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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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Feb 6, 2020

Our episode this month is Training Room from Brig Muñoz-Liebowitz (People of Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Jamie (played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero), the female physiotherapist for a men's pro soccer team, has always been a guys' girl. But when the team acquires a new star player who challenges Jamie's place on the team, Jamie is forced to seek support from a group of coworkers she's always avoided: the other women. Training Room was produced with Greg Berlanti and former professional soccer player, Robbie Rogers. In Andrew's interview with Brig, you’ll hear about her circuitous route from Santa Clarita to comedy writing…  how some bold moves got her foot in the door… why she likes writing stories about women in men’s worlds... and the impact #MeToo has had in comedy writers' rooms. This episode has it all: dick jokes and a discussion of second versus third wave feminism! Enjoy!

Training Room stars Melissa Fumero as Jamie Burkholder, Tony Cavalero as Ryan, Roberta Valderrama as Tawny, Matt Walsh as Coach Vince, David Fumero as Mario, Chelsea Devantez as Tima, Yassir Lester as Kyle/Teammate 1/Sledgehammer Guy, Asif Ali as Jamie’s Dad/Victor/Teammate 2/Bouncer/Nacho, Brendan Scannell as Nick/Frosted Tips/Teammate 3/Waiter, Ed Weeks as Iain, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

Also, we have a date for our next live show. This one will be at Westside Comedy Theatre on Saturday, February 29th at 2PM. We’ll be reading pilots from Allison Bennett (You’re The Worst, Single Parents) and Sally Bradford-McKenna (Ghosted, The Goldbergs)

Tickets are going to go fast with this one. Lineup is going to be great as usual!

Get your tickets here: https://www.westsidecomedy.com/events/event/dead-pilots-society/

For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com

 

Jan 9, 2020

We’re kicking off 2020 with another true insider look at how television gets made! Andrew sat down with seasoned television executive, Samie Falvey. Samie spent many years as Head of Comedy at ABC, where she played a huge role in developing shows like Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat and The Goldbergs. She is now on the selling side as Chairman at Imagine Television.  In this interview, you’ll hear her speak openly about running a network comedy department…  what it was like to hear David Caspe pitch Happy Endings… what made the Black-ish pilot so irresistible... the finesse involved with telling a comedy writer their script isn’t funny... and the one plot point she thinks writers should never use in a pilot. A lot of valuable insight for writers from someone with a ton of experience developing and producing comedy for television. Enjoy, and we’ll be back with a new dead pilot next month!

We have a date for our next live show. This one will be at Westside Comedy Theatre on Saturday, February 29th at 5PM-7PM. The ticket link will be up shortly but make sure you block it out on your calendar. We’ll be reading some great pilots!

For more Dead Pilots Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast!
Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com

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