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The Dead Authors Podcast

Paul F. Tompkins and Ben Zelevansky

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Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! Guests include...Show More
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55:36 | Nov 26th, 2013

Chapter 27: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) chats with Tennessee Williams (Kristen Schaal) about his many plays. Prepare yourself to hear the phrase "Red Devil Battry Sign" more times in one hour than you ever have or will in your life. Thanks to The ...Show More

1:14:37 | Dec 31st, 2015

Chapter 50: In this final installment of the free monthly podcast, H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes author/showman loud person L. Frank Baum (Chris Tallman) to the Dead Authors stage. I've a feeling we're not in iTunes anymore! DEAD AUTHORS SH...Show More
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47:07 | Dec 28th, 2015

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Henry Miller (Eddie Pepitone) and Sylvia Plath (Jen Kirkman) in the very first recorded version of The Dead Authors Podcast. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadersh...Show More

56:53 | Aug 18th, 2015

Chapter 49: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes  Albert Camus (Steve Agee) to the Dead Authirs stage for an evening of... oh, what's the POINT. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides str...Show More

1:06:05 | Aug 14th, 2015

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Beatrix Potter (Lauren Lapkus) to a special traveling edition of The Dead Authors Podcast. Recorded Live at San Francisco Sketchfest, San Francisco, CA, 6 Februaruy 2015. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit...Show More

1:09:51 | Aug 7th, 2015

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes William Butler Yeats (David Rees) to a special traveling edition of The Dead Authors Podcast. Recorded Live at Littlefield as part of New York's Superweek, Brooklyn, NY, 8 October 2014. Photo: Mindy Tucker Abo...Show More

1:06:17 | Jul 31st, 2015

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Lucy Maud Montgomery (Ryan Beil) to a special traveling edition of The Dead Authors Podcast. Recorded Live at The Sunday Service's "Comedy Bender," Vancouvcer, BC, Canada, 22 September 2014. About 826: 826 Nat...Show More

49:14 | Jul 24th, 2015

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Aleister Crowley (Matt Gourley) to a special traveling edition of The Dead Authors Podcast. Recorded Live at The Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA, 1 September 2014. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit or...Show More

50:54 | Jul 17th, 2015

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Christopher Marlowe (Matt Gourley) to a special traveling edition of The Dead Authors Podcast. Recorded Live at The Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA, 31 August 2014. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit o...Show More

1:01:51 | Jul 14th, 2015

Chapter 48: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Doctor Maya Angelou (Tymberlee Hill) to the Dead Authors stage. Turns out, she is not a real doctor, and during this recording, almost stopped being a real black person! About 826: 826 National is ...Show More

1:01:18 | Jul 10th, 2015

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Lewis Carroll (Rory Scovel) to a special traveling edition of The Dead Authors Podcast. Recorded Live at The Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA, 30 August 2014. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit organiza...Show More

1:16:27 | Jun 30th, 2015

Chapter 45 [Part 2]: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes L. Ron Hubbard (Andy Daly) back to the Dead Authors stage. For some reason! Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic lead...Show More

49:46 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Chapter 47: Special guest-host CARL SAGAN (Matt Gourley) welcomes American treasure MARK TWAIN (Paul F. Tompkins) to the Dead Authors stage for an evening of steamboats, satire and science! Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is...Show More

1:01:16 | May 19th, 2015

Chapter 46: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes fairy-taleist Hans Christian Andersen (Joe Wengert) to the Dead Authors stage. DID YOU KNOW? In Mr. Andersen's time, people from Denmark often thought they were from Holland! Thanks to The Time Trav...Show More

1:01:32 | Apr 14th, 2015

Chapter 45 [Part 1]: Unprecedented! Host H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) barely scratches the thetan-encrusted surface of guest L. Ron Hubbard (Andrew Daly) and calls for a followup interview at the end of this one. Enoy and then wait! Thanks to The T...Show More

