Dead Pilots Society

Dead Pilots Society

By Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich

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) Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour), and Noah Findling (The New York Times, Comedy Central).

Episodes

Episode 148: Faking A Murderer written by Michael Jonathan Smith (Twisted Metal, Cobra Kai)

We have a hilarious pilot for you this month! It's called Faking A Murderer  written by Michael Jonathan Smith (creator of Twisted Metal, Cobra Kai). This pilot is about  the members of a small town police department who invent a serial killer to save their town's budget. Trigger warning! There's a lot of death, sick gross stuff, and the mistreatment of corpses in this one but it somehow manages to be insanely hilarious. Faking A Murderer was written by Michael Jonathan Smith and developed by Chris Yule and Alex Aschinge. This project was setup at Quibi with Sony attached to produced. Julius Sharpe was signed on to co-showrun with Seth Gordon attached to direct.  This is a twisted pilot for all of our sickos out there! Enjoy it!Our cast for this one included Allison Tolman (Fargo), Mike Mitchell (Love, The Doughboys Podcast), Andrew Lopez (The Bear, Platonic), Ryan Asher (Second City Mainstage), Rachel Marsh (Unstable), Chris Yule (I Own You), Alex Aschinge (I Own You)   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
23/05/2454m 55s

Episode 147: Michael Lisbe & Nate Reger (Acapulco, The Cool Kids) Interview (Frenemies After Show)

This is our after show interview with Michael Lisbe & Nate Reger (Acapulco, The Cool Kids). In it you'll hear them talk about their show business breaks, how they generate ideas for pilots,  a real dilemma they faced early on in their career,  their favorite staffing jobs and the parts of their pilot Frenemies, that are based on facts. This one is a great conversation with old friends! Enjoy it!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
26/04/241h 11m

Episode 146: Frenemies - The Journey Of Lewis & Clark written by Michael Lisbe & Nate Reger (Acapulco, The Cool Kids)

Thank you to everyone who upgraded their max fun membership this year. We had more upgrades than last year and we're so grateful for all of you. You're support allows us to keep bringing you dead pilots. Our dead pilot this month is called Frenemies: The Journey Of Lewis & Clark  written by Michael Lisbe & Nate Reger (Just Shoot Meet, Cougar Town, 2 Broke Girls). Their dead pilot is a comedic take on Lewis & Clark's epic journey of discovery through the American west. This pilot is hard funny and it's also NSFW. We warned you! It was a spec Mike & Nate wrote in the early days of Covid and they set it up at Sony. Our cast included Brandon Scott Jones (Ghosts), Drew Powell (Gotham), Tre Hale (Platonic), Michael Cassidy (People Of Earth), Haskiri Velazquez (Saved By The Bell), Carlos Aazraqui (Reno 911!), Greg Santos (Great News)  and Andrew Reich with stage directions. There's still time to help support our podcast by becoming a maximum fun member for as little as $5 a month.  Help us support what we do by going to maximumfun.org/join.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 
20/04/2446m 44s

Episode 145: Unscripted Dead Pilots with J. Keith van Straaten, Jordan Morris, John Moe

This is an episode dedicated to unscripted television.  J. Keith van Straaten, Jordan Morris, and John Moe talk about their dead unscripted projects that were sold to networks and streams but never produced. This conversation went to a ton of unexpected places and that's definitely a part of it's charm. Enjoy it!There's still time to help support our podcast by becoming a maximum fun member for as little as $5 a month.  Help us support what we do by going to maximumfun.org/join.
28/03/2452m 4s

Episode 144: Andy Bobrow's List Of Sitcom Writing Rules

Another #maxfundrive bonus episode for you! Thank you to everyone who has boosted or become a #maxfundrive member, it's because of you that we can put out episodes like this. We sat down with comedy writer Andy Bobrow about his sitcom writing rules. Andy is a writer who's script Greatest American Heroes (ep link here) was last year's MaxFunDrive episode. We had an incredible cast for that one including Will Forte, Stephen Root, Rachel Harris, Sam Richardson and more.  Andy has written on Malcolm In The Middle, Community, Last Man On earth, Brooklyin Nine-Nine and currently he's been writing for Krapopolis. Recently, he posted some of his sitcom writing rules on twitter that we found to be super spot on and we wanted to talk to him about it. There's a lot of extremely practical advice in this one. Things that can help comedy writers at any level who are maybe stuck on a scene or looking for general things not to do. You can find his list here This is for all writers or fans who are interested in the craft of how comedy shows are written. If you get something useful out of this conversation please consider becoming a #maxfun member at just $5 a month by going to maximumfun.org/donate. Thanks for listening! Enjoy! 
25/03/241h 10m

Episode 143: Open Mike Eagle (The New Negroes) & Mike Benner (Bob's Burgers) Interview (Principle After Show)

This is our after show interview with Open Mike Eagle (The New Negroes) & Mike Benner (Bob's Burger) about their pilot Principle. Mike and Mike developed Principle for Comedy Central wanting to explore the differences between a rapper's public and private persona. In this interview, you'll hear them talk about their comedy and hip hop influences, Open Mike's move from rapper to comedy writer/rapper and the process of pitching and developing a rap show for Comedy Central.  If you'd like to support our podcast, now is the time. It's MaxFunDrive; the one time of year where listeners like you can directly support our podcast. Your support is what allows us to keep putting out dead pilot after dead pilot. Help us out for as little as $5 a month. 
23/03/2454m 20s

Episode 142: Principle written by Open Mike Eagle (The New Negroes) & Mike Benner (Bob's Burgers) LIVE at The Elysian Theater

We have a hilarious MAX FUN DRIVE episode for you!  It's the table read for Principle written by Open Mike Eagle (The New Negroes) & Mike Benner (Bob's Burgers) recorded LIVE at THE ELYSIAN THEATER! Principle was sold to Comedy Central. It's about a rapper trying to change his life and image but keeps being pulled back into the gangster character that made him famous. This show should be on the list along with Atlanta and Dave of the great television hip hop comedy of the last decade but alas it never it never made it to air. It's only available here on Dead Piltos Society and Dead Pilots Society only exists because of listeners like you  becoming Maximum Fun members. Your support is what keeps this podcast going. You can become a member for as little as $5 a month by going to maximumfun.org/joinPrinciple stars Open Mike Eagle, Shakira Ja'nai Paye, Tawny Newsome, Langston Kerman, Jamel Johnson, Paul F. Tompkins, Phil Lamarr, Aaron Branch, Taylor Garron 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
20/03/2448m 30s

Go Fact Yourself #MaxFunDrive Kick-off Spectacular featuring Austin Taylor, Brenda Snell, Manolo Moreno, and Andrew Reich

This special network wide event is a celebration of The MaxFunDrive! If you’d like to support podcasts you love for just $5 a month and get bonus gifts in the process, go to maximumfun.org/join. We’re kicking off the most exciting time of the year for the MaxFun Network with a trivia game show featuring hosts from tons of great podcasts.J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong from “Go Fact Yourself” are joined by:Austin Taylor & Brenda Snell -“Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries” Manolo Moreno - “Dr. Gameshow”Andrew Reich - “Dead Pilots Society”If you’d like to hear more hosts competing for trivia supremacy, visit Maximumfun.org for the full version of this show.
18/03/2417m 56s

Episode 141: Q & A with Ben Blacker & Andrew Reich moderated by J. Keith van Straaten (Go Fact Yourself)

This is a special  episode in honor of The MaxFunDrive where Andrew and Ben answer a variety questions sent to us from listeners.  We had J. Keith van Straaten from Go Fact Yourself drop by to moderate. It was a lot of fun and we know you're going to love it.  Thank you for supporting our show!This special network wide event is a celebration of The MaxFunDrive! If you’d like to support podcasts you love for just $5 a month and get bonus gifts in the process, go to maximumfun.org/join.    
18/03/241h 6m

Episode 140: Tommy Johnagin (That 90s Show, Man With A Plan) Interview (You're Only Young Twice After Show)

This is our after show interview with Tommy Johnagin (That 90s Show, Man With A Plan) about his pilot You're Only Young Twice. Tommy tells us about starting his stand up career at the age of 19, inspired by David Letterman.  How he went from being a touring comedian to writing on a television show. Andrew shares some good insight from his time on Friends and they both spend time figuring out a better second act complication for Tommy's pilot. This is a great one! Enjoy it!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    
02/03/241h 11m

Episode 139: You're Only Young Twice written by Tommy Johnagin (That 90s Show, Man With A Plan)

This is the table read for You're Only Young Twice written by Tommy Johnagin (That 90s Show, Man With A Plan). This pilot was a CBS network multi-camera sitcom. Logline: A young couple  discover the upside to getting pregnant at your junior prom is that your kid goes to college when you’re 35, and you become empty nesters who get to start life all over again while you're still young enough to enjoy it. The downside is finding out your spouse has different plans for their second chance.You're Only Young Twice stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy, Carol's Second Act), Shakira Ja'nai Paye (House Party), Emily Robinson (Transparent), Taylor Garron (Yo Gabba Gabba), Aaron Branch (Unstable), Fahim Anwar (Neighbors), Kirk Fox (Jury Duty), Ryan Singer (Maron) 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
23/02/2435m 36s

Episode 138: Alex Burnett & Brendan McCarthy Interview (Localized After Show)

This is our after show interview with Alex Burnett & Brendan McCarthy (Grace & Frankie) about their pilot Localized.  Alex's recounts his personal connection to the show, having grown up on Nantucket. You'll hear about the persistence it took to sell this show, their experience working with Mitch Hurwitz (creator of Arrested Development) and their journeys to becoming tv writers. They also share some really great writing insight they received from Mitch Hurwitz during the development process. You won't want to miss this one. Enjoy!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
26/01/2454m 12s

Episode 137: Localized written by Alex Burnett & Brendan McCarthy (Grace & Frankie)

This is the table read of LOCALIZED written by  Alex Burnett & Brendan McCarthy (Grace & Frankie). This pilot is based on a real life character. A man who is the only full time doctor on the island of Nantuckett. Localized is based on the book Island Practice written by Pam Belluck.  It's a wonderfully weird pilot that was sold to HBO Max with Mitch Hurwitz attached to executive produce. We had a great cast for this one! It includes  Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope, West Wing), Tobey Grey (College Humor), Cyrina Fiallo (Good Luck Charlie), Emily Chang (The Bold Type), Brendan Hines (Suits), Lizzie Peet (American Crime Story), John Ross Bowie (Speechless), Nick Wechsler (Roswell), Baron Vaughn (Grace & Frankie), Hal Lublin (The Venture Bros) and Andrew Reich with stage directions. WE HAVE A LIVE SHOW COMING UP on January 21st from 3PM to 5PM at The Elysian Theater in Los Angeles. Come see us table read scripts the following scripts: Principle written by Open Mike Eagle (The New Negroes) & Mike Benner (Bob's Burgers)You're Only Young Twice written by Tommy Johnagin (That 90s Show, Man With A Plan). TICKETS at elysiantheater.comIf you’d like to see the video feed of Localized, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. Tune in next week for our interview with Alex & Brendan. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!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
19/01/2445m 17s

Episode 136: Vali Chandrasekaran Interview (Fulfillment After Show)

This is the after show for Fulfillment with its writer Vali Candrasekaran (Modern Family, 30 Rock). Vali is a respected veteran comedy writer who's written on all of your favorite sitcoms. You'll hear the crazy story about how he landed his first job on "My Name Is Earl".  He talks about a show he created with Christopher Lloyd (Modern Family, Frasier) starring two A-list actors that somehow didn't get picked up to series.  Vali shares some great advice he received from Chris regarding multi-camera sitcom writing and some of his own advice on writing a pilot. Writers, do not miss this episode.  Enjoy!WE HAVE A LIVE SHOW COMING UP on January 21st from 3PM to 5PM at The Elysian Theater in Los Angeles. Come see us table read scripts the following scripts: Principle written by Open Mike Eagle (The New Negroes) & Mike Benner (Bob's Burgers)You're Only Young Twice written by Tommy Johnagin (That 90s Show, Man With A Plan). TICKETS at elysiantheater.comFor 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
29/12/231h 14m

Episode 135: Fulfillment written by Vali Chandrasekaran (Modern Family, 30 Rock)

This is the table read of Fulfillment written by  Vali Chandrasekaran (Modern Family, 30 Rock). FULFILMENT  is an ensemble workplace comedy about a group of people whose job it is to make money for the most evil company on earth, but they spend most of their time helping each other through life.  It's about maintaining your humanity in a dehumanizing world. The cast for this one is nothing short of amazing! It includes Zooey Deschanel (New Girl, 500 Days Of Summer) Michaela Watkins (Wanderlust), Padget Brewster (Criminal Minds, Community) Hamish Linklater (The Big Short), Asif Ali (WandaVision), Solomon Georgio (Shrill, High Fidelity), Eric Edelstein (Jurassic World), John Lutz (SNL, 30 Rock), Hal Lublin (We Got This with Mark and Hal) and Andrew Reich with stage directions. WE HAVE A LIVE SHOW COMING UP on January 21st from 3PM to 5PM at The Elysian Theater in Los Angeles. Come see us table read scripts the following scripts: Principle written by Open Mike Eagle (The New Negroes) & Mike Benner (Bob's Burgers)You're Only Young Twice written by Tommy Johnagin (That 90s Show, Man With A Plan). TICKETS at elysiantheater.comFor 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
21/12/2357m 0s

Episode 134: Sam Jarvis Interview (Sam In Retrograde After Show)

Andrew interviewed the writer of Sam In Retrograde, Sam Jarvis (Dollface, Tosh.O)! Sam has a fresh voice and even still has that new writer passion for the business. We love to see it, it's a breath of fresh air. In this interview, Sam tells us about the germ of the idea for her show and why she named her lead character after herself. She talks about what it's like to be the only woman in writer's room and some insight into working on the Comedy Central hit Tosh.O. Sam's also one of the few writers we know who writes everyday. We love that for her and we know you will too. Enjoy this one and thanks for listening.  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
01/12/231h 2m

Episode 133: Sam In Retrograde written by Sam Jarvis (Dollface, Tosh.o)

This is the table read of Sam In Retrograde written by Sam jarvis (Dollface. Tosh.o). SAM IN RETROGRADE is a weird little comedy about one woman's journey through grief, and her attempt to find herself in the process. More specifically, it's about a girl who starts carrying her dead husband's urn around everywhere and talking to it as if they're still married. Which yes, does affect her relationships with everyone else in her life. As you'd imagine. The project was developed and optioned at CBS Studios with Party Over Here producing, and Bert & Bertie (HAWKEYE, THE GREAT, TROOP ZERO) attached to direct. It was taken out the summer of 2021 and pitched to Hulu, Apple, Paramount+, Showtime, Peacock, FX, Freeform, and HBOMax. While a few execs fought for it, they all ended up passing. And if I recall correctly, Amazon and Netflix passed before hearing a pitch. It was all very cool. The cast for this one is  nothing short than spectactular. It includes Katie O'Brien (Teachers), Katrina Davis (Figuring It Out), Julie Brister (Goliath), Suzy Nakamura (Avenue 5, Dead to Me, Dr. Ken), John Ross Bowie (Speechless, Big Bang Theory), Leonard Robinson (Insecure), Ashley Padilla (Son of Zorn) 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 
24/11/2342m 37s

Episode 132: Maria Blasucci & Amanda Lund Interview (Let's Do Lunch After Show)

We sat down with the writers of Let’s Do Lunch, Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci. Andrew covers so many things with Amanda and Maria including a full description of the food spread at a 90s sitcom taping, the story about how they met, Maria’s many appearances on Drunk History, the importance of making your own content, and how to write what’s in your heart. Amanda and Maria are Dead Pilots Society regulars that we love having on the show and we’re thrilled we got to do their pilot. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you must do so now. You’re going to love this one. We guarantee it. Enjoy!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
26/10/2352m 54s

