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It’s been a busy and emotional month here at the WorkJuice Corp, between the monthly live shows coming to a close and FINALLY mailing out the remaining Kickstarter rewards of the concert film DVD and graphic novels. Click Here to read what’s on Acker & Blacker’s minds.
Starring Marc Evan Jackson as Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars and Mark Gagliardi as Croach the Tracker. Also starring Hal Lublin as the folksy narrator; Paul F. Tompkins as the Gelato Stand; Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm as The Jonathan Coultons; Hal Lublin and Annie Savage as androids; Paul F. Tompkins as Paul's Character and Paul's Other Character; and Autumn Reeser as Virginia West.
Music by Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style. Sparks theme by Eban Schletter.
Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.
Recorded November 16, 2016 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
You can download the Podcast through Nerdist or wherever fine pods are cast.
Get a glimpse of the other side of the stage of the production styled with the feel of old time radio and learn about what goes into each performance. It’s energetic, sometimes frantic, but most of all, it looks like a ton of fun.
Ben Blacker and Ben Acker created The Thrilling Adventure Hour about nine years ago. It all began with a live-reading of a feature length “Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars” script, and the show evolved from there. Besides hearing from Blacker and Acker, the first episode features director Aaron Ginsburg and many members of the primary cast – the Workjuice Players – including Marc Evan Jackson, Paul F. Tompkins, Hal Lublin, Annie Savage, and many more. And yes, some guest stars make appearances.
Each podcast is unique, consisting of a selection of stories from the live show, announcements from our fictional sponsors, and occasional one-off sketches.
Marc Evan Jackson plays Sparks Nevada, an Earth man sent to protect the Red Planet from the universe’s robot outlaws, alien invaders and other galactic threats. Mark Gagliardi plays Sparks Nevada’s trusty native Martian sidekick, Croach the Tracker. Busy Philipps plays The Red Plains Rider, a human raised by Martians who rides the red plains of Mars in vigilante fashion. Josh Malina plays the Barkeep of the Space Saloon. He does not want any trouble in his place.
As camp as the old Batman show, facing off against ridiculous villains such as the Numbler, the Die-brarian, and Shape-Ape, Captain Laserbeam protects Apex City while trying not to lose his patience with his excitable Adventurekateers or trip himself up emotionally with the pretty new police commissioner.
A hobo fairytale. During the Great Depression, a millionaire’s son fell in love with a woman he thought was his societal equal. In truth, she was the Hobo Princess. She fled, leaving behind only a fingerless glove. Now, under the assumed identity of Banjo Bindlestuff, the millionaire’s son rides the rails with his hobo-mentor Gummy, in search of his one true love he believes will be found in the possibly make-believe hobo-paradise: Moonshine Holler.
Meet Frank and Sadie Doyle: the toast of the upper crust. Headliners on the society pages. And, oh yes, they see ghosts. Trading quips and tossing back cocktails, the Doyles take what they want and hoodwink their clientele for the rest. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, even diabolical gingerbread men are nothing but obstacles in the way of the liquor cabinet for our fast-talking, hard-drinking sleuths.
A clandestine war is being waged against the Reich, and at the frontlines of this sometimes mystical, often monstrous battle, is Jefferson Reid, America’s only super-soldier. Aided by his super-sweetheart, Agent Abby Adams (who hates nothing as much as she hates a dirty Kraut), and his plucky sidekick, Brownie Finn, Jefferson Reid, Ace American is a jingoistic romp through a World War II that never existed.
And now we take you to the Hollywood of yesteryear, in a tale of mystery and murder, featuring Tinseltown’s Woman of a Thousand Faces, Desdemona Hughes, Diva Detective.
He is the sub-aquatic darkness. He is the Abyssopelagic layer. He exerts the pressure of justice on the metazoic creatures who lurk in the deep. He is the hero the ocean deserves. He is your semiamphibious knight. AND HIS PARENTS DIED AT SEA!!
Spinning out of the pages of Ace American! Amelia Earhart faked her death in 1938 and went to work for the American Victory Commission. Now, she uses her Lockheed Elektra to crisscross the time stream to stop the Reich from rising where it shouldn’t.
The fey Colonel polices the fractured timeline for Her Majesty’s Royal Chrono Patrol, interrupting not-always-terribly-well-researched historical moments and facing down the occasional villain, including the Greenwich Meanie, Auntie Meridian and the occasional dinosaur, from pre-history and all that. Pip pip!
Dateline: the 1920’s. A celebrated group of New York’s sharpest wits met daily at The Algonquin Hotel, enjoying barbs and bon mots. Until one day a comet struck and those present found themselves possessed of powers beyond the ken of mortal men.
Justice rides a rocket steed across the crimson plains of the fourth planet, where one woman rights the wrongs that slip through the cracks of traditional law enforcement. She rides the red plains of Mars. