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.

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May 4, 2021 55 min

The story continues! Gregor and Penelope pull themselves away from the beautiful Bavarian lake to try and find Catalina and Jensen. Meanwhile the New Shark Tooths Gang has taken over the soda fountain in the Gilded Age and some of the characters can’t decide if this is their story or not. With songs like, “Pretzel Heart,” “Not About Me” and “Simon Didn’t Say,” you’ll say: “MORE PLEASE!” Want ever more? Check out offbookclubhouse.co...

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Can I Compare You to A Cheese??No really that's the title. Zach and Jess are joined by the heroically hilarious comedian Sherry Cola (Good Trouble)?for a classic small town story of kids, the FBI, horny elderly people, and fire newts. If you're a fan of Off Book that list won't shock you! But it might be shocking how fun these songs are. With songs like,?"Okay Fine but Shut Up," "It's A Perfect Time to F...

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Oh hi there! Don't you look ready to sit back and enjoy some absurdity with the Off Book Family Band, now with more Wickens on the Stickens! Does the universe need this ridiculousness? Probably not. Does it want it? Oh yeah bb. "Scott Doesn't Know Shapes" has great songs like, "Ray Romano Is Not a Vampire," "Fight for Your Foo," and "What is a Flanger?" You'll feel ready to fight for more...

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Get Haim to The Greek is a classic tale of end of the world fun in the sun! Will three pirates be able to get Haim to the Greek from Greece? Are the Fleet Foxes from Liverpool, and who or what is Kathy Lee? Zach and Jess are joined by comedian, podcaster, writer and all around joy boy Shaun Diston (Waffles + Mochi) for this quest that includes songs like, Time for Haim (To Go Home), Pirate Rules, and CANNNNNDDDYYY.  To see a vi...

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Listen, I'm gonna level with ya... this is the wildest one yet. That's partly due to the story, and partly due to the fact that the hosts seem to have just sort of, broken? I mean I can give you the names of songs in this one but it's not going to guide this experience in a meaningful way. Still want 'em?? Okay: "Dig a Little Hole", "How Many Stacks?", "A Gibson Girl", "The Lady is an Oce...

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Phil Augusta Jackson (The Redondo Tape, Writer on Insecure) joins for a musical that Scott called very quickly! And boy what a great one it is! We proudly present "Sax Life" the story of the World Series of Saxophone. Kevin McCallister (not that one) will journey through crippling doubts and voicemails to get back his passion and his true love. With songs like Back to the Sax, When it Doesn't Rain (At the Rainforest Caf...

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Twins in the Mist" is a mysterious, coming-of-age story for all times! Zach and Jess are joined by Lily Sullivan (Going Deep) to unravel the truth about the twins left in a Wal-Mart before the Mist settled. Intrigued?! Well with songs like, "I Gotta do Me (With these Seeds)" "Face/Off to Face/Off" and "The River F***ing Sucks" you'll wanna take your scooter past the pumpkin patch for more (a referenc...

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In this episode of Zach and Jess are powered by the arcane and unknowable power that is crystals! This is fortunate because their brains are melted this week, so any help is appreciated. The family band however is out in full force, and together they answer listener questions, reveal their origin story, Jess practices her tight 5,  and also we’re pretty sure the actual Dave Matthews shows up? Song’s include: Jessie Two Drinks, I Do...

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March 9, 2021 66 min

Rory O'Malley (Central Park, Hamilton, Book of Mormon) returns to help Zach and Jess face the prospect of the singularity in Bad Robot! Can you program your robots to be your nice children? Are any and all robots also cars? And how could J.Crew possibly be involved? Well, with songs like "They Grow Up as Fast as You Program Them To," "Hot Dog," and "More Buttons than Holes" it's time to move over J.J...

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It’s the second installment of our continuous musical! Join us as twins Catalina and Jenson resolve their encounter with a dragon, Penelope and Gregor deal with the morality of a volcano that hasn’t exploded yet, and Zach and Jess start to figure out what kinds of improv moves make an ongoing narrative musical harder/easier to create! Songs include: Imagine (An Everlasting Dragon), Flappin’, Dickensian England, and With You (Doot D...

