)

MaxFun Rockets Softball with Jesse Thorn & Ken Roberts
Heyyyyyy, batter! Come on up to the softball field (yes, there's a softball field!) and play a little softball with Ol' Jesse Bats himself, Jesse Thorn, and softball enthusiast Ken Roberts. Find out who's an ace and how to catch a can o' corn, how to work the hot corner or hit it on the screws. Bringing your own equipment (gloves especially) is encouraged! 

Making Good Satire with Joe Randazzo
From Jonathan Swift to Robocop to South Park, satire has long been one of the most powerful forms of comedy and commentary that can rise above the din and stand the test of time—it can even define an era. But what makes it so? What separates parody from satire? How does it work on multiple levels and appeal to a broad audience? And how do we avoid crossing the line from satire to snark? Join former Onion editor and adultswim.com creative director Joe Randazzo in exploring what goes into great satire and how you can make it yourself. We'll look at historical examples, consider what might come in the future, and use some of the tried-and-true group brainstorming techniques that Joe has honed over his 10 years working in comedy to hopefully come up with some satire of our own. 

Lake Walk  
Stretch your legs! Get some fresh air! Take a stroll along the shores of the actual lake "Lake Arrowhead" is named for. This is a relatively un-strenuous walk but please note that there are stairs.

SESSION B (Saturday 2:30 - 4 PM)

Disco Balls with Jessica Charlton
PRETZELZ & NUTZ - Sweet and Savory Beer Snacks with Julia Crookston
What Does This Button Do?: Photo 101 with Liezl Estipona
Introduction to Clown and Physical Comedy with Stephen Simon

How to Be Psychic with Carrie Poppy and Ross Blocher 
How to Write Comedy Like a British Person with Sarah Morgan 
Writing Workshop with DC Pierson 
Making Good Satire with Joe Randazzo

Plus...

Pub Quiz with John Hodgman and Chuck Bryant
A MaxFunCon institution. Hosted by Chuck Bryant, co-host of podcast ‘Stuff You Should Know’, and your favorite podcast Judge, John Hodgman. Have a beer. Earn valuable bragging rights.

Tending the Home Bar with Benjamin Harrison and Chris Bowman
Conceived as a spiritual sequel to Ben's legendary Make your Own Cocktail Bitters class, Ben Harrison and Chris Bowman will talk you through everything you need to know to set up a crowd-pleasing home bar. From equipment to key ingredients to garnishes to glassware to ice, you'll learn all about the well-executed domestic watering hole, how to scale it for bigger and smaller parties etc. Want to learn to make big, flawless ice cubes to put in your Maximum Fun beverage glasses? This is your class! Mainly, though, we will be mixing a bunch of cocktails. You will get to mix a bunch of cocktails. You will get to drink them.

Intro to Improv 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; this session is open to any and all experience levels (including zero experience). 

I Have Opinions: Breaking In to Freelance Writing with Emily Gordon 
So, you'd like to make a living freelance writing? This class will teach you how to figure out if freelance writing is for you, how to hone your blogging voice, how to pitch editors, how to pitch so that you get responses, and how to be patient as your contributor list grows.


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!

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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 amanda@maximumfun.org
  • 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 waitlist@maximumfun.org.

Comedy:
Ricky Carmona
Ian Edwards
Shelby Fero
Kumail Nanjiani
Brent Weinbach

Speakers & Other Entertainment:
Dan Deacon
John Hodgman

RISK! with Kevin Allison, featuring Jonathan Ames & more
Stop Podcasting Yourself (Dave Shumka & Graham Clark)
Throwing Shade (Bryan Safi & Erin Gibson)

Instructors:

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 waitlist@maximumfun.org 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