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Dead Pilots Society

Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich

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) Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour), and Noah Findling (The New York Times, Comedy Central).
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We know you're all avid TV watchers so this logline probably makes you think of The Good Place. You’re not wrong for thinking that! In Andrew’s interview you’ll hear Corinne and Noelle talk about the coincidental parallels between Elsewhere and The Good Place. How they felt after seeing The Good Place get picked up to series while they were still developing their pilot. They also discuss their origin stories into the business, the double standards executives set for female characters and how much they hated pitching Elsewhere, despite selling it. Enjoy!

ELSEWHERE stars Kate Walsh as Grey Chapman, Nichole Bloom as Kimmy, Tig Notaro as Gabe, Ego Nwodim as Liu, Asif Ali as Steve/Doctor #1/Larry/Football Player/, Martin Starr as Ziggy, Humphrey Kerr as James, Carla Cackowski as Claire/Mother/Female Voice, Craig Cackowski as Hector/Gerstein/Doctor #2/Doctor, Ayden Mayeri as Lady/Cool Girl/Ellen Nubuck/Female Voice, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

Like we said, Max Fun Drive is here! The drive will be over 4 weeks this year! The purpose of the drive is to give our audience the chance to support our show. We know this is a hard time so there is no pressure to donate at all. Your dedicated support week after week is enough for us! If you would like to support the show by becoming a Max Fun member know that you’re donation gets you a ton of cool gifts and giveaways! There are all different pay levels of support but we recommend the $5 level because its gets you our exclusive bonus content along with bonus content for all your favorite Max Fun shows.

Our bonus content is pretty neat too! It includes an exclusive reading of a pilot called IN IT by Brent Morin (Undateable) and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) along with never before seen footage of Brig Muñoz-Liebwotiz pilot TRAINING ROOM and Joe Port & Joe WIseman’s pilot ETERNALLY YOURS. They were all recorded live at The Hollywood Improv. Our cast for these pilots were incredible! Hilarious actors like Nicole Sullivan, Arturo Del Puerto, Natalie Morales, Hemky Madera, Drew Tarver, Melissa Fumero, Tony Cavalero, Matt Walsh, Ed Weeks, Briga Heelan, Vella Lovell, Asif Ali, and more!!

If you’re interested in supporting our show by becoming a Max Fun member you can do so by using this link: https://maximumfun.org/join/

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WE’RE DOING A VIRTUAL DEAD PILOTS SHOW THIS Friday 7/17 @ 5 PM PST! If you haven’t been able to come to a show, now is your chance.

We’re reading a pilot called CODE 5 written by Sandeep Parikh (In The Dark), Mel Cowan (Brockmire) and Ed Brubaker (Captain America).

The cast includes: Sandeep Parikh (New Girl, The Legend of Neil), Asif Ali (Wrecked), Phil Lamarr (Family Guy), Milana Vayntrub (Love), John Ross BOwie (Speechless), Janet Varney (You’re The Worst), and Mel Cowan (Brockmire).

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://houseseats.live/2020/07/17/dps717/

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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We’re taking a break from dead pilots this month to talk about race and inclusion in the writers room! Andrew sits down with Alyson Fouse (Scary Movie 2, My Wife and Kids) and Matt Claybrooks (Everybody Hates Chris, The Oscars) for an open and honest conversation. They talk about the challenges they were up against while breaking into the business, the progress they’ve witnessed when it comes to inclusion in rooms, the ways in which it still needs to change, and some things all white writers should be thinking about. Enjoy!

WE’RE DOING A VIRTUAL DEAD PILOTS SHOW THIS SATURDAY 6/20 @ 4 PM PST! If you haven’t been able to come to a show, now is your chance.

We’re reading the pilot “Most Likely” written by Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day At A Time)

The cast includes: Ana Villafañe (New Amsterdam), Victor Rasuk (Fifty Shades Freed, Godzilla, Lords Of Dogtown), Emily Chang (The Vampire Diaries, The Bold Type), Tyler Ritter (Agents of Shield, The McCarthys), Caitlin McGee (Bluff City Law, Modern Love), Todd Grinnell (One Day At A Time), Taran Killam as Tucker Zayne (Single Parents, SNL), and Gloria Calderon Kellett as Woman (Creator/Showrunner, One Day At A Time).

