Jesse Thorn and His Talented Friends Are Going on a Boat Trip and You’re Invited

Jesse Thorn, Grand Exalted Leader of Maximum Fun, has a new event that we’ve teamed up with him for: the Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival. Yes, it’s a comedy cruise, and they’ve got a killer lineup.

Hitting the high seas from September 13th through the 16th of this month, the cruise will feature performances by Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Eugene Mirman, Al Madrigal, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, Hari Kondabolu, Nick Thune, Jasper Redd, and Josie Long. And there’s music, too! John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats), John Roderick (the Long Winters), Dan Deacon, and Nellie McKay will all be performing as well. And we’ll be on board to cover the whole thing.

Tickets start at $690 and are available starting today at, one of the greatest URLs to ever be used for legitimate purposes.

Check out the full press release below:


Performers Including John Darnielle, Marc Maron, John Hodgman Will Respect No Land Law

Comedy podcast network announced the Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival today, presented
in partnership with KCRW and Splitsider. The Festival is the first to mix comedy and music on the high seas, offering
attendees a chance to mingle with and enjoy performances from a carefully-curated selection of music and comedy
stars. The logline: “Comedy. Music. Shuffleboard.”

Music performers include John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Dan Deacon, Nellie McKay and John Roderick (The
Long Winters). They’ll be complimented by a DJ from world-renowned new music radio station KCRW.

Comedy performers include Marc Maron (IFC’s Maron, WTF), Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Al Madrigal (The Daily
Show), John Hodgman (The Daily Show, Bored to Death), Eugene Mirman, Maria Bamford and Nick Thune.

The event begins with a kick-off party in Miami on September 12th, 2013; the ship departs September 13th, and
returns to port September 16th. Entertainment has been selected by Jesse Thorn, host of NPR’s “Bullseye,” a culture
recommendation and interview show heard on public radio stations around the country.

“We can’t decide if we’re hosting the ultimate cruise or an anti-cruise,” says Thorn. “There will be no lounge music, but
Nellie McKay might play ukulele. We don’t expect many elderly people, but we will have a shuffleboard tournament.
There will be rock and roll, but there will also be huge plates of shrimp.”

Upon reaching international waters, shit is expected to get crazy.


The Festival includes two nights of comedy and one of music, along with on-board activities including shuffleboard
tournament, trivia contest and, presumably, rum, sodomy and the lash.

Music Lineup:
Dan Deacon
John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats)
John Roderick (the Long Winters)
Nellie McKay

Comedy Lineup:
Al Madrigal
Eugene Mirman
Hari Kondabolu
Jasper Redd
John Hodgman
Josie Long
Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler
Marc Maron
Maria Bamford
Nick Thune

About the Cruise

Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, the cruise will travel from Miami, Florida to two islands in the Bahamas:
Nassau, the capital city, and CocoCay, a private island. More information is available online at

Tickets & More Information

Berths on the ship begin at $690. Tickets and more information are available now at

Important Rivalry with Mark McGrath intends to cultivate a rivalry with the Mark McGrath & Friends Cruise, which is just the worst. I mean
seriously, Smashmouth? They’re probably nice guys and all, but… seriously, Smashmouth? Come on.

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