Off Book: The Improvised Musical

Off Book: The Improvised Musical

It takes years for a Broadway musical to hit the stage, but on OFF BOOK: The Improvised Musical, you get a brand new original musical every week! Each episode, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and a special guest create a new musical on the spot. Accompanied by Scott Passarella, King of Pianists, Pianist of Kings.

Episodes

March 14, 2023 42 min

The following was recorded live at Permanent Records in Los Angeles on March 9th 2023. Every Place I Cry is an improvised Emo Concert where Zach and Jess (and the FamBand) are joined by Ross Bryant, and Nick Mandernach to form everyone's favorite four lead singer Emo band. Video of this show will be available soon to members of OffBookClubhouse.com. Big thanks to the Wolves of Glendale for letting us open for you!

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Get your early admission tickets because you're gonna want to experience all the incredible attractions this episode has to offer, ESPECIALLY the incredible, hilarious, joy machine that is Tony Rodriguez! Join us on a trip to one of the most conceptually confusing theme parks in existence, and don't forget to be on the lookout for crossover characters from other podcasts, and also God, who's friend is a little chicken.

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This episode COULD have been called "Goo4Brains2: Two-ee Gooey Zany Brainys" but we DIDN'T call it that. Stop calling it that, it's not the episode name. Listen as we slowly burn away pathways in our brain that we'll never get back.

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Yes, the title makes perfect sense and no, we won't explain it here. Our guest this week is the hilarious and wonderful Vic Michaelis, who joins us for story of extremely linear travel, star studded advertisements, whirlwind romances, politics, and eyelash wishes. Enjoy it when you're on tarmac waiting for a child to get soup, or really anywhere! We won't tell you how to live!

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When Dana's away the band will play... without drums. But the rest of the gang is here to talk about ponies, memory, Superbowl commercials, the difference between wolves and roosters, and how someday the earth will be covered in sand. We're still between studios so no video yet, so just picture this one in the theater of YOUR MIND!

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February 7, 2023 59 min

It's game night on Off Book, and the incredible Laser the Boy returns for a tale of board games, mind games, and a certain Frenchman. This episode is in no way affiliated with the Jason Bateman Rachel McAdams film "Game Night," but that movie is very good.

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It's a FamBand with incredible guest pianist Zach Marsh! Learn the secrets of the magic horse, fern gully, and how to write a song that doesn't repeat.

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This episode of Off Book was recorded live at San Fransisco Sketchfest in January of 2023 at the Great Star Theater. It's not the first time Spider-Man has appeared in our show, and every time we don't get sued it increases the likelihood that it won't be the last. Thank you everyone who came out to see our faces with your faces. Enjoy!

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The king himself (Ross Bryant) is back for a tale of teens who wear all black for for different reasons! Also the color guard. Also one kid who's maybe too into banjo? It will make sense when you hear it.

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Happy New Year! We're back with a tale of folding, fountains, shredding, and betting. Also, we solve the mystery of "How many notes there are". We could give more of a synopsis but it's better if you just listen to the episode.

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December 27, 2022 81 min

This performance of Off Book The Improvised Musical Podcast was recorded live at the Bourbon Room in Los Angeles on October 2nd 2022. Keys – Zach Marsh, Guitar – Brett Morri, Drums – Dana Wickens 

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, because we're joined once again by the incredible Paul F. Tompkins and Nicole Parker for our annual Christmas spectacular* (*Spectacular nonsense)! This year is a tale of teens, tricks, twists, and of course, good will to men (one very famous man in particular.) Come for the hilarious musical, stay for us loosing our minds over the 12 days of Christmas. Happy Holidays everyone, see ...

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The Wolves of Glendale are back to help us kick off the holidays in the most normal way possible that will definitely not get us sued by N*tflix. Ethan Edenburg, Eric Jackowitz and Tom McGovern join us on a classic Hanukkah journey filled with elephants, low stakes action sequences, and of course...shrimp. It's 2:30 somewhere friends, so buckle up!

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We don't have Scott this week, but we DO have the rest of us and Zach's living room, and songs about Gods and trains and a story about how Brett met his least favorite guitarist. Chug a chooooooo!

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I'm gonna get straight to the point, this one is a sexy hospital drama that also has magic, and some of the best character names in the history of fiction. It ALSO has one of the best guests in the history of podcasts, the hilarious Addie Weyrich. Grab your scrubs make sure you know where your brain is.

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Brett has a new toy (instrument?) that HEAVILY implies he's trying to kick everyone else out of the band. And you know what? He just might succeed... Happy November 1st everyone!

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It's spooky season! But also, it's legend season because the LEGENDARY Rashawn Scott joins us for a tale of three kids stuck in a bizarro version of their school. BUT WHY!? AND HOW!? We don't wanna spoil this one so you'll just have to be brave enough to dive in for yourself....IF YOU DARE!

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October 18, 2022 57 min

Would it surprise you to learn the this episode has multiple songs about animals, and another about someone called Cornman? If it does, welcome to this show for the very first time! This is a a FamBand episode which means we hang out with our incredible band and sing about whatever we want, which apparently is always animals and fake superheros.

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There are many kinds of giants; forrest giants, lava giants, little giants. Our guest Edgar Blackmon happens to be a talent giant. Join our heroes on an adventure filled with nature preservation, throwing stuff, and of course, a big big bird.

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If your podcasts aren't championing your parents social lives, providing chill beats to study to, dissecting the origins of Barbie and Ken, and revealing hard truths about our founding fathers, then you need to demand more of your podcasts. It's just the famband on this one, so buckle up 'cause we are not turning this car around no matter what.

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