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Off Book: The Improvised Musical

Author: Earwolf and Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino

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It takes years for a Broadway musical to hit the stage, but on OFF BOOK: The Improvised Musical, you get a brand new original musical every week! Each episode, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and a special guest create a new musical on the spot.

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Best friend of the show + star of the new Netflix series, Space Force, Tawny Newsome is undercovers this week with Jess, Zach and the rest of the band! Find out more about "Barrel Racing", a "No Thank You Pasta" song, a "Wrap Up Rap" and more!
This week on another Undercovers with Off Book episode, the insanely hilarious Earwolf favs Seth Morris + Dannah Phirman, hosts of the live variety show Brighter! join the gang for some fun. We got songs about "Buff Tom Hanks", a "Mock Trial Sock Hop" and... improv?! It's true!
It's a very special OFF BOOK live from the Kennedy Center, with a performance of the brand new musical: "Treasure The Lobster"! With songs like "Pinchy Red Guy", "Eat Him At Your Wedding" and "I Treasure the Treasury", you will fully treasure this new classic ep!
A special live episode out from behind the paywall! Jess and Zach are live from the 6th Annual Trill Comedy Fest in Houston, TX with "The Magic Truth", the musical! A true fan favorite!
We're back Undercovers this week with 2/3 of the hilarious show, Podcast: The Ride! Jason Sheridan and Mike Carlson join Jess, Zach and the fam band to talk and sing about "Ludwig von Koopa", "Watto" and "Duffy and Shellie May", the Disney bears.
All the way from Ireland, comedy duo The 2 Johnnies (and their camera crew!), join Zach and Jess for a special pre-quarantine in-studio episode! With songs like "Officer Goodbody", "Stung By Queen Bee" and "Ooh Kyle Finished Up Well", you'll be tempted to go to a night bar ASAP!
We've got not one, but *two* special guests this week in our Zoom hangs! Lauren Lapkus and Erin Whitehead join Jess, Zach and the family band for some quality chats and songs like "Spicy Chili Glaze", "Back Cubes" and "Villain Appetizers".
Another episode in quarantine, which means another episode brought to you by "What Sound Does the Wooden Frog Make?", but this time, with friend of the show, Nicole Parker! With a song by Holly Hunter, "Baby Sharks 1, 2, 3", a "Soup" rap and more!
It’s another special Undercovers episode with Off Book and the Family Band! Everyone chats about deep fake nudes, bird feeders, ladies only chats, and more to inspire songs like “Father Bod”, “Should I Trust That Weird Clear House?”, and “Ladies In The Chat”.   Presented by “What Sound Does The Wooden Frog Make?”
On a special quarantined episode, Off Book and the Family Band chat about soft pants, Zoom, Tiger King, and more to inspire songs like ““Need a Softer Touch”, “6 Alphas On The Zoom”, and “I am a King With a Tiger Next To Me.” Presented by “What Sound Does A Wooden Frog Make?”
Live from Seattle, Zach and Jess bring you an all new musical packed with online streaming services,  superpowers, and more! With songs like “We Gotta Stay Quiet In Our Best Friend’s Closet”, “What Is Broken Trust? If It’s Over Disney Plus”, and “It’s Fun To Come Out of a Cake For Sure!”, it’s a musical that follow’s a hero’s journey as they discover their superpowers!
Jackie Johnson (Natch Beaut) joins Zach and Jess for an all new musical packed with a heaven hotel, William Shakespeare, the Jupiter Council, and more. With songs like “Heavenly (Welcome to Heaven)”, “In My Heaven”, and “My Name Is William”, it’s a heavenly musical that will take you through space and time!
Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made?) joins Zach and Jess for a special Off Book: Undercover! Jason chats with Zach and Jess about anxiety dreams, childhood movies, and Joe Pesci which inspires songs like “Dream Mom”, “It’s a House of Raccoons”, and “Nobody Pandered To You.”
Live from Vancouver, Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger (The Doughboys) join Zach and Jess for an all new musical packed with giraffes, a villainous wildebeest, and more. With songs like “I Wish I Could Reach”, “If I’m Not A Giraffe, You Legally Have To Tell Me”, and “The Bone Graveyard”, it’s the perfect musical for giraffe fans!
Laser Malena-Webber (The Doubleclicks, UCB) joins Zach and Jess for an all new musical packed with friends playing D&D, orange soda, older sisters, and more. With songs like “Join This Party (Roll With Me)”, “Your Sister Is A Babe, Riley”, and “Will You Guys Just Be Cool About My Sister?”, it’s the perfect musical for D&D fans!
Jiavani Linayao (Between Two Ferns: The Movie, Baby Wants Candy) joins Zach and Jess for an all new musical packed with dreamers, friendship, train barons, and more. With songs like “Shuffle Off To Buffalo”, “I’ll Know When I Get To Buffalo”, and “The Track To Friendship”, it’s the perfect companion for your next train adventure!
Carl Tart (The Flagrant Ones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins Zach and Jess for an all new musical packed with mountain mystics, riddle trolls, and more. With songs like “I Know That I’ve Got A Deep Thought”, “Don’t Go Up That Mountain, No! No!”, “Boots, Milk, Oats!”, it’s the only musical that features the classic character Cornish Shawn! This episode is brought to you by Dead Waves podcast.
Vicky Vox (Doing Great) joins Zach and Jess for an all new musical packed with a bunch of huskies in Alaska, sexy scary wolves, and more. With songs like “Can I Just Say? (Husky Hullabaloo)”, “A Sexy Scary Wolf”, and “Your Right There Place”, it’s a musical that follows three huskies on an adventure you won’t want to miss!
Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Threedom) returns to Off Book and joins Zach and Jess for an all new musical packed with a future with finite love, cyber scientists, Bono & Edgebot, and more. With songs like “We Gotta Put Our Love On Lock”, “What Can We Do? (So You Can Love You Too)”, and “We Used To Love Our Cars”, it’s the perfect musical for anyone who needs a little more love in their life!
Laci Mosley (Scam Goddess, Florida Girls) joins Zach and Jess for an all new musical packed with talking turtles, a family of scientists, and more. With songs like “Knock, Knock, Were You Aware?”, “We Finally Got Some Money”, and “What is Science? (Don’t Call Our Mom)”, it’s the perfect musical for anyone who wonders what turtles would say if they could speak!
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Alee M

