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Dead Pilots Society

Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich

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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).
 
Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some lev ...
 
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The crew encounters a surprise after emerging from hyperspace at Quantaris. Pleck gets a discount code. Bargie’ll have another. AJ orders the combo. Starring: Jeremy Bent as C-53 Alden Ford as Pleck Decksetter Allie Kokesh as Dar Seth Lind as Nermut Bundaloy Winston Noel as AJ Moujan Zolfaghari as Bargie and Justin Ballwehat With special guests Ell…
 
A crypt rummager named Coral Loft and a former Mittens ref stop by the show off some of the fantastical treasures they've found. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Coral Loft, Crypt Rummager: Nyla Rose Tiffany Scampi: Aubrey Edwards Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post…
 
Usidore is a little too excited to welcome the baker of the best muffins in Nibblebottom. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Duggan GahLump: Ric Walker Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Craig: Ryan DiGiorgi Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: Garrett Sc…
 
Once upon a time, the funnies or the comics pages dominated newspapers – back when newspapers were the main source of information for most Americans. In those days, Walt Kelly and Al Capp were titans of the funnies. Their strips Pogo and Li’l Abner were cultural sensations. Both artists were groundbreaking in the way they incorporated satire into t…
 
Enjoy this unlocked bonus episode from our Patreon! In this episode, Usidore and Chunt fall in love (literally) with breakfast cereals Arnie has sourced from Earth. You can support the show directly and receive bonus episodes and rewards by joining our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/magictavern for only $5 per month. Follow us on Twitter and In…
 
A Winter Solstice scene with a song about the holiday Gunderstein. (Hmm, that rhymes.) Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young SAD Bard: Jonathan Mann Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: Garrett Schultz Special Assistance: R…
 
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 m…
 
Starring: Jeremy Bent Alden Ford Allie Kokesh Seth Lind Winston Noel Moujan Zolfaghari Edited by Alden Ford Sound design and mix by Shane O’Connell Theme Music composed by Brendan Ryan and performed by FAMES Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra Additional Music by Shane O’Connell Opening crawl narration by Jeremy Crutchley Ship design for The Bargarean J…
 
Marvel and DC are jumping into the multiverse with multiple movies and shows crossing over into parallels worlds with different versions of established characters while they’re merging IP from different franchises. It’s a win-win business strategy, but multiverses also bring up intriguing story possibilities of how we could’ve turned out differentl…
 
An ancient pact requires the Dark Lord, hidden in the basement, to fulfill his duties as the Chris in Chris-Must. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Flower: Brooke Breit Blemish: Martin Wilson Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Craig: Ryan DiGiorgi Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordin…
 
Another great pilot for you this month! It’s called Big Wishes written by Kristen Bartlett (Full Frontal, SNL) Her pilot is called Big Wishes. It follows Karla, a guilty pushover, and her best friend Hyacinth, brash and full-of-life despite having Stage 3 breast cancer, as they form a Make-a-Wish Foundation for adults. Together, Karla and Hyacinth …
 
The crew seeks out intel from an old friend. Dar makes a drop-off. AJ sees his near future. Pleck gets yoked. Starring: Jeremy Bent as C-53 Alden Ford as Pleck Decksetter Allie Kokesh as Dar Seth Lind as Nermut Bundaloy Winston Noel as AJ Moujan Zolfaghari as Bargie and Justin Ballwehat With special guest Leslie Collins as Ms. Janelle Fitzmeyer Edi…
 
The dragon in the basement needs a list of who it is and isn't okay to kill. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Craig: Ryan DiGiorgi Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: Garrett Schultz Special Assistance: Ryan DiGiorgi …
 
Becca gets very upset about unspeakable wine practices. Brandon gets where we were going in about 1-2 business days. We all discover our totally legitimate destinies. Editing: Ismay Hutton Theme Music by Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer Thanks for everyone we met at Zyxxcon! Website: fancast.space Twitter: @ZyxxFancast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/…
 
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 find…
 
The imagery of Christmas in most Western countries is of pure wholesomeness with Santa Claus or St. Nicholas, presents, candy, lights, etc. But in central Europe, there is another figure in the mix, the horned devilish-looking character called Krampus, who doles out punishment if you’re naughty instead of nice. I talk with Jules Linner and Christin…
 