Episode 131: Let's Do Lunch written by Maria Blasucci & Amanda Lund

This month’s pilot is comedy gold! It’s called Let’s Do Lunch written by Maria Blasucci & Amanda Lund. Let’s Do Lunch is a satirical look into the drug and sex fueled world of Hollywood throughout the blockbustery 1980s as seen through the eyes of male visionary power producers, Chase Tillman and Brock Springs (played by Maria Blasucci and Amanda Lund). Their project was set up at FX with Party Over Here attached to produce.Our cast for this one includes Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, Taran Killam, Taylor Garron, Patty Guggenheim, Andy Daly, Mark McKinney, Flula Borg, Crack Cackowski, Richelle Meiss, Morgan Jay and Andrew Reich with stage directions.Tune in next week for our interview with Amanda and Maria. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!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
19/10/2345m 46s

Episode 130: Santina Muha, Lindsey Kraft and Andrew Leeds Interview (Pretty After Show)

We have a terrific after show interview for you with the creators of Pretty, Santina Muha, Lindsey Kraft and Andrew Leeds. This is a truly uplifting and inspiring conversation. You’ll hear Santina talk about how she got her start in comedy and how her childhood accident forced her to hone her comedy skills. She discusses the importance of making light of a terrible situation, simple things people take for granted like sidewalks, and her passion of using comedy as a platform to discuss important issues. This was a great interview with some of our favorite creators. We know you’re gong to love it. Enjoy!Santina's music video for A$$ LEVEL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fvcDkqWO2EGet the video for the Pretty table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
29/09/231h 6m

Episode 129: Pretty written by Lindsey Kraft (story by Lindsey Kraft, Santina Muha, Andrew Leeds)

Another month, another pilot! It’s Pretty written by Lindsey Kraft (story by Lindsey Kraft, Santina Muha, Andrew Leeds). Pretty is about a ballsy, passionate woman (Muha) who moves from Jersey to L.A. to pursue her dreams of finding love and becoming the next Oprah. Kraft and Muha were attached to star in the project with Michelle Nader, Kaley Cuoco’s Yes, Norman Productions and Warner Bros. TV attached to produce. We loved reading this one. It’s one of those funny, sweet and inspiring pilots that can brighten your day. We know you’re going to love it. Enjoy!We had a terrific cast for this one including Santina Muha, Lindsey Kraft, Timm Sharp, Oscar Montoya, Andrew Leeds, Sydney Steinberg, Justina Machado and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you’d like to see the video feed of Pretty, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. Tune in next week for our interview with Lindsey, Santina and Andrew. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!If you’re trying to support the writer’s strike below is a link to do so:https://secure2.convio.net/afa/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app20120a?df_id=2857&2857.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T&NONCE_TOKEN=9EE6EC32C18BA876373B9C3236C55098 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
21/09/2350m 19s

Episode 128: Matteo Borghese & Rob Turbovsky Interview (Trial After Show)

This week we sat down with the writers of Trial, Matteo Borghese & Rob Turbovsky. Spoiler alert! Rob and Matteo reveal who the killer in their pilot is. We’re not going to spoil it for you in the show notes though. You’ll have to listen to this episode to find out. The Emmy nominated duo also discuss their experience staffing on Silicon Valley, Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Only Murders In The Building. They explain what they believe a TV writer’s job is. We’ll give you a hint, it has something to do with reading your boss’s mind. This is a great interview that we know you’re going to love. Enjoy!Get the video for the Trial table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
31/08/2353m 14s

Episode 127: Trial written by Matteo Borghese & Rob Turbovsky

This month's table read is for a pilot called Trial written by Emmy nominated writing duo Matteo Borghese & Rob Turbovsky. Trial centers around an aging comedy icon who finds his life turned upside down when he is charged with the murder of his sleazy business manager and, possibly worse, revealed to be not all that nice.  Trial was setup at Comedy Central. It should be noted that we read this pilot live in Los Angeles at The Lyric Hyperion Theater. That's right, you're going to hear some real laughs! Our cast for Trial was truly outstanding. It features Mark McKinney as Bradley, Ritesh Rajan as Donald, Khary Payton as Detective Hanscom, Taylor Garron as Alex Bridge,  Vinny Thomas as Chet, Patty Guggenheim as Paula Glass, Craig Cackowski as Marty, Richelle Meiss as Debbie Tremblay/various characters, Morgan Jay as Jacob Tremblay/various characters and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Thanks for listening! Enjoy!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 
24/08/2348m 30s

Episode 126: Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Power Rangers) Interview (The Sleeping Father After Show)

We have an incredibly insightful interview with Michele & Kieran Mulroney. If you haven’t listened to both episodes of their show The Sleeping Father, you must do so now. It’s truly outstanding! This interview is crucial for anyone who wants to know the real story of how so many careers in Hollywood go. It’s mandatory listening for aspiring writers and striking writers in a dry spell creatively. Michele & Kieran talk about getting their start in the business, adapting Dickens for dogs, and they discuss the ten year draught they had where they wrote a dozen spec screenplays that didn’t sell. You’re going to hear how they broke that losing streak in the best way possible: writing exactly what they wanted to write. It’s a must listen for anyone aspiring to work in Hollywood.Get the video for The Sleeping Father table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
09/08/231h

Episode 125: The Sleeping Father Episode 2 written by Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney (Power Rangers, Sherlock Holmes:A Game Of Shadows)

You guys are in for a treat! It's episode two of The Sleeping Father written by Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney (Power Rangers, Sherlock Holmes:A Game Of Shadows), based on the novel by Matthew Sharpe. Michelle and Kieran originally wrote this as a screenplay for Warner Bros and was later revived as a television series for Warner Bros. Television. Enjoy it!We had a terrific cast for this one including Dave Foley, Ennis Esmer, Ciara Bravo, Daniel DiMaggio, Nichole Sakura, Niles Fitch, Sarah Rafferty, Bellina Logan, Greg Hess, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you’d like to see the video feed of The Sleeping Father, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Michele & Kieran. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!If you’re trying to support the writer’s strike below is the organization Andrew referenced in his opening. Link 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, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
27/07/2348m 21s

Episode 124: The Sleeping Father written by Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney (Power Rangers, Sherlock Holmes:A Game Of Shadows)

We have a truly one-of-a-kind dead pilot for you this month! It’s The Sleeping Father, written by Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Power Rangers), based on the novel by Matthew Sharpe. It follows the slow-motion implosion and long and ridiculous recovery of the Schwartz family after patriarch, Bernie, goes into a coma and comes out of it even more screwed up than when he went in. Michele and Kieran originally wrote this as a screenplay for Warner Bros and it was later revived as a television pilot for Warner Bros Television. The Mulroneys have lived with and worked on this adaptation for well over a decade, and we are happy to bring you not just one, but two episodes of this criminally dead project! They wrote a great second episode that we will be bringing you next week. This is an unconventional and unpredictable story about a messy family that we know you’re going to love. Enjoy it!We had a terrific cast for this one including Dave Foley (Newsradio), Ennis Esmer (Blindspot), Ciara Bravo (Cherry), Daniel DiMaggio (American Housewife), Nichole Sakura (Superstore), Niles Fitch (This Is Us), Sarah Rafferty (Suits), Bellina Logan (ER), Greg Hess (LA to Vegas), and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you’d like to see the video feed of The Sleeping Father, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Michele & Kieran. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!If you’re trying to support the writer’s strike, you can do so 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, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
20/07/2356m 25s

Episode 123: Julia Ahumada Grob (Mr. Iglesias) & Yamin Segal (The Wonder Years) Interview (East WillyB After Show)

Grit and determination are the themes of this week’s after show interview with East WillyB creators, Julia Ahumada Grob (Mr. Igelsias) & Yamin Segal (The Wonder Years). You’re going to hear about the trials and tribulations of this project and get a blue print for how to make your own TV show. Julia & Yamin go in depth on their experience financing, writing, producing, and starring in two seasons of the East WillyB web series. They tell the story of the 7 year journey to selling this pilot. (If you haven’t listened to last week’s table read, you must). We also discuss Latino/a representation in the media and how the lack of diversity amongst executives plays a role in it. Julia dishes on helpful writer’s room advice she got from Dead Pilots Society Alum Sierra Teller Ornelas (her pilot's here, by the way). They also pitch on why East WillB is still relevant today and needs to be on air. Maybe there’s an exec listening who wants to hear their new take after the strike. A lot of great insight in this one. Enjoy!Check out their groundbreaking and critically acclaimed web-series East WillyB  here .If you’d like to see the video feed for East WillyB, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too!If you'd like  to support the writer’s strike consider donating to the Entertainment Community Fund here.
29/06/231h 3m

Episode 122: East WillyB written by Julia Ahumada Grob (Mr. Iglesias) & Yamin Segal (The Wonder Years)

This month’s pilot is East WillyB written by Julia Ahumada Grob (Mr. Iglesias) & Yamin Segal  (The Wonder Years). It’s a half hour comedy based on their indie web series of the same name. It revolves around a truly unconventional family, dysfunctional neighbors who populate the last hold-out dive bar in gentrified Brooklyn. Together they’ll face life’s challenges — from love, friendship, and legacy, to family and change — realizing they can only do it if they lean on each other; their chosen family. East WillyB was set up at ABC with ABC Studios and Korin Williams and Moonque Nash attached to produce.We had a great cast for this one including Rene Rosado (The Conners), Haskiri Velazquez (Saved By The Bell), Greg Santos (The Neighborhood), Roberta Valderrama (American Princess), The Kid Mero (Desus & Mero), Jamila Velazquez (West Side Story), Ahmed Al-Kadri (David Diamond Hands), and Andrew Reich with stage directions. If you’d like to see the video feed of Kings Of Ohio, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Kat & John. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy! If you'd like  to support the writer’s strike consider donating to the Entertainment Community Fund here.
23/06/2346m 48s

Episode 121: Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (Elemental, My Name Is Earl) Interview (The Kings Of Ohio)

We had a delightful conversation this week with the writers of Kings of Ohio, Kat Likkel & John Hoberg.  Kat & John kicked off the interview by telling us about their six adopted goats. They gave us an in-depth recap of what it was like to work with Pixar on their new movie Elemental (coming out on June 16th, 2023). How their years in TV writing prepared them for that development process, a process that taught them to be more flexible and less precious in their own writing. They also share their origin stories into Hollywood, how they got staffed on My Name Is Earl, and even more on the plethora of writers' rooms they’ve been in. Kat & John are great writersand even better people. We know you’re going to enjoy this one. Thanks for listening, enjoy! Get the video for the table read of Kings Of Ohio for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
25/05/231h 14m

Episode 120: The Kings Of Ohio written by Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (Elemental, My Name Is Earl)

Our dead pilot this month comes from two brilliant scribes: Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (Elemental & My Name Is Earl)! Their pilot is a half hour single camera dramedy called The Kings of Ohio. It centers around a blue collar laborer, Brad, who is trying to keep his two best friends Ronnie (fast talking schemer with a "plan") and Carl (a combat vet with a short fuse) from falling through the cracks in an economically depressed town in southern Ohio — all while attempting to win back the love of his life — his estranged wife Darla, a tough as nails clerk at the local Walmart. Kings Of Ohio was inspired by Kat & John’s childhood, drawn from people they grew up around in Ohio and Kansas. It was set up at ABC Network and we know you’re going to love it.We had a terrific cast for this one including Garrick Bernard (Single Drunk Female), Dustin Ybarra (Easter Sunday), Carl Tart (American Auto), Cyrina Fiallo (Life In Pieces, Community), Mark Gagliardi (Blood & Treasure), Hal Lublin (The Venture Bros), and Andrew Reich with stage directions. If you’d like to see the video feed of Kings Of Ohio, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Kat & John. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy! If you'd like  to support the writer’s strike consider donating to the Entertainment Community Fund 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, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
18/05/2347m 41s

Episode 119: David Litt (White House Speechwriter) Interview (Young Professionals)

We caught up with David Litt this week about his pilot, Young Professionals. At age 24, David, became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. In this interview, you’ll hear about David’s journey into politics and comedy writing. David and Andrew reminisced about their time on The Exit Players, the oldest improv troupe at Yale. David told us why he joined the Obama campaign in 2008 and how he became the head writer for The White House Correspondents dinner. He shared a story about the hardest he ever made President Obama laugh and spoke on how challenging it is to write a political comedy in today’s climate. We also got his thoughts on The West Wing and Veep and how they totally nailed what it’s like to be a staffer in the White House. It was a great interview that we know you’ll enjoy. Thanks for listening! Enjoy!Get the video for the table read of Young Professionals for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
27/04/231h 1m

Episode 118: Young Professionals written by David Litt (Funny Or Die)

Our dead pilot this month is called Young Professionals and was written by David Litt, who, at age 24, became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. David is also the author of two bestselling books: "Thanks, Obama" and "Democracy in One Book or Less". Young Professionals follows five friends who struggle to make a difference in the broken, bizarre, hopelessly absurd world of Washington DC. It’s Veep meets Broad City! The project was initially set up at Comedy Central and then this version was developed at ABC, both times with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) attached to executive produce. It's a true insider's view of what it's like to be young and trying to change the world in the nation's capital!As always, we had a great for this one including John Harlan Kim (911), Olivia Sui (Smosh, Do Revenge), Karan Menon (tik tok), Alexxis Lemire (The Half Of It), Sandeep Parikh (The Guild), Noah Segan (Poker Face), Joel Spence (Big Little Lies), Isabella Gomez (One Day At A Time), Hal Lublin (The Venture Bros), and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Thanks for listening and enjoy!If you’d like to see the video feed of Young Professionals, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Steve. Thanks for listening and supporting our show! Enjoy! 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 
20/04/2350m 40s

Episode 117: Brooks Wheelan (I Think You Should Leave, SNL) & Isaac Rentz (Opening Night)

There’s only a few more days left of Max Fun Drive and we’re sad to see it go! This is the one time of year where we ask you to become a member or upgrade your membership to help make our show possible. If you’ve already done your part, thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t bring you the best damn dead pilots in Hollywood without it. There’s always time to become a Max Fun member, so if you want to help us keep fighting the good fight go to maximumfun.org/join ! For this year’s Max Fun Drive we brought you the first three episodes of a show created by Brooks Wheelan (I Think You Should Leave, SNL) & Isaac Rentz (Opening Night) called Wheelan Motors. If you haven’t listened to it yet… what are you waiting for?This is the after show and in it you’ll hear all about how Brooks and Isaac started their comedy partnership. They talk in depth about their long and arduous development of Wheelan Motors. How close they were to the finish line and the rollercoaster ride that is Fox’s new pilot development process. This episode has a whole lot of passion and vulnerability in it. Perhaps the perfect way to cap off this year’s Max Fun Drive. Thanks for listening! Enjoy!This year our bonus content includes our library of video from our table reads. You can get them for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
30/03/231h 3m

Episode 113: Andrew Leeds (The Patient, Barry) Lindsey Kraft (Grace & Frankie) and Richie Keen (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) Interview (Throuple)

The theme of today’s episode is friendship! We sat down with three great friends and writers of Throuple, Andrew Leeds, Lindsey Kraft and Richie Keen. In their interview they debate whether handing out ice cream to executives during their network pitches was a good idea or not. They told us about how their pitch made no sense. Their words not ours. Andrew Leeds told us about how Richie coached him for an audition for Andrew Reich’s pilot. Insight into mining comedic characters from real ones and how they went about adding a hook to a show about nothing. This is a fun one. Enjoy it! Get the video for the table read of Throuple for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
23/02/231h 19m

Episode 112: Throuple written by Richie Keen (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Lindsey Kraft (Grace & Frankie) & Andrew Leeds (Barry, The Patient)