56:40 | Mar 17th, 2015

Chapter 44: Think Confucius (Eugene Cordero) has no wisdom to offer other than that which can fit on a slip of paper inside a baked good? Well, H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) draws out the wise one's theories on Mandy Patinkin! Thanks to The Time Tra...Show More

53:32 | Feb 26th, 2015

Chapter 43: It's hard out there for a host! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) chats with Iceberg Slim (Ron Funches) about pimping, water parks, and more.  Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides...Show More

54:54 | Jan 27th, 2015

Chapter 42: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) goes mano a mano with Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes (Horatio Sanz). You may be pleased to hear that the name "Terry Gilliam" is never mentioned. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 Natio...Show More

46:46 | Jan 16th, 2015

Appendix H: From the vaults! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Hunter S. Thompson (James Adomian) and Philip K. Dick (Matt Besser) to the Dead Authors stage for an evening of whatever this is. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit organizatio...Show More

58:26 | Dec 24th, 2014

Chapter 41: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) does not interview Dr. Seuss (Hal Lublin) on a box, proving that eating rancid breakfasts isn't the only the thing that doesn't happen on boxes. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a ...Show More

45:20 | Dec 5th, 2014

Appendix F: From the vaults! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes F. Scott Fitzgerald (Andy Daly) and James Joyce (Sean Conroy) to the Dead Authors stage for an evening of whatever this is. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit organization that...Show More

1:03:59 | Nov 20th, 2014

Chapter 40: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) learns who is afraid of Virginia Woolf (Mary Holland) and it turns out to be H.G. Wells. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadershi...Show More

49:31 | Nov 7th, 2014

Appendix F: From the vaults! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Ernest Hemingway (Josh Fadem) and Sun Tzu (Fred Armisen) to the Dead Authors stage for an evening of whatever this is. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit organization that prov...Show More

54:26 | Oct 21st, 2014

Chapter 39: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) proves a good woman is easy to snatch up in a machine that can travel through time and space! And Flannery O'Connor (Lennon Parham) proves that all of us can be a peacock. All of us. Thanks to The Time Trave...Show More

56:47 | Oct 9th, 2014

Chapter 38: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes the creator of James Bond himself, Ian Fleming (Matt Gourley) to the Dead Authors stage. Mr. Fleming is a troubled soul who only wants to be a monstrous misogynist. Is that so much to ask? Apparently...Show More

54:50 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Appendix E: From the vaults! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Lord Byron (Dana Gould) and Norman Mailer (Frank Conniff) to the Dead Authors stage for an evening of whatever this is. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit organization that pro...Show More

45:09 | Sep 25th, 2014

Appendix D: From the vaults! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Seth Morris) and Erma Bombeck (Brian Huskey) to the Dead Authors stage for an evening of whatever this is. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit organization t...Show More

54:56 | Aug 14th, 2014

Chapter 37: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes novelist, Studio 54 regular, and pill-addled gossip Truman Capote (Jessica Chaffin) to the podcast. Pour yourself a glass of "orange drink" and listen! Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  82...Show More

26:32 | Aug 5th, 2014

Appendix C: From the vaults! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Edgar Allan Poe (Craig Cackowski) and J.D. Salinger (Marc Evan Jackson) to the Dead Authors stage for an evening of whatever this is. About 826: 826 National is a nonprofit organiz...Show More

1:05:32 | Jul 30th, 2014

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes novelist, critic, and scholar Ralph Ellison (DeMorge Brown) to the podcast. For you completists, this episode contains appearances by all the authors of novels entitled The Invisible Man. Thanks to The Time Tra...Show More

1:23:56 | Jun 17th, 2014

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes author Oscar Wilde (Jon Daly) to the podcast. Prepare yourself for many mots, a great deal of them bon! Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strateg...Show More

1:00:55 | May 30th, 2014

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes author Roald Dahl (Ben Schwartz) to the podcast. The audience makes some rather disturbing discoveries about Mr. Dahl over the course of the interview. As does Mr. Dahl. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA...Show More

