Thrilling Adventure Hour

Thrilling Adventure Hour

United States

The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a staged show in the style of old-time radio performed by your favorite stars from the worlds of television, film, comedy, sketch, animation, and the stage. It is created and written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker. For more information, tickets to the live show, and pretty pictures, please visit ThrillingAdventureHour.com.

Episodes

The Thrilling Adventure Hour Holiday Funaround 2016  
Written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker Directed by Aaron Ginsburg Starring the WorkJuice Players: Paul F. Tompkins, Busy Philipps, Marc Evan Jackson, Annie Savage, Hal Lublin, Mark Gaglirdi, Joshua Malina, Craig Cackowski, Autumn Reeser, and Paget Brewster.  Guest starring Timothy Omundson, Chris Tallman, and Open Mike Eagle. Music by Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style, featuring composer Jonathan Dinerstein. New songs: "End of the Line" by Ted Leo and "Lullaby of the Rails" by Rhett Miller.

Recorded at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on December 17, 2016.

Beyond Belief, "Snakes in a Mane"  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Hal Lublin as the Spooky Narrator; Annie Savage as a gorgon; Mark Gagliardi as Pterodactyl Jones; and Autumn Reeser as Bloody Mary.

Music by Jordan Katz & the Elements of Style, featuring Jonathan Dinerstein.
Written, produced, and directed by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.
Music by Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style.
"Love Ain't No Billy Goat" written by Jonathan Coulton.

Recorded November 16, 2016 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, "Still Alive"  

Starring Marc Evan Jackson as Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars and Mark Gagliardi as Croach the Tracker. Also starring Hal Lublin as the folksy narrator; Paul F. Tompkins as the Gelato Stand; Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm as The Jonathan Coultons; Hal Lublin and Annie Savage as androids; Paul F. Tompkins as Paul's Character and Paul's Other Character; and Autumn Reeser as Virginia West.
Music by Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style. Sparks theme by Eban Schletter.
Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded November 16, 2016 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Amelia Earhart, Fearless Flier, "Venus on a Half Shell"  

Starring Autumn Reeser as Amelia Earhart. Also starring Annie Savage as Abby Adams; Timothy Omundson as Reichmuth; Craig Cackowski as Cosimo de'Medici; and Jim O'Heir, Rob Benedict, and Richard Speight, Jr. as artists.
Music by Andy Paley and the Andy Paley Orchestra, featuring Jonathan Dinerstein.
Directed by Aaron Ginsburg. Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded November 8, 2014 at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.

Tickets are on sale NOW for the FINAL THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR show for many years. It's at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on December 17, 2016. Tickets here: https://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/thrilling-adventure-hour-holiday-funaround

Beyond Belief, "Mannequin Episode"  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Craig Cackowski, Autumn Reeser, Busy Philipps, and Janet Varney as mannequins; and Hal Lublin as a mannequin hunter.
Music by Jordan Katz & the Elements of Style, featuring Jonathan Dinerstein.
Directed by Aaron Ginsburg. Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded October 23, 2016 at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.
PLUS: A bonus musical treat recorded at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, featuring Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Ted Leo, Jean Grae, and the cast!

Tickets are on sale NOW for the FINAL THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR show for many years. It's at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on December 17, 2016. Tickets here: https://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/thrilling-adventure-hour-holiday-funaround

Bucatino Business.  

Starring Craig Cackowski.
Recorded March 7, 2014 at Largo at the Coronet.

Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, "Order in the Courtship"  

Starring Marc Evan Jackson as Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars. Also starring Paul F. Tompkins as the folksy narrator; Annie Savage as the Marshal Station; Timothy Omundson, Jenny Wade, and Anna Camp as outlaws; Matt Gourley as a lawyer; and Paget Brewster as the judge.
Music by Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style. Sparks theme by Eban Schletter.
Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded April 22, 2016 at Largo at the Coronet at "Sparks Nevada's 'I'm from Earth' Day Special."

