Dead Drunk Detective SEASON 2! At the Leicester Square Theatre!

Season 2 of Dead Drunk Detective is on its way soon! Returning to the show are all the key cast and crew of Season 1, including Arfie Mansfield as Det. Johnny Stumbles, Kate Oswald as the long-suffering Betty, Leanna Wigginton as Johnny’s sister Melissa and show-writer Brendan Way.

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This season, Johnny takes on foes and allies, old and new, in the next adventures of the undead private detective to be recorded Live in the Rotten Flesh. And not just at any venue. Season 2 will be recorded in the Leicester Square Theatre, home of some of London’s finest comedy podcasts, stand-up performances and plays.

We could not be more thrilled to return to our favourite monstrous neighbourhood and all its infernal inhabitants, and we’re dead excited to be recording it at the pillar of the comedy community that is Leicester Square Theatre.

You can come and see Dead Drunk Detective: Live in the Rotten Flesh at the Leicester Square Theatre on Friday 8th September and Thursday 28th September.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

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.

Don’t forget to rate, review, share and subscribe on iTunes, Soundcloud and aCast!

CAST

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.

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

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

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!

LATER TODAY – Sketch, Please! Episode 3

The next episode of Sketch please is going to drop later today! comprised of sketches submitted by the general public, we had a really fun time recording your hilarious sketches with voiceover artists Bentley Browning, Kate Bell and Rebecca Turner

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Left to right: Bentley Browning, Kate Bell, Ed Fargher and Rebekka Turner

Subscribe to iTunes and/or Soundcloud to have this fantastic and bizarre combo of characters, genres and settings automatically downloaded on to your feed, or check back later today!

COMING UP… Mike Hutcherson on Ed & Friends

This weekend, Ed & Friends releases its latest episode with improviser, filmmaker and puppeteer Mike Hutcherson.

We talk to Mike about his career telling stories, how it all started from one inspirational movie/bath time combo and how it took him everywhere from Disneyland to Glitch –  The Improvised Puppet Show.

Subscribe via Soundcloud and iTunes to have the episode automatically downloaded to your feed like the tooth fairy!