We’re bringing you a great pilot this month! It’s called Throuple written by Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Andrew Leeds (The Patient, Barry), and Lindsey Kraft (Grace & Frankie). Throuple is an autobiographical comedy based on a short film written by and starring the three real-life best friends. It revolves around a long-term couple and their best friend as they navigate everyday situations in their own unique way. Keen was attached to direct, Scott Fedro and Perry Rogers were also attached to executive produce. The project was set up at NBC with Universal TV as the studio. It’s a real slice of life relationship comedy that we know you’re going to love.Throuple stars Richie Keen, Lindsey Kraft, Andrew Leeds, Moujan Zolfaghari, India De Beaufort, Jay Lacopo, Gloria Calderón Kellett, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. You can watch the short film that inspired this pilot here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73PR_Isbh58If you’d like to see the video feed of Throuple, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Steve. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy! 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
16/02/2346m 54s

Episode 111: Steve Basilone (Happy Endings, Community) Interview (Falling/Apart))

Steve Basilone is on the podcast today! Steve has written for Happy Endings, The Goldbergs, and Community. He’s also the writer of last week’s dead pilot, FALLING/APART. In our discussion, Steve told us about his beginnings in Hollywood. How helpful it was to finish his last semester at Emerson College in LA. He told us about how he pivoted from acting to writing after realizing he could write a script as bad as the projects he was auditioning for. Steve discussed his first feature sale, his experience in the Happy Endings room, and a tale or two about pitching Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Devito, and Eddie Murphy the remake of TWINS. We love talking to writers and we loved talking to Steve! Thanks for listening! Enjoy! Get the video for the table read of Falling/Apart, for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
26/01/2359m 33s

Episode 110: Falling/Apart written by Steve Basilone (The Goldbergs, Community, Happy Endings)

We’re starting off the year with a great dead pilot! It’s called Falling/Apart written by Steve Basilone (The Goldbergs, Community, Happy Endings). In Falling/Apart Lena and Evan, both newly single, must navigate the uniquely demoralizing song-and-dance of single-hood: the swiping right, the ghosting, the banal first date banter. Honestly, they both (kind of) hate it...until they meet each other. And thus the romantic cycle of falling in love and falling apart begins anew. This project was set up at NBC, with Seth Gordon attached to direct and Sony Pictures TV attached to produce. Falling/Apart is a time-bending rom-com that concurrently explores the beginning and the end of a relationship and illuminates the ridiculous cyclical nature of love, life and getting older.Falling/Apart stars Gareth Reynolds (Maron), Sam Lerner (The Goldbergs), Olivia Sui (Smosh), Jessy Hodges (Barry), Will Greenberg (Wrecked), Zoë Chao (Love Life), Garrick Bernard (Single Drunk Female), Moujan Zolfaghari (The Brothel), and Andrew Reich with stage directions. We’re so excited to share this podcast with you. Thanks for listening and enjoy!If you’d like to see the video feed of Falling/Apart, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Steve. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy! 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
19/01/2355m 11s

Episode 109: Scotty Landes (Workaholics, Ma) Interview (Dear America: We've Seen You Naked Interview)

This week’s episode is an insightful interview with the writer of Dear America: We’ve Seen You Naked, Scotty Landes (Workaholics, Ma). In it, Scotty discusses the Politico article his pilot is based on. You can check that out here. He tells us how he wrote a pilot with 9 main characters, the best breaking into the business story we’ve ever heard, his transition from a reality TV producer to a scripted TV writer and how working in reality made him a better TV writer. Scotty’s insightful stories made this a delightful interview and his pilot was truly hilarious. Go check it out if you haven’t yet. Thanks for listening! Enjoy!Get the video for the table read of Dear America: We’ve Seen You Naked for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/join  and becoming a Max Fun member. 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
29/12/221h

Episode 108: Dear America, We've Seen You Naked written by Scotty Landes (Workaholics, Who Is America?, Ma!)

Happy Holidays, Dead Pilots Society listeners! Our pilot this month is Dear America, We’ve Seen You Naked written by Scotty Landes (Workaholics, Who Is America?, Ma). It’s a workplace comedy about a group of TSA agents at Chicago O’Hare airport. We think this pairs well with our Episode 25: Airport Marriott written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Dear America also has a unique origin story in that it’s based on a non-existent book. You’ll hear all about that and more in Scotty’s pre-read interview.  This is a great pilot! We know you’re going to love it! Dear America, We’ve Seen You Naked stars Lucas Hazlett (American Princess), Erika Rankin (House Of Lies), Courtney Pauroso (Reno 911!  It’s A Wonderful Heist), Jesus Trejo (Sullivan & Son), Matt Oberg (Harley Quinn, Veep) Sabrina Jalees (Search Party), Danny Jolles (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Ankur Bhatt (Platonic), Shawn Vance (MVP) Bryce Craver (Limits Of Therapy), Shannon Dee (Hacks, Good Girls, I Love That For You) and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you’d like to see the video feed for Dear America, you can do so by becoming a Max Fun member for as little as $5 by going to maximum fun.org/join. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Scotty. LIVE SHOW ALERT! Come to our first live show in three years on January 12th, 2023 at The Elysian Theater! We’ll be reading the first three episodes of a show created for Fox by Brooks Wheelan & Isaac Rentz called Wheelan Motors. Wheelan Motors is a blue-collar workplace comedy that follows three dysfunctional brothers, their larger-than-life parents, and the eccentric staff of the business where they all work: a family-run car dealership in small-town Iowa. Get your tickets now because we have a monster cast for this one featuring:Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric)Bobby Moynihan (SNL)Alyssa Limperis (Flatbush Misdemeanors)Kerri Kenney Silver (Reno 911) Jermaine Fowler (Tuca and Bertie) Mike O’Brien (AP Bio)Jessica Lowe (Minx) TICKET LINK: https://www.elysiantheater.com/shows/deadpilotssocietyThanks for listening and supporting our show! Enjoy!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
22/12/2248m 18s

Episode 107: Emily Cutler (Fresh Off The Boat, AP Bio) Interview (Step Dave After Show)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Dead Pilots Society listeners! This week we caught up with Emily Cutler (Fresh off The Boat, AP Bio) the writer of Step Dave! Emily talks in depth about how the Step Dave format came to her. Also, Andrew will give you a brief education about what a format even is! Emily felt a special connection to the material because, like Annie in the pilot, her husband is 10 years younger than her. She told us about how she mined material from her own marriage to pitch and develop the show. Emily also discusses her early career transition from an actor to a writer and she shared with us her best practices for people wanting to staff. This is a really great episode with a brilliant writer. Enjoy it and thanks for listening! Get the video for the table read of Step Dave for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
24/11/2252m 35s

Episode 106: Step Dave written by Emily Cutler (Fresh Off The Boat, AP BIO)

We have a wonderful pilot for you this month! It’s the perfect pilot to listen to while curled up next to a fire this holiday season! You all have fireplaces, right?! Either way, this month’s script comes from Emily Cutler (Fresh Off The Boat, AP BIO). In STEP DAVE, lives are turned upside down when a 24 year-old bartender and a 36 year-old divorced mom fall in love. That's right, it's a romantic comedy pilot! Step Dave was set up at NBC through Universal in 2017 and it was inspired by a New Zealand show of the same name. It’s sweet, romantic, and just so much fun. We hope you like it! Enjoy!Step Dave stars Lindsay Sloane (Bring It On, The Odd Couple) as Annie Buckman, Luke Mones (Insecure) as Dave Gibbs, Vinny Thomas (Platonic) as Ozzie, Alyssa Limperis (Her latest Peacock special No Bad Days) as Carla/Stella, Greg Santos (The Neighborhood) as Ken/Leo, Mariana Klaveno (True Blood, Devious Maids) as Suzanne, Linda Purl (The Office) as Margaret, Neska Rose (Drama Club) as Jessie, Libi Rose (Angelyne) as Sara, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you’d like to see the video feed of Step Dave, you can do so by going to maximum fun.org/join and become a member for as little as $5. For $5 you’ll get our entire catalogue of bonus content and a bunch of bonus episodes too! Tune in next week for our interview with Emily. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy! 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
17/11/2246m 39s

Episode 105: Niki Schwartz-Wright (The Office, Speechless) Interview (Valley Trash After Show)

This is the after show interview with Niki Schwartz-Wright (The Office, Speechless). Niki was the writer of Valley Trash which we released last week. In this interview, Niki lets us in on how autobiographical and personal this pilot was. She dishes on some advice her father gave her on how to handle bullies. Niki walks us through her journey to becoming a TV writer: starting as an assistant at a talent agency and transitioning to being a script coordinator on a show she would later get staffed on. She shares a story about joining The Office staff in the show’s last season and how she had to watch 180 episodes of it in 7 days before starting. This is a good one! Enjoy it and thanks for listening. If you want to watch the video recording of Niki's pilot Valley Trash, you can do so for as little as $5 by becoming a Maximum Fun member at maximumfun.org/donate 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
27/10/2254m 0s

Episode 104: Valley Trash written by Niki Schwartz-Wright (The Grinder, Speechless, The Office)

This month’s pilot is brought to you by the clutches of the pandemic! It’s called Valley Trash written by Niki Schwartz-Wright (The Grinder, Speechless, The Office). Valley Trash was days away from going into production when the network shut it down at the start of the Covid lockdowns in March 2020. The pilot centers on The Harmans, a scrappy, blue collar family living in the deep Valley who suddenly experience a major culture clash when their fourteen-year-old daughter, Abby, gets accepted to a prestigious LA private high school filled with students and parents who want nothing to do with her, her family or their 818 area code. Valley Trash was set up at ABC with Universal TV,  Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat creator), and 20th Century Fox TV attached to produce. Jason Lee was also attached to star before the project was shut down. Luckily, Valley Trash has finally found a home here on Dead Pilots Society.We had a great cast for this one including Chris Tallman (The Thundermans) as Cal, Sophie Grace (Babysitters Club) as Abby, Jake Nordwind (SNL) as Benji, Jamie Denbo (F Is For Family) as Jules, Joy Osmanski (Stargirl) as Kay, Marcus Bishop-Wright (Out of Order!) as Armed Guard, Nola Bowie as Sydney Maybach, Moujan Zolfaghari (Last Week Tonight) as Suzanne Maybach, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you want to watch the video recording of this pilot, you can do so for as little as $5 by becoming a Maximum Fun member at maximfun.org/donateTune in next week for our interview with Niki Schwartz-Wright. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!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
20/10/2249m 32s

Episode 103: Lon Zimmet (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, LA to Vegas) Interview (Peak Eve After Show)

Welcome to the after show interview! This week we sat down with the writer of Peak Eve, Lon Zimmet. Andrew and Lon worked together on Lon’s first show, Worst Week. Since then Lon has gone on to write for Happy Endings, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Superstore, and he created the sitcom LA to Vegas on Fox.  In this interview, Andrew and Lon talked about Lon’s transition from working in a writing team to going out on his own. He credits his solo success to writing as much as he possibly could. Lon talks about his handy story document that he always refers to when he starts to work on something new. He let us in on his experience developing with FX, his process of writing cold opens, lessons he’s learned as a show runner, and the difference between writing shows for the market and writing for yourself. This is a good one! Enjoy it and thanks for listening!If you want to watch the video recording of Peak Eve, you can do so for as little as $5 per month by becoming a Maximum Fun member at maximfun.org/donateFor 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
30/09/221h

Episode 102: Peak Eve written by Lon Zimmet (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Superstore, creator of LA to Vegas)

We have an edgy FX pilot for you this month!  It’s called Peak Eve and it comes to us from Lon Zimmet (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Superstore, creator of LA to Vegas). It centers on a misanthropic, twenty-something narcissist who resigns herself to becoming a better person… and then is annoyed to discover what a huge pain in the ass that’s going to be. This one is really good and super funny! You won't want to miss it!We had a stellar cast for this one including Dylan Gelula (Loot) as Eve, Biniam Bizuneh (Dave) as Josh, Aparna Brielle (AP Bio) as Allie, Tre Hale (the upcoming Platonic series on Apple TV) as Marcus, Craig Cackowski (Drunk History) as Alan, Jaime Moyer (AP Bio) as Debra, Charley Koontz as War Beard (Community), Savannah Rodin (Miracle Workers) as Laurel, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you want to watch the video recording of this pilot, you can do so for as little as $5 by becoming a Maximum Fun member at maximfun.org/donateTune in next week for our interview with Lon Zimmet. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy! 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
22/09/2239m 13s

Episode 101: David Iserson (SNL, New Girl, Mad Men) Interview (Electric Youth After Show)

Please listen to the table read of Electric Youth written by David Iserson if you haven’t yet. This is the after show with David, who has a ton of amazing credits including SNL, New Girl, and Mad Men. We get into a lot of them in this interview! David let us in on some great advice he got from Matthew Weiner  when he was on Mad Men and how that show was more of a comedy than people realize. He gives us his trusted metaphor for how to know whether an idea is a keeper. He also shares an absolutely insane note that he got from the network when he was developing Electric Youth. It’s one for the crazy note hall of fame for sure. This is a good one! Enjoy it and thanks for listening! If you want to watch the video recording of Electric Youth, you can do so for as little as $5 per month by becoming a Maximum Fun member at maximfun.org/donateFor 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
25/08/2251m 39s

Episode 100: Electric Youth written by David Iserson (The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mad Men, New Girl, SNL)

This month’s pilot is going to make you want to go back in time and start this summer all over again. That’s right it’s our very first time travel pilot. It’s called Electric Youth and it comes from the prolific screenwriter David Iverson (The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mad Men, New Girl, SNL). It centers around Britt, a woman in her 30s who gets a knock on her door one night and finds her high school boyfriend, only he’s still sixteen and just successfully traveled in time. This comedy explores our relationship to the past and how it can move us forward.  It's  a hilarious and sweet pilot that we know you're going to love! We had a stellar cast for this one featuring Lindsey Kraft (Grace & Frankie) as Britt, Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) as Charley, Demi Adejuyigbe (The Good Place) as Doug, Emily Robinson (Eighth Grade) as Harper/Albany, Dylan Gelula (Loot, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Kimberly, Kaitlyn Tanimoto (Camping) as Clara/Fleur, David Iserson as Teen ‘Stache/Customer, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  If you want to watch the video recording of this pilot, you can do so for as little as $5 by becoming a Maximum Fun member at https://maximumfun.org/join/ Tune in next week for our interview with David Iserson. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy! 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
19/08/2245m 29s

Episode 99: Brian C. Brown (Lucy In The Sky, About A Boy, Bad Monkey) & Jessica Lee Williamson (I'm Dying Up Here, F Is For Family) Interview (Mostly Dead Things After Show)

We have a unique and enlightening interview for you for this month! This is the after show for Mostly Dead Things written by Brian C. Brown (Lucy In The Sky, About A Boy, Bad Monkey) and Jessica Lee Williamson (I’m Dying Up Here, F Is For Family) based on the book by Kristen Arnett. In this interview we discussed Brian and Jessica’s experience as veteran storytellers from The Moth. The Moth is clearly an underused potential path to television writing. A path with no barrier to entry too! Jessica told us about a brilliant piece of conceptual art in Los Angeles that she was behind. We discussed the great state of Florida, adapting books into television shows, and so much more. Enjoy this one and thanks for listening! We'll see you 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, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
28/07/2259m 56s

Episode 98: Mostly Dead Things written by Brian C. Brown (Lucy In The Sky, About A Boy, Bad Monkey) & Jessica Lee Williamson (I’m Dying Up Here, F Is For Family)

