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Episode 5 – Angry Angel written by Will Gluck

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Guests: 
Aubrey Plaza
Guests: 
Danielle Nicolet
Guests: 
Ed Weeks
Guests: 
Cedric Yarbrough
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski
Guests: 
John Ross Bowie
Guests: 
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Guests: 
Josh Zuckerman
Guests: 
Chris Tallman
Guests: 
Mark McConville
Guests: 
Alison Rich
Guests: 
Janet Varney
Guests: 
Gary Anthony Williams
Guests: 
Jamie Denbo
Guests: 
Humphrey Kerr

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Andrew Reich interviews Will Gluck (Director of Easy A and Friends with Benefits, Co-creator of 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 like:

Aubrey Plaza as Alison Pyke, Danielle Nicolet as Connie, Ed Weeks as Barker, Cedric Yarbrough as Leonard/Middle Aged Man, Craig Cackowski as Skater/Shaun White/Business Man/Wallstreeter #1/Taxi Driver, John Ross Bowie as Male Judge/Co-pilot/Driver/Jogger, Kerri Kenney-Silver as Female Judge/Old Woman, 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, 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, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

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Come see Dead Pilots Society Live @ SF Sketchfest 2017:

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Dead Pilots Society Live @ The Largo on February 4th, 2017

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Have you been loving Dead Pilots Society?! Do you live in Los Angeles?! Well, you're in luck! We're recording a live podcast at Largo at the Coronet on February 4th, 2017!

We're reading a script written by June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie, Bride Wars) & Casey Wilson (Gone Girl, Happy Endings) and we'll have reads from Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Step Brothers) and more of your favorite comedic actors!

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Seat assignments begin at 6:00PM
Doors open for drinks at 7:00PM,
Showtime at 8:30PM

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Episode 4 - Rabbit Hole written by Jamie Denbo & Kerri Kenney-Silver

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Guests: 
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Guests: 
Jamie Denbo
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski
Guests: 
Alison Rich
Guests: 
Leslie Grossman
Guests: 
Danielle Nicolet
Guests: 
Cedric Yarborough
Guests: 
Gary Anthony Williams
Guests: 
John Ross Bowie
Guests: 
Chris Tallman
Guests: 
Mark McConville
Guests: 
Ed Weeks
Guests: 
Josh Zuckerman
Guests: 
Humphrey Ker

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, 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 like:

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.

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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 are on sale NOW! Buy them here: http://www.largo-la.com/event/1404688

Episode 3 - Wunderland written by Amanda Lund & Matt Gourley

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Guests: 
Amanda Lund
Guests: 
Matt Gourley
Guests: 
Kiernan Shipka
Guests: 
Rich Sommer
Guests: 
Skylar Astin
Guests: 
Natalie Morales
Guests: 
Steve Agee
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski
Guests: 
Noah Galvin
Guests: 
Laraine Newman
Guests: 
Maria Blasucci
Guests: 
Marc Evan Jackson
Guests: 
Arturo Del Puerto
Guests: 
Ben Feldman
Guests: 
Matt Gourley

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview Amanda Lund (Co-creator, Ghost Ghirls, Goosebumps) & Matt Gourley (Podcasts: Superego; 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 like:

Amanda Lund as Jane, Kiernan Shipka as Young Blond Girl/Kelsea, Rich Sommer as Peyton, Skylar Astin as Juan Pablo, Natalie Morales as Boleyn, Steve Agee as Petite Keith/Security Guard, Craig Cackowski as Narrator/Policeman/King Strudel/Driver, Noah Galvin as Teenaged employee (Gary), Laraine Newman as Kelsea's Mom, Maria Blasucci as Hippie Mom/Tera Kaltenbach/Olivia, Marc Evan Jackson as Bruce, Arturo Del Puerto as Corporate Stiff/Brad, Ben Feldman as George Doyle, and Matt Gourley reading stage directions.

