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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).
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We know you're all avid TV watchers so this logline probably makes you think of The Good Place. You’re not wrong for thinking that! In Andrew’s interview you’ll hear Corinne and Noelle talk about the coincidental parallels between Elsewhere and The Good Place. How they felt after seeing The Good Place get picked up to series while they were still developing their pilot. They also discuss their origin stories into the business, the double standards executives set for female characters and how much they hated pitching Elsewhere, despite selling it. Enjoy! ELSEWHERE stars Kate Walsh as Grey Chapman, Nichole Bloom as Kimmy, Tig Notaro as Gabe, Ego Nwodim as Liu, Asif Ali as Steve/Doctor #1/Larry/Football Player/, Martin Starr as Ziggy, Humphrey Kerr as James, Carla Cackowski as Claire/Mother/Female Voice, Craig Cackowski as Hector/Gerstein/Doctor #2/Doctor,  Ayden Mayeri as Lady/Cool Girl/Ellen Nubuck/Female Voice, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.Like we said, Max Fun Drive is here! The drive will be over 4 weeks this year! The purpose of the drive is to give our audience the chance to support our show. We know this is a hard time so there is no pressure to donate at all. Your dedicated support week after week is enough for us! If you would like to support the show by becoming a Max Fun member know that you’re donation gets you a ton of cool gifts and giveaways! There are all different pay levels of support but we recommend the $5 level because its gets you our exclusive bonus content along with bonus content for all your favorite Max Fun shows.Our bonus content is pretty neat too! It includes an exclusive reading of a pilot called IN IT by Brent Morin (Undateable) and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs)  along with never before seen footage of Brig Muñoz-Liebwotiz pilot TRAINING ROOM and Joe Port & Joe WIseman’s pilot ETERNALLY YOURS. They were all recorded live at The Hollywood Improv. Our cast for these pilots were incredible! Hilarious actors like Nicole Sullivan, Arturo Del Puerto, Natalie Morales, Hemky Madera, Drew Tarver, Melissa Fumero, Tony Cavalero, Matt Walsh, Ed Weeks, Briga Heelan, Vella Lovell, Asif Ali, and more!!If you’re interested in supporting our show by becoming a Max Fun member you can do so by using this link: https://maximumfun.org/join/Also…WE’RE DOING A VIRTUAL DEAD PILOTS SHOW THIS Friday 7/17 @ 5 PM PST! If you haven’t been able to come to a show, now is your chance.We’re reading a pilot called CODE 5 written by Sandeep Parikh (In The Dark), Mel Cowan (Brockmire) and Ed Brubaker (Captain America).The cast includes: Sandeep Parikh (New Girl, The Legend of Neil), Asif Ali (Wrecked), Phil Lamarr (Family Guy), Milana Vayntrub (Love), John Ross BOwie (Speechless), Janet Varney (You’re The Worst), and Mel Cowan (Brockmire).BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://houseseats.live/2020/07/17/dps717/For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast!Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
We’re taking a break from dead pilots this month to talk about race and inclusion in the writers room! Andrew sits down with Alyson Fouse (Scary Movie 2, My Wife and Kids) and Matt Claybrooks (Everybody Hates Chris, The Oscars) for an open and honest conversation. They talk about the challenges they were up against while breaking into the business, the progress they’ve witnessed when it comes to inclusion in rooms, the ways in which it still needs to change, and some things all white writers should be thinking about. Enjoy!WE’RE DOING A VIRTUAL DEAD PILOTS SHOW THIS SATURDAY 6/20 @ 4 PM PST! If you haven’t been able to come to a show, now is your chance.We’re reading the pilot “Most Likely” written by Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day At A Time)The cast includes: Ana Villafañe (New Amsterdam), Victor Rasuk (Fifty Shades Freed, Godzilla, Lords Of Dogtown), Emily Chang (The Vampire Diaries, The Bold Type), Tyler Ritter (Agents of Shield, The McCarthys), Caitlin McGee (Bluff City Law, Modern Love), Todd Grinnell (One Day At A Time), Taran Killam as Tucker Zayne (Single Parents, SNL), and Gloria Calderon Kellett as Woman (Creator/Showrunner, One Day At A Time).BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://houseseats.live/2020/06/20/dead-pilots-society-6-20/Proceeds