We have a wild and weird and very Florida pilot for you this month! It’s called Mostly Dead Things written by Brian C. Brown (Lucy In The Sky, About A Boy, Bad Monkey) & Jessica Lee Williamson (I’m Dying Up Here, F Is For Family). After the death of their patriarch, a dysfunctional family of Florida taxidermists spirals out of control, coping with their loss through redneck love triangles, interspecies porn dioramas, and a bunch of cute squirrels stuffed full of narcotics. Briana and Jessica are both award-winning Moth storytellers. The pilot is based on Kristen Arnett’s best-selling novel and it was sadly passed on by FX. Our cast for this one was special! We have Allison Tolman (Good Girls, Why Women Kill) as Jessa, Ritesh Rajan as Milo (Russian Doll), Cyrina Fiallo (Life In Pieces, Brooklyn 99) as Brynn Morton, Nicole Travolta (Anger Management) as Kendall, Marcus Bishop-Wright (Out Of Order!) as Whit, Lizzy Peet (How To Get Away With Murder) as Libby, Corey Ryan Forrester (Well Red Comedy) as Big Kid, Uly Schlesinger (Divorce) as Bastien and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Tune in next week for our interview with Brian and Jessica. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy! 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
21/07/2253m 54s

Episode 97: Lucas Hazlett (American Princess) & Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace) Interview (Lenny After Show)

If you haven’t listened to the table read of Lenny written by Lucas Hazlett (American Princess, Wrecked) & Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace), you should do it now. This is our after show interview with Lucas & Alex. It’s a fun interview where we got into very specific details of Lucas Hazlett’s background and origins. His transition from studying philosophy to studying improv! We also dive into Alex’s career origins, writing for Rob Schneider and Ellen Degeneres before moving on to some of the best sitcoms of all time. How Lucas and Alex’s mined their own dynamic to write the characters of Lenny and Al. Lucas shared with us his ideas for where the show would’ve gone and so much more. It’s an interesting and vulnerable interview. Enjoy it and thanks for listening! We'll see you 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, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
30/06/221h 8m

Episode 96: Lenny written by Lucas Hazlett (American Princess) & Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace)

We’re kicking off summer 2022 with a wonderful pilot! It’s called Lenny written by Lucas Hazlett (Wrecked, American Princess) & Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace, Modern Family). Lenny centers around a gay half black half white man child who moves in with his white mother and her new white fiancé on the condition that he becomes the nanny to the fiancé’s children. It was written for CBS and it’s just a ton of fun. Our cast for this pilot includes Lucas Hazlitt as Lenny, Suzanne Cryer (Silicon Valley) as Elizabeth Harris, Amy Hill (magnum PI) as Dr. Chang, Ru Kazi (The Good Place) as Al Clark, Jiavani (Between Two Ferns) as Crystal, Emma Shannon (Better Things) as Madeline, Jay Pichardo (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Jason, Antonio Corbo (Brooklyn 99) as Tristan, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Tune in next week for our interview with Lucas and Alex. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!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
23/06/2243m 7s

Episode 95: Naomi Ekperigin (The Stand Ups on Netflix) & Andy Beckerman (The Pete Holmes Show) Interview (How To Be A Couple After Show)

If you haven’t listened to last week’s episode How To Be A Couple written by Naomi Ekperigin (The Standups on Netflix) & Andy Beckerman (The Pete Holmes Show) you must! While you’re at it, check out their podcast Couples Therapy too. This is our After Show interview with Naomi & Andy. It’s a fun one too! You’ll hear them get into the unique dynamics of their writing relationship and how they go about writing their relationship. We got into the great New York watercolor magazine wars of the early 2000s; Naomi & Andy’s first project together - the reality show Inside Caucasia; Naomi’s first job as a writer’s assistant on Broad City; how to deal when your partner has a different hill they want to die on then you; why you need to be careful about who you riff with, and so much more. Naomi & Andy are absolutely hilarious and a delight to talk to. Enjoy this one and thanks for listening! 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
26/05/221h 5m

Episode 94: How To Be A Couple written by Naomi Ekperigin (The Standups on Netflix) & Andy Beckerman (Co-host of Couples Therapy Podcast)

We have another great episode for you this month, but before we tell you about it, we want to thank everyone who became a Maximum Fun member or upgraded their membership during the MaxFunDrive this year. If you haven’t done so yet you still can by going to maximumfun.org/join.  Moving on to this month’s dead pilot! It’s called How To Be A Couple written by Naomi Ekperigin (The Standups on Netflix, Mythic Quest) & Andy Beckerman (The Pete Holmes Show). Naomi and Andy are the co-hosts of the fantastic Couples Therapy podcast. This is a very autobiographical pilot about Natalie and Sam, a bi-racial couple who are in a throuple with their careers. The pilot was sold to Comedy Central with Annie Mebane attached to showrun and executive produce. The project was originally developed by CBS TV Studios.  The cast for this one is top notch as always! It features Naomi Ekperigin as Natalie, Andy Beckerman as Sam, Chris Tallman (Reno 911!) as Landlord Rick, Jessica Regan (lll Behavior) as Professor Miriam Fogle, Nyima Funk (Key & Peele) as Sandra, Matt Catanzano (The Last OG) as Craig, Mort Burke (The Mindy Project) as Gene, Aparna Nancherla (Mythic Quest) as Sofia, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  Tune in next week for our interview with Naomi and Andy. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy! If you want to watch the video for our table reads you can do so by becoming MaxFun member  for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/join 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
19/05/2244m 3s

Episode 93: Andy Bobrow (Community, Last Man On Earth) Interview (Greatest American Heroes After Show)

It’s week two of the Max Fun Drive! This is the one time of year where all of the shows on the Maximum Fun Network reach out to you and ask you to become members or upgrade your membership to help make our show possible. We’re following up last week’s table read of Greatest American Heroes with an interview with its writer, Andy Bobrow (Community, Last Man On Earth, Brooklyn 99!) In it you’ll hear Andy talk about his fifteen years in advertising before becoming a television writer. He let us in on some of his worries as a new writer, the pressure he put on himself to succeed, and the constant worry of thinking he might be too old to make it in this industry.  You’ll hear Andy talk about how he got his first writing job on Malcolm In The Middle and his experience writing on Community. He also talks in detail about how helpful it was to have had a career in advertising before becoming a TV writer. Some profound insight and vulnerability in this one. You won’t want to hit the pause button. Enjoy it! If you don’t know already, all Maximum Fun podcasts are audience supported. That means that our audience directly supports and makes our show possible month after month. So please consider becoming a member or if you already are one… upgrade if you can! With your new or upgrading Max Fun membership, you’ll get access to all of our bonus content along with the entire library of Maximum Fun bonus content. There’s a whole bunch of membership tiers that get you all different kinds of gifts too! Please support our show by becoming a member. As a reward for your membership, you’ll get access to all of the videos from our table reads of the last two years and so much more. It’s all yours for as little as $5. Become a member at https://maximumfun.org/join Thanks for supporting our show!
02/05/221h 25m

Episode 92: Greatest American Heroes written by Andy Bobrow (Community, Last Man On Earth, Brooklyn 99)

It’s Max Fun Drive! The one time of year where all of the shows on the Maximum Fun Network reach out to you and ask you to become members or upgrade your membership to help make our show possible. We have an amazing and special Max Fun Drive episode for you this month! We’re bringing our first ever 1-hour dead pilot. Don’t worry! It’s not a dry police procedural or boring medical drama. It’s a funny update of the beloved eighties TV show Greatest American Hero.  The pilot was written by Andy Bobrow (Community, Last Man On Earth, Brooklyn 99). The cast for this one is absolutely bonkers! It features Sam Richardson (Veep, After Party), Will Forte (Last Man On Earth, SNL), Stephen Root (Barry, Office Space, Dodgeball) Rachael Harris (The Hangover, Reno 911!), Romy Rosemont (Glee), Parisa Fitz-Henley (My Spy), Adam Paul (How I Met Your Mother), Robby Hoffman (The Chris Gethard Show) and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you don’t know already, MaxFunDrive is the one time a year where we ask you to support our show by donating and becoming a MaxFun Member. All Maximum Fun podcasts are audience supported. That means that our audience directly support and make our show possible month after month. With your new or upgrading Max Fun membership, you’ll get access to all of our bonus content along with the entire library of Maximum Fun bonus content. There’s a whole bunch of membership tiers that get you all different kinds of gifts too!This year our bonus content includes all of the video from our table reads this past year. You can get it for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinTune in next week for our interview with Andy Bobrow. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!
27/04/221h 19m

Episode 91: Jonathan Groff (Black-ish) & Elena Crevello (American Auto) Interview (The Thing About Lulu After Show)

This is the After Show featuring Jonathan Groff (Happy Endings, Black-ish) and Elena Crevello (Vida, Grace & Frankie). If you haven’t checked out The Thing About Lulu, you should do so before listening to this episode because there will be spoilers. We dive deep into the development process of their pilot and its roots in an unaired series called The Jake Effect that Jonathan made starring Jason Bateman. In this interview you’ll also hear Jonathan and Elena discuss the benefits of creative partnerships, and a conversation about the evolution of single camera comedy. Andrew and Jonathan also share how the Friends and How I Met Your Mother  writers' rooms worked tirelessly to make sure Monica and Ted got their equal share of jokes. A story about the conception of Happy Endings’ original cold open and so much more. A lot of great wisdom and advice in this one. Enjoy it! 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
24/03/221h 14m

Episode 90: The Thing About Lulu written by Elena Crevello (Vida, American Auto) and Jonathan Groff (Happy Endings, Black-ish)

We have a great pilot about female friendship this month.  It's called The Thing About Lulu written by Elena Crevello (Vida, American Auto) and Jonathan Groff (Happy Endings, Black-ish). It centers on two women, Scottie and Lulu, best friends with completely opposing worldviews. It was set up at ABC Network with ABC Studios attached to produce. We had a great cast for this one including Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens) as Scottie, Krysta Rodriguez (Trial & Error) as Lulu , Stephen Schneider (Broad City) as Jack, Moses Storm (Conan) as Cooper Hawk, June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie) as Britta, Laura Patalano (Gentefied) as Mama Sabina, Greg Santos (Great News) as Will, Sandeep Parikh (The Legend of Neil) as Cuddy, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.Tune in next week for our interview with Jonathan and Elena. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!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
17/03/2255m 37s

Episode 89: John Quaintance (Will & Grace, Hot Pursuit) Interview (Fun For The Whole Family After Show)

If you haven’t listened to the table read of Fun For The Whole Family you should do it right now! This is the after show with its writer John Quaintance (Will & Grace, Workaholics). In our interview with John, he talked about making the transition from actor to stand-up to writer, his experience working on the Friends spin-off Joey, the tale behind the Workaholics writers' room's list of banned comedy phrases, and some inspiring advice that might make you want to work on that project that you have no idea how to do. Enjoy it and thanks for listening! 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
24/02/2258m 29s

Episode 88: Fun For The Whole Family written by John Quaintance (Hot Pursuit, Will & Grace)

We have a hilarious pilot for you this month!! This one is called Fun For The Whole Family written by John Quaintance (Hot Pursuit, Will & Grace). It’s the first pilot John ever sold actually! Fun For The Whole Family centers around Max, an estranged son who returns to work alongside his brother and sister at his father’s Michigan Avenue toy company. While there he discovers it's hard to run a functional business with a very dysfunctional family. It was set up at Fox and at one point Adam Scott was attached to play the lead role of Max! We had a great cast for this one including Andrew Leeds (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) as Max, Charley Koontz (Community) as Donny, Isabella Gomez (One Day At A Time) as Claire, Bruce Greenwood (I, Robot) as Harvey, Emily Chang (The Bold Type) as Micky, Mike Cabellon (Mr. Mayor) as Josh, Sandeep Parikh (The Legend of Neil) as Connie, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.Tune in next week for our interview with John. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!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
17/02/2245m 1s

Episode 87: Tim Long (The Simpsons) & Jon Radler Interview (Perfect Harmony After Show)

It's the After Show for Perfect Harmony featuring Andrew's interview with writer Tim Long (The Simpsons) along with the producer on the pilot, Jon Radler. Jon was an executive at Imagine Entertainment, the production company on this project. He offers great insight to what a producer does during the development of a pilot. Tim is a former head-writer for The Late Show with David Letterman and has been a writer & producer on The Simpsons for 24 years. The conversation follows the story of the pilot from a germ of an idea in a general meeting to a powerhouse package with two legendary stars attached. You'll also hear about Tim's job interview with David Letterman, what it's like to come up with storylines in your 24th year on a show, and "characters of most resistance".  All that so much more in this after show interview. Enjoy it and thanks for listening! You can get the video for the table read of Perfect Harmony for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
27/01/221h 2m

Episode 86: Perfect Harmony written by Tim Long (The Simpsons)

We have a great pilot for you this month! It’s sure to be a hit with fans of music and character driven comedy. It’s called Perfect Harmony written by Tim Long (The Simpsons). Inspired by Art Garfunkel & Paul Simon’s relationship, Perfect Harmony centers around a pair of warring former musical partners. It was set up at Amazon and it’s a hilarious pilot with an incredible cast! Two legends playing the leads. Harry Shearer from This Is Spinal Tap and The Simpsons and Clancy Brown from The Shawshank Redemption, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Naomi Ekperigin (Mythic Quest, Couples Therapy Podcast), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Ennis Esmer (Blindspot), Moujan Zolfaghari (At Home With Amy Sedaris), Marcus Bishop-Wright (Chapelle Show), and Andrew Reich with stage directions.Get the video for the table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinTune in next week for our interview with Tim. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!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
20/01/2252m 45s

Episode 85: Kristen Bartlett (Full Frontal, SNL) Interview (Big Wishes After Show)

It’s the after show for Big Wishes written by Kristen Bartlett (Head writer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee)! Andrew sat down with Kristen to discuss her dead pilot, her arduous journey into comedy and her day job in standards and practices for a few major television networks. She opens up about the passing of her father, how she cultivated the mentality: “F*ck you, I’m doing my own thing…” and some insight into her days writing on Saturday Night Live. This is an enlightening and heartfelt interview with someone with a deep understanding of hard work. Enjoy it and thanks for listening! You can get the video for the table read of Big Wishes for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
23/12/2159m 29s

Episode 83: Ty Burrell (Modern Family) Interview

We have a very special bonus episode for you! Andrew sat down with Ty Burrell (Modern Family) to discuss the dead pilot he produced, Yours, Mine and Paul’s written by Julia Meltzer. In their interview they discuss breaking new voices, what exactly that entails, what Ty looks for in specs from green writers, and the effort his company puts into finding them. He told us the story about how Julia’s pilot came to him and how his whole production company flipped for it. The benefits of developing a well oiled spec versus a pitch. An enlightening conversation about multi-camera sitcoms and whether or not they’ll be making a comeback. Enjoy it and thanks for listening!You can get the video for the table read of Yours, Mine and Paul’s for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
09/12/2145m 3s

Episode 82: Julia Meltzer (UCB) Interview (Yours, Mine and Paul's After Show feat: Abraham Higginbotham of Modern Family)

Have you listened to Julia Meltzer’s pilot Yours, Mine and Paul’s yet? Throw it on while you’re whipping up your Thanksgiving meal! Then listen to Andrew's interview with Julia, one of comedy’s next great writers! Joined by her supervisor Abraham Higginbotham (Modern Family), Julia tells us about how she went from being Ty Burrell’s development assistant to attaching him as a producer on her pilot ... the long arduous process of packaging this project with a studio, a showrunner, two stars, and selling it to a major television network ... why Julia chose Abraham to be her supervisor and a deep dive into what the hell a supervisor even is. Yours, Mine and Paul’s was one of the hot pilots during the 2020 development season. Julia and Abraham were sure it was going to series, but somehow it ended up on Dead Pilots Society.  Enjoy the interview and happy Thanksgiving!You can get the video for the table read of Yours, Mine and Paul’s for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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 
25/11/211h 5m

Episode 81: Yours, Mine and Paul's written by Julia Meltzer (UCB)

