Episode 12: Martians, Superheroes and other Jobs

Sketch, Please! returns with another batch of listener-submitted sketches performed by volunteers. And this one will take you to outer space and back to the supermarket.

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Ever competed with a friend over the smallest things? Have you ever dropped a hint to a partner that they just didn’t get? How about that moment when you get in to an argument with your Superhero colleagues over your costumes? All that and more is included in this month’s Sketch, Please!

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© Michael Wharley Photography 2014Danni Payne is a musical theatre performer who trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Danni has dabbled in comedy, but so far has made a living by lying and singing at people. Credits include, NewsrevueBurelli Sister in The Rat Pack Live, Dolly in A Tribute to the Blues Brothers at the Edinburgh Fringe and Divina in Broke Britannia (Bridewell Theatre). You can follow her on Twitter at  @dannipaynee.

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Lewis Cook is a sketch comedian as part of Cook and Davies. Cook and Davies were Finalists at the Welsh unsigned Stand Up Awards, So You Think You Write Funny and Semi Finalists at the Laughing Horse New Comedy Act of The Year. He is also the writer of Good Little Boy, a one-act play that premiered at The Wardrobe Theatre.

 

CREDITS
Edna and Blanche by MKM Comedy
EDNA – Lewis Cook
BLANCHE – Danni Payne

Useless Technical Director by Robert Mills
BOSS – Danni Payne
BARRY – Lewis Cook

Pirates Expenses by Daniel Page
SPARROW – Edmund Fargher
FIRST MATE – Lewis Cook
PETE – Danni Payne

Three’s Awkward by Elliot Stewart
JO – Danni Payne
TIM – Lewis Cook
RACHAEL – Katharine Kerr

Just Relax by Martin Price
TRACY – Danni Payne
ALFRED – Lewis Cook
STEPHEN – Edmund Fargher

Mars Mishap by Stephanie Weston
MARTIAN 1 – Danni Payne
MARTIAN 2 – Lewis Cook
MARTIAN 3 – Edmund Fargher

Heroic Delays by Elliot Stewart
COMPUTER – Edmund Fargher
HEROMAN – Lewis Cook
HEROGIRL – Danni Payne

Produced by Katharine Kerr
Hosted by Edmund Fargher

ANNOUNCING: Dead Drunk Detective Season 2!

Podcast Adventures is excited to announce a second series of the comedy-noir podcast sitcom Dead Drunk Detective in 2017.

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Cast from Series 1

Arfie Mansfield and Kate Oswald will return as scotch-fueled, zombie detective Johnny Stumbles and his long-suffering assistant Betty in the Autumn.

Also returning to the cast will be Leanna Wigginton as Johnny’s sister Melissa and a host of new characters and special appearances from the London improv comedy community.

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Writer Brendan Way deep in thought.

Writer Brendan Way says he had a blast writing season 2 of the show and is looking forward to experimenting with the weird world he’s created: “The biggest change in the first run had been – SPOILER ALERT – Betty getting a new chair. This time round, I wanted to shake things up. I’ll bring back some old friends, but also introduce new enemies. Let’s get in people from Johnny’s pre-zombie life. OOH! Let’s have Johnny question his entire identity.” 

Season 2 has a few surprises in store for Johnny as we find out more about the land of the undead and explore his tricky relationships, all presented with the same relentless pun-a-minute treatment.

Dead Drunk Detective was born when Way was bored one afternoon. Months later it was a fully produced live show and series starring a cast of talented friends. As with the first season, a series of live recordings will take place in a Central London performance space for which a limited number of tickets will be released in September.

Podcast Adventures is a London-based audio network producing podcast titles in collaboration with writers and performers across the UK. They are also behind titles such as Sketch, Please! and Ed and Friends, with another comedy sitcom to be announced later this year.

Keep an eye on the Podcast Adventures website for more news about Dead Drunk Detective soon.

Episode 11: Sport, Art and other Reinterpretations

Episode 11 arrives with a bang as we make comedy out of all the big issues. Prisons, healthcare, murder art you name it. And with a fantastic cast to boot!

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What constitutes an artistic statement? Where is the line between loyalty and happiness among thieves? And how far can you push a healthcare worker before they snap? All this and more to be found on this month’s episode.