55:40 | May 13th, 2014

Chapter 30: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Nobel Laureate William Faulkner (Thomas Lennon) to the podcast, recorded live at The Brave Theatre in San Francisco as part of SketchFest 2014.  NOTE: The sound on this episode is not, shall we say,...Show More

1:04:44 | Apr 15th, 2014

Chapter 33: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Twilight Zone creator Rode Serling (John Ross Bowie) to the podcast.  OR DOES HE? (He does.) Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strate...Show More

1:00:50 | Mar 19th, 2014

Chapter 32: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Dungeons & Dragons creator E. Gary Gygax (Chris Tallman) to the podcast.  Put down your dice, pick up your inhalers, and listen!   Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.    826 National is a n...Show More

50:38 | Feb 18th, 2014

Chapter 31: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes diarist Anne Frank (Jamie Denbo) to the podcast.  It's not as offensive as you're thinking.   Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.    826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides s...Show More

53:53 | Dec 18th, 2013

Chapter 29: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes 'Twas The Night Before Christmas author Clement Clarke Moore (Scott Aukerman) and "White Christmas" composer Irving Berlin (Neil Campbell) to the podcast for this Christmas-themed chapter. Slavery co...Show More

58:57 | Dec 3rd, 2013

Chapter 28: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Walt Whitman (James Adomian) to the podcast to discuss his work, but then this happened instead. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides st...Show More

53:59 | Nov 19th, 2013

Chapter 26: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) chats with William S. Burroughs (Kurt Braunohler). When Mr. Burroughs rolls up his sleeves, it's certainly not to do housework. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organiz...Show More

53:27 | Nov 12th, 2013

Chapter 25: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) gets an earful from Shel Silverstein (Mark McConville) about trees. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, an...Show More

48:26 | Nov 5th, 2013

Chapter 24: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) coaxes Plato (Jason Mantzoukas) out of his cave only to find that the philosopher behaves like a person just coaxed out of a cave. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit orga...Show More

51:45 | Oct 29th, 2013

Chapter 23: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) risks consumption whilst interviewing the frail, sad-sack author of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (Jessica St. Clair). Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that ...Show More

55:10 | Oct 22nd, 2013

Chapter 22: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) barely makes it out of this one alive as Edgar Rice Burroughs (Chris Tallman) rages against all those who would spurn the 2012 film John Carter. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a ...Show More

57:35 | Oct 15th, 2013

Chapter 21: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) makes a thousand faces listening to The Power of Myth author Joseph Campbell (Jeremy Carter). Shame you can.t hear them. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization t...Show More

1:02:35 | Jun 20th, 2013

Chapter 20: Live from the 2013 San Francisco Sketchfest! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes the rather chatty Ayn Rand (John Hodgman) or an evening of H.G. Wells listening to Ayn Rand.  Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA. And thanks to the...Show More

52:24 | May 13th, 2013

Chapter 2: The sound is terrible on this one. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. There's still lots of good stuff! Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other re...Show More

56:07 | May 1st, 2013

Chapter 18: Perhaps H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) will have better luck than previoius chat show hosts in getting a few coherent sentences out of Irish poet, playwright, and sot Brendan Behan (Brian Stack). But probably not. Listen to find out for su...Show More

56:09 | Apr 16th, 2013

Chapter 17: Who's our guest this time round? It's no mystery! It's Dame Agatha Christie (Jessica Chaffin)! Can H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) get to the bottom of Dame Agatha's strange disappearance from 3-14 December, 1926? YES! Thanks to The Time T...Show More

53:46 | Apr 2nd, 2013

Chapter 16: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Gore Vidal (Marc Evan Jackson) who brings a truckload of truculence to the Dead Authors stage. For fans of smug dismissiveness, this episode is a must!

53:08 | Mar 25th, 2013

Capter 15: Oh, the delicious pain that shall be inflicted upon you with this podcast! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) discovers there's more to The Marquis de Sade (Andy Daly) than just kinky sex-- there's also loads of murder!