A first-time writer hits it out of the park in this month's dead pilot! The pilot is Yours, Mine and Paul’s written by Julia Meltzer. It centers around Lauren, a woman who agrees to be a surrogate for her best friend, Paul, and his husband, Xander. There’s just one problem: Lauren and Xander hate each other. Oh, also Paul dies in the cold open. Some great Will & Grace vibes here. It was developed during the 2019-2020 pilot season, set up at ABC Network with Ty Burrell’s Desert Whale Productions and 20th Century Fox attached to produce. Abraham Higginbotham (Modern Family, Will & Grace) supervised and Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) was attached to star.Yours, Mine and Paul’s stars Hillary Anne Matthews as Lauren Meyers (Alex, Inc.), Adam Faison (Everything’s Gonna Be Okay) as Xander, Brooks Wheelan (SNL) as Oliver, Blake Lee (Parks & Rec) as Ethan, Syd Steinberg (Cool Kids) as Clara, Oscar Montoya (Playing House) as Paul Ellis, Liz Jenkins (Black-ish) as April and Andrew Reich with stage directions.Get the video for the table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinTune in next week for our interview with Julia. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!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
18/11/2133m 24s

Episode 80: Lindsey Shockley (Black-ish) Interview (The End After Show)

If you haven’t listened to The End written by Lindsey Shockley then you have to do it before Halloween or you might turn into a zombie! This episode is the After Show! In it, Andrew sits down with Lindsey to discuss her career and the development of her pilot The End. You'll get the story of how he hired Lindsey as the writer’s assistant for one of his shows, and as a writer on another one. Lindsey dishes on how she made the jump from assistant to staff writer. She talks about what it’s like to write on shows that only last one season compared to her experience writing on Black-ish for its entire run. A story about her interview with Kenya Barris and what he was like as a boss. How her zombie pilot is actually a very personal story. The perils of mixing genres... and so much more. It’s a great interview from one of television’s finest TV writers. Enjoy it and thanks for listening!You can get the video for the table read of The End for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
28/10/211h 32m

Episode 79: The End written by Lindsey Shockley (Black-ish)

This month’s pilot is definitely going to put you in the halloween spirit! It’s probably our goriest script yet and without a doubt one of our funniest. It’s The End written by Lindsey Shockley (Black-ish), is a genre-bending comedy about an adorably neurotic woman who gets engaged on the same day zombies take over the world.  But even more terrifying?  Meeting her new in-laws. It was set up at Showtime with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky attached to produce and Marc Webb attached to direct.The End stars Hannah Einbeinder (Hacks) as Lila Silver, Biniam Bizuneh (Dave) as Marty, Amy Hill (Magnum PI) as Victoria Matthews, Brian Huskey (Veep) as Walter, Daniel David Stewart (Catch 22) as Gabe, Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead) as Uncle Jake, Radina Dradnova (Host) as Becky, Jessie Ennis (Mythic Quest) as Nic and Andrew Reich with stage directions.Get the video for the table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinIt’s MaxFun Block Party - October 11 – 22, 2021!MaxFun Block Party is a new way to bring the MaxFun community together online for some fun, plus a little inspiration for you to try a new show or share a show you like. During Block Party all MaxFun podcasts will be throwing open their (metaphorical) doors with an episode that is especially welcoming to new audiences. So if you’ve been wanting to introduce friends or family to a favorite show, or have been looking to try out something new yourself, come on in! More info at maximumfun.org/blockpartyTune in next week for our interview with Lindsey Shockley. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!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
21/10/2144m 28s

Meet the Neighbors: Dead Pilots Society x The Greatest Generation

Dead Pilots Society and The Greatest Generation got together to celebrate MaxFun Block Party!If you enjoyed this conversation we had with hosts Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica, be sure to subscribe to The Greatest Generation and the Greatest Discovery!Thanks to Christian Dueñas for editing!
14/10/2131m 25s

Episode 78: Megan Gailey (Conan) and Aaron Burdette (Man Seeking Woman) Interview (Everything's Under Control After Show)

Have you listened to the table read of Everything’s Under Control written by Megan Gailey (Conan) and Aaron Burdette (Man Seeking Woman)? If not, get on that! This episode is the After Show! In it, Andrew sits down with Megan and Aaron to talk about the development of their brilliant and heartwarming pilot. They open up about their experience dealing with grandparents who suffered from Alzheimer’s, working with legendary late television producer Jamie Tarses, the fantasy that comes with an “If come deal”, and a story about the longest network pass of all time. Enjoy it and thanks for listening!If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the Jamie Tarses tribute episode of Dead Pilots Society, you definitely should. Jamie was the producer of this pilot; she was an irreplaceable force in the television business and we miss her so much. You can get the video for the table read of Everything’s Under Control for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
30/09/211h

Episode 77: Everything's Under Control written by Megan Gailey (Conan) and Aaron Burdette (Man Seeking Woman)

This month’s pilot is a real doozy! It’s called Everything’s Under Control written by Megan Gailey (Conan) and Aaron Burdette (Man Seeking Woman). It centers around a working-class Midwestern family who are just barely keeping it together  when their grandmother develops Alzheimer’s. It was developed during the 2019-2020 pilot season. It was set up at ABC Network with the late Jamie Tarses and ABC Studios attached to produce. Everything’s Under Control stars Megan Gailey, Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) as Gail, Suzanne Cryer (Silicon Valley) as Beth, Joshua Malina (The West Wing) as Darryl, Jake Nordwind (The Groundlings) as Brad, Jemma Moore (Host) as Hostess/Smartphone/Event Planner, Noah Findling (The New York Times) as Instructor/Hibachi Chef, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.Get the video for the table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinTune in next week for our interview with Aaron and Megan. Thanks for supporting our show! Enjoy!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
23/09/2154m 34s

Episode 76: Trae Crowder, Corey Ryan Forrester, Drew Morgan Interview (Middle Of Somewhere After Show)

We hope you had a chance to listen to the table read for Middle of Somewhere written by Andrew Reich (Friends) and the WellRED crew aka Trae Crowder, Corey Ryan Forrester, and Drew Morgan. In this episode, Andrew sits down with the guys for a deep dive into the development of this pilot, including an expansive conversation about some of the more controversial story ideas that the studio and network nixed. They break down how studios pair showrunners with talent, how the news cycle can affect projects for better or worse, and the challenges of getting authentic Southern characters on TV. Enjoy it and thanks for listening!Get the video for the table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
26/08/211h 7m

Episode 75: Middle of Somewhere written by Andrew Reich (Friends), Trae Crowder (Well Red), Corey Ryan Forrester (Well Red) and Drew Morgan (Well Red)

Our pilot this month is called Middle of Somewhere written by Andrew Reich (Friends), Trae Crowder (Well Red), Corey Ryan Forrester (Well Red), and Drew Morgan (Well Red). This is an ensemble comedy about three best friends in the rural south and the women in their lives. Middle of Somewhere was set up at ABC with The District and ABC Studios attached to produce.Middle of Somewhere stars Trae Crowder, Corey Ryan Forrester, Drew Morgan, Dylan Gelula as Paige, Beth Stelling as Amber, Keith Johnson as Ballard, Broti Gupta as Katie, Jake Nordwind as teenage boy/golfer/Buddy/Wally, Steve Agee as Mayor Rick/townsperson #1, Jemma Moore as Teenage manager/granddaughter/Crystal, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Thanks for watching! Enjoy it!Get the video for the table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinTune in next week for our interview with Trae, Drew, and Morgan. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!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
19/08/2148m 19s

Episode 74: Hilary Winston (My Name Is Earl) & Mat Harawitz (Angie Tribeca) Interview (Common Areas After Show)

We have a great after show interview for you! It’s an enlightening conversation with Hilary Winston (My Name Is Earl, Community) & Mat Harawitz (Angie Tribeca, Will & Grace) writers of last week’s episode, Common Areas. Hilary spills some life changing advice she got from Kerry Washington in college and tales from her first staff writer job on The Orlando Jones Show. Mat tells us about his most embarrassing job interview moments, some sage (and practical) writing advice, and a conversation about the history of TV pilots. Hilary also taught us about Dan Harmon’s story circle, which she learned from Dan Harmon. Andrew gave us some great intel on how David Crane (Creator of Friends) ran his rooms and some great tips for creating a positive working experience. This is absolutely a must listen episode for everyone! Enjoy!Get the video for the Common Areas table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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.comBetter Help Promo offer:BetterHelp is customized online therapy that offers video, phone and even live chat sessions with your therapist, and it’s more affordable than in-person therapy. See if it’s for you.This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and Dead Pilots Society listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp dot com slash deadpilots.Have your first session in under 48 hours at B-E-T-T-E-R-H-E-L-P dot com slash deadpilots. 
29/07/211h 6m

Episode 73: Common Areas written by Hilary Winston (My Name Is Earl) & Mat Harawitz (Angie Tribeca)

Our pilot this month is called Common Areas written by Mat Harawitz (Angie Tribeca) & Hilary Winston (Happy Endings). In cities where rents have sky rocketed, people are turning to micro-units in luxury buildings, where they can get a bedroom for the price of an apartment in any other city. These dorm residents are getting a lot more than just a tiny bedroom and athlete’s foot, they’re getting a community (but also probably athlete’s foot). Common Areas centers around the tenants of one of these adult dorms. The project was set up at ABC with Stoller Global Solutions and Sony TV attached to produce.Common Areas stars Allison Miller (A Million Little Things) as Nicole, Okierte Onaodowan (Hamilton) as Casey, Toni Trucks (SEAL Team) as Camille, Asif Ali (WandaVision) as Evan, Rex Lee (Entourage) as Walter, Mo Welch (Conan) as Amy, Suzy Nakamura (The West Wing) as Zena, Nick Wechsler (Revenge) as Beau, Annie Savage as Beth-Ellen/Jen/Guy/Realtor/Podcast Host/Security Guard/Scandinavian/Bartender/Beau’s Mom and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  Thanks for watching! Enjoy it!Get the video for the table read for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinTune in next week for our interview with Hilary and Mat. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!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.comLifespan Promo offer:Visit LifespanFitness.com and use code DPS5 at checkout for 5% off. That’s LifespanFitness.com and code DPS5Better Help Promo offer:BetterHelp is customized online therapy that offers video, phone and even live chat sessions with your therapist, and it’s more affordable than in-person therapy. See if it’s for you.This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and Dead Pilots Society listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp dot com slash deadpilots. Have your first session in under 48 hours at B-E-T-T-E-R-H-E-L-P dot com slash deadpilots.
22/07/211h 4m

Episode 72: Paul Scheer & Andrew Guest Interview (Voice Of The People After Show)

We caught up with the writers of Voice Of The People this week! Andrew sat down with Paul Scheer (The League, Black Monday) and Andrew Guest (30 Rock, Community) for their after show interview. They talked about the development process for Voice Of The People and where they saw the series going. They go in depth about the notes they received from HBO and what it was like to work with Adam McKay and Owen Burke at Gary Sanchez. A deep dive into news pundits and Paul realizes that he actually was a pundit on Best Week Ever! They also discussed things to look for in a writing partner and the reason why some shows go to series and some end up on Dead Pilots Society. Paul told us about how he got his start performing at UCB to creating The Human Giant for MTV. Andrew talked about his experience working on the 30 Rock pilot as a writer’s assistant and the ups and downs he endured as a writer after that. It’s an enlightening conversation about creativity and comedy writing. Enjoy it!Get the video for the table read of Voice Of The People for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
24/06/211h 1m

Episode 70: Riki Lindhome & Monica Padrick (Tails After Show)

It’s week two of the Max Fun Drive! Thank you so much if you’ve already supported the show  by becoming a MaxFun member. Make sure you  let us know on twitter or instagram so we can properly thank you! For week two we caught up with Riki Lindhome (Knives Out, Another Period) and Monica Padrick (Community, Central Park) about their pilot Tails. They were so great to talk to. Monica told us about her transition from being a journalist to a TV writer and how a dinner with a family friend changed her career. Riki gave us the origin story of Garfunkel & Oates, why she started writing sitcoms, and the many brutal experiences she’s had as a songwriter for hire.  Thanks for listening! Enjoy it!If you don’t know already, MaxFunDrive is the one time a year where we ask you to support our show by donating and becoming a MaxFun Member. All Maximum Fun podcasts are audience supported. That means that our audience directly support and make our show possible month after month. With your new or upgrading Max Fun membership, you’ll get access to all of our bonus content along with the entire library of Maximum Fun bonus content. There’s a whole bunch of membership tiers that get you all different kinds of gifts too!This year our bonus content includes all of the video from our table reads this past year along with TWO incredible Maximum Fun Crossover episodes.Our first crossover episode is with the hosts of Round Springfield, Allie Goertz and Julia Prescott. Round Springfield is a Simpsons-adjacent podcast where Allie and Julia interview writers, directors, showrunners, and voice-actors from the Simpsons-verse on their various paths to Springfield — failed pilots, other projects, and beyond. In our crossover, Ben, Andrew, Allie and Julia take a deep dive into the Simpsons pilot, they discuss the Simpson’s spec script that started Andrew’s career, inside scoop from the Friends writers room, and a general 90s nostalgia trip.Our second crossover episode is with John Moe and his MaxFun podcast Depresh Mode. John and Ben talk to writers Steven Canals (Pose), Paul R. Puri (Chicago Med), and Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girflriend) about mental health among writers and writing about mental health on TV. It’s an enlightening conversation about process for our process nerds!Get all of this bonus content for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinTune in next week for our interview with Riki and Monica. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!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
11/05/2156m 35s

Feed Swap! Dead Pilots Society loves The JV Club

Dead Pilots Society producer Ben Blacker chats with Janet Varney, host of MaxFun's The JV Club podcast. DPS fans will enjoy Janet (you know her from several of our episodes!), the funny and frank conversations about our most awkward years, and the celebrity guests.Don't forget to check the boxes for Dead Pilots Society and The JV Club when you become a MaxFun member! Please help support the little shows that can and do!To become a MaxFun member go to maximumfun.org/joinJanet shares episode 9 with us: Angela KinseyIs it easy to go from the bustling streets of Jakarta to the country roads of Archer City with a little Dallas in between? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to find out what “wall bangs” are, how to con your way into an internship on a popular talk show, and maybe even learn a little Indonesian… all courtesy of Angela Kinsey from NBC’s The Office.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
10/05/211h 20m

Feed Swap! Dead Pilots Society loves We Got This!