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jamesJames Witt trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting after he had completed his degree in English and Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham. He’s a founding member of Music Box : The Improvised Comedy Musical which has been performing regularly since 2009. Other long term projects include Pirates! (Improv Adventures on the High Seas) and This Is Soap (The Improvised Soap) which he also directed. He also performs regularly with Hoopla Impro and Story Kitchen Impro‘s Theatresports! London troupe.  Other theatre credits include UnmythableNewsrevue and Shakespeare for Breakfast.

Ali Burton HeadshotAlexandra Burton recently performed in two plays at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company and is a member of the Actor’s Club with Director’s Cut Theatre Company. She trained at The BRIT School, Guildhall and is a member of The National Youth Theatre. She is also working on a short film Missing Shade of Blue directed by Sami Abdul- Razzak. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram!

Mike Lash HeadshotMike Lash is an actor, an open-mic stand-up comedian and improviser with Talking Dog, Kanga & Roo and Story Kitchen Impro. As an actor he trained with LAMDA, Brunel and City Lit. As an improviser, he trained with Monkey Toast and as a stand-up honed his high-energy absurdist set with Amused Moose. You can also follow him on Twitter!

 

CREDITS

Art or Artefact by Brendan Way
Curator – Alexandra Burton
Derek – Mike Lash

Gary & Barry by Nicholas Wooster
Gary – Mike Lash
Barry – James Witt

Netballers by Danny Antrobus
Anchor – Edmund Fargher
Reporter – James Witt

Fitting Tribute by Ian Briggs
Doctor  – Alexandra Burton
Kensington – James Witt

Voiceover Sketch by Robert Mills
Producer – Mike Lash
Clarisa – Alexandra Burton

No More Experts by Eliot Stewart
Man – James Witt
Cop – Alexandra Burton

Political Views by Jane McCutcheon and Vivienne Riddoch
Person 1 (Waiter) – James Witt
Person 2 (Retailer) – Mike Lash
Person 3 (Customer) – Alexandra Burton
VO (Hold Music) – Alexandra Burton
Person 4 (Award Winner) – Mike Lash

Hosted by Edmund Fargher
Produced by Katharine Kerr

The Giggle Loop Podcast Festive Special – ED & FRIENDS

Happy Christmas! By way of an episode and all round Christmas greeting, we thought we would share with you a special Festive podcast Ed recorded with his two very good friends and regular co-hosts on Ed & Friends Natasha Parrott and Ellie Grice, aka Giggle Loop, which secretly makes this particular episode of the show The Giggle Loop Podcast.

Thank you so much to all of our loyal listeners and we look forward to sharing more fun podcasts with you in the New Year!

And as always, don’t for get to rate, review, like share and subscribe on iTunes, Soundcloud and aCast.

Episode 29: Jim the Soldier -ED & FRIENDS (U.S. Election Special)

Ed & Friends takes a different tone this week as Ed talks to his friend and cousin Sgt. James Russell, and while they talk about life in the US Military, the subject inevitably turns to tomorrow’s Presidential election.


Ed asks how a soldier reacts to Presidential candidates that evoke the military in their campaigns, whether they are bending the facts to aid their campaign or disrespecting the families of fallen soldiers. Jim, a man that does not waste his words, gives Ed his views on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the duty of a soldier.

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And in the spirit of clarity, here are some links to some of the topics Ed and Jim discuss in their interview.

NOTE: Since the recording of this episode of Ed & Friends, the FBI have revealed that the further emails discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop are not pertinent to Hillary Clinton’s case and the FBI will be take no new action against Clinton, as reported by The New York Times.

Series 1: Episode 7 – Lost a Bett

Betty’s gone missing and there’s something afoot that Johnny can’t quite put his finger on. The problem is that even as the evidence points toward increasingly sinister deeds, Johnny is drunker than ever. He will need the help of every ally he has in order to save his secretary. Even his sister Melissa.dead-drunk-logo-ep-7
Recorded in front of a live audience, a new episode of Dead Drunk Detective will be available to download every Monday in October 2016.
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Cast (in alphabetical order)
Catherine Haslam – Passer-by
Dan Luxton – Mr Green
Arfie Mansfield – Johnny Stumbles
Kate Oswald – Betty
Mark Tindle – Jekyll/Hyde
Mark Wheeler – The Invisible Man
Leanna Wigginton – Melissa
Crew
Written and Created by Brendan Way
Produced and Directed by Edmund Fargher
Produced and Edited by Katharine Kerr
Music by Tom Hodge
Artwork by Aimee Sajjan-Servaes
Recorded at The Actor’s Temple in London, England.

