Reading through Episodes 1-3 – DEAD DRUNK DETECTIVE

This Saturday, a merry of band misanthropes will perform Dead Drunk Detective episodes 1 to 3 in front of a live audience at The Actor’s Temple on Warren Street. And in preparation for this, Podcast Adventures hosted a delightful sit-down read through of the marvellous scripts written by Brendan Way.

There was pizza. There were drinks. The cast that we have assembled is such a wonderful bunch of goofballs, each one as eager to make each other laugh as to help each other get laughs. we can honestly say that whatever the podcast turns in to in the end, the process is going to be made so very enjoyable by this lovely bunch.

Expect to see more than a few costumes on display when we take to the stage this Saturday. Tickets are FREE, so check the details at our Live in the Rotten Flesh Page and prepare for a show that will steal your heart and braaaaains…

NEW PODCAST! Dead Drunk Detective

 

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Podcast Adventures is proud to announce a brand new podcast. A seven part radio sitcom called Dead Drunk Detective.

In a town where the criminals are literally monsters, zombie private detective Johnny Stumbles is the one man who can straighten out a town as rotten as his flesh. With the help of his sarcastic secretary Betty, Johnny fights the crimes that only the most diabolical of monsters could commit. Whether you’re Dracula, The Bogeyman or The Devil himself; if you’ve got a problem that no one else can solve, he’s the zombie for you… once he sobers up…

Written by Brendan Way (Duck Duck Goose, The Parentheticals), we are really excited to be bringing his fantastic scripts to life in front of a live audience and releasing episodes of the show every Monday in October, culminating in an exciting double-bill finale on Halloween.

The iTunes feed will go live in the coming weeks, until then you can subscribe on Soundcloud or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

If you would like to be a part of Dead Drunk Detective’s live audience, the details can be found on the Live In The Rotten Flesh page.

Episode 06: Facebook, Dogging and other Social Lives

Sketch, Please! is back for its sixth episode! We tackle motherhood, the Internet and DIY. Stories of all life’s colourful characters written and performed by the most hilarious volunteers the Internet has to offer.

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Ever wondered how superheroes cope with their kids? Or tried to remember what life without broadband was like? Have you ever pondered what would happen if Facebook and Twitter had personalities of their own? All of this and more on this week’s episode!

And remember, YOU CAN BE PART OF THE SHOW! The show is comprised of scripts submitted by writers via email. To find out how to get your work produced, check out the Submissions Page where you will also find our Terms & Conditions and details for how to be a performer as well! The next deadline is midnight on SUNDAY 31st JULY.

Follow the podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud and ACast. Every rating, review, subscription and download is greatly appreciated.

Cast

Jacqueline Black is an improv comedian with more groups than you can shake a stick at. You can see her perform as part of Ripcord, Story Kitchen Impro, The Cabin and her own solo show An Improvised Audience With…

Scott Samain is an actor and host of the Breaking Legs, a podcast that discussed the behind the scenes process of film-making. You can next see him in the films The Conversations, The Criminal Audition and The Dependant.

Cherry Walters is an actress and improviser as part of Improvessional. She’s appearing at The Cockpit Theatre in a production of Pentecost.

 

Credits

DC NCT by Fin O’Driscoll
Supergirl – Cherry Walters
Wonder Woman – Jacqueline Black

63 Things by Mark Daniels
Boss – Scott Samain
Exec – Cherry Walters

One Night Stand by Robert Mills
Man – Scott Samain
Woman – Jacqueline Black

Budget News Delivery by Michael McHardy
Advertiser – Scott Samain
Telephone Operator – Cherry Walters
Miss Wallis – Jacqueline Black
Example Person – Edmund Fargher
Mrs Gardener – Jacqueline Black
Mr Gardener – Scott Samain

If Social Media Profiles Were Real People by David Keenan
Facebook – Scott Samain
Twitter – Cherry Walters
LinkedIn – Jacqueline Black
Google+ – Edmund Fargher

Village Slow Broadband by Vivienne Riddoch and Jane McCutcheon
Frank – Scott Samain
Mrs Villager – Jacqueline Black

Modern Remakes by Edmund Fargher
Rick – Scott Samain
Ilsa – Jacqueline Black
Editor – Cherry Walters
Reporter – Scott Samain
Rhett -Edmund Fargher
Scarlett – Jacqueline Black
Jack – Edmund Fargher
Wendy – Cherry Walters
George – Edmund Fargher
Zuzu – Jacqueline Black

Hosted by Edmund Farther
Produced by Katharine Kerr

Episode 05: Tea, Cake and Casual Violence – SKETCH, PLEASE

Episode 5 of Sketch, Please! is ready to rock your world with an array of sketches that will punch you in your funny bone. The internet has sent us their finest comedy sketches and performance talents and now we have built a sketch show just for you! There might have been a few beers involved so be warned: there is manic cheering and jollity throughout.


