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Switchblade Sisters Episode 62: 'Defending Your Life' with 'Operator' Director Logan Kibens

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Guests: 
Logan Kibens

Defending Your Life

This week we slice and dice with writer/director Logan Kibens. She's on the program to discuss Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life. This is one of Logan's favorite films as well, and she explains the philosophical aspects of it that keep her coming back to watch over and over again. She and April point out how this film is a precursor to shows like 'The Good Place.' Logan elaborates on working with actors and getting past the intimidation phase. She discusses convincing people to invest in her first feature, even though she'd never directed one before. Logan also talks about working on that debut feature, Operator, starring Martin Starr and Mae Whitman. Plus, they examine how even though Defending Your Life flopped upon its release, it has endured due to its universal message of living without fear.

You can see Operator on Netflix.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Defending Your Life.

With April Wolfe and Logan Kibens.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters on Twitter or Facebook.

Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Tights and Fights Bonus Ep. 11: WOW - Women of Wrestling w/ Selina Majors

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Guests: 
Selina Majors
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Selina Majors. She’s been a wrestler since the 80’s for promotions like AWA and WCW. These days, she spends her time with WOW - Women of Wrestling, where she continues to perform and train the next generation of wrestlers.

Amid laughs and tears, Majors will discuss why she’s still passionate about wrestling after all these years, who she’s had a hand in training and why she’s so excited to share WOW with a new audience.

WOW - Women of Wrestling debuts on AXS TV on January 18th.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Episode 33 - American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas

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Guests: 
Kaliko Kauhi as Dee Dee
Guests: 
Dustin Ybarra as Sonny
Guests: 
Kevin Sussman as Connor
Guests: 
Stephnie Weir as Ruth
Guests: 
Nichole Bloom as Jackie/Professional Woman 1
Guests: 
Kevin Balmore as Hector/Little Boy
Guests: 
Maria Blasucci as Mavis/Stacy/Professional Woman 2
Guests: 
Logan Hall as T’Oliver/Yadelah/Old Man/Tough Guy/Cliff

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.

Episode 32 - The Prince written by Mehar Sethi

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Guests: 
Glenn Howerton as Dave Whitney
Guests: 
Ginger Gonzaga as Zodiac Waitress/Assistant/Housewife/Local/Hostess
Guests: 
Brad Neely as Charles Whitney
Guests: 
Mamie Gummer as Molly
Guests: 
Scott MacArthur as State Senator/Roger/Redneck Store Clerk/Bobby/Gifford
Guests: 
Gary Anthony Williams as Carl Fisher/Rival Oil Exec
Guests: 
Elizabeth Ho as Rhea
Guests: 
Roberta Valderrama as Margarita
Guests: 
Mike Kosinski as Oscar/Cody
Guests: 
Tay Strathairn as Liam Lenox/Steakhouse Waiter
Guests: 
Sunkrish Bala as Ravi Daptik/Rival Oil Exec/Colleague/City Official/Actor
Guests: 
Lizzie Peet as Aunt Alice

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.

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

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 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!

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 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...

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.

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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