Series 1: Episode 6 – Hell To Pay

The Devil is being blackmailed and expects Johnny to catch the culprits. But Johnny’s relationship with Betty is worse than ever, and then his overbearing sister Melissa comes to town. It’s looks like the drunk zombie private detective simply cannot catch a break. And then the unthinkable happens…

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Recorded in front of a live audience, a new episode of Dead Drunk Detective will be available to download every Monday in October 2016.

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Cast (in alphabetical order)
Catharine Haslam – Balfar
Charlotte Kaye – Joe
Dan Luxton – Satan
Arfie Mansfield – Johnny Stumbles
Kate Oswald – Betty
Mark Tindle – Korlock
Leanna Wiggington – Melissa

Crew
Written and Created by Brendan Way
Produced and Directed by Edmund Fargher
Produced and Edited by Katharine Kerr
Music by Tom Hodge
Artwork by Aimee Sajjan-Servaes

Recorded at The Actor’s Temple in London, England.

Series 1: Episode 5 – Unwrapping the Mummy Mystery

The Museum of Unnatural History is in trouble when a murder happens within their walls.  And the only witness to the crime is an old Mummy from the Ancient Egyptian exhibit. Can Johnny crack the case? Is the Museum cursed? And can Johnny win back his prized office chair?

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Recorded in front of a live audience, a new episode of Dead Drunk Detective will be available to download every Monday in October 2016.

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Cast (in alphabetical order)

Mike Hutcherson – Maurice
Dan Luxton – Pharaoh
Arfie Mansfield – Johnny Stumbles
Charlie Martin – Pauline
Kate Oswald – Betty
Alex Sievewright – Indiana

Crew
Written and Created by Brendan Way
Produced and Directed by Edmund Fargher
Produced and Edited by Katharine Kerr
Music by Tom Hodge
Artwork by Aimee Sajjan-Servaes

Recorded at The Actor’s Temple in London, England.

Series 1: Episode 4 – Made Off With His Head

When most people lose at cards, they lose money, their homes, even the shirts off their backs. When Johnny’s latest client loses at cards, he loses his head… The fact that he is the Headless Horseman is of little comfort. So it’s up to Johnny to keep a cool head, and find Horseman’s.

Recorded in front of a live audience, a new episode of Dead Drunk Detective will be available to download every Monday in October 2016. If you would like to be in the audience of the next recording, please see the Live In The Rotten Flesh Page for more details.

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Cast (in alphabetical order)
Catherine Haslam – Reba Cage
Mark Johnson – Hotel Manager
Dan Luxton – The Headless Horseman/The Grim Reaper
Arfie Mansfield – Johnny Stumbles
Kate Oswald – Betty

Crew
Written and Created by Brendan Way
Produced and Directed by Edmund Fargher
Produced and Edited by Katharine Kerr
Music by Tom Hodge
Artwork by Aimee Sajjan-Servaes

Recorded at The Actor’s Temple in London, England.

Series 1: Episode 3 – Banshee’s the One

The wife of Mr Green, The Bogeyman, is missing. And it’s up to Johnny to find her. But then, disaster. He falls head over heels in love with her. Even though she is a Banshee.

Recorded in front of a live audience, a new episode of Dead Drunk Detective will be available to download every Monday in October 2016. If you would like to be in the audience of the next recording, please see the Live In The Rotten Flesh Page for more details.

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Cast (in alphabetical order)
Mr. Green – Dan Luxton
Johnny Stumbles – Arfie Mansfield
Betty – Kate Oswald
Server – Charles Scherer
The Invisible Man – Mark Wheeler
Victoria – Kate Oswald & Victoria Hogg

Crew
Written by Brendan Way
Produced and Directed by Edmund Fargher
Produced and Edited by Katharine Kerr
Music by Tom Hodge
Artwork by Aimee Sajjan-Servaes

Recorded at The Actor’s Temple in London, England.