Dead Pilots Society producer Ben Blacker chats with Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi, hosts of MaxFun's We Got This podcast. DPS fans will enjoy the comedy arguments, the silly decisions, and the celebrity guests of We Got This.Don't forget to check the boxes for Dead Pilots Society and We Got This when you become a MaxFun member!Please help support the little shows that can and do!"Mark and Hal share episode 56 with us: Batman vs Superman with guests Travis McElroy and Ben Blacker.The Man of Steel vs The Dark Knight. The Guardian of Metropolis vs The Savior of Gotham. When Batman and Superman collide on screens around the world this weekend, it will no doubt be epic, but if you REALLY want to know who wins, look not further than We Got This, as we sit down with Superfan Travis McElroy (MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone) and Bat-Fan Ben Blacker (Dead Pilots Society, Thrilling Adventure Hour) to determine once and for all which DC Comics icon reigns supreme!It's still MaxFunDrive and plenty of time for you to become a Maximum Fun Member. If you've already become a member we really appreciate your support and if you haven't yet you can do so for as little as $5. $5 gets you all of our bonus content including access to video of our table reads and some incredible crossover episodes. Become a MaxFun member at maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
08/05/2153m 14s

Feed Swap! Dead Pilots Society loves Mission to Zyxx

To keep in line with the spirit of #MaxFunDrive, we are feed swapping with fellow MaxFun podcast Mission to Zyxx. Dead Pilots Society producer Ben Blacker chats with Mission to Zyxx hosts/comedians Seth Lind and Moujan Zolfaghari. DPS fans will LOVE this podcast! Each episode features a special guest comedian who plays an inhabitant of the Zyxx Quadrant unlucky enough to encounter our crew. Episodes are fully improvised, then lovingly edited and sound designed. Don't forget to check the boxes for Dead Pilots Society and Mission to Zyxx when you become a MaxFun member!Please help support the little shows that can and do!Moujan and Seth share episode 210 with us: A wing and a Repair featuring comedian Sebastian Coneli (Search Party, The Last O.G.)Bargie isn’t feeling so hot, so the crew is forced to call a mechanic. Dar offers her unprofessional opinion. Pleck learns a couple secrets. Beano helps! All inside this episode of Mission to Zyxx.To get all of Dead Pilots Society’s bonus content and more become a MaxFun member at maximumfun.org/joinFor 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
05/05/2145m 50s

Episode 66: Tails written by Riki Lindhome (Knives Out, Another Period) and Monica Padrick (Community, Central Park)

The MaxFunDrive is here and we have a very special episode for you. It’s Tails written by Riki Lindhome (Knives Out, Another Period) and Monica Padrick (Community, Central Park). Tails follows Erika, a woman in her late 30s, who despite the pressure she feels from the world around her, refuses to settle in any area of her life. It was set up at Fox with Universal TV, Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts attached to produce.Our table read stars Riki Lindhome as Erika, Maria Bamford as Greta, Ron Funches as Cyrus/Man, Moshe Kasher as Guy/Adam, Mary Holland as Allison/Doctor/Sheila, Brian Huskey as Josh/Man 2, Kulap Vilaysack as Rachel/Haley, Malcolm Barrett as Kyle, Joy Osmanski as Darcy/Simone, Charley Koontz as Carson/Phone Voice/Executive/Thai Food Guy and Andrew Reich with stage directions.If you don’t know already, MaxFunDrive is the one time a year where we ask you to support our show by donating and becoming a MaxFun Member. All Maximum Fun podcasts are audience supported. That means that our audience directly support and make our show possible month after month. With your new or upgrading Max Fun membership, you’ll get access to all of our bonus content along with the entire library of Maximum Fun bonus content. There’s a whole bunch of membership tiers that get you all different kinds of gifts too!This year our bonus content includes all of the video from our table reads this past year along with TWO incredible Maximum Fun Crossover episodes.Our first crossover episode is with the hosts of Round Springfield, Allie Goertz and Julia Prescott. Round Springfield is a Simpsons-adjacent podcast where Allie and Julia interview writers, directors, showrunners, and voice-actors from the Simpsons-verse on their various paths to Springfield — failed pilots, other projects, and beyond. In our crossover, Ben, Andrew, Allie and Julia take a deep dive into the Simpsons pilot, they discuss the Simpson’s spec script that started Andrew’s career, inside scoop from the Friends writers room, and a general 90s nostalgia trip.Our second crossover episode is with John Moe and his MaxFun podcast Depresh Mode. John and Ben talk to writers Steven Canals (Pose), Paul R. Puri (Chicago Med), and Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girflriend) about mental health among writers and writing about mental health on TV. It’s an enlightening conversation about process for our process nerds!Get all of this bonus content for as little as $5 by going to https://maximumfun.org/joinTune in next week for our interview with Riki and Monica. Thanks for watching and supporting our show! Enjoy!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
03/05/2144m 21s

Feed Swap! Dead Pilots Society loves READING GLASSES

In our episode today, we are feed swapping with Reading Glasses! Dead Pilots Society producer Ben Blacker chats with Brea Grant and Mallory O'Meara, hosts of MaxFun's Reading Glasses podcast. This is a podcast all about book culture and literary life. No matter how much you read, you can listen to this show! Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara are joined this week by Rider Strong to discuss bad book habits. Is it okay to dog ear a library book? What about writing in a book you know you’re going to give away? Take a listen to find out their opinions on these hot button issues. Don't forget to check the boxes for Dead Pilots Society and Reading Glasses when you become a MaxFun member during Max Fun Drive! Max Fun Drive starts on May 3rd.Please help support the little shows that can and do!For just $5 you get all the bonus content Max Fun podcasts have to offer! You can also get gifts at a higher membership tears. More to come on that! Become a Max Fun Member here: https://maximumfun.org/join/Brea and Mallory share episode 161 with us: Book Criminals with Rider Strong!Rider Strong (Boy Meets World) from Literary Disco joins Brea and Mallory to confess from bad book habits!Read Glasses links to follow:Reading Glasses Facebook GroupReading Glasses Goodreads GroupAmazon Wish ListNewsletter Literary DiscoBooks Mentioned - Nothing to See Here by Kevin WilsonThe Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley EisenburgYour House Will Pay by Steph ChaFor 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
28/04/211h

Episode 64: Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (Next Door After Show)

In this week’s episode, Andrew sits down with with the writers of last week’s pilot Next Door, Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (MadTV, Happy Endings). In their interview, Steven and Brian talk about how they met on MadTV and what the writing process for that show was like. They tell war stories about past pilots, their experience show running Uncle Buck, and a helpful tip for mining material. Steven and Brian are examples of talented TV writers who’ve made a wonderful living selling and developing pilots. Lots of laughs in this one. Enjoy it!If you've been wanting to support Dead Pilots Society you'll finally get your chance! Our annual Max Fun Drive is coming up on May 3 - May 14. We're going to release some special content and bonus content for new and upgrading Maximum Fun members. We are a listener supported podcast so every little bit helps us to keep bringing you the best dead pilots around. More to come on that! Stay tuned!To get free shipping & 30% off your first Lumi Labs order… use code: DEADPILOTSSOCIETY and go to MicrodoseDrops.com/topusesGo to GreenChef.com/90deadpilots and use code 90deadpilots to get $90 off including free shipping! That’s GreenChef.com/90deadpilots and code 90deadpilots for $90 off!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
22/04/211h 5m

Episode 63: Next Door written by Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (Mad TV, Happy Endings)

Our pilot this month is called Next Door written by Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (Mad TV, Happy Endings). It’s a multi-generational comedy about three diverse suburban couples, all at crossroads in their lives, who bond while investigating the murder of the worst person in their neighborhood. It was set up at Fox with Sony Pictures TV and Stoller Global Solutions attached to produce. Our table read stars Jackie Tohn as Tommy, Okieriete Onaodowan as Brad, Edi Patterson as Margaret, Toni Trucks as Queisha, Rex Lee as Steven, Suzy Nakamura as Kim, Hudson Yang as Henry, Annie Savage as Headhunter/Cop/Geeky Guy/Man, Nick Wechsler as Jerry/Tattoo Guy, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Tune in next week for our interview with Steven and Brian. Thanks for listening! Enjoy!Interested in getting free shipping & 30% off your first order of Lumi Labs Microdose Drops? Use code: DEADPILOTSSOCIETY.Purchase link here: https://www.lumicbd.com/topusescode: DEADPILOTSSOCIETYFor 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
15/04/2144m 52s

Special Episode: Tribute to Jamie Tarses

This week’s episode is a special tribute to Jamie Tarses. An irreplaceable force in the television business, Jamie was the producer of shows such as Happy Endings, My Boys, Franklin and Bash, The Wilds, Men at Work, and the upcoming Mysterious Benedict Society. She was a tireless and fearless supporter of writers, and Andrew interviewed 16 writers who worked with her to talk about what Jamie meant to them. We invite you to listen to his edited conversations with Betsy Thomas, Adrian Wenner & Ethan Sandler, Phil Hay, Dana Calvo, Breckin Meyer, Kevin Falls, Bill Chais, Gabrielle Allan, Nate Reger & Mike Lisbe, Hilary Winston, Jonathan Groff, Amy B. Harris, Eric Gilliland, McCrae Dunlap, and Jay Chandrasekhar.
08/04/212h 6m

Episode 61 - Tessa Coates Interview (Primates After Show)

After months of tracking Tessa Coates’ pilot Primates, we were so happy to finally get it on the pod last week. If you haven’t listen to it yet, get on it! Andrew caught up with Tessa in this week’s episode to discuss the rollercoaster ride her pilot went on in the development process. She talked about her experience of learning how to write a pilot on the spot. What it was like to work with Greg Daniels (The Office, King of The Hill) and a helpful tip on how to make your characters come alive. Enjoy this one and thanks for listening!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
25/03/2151m 28s

Episode 60 - Primates written by Tessa Coates (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

This month we bring you a pilot that was consumed in the fires of Quibi's epic flame-out! The pilot is Primates by Tessa Coates. Tessa is a British writer, performer, journalist, and comedian. Primates is based on her debut solo show which sold out its entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and ran at the Soho Theatre to even more sell-out audiences. After Soho, Tessa performed her show around Los Angeles, and then sold it in a competitive situation to ABC Studios with Greg Daniels (The Office, King of the Hill) attached to executive produce. After a round of development at ABC, the project moved to Quibi, and, well, you know how that ended. Primates centers around Tessa, a hapless primatologist who tries to navigate love, life, and friendship, one biology lesson at a time. Primates stars Tessa Coates as Tessa, Maria Bamford as The Professor, Lolly Adefope as Kat, Joel Kim Booster as Anthony, Nick Mohammed as Dean Gaffney, Jon Rudnitsky as Jamie, Moujan Zolfaghari as Very First Bug/Embarrassed Female/Sandrine/Other Uber Pool Passenger/Juliette, Hal Lublin as Chimpanzee/Wright Brothers/Steve Ballmer/John The Uber Driver/Director/Freud/ Mark Gagliardi as Schrodinger/Uber Passenger/Buzz Aldrin/Wright Brothers/Cave Man and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Enjoy it!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
18/03/2149m 10s

Episode 59: Emerald Fennell Interview (Space Bound After Show)

We hope you enjoyed last week’s table read of Space Bound written by Golden Globe-nominated writer/director of Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell. We caught up with Emerald in this week’s episode to discuss her pilot and her writing process. She talked about the importance of writing redeeming characters in comedies and why she prefers writing on spec versus pitching. A lesson in attaching producers to a project and a highly anticipated dive into the space world of Beta Complex 622. If you're afraid of spoilers, you should definitely listen to the table read before this interview. But either way, enjoy Andrew's conversation with Emerald Fennell. Thanks for listening!For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com
25/02/2153m 52s

Episode 58: Space Bound written by Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman, Killing Eve)

Welcome to the first episode in our new format! We are splitting up the table reads and writer interviews into separate episodes. Let us know what you think! We are starting the new format with what we think is one of our all-time best episodes. It’s a pilot from the Golden Globe-nominated writer/director of Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell. Emerald was also the showrunner of Season Two of Killing Eve, and her acting credits include Call the Midwife and The Crown. Her pilot is called Space Bound, it follows an alien who goes on an intergalactic coffee run and finds herself stranded on “the worst planet in the universe”: Earth. A group of eccentric friends takes her in and she discovers she might actually be the most functional person in the world.The cast for this one is out of this world! It stars academy award nominee Carey Mulligan as G456, Sam Richardson as Dan, academy award nominee Richard E. Grant as The Overlord,  Max Greenfield as Phil, Emmy nominee Rainn Wilson as Tall Man, Craig Cackowski as Round Man, Lolly Adefope as Venetia, Ellen Wong as Karen, Marcus Bishop-Wright as Detective Fairbanks/Pervy Guy/Terrifying Man/Barista, Greg Santos as Obnoxious Guy/Bongo Drummer/Cop 2, Shulie Cowen as Fancy Dog Owner/Andie Macdowell/Cop 1/Anchor, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Enjoy it!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
18/02/2150m 10s

Episode 57: Cold Opens written by Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero Six: The Series)

Happy New Year to all our listeners! We're taking a break from dead pilots this month to do something fun and different! At the beginning of the pandemic Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6: The Series),  asked the Twitter-verse to send her the names of fake TV shows that she could write the cold opens for. It was an incredible writing exercise and Jenny ended up writing over 60 cold opens!! We've selected 19 of them to read for you. They’re all tonally different and jump from genre to genre.  They’re silly and outrageous and we recorded them all with a great group of actors including: Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes), Maria Blasucci (Drunk History), Langston Kerman (The Boys, Insecure), Ashleigh Hairston (The Neighborhood), Oscar Montoya (Bless The Harts), and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In Andrew’s interview, Jenny goes in depth about her day to day writing process, and what a creatively freeing exercise this was. It’s a great listen if you’re trying to kick off 2021 inspired to create! Enjoy it!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
14/01/2158m 19s

Episode 56: Life After Harley written by Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire, Mom, Jack and Jill)

This month's pilot is Life After Harley written by Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire, Mom, Jack and Jill). Life After Harley centers around Lucy Turpin, who has been emotionally stuck since the death of her famous baseball player husband over a year ago. The day she finally tries to move on and explore a new romance, her departed Harley comes back as a ghost—and he’s more alive dead than most living men. Will he let her go? Will she let him go? Sometimes “until death do us part” isn’t quite long enough.In the interview, Andrew and Randi discuss high concept comedies versus low concept comedies in terms of writing and selling. Randi talks about how the UCLA Extension Program gave her her big break and what it’s like to be a sought out feature film script doctor. She also shares some great backstory about her hit film Mrs. Doubtfire and the challenges that come with hitting it big early on in your career. Lots of great writing wisdom and tv/film history in this one. Enjoy it! Life After Harley stars Terrence Terrell as Harley, Sunita Mani as as Lucy, Adhir Kalyan as Mick, Ellen Wong as Zoe, Andy Ridings as Ted, Viraj Juneja as Derek Hedges, Marcus Bishop-Wright as Therapist/Joe, Shulie Cowen as Woman, 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
17/12/201h 59m

Episode 55: Arab Spring written by Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project) and Meena Dimian (Zahret Al Khalieg)

This month's episode is a delightful dramedy called Arab Spring written by Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project) and Meena Dimian (Zahret Al Khalieg). It was set up at CBS Studios and sold to Showtime with Craig Ferguson attached to produce. The show's main character is the host of a wildly popular Arab talk show in Dubai. After being fired for offending the powers that be, he moves to , New York, where he drives an Uber while working towards his American comeback.In Andrew’s interview, Ed and Meena talk about their budding bromance. How they became friends and why they started writing together. Meena talks about his experience hosting a government funded Arab talk show and the limitations it presented in terms of comedy. Ed offers interesting insight on writing partnerships and how he juggles between them. A nice discussion about the romanticism of making it in Hollywood and the importance of true organic collaboration. Enjoy it! 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
19/11/201h 39m

Episode 54: Widow written by Leila Cohan-Miccio (Santa Clarita Diet, Awkward)

This month's episode is WIDOW written by Leila Cohan-Miccio (Santa Clarita Diet, Awkward). It follows Rachel, a young woman whose husband dies while they’re in the middle of a rough patch. Rachel does not handle it well. In Andrew’s interview with Leila you’ll hear her insane story about development hell and the frustrating double standard executives put on female characters. Leila’s start into comedy writing and a quick dish on pitching shows on zoom. Leila’s a real example of the determination and perseverance needed to succeed in Hollywood. This is a good one! Enjoy it!WIDOW stars D'Arcy Carden as Rachel, Cory Michael Smith as Jake, Punam Patel as Daisy, Arturo del Puerto as Emmett, Julia Duffy as Wendy, Kathreen Khavari as Hannah, Eric Edelstein as Miles/Officer #1, Sandeep Parikh as Levi/Officer #2/ Uber Driver, Noah Findling as George, 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
22/10/201h 19m

Episode 53: Code 5 written by Sandeep Parikh (The Legend of Neil), Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Mel Cowan (Brockmire)