for this show will be donated to The LA Food BankMore information about The LA Food Bank: https://www.lafoodbank.org/The Navajo (Diné) Nation is home to 175,000 people, all of whom are grossly endangered by the staggering spread of COVID-19 across their homeland. Currently, the Navajo Nation has more cases of COVID-19 than 8 U.S. states. In an effort to raise funds for Navajo organizations working on the front lines fighting to help those impacted, we invite you to join us in taking the #Donation4NavajoNationChallenge!To support The Navajo Relief Fund to help The Navajo Nation fight COVID-19 go to: https://ndncollective.org/navajo-nation-relief-fund/For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast!Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
In Andrew's interview, Sally talks about how going to hear Jimmy Burrows speak at her college changed the direction of her life, her rise from PA to writer on the original Will & Grace, and why REVIVAL was truly "the one that got away."  This is a great interview with lots of golden nuggets about show business! EnjoyREVIVAL stars Will Forte as Elliot, Kelly Marie Tran as Jenny, John C. McGinley as Cal Keating, Larry Wilmore as Sam Fishkin,  Mimi Kennedy as Veronica, Anna Camp as Female Host/Alice/Cop/Waitress, Ayden Mayeri as Reagan, Craig Cackowski as Male Host/Straight Guy/David Spade, Andrew Ti as Walter, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.   WE’RE DOING A VIRTUAL DEAD PILOTS SHOW THIS SATURDAY 5/16 @ 5 PM PST!** If you haven’t been able to come to a show, now is your chance.We’re reading a pilot called ELSEWHERE written by Corinne Kingsbury (In The Dark) and Noelle Valdivia (Little America).The cast includes: Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), Nichole Bloom (Superstore), Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live), Asif Ali (Wrecked), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Humphrey Kerr (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Ayden Mayeri (new Girl), Carla Cackowski (Badge of A Quitter), and Craig Cackowski (Drunk History).BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://houseseats.live/2020/05/02/5-16-dead-pilots-society/Proceeds for this show will be donated to The Hollywood Support Staff Fund and a ticket purchase will give you 48 hours of access to the live stream link. For more information about The Hollywood Support Staff Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/44ndst-relief-fund-for-hollywood-support-staffTo support The Navajo Relief Fund to help The Navajo Nation fight COVID-19 go to: https://ndncollective.org/navajo-nation-relief-fund/MaxFun is running a survey to help figure out which advertisers are a good fit for our audience. We’re still primarily audience supported, and that will always be the case, but advertising can be a helpful source of income, especially right now. The results of the survey will help us talk to some new advertisers and convince them to give us a shot. The survey is short - shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes, and you’ll get a discount at the MaxFunStore for filling it out. Also, our gratitude. Go to maximumfun.org/adsurvey (all one word) to fill it out.For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast!Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
We have more laughs for you this month! Our dead pilot is Eight from Alison Bennett (You're The Worst, Single Parents). After a whirlwind romance that resulted in a baby and a wedding (in that order), children of divorce Jillian and Trevor attempt to carve out their own family’s identity, with eight grandparents there to offer eight million different opinions.  In Andrew's interview, Alison talks about her humble beginnings at UCB New York and how she got her first job on one of Amazon's first shows. She talks about her experience writing on You're the Worst and what it's like to be a television writer in the middle of a pandemic. A great conversation with a great writer! Enjoy! Eight stars Anna Camp as Jillian,  Langston Kerman as Trevor, Kelly Marie Tran as Alicia,  John C. McGinley as Rick, Larry Wilmore as Donnie, Nancy Lenehan as Carolyn, Mimi Kennedy as Lori, Ayden Mayeri as Pam/Stephanie, Craig Cackowski as Ace, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