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Bullseye: Norman Lear & Riz Ahmed

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Norman Lear
Guests: 
Riz Ahmed

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Norman Lear talks his childhood, his 1970’s sitcoms, and writing for an all black cast

Norman Lear is a Hollywood legend who is responsible for cultivating an entire genre of television: the American Sitcom. After serving time in the U.S. Army during WWII, Lear began a career in Public Relations, eventually turning his sights to television production. During the 1970’s, he had some of the most successful TV shows running, including All In The Family, Maude, and The Jeffersons. After his tenure creating sitcoms, he went on to work on movies and writing.

You can find the upcoming PBS documentary about his life, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You here.


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Riz Ahmed on his hip-hop group Swet Shop Boys, Brexit, and his part in the upcoming Star Wars film

Riz Ahmed is a British actor who has been in many notable films including Chris Morris' and Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler. But he seems to be gaining more attention this year as he breaks through into larger roles such as the latest Jason Bourne film and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. All while he has been cultivating his acting career, he also is a very busy hip-hop artist, releasing a solo record this year called Englistan under the name Riz MC as well as being one half of Swet Shop Boys with Das Racist veteran Heems. His work as a musician is often times critical of political and social structures in place, and makes reference to racial inequities in our society.

Swet Shop Boy’s new album Cashmere can found here.

The Outshot: Blunt Talk

This week, Jesse talks about why if you like strange, weird, yet insightful TV, Starz’s Blunt Talk is the show for you.

Episode 2 - Only Child written by John Hodgman

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Guests: 
John Hodgman
Guests: 
Janet Varney
Guests: 
John Ross Bowie
Guests: 
Abe Chabon
Guests: 
Mark Gagliardi
Guests: 
Josh Malina
Guests: 
Adam Savage
Guests: 
Sage Ryan
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Ben Acker
Guests: 
John Roderick
Guests: 
Samantha Sadoff
Guests: 
Abby Wait

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, 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 like:

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.

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Episode 1 - Formosa written by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant

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Guests: 
Paul F. Tompkins
Guests: 
Ben Schwartz
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski
Guests: 
Alessandra Torresani
Guests: 
Ana Ortiz
Guests: 
Cedric Yarbrough
Guests: 
Carlos Alazraqui
Guests: 
Janet Varney
Guests: 
Kyle Bornheimer

In this pilot episode of Dead Pilots Society, 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 like:

Paul F. Tompkins as Frank
Ben Schwartz as Frenchy
Craig Cackowski as Lou, Bellhop
Alessandra Torresani as Margaret O'Sullivan
Ana Ortiz as Carlita
Cedric Yarbrough as Machete Man, Hotel Detective
Carlos Alazraqui as El Coyote, Mickey, Chance
Janet Varney as Middle Aged Woman
Kyle Bornheimer as Archer

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Episode Zero "Pilot Episode" - Laurel and Holly written by Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen

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Guests: 
Molly Shannon
Guests: 
Sarah Chalke
Guests: 
Hayes MacArthur
Guests: 
Tony Cavalero
Guests: 
Kyle Bornheimer
Guests: 
Anna Camp
Guests: 
Valerie Azlynn
Guests: 
Jamie Denbo

In this pilot episode of Dead Pilots Society, 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 like:

Molly Shannon as Holly
Sarah Chalke as Laurel
Hayes MacArthur as Steve
Tony Cavalero as Tony, Xander
Kyle Bornheimer as Shane
Anna Camp as Rita
Valerie Azlynn as Tanya, Danny
Jamie Denbo as Steph

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: James Burrows & Future Islands

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
James Burrows
Guests: 
Samuel Herring

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Sitcom Guru James Burrows on Andy Kaufman, Teaching Ted Danson to Tend Bar, and Why He's Still Directing

Forty-one years ago, James Burrows stepped on the set of The Mary Tyler Moore Show to direct an episode. It was his very first gig as a TV director. Since then, he co-created Cheers and became known as the go-to guy to direct your sitcom pilot. He's directed more than fifty pilot episodes, including those for Taxi, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, and he adds more to his resume every season.

Burrows is the son of the famous playwright Abe Burrows, who wrote the book for Broadway musicals like Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

James Burrows will talk about creating his own career path on television, working with Andy Kaufman (and Andy's alter-ego Tony Clifton), brainstorming the elements that would become Cheers, and why he continues to direct.