We have another hilarious episode for you this month! ItsCode 5 written by Sandeep Parikh (The Legend of Neil, Community), Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Westworld), and Mel Cowan (Brockmire, Parks & Rec). Code 5 sold to FX and it follows two odd-couple cops stuck on a never ending case. It's like a funny version of True Detective where they're out canvassing and doing the tedious dirty work that you rarely see in cop shows. Based on a short-form series Sandeep, Ed, and Mel created for the EffinFunny YouTube channel. In Andrew’s interview with Sandeep and Mel you’ll hear about their non-traditional way into comedy, their backgrounds in improv, and why they attribute all of their success making things with friends. They also discuss the future of cop shows and whether or not those stories can be told anymore. It was a great philosophical discussion about storytelling and comedy. Enjoy!Code 5 Stars Asif Ali (Wrecked) as Sam, Phil Lamarr (Family Guy, Futurama) as Triggs, Milana Vayntrub (Love, This Is Us) as Rita/Jessica/Faye, John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory, Speechless) as Terrence, Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra, You’re The Worst) as Dr. Krakowski, Mel Cowan (Brockmire, Key & Peele) as Old Woman Customer/Coyle/Clerk/Security Guard, and Sandeep Parikh 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
24/09/201h 41m

Episode 52: Most Likely written by Gloria Calderón Kellett (Creator of One Day At A Time)

This month's episode is Most Likely written by Gloria Calderón-Kellett (Creator of One Day At A Time). It’s a hilarious, heartfelt and raunchy ensemble comedy about a group of 20-somethings whose quarter-life crises are triggered when letters they wrote in high school to their future selves show up in their mailbox. In Andrew’s interview you’ll get to hear the absolutely incredible story of how she teamed up with comedy legend Norman Lear to create the One Day At A Time remake. She discusses her experience at her first job in Hollywood taking packages for Cameron Crowe; things she wished she knew when she was a staff writer; and some tips she's learned from Norman Lear. Enjoy!MOST LIKELY stars Ana Villafañe as Stella Cortez, Taran Killam as Tucker Zayne, Victor Rasuk as Matteo Greyson, Emily Chang as Arlo Lam, Tyler Ritter as Atticus Anders, Caitlin McGee as Nora Asher, Todd Grinnell as Mr. Frost,Gloria Calderón Kellett as Woman (Creator/Showrunner, One Day At A Time), 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
20/08/201h 46m

Episode 51: Elsewhere written by Corinne Kingsbury (In The Dark) and Noelle Valdivia (Little America)

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
16/07/201h 49m

Episode 50: Black Scribes Matter

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
18/06/201h 31m

Episode 49: Revival written by Sally Bradford McKenna (Will & Grace, The Grinder, Don't Trust The B--)

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
14/05/201h 31m

Episode 48: Eight written by Alison Bennett (You're The Worst, Single Parents)

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
16/04/201h 29m

Episode 47: Eternally Yours written by Joe Port & Joe Wiseman (The Office, New Girl)

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
17/03/201h 31m

Episode 46: Training Room written by Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

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  
06/02/201h 43m

Episode 45: Special Executive Episode w/ Samie Falvey (Imagine Entertainment, ABC Comedy)

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
09/01/2059m 2s

Episode 44: Whatever Happened to... Gigi's Pants written by Jen Crittenden & Gabrielle Allan (Divorced, Veep)

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.
05/12/191h 27m

Episode 43: The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud written by Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Parenthood, Desperate Housewives)

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.
24/10/191h 36m

Episode 42: Sterling written by Dan Sterling (The Sarah Silverman Program, Long Shot)

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.  
26/09/191h 39m

Episode 41: Special Executive Episode w/ Jamila Hunter (ABC Network, Khalabo Ink Society)

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.
29/08/191h 17m

Episode 40 - Small Town Love written by Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife)

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.
25/07/191h 25m

Episode 39 - Lenny's Doing Great and His Family's Terrific written by Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community)

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.
27/06/191h 53m

Episode 38 - Sexy Justice written by Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda, Jaws of Destiny )

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.
23/05/191h 26m

Episode 37 - Yogurt World written by Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock, Friends From College)

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
25/04/191h 33m

Episode 36 - Pearl written by Andrew Reich (Friends)

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!
18/03/191h 3m

Episode 35 - The Recent Calls of Annabel Phipps written by Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie)

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.
28/02/191h 29m

Episode 34 - Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central, Conan)

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.
31/01/1950m 10s

Episode 33 - American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas (Superstore, Happy Endings)

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.
20/12/181h 9m

Episode 32 - The Prince written by Mehar Sethi (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bojack Horseman)

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.
29/11/181h 24m

Episode 31 - Mr. Joyce's Opus written by Brian Gallivan (The McCarthy’s, Happy Endings)

Our dead pilot this month was written by Brian Gallivan (The McCarthy’s, Happy Endings). It’s called Mr. Joyce’s Opus and it centers around Chuck Joyce, a catholic school teacher, who decides to throw out his curriculum to connect with his students despite the fact that his students are horrible little monsters. Andrew interviews Brian regarding his dead pilot and you’ll also listen to a live table read of Mr. Joyce’s Opus, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  We had a great cast for this one including Mike Kosinski as Chuck Joyce, Kirby Howell Baptiste as Julia McGill, Lauren Lapkus as Gifted Sara, Ginger Gonzaga as Leslie, Aparna Nancherla as Krystal, Mamie Gummer as Adriana, Janina Gavankar as Felicia, Elizabeth Ho as Vanessa, Sam Richardson as Mr. Meadows, Gary Anthony Williams as Principal Flood, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Come to our next live show at The USC Comedy Festival on November 4th at 4pm. Because we love our fans sooooo much, this show is completely free! We’re reading a pilot called American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas (Superstore, Splitting Up Together). Reserve seats here: https://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=39953 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.
25/10/181h 21m

Episode 30 - Talk Nerdy to Me written by Morgan Murphy (2 Broke Girls, Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Our pilot this month is so great and so special! It’s written by Morgan Murphy (2 Broke Girls, Jimmy Kimmel Live) and it’s called Talk Nerdy to Me. The log line for this one is a squad of four dorky but brilliant women sharing a house in Venice, CA deal with VR porn, leaky rowboats, people urinating while rollerblading, and other facts of life in Silicon Beach. We had a great cast for this one including Lauren Lapkus as Harper, Kirby Howell Baptiste as Maddie, Elizabeth Ho as Ruth, Aparna Nancherla as Jessie, Scott MacArthur as Nick, Glenn Howerton as Robbie Kearse, Sam Richardson as Walsh, Gary Anthony Williams as Voice/Anthony, Janina Gavankar as Assistant/Hector, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Andrew interviews Morgan regarding her dead pilot and you’ll also listen to a live table read of Talk Nerdy to Me, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors!  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.
27/09/181h 23m

Episode 29 - Suspended written by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (Powerless, S#*! My Dad Said)

This month’s pilot is hilarious! It's written by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (Powerless, S#*! My Dad Said). It’s called Suspended and it centers around an honors English Literature teacher accustomed to teaching the best and brightest who winds up being put in charge of a bunch of students in in-school suspension. We had a great cast for this one including Matt Jones as Paul, Phil Lamarr as Principal Wendell, Carrie Wampler as Claudia, Kira Kosarin as Cayley, Ayden Mayeri as Diana, John Gemberling as Jake, Nathan Anderson as Kid in Crowd, Lou Wilson as Steven/Gabe, Lauren Holt as Erika, Nathan Anderson as Braden, Jason Genao as David/Sandeep, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, you'll listen to a live table read of Suspended, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. Stay tuned after the table read for Andrew's interview with Justin and Patrick regarding their dead pilot. Missed our last live show at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth?! We’re having another one on September 23rd! Go to eventbrite.com and search Dead Pilots Society for tickets. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
23/08/181h 27m

Episode 28 - Gold written by Jenji Kohan (Weeds, Orange is the New Black)

This month’s pilot is a special one written by the great Jenji Kohan! Jenji created Weeds, Orange is the New Black, and is the executive producer of the new hit Netflix series Glow. Her pilot this week is called Gold and it’s about a divorce lawyer named Bobby Gold and the volatile marriages he’s paid to break up. We had such a fun cast for this one including Weeds star Justin Kirk as Bobby Gold, Lauren Lindsey Donzis as Gabby, John Gemberling as Judah Bloom, Yael Groblgas as Suzy Haven, Matt Jones as Lou Berger, Ayden Mayeri as Misty Wells/Karen, Phil Lamarr as Dan Rodale/Jamsheed, Carlos Alazraqui as Ken, Lauren Holt as Dahlia, Kira Kosarin as Amelia/Vera/Alynn,, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Missed our last live show at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth?! We’re having another one on September 23rd! Go to eventbrite.com and search Dead Pilots Society for tickets. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
26/07/1843m 11s

Episode 27 - Rob 5000 written by Caroline Williams (Arrested Development)

This month’s pilot is a special one written by Caroline Williams! It’s called Rob 5000 and it’s about two girls who buy a robot boyfriend and the chaos that ensues. We had such a fun cast for this one including  Ayden Mayeri as Brenda, Yael Grobglas as Dani, Jason Ritter as Rob5000, Carlos Alazraqui as Ivan/Acting Teacher, Justin Kirk as Richard, Carrie Wampler as Jen/Linda’s Refrigerator/Angry Woman, Lauren Holt as Kath, Liz Cackowski as Connie/The Lady/Linda, John Gemberling as Todd/Sloppy Guy/Handsome Dude/Just a Torso, Phil Lamarr as Silver Fox/Hiro/Sexy Voice, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. Also in this episode, Andrew interviews Caroline Williams (Arrested Development) regarding her dead pilot, Rob 5000. Keep listening for the live table read of Rob 5000, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.   For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
28/06/181h 13m

Episode 26 - Adulting written by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed; He’s Just Not That Into You)

Adulting stars Jessica Rothe as Penny, Scott Michael Foster as Matt, Lucas Neff as Gil, Katelyn Tarver as Ruth, Toni Trucks as Sabine, Jamie Denbo as Faye, Hank Chen as Dave/Cop #1, Marc Evan Jackson as Frandon, Ayden Mayeri as Colleen/Lady/Cop #2/Clerk, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed; He’s Just Not That Into You) regarding their dead pilot, Adulting. You'll also listen to a live table read of Adulting, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.   For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
31/05/181h 23m

Episode 25 - Airport Marriott written by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (The Invitation; Ride Along)

Airport Marriott stars Jason Ritter as Adam Finn, Toni Trucks as Jamie, Scott Michael Foster as Guy in Toilet/Jose/T1 Guy/Royce, Jessica Rothe as Erin, Brendan Hines as Karl, Hank Chen as Rudy, Marc Evan Jackson as Rick Parkman, Jamie Denbo as Yelena, Lucas Neff as Donald, Ayden Mayeri as Sasha Marriott, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (The Invitation; Ride Along) regarding their dead pilot, Airport Marriott. You'll also listen to a live table read of Airport Marriott, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.   Do you want to come see Dead Pilots Society Live?! You can! Our next live show is on June 23rd, 2017 at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth! We’ll be reading pilots from: Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black; Weeds) Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (Powerless; $#*! My Dad Says) Dan Harmon (Rick & Morty; Community) & Chris Mckenna (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Community) Ticket link: Dead Pilots Society Live Link 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.
03/05/181h 27m

Episode 24 - Totally Laime written by Elizabeth Laime - Story by Elizabeth Laime and Tami Sagher ((Totally Laime; Totally Married)

Totally Laime stars Ayden Mayeri as Molly, Jason Ritter as Andy, Jamie Denbo as Molly’s Mom/Gate Agent/Pilot, Toni Trucks as Kendall/Yvette, Lucas Neff as Burditt, Scott Michael Foster as BDT, Brendan Hines as Julian, Marc Evan Jackson as Waiter/Mountain Man Dude, Katelyn Tarver as Wendy, Nola Bowie as 11 year old Molly, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Elizabeth Laime (Totally Laime; Totally Married; Totally Mommy) regarding her dead pilot, Totally Laime. You'll also listen to a live table read of Totally Laime, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.   For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
03/04/1857m 40s

Episode 23 - The Money Pit written by Justin Spitzer (Superstore, The Office)

The Money Pit stars Ben Feldman as Walter, Felicia Day as Anna, Steve Agee as Benny, Natalie Morales as Margot, Jenny Wade as Realtor, Mark McConville as Furniture delivery man, Jason Ritter as Restaurant delivery man, Khary Payton as Noel, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Justin Spitzer (Superstore, The Office) regarding his dead pilot, The Money Pit. You'll also listen to a live table read of The Money Pit, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.   For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
08/03/1853m 54s

Episode 22 - Red State Blue State written by Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman) & Chris Henchy (The Other Guys, Daddy’s Home)

Red State Blue State stars Dave Koechner as Billy, Busy Philipps as Janie, Baron Vaughn as Evan, Michaela Watkins as Wendy, Marcus Scribner as Oliver, Mikey Madison as Courtney, Craig Cackowski as Teddy, Sujata Day as Customer/Student/Elderly Woman, Joel Spence as Dr. Howard Lean, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman) regarding the dead pilot he wrote with Chris Henchy (The Other Guys, Daddy’s Home) called, Red State Blue State. You'll also listen to a live table read of Red State Blue State, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.   For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
08/02/181h 1m

Episode 21 - The Doulo written by Ted Cohen & Andrew Reich

The Doulo stars Adam Savage as Mal, Joshua Malina as Doctor/Guy/Man in Suit 1, John Ross Bowie as Paul, Janet Varney as Chrissy/Waitress, John Roderick as Colin, Hal Lublin as Ezekiel/Man in Suit 2, Mark Gagliardi as Mitch, Karen Smith-McGlynn as Teacher/Fanny/Monica, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Andrew Reich (Friends, Dead Pilots Society Creator) regarding a dead pilot he co-wrote with Ted Cohen called The Doulo. You'll also listen to a live table read of The Doulo, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.   For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
11/01/1848m 45s

Episode 20 - Jetpackula written by Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program)

Jetpackula stars Patton Oswalt as Ben, Tony Hale as Jetpackula, Constance Wu as Megan/Receptionist, Rob Schrab as Dr. Veratu, Mel Rodriguez as Luis/Defenestrator/Announcer/Trent, John Owen Lowe as Jonah, Sujata Day as Future Moo Cow/Susan/Della, Joel Spence as Farmer/Living Scarecrow/Vampresident Martin, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Andrew Reich and Ben Blacker interview Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program) regarding his dead pilot, Jetpackula. You'll also listen to a live table read of Jetpackula, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.   For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
14/12/1758m 59s

Episode 19 - Women & Girls written by Kristin Newman (That ‘70s Show, How I Met Your Mother)

Women & Girls stars Constance Zimmer as Sarah Stuart, Ed Weeks as Hank Jessup, Janina Gavankar as Paula/French Flight Attendant, Suzy Nakamura as Lucy, Tony Cavalero as Tad/Tyler, Kathreen Khavari as Tad’s Mom/Rebecca/Old Woman, Amy Aniobi as Caitlin, Ahmed Best as Bruce, Victoria Park as Amanda-Kate, Simon Templeman as Bob, Jim Beaver as Tad’s Dad/Phil/Old Man/Marvin/Middle-Aged Party Guest, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Kristin Newman (That ‘70s Show, How I Met Your Mother) regarding her dead pilot, Women & Girls. You'll also listen to a live table read of Women & Girls, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.  
30/11/171h 4m

Episode 18 - Robot Daughter written by Greg White (Brickleberry)

Robot Daughter stars Kiernan Shipka as Robbie, Jim Beaver as Ned, Jake Brennan as Dale, Tony Cavalero as Brian Kressler, Maria Blasucci as Shirley, Milana Vayntrub as Tiffany #1/Rhonda, Amy Aniobi as Tiffany #2/Girl in Class, Victoria Park as Tiffany #3/Voice on PA System/Random Partygoer, Ahmed Best as Hobo/Gang Member #2/Football Player #1/Hardass Boss/Cop, Joel Spence as Gang Member #1/Football Player #2/Cute Boy/Homeland Security Agent, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Greg White (Brickleberry) regarding his dead pilot, Robot Daughter. You'll also listen to live table read of Robot Daughter, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.  
02/11/171h