You probably need some laughs more than ever, and we can definitely provide them with this month's episode. Our dead pilot is Eternally Yours from Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Office, New Girl), about a family of normal looking but emotionally closed off, stuck-together-for-eternity vampires. If you think there's no fresh spins left in the vampire genre, you need to listen to this one. In Andrew's interview, you’ll hear about Joe & Joe's first show business gigs, including the insane, no-longer existent job of Night PA, delivering scripts in the wee hours. They talk about how far having a great attitude can take you in this business, the lessons they’ve learned through their long careers, and what they look for in people when they’re staffing a show. Pure fun from two great writers. Enjoy! Eternally Yours stars Ed Weeks as Charles, Briga Heelan as Liz, Asif Ali as Max, Vella Lovell as Emma, Tony Cavalero as Jesse, Yassir Lester as Benji, Matt Walsh as Mort/Sigmund Freud, Mindy Sterling as Phyllis/Woman/Kristen Stewart, Brendan Scannell as Steve The Blood Guy/Man, David Fumero as Henry, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
Our episode this month is Training Room from Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Jamie (played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero), the female physiotherapist for a men's pro soccer team, has always been a guys' girl. But when the team acquires a new star player who challenges Jamie's place on the team, Jamie is forced to seek support from a group of coworkers she's always avoided: the other women. Training Room was produced with Greg Berlanti and former professional soccer player, Robbie Rogers. In Andrew's interview with Brig, you’ll hear about her circuitous route from Santa Clarita to comedy writing…  how some bold moves got her foot in the door… why she likes writing stories about women in men’s worlds... and the impact #MeToo has had in comedy writers' rooms. This episode has it all: dick jokes and a discussion of second versus third wave feminism! Enjoy! Training Room stars Melissa Fumero as Jamie Burkholder, Tony Cavalero as Ryan, Roberta Valderrama as Tawny, Matt Walsh as Coach Vince, David Fumero as Mario, Chelsea Devantez as Tima, Yassir Lester as Kyle/Teammate 1/Sledgehammer Guy, Asif Ali as Jamie’s Dad/Victor/Teammate 2/Bouncer/Nacho, Brendan Scannell as Nick/Frosted Tips/Teammate 3/Waiter, Ed Weeks as Iain, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Also, we have a date for our next live show. This one will be at Westside Comedy Theatre on Saturday, February 29th at 2PM. We’ll be reading pilots from Allison Bennett (You’re The Worst, Single Parents) and Sally Bradford-McKenna (Ghosted, The Goldbergs) Tickets are going to go fast with this one. Lineup is going to be great as usual! Get your tickets here: https://www.westsidecomedy.com/events/event/dead-pilots-society/ For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com  
We’re kicking off 2020 with another true insider look at how television gets made! Andrew sat down with seasoned television executive, Samie Falvey. Samie spent many years as Head of Comedy at ABC, where she played a huge role in developing shows like Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat and The Goldbergs. She is now on the selling side as Chairman at Imagine Television.  In this interview, you’ll hear her speak openly about running a network comedy department…  what it was like to hear David Caspe pitch Happy Endings… what made the Black-ish pilot so irresistible... the finesse involved with telling a comedy writer their script isn’t funny... and the one plot point she thinks writers should never use in a pilot. A lot of valuable insight for writers from someone with a ton of experience developing and producing comedy for television. Enjoy, and we’ll be back with a new dead pilot next month! We have a date for our next live show. This one will be at Westside Comedy Theatre on Saturday, February 29th at 5PM-7PM. The ticket link will be up shortly but make sure you block it out on your calendar. We’ll be reading some great pilots! For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