There are still some tickets left for the Thrilling Adventure Hour at the Bell House in Brooklyn on July 23rd! Get them here: http://thebellhouseny.com/

Beyond Belief, "Dead & Breakfast"  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Hal Lublin as the Spooky Narrator Craig Cackowski, Annie Savage, Jenny Wade, Carla Cackowski, and Janet Varney as a creepy family; and Marc Evan Jackson as the bartender.
Music by Andy Paley, Jonathan Dinerstein, and Becky Ward.
Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded May 23, 2015 at the Opera House in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tickets are on sale NOW for the WorkJuice Players' show at the Bell House in Brooklyn on July 23rd. 7pm ALL AGES show and 9:30 21+ show. Starring Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, and Craig Cackowski. Tickets here: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/calendar/

The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock, "Refurbished"  

Starring Craig Cackowski as Colonel Tick-Tock of Her Royal Majesty's Chrono-Patrol. Also starring Hal Lublin as his trick clock; Adam Savage as Springheeled Jack; Paul F. Tompkins as Bob McCrumbs; and Mark Gagliardi, John Roderick, John Ross Bowie, and Rhett Miller as Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Music by Jordan Katz and Phillip Krohngold. The new TickTock theme is by Paul & Storm.
Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.
Recorded January 9, 2016 at the Brava Theater at San Francisco Sketchfest.

TAH is coming to the Bell House in Brooklyn on July 23rd for two shows: 7pm All Ages and 10pm 21+! If you're on our mailing list, you'll have received a special code for advance tickets. Tickets go on sale to everyone everywhere on Monday, June 13th at http://www.thebellhouseny.com/

Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, "That's No Honeymoon"  

Starring Marc Evan Jackson as Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars. Also starring Mark Gagliardi as his faithful Martian companion, Croach the Tracker; Janet Varney as his wife, Ginny West; Busy Philipps as the Red Plains Rider; Craig Cackowski as local yokel Felton; Joshua Malina as the Barkeep; Hal Lublin, Rhett Miller, Adam Savage, and John Hodgman as aliens.
Music by Jordan Katz and Philip Krohnengold. Sparks theme by Eban Schletter.
Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded January 9, 2016 at the Brava Theater at San Francisco Sketchfest.

TAH has added a late show on April 22nd for "Sparks Nevada's 'I'm From Earth' Day Special" at Largo in Los Angeles. Get tickets now!

WorkJuice Presents: The Worst Scripted Event of All Time  

Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, creators of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, teamed up with Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery, the creators/hosts of The Worst Idea of All Time podcast, in which the New Zealand-based comedians watched Grown Ups 2 every week for one year, to bring this one-of-a-kind live show to Los Angeles.

After watching Grown Ups 2 for 50 weeks, Tim and Guy wrote their own version of the movie, with their own brain-addled commentary.

Acker & Blacker produced this live read of that script starring The Thrilling Adventure Hour's WorkJuice Players Busy Philipps (Vice Principals) and Hal Lublin (We Got This), and TAH friends Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oates), Baron Vaughn (Grace & Frankie), Arden Myrin (MadTV), Mark McConville (Superego), Michael McMillian (True Blood), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Humphrey Ker (Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher), and Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness).

Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style, featuring Eric Kufs, perform the opening and closing music.

Are you in LA? Do you want to see the WorkJuice Players live? You're in luck! On Friday, April 22nd, at 10pm at Largo at the Coronet, WorkJuice Presents: Sparks Nevada's "I'm from Earth" Day Special starring Marc Evan Jackson, Paul F. Tompkins, the WJ Players, and very special guests. Get your tickets now:
http://ticketf.ly/1UOlRcb

Beyond Belief, "Straight on til Mourning"  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Hal Lublin as the Spooky Narrator, Lauren Lapkus as the Pan, Busy Philipps as the Poppins, Mark McConville as Corey Slightly, and Michael McKean as Corey Slightly Sr. 

