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Episode 31 - Mr. Joyce's Opus written by Brian Gallivan

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Guests: 
Mike Kosinski as Chuck Joyce
Guests: 
Kirby Howell Baptiste as Julia McGill
Guests: 
Lauren Lapkus as Gifted Sara
Guests: 
Ginger Gonzaga as Leslie
Guests: 
Aparna Nancherla as Krystal
Guests: 
Mamie Gummer as Adriana
Guests: 
Janina Gavankar as Felicia
Guests: 
Elizabeth Ho as Vanessa
Guests: 
Sam Richardson as Mr. Meadows
Guests: 
Gary Anthony Williams as Principal Flood

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 throws out his curriculum to connect with his students despite the fact that they’re all horrible little monsters.

Andrew interviews Brian regarding his career, the development process for this pilot, and how he handles network notes calls. You’ll also listen to a live table read of Mr. Joyce’s Opus, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  
  
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

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Episode 30 - Talk Nerdy to Me written by Morgan Murphy

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Guests: 
Lauren Lapkus as Harper
Guests: 
Glenn Howerton as Robbie Kearse
Guests: 
Aparna Nancherla as Jessie
Guests: 
Kirby Howell Baptiste as Maddie
Guests: 
Sam Richardson as Walsh
Guests: 
Scott MacArthur as Nick
Guests: 
Elizabeth Ho as Ruth
Guests: 
Janina Gavankar as Assistant/Hector
Guests: 
Gary Anthony Williams as Voice/Anthony

We have a great pilot this month. It’s called Talk Nerdy to Me and it’s written by Morgan Murphy (2 Broke Girls, Jimmy Kimmel Live). 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. 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!

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Episode 29 - Suspended written by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker

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Guests: 
Matt Jones as Paul
Guests: 
Phil Lamarr as Principal Wendell
Guests: 
John Gemberling as Jake
Guests: 
Kira Kosarin as Cayley 
Guests: 
Carrie Wampler as Claudia
Guests: 
Nathan Anderson as Braden/Kid in Crowd
Guests: 
Ayden Mayeri as Diana
Guests: 
Lou Wilson as Steven/Gabe
Guests: 
Lauren Holt as Erika
Guests: 
Jason Genao as David/Sandeep

This month’s pilot is hilarious and 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. Andrew interviews Justin and Patrick regarding their dead pilot and you’ll also listen to a live table read of Suspended, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  
  
Missed our last live show at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth?! We’re having another one on September 23rd! Buy tickets below:

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dead-pilots-society-live-reads-of-dead-pilo...

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 39: 'The Big Lebowski' with 'Never Goin' Back' Director Augustine Frizzell

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Augustine Frizzell

The Big Lebowski

This week we're very lucky to have the director of A24's new film Never Goin' Back, Augustine Frizzell. She's on the show to talk with April Wolfe about the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski. April and her discuss the friendship on screen between Jeff Bridge's character 'The Dude' and John Goodman's 'Walter', and how that relationship is the emotional center of the film. Augustine relates this to the friendship she crafted in her film, and how writing for those characters was walking a fine line between pathetic and endearing. They also compare these two films in terms of capturing the essence of a city; Los Angeles for The Big Lebowski and Dallas for Never Goin' Back. Plus, Augustine has a pretty fascinating story of how she came to filmmaking after being a broke, single Mom at the age of eighteen. And she explains how those life experiences helped shape her debut film.

You can see Never Goin' Back in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Big Lebowski

With April Wolfe with Augustine Frizzell

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Episode 28 - Gold written by Jenji Kohan

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Guests: 
Justin Kirk as Bobby Gold
Guests: 
Lauren Lindsey Donzis as Gabby
Guests: 
John Gemberling as Judah Bloom
Guests: 
Yael Groblgas as Suzy Haven
Guests: 
Matt Jones as Lou Berger
Guests: 
Ayden Mayeri as Misty Wells/Karen
Guests: 
Phil Lamarr as Dan Rodale/Jamsheed
Guests: 
Carlos Alazraqui as Ken
Guests: 
Lauren Holt as Dahlia
Guests: 
Kira Kosarin as Amelia/Vera/Alynn

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. Listen to Andrew's interview with Jenji followed by the table read!!

Missed our last live show at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth?! We’re having another one on September 23rd at 2pm! Buy tickets below:

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dead-pilots-society-live-reads-of-dead-pilo...

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.

Episode 24 - Totally Laime written by Elizabeth Laime - Story by Elizabeth Laime and Tami Sagher

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Guests: 
Ayden Mayeri as Molly
Guests: 
Jason Ritter as Andy
Guests: 
Toni Trucks as Kendall/Yvette
Guests: 
Jamie Denbo as Molly’s Mom/Gate Agent/Pilot
Guests: 
Lucas Neff as Burditt
Guests: 
Scott Michael Foster as BDT
Guests: 
Brendan Hines as Julian
Guests: 
Marc Evan Jackson as Waiter/Mountain Man Dude
Guests: 
Katelyn Tarver as Wendy
Guests: 
Nola Bowie as 11 year old Molly

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.