This month’s pilot is a mock rockumentary, or, as we like to say, a mrockumentary. It's called "Whatever Happened to... Gigi’s Pants" and it's written by Jennifer Crittenden & Gabrielle Allan (Veep, Divorce).  After twenty years of bad blood, a super cool girl band from the nineties, Gigi’s Pants, tries to reunite despite the fact that they are no longer girls and no longer cool.  Andrew sat down with Jen and Gaby to discuss how seeing the drummer of The Go-Go's wearing sweatpants at a reunion concert inspired this show. They also share some war stories from the comedy writing trenches. Want to know what to do when an executive you're pitching to falls fast asleep in the meeting? So do Jen and Gaby, because it's happened to them. You'll hear about the pitch where they had to use dolls to demonstrate because there were "too many characters" (even though there weren't that many characters), and lots more. Enjoy! Whatever Happened to… Gigi’s Pants stars Mary McCormack as Didi, Michaela Watkins as Kat, Felicia Day as R.E.L, Casey Wilson as Sharon, Nat Faxon as Mitch Kepler, Daniel David Stewart as Jake Bonerz/Teenage Boy/Male Fan/Cranky Writer, Nichole Bloom as Dr. Judy Li/Hudson/Patty Smyth, Mark Feuerstein as Greg Bonerz/Security Guard, Nick Peine as Alan Ganz, and Andrew Reich with Stage Directions Don’t forget to buy tickets to our live show this Saturday 12/7 at 4:30 PM at The Hollywood Improv. Doors open at 4pm. We're reading pilots from Joe Port & Joe Wiseman and Brig Munoz-Liebowitz. Our cast for this show includes:  MELISSA FUMERO (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE), TONY CAVALERO (RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES), MATT WALSH (VEEP), ASIF ALI (WRECKED), BRENDAN SCANNELL (HEATHERS), VELLA LOVELL (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND), ED WEEKS (THE MINDY PROJECT), BRIGA HEELAN (GREAT NEWS), YASSIR LESTER (BLACK MONDAY), MINDY STERLING (AUSTIN POWERS), DAVID FUMERO (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE), CHELSEA DEVANTEZ (BLESS THIS MESS), AND MORE! BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
This month’s dead pilot is over ten years in the making. It’s called The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud and was written by Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Parenthood, Desperate Housewives). The story centers around Penelope Cloud, a woman who who has been struggling for 15 years to deliver the follow-up to her celebrated first novel. In that time, she's become dependent on a cocktail of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications to get through the day. The story begins when Penelope, desperate to unblock herself, decides to go off all her meds at once and rejoin her life, already in progress. Andrew sat down with Jeff to talk about the ups and downs of developing this project for over ten years. From shooting a pilot for CBS starring Marisa Tomei, to writing six episodes of it for Amazon that were ultimately passed on after a heated back and forth. Jeff also talks about his experience staffing on shows like Friends, Desperate Housewives, and Will & Grace, and his path into becoming a sought-after television director. It was a colorful and at times emotional conversation about a pilot that was really put through the ringer. Enjoy! The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud stars Michaela Watkins as Penelope Cloud, Jon Cryer as Dr. Birkin/Passenger/Student, Mary McCormack as Eva, Daniel David Stewart as Ivy, Malcolm Barrett as Claude, Nichole Bloom as Geogia/Counselor, Felicia Day as Kendall, Navid Neghaban as Dr. Hakim, Kelsy Sandoval as Adoración, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
We're back to business as usual in this month's Dead Pilots Society episode. Our dead pilot is Sterling, written by Dan Sterling (The Sarah Silverman Program, The Office, Girls, South Park, The Interview, Long Shot). Sterling is about a TV news producer whose life is turned upside down when he is paired up with a beautiful, loose-cannon reporter. Andrew sat down with Dan to talk about his impressive career: Getting the job running The Daily Show after hitting it off with Jon Stewart at a Comedy Central Emmy Party, despite never having worked in late night...The decade long journey from his script Flarsky to Long Shot... Writing The Interview and getting caught in the middle of an international diplomatic firestorm, and why the writer is the only one who doesn't get a bodyguard... How Sterling was partly inspired by his working relationship with Sarah Silverman... and much more! Sterling stars Nat Faxon as Philip Sterling, Hannah Simone as Scarlett Lacy, Malcolm Barrett as Jack Winthrop, Jon Cryer as Lloyd Foote/Grebs/Harting, Felicia Day as Faye/Norah O’Donnell, Nichole Bloom as Shelby/Fox News Anchor, Daniel David Stewart as Mitch/Bartender, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.  
