Better Radio

2 Mar 2013

Hello Friends,

Better Radio, the world’s least-helpfully named sketch comedy podcast, is telling everyone it’s going to have an all-new series in 2013!

It’s going to have old characters, new characters, and stuff about outer space! There will be thrills and chills, but only if you write them!

Here’s what we need:

By or before April 1st, 2013, in Final Draft, PDF, or text format:

Comedy sketches. Since this is a radio program, the sketches need to work in audio-only. That’s not the same as a scene with no visual component - this could also be your chance to use things that you’ll never be able to afford to show in a live-action sketch.

The premise of the show is that an archeo-astronomer in the distant future is listening to transmissions broadcast from Earth. His job is to travel around in deep space picking up different broadcasts. So transmissions (re: sketches) need to be set after 1935 or so. Anything that takes place earlier needs to have some kind of framing device, because there were no recording devices present in the dark ages. Contemporary conversations can be assumed to be recorded by the shadow government that listens to everything via our cell phones, or to be excerpts from other fictional programs.

We strongly prefer conceptual scenes over topical humor. Not only are we not a timely publication, the show is set in the distant future. It’s weird if all the scenes are about the news of 2013. On the other hand, we really like scenes that just happen to be set in other decades for flavor, whether it’s important to the story or not. Self-contained ideas heightened to logical or absurd extremes are preferred over reference-heavy scenes.

The arc of the season this year does allow for serialized segments, but previously we’ve avoided recurring characters, so it’d have to be pretty good.

Also, this is not an old-time radio program. We’ve done scenes set in film noir, fake commercials, radio call-in shows, game shows, press conferences, and indeed, an old-time radio drama. We’d probably do any of those again some time, but we also have all of audio-visual recording history available as a playground. Feel free to go beyond the stock 5 settings for an SNL scene.

We also like character monologues that we can build into scenes with interesting sound design. 

We may work with writers to coach scenes into what we’re looking for, and/or reserve the right to make edits to scenes. For instance, we try to create the impression between episodes that all the sketches take place in the same world, and sometimes adjust references and (fake) brand names to help that goal.

This is open to individuals and groups. We’ll take a sketch you or your group has already written for something else if it fits our format well. We’d also be excited about a ‘crossover’ segment set in the world of a character or show that you already do, even though every attempt at such a collaboration so far has been a mysterious failure. 

This is a chance to hear your script produced - well, not professionally, since there’s no money in it, but on a professional level of quality. If you have a completed audio piece, or would like to be considered for voice acting, please go ahead and mention that too. Even better if you happen to have a range of voices or characters. But right now we’re looking for writing.

To hear what we’ve done before, please visit the show at http://betterradio.tumblr.com/ or grab episodes from iTunes athttp://tinyurl.com/betterradio

Please direct your submissions to BetterRadio@notArt.org, and your writerly friends to this event!

2 Apr 2012

Better Radio LIVE - Pilot

New and classic transmissions recorded in front of a live audience at Dangerfield’s 2 in Los Angeles, CA

Transmissions: 
1. Continuum 
2. Damned Man 
3. Dr. Fiendish 
4. Passive Agressive Teacher 
5. The Box 
6. Pet Tank 
7. Time For Art 
8. Book of Z-Rob: Parking

Featuring: G. Maximilian Zarou, Nicola Clarke, Rob Schultz, Anne Freiermuth, Fletcher Kauffman, Nick Mandernach, Kenny Beck, and Tim Greer. And Z-Rob! With original tunes by Darius Holbert and John Painter. Production and Sound Design by Russell August Anderson. Written & Directed by Rob Schultz.

Voices from the Ether: Gabriel Diani, Matt Besser, Mike Kataja, Paul Mueller, Diana Wright, Sasha Huff, Jonny Svarzbein and Erin McGathy.

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14 Nov 2011

Great news for fans of the show:

1) We’re recording again,

2) We’re doing the live show this Saturday,
November 19th, at 9pm, at
Dangerfield’s II, 
2860 Glenview Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

There will be an open mic stand-up show preceding us at 6pm and a booked stand-up show succeeding us at 10pm

Bring your Better Radio merch to be autographed by:

  • G. Maximilian Zarou as The Jeff
  • Rob Schultz as Sheldon the Robot
  • TIM GREER as the Announcer
  • Fletcher Kaufmann in secret roles!
  • Anne Freiermuth in even secreter roles!
  • and Russell August Anderson on the 1s and 0s, bringing the pre-recorded likes of
  • Ken Beck and
  • Nick Mandernach and
  • Nicola Clarke to life before your human eyes!

You love those eyes.

