Let's Make A Horror

Let's Make A Horror

From the team that brought you the Webby award-winning Let's Make A Sci-Fi, a New Yorker Best Podcast of 2022, and the hilariously heartfelt Let's Make A Rom-Com, comes season three: Let's Make A Horror. This time, comedians Mark Chavez, Maddy Kelly, and Ryan Beil will make you laugh while they try to make you scream. Over 10 episodes, Mark, Maddy, and Ryan will learn what it takes to make truly frightening horror, interviewing Hollywood writers, directors, and enthusiasts; probing their deepest fears; and eventually taking a stab at writing and directing their own shocking short film.

Episodes

February 17, 2022 2 mins
An eight-part adventure through the creative process as three comedians try writing a successful sci-fi pilot— with help from scientific experts and Hollywood screenwriting pros.
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Ryan, Mark, and Maddy talk to producers Catherine Winder (Star Wars) and Jem Garrard (Vagrant Queen) and learn how to identify great story ideas. Then, they pitch each other concepts for their science fiction pilot and land on a winning idea.
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Ryan hosts a sci-fi movie marathon for inspiration. Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and critic Emily VanDerWerff (Vox) advise on how to create engrossing fictional worlds. The gang develop their universe and even design a spaceship—but is world-building the right place to start?
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Ryan, Mark, and Maddy pitch their premise to showrunner Simon Barry (Continuum)—only to be told they have a big problem: they don’t have any characters. They explore what makes a compelling character with screenwriting professor Kat Montagu and fill their generational ship with… generations! They also crystalize their protagonist: Kirby.
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The gang has their world and their characters, but is there enough science in the fiction? They pit their concept against all-star experts—astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Bad Astronomer'' Phil Plaitt, and Hollywood science advisor Mika McKinnon (Sharknado) — to determine whether the pilot makes scientific sense. And when the science doesn’t check out, they get the experts to create some that does.
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Before diving into their first draft, the comedians map out the plot of their pilot and try to untangle the deeper messages they want their script to tackle. Screenwriters Jose Molina (Firefly) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9) assist, sharing their secrets on writing sci-fi plots with real-world purpose.
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Ryan, Mark, and Maddy write their first draft, but after reading it aloud to each other they worry they’ve strayed galaxies far, far away from their serious goals. Comedy legend Rainn Wilson (Galaxy Quest, Star Trek: Discovery, The Office) helps the comedians find a balance between humour and hard science fiction.
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Ryan, Mark, and Maddy send their script to an important, scary Hollywood executive for review. Podcaster-turned-TV writer Paul Bae drops by to reassure the comedians that they can survive the feedback process. With only days before actors read their script, executive producer Kerry Appleyard (Orphan Black) gives Ryan, Mark, and Maddy her notes—triggering major rewrites.
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The day is finally here. The sci-fi script is done and ready for all to judge. Introducing: Progeny. Progeny, Episode 1: Kirby, a low level worker aboard a massive generational spaceship containing the last humans in the universe makes contact with a mysterious vessel that claims to be from Earth, sent to bring them back. Featuring performances by Mark Meer (Mass Effect), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Suleka Mathew (Claws), Carly ...
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Mark, Maddy, and Ryan listen to the table read of their pilot. They reflect on what worked, what didn’t, and what was the most embarrassing. They also pitch each other on what genre they’ll tackle next.
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February 2, 2023 2 mins
Can three comedians write a heartfelt rom-com script? Let’s Make A Rom-Com takes you inside a real writers’ room, where Maddy Kelly, Mark Chavez and Ryan Beil get (semi-)serious about love. Coming February 14 wherever you get your podcasts.
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Maddy, Mark, and Ryan get ready to fall in love with a whole new genre. They speak to Billy Mernit, Hollywood story analyst and author of “Writing the Romantic Comedy”, to learn the rom-com’s tried-and-true formula. They also consult United Talent Agency’s Addison Duffy to discover what kinds of rom-coms audiences and agents are loving. (Santa? Spies? Superspreaders?) With insights into both profits and passion, the writers pitch e...
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The comedians turn to rom-com royalty Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, She's the Man) to help refine their pitch. They also develop their romantic leads, Greg and Catalina. But are they failing to see a few key rom-com red flags…?
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With their romantic leads (kind of!) fleshed out, the comedians each try writing the genre's most iconic staple: the meet cute. Maddy hosts a rom-com movie marathon for inspiration. Mark discovers the term's unexpected origins. Story analyst Billy Mernit ("Writing the Romantic Comedy") returns to demystify how important the "cute" is in a potent "meet cute." Finally, the comedians read their romantic run-ins aloud to test their cha...
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Actor and sidekick extraordinaire Karan Soni (Always Be My Maybe, Deadpool) advises on what makes a compelling supporting character… and flexes his Salma Hayek connection. Maddy, Mark, and Ryan develop their movie’s entire romantic world, pitching each other on quirky best friends (and friends of friends) and picking out the perfect setting, before sitting down to outline their script.
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The gang consult comedian, actor, podcaster, and renowned wit Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, Everything's Trash) on how to write genuine and genuinely good romantic dialogue. Reading out their real love letters to past and present partners inspires Maddy, Mark, and Ryan on what NOT to do. The comedians fight through absolutely crushing levels of vulnerability and read aloud scenes where Greg and Catalina begin to fall in love. The...
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It's crisis time. Now that the comedians have figured out how to bring their couple together, it's time to tear them apart. To dive deep into romantic conflict, Maddy, Mark, and Ryan call up two very different experts: divorce lawyer Melanie Bragg and comedian, Sex & The City writer, and author of “He's Just Not That Into You” Greg Behrendt. The comedians then collaboratively write a scene where things take an especially sour turn.
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Once you've broken your couple up, how do you bring them back together? With a grand romantic gesture, of course. But in the world of grand romantic gestures, how grand is too grand? How romantic is too romantic? When Mark's mad lib game doesn't quite help, the hosts bring in a true romantic comedy MVP: writer and director Ol Parker (Ticket to Paradise, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). They're just three comedians, standing in front o...
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Maddy, Mark, and Ryan sit down with their producers Dave and Chris to discuss the process of making “His Ex-Girlfriend is Salma Hayek”. They listen to clips from the pitch and Maddy divulges why this process was especially emotional for her.
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You've listened to the process, and now it's time to listen to the pitch. It’s “His Ex-Girlfriend is Salma Hayek.” Did these three comedians come up with a fresh and funny rom-com? If you were an Hollywood exec, would you greenlight it? Listen and judge for yourself! Featuring the performances by Lili Beaudoin (Catalina), Malik Elassal (Greg), Ronald Dario (Mark), Anita Rochon (Breathe), Taz Van Rassell (Park Cop), Aaron Read (Dat...
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