No dead pilot this month, but we have something special instead! On this episode we get to hear a network executive's side of the story. Andrew sat down with television comedy executive, Jamila Hunter. Jamila was the Senior Vice President of ABC Comedy before leaving to head up Kenya Barris's production company at Netflix. In this interview, you'll hear her speak openly about running a network comedy department... What it's like to hear 10 to 12 comedy pitches every single day for months...The number one thing she looks for in a pitch... Embarrassing mistakes writers make and how to avoid them... How the pilot pick-up decisions are actually made... She also reminisces about some of the great pitches she's heard in her career, like Kenya Barris' pitch for Black-ish. Lots of valuable insights for writers, and lots of great perspective for television fans. Enjoy, and we'll be back with a new dead pilot next month! For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
Our pilot this time is Small Town Love by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern (Trophy Wife, Booksmart). Small Town Love is about a sparring mother and daughter in rural Michigan who are forced to lean on each other when they become pregnant at the same time. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Sarah and Emily to hear about how the first script they wrote together, Booksmart, took eleven years to reach the screen; what Emily learned from working with David Mamet; why they made the transition from film to TV; and how you can tell when an idea will actually make a good TV show. Enjoy! Small Town Love stars Busy Phillips as Annette, Shannon Woodward as Fanny, Asif Ali as Curtis, Paul Adelstein as George, Rob Huebel as John, Parvesh Cheena as Mr. Karr, Nicole Sullivan as Reality Woman/Ruthie, Liz Jenkins as Beth, Ali Ghandour as Pimply Teen Manager, Greg Santos as Rude Customer, Syd Steinberg as Waiter/Bartender/Store Manager, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. We're having another live show in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th, at 2pm! It’ll be at the WGAW HQ 2nd floor event space on 3rd Street and Fairfax!!  Ticket link and information to come soon but mark your calendars!! For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
This week’s episode is called Lenny’s Doing Great and His Family’s Terrific written by Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community). The log-line for this one one goes something like: a young man who’s been helicopter-parented within an inch of his life reconnects with his selfish, absentee grandfather—in the process bringing an estranged family back together in ways no one wanted, but everyone needed. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Alex and Matt for a fun conversation about their real grandfathers whom inspired this pilot, how they got their first gig on American Dad, their keys to writing together as a team, and so much more! Enjoy! Lenny’s Doing Great and His Family’s Terrific stars Jack McGee as Lenny Murphy, Parvesh Cheena as Reno, Busy Phillips as Gloria, Drew Tarver as Evan Murphy, Rob Huebel as Marc, Sabrina Jalees as Sabrina, Nicole Sullivan as Joanna, Liz Jenkins as Regina, Greg Santos as Teddy/Waiter/Student/Officiant, Sydney Steinberg as Customer/Waitress, Ali Ghandour as Insane Looking Man/Police Captain, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. We're having another live show in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th, at 2pm! It'll be at the WGA West Theater!! Ticket link and information to come soon but mark your calendars!! For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
Our pilot this month is called Sexy Justice and it’s written by Johanna Stein. Johanna has written on many TV shows including Kung Fu Panda, Jaws of Destiny and so many more! She’s also the author of the novel How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane. Sexy Justice is a 1/2 hour cop show comedy featuring a pair of sizzlingly sexy female undercover cops on the streets of Los Angeles in its prime: the early 80’s. Think “Cagney & Lacey” meets “Charlie’s Angels”, and put through an “Archer” blender on high speed. Stay tuned for Andrew’s interview with Johanna where she talks about the development of Sexy Justice, her experience writing on children’s shows, and the world of animation. Enjoy! Sexy Justice stars Tiya Sircar as Didi Cates, Amanda Lund as Jennifer Von Knoblach, David Walton as Father Jim, Ian Gomez as Captain Gomez, Andy Ridings as Father O’Reilly/Officer Cappizzi/Store Clerk/Man, Brad Morris as Gentle Willy/Officer Manning/Radio, Keiko Agena as Chicky Jackson, Ethan Peck as Manly Nun/Punk/Ice Cream Truck Driver, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. We have a LIVE SHOW on Saturday, June 8th at 5pm at The Hollywood Improv! We'll be reading pilots from Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife), Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (Community, New Girl) and probably more! Our cast is going to be incredible for this one so you don't want to miss it!! TICKET LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yyqkjqdx For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