54:05 | Jan 22nd, 2013

Chapter 14: Don't trust any podcast under thirty... minutes! Enjoy an hour of H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) trying to make sense of counterculture legend Abbie Hoffman. Steal his book and he just might steal your heart! YIPPIE!

56:52 | Dec 31st, 2012

Chapter 13: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes famous child-frighteners Wilhelm & Jacob Grimm (Superego’s Matt Gourley & Jeremy Carter) to the Dead Authors Podcast for a sprightly chat about death and near-death.

53:26 | Dec 24th, 2012

Chapter 19: Celebrate the birth of Christ with the men who wrote the books on Him! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes his most... well, his most guests ever, in the personages of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliard...Show More

53:42 | Oct 31st, 2012

Chapter 12: Just in time for Hallowe'en, H.G. Wells chats with the Frankenstein author about her work. Did you know "Frankenstein" was not the name of the monster? It was actually Herman something!

59:41 | Oct 23rd, 2012

Chapter 11: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes nerd hero/nerd hater J.R.R. Tolkien (Matt Walsh) to the Dead Authors stage. There is, distressingly, as much discussion of Tom Bombadil as you might fear.

50:31 | Oct 12th, 2012

Chapter 10: For a chap who went on and on about deductive reasoning, he sure seemed to think faeries were real. The loudly Scottish Sir Arthur (Chris Tallman) has plenty to say to H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins), some of it is even fit for mixed compan...Show More

51:02 | Jul 25th, 2012

Chapter 9: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes the quietly trippy Jorge Luis Borges (Nick Kroll) to the Dead Authors stage. What a night of accents this was!

48:19 | May 29th, 2012

Chapter 8: Do you have friends who insist upon doing "voices" for their idiotic dogs?  Well, you can blame the original animal anthropomorphizer, Aesop (Mark McConville). Join H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) as he delves into the mind behind so many la...Show More

45:16 | May 1st, 2012

As you await the incipient arrival of Chapter 8 and dear Aesop (not to mention Chapter 2 and long-lost Robert Louis Stevenson), please allow H.G. Wells [Paul F. Tompkins] to divert your attentions with this particularly potty treasure (?) from our ar...Show More

52:01 | Mar 20th, 2012

Chapter 7: Jeeves & Wooster creator P.G. Wodehouse (Brian Stack) visits with H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) and it's not long before things get disturbing (in the most British way possible). There is a surprising amount of talk about donkeys. No matte...Show More

51:48 | Feb 14th, 2012

Chapter 6: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes author, poet, art collector and wake-and-baker Gertrude Stein (John Ross Bowie) to the Dead Authors stage for a convivial discussion of all sorts of things! Poetry: Tedious or just embarrassing? "Recr...Show More

49:17 | Jan 17th, 2012

Chapter 5: Astronomer, astrophysicist, author and turtleneck fetishist Carl Sagan (Matt Gourley) sits down with H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) for a freewheeling chat at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles. How many odd tangents are embar...Show More

46:44 | Dec 20th, 2011

The Happiest of Holidays to You, Dear Listener! Here We Find Your Host, H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) Doing Yule-battle With Those Two Titans of Christmas Fiction, Charles Dickens (Hal Lublin) and O. Henry (Marc Evan Jackson). O Enjoy, All Ye Faithfu...Show More

47:08 | Dec 6th, 2011

Chapter 4: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes author, inventor, diplomat and party animal Benjamin Franklin (Scott Aukerman) to the Dead Authors stage for an oft-sprited, oft-absurd, and oft-off-kilter discussion about God knows what. It must be ...Show More

48:05 | Nov 8th, 2011

Chapter 3: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Algonquin Round Tabler Dorothy Parker (Jen Kirkman) to the Dead Authors stage. The liquor does flow and the mots are bon! Mrs. Parker's employment of the occasional spicy phrase earns this Chapter its...Show More

43:24 | Sep 20th, 2011

Chapter 1: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes painfully shy poetess Emily Dickinson (Andy Richter) to the stage of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Los Angeles. There are some minor sound problems. We're working on it. By Chapter 3, we'll al...Show More