I never promote podcasts. like literally never before ..this is one of my favorite episodes of my favorite podcast. amazing! you're missing out if you haven't heard them. Zach is a genius I love every voice he does, Jess is an improvised genius. the band (especially piano) is crazy good at what they do listen! enjoy! subscribe!

May 24th
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Bailey Haggis

I love they switched everyone's roles for this one. so much fun!

Apr 21st
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Philippa Tickner

You don't have a slithery little friend until you snake it so...

Feb 18th
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Samuel Coleclough

Amazing, funny, original. No other podcast like it! These guys make my podcast week!

Jan 18th
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Dorothy Cosentino

This is for sure my favorite episode of this show. Good job guys!

Dec 31st
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Brad Gibbons

OMG, *SO* much better than Cats 1! XD

Jun 13th
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Chris Taylor

Dang. Ya'll done it again with this episode. More this!!!

Jan 31st
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Jaiden van Bork

wow

Jan 22nd
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Mystorybrooke

thank you for writing that. I want to be an art blogger parents will not back me up.

Jan 19th
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KillianAnderson

Honestly probably in my top favourites. There's a lot of really great lyrics in this episode.

Dec 10th
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Bailey Haggis

that's a good one.

Oct 26th
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Bailey Haggis

so beautiful

Oct 10th
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GaurdianxShot

I think I love this.. first episode had me cracking up idiotically. 40 something episodes to go.

Jul 26th
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Lilly Elder

spoiler alert: it's not the last off book

Jul 14th
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Shawn Duffy

Bravo!

May 25th
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Dylan Wimp

This podcast is the fucking best. Love it! Keep it up you two!

Apr 9th
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Mikey Porter

SNOOP DOGG music DMX

Mar 6th
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Alejandro Turcios

los inquietos del norte

Feb 25th
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Jose Maximiliano Torres

me gustas

Feb 14th
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Casey Tingle

Witty and at times ridculous, I've forsaken all of my other podcasts until I've caught up with this one. 5 stars, would recommend!

Feb 14th
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