Yogurt World stars Britt Lower as Audrey Mills, Danny Pudi as Chris, Amanda Lund as Lisa Hewitt, Brad Morris as Bucky Simmons, David Walton as Seph, Andy Ridings as Vet/Guy #2/Newscaster/7-11 Employee, Ethan Peck as Guy #1/Chuck/Tough Guy, Keiko Agena as Hot Girl, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  This month's episode is from the great Colleen McGuinness! Colleen has written on 30 Rock, Friends From College, and Forever.  Her pilot is called Yogurt World. It centers around a woman who works in a frozen yogurt shop whose life is going nowhere, until she discovers that she is telekinetic. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Colleen about developing Yogurt World with Matt Damon, attempting to make a comedy version of “Carrie”, her experiences writing on 30 Rock including some inside scoop on creating that show’s finale, and so many more golden nuggets of insight for writers! Enjoy! For more Dead Pilot Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
This month's episode was recorded live at SF Sketchfest 2019 and it’s Andrew's all-time favorite of his own dead pilots. Inspired by his own mother, "Pearl" tells the story of a woman who receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, and decides to use the time she has remaining to orchestrate the lives of her loved ones to her liking. Our cast for this one was incredible: Julia Duffy as Pearl, Tony Hale as Billy, Alice Wetterlund as Olivia, Craig Cackowski as Kurt, Atsuko Okatsuka as Sara, Lucy Davis as Joy, Keiko Agena as Arlene, Carla Cackowski as Deedee, Kevin Pollak as Len, Tawny Newsome as Shelby/Waitress/Quinn, Will Choi as Travis/Cicerone, Guy Branum as Doctor Hudson/Radio Announcer/Student #2, Joel Kim Booster as  Henry/Student #1, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Before the read, you'll hear Ben’s interview with Andrew where he discusses the process of developing this very personal story into a network sitcom. Enjoy! For more Dead Pilot Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com If you're not a Max Fun member you can become one by going to maximumfun.org and tell them you're a member because of Dead Pilots Society! The donations we get from Max Fun Drive go directly into improving the podcast so you can continue to enjoy it for years to come!
This month’s episode is called The Recent Calls of Annabel Phipps written by Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie). It's an unconventional romantic comedy where Girl meets Boy, Boy very much doesn’t notice. Girl meets bus, Boy notices… sort of.  Stay tuned after the table read for Andrew’s interview with Billy. Billy discusses his early transition from New York playwright to LA comedy writer, the development process of Annabel Phipps, and soooo much more. Enjoy! Our cast was Noel Wells as Annabel, Ethan Peck as Jud, Britt Lower as Hallie, Tiya Sircar as Lauren Lewis, Mo Collins as Marilyn, Brad Morris as Bart, Andy Ridings as Russel, David Walton as Dr. Raz, Krista Morin as Freya/Woman/Erica/MRI Technician, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, and information about our live shows please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
Our dead pilot this month is Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central, Conan). We recorded this one live from SF Sketchfest! Birthright is based in part on Joel’s real life. This outrageous and raw pilot centers on Joel Miller. Adopted by white, Midwestern evangelical parents, Joel "knew he was gay before he knew he was Asian". When he has a falling out with his adoptive parents, he goes in search of his birth mother. He assumes she is in Korea, but finds that the truth is way more interesting... We had a great cast for this one including Joel Kim Booster as Joel, Keiko Agena as Sarah Kim, Guy Branum as Guy, Tawny Newsome as Sonia, Lucy Davis as Esther Kim, Alice Wetterlund as Nancy, Atsuko Okatsuka as Marcy, Carla Cackowski as Janet, Craig Cackowski as Gay Cop/Driver, Will Choi as Mark/Finance Bro/Drug User/Chip Hearts, Irene Tu as Ruthie, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Before the table read, listen to Ben interview Joel about what he learned during his many rounds of development on this pilot for both Fox and Comedy Central.  