Episode notes

HAPPY MAX FUN DRIVE!! This month’s episode was recorded live at SF Sketchfest 2019! 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. 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!

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In this episode...


  • Julia Duffy as Pearl
  • Tony Hale as Billy
  • Alice Wetterlund as Olivia
  • Craig Cackowski as Kurt
  • Atsuko Okatsuka as Sara
  • Tawny Newsome as Shelby/Waitress/Quinn
  • Keiko Agena as Arlene
  • Kevin Pollak as Len
  • Guy Branum as Doctor Hudson/Radio Announcer/Student #2
  • Joel Kim Booster as Henry/Student #1
  • Carla Cackowski as Deedee
  • Lucy Davis as Joy
  • Will Choi as Travis/Cicerone

About the show

In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

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