13 Oct 2011

Delays are what we’re good at!

One of the best ways to delay Better Radio is to hire Russell and Rob and keep them all employed and distracted and paid.  And wouldn’t you just know it, it’s things like that which have caused us to reschedule Better Radio Live for November.

With just the tiniest bit of luck, we hope to have that live show for you to watch or listen to online next month, and who knows, maybe the final two episodes of season 1 will drop before the ball on New Year’s Eve…

7 Oct 2011

For the first time ever, Better Radio is staging a LIVE performance and taping!

Featuring a mix of favorite scenes and all-new material, The Jeff (G. Maximilian Zarou) and Sheldon (Rob Schultz) are joined by pals Diana Wright, Asterios Kokkinos, and TIM GREER, as well as the robotic machinations of Russell August Anderson and his pre-recorded cast of souls, including Nicola Clarke, Nick Mandernach, Kenny Beck, and Z-Rob himself!

Join us at Dangerfield’s II, 
2860 Glenview Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
at 9pm, October 24th, 2011

Admission is free FREE FREE and all proceeds will be stared at incredulously.

22 Feb 2011

Better Radio #8: Robotic Arms

The computer takes a vacation day, and Sheldon’s mind goes too.

Transmissions:

1. Pet Tank
2. Diani & Devine: Wedding Witch
3. Visual Aids
4. Back to School
5. Book of Z-Rob: Warning Shots

 

Featuring: G. Maximilian Zarou, Nicola Clarke, Rob Schultz, Matt Walsh, Anne Freiermuth, Fletcher Kauffman, Gabriel Diani, Etta Devine, Mike Clark, Russell Anderson, Dane Anderson, Sasha Huff, Matt Besser, Diana Wright, Jack Alison, Kenny Beck, Nick Mandernach, Paul Mueller, Dan Waters, and Tim Greer. And Z-Rob! With original tunes by Darius Holbert. ’Wedding Witch’ transmission written by Diani & Devine.  ’Back to School’ transmission written by Mike Clark and Dane Anderson. Production and Sound Design by Russell August Anderson. Written & Directed by Rob Schultz.

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Originally posted on February 22, 2011.

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10 Feb 2011

Better Radio guests Gabe Diani & Etta Devine are a duo on a mission to restore cultural relevance to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn while removing the uncomfortable references to black people by inserting uncomfortable references to robots!  

Diani & Devine were featured in episodes 2 and 3 of Better Radio, and return this month with a scene they wrote and performed!

19 Jan 2011

Better Radio #7: 100 Days

The Jeff receives a mandatory psychological exam.

This month: one crew member WILL DIE!

Transmissions:

1. The Shawshank Reredemption
2. Time For Art
3. The Harlem Globetrotters of Pedophiles
4. Kill More Humans
5. Book of Z-Rob: Holidays

 

Featuring: G. Maximilian Zarou, Nicola Clarke, Rob Schultz, David Brand, Kenny Beck, Anne Freiermuth, Matt Walsh, Fletcher Kauffman, Matt Besser, Jake Regal, Nick Mandernach, David Malki !, Paul Mueller, Jack Allison, Erin McGathy, Jonny SvarzbeinGabriel Diani, Sasha Huff, and Tim Greer. And Z-Rob! With original tunes by Darius Holbert. Production and Sound Design by Russell August Anderson. 'Globetrotters' transmission written by Asterios Kokkinos. Written & Directed by Rob Schultz.

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Originally posted on January 18, 2011.

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29 Dec 2010

A fragment visualized…

And while we’re here, thanks to our terrific Better Radio audience for making December our most-downloaded month yet!

A fragment visualized…

And while we’re here, thanks to our terrific Better Radio audience for making December our most-downloaded month yet!

20 Dec 2010

Better Radio #6: Ship’s Log

The crew of AA-23 help The Jeff to begin a new chapter.

Transmissions:

  1. Snake Gameshow
  2. Journey to the Surface of the Earth
  3. Round Pizza
  4. Lebling and Blank’s Radio Circus
  5. Book of Z-Rob: Humans

Featuring: G. Maximilian Zarou, Nicola Clarke, Rob Schultz, Russell Anderson, Dan Waters, Kenny Beck, Jack Alison, Erin McGathy, Jonny Svarzbein, Nick Mandernach, Ben Boodman, John Kirk, Peter Dirksen, Morgan Walsh, Fletcher Kauffman, Gabriel Diani, and Tim Greer. And Z-Rob! With original tunes by Darius Holbert. Production and Sound Design by Russell August Anderson.  Written & Directed by Rob Schultz.

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Originally posted on December 19, 2010.

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