Come catch our live show at Dynasty Typewriter on February 10th at 2pm. We'll be reading scripts from Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie), Colleen McGuiness (30 Rock) and Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)! Our cast so far includes Noel Wells (Master of None), Nichole Bloom (Superstore), David Walton (New Girl), Mo Collins ( F is For Family), Brad Morris ( Seeking A Friend For The End of The World), Ian Gomez (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and more!! GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://www.dynastytypewriter.com/calendar/deadpilotsfeb10 For more Dead Pilot Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
Our dead pilot this month is called American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas (Superstore, Happy Endings). We recorded this one live from The USC Comedy Festival! American Alien centers around Denise “Dee Dee” and Sonny Mendoza, a small-town brother-and-sister team who struggle to keep their working-class jobs while also protecting vulnerable space aliens from everyday pitfalls in their hometown of Tucson, Arizona. We had a great cast for this one including Kaliko Kauhi as Dee Dee, Dustin Ybarra as Sonny, Kevin Sussman as Connor, Stephnie Weir as Ruth, Nichole Bloom as Jackie/Professional Woman 1, Kevin Balmore as Hector/Little Boy, Maria Blasucci as Mavis/Stacy/Professional Woman 2, Logan Hall as T’Oliver/Yadelah/Old Man/Tough Guy/Cliff, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  Stay tuned after the read Andrew interviews Sierra regarding her dead pilot and there’s also a Q & A with the crowd too! Come catch our live show at SF Sketchfest this year! It's on January 20th at 4pm and you can buy tickets here: https://sfsketchfest2019.sched.com/event/IkpP We’ll also be back at Dynasty Typewriter on February 10th at 2pm! You can get your tickets for that here: https://www.dynastytypewriter.com/calendar/deadpilotsfeb10 For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, and information about our live shows please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
Our dead pilot this month is The Prince by Mehar Sethi (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bojack Horseman). When Dave Whitney, a ruthless corporate fixer in Texas, is passed over for a promotion in his family's oil business, he decides to take the whole company down. Mehar describes it as "What if Karl Rove worked for Greenpeace?" We had a great cast for this one including Glenn Howerton as Dave Whitney, Brad Neely as Charles Whitney, Mamie Gummer as Molly, Scott MacArthur as State Senator/Roger/Redneck Store Clerk/Bobby/Gifford, Lizzie Peet as Aunt Alice, Roberta Valderrama as Margarita, Ginger Gonzaga as Zodiac Waitress/Assistant/Housewife/Local/Hostess, Gary Anthony Williams as Carl Fisher/Rival Oil Exec, Elizabeth Ho as Rhea,  Mike Kosinski as Oscar, Tay Strathairn as Liam Lenox/Steakhouse Waiter, Sunkrish Bala as Ravi Daptik/Rival Oil Exec/Colleague/City Official/Actor, Mike Kosinski as Cody, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. After the table read, listen to Andrew's interview with Mehar regarding his dead pilot! Come to our next live show at SF Sketchfest on January 20th at 4pm! BUY TICKETS HERE: https://sfsketchfest2019.sched.com/event/IkpP For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, and information about our live shows please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
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Kevin Sullivan

so, the only way the protagonist starting as a lawyer would work is if the appearance these two characters get them fired because everybody at the law firm thinks now think he is a nut job and is unemployable and then he is forced to work in a copy shop while having a lot of Gris and there's nothing you can do about it because now everyone in the law thinks he's a total nut job. wow run on sentence much.

Jan 14th
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Tom Hoole

the volume this second season is barely audible , I have been tempted to get rid of this podcast, but I am hoping that they will fix the issue, it is a great concept well executed

Jul 25th
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Curtis Miles

Awesome podcast!

Mar 2nd
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Alexander MJ Smith

An absolutely awesome resource for aspiring television writers, but also really worth checking out if you just love sitcom.

Jun 24th
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