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The Dead Authors Podcast

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 Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Matt Gourley, Andy Daly, Scott Aukerman, John Ross Bowie and many more! Follow us on Twitter: @DeadAuthorPod. For more information on The Echo Park Time Travel Mart and 826LA’s many tutoring and writing programs, visit 826LA.org.

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Chapter 45 [Part 1]: L. Ron Hubbard, featuring Andrew Daly

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 Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

1hr 1min

14 Apr 2015

Rank #1

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Chapter 24: Plato, featuring Jason Mantzoukas

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 organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

48mins

5 Nov 2013

Rank #2

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Chapter 38: Ian Fleming, featuring Matt Gourley

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 so. Thanks to The Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

56mins

9 Oct 2014

Rank #3

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Chapter 45 [Part 2]: L. Ron Hubbard, featuring Andy Daly

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 leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

1hr 16mins

30 Jun 2015

Rank #4

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Chapter 34: Roald Dahl, featuring Ben Schwartz

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.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

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30 May 2014

Rank #5

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Chapter 20: Ayn Rand, featuring John Hodgman

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 crew and proprietors of the San Francisco SketchFest. 826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

1hr 2mins

20 Jun 2013

Rank #6

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Chapter 15: The Marquis de Sade, featuring Andy Daly

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! 

53mins

25 Mar 2013

Rank #7

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Chapter 28: Walt Whitman, featuring James Adomian

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 strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

58mins

3 Dec 2013

Rank #8

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Chapter 11: J.R.R. Tolkien, featuring Matt Walsh

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.

59mins

23 Oct 2012

Rank #9

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Chapter 13: The Brothers Grimm, featuring Jeremy Carter and Matt Gourley

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. 

56mins

31 Dec 2012

Rank #10

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Chapter 35: Oscar Wilde, featuring Jon Daly

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 strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

1hr 23mins

17 Jun 2014

Rank #11

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Chapter 4: Benjamin Franklin, featuring Scott Aukerman

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 heard to be believed, and even after hearing it you should still check three sources.  Ambassador Franklin is a bit of a libertine when it comes to naughty words, so plug your ears up, you bunch of nuns! (Sorry, It's infectious!)

47mins

6 Dec 2011

Rank #12

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Appendix B: Friederich Nietzsche and H.P. Lovecraft, featuring James Adomian and Paul Scheer

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 archives, with special (??) guests (???) Friedrich Nietzsche [James Adomian] and H.P. Lovecraft [Paul Scheer]. Note: if you are easily offended, you may find this one a bit challenging. Mostly because it very rarely makes any sense AT ALL.

45mins

1 May 2012

Rank #13

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Chapter 19: The Authors of The Gospels, featuring Craig Cackowski, Mark Gagliardi, Hal Lublin and Matt Gourley

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 Gagliardi, Hal Lublin and Matt Gourley). And ye shall share it as The Greatest Podcast Ever Downloaded!

53mins

24 Dec 2012

Rank #14

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Chapter 9: Jorge Luis Borges, featuring Nick Kroll

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!

51mins

25 Jul 2012

Rank #15

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Chapter 47: Mark Twain

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 a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

49mins

23 Jun 2015

Rank #16

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Chapter 5: Carl Sagan, featuring Matt Gourley

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 embarked upon? To coin a phrase, billions and billions! Please do enjoy, and, should you be so inclined, leave a us a review on iTunes.

49mins

17 Jan 2012

Rank #17

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Chapter 10: Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring Chris Tallman

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 company!

50mins

12 Oct 2012

Rank #18

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Chapter 27: Tennessee Williams, featuring Kristen Schaal

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 Time Travel Mart and 826LA.  826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

55mins

26 Nov 2013

Rank #19

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Chapter 21: Joseph Campbell, featuring Jeremy Carter

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 that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year our tutoring centers — located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students. For more information: http://826national.org/chapters/ Visit The Time Travel Mart online: http://826la.org/store/

57mins

15 Oct 2013

Rank #20