Episode 17 - Tuned written by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont (Mary + Jane, Can’t Hardly Wait)

Tuned stars Daniel Strauss as Nate, Allison Tolman as Penny, Retta as Olive, John Ross Bowie as Glenn, Jim O’Heir as Arlen/Dr. Singh, Kate Flannery as Deena, Christina Kirk as Bonnie, Tawny Newsome as Jennica/Female cop/Patient/Nurse/Crowd, Janina Gavankar as Tina/New Yorker/Patient/Nurse/Crowd, Maria Blasucci as Natalie Morales/Other driver/Patient/Nurse/Crowd, Matt Micucci as Oscar/Scott/Penny’s date/New Yorker/Patient/Nurse/Crowd, Joel Spence as Doorman/Ken/Hal/New Yorker/Ned/Cab Driver, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont (Mary + Jane, Can’t Hardly Wait) regarding their dead pilot, Tuned. You'll also listen to a live table read of Tuned, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.  
12/10/171h

Episode 16 - Allah in the Family written by Reza Aslan & Andrew Reich

Allah in the Family stars Maz Jobrani as Hasan, Dominic Rains as Bobak/Little Bobak, Kathreen Khavari as Sissy, Necar Zadegan as Neda, Medalion Rahimi as Tina, Milana Vayntrub as Crystal, Reza Aslan as The Basij/Teenager/Brown-Skinned Student #1/Bearded Man/Persian Man, Jim Beaver as Mr. Hauser/Teacher, Maria Blasucci as Misty/Tina’s Friend, Joel Spence as Sonny/Brown-Skinned Student #2, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Reza Aslan (The Leftovers, Believer) and Andrew Reich (Friends, Dead Pilots Society!) regarding their dead pilot, Allah in the Family. You'll also listen to a live table read of Allah in the Family, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
21/09/171h 11m

Episode 15 - Front Man written by Emily Kapnek (Splitting Up Together, Suburgatory)

Front Man stars Josh Peck as Paul, Daniel Strauss as Ron, Allison Tolman as Vivian, Busy Philipps as Hope, Kate Flannery as Eileen, Jim O’Heir as Len, John Ross Bowie as Dr. Groener, Janina Gavankar as Raul/Choir, Matt Micucci as Chad/Keith, Michael Cassady as Kit, Birdie Silverstein as Aurora, Maria Blasucci as Nana/Lara/Choir, Joel Spence as Glenn, Tawny Newsome as Choir, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview Emily Kapnek (Splitting Up Together, Suburgatory) regarding her dead pilot, Front Man. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Front Man, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
31/08/171h

Episode 14 - Assisted Loving written by Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose)

Assisted Loving stars Kevin Dobson as Joe,Tiffany Haddish as Kebe/Young Mother, Molly Shannon as Joie, Anna Camp as Vanessa/Michelle, Jamie Denbo as Irene, Sarah Chalke as Bonnie, Luka Jones as Mike, Pooch Hall as Gerald/Older Italian Cashier, Jonathan Schmock as Luigi/Earl the Pearl/Ray Barone/Frank Barone, and Claudia Lonow with stage directions.   In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker interviews Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose, How to Live with your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) regarding her dead pilot, Assisted Loving. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Assisted Loving, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.  
10/08/1756m 31s

Episode 13 - My Cousin Thor written by Ira Ungerleider (Angie Tribeca, Friends)

My Cousin Thor stars Hayes MacArthur as Thor, Tony Cavalero as Knud/Stavros, Kyle Bornheimer as David, Anna Camp as Taylor, Jamie Denbo as Isabella/Doreen, Valerie Azlynn as Inger, Ted Cohen as Chase, and Ira Ungerleider with stage directions. In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Ira Ungerleider (Angie Tribeca, Friends) regarding his dead pilot, My Cousin Thor. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of My Cousin Thor performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
20/07/171h 14m

Episode 12 - Punching Out written by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Horrible Bosses)

Punching out stars Kyle Bornheimer as Kenny, Cedric Yarbrough as Hank, Thomas Lennon as Bob, Robert Ben Garant as Man’s Voice/Mr. Barnhill, Ben Schwartz as Jake/Byron, Janet Varney as Old Lady/Janice/Jenny, Ana Ortiz as Stacy, Craig Cackowski as Anderton/Dane/Lonny, Alessandra Torresani as Shawna, Carlos Alazraqui as Flam/Customer and Andrew Reich with Stage Directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Horrible Bosses) regarding their dead pilot, Punching Out. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Punching Out performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.  
29/06/1758m 53s

Episode 11 - Rollerworld written by Samantha McIntyre (Married, Bored to Death)

Rollerworld stars Jane Levy as Shane, Allison Tolman as Krista, Adam Scott as Cory, Mae Whitman as Janie, Hank Chen as David Lee, Zach Knighton as Jason, Casey Wilson as Lady #1, June Diane Raphael as Lady #2, Nicole Byer as Lady #3, Jack McGee as Grandpa William, Steve Agee as Wizard/The Desk Sergeant, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.   In this episode, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview Samantha McIntyre (Married, Bored to Death) regarding her dead pilot, Rollerworld. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Rollerworld performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.  
08/06/1745m 14s

Episode 10 – Bachelor Party written by JJ Philbin (New Girl, Saturday Night Live) & Josh Malmuth (New Girl, Superstore)

Bachelor Party stars Matt Lauria as Hank, Frankie Shaw as Holly, Jason Ritter as Jay, Jenny Wade as Anna, Christina Pickles as Margaret, Khary Payton as Stan/Brandon, Janet Varney as Tina, Natalie Morales as Vera, Bruce McCulloch as Geoff, Steve Agee as Waiter/High School Kid, Mark McConville as Busboy/Jordan/Kid/14 year old kid, Felicia day as Jordan's Mom/Woman.  In this episode, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview JJ Philbin (New Girl, Saturday Night Live) and Josh Malmuth (New Girl, Superstore) regarding their dead pilot, Bachelor Party. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Bachelor Party performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
25/05/171h 11m

Episode 9 – C-Company written by Steve Agee (New Girl, The Sarah Silverman program) & Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program)

C-Company stars Steve Agee as Steve Douglas, Paul F. Tompkins as Shade, Andy Richter as Paisley, Janet Varney as Tammy, Dave Foley as Major Schooley, Wyatt Cenac as Brock Fenton/Shorty Espejo, Matt Gourley as Murph, Joshua Malina as Fatty Espejo, Mark McConville as Dirt Face, Christian McCulloch as Aton/Ace Hunter, Tawny Newsome as Vasquez/Wembley/Cop, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  In this episode, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview Steve Agee (New Girl, The Sarah Silverman program) and Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program) regarding their dead pilot, C-Company. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of C-Company (at SF Sketchfest 2017) performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
04/05/1756m 47s

Episode 8 – The Housewives written by Casey Wilson (Gone Girl, Happy Endings) & June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie, Bride Wars)

The Housewives stars June Diane Raphael as Edie, Casey Wilson as Louise, Adam Scott as Henry, Laurie Metcalf as Flo, Zachary Knighton as Johnny, Mae Whitman as Woman #1, Nicole Byer as May/Sadie, Jerry O'Connell as Jerry, Paul Scheer as Sal/Mr. Johnston, Jack McGee as Pink, Jane Levy as Woman #2, Steve Agee as Tommy, Hank Chen as Sammy, Sarah Baker as Woman's Voice/Dotsi Ann/Harriet, and Eddie Frierson with Stage Directions/Announcer.  In this episode, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie, Bride Wars) and Casey Wilson (Gone Girl, Happy Endings) regarding their dead pilot, The Housewives. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of The Housewives performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.
13/04/1756m 58s

Episode 7 – Big written by Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond) & Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs)

Big stars Jason Ritter as Will, Janet Varney as Phoebe, Frankie Shaw as Norma, Steve Agee as Kyle, Felicia Day as Voice on Phone/Mom in Crowd, Natalie Morales as Tricia, Bruce McCulloch as Dr. Paul, Khary Payton as Zoltar's Caretaker/Narrator/Trevor, Jenny Wade as Teary Mom, Mark McConville as Voice Over/Bud Driver/Kid, Jenny Wade as Manager/Story Manager and Michael Royce with Stage directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond, Men of a Certain Age, One Day at a Time) and Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs)  regarding their dead pilot, Big, an adaptation of the 1988 motion picture starring Tom Hanks. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Big performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @DeadPilotsSociety, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
20/03/171h 16m

Episode 6 – Galaxy Fighters written by Victor Fresco (Santa Clarita Diet)

Galaxy Fighters stars Ed Weeks as Chancellor Gartold Brock, Humphrey Ker as Lieutenant Thalamus Reed, John Ross Bowie as Policeman, Cedric Yarbrough as Troy, Janet Varney as Fruit Girl, Kerry Kenney-Silver as Beautiful Woman #2, Alison Rich as Beautiful Woman #3, Josh Zuckerman as Matt Farlin, Craig Cackowski as Charlie, Chris Tallman as Ginmopa, Danielle Nicolet as Jenna/Beautiful Woman #1, Mark McConville as Soldier, Gary Anthony Williams as Weatherman, Jamie Denbo as Sexy Female Voice, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Victor Fresco (Santa Clarita Diet, Better Off Ted, Andy Richter Controls the Universe) regarding his dead pilot, Galaxy Fighters. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Galaxy Fighters performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @DeadPilotsSociety, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.
08/02/1753m 1s

Episode 5 – Angry Angel written by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits)

Angry Angel stars Aubrey Plaza as Alison Pyke, Ed Weeks as Barker, Cedric Yarbrough as Leonard/Middle Aged Man, John Ross Bowie as Male Judge/Co-pilot/Driver/Jogger, Kerri Kenney-Silver as Female Judge/Old Woman, Alison Rich as Teenage Girl, Janet Varney as Flight Attendant/Mother/Suspicious Mother, Gary Anthony Williams as Man in Uniform/Regular/Older Voices/Security Guard, Jamie Denbo as Woman, Humphrey Kerr as Patrick,Danielle Nicolet as Connie, Craig Cackowski as Skater/Shaun White/Business Man/Wallstreeter #1/Taxi Driver, Josh Zuckerman as Stoned College Kid/Young Man, Chris Tallman as Pilot/Captain Sully/Wallstreeter #2/Older Voices/Conductor, Mark McConville as Air Traffic Control/Rescuer/Older Voices, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.  In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits, The Michael J. Fox Show) regarding his dead pilot, Angry Angel. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Angry Angel performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @DeadPilotsSociety, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.  Come see Dead Pilots Society Live @ SF Sketchfest 2017: SF Sketchfest - January 15th, 2017 Tickets: http://sched.co/8wMJ  Tickets for the Dead Pilots Society live show at The Largo on February 4th, 2017 are on sale NOW! Buy them here: http://www.largo-la.com/event/1404688
12/01/171h 4m

Episode 4 - Rabbit Hole written by Jamie Denbo (Yes Man, Daddy's Home) & Kerri Kenney-Silver (Reno 911!, Bob's Burgers)

Rabbit Hole stars Kerri Kenney-Silver as Dame Delilah, Craig Cackowski as Roy, Betsy Sodaro as Sarge, Alison Rich as Penny, Leslie Grossman as Mary, Danielle Nicolet as Crystal, Cedric Yarborough as Lou, Gary Anthony Williams as Carl, John Ross Bowie as John/Albert, Chris Tallman as Sako/Fireman #2/Biker, Mark McConville as Butch/Boy #2, Ed Weeks as Fireman #1/Biker #3, Josh Zuckerman as Boy #1/Guy, Humphrey Ker as Biker #2, and Jamie Denbo as Carmey, Lynn, Boy #1, Candy, and stage directions.  In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Jamie Denbo (Yes Man, Daddy's Home, Spy) regarding her dead pilot, Rabbit Hole. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Rabbit Hole performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @DeadPilotsSociety, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com. Come see Dead Pilots Society Live @ SF Sketchfest 2017: SF Sketchfest 2017 Tickets: http://sched.co/8wMJ Tickets for the Dead Pilots Society live show at The Largo on February 4th, 2017 will be on sale soon! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest on ticket sales!   Thanks for listening! 
15/12/1653m 9s

Episode 3 - Wunderland written by Amanda Lund (Ghost Ghirls, Goosebumps) & Matt Gourley (Podcasts: Super Ego; I Was There Too)

Wunderland stars Amanda Lund as Jane, Kiernan Shipka as Young Blond Girl/Kelsea, Rich Sommer as Peyton, Skylar Astin as Juan Pablo, Laraine Newman as Kelsea's Mom, Noah Galvin as Teenaged employee (Gary), Steve Agee as Petite Keith/Security Guard, Craig Cackowski as Narrator/Policeman/King Strudel/Driver, Marc Evan Jackson as Bruce, Arturo Del Puerto as Corporate Stiff/Brad, Ben Feldman as George Doyle,Natalie Morales as Boleyn, Maria Blasucci as Hippie Mom/Tera Kaltenbach/Olivia, and Matt Gourley reading stage directions. In this episode, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview Amanda Lund (Co-creator, Ghost Ghirls, Goosebumps) & Matt Gourley (Podcasts: Super Ego; I Was There Too) regarding their dead pilot, Wunderland. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Wunderland performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @DeadPilotsSociety, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com. Thanks for listening! 
17/11/1650m 2s

Episode 2 - Only Child written by John Hodgman (Pitch Perfect 2, Married)

Only Child stars John Hodgman as John Hodgman, Janet Varney as Bridget and Mom, John Ross Bowie as Dad, Abe Chabon as Miles, Mark Gagliardi as Ed, Simon, and Basoonist, Josh Malina as Alex and Dr. Horchow, Adam Savage as Paul, Sage Ryan as Tim Fitch, Hal Lublin as Coach Mac, Ben Acker as CJ, John Roderick as Dr. Mister, Samantha Sadoff as Tina, and Abby Wait as Posie. Stage directions read by Andrew Reich.  In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews John Hodgman (The Daily Show, Pitch Perfect 2, Married, Ragnorak) regarding his dead pilot, Only Child.This episode was recorded live from San Francisco Sketchfest 2016. Along with John's interview, you'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Only Child performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @DeadPilotsSociety, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com. Thanks for listening!
13/10/1648m 33s

Episode 1: Formosa written by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, The State)

Formosa stars Paul F. Tompkins as Frank, Ben Schwartz as Frenchy, Craig Cackowski as Lou and Bellhop, Alessandra Torresani as Margaret O'Sullivan, Ana Ortiz as Carlita, Cedric Yarbrough as Machete Man and Hotel Detective, Carlos Alazraqui as El Coyote, Mickey, and Chance, Janet Varney as Middle Aged Woman, and Kyle Bornheimer as Archer. In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, The State, The Night At The Museum Films) regarding their dead pilot, Formosa. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Formosa performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @DeadPilotsSociety, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com. Thanks for listening!
15/09/161h 1m

Episode Zero: Laurel and Holly written by Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen

Laurel & Holly stars Molly Shannon as Holly, Sarah Chalke as Laurel, Hayes MacArthur as Steve, Tony Cavalero as Tony and Xander, Kyle Bornheimer as Shane, Anna Camp as Rita, Valerie Azlynn as Tanya and Danny, and Jamie Denbo as Steph. In this pilot episode, Ben Blacker interviews Andrew Reich (Friends, Rules of Engagement, creator of Dead Pilots Society) regarding his dead pilot, Laurel and Holly. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Laurel and Holly, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us at Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at http://www.deadpilotssociety.com/. Thanks for listening!
15/09/161h 16m
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