We also want to thank all of our Max Fun members, new and old! We really couldn’t do this show without you! If you’re not a member, you can become one by going to maximumfun.org/donate. With your donation, you’ll get access to our awesome bonus content including a reading of The Mary Tyler Moore Show pilot, Steve Agee’s Weekend Dracula, and a special reading of a TV adaptation of the film Big, at The ATX FESTIVAL. Donate now and thank you again for all of the support!

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EP24: Brian "B+" Cross on Freestyle Fellowship's "To Whom It May Concern" (1991)

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Brian Cross

The album: Freestyle Fellowship: To Whom It May Concern (1991)

Brian Cross, better known to most as B+, is one of the most important photographers of the hip-hop generation to ever emerge out of the West Coast. A transplant from Ireland to California, Cross began documenting the L.A. rap community throughout the late '80s and early '90s, producing one of the great books about the region's hip-hop scene, It's Not About a Salary. He's also a founding partner of the music/events organization Mochilla. Just this year, Cross finally published his first book reflecting on his career in photography, Ghost Notes: Music of the Unplayed. For his episode with Heat Rocks, Cross took us back to 1991 and the release of To Whom It May Concern, one of the greatest West Coast hip-hop albums of all time...and one that most people never got to hear back in the day because of its limited distribution at the time. Better late than never; don't keep sleeping.

More on Freestyle Fellowship and To Whom It May Concern

More on Brian "B+" Cross

Show Tracklisting (all songs from To Whom It May Concern unless indicated otherwise):

  • ”Here I Am”
  • Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill “How I could Just Kill A Man”
  • AMG: Bitch Betta Have My Money “Bitch Betta Have My Money”
  • ”Good Life”
  • ”7th Seal”
  • ”120 Seconds”
  • ”Jupiter’s Journey”
  • ”For No Reason”
  • ”We Are The Freestyle Fellowship”
  • ”Sunshine Men”
  • ”Dedications”
  • Ornette Coleman: This Is Our Music “Humpty Dumpty”
  • ”5 o’Clock Follies”
  • Gang Starr: No More Mr. Nice Guy ”Manifest”
  • Jon Hendricks: Freddie Freeloader “Freddie Freeloader”
  • ”Convolutions”
  • ”7th Seal”
  • ”Legal Alien”
  • ”We Will Not Tolerate”

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Episode 22 - Red State Blue State written by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy

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Guests: 
David Koechner as Billy
Guests: 
Busy Philipps as Janie
Guests: 
Baron Vaughn as Evan
Guests: 
Michaela Watkins as Wendy
Guests: 
Marcus Scribner as Oliver
Guests: 
Mikey Madison as Courtney
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski as Teddy
Guests: 
Sujata Day as Customer/Student/Elderly Woman
Guests: 
Joel Spence as Dr. Howard Lean
Guests: 
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.

LIVE SHOW ALERT! Come to our next one on 3/11! We’ll be reading dead pilots by:

Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed; He's Just Not That Into You)
Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Ride Along; The Invitation)
Elizabeth Laime (Totally Laime; Totally Married; Totally Mommy)

Location:
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dead-pilots-society-tickets-42799302867?aff...

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Heat Rocks, EP 15: Kris Bowers on Kendrick Lamar's "Section.80" (2011)

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Kris Bowers

The album: Kendrick Lamar: Section.80 (Top Dawg, 2011)

To talk about Kendrick Lamar's studio LP debut, we wanted to find someone of K-Dot's generation, another L.A. young gun, and who better than pianist and composer, Kris Bowers? Like Kendrick, Kris grew up in L.A. and just as Kendrick has ascended the hip-hop ladder, so has Kris in jazz, as he won the prestigious Theolonious . But more than that, the web of Los Angeles musical ties was bound to bring the two into orbit in different ways - something we discuss in the episode - not the least of which is the fact that Kris covered one of the biggest tracks in Kendrick's early career: "Rigamortis."

In our conversation with Kris, we got deep into how he put together both the song and video for his version of "Rigamortis," whether or not Kendrick has a jazz sensibility in his style, and what it's like to see a hometown kid become the Greatest Rapper Alive.

More on Kendrick Lamar's Section.80

More on Kris Bowers

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Section.80 unless indicated otherwise):

  • "A.D.H.D."
  • Kris Bowers: "Rigamortis (Kendrick Lamar Cover)"
  • Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City "m.A.A.D. city"
  • MURS: Captain California "GBKW"
  • Dr. Dre: The Chronic “Dre Day”
  • A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory “Jazz (We’ve Got This)”
  • "High Power"
  • "Rigamortis"
  • "Keisha’s Song"
  • Kendrick Lamar: “Sing About Me”
  • "Ab-Souls Outro"
  • "Kush & Corinthians"
  • Willie Jones III: The Next Phase “The Thorn”
  • Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly “If These Walls Could Talk”
  • Chapter Six

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 494: Live at Angel City Brewery with Elliott Kalan and Open Mike Eagle

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Guests: 
Elliott Kalan
Guests: 
Open Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Riley Silverman

Jordan and Jesse are joined live on stage from the Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles by Elliot Kalan from The Flophouse podcast and Open Mike Eagle from the Tights and Fights podcast. Plus, bonus stand up sets from Riley Silverman and Danielle Radford.

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