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://houseseats.live/2020/06/20/dead-pilots-society-6-20/

Proceeds for this show will be donated to The LA Food Bank

More information about The LA Food Bank: https://www.lafoodbank.org/

The Navajo (Diné) Nation is home to 175,000 people, all of whom are grossly endangered by the staggering spread of COVID-19 across their homeland. Currently, the Navajo Nation has more cases of COVID-19 than 8 U.S. states. In an effort to raise funds for Navajo organizations working on the front lines fighting to help those impacted, we invite you to join us in taking the #Donation4NavajoNationChallenge!

To support The Navajo Relief Fund to help The Navajo Nation fight COVID-19 go to: https://ndncollective.org/navajo-nation-relief-fund/

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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In Andrew's interview, Sally talks about how going to hear Jimmy Burrows speak at her college changed the direction of her life, her rise from PA to writer on the original Will & Grace, and why REVIVAL was truly "the one that got away." This is a great interview with lots of golden nuggets about show business! Enjoy

REVIVAL stars Will Forte as Elliot, Kelly Marie Tran as Jenny, John C. McGinley as Cal Keating, Larry Wilmore as Sam Fishkin, Mimi Kennedy as Veronica, Anna Camp as Female Host/Alice/Cop/Waitress, Ayden Mayeri as Reagan, Craig Cackowski as Male Host/Straight Guy/David Spade, Andrew Ti as Walter, and Andrew Reich with stage directions.

WE’RE DOING A VIRTUAL DEAD PILOTS SHOW THIS SATURDAY 5/16 @ 5 PM PST!** If you haven’t been able to come to a show, now is your chance.

We’re reading a pilot called ELSEWHERE written by Corinne Kingsbury (In The Dark) and Noelle Valdivia (Little America).

The cast includes: Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), Nichole Bloom (Superstore), Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live), Asif Ali (Wrecked), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Humphrey Kerr (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Ayden Mayeri (new Girl), Carla Cackowski (Badge of A Quitter), and Craig Cackowski (Drunk History).

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://houseseats.live/2020/05/02/5-16-dead-pilots-society/

Proceeds for this show will be donated to The Hollywood Support Staff Fund and a ticket purchase will give you 48 hours of access to the live stream link.

For more information about The Hollywood Support Staff Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/44ndst-relief-fund-for-hollywood-support-staff

To support The Navajo Relief Fund to help The Navajo Nation fight COVID-19 go to: https://ndncollective.org/navajo-nation-relief-fund/

MaxFun is running a survey to help figure out which advertisers are a good fit for our audience. We’re still primarily audience supported, and that will always be the case, but advertising can be a helpful source of income, especially right now. The results of the survey will help us talk to some new advertisers and convince them to give us a shot. The survey is short - shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes, and you’ll get a discount at the MaxFunStore for filling it out. Also, our gratitude.

Go to maximumfun.org/adsurvey (all one word) to fill it out.

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We have another hilarious episode for you this month! ItsCode 5 written by Sandeep Parikh (The Legend of Neil, Community), Ed Brubaker (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Westworld), and Mel Cowan (Brockmire, Parks & Rec). Code 5 sold to FX and it follows two odd-couple cops stuck on a never ending case. It's like a funny version of True Detective where they're out canvassing and doing the tedious dirty work that you rarely see in cop shows. Based on a short-form series Sandeep, Ed, and Mel created for the EffinFunny YouTube channel. In Andrew’s interview with Sandeep and Mel you’ll hear about their non-traditional way into comedy, their backgrounds in improv, and why they attribute all of their success making things with friends. They also discuss the future of cop shows and whether or not those stories can be told anymore. It was a great philosophical discussion about storytelling and comedy. Enjoy!

Code 5 Stars Asif Ali (Wrecked) as Sam, Phil Lamarr (Family Guy, Futurama) as Triggs, Milana Vayntrub (Love, This Is Us) as Rita/Jessica/Faye, John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory, Speechless) as Terrence, Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra, You’re The Worst) as Dr. Krakowski, Mel Cowan (Brockmire, Key & Peele) as Old Woman Customer/Coyle/Clerk/Security Guard, and Sandeep Parikh with stage directions.

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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