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Zach and Jess are joined by freakin' genius Demi Adejuyigbe (The Amber Ruffin Show) for a classic tale of star-crossed love set in the high stakes world of fashion... but also Montana in "Anything Goes: In Montana!" Can sleeves be protected by a patent? Should you trust this apothecary? What is even one thing you know about Montana? With songs like Hot Solid Juice, I Choo Choo Choose (to Fall for You), and Being A Teen ...

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February 16, 2021 43 min

Listen, we're gonna level with ya, this one is all over the place. Do we have songs like Cyber War, Gosh Damn What the Heck, A Man and His Brain, and Bring Back Crap (Crap is Back)? Yes we do. But we also play our new gameshow we just made up called "What's the Dif?" And if that wasn't enough, which it absolutely is, we also bring you info on thrilling new products such as the Clock-A-Doodle-Do, and a meditation...

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Well, we keep asking him and he keeps coming back! Why? Because he's simply the best! The incredible Paul F. Tompkins joins us once again in a culinary musical the late 90's could only dream about. Get ready to dine on 5-star songs such as The Cool and Glamorous Life of a Chef, Gossip, A Metaphor That's Also a Pun, 3 Your Majesties, and No One Can Help But Look (At Julia Roberts.)


Also, WE HAVE A VIDEO OF THIS ONE! Check...

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It's finally here, the beginning of our monthly ongoing improvised musical! We've already decided that this will be the LONGEST MUSICAL in earth's recorded history. We're calling it now. This week Jess, Zach, Scott, and Brett (who has triumphantly returned to ehe frets) dive into the time stream with reckless abandon, and emerge with soon to be famous songs such as It's 1985, Bean Sack Inspectors, Pterodactyl St...

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January 26, 2021 76 min

It's the end of Lounge January, which means Zach and Jess have to actually explain what's coming next! They also answer more listener questions, vow to master Tennis, and attempt their first ever musical La Rond with songs like Is The Booth For You?, Big Pink Piece of Construction Paper, There's Something about Mary, and What Sports are For!

As for the big announcement, it's OffBookClubhouse.com !!!!

Check it out to ...

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January 19, 2021 70 min

Lounge January continues as the gang answers your questions in this special mailbag episode! Zach and Scott are 2RudeDudes, Jess sings a significant amount of copyrighted material, and a deep dive into the lore of Karate Bird reveals more questions than answers. Even though Scott has a mic, they still make him play songs like Lance Armstrong & The Moon, Structureless Kite Salesmen, Questions: Karate Bird and This is Fun Actuall...

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January 12, 2021 52 min

It's Off Book's first independent episode! Kinda. Zach, Jess and Scott hang out in Lounge January(tm) as they prepare for the future of Off Book. Zach confesses a secret dining desire, Jess makes an earth shattering innovation in modern spelling, and Scott finds the most chaotic keyboard patch he's ever used. Bangers include How Not to Get Poisoned, Celery Face David, Excuse Me Mr. Guinness, Lick The Ice Swan, and Ceigh...

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Today begins with a special message from Zach and Jess as they celebrate their very last show on Earwolf. (Have no fear, the show has a big ol' bright future that they'll tell you more about next week!)  This week guest Sam Martin (Danger Force, Henry Danger) joins the family band as they present the smash-hit Basketball Courting The Musical. With unforgettable numbers like Basketball Appropriate Little Lunches, Denise Migh...
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December 29, 2020 80 min
This week Zach and Jess are going to try something new. They're going to just have fun out there AND give it all they've got with fan-favorite Mary Sohn! (A.P. Bio, Work in Progress) Together, Zach, Jess, Scott, Brett and Mary proudly present Soul Trip the Musical! Enjoy instant classics like Ghost Roadtrip, Anything Can Go Into A Soup As Long as It Ends Up Brown, Can We Suggest Spiritually That Hannah Pull The Fire Alarm, ...
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Ho! Ho! Hello! All-stars Paul F. Tompkins and Nicole Parker of The Neighborhood Listen are back and join Zach and Jess (along with Scott and Brett) to continue a very merry OFF Book tradition! Listen as they proudly present classics like “Lay Down,” “Page Me If You’re Out There,” and “Movie Mercials, Leave Our Songs Alone.”
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