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

November 15, 2022 48 min

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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September 27, 2022 51 min

We don't GET mice, but maybe by the end of this episode we will. The Incredible Tim Murray is back to grace us (and you) with his beautiful voice, and his encyclopedic knowledge of witches. This one has got mice, birds, white weasels, scientists, and once thousand references to a certain musical about France. AhhAAAhAAAAhAHHHHHHH!

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Oooooh friends have we got one for you. This week the hilarious Gilli Nissim joins us in a brand new musical full of complex pranks, terrible corporate mascots, and a surefire strategy for befriending the coolest person in the office. Kick off your skates and enjoy!

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September 13, 2022 56 min

Look, a lot happens in this episode but all you really need to know is that there's a tortoise.

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WE DID IT* AGAIN (*Had a great time making up a musical with an incredible guest!) This week the hilarious Beth Appel returns to the pod for a tale of co-workers attempting to maintain a friendship post work, proper axe body spray technique, and the promiscuous lifestyle of the rich couple that lives up in the mountains. This one's probably not for kids, but also don't let us tell you how to live your life.

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Awoo2you! Wolves of Glendale (Ethan Edenburg, Eric Jackowitz, and Tom McGovern) are back for a very special FamBand episode! Learn secret menu items at the P. F. Changs, must have wedding tips, must avoid cat purchases, and so much more. Stop reading this and listen already! #TheMaskStaysOn

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August 23, 2022 41 min

This episode was recorded live at Pickathon music festival outside of Portland Oregon! Zach, Jess, Scott, and incredible guest drummer Eric Kalver answer the age old question, "What is appropriate festival wear for a festival?" and also "What is a clown festival?" Put on your rompers, grab a funnel cake, and definitely don't give anything to that guy in the parking lot.

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Tell the pigs to finish building their houses, because our guests this week are the incredible comedy band Wolves of Glendale! Ethan Edenburg, Eric Jackowitz (also guesting on sticks), and Tom McGovern join us for a classic tale of five best friends spending their summer in a temporary temporal anomaly and eating tootsie rolls. How many of them are scientists? Will they remember their names? Who hasn't seen Hook?! Tune in to fi...

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It's the matchup (show) up you've all been waiting for! This week Zach and Jess are joined by the incredible and hilarious Niccole Thurman as they dive deep into the most accurate depiction of basketball podcasting has ever seen. Buckle up and watch out for elbows!

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August 2, 2022 64 min

The ocean is a dangerous force to be feared, and the only person brave enough to improvise a musical about it with us is this week's guest! We are joined by the hilarious and talented Mary Lou for Fear the Ocean, a seafaring voyage filled with nautical lore, salad dressing, unexpected boys, and turtles all the way up. Join us as we search for the heart of the ocean, and drink for the first time!

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A fancy french restaurant, a McDonalds, personified inspiration, tiny bow-ties, this one has it all (by all we mean specifically those things.) Join us from a DIFFERENT Brett and Danas living room as we add the golden arches to the list of businesses with grounds to sue us.

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If you've ever listened to this podcast before it will come as no surprise to you that we end up talking about owls for like... half of it. But isn't that what summer is all about? It is now. Join us in Brett and Dana's Airbnb living room won't you?

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The summer of living room shows continues with an episode that unsurprisingly is basically entirely animals. Join a poodle, pug, husky, cat, humming bird, cricket, koi, etc. as they discover that we're all freaks (especially in Pittsburgh.) #Jawn

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Living room summer party 2022 continues, with a deep exploration into the comic sensibilities of babies, hell, and everyone's favorite yellow bean shaped friends. I cannot stress this enough: DO. NOT. SNITCH. We're trusting you.

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