Music by Jordan Katz and Jonathan Dinerstein. Songs by Paul & Storm.
Directed by Aaron Ginsburg and written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded December 11, 2015 at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.

A Christmas Treat  

From the WorkJuice Holiday Funaround earlier this month, a selection of songs and silliness to bring you holiday cheer. Starring Janet Varney, Timothy Omundson, Petra Haden, Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, and Michael McKean.
Backing vocals by Annie Savage, Hal Lublin, Mike Phirman, Mark McConville, Paget Brewster, Busy Philipps, Schoolcraft & Murray, Becky Ward, Kimmy Gatewood, and Paul & Storm.
The WorkJuice Holiday Orchestra was led by Jordan Katz with assistance by Jonathan Dinerstein and featured Eli Wulfmeir, Jon Flaugher, Ben Peeler, Tripp Beam, Kimmy Gatewood, and James Eason.
Recorded live at Largo at the Coronet on Dec 11, 2015.
Show was produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker and directed by Aaron Ginsburg.
Photos by Steve Agee.
Parents: This one isn't for the kids!

TAH Post-show #4: WorkJuice Players Paul F. Tompkins and Craig Cackowski  

WorkJuice Players Paul F. Tompkins and Craig Cackowski discuss the trip Down Under, Todd Cooper, the April Fool's Funaround, and more with TAH co-creator Ben Blacker. Plus: A word from Bucatino Business starring Craig Cackowski.

TAH Post-show #3  

WorkJuice Players Paget Brewster and Autumn Reeser discuss the end of the monthly shows, the trip Down Under, and more with TAH co-creator Ben Acker. Plus: A word from Bucatino Business starring Craig Cackowski.

TAH Post-show #2: Marc Evan Jackson and Janet Varney  

TAH Post-show #2: Marc Evan Jackson and Janet Varney

TAH Post-Show #1- Acker & Blacker  

TAHnks from Thrilling Adventure Hour creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

 

#220: Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, “Marshal on Mars”  

Starring Marc Evan Jackson as Sparks Nevada, Busy Philipps as Marshal Red Plains Rider, and Mark Gagliardi as her faithful Martian companion, Croach the Tracker. Also starring Craig Cackowski as local yokel Felton; Joshua Malina as the Barkeep; Annie Savage as the Space-Saloon AI; Molly Quinn as Pemily Stallwark; Autumn Reeser as Dolores County; Timothy Omundson, Matt Gourley, Richard Speight, Jr, Rider Strong, Alexandra Barreto, Michael McMillian, Charley Koontz, and Nick Wechsler as robots; and Janet Varney as Virginia West.

Recorded April 11, 2015

 

#219: Beyond Belief, “It’s a Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad World”  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Craig Cackowski and John Hodgman as frogs; Mark McConville and Autumn Reeser as otters; Parvesh Cheena as a turtle; Brendan Hines as a crab; Paul & Storm as badgers; Kirsten Vangsness, Melanie Lynskey and Maria Blasucci as witches; Yuri Lowenthal as a ghost; Annie Savage as a nosferatu; Steve Agee as a werewolf; Matt Jones as a skeleton; Riki Lindhome as a succubus; and James Urbaniak as Nightmares the Clown.

Recorded April 11, 2015

 

#218: Down in Moonshine Holler, “The Hobo Princess”  

Starring Craig Cackowski as millionaire-turned-hobo Banjo Bindlestuff and Hal Lublin as his hobo mentor, Gummy. Also starring Natalie Morales as Minerva; David Anders as the odious Mr. Bottfly; John Moe as the chauffeur, Remington; John Ennis, John Ross Bowie, and Mike Phirman as society gentlemen; Annie Savage, Amanda Lund, and Tara Platt as damsels no-longer-in-distress; Tom Kenny and Billy West as hobos; and Kate Micucci as Loretta, the Hobo Princess.

Recorded April 11, 2015

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