Max Goof, mundanely known as Craig E. Smith, is an electronics dealer and part-time tax preparer who resides in Dublin, Ohio. He constructs fursuits, performs as a puppeteer, and has recently made his debut at Morphicon as a stand-up comic. Max has also operated under the name Stargazer. He has recently stepped down as chairman of Morphicon.
Of all his puppet characters, Max is best known for Ozark, a gruff-talking redneck sheepdog with a straw hat inseparably glued or sewn onto his head. Some rumors say that the hat is there to hide male-pattern baldness, extremely rare among sheepdogs. Ozark often performs with Hayseed (performed by Cirrus Kitfox), an equally unsophisticated raccoon who sports a John Deere ball cap.
Max has constructed, in whole or in part, the following fursuits:
- Stargazer, his first costume, a blue-furred bear with hiking boots, a fishing vest, and a strong love of astronomy.
- Angel Bear, all parts of this costume except the head, halo, and wings.
- Kevin J. Dog, made in the likeness of the well-known character of the recently concluded webcomic Newshounds.
The 2007 edition of Morphicon saw a reprise of Max's performance as a stand-up comic. His material for this year was about call center technical support as practiced by angels, and Dr. Foster, a therapist who works with nursery rhyme characters.
Under the performer name of Max DeGroot, he recently has been known for his parodies and filk. He recorded his first parody, The Ferret National Anthem, in 2004, and there it sat until 2008, when he recorded his second parody, Campaign News. This was followed by a flurry of parodies until he had enough to record a CD. Since then, he has recorded more parodies and funny music, creating a backlog of sorts. Max's first public performance of his work occurred in October of 2009, and he has since rocketed to obscurity. He did manage to hit Dr. Demento's Top Ten for March, April, and May 2010 with "Census" and it managed to end up as the #3 song of the year for 2010.