A night of drinking magical mental martinis leads to the discovery of a murder! Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Dah’rik Foul-Lips: Derek Philips Stacey ORC-istano: Stacey Oristano Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: …
 
A teenage dragon in human form applies for an internship. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Tormaline: Zach Reino Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: Chris Rathjen Special Assistance: Ryan DiGiorgi Magic Tavern Logo: A…
 
The crew lands unexpectedly on a forest planet after Bargie shares some news. AJ thinks something is up. Pleck and Nermut go down. Dar gets hugs all around. Starring: Jeremy Bent as C-53 Alden Ford as Pleck Decksetter Allie Kokesh as Dar Seth Lind as Nermut Bundaloy Winston Noel as AJ Moujan Zolfaghari as Bargie With special guest Aaron Burdette as…
 
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 ass…
 
The beloved Town Daddy has been murdered. But the Town Daddy's suspicious brother is here. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Kevrat, the Town Uncle: John Hodgman Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: Garrett Schultz Spec…
 
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. Som…
 
Mysterious guest, Wade the Wanderer, just might be an old villain in disguise. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Baron Ragoon: Chris Rathjen Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: Sage G.C. Special Assistance: Ryan DiGior…
 
The world of tabletop role-playing games is much broader than Dungeons & Dragons, and there’s been a boom of DIY tabletop RPGs in the last decade. But as new players are coming on to the scene, they’re asking new questions about what defines a game, and what might be problematic about classic tabletop RPGs. Game master Timm Woods explains how new g…
 
The crew gets an unexpected visit from an old… friend? Pleck gets vindicated. Bargie makes five nermos. Nermut gets boxed in. Someone says “shrimp.” Starring: Jeremy Bent as C-53 Alden Ford as Pleck Decksetter Allie Kokesh as Dar Seth Lind as Nermut Bundaloy Winston Noel as AJ Moujan Zolfaghari as Bargie and Justin Ballwheat With special guest Jona…
 
An old friend, Claudia the Witch, visits Nibblebottom to pursue some dicey business ventures. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Claudia: Beth Melewski Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: Chris Rathjen Special Assistanc…
 
A pirate searching for the water stolen from his land visits the tavern. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Ludwig the Land Pirate: Xavier Woods Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Editor: Anna Havermann Special Assistance: Rya…
 
At long last, the crew has reached the Zyxx Quadrant! Certainly everything is fine there. Pleck gets news about his prophecy. Nermut gets recognized. Dar and AJ get glopped. Starring: Jeremy Bent as C-53 and Scram Alden Ford as Pleck Decksetter Allie Kokesh as Dar Seth Lind as Nermut Bundaloy, Peck and the Blazing Rochester Winston Noel as AJ and A…
 
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…
 
Selling, stealing, and sharing memories leads to confusion (and love?). Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Vredla the Mindhunter: Beth May Mentis, the Mental Merchant: Anthony Burch Blemish: Martin Wilson Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Ga…
 
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 terrifyi…
 
A new era of peace dawns in Foon, but maybe that’s not entirely true. More importantly we talk to a wind sprite that loves to hear wishes. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Wizla the Wind Sprite of the Wishing Well: Jess McKenna Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Pr…
 
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!By Benjamin Harrison, Andrew Reich, Ben Blacker, Adam Pranica
 
Frank Herbert’s Dune has been hailed as a pioneer of environmental science fiction, where the Fremen on the planet of Arakkis, have had to adapt to extreme weather conditions through technology and culture. I talk with Ian Schoenherr, the son of illustrator John Schoenherr, about how his father and Frank Herbert bonded over their love of nature. Al…
 
The crew receives a dinner party invitation from a very unlikely host. Bargie will always be successful! C-53 drops it like it’s hotdish. AJ just wants a little decency! Dar absorbs very, very friendly fire. What is the sound of Nermut’s one hand clapping? That’s Pleck in the corner. This throwback to Season 4 was freshly recorded LIVE on October 3…
 
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