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Dead Pilots Society

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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Dec 20, 2018

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.

Nov 29, 2018

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.

Oct 25, 2018

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 decides to throw out his curriculum to connect with his students despite the fact that his students are horrible little monsters. Andrew interviews Brian regarding his dead pilot and you’ll also listen to a live table read of Mr. Joyce’s Opus, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. 

We had a great cast for this one including Mike Kosinski as Chuck Joyce, Kirby Howell Baptiste as Julia McGill, Lauren Lapkus as Gifted Sara, Ginger Gonzaga as Leslie, Aparna Nancherla as Krystal, Mamie Gummer as Adriana, Janina Gavankar as Felicia, Elizabeth Ho as Vanessa, Sam Richardson as Mr. Meadows, Gary Anthony Williams as Principal Flood, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

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.

Sep 27, 2018

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

We had a great cast for this one including Lauren Lapkus as Harper, Kirby Howell Baptiste as Maddie, Elizabeth Ho as Ruth, Aparna Nancherla as Jessie, Scott MacArthur as Nick, Glenn Howerton as Robbie Kearse, Sam Richardson as Walsh, Gary Anthony Williams as Voice/Anthony, Janina Gavankar as Assistant/Hector, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

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.

Aug 23, 2018

This month’s pilot is hilarious! 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. We had a great cast for this one including Matt Jones as Paul, Phil Lamarr as Principal Wendell, Carrie Wampler as Claudia, Kira Kosarin as Cayley, Ayden Mayeri as Diana, John Gemberling as Jake, Nathan Anderson as Kid in Crowd, Lou Wilson as Steven/Gabe, Lauren Holt as Erika, Nathan Anderson as Braden, Jason Genao as David/Sandeep, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

In this episode, you'll listen to a live table read of Suspended, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors. Stay tuned after the table read for Andrew's interview with Justin and Patrick regarding their dead pilot.

Missed our last live show at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth?! We’re having another one on September 23rd! Go to eventbrite.com and search Dead Pilots Society for tickets.

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.

Jul 26, 2018

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. We had such a fun cast for this one including Weeds star Justin Kirk as Bobby Gold, Lauren Lindsey Donzis as Gabby, John Gemberling as Judah Bloom, Yael Groblgas as Suzy Haven, Matt Jones as Lou Berger, Ayden Mayeri as Misty Wells/Karen, Phil Lamarr as Dan Rodale/Jamsheed, Carlos Alazraqui as Ken, Lauren Holt as Dahlia, Kira Kosarin as Amelia/Vera/Alynn,, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

Missed our last live show at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth?! We’re having another one on September 23rd! Go to eventbrite.com and search Dead Pilots Society for tickets.

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.

Jun 28, 2018

This month’s pilot is a special one written by Caroline Williams! It’s called Rob 5000 and it’s about two girls who buy a robot boyfriend and the chaos that ensues. We had such a fun cast for this one including  Ayden Mayeri as Brenda, Yael Grobglas as Dani, Jason Ritter as Rob5000, Carlos Alazraqui as Ivan/Acting Teacher, Justin Kirk as Richard, Carrie Wampler as Jen/Linda’s Refrigerator/Angry Woman, Lauren Holt as Kath, Liz Cackowski as Connie/The Lady/Linda, John Gemberling as Todd/Sloppy Guy/Handsome Dude/Just a Torso, Phil Lamarr as Silver Fox/Hiro/Sexy Voice, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

Also in this episode, Andrew interviews Caroline Williams (Arrested Development) regarding her dead pilot, Rob 5000Keep listening for the live table read of Rob 5000, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.

May 31, 2018

Adulting stars Jessica Rothe as Penny, Scott Michael Foster as Matt, Lucas Neff as Gil, Katelyn Tarver as Ruth, Toni Trucks as Sabine, Jamie Denbo as Faye, Hank Chen as Dave/Cop #1, Marc Evan Jackson as Frandon, Ayden Mayeri as Colleen/Lady/Cop #2/Clerk, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed; He’s Just Not That Into You) regarding their dead pilot, Adulting. You'll also listen to a live table read of Adulting, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.

May 3, 2018

Airport Marriott stars Jason Ritter as Adam Finn, Toni Trucks as Jamie, Scott Michael Foster as Guy in Toilet/Jose/T1 Guy/Royce, Jessica Rothe as Erin, Brendan Hines as Karl, Hank Chen as Rudy, Marc Evan Jackson as Rick Parkman, Jamie Denbo as Yelena, Lucas Neff as Donald, Ayden Mayeri as Sasha Marriott, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (The Invitation; Ride Along) regarding their dead pilot, Airport Marriott. You'll also listen to a live table read of Airport Marriott, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  

Do you want to come see Dead Pilots Society Live?! You can! Our next live show is on June 23rd, 2017 at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth! We’ll be reading pilots from:

Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black; Weeds)

Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (Powerless; $#*! My Dad Says)

Dan Harmon (Rick & Morty; Community) & Chris Mckenna (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Community)

Ticket link: Dead Pilots Society Live Link

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.

Apr 3, 2018

Totally Laime stars Ayden Mayeri as Molly, Jason Ritter as Andy, Jamie Denbo as Molly’s Mom/Gate Agent/Pilot, Toni Trucks as Kendall/Yvette, Lucas Neff as Burditt, Scott Michael Foster as BDT, Brendan Hines as Julian, Marc Evan Jackson as Waiter/Mountain Man Dude, Katelyn Tarver as Wendy, Nola Bowie as 11 year old Molly, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

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.  

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.

Mar 8, 2018

The Money Pit stars Ben Feldman as Walter, Felicia Day as Anna, Steve Agee as Benny, Natalie Morales as Margot, Jenny Wade as Realtor, Mark McConville as Furniture delivery man, Jason Ritter as Restaurant delivery man, Khary Payton as Noel, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Justin Spitzer (Superstore, The Office) regarding his dead pilot, The Money Pit. You'll also listen to a live table read of The Money Pit, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.

Feb 8, 2018

Red State Blue State stars Dave Koechner as Billy, Busy Philipps as Janie, Baron Vaughn as Evan, Michaela Watkins as Wendy, Marcus Scribner as Oliver, Mikey Madison as Courtney, Craig Cackowski as Teddy, Sujata Day as Customer/Student/Elderly Woman, Joel Spence as Dr. Howard Lean, and 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.  

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.

Jan 11, 2018

The Doulo stars Adam Savage as Mal, Joshua Malina as Doctor/Guy/Man in Suit 1, John Ross Bowie as Paul, Janet Varney as Chrissy/Waitress, John Roderick as Colin, Hal Lublin as Ezekiel/Man in Suit 2, Mark Gagliardi as Mitch, Karen Smith-McGlynn as Teacher/Fanny/Monica, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Andrew Reich (Friends, Dead Pilots Society Creator) regarding a dead pilot he co-wrote with Ted Cohen called The Doulo. You'll also listen to a live table read of The Doulo, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, 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.

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