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Samuel Herring of Future Islands Explains Why Joy Division's "Digital" Changed His Life

Samuel Herring, the frontman for the synth-pop band Future Islands, grew up loving hip hop (as he still does).

But there's a rock song that helped him put him on the path to forming the band Future Islands with bandmate William Cashion. And that song is Joy Division's "Digital". It's the song that changed his life.

Future Islands just released two brand-new singles, and they're out on tour this summer and fall to promote their newest album, titled Singles.

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The Outshot: The Revolutionary Afrobeat of Fela Kuti

Jesse pays tribute to the feeling of Fela.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Aisha Tyler, Bilal Oliver, God on Sports

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Aisha Tyler
Guests: 
Bilal Oliver
Guests: 
Seth Morris
Guests: 
Marah Eakin
Guests: 
Nathan Rabin

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The AV Club's All-Time Favorites: Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" and Warren Zevon's "Stand in the Fire"

The AV Club's Music Editor Marah Eakin and Head Writer Nathan Rabin discuss a few of their all-time favorite albums. Marah is a fan of the layered, sampled feel of Fleetwood Mac's post-Rumors album, Tusk. Nathan Rabin suggests a listen to Warren Zevon's intimate but ferocious live album Stand in the Fire.

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Aisha Tyler: Actress, Comedian, and Former Third-Grade Maypole

Like a lot of funny people, Aisha Tyler often found herself on the outside looking in as a kid. She was the only black girl in her school and thought of herself as kind of a geek... Standing six-feet tall by third grade didn't help things, either. Ultimately, feeling out of place gave her the feeling that she could survive anything -- and the confidence to pursue performance. She's since performed stand up, hosted E!'s Talk Soup, appeared on CSI, 24, Friends...and even competed on an episode of Jeopardy.

She also has a starring role on the FX animated series Archer, where she voices Lana Kane, a beautiful and brilliant secret agent who plays the straight man to her idiot co-workers.

Aisha joins us to talk about her choice to do comedy in her own voice, the challenges of voice acting, and about living a real-life version of Fame in high school.

Archer airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on FX. The show is in its fourth season; it was just renewed for a fifth. Aisha will host The CW’s reboot of Whose Line Is It Anyway? this summer. You can also catch Aisha at a performance of Archer Live!.

This interview originally aired in January 2012.

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Comedy: An Excerpt from The Last Testament: A Memoir By God

You'd think that God would be pretty focused on the choice of a new Pope right about now. But might some of that attention be diverted to.... spring training? Has the Almighty ever swayed athletic outcomes? Does He care for sports at all? Get the straight truth from The Man Himself (as relayed to David Javerbaum). The answer may surprise you.

This excerpt is from The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, with David Javerbaum.
David Javerbaum is an Emmy-winning comedy writer and former executive producer of The Daily Show. You can see more of his work with God on Twitter @TheTweetofGod.

Our voice of God is provided by comedian Seth Morris, who is also on Twitter at @SethISMorris.

This segment originally aired in April 2012.

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Bilal and His Unique Blend of Soul, Hip-Hop, and Jazz

Here's one way a musical artist can succeed: artist records album, sends it off to the label, label rejects album, album is leaked online, fans and critics love album, artist goes independent.

That's exactly what happened to jazz and soul singer Bilal, who wanted to follow up his debut album, 1st Born Second, with something a little more experimental. That album (titled Love For Sale) was never officially released, which left a nine-year gap between his debut record and his second album, Airtight's Revenge. That album earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

The wait between Bilal albums this time around is a little more manageable: his new album, A Love Surreal, was just released last week. It's a beautiful, headspinning collision between 1960s soul and modern hip-hop, sounding like neither the past or the present.

We spoke with Bilal back in 2010 right around when Airtight's Revenge was released. Bilal talked to us about his high school identity, growing up with jazz music, and his choice to go wild on Jay Leno.

Bilal's new album, A Love Surreal, is available now.

This interview originally aired in September 2010.

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The Outshot: The Cold Open

Looking for the perfect cold open? Jesse's found it. Newsradio. Season 2, Episode 9.

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