Ever wondered what the job application for the X-Men is like? We have your answer! Wondering what your library would be like as a trendy immersive experience? Look no further. We’ve got all this and more written and performed by the finest the internet has to offer.

If you would like to write sketches and perform for Sketch, Please!, head to the Submissions Page where you’ll find all the guidelines, T&Cs and email addresses you’ll need. The deadline for our next episode is Sunday 29th May 2016, so get writing!

You can also rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Cast

Melanie Gayle is a Comedian, Actress, TV Presenter & Voiceover Artist from North West London. She has been a stand-up since 2014 and was the recipient of the 2015 BEFFTA “Best Comedian” Award. You can also follow her on Twitter/Instagram and Facebook.

Steve Tanner has been an Actor, Director (and various other technical roles) with Balham based Southside Players for 10 years. He is also a film maker with 4 Foot 1 Films and very, very occasional improvisor.

Jess-Luisa Flynn is a actress and improviser with an as yet unnamed musical improv troupe (we will update in due course!). She also performs immersive theatre with Bearded Kitten.

Credits

Mutant Interview by Jenny Laville
Tom – Steve Tanner
Karen – Melanie Gayle

Bell Pundit by Edmund Fargher
Gordon – Steve Tanner
Terri – Jess-Luisa Flynn

Borrowers Blues by Stephanie Weston
Borrower – Jess-Luisa Flynn
Librarian 1 – Melanie Gayle
Librarian 2 – Steve Tanner
French Voices – Edmund Fargher

Tea Monologue by Rachel E. Thorn
Performed by Jess-Luisa Flynn

Three Mice by Gareth Moore
Mrs Gilles – Jess-Luisa Flynn
DCI Spencer – Melanie Gayle
Det. Barns – Steve Tanner

Britain’s Got Sentiment by Jasmine Tonie
Anchor – Steve Tanner
Audience Member – Melanie Gayle
PR Rep – Jess-Luisa Flynn

Cake Shop by Jane McCutcheon & Vivienne Riddoch
Customer – Melanie Gayle
Shop Assistant – Jess-Luisa Flynn

Hosted by Edmund Fargher
Produced by Katharine Kerr

COMING UP THIS WEEKEND… Sketch, Please! Episode 5

Once again, seven intrepid comedy writers and three voiceovers have combined their inescapable talents (via the internet) and created Episode 5 of Sketch, Please!

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From left to right: Edmund Fargher, Jess-Luisa Flynn, Steve Tanner and Melanie Gayle

This week, we recorded a brand new episode of your finest sketches and this weekend it will be posted for the whole world to enjoy, so keep your ears peeled.

Subscribe on iTunes and Soundcloud to have the episode automatically downloaded on to your feed, or check back later on the Sketch, Please! page.

Episode 16: Jack the Tree-Climbing Author – ED & FRIENDS

Remember clambering up trees as a kid? This week’s guest is rediscovering the glory of our city’s hidden canopy as a grown man, husband and dad.
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Jack Cooke has just published his first book, “The Tree Climber’s Guide”, detailing his musings from his most notable treetops in London. With beautiful accompanying illustrations from his wife Jennifer, Jack’s encouraging city-dwellers to take to the air and recapture their sense of fun.
Ed finds out how tree-climbing can offer a fresh perspective on urban life, takes Jack on a build-your-own adventure and sets aside some much needed time to swap plans for the zombie apocalypse.
You can listen to it all here:
Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on Soundcloud and iTunes!
If you’re inspired, you can get hold of Jack’s book here, check out his website at JJ cooke.com and find Treetop City on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Episode 04: Sex, Money and other Concerns -SKETCH, PLEASE!

Episode 4 lands with a bang this week with sketches largely about sex, sexism, sexuality and also money. But before you dismiss this podcast as “being from the 1980s” or “downright smutty”, we promise that it is a show cock-full of the latest sketches from the finest writers on the internet! Beware of grown-up language…

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Ever wondered how uncomfortable a quiz show could get? Or what your therapist really thinks of you? How about the unsung philosophical prowess of pop music’s brightest? Find out in the finest aural platter you could possibly desire.

If you would like to write sketches and perform for Sketch, Please!, head to the Submissions Page where you’ll find all the guidelines, T&Cs and email addresses you’ll need. The deadline for our next episode is Sunday 1st May 2016.

You can also rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Cast

Katie Pritchard colourKatie Pritchard (@katiepritchards) does many ridiculous things as an actress, comedian and musician. She has a podcast, Literally Comedy, set in an imaginary bookshop, runs and hosts monthly comedy club – Variety of Kings and her debut stand-up show – Hurricane Katie – is off on a mini tour to both Hastings and Guildford Fringe Festivals!

Juwel editJuwel Haque is an improviser. With the narrative group Mr Fridge he performs improvised stories, and he’s a cast member of Story Kitchen, London’s Theatresports team. He goes where the fun is, and that’s usually in comedy, writing, shower singing and tending to his fantasy football team.

10406922_337803476401566_1027946209057324335_n-2Georgie Morrell (@pokeintheeye69) is a comic, writer, actor and improviser!  Her stand up show A Poke in the Eye is off to Edinburgh this year at Just the Tonic’s The Caves!  Catch her working with Monkey Toast, Kick in the Lollocks and her stand up gigs!

Credits

Hip Hop Philosopher by Mark Daniels
Paul – Juwel Haque
Rachel – Katie Pritchard

Successfuls Anonymous by Richard Law
Meeting Leader – Katie Pritchard
Hugo – Juwel Haque
Alexandria – Georgie Morrell
Rupert – Edmund Fargher

Subconscious by Gareth Moore
Clair – Katie Pritchard
Councillor – Georgie Morrell
Tom – Juwel Haque

The Entente Cordial by Ed Pownall
Performed by Edmund Fargher and Georgie Morrell

Food Quiz by Ellen Waddell
Quiz Host – Juwel Haque
Susan – Katie Pritchard
Karen – Georgie Morrell

Bank Job by Michael Hughes
Matt – Juwel Haque
Joe – Georgie Morrell

Porn Pop-Ups by Edmund Fargher
George – Juwel Haque
Ad 1 – Katie Pritchard
Ad 2 – Georgie Morrell
Cameron – Edmund Fargher

Hosted by Edmund Fargher
Produced by Katharine Kerr

THIS WEEKEND – Sketch, Please! Episode 4

The next episode of Sketch please is going to this weekend! Comprised of sketches submitted by non-commissioned writers from all across the internet, we had a ball recording this episode with voiceover artists Georgie Morrell, Juwel Haque and Katie Pritchard!

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Lefto to Right: Juwel Haque, Georgie Morrell, Edmund Fargher & Katie Pritchard

Subscribe to iTunes and/or Soundcloud to have the latest episodes automatically downloaded on to your feed, or check back on the weekend!

8 Tips for submitting to Sketch, Please!

We are thrilled to say that we have gotten a HUGE number of fantastic submissions for our monthly sketch podcast Sketch, Please!, and now that we’ve done three episodes, we thought we would provide some tips and tricks for any prospective sketch writers about what we are looking for. These are not hard and fast rules for sketch writing, but they are some of the things we consider when deciding a running order for the podcast.

What we look for:

  1. Matches our format guidelines – These can be found on the submissions page of the Sketch, Please! website.
  • 3 page limit on sketches, but aim for 2 if you can.
  • Written for an audible format i.e. no visual gags!
  • The script will be performed by a cast of up to 2 men and 2 women
  • No limits on how many submissions per author but time limits how many we can include in each show
  • All sketches are sent to mail@podcastadventures.com
  1. Jokes and Characters – Not every sketch we pick will have a joke every other line. Sometimes we enjoy pieces that have a slower pace and get in a bit deeper with the characters or relationships. This is partly why we have the Soapbox Monologue segment.
  1. Simple premise – we’ve only got a couple of minutes to tell our story, so the premise needs to be clear and simple. A good way to tell is if you can summarise your story in a single sentence. e.g. “What if characters recorded the DVD commentaries rather than the actors” or “What if your significant other took everything you said 100% literally”.

 

General Advice:

  1. Who, What, Where? – It may seem rudimentary or obvious, but you would be surprised by the number of sketches we receive that don’t cover this! We have no set, no props and we can’t even see our performers faces. It’s therefore very helpful to establish the setting, who the characters are and what they are doing in the dialogue or sound design of the sketch as early as possible. Once we’ve laid the foundations, we can build from there. It’s hard to care about characters or what they are doing when you don’t know who they are or where they are doing it. So tick “who”, “what” and where” off the to-do list and then have fun with your premise.
  1. Think audio, not video – Again, this should be obvious, but we can’t “watch” the sketch. Yet, very often we receive submissions with stage directions that actively describe the actions of what they are doing rather than what would indicate that practically. We can do some of the leg work for you and think about how to build the soundscape of the action you describe, but there are limits to that when you have not considered how to represent the action audibly. So keep that in mind. Think about each sound individually and how it will build the environment and/or action.

     

  2. Use the format – Not being able to see the action is actually a blessing. It allows radio comedy to be a lot more versatile and a lot less limiting than it gets credit for. You can jump cut like you can on TV and film. You can have bold characters in incredible settings without having to spend a penny on sets and costumes. As long as you audibly establish the context of the scene, there’s virtually nothing that can’t happen. We’ve had some great sketches already where people are really provoking the listener’s imagination to get their premise across and take the scenes to bizarre and fun places. So have fun with “the theatre of the mind”.
  1. a) Write for format – We’ve been sent several sketches that are adaptations of TV or stage sketches, or even different types of radio comedy. That is absolutely fine, but at least rewrite it so that it resembles a radio comedy sketch. We try to develop the sketches with their authors, but it’s a bit of a turn off to read a sketch for a YouTube video that would need to be turned upside down to suit our radio show.
  1. b) Consider the structure – A well-structured sketch is a beautiful thing. The laughs have a kind of tempo. There’s a template to some; they establish the premise, they escalate it three times or so and kick the exit down with a killer punch-line. It’s not a concrete rule and there are other sketches that will successfully break that template, but it’s not a bad guideline. (Further from the above point, you can immediately tell when a sketch has been repurposed from a radio sitcom, TV sketch or a stand-up set because the structure is off.) But we very much enjoy a funny sketch with a strong structural backbone.
  1. Make it fun for the actors – Its always a plus when we get to record a sketch with some fun roles that our voice actors are going to enjoy. It means that the actor is going to give it their all and the entire process is more enjoyable. If you have a clear idea, by all means add some suggestions for characterisation in the notes.

Admin Elf Bonus: You can submit as many sketches as you want, and even send them all in a single email, but try not to send them all in a single document. They’re much easier for us to organise if they are in individual documents. Thanks!

Thank you to Jon from The Comedy Crowd for suggesting we post some tips for writers!

Episode 03: Stalkers, Genres and other Obsessions – SKETCH, PLEASE!

Episode 3 takes a surreal turn this week, with a platter of genre and character-based sketches sent via email from all over the internet.

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Ever wondered if that really is a narrator you’re hearing? Do you get lost on the way to your hostage situation? Have you suffered from pun attacks? All these and more are discussed with in this cornucopia of comedy!

If you would like to write sketches and perform for Sketch, Please!, head to the Submissions Page where you’ll find all the guidelines, T&Cs and email addresses you’ll need. The deadline for our next episode is Sunday the 3rd April.

You can also rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Performers

325008_0c03c42092934bad9e3579347de94703Bentley Browning is a Stand up comic and a comedy teacher. He runs Comedy Novices, a stand-up course that teaches that teaches comedians from the ground up and is also the founder of Comedy for Clergy and a David Cameron impersonator. He’s appeared on everything from Alan Titchmarsh to the Green Party Political Broadcast.

279547Kate Bell is an actress and improviser with All Made Up: This Time It’s Social! They play fun comedy games and improvise scenes based on the audience’s social media presence. She has been an actor since the age of twelve and even had a regular role on Grange Hill!

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 14.12.23Rebekka Turner is a stand-up performer known for her surreal and frenetic originality. She performs in Brighton regularly and can be found on Twitter at @Realleela145

 

Credits

Fairytale Airport by Daniel Page
Officer 1 – Kate Bell
Officer 2 – Rebekka Turner
Robin – Bently Browning

All The Bees by Steve Blair
Sarah – Kate Bell
Jane – Rebekka Turner

The Narrator by Christy White-Spunner
Narrator – Bentley Browning
Anna – Rebekka Turner
Tom – Edmund Fargher

Granny McAfee by Gareth Moore
Granny McAfee – Bentley Browning
Clair – Kate Bell
Creepy Tony – Edmund Fargher

The Execution Factor by Stephanie Weston
Madame A – Kate Bell
Madame B – Rebekka Turner
Duc – Bentley Browning

Lost Gangsters by Tim Ashworth
Hardy – Bentley Brown
Mob Boss – Rebekka Turner
Jennifer – Kate Bell
Freddie The Fingers – Edmund Fargher

Space Puns by Michael McHardy
Captain – Bentley Browning
Commander – Rebekka Turner
Lt. Shannon – Kate Bell
Lt. Christie – Edmund Fargher

Hosted by Edmund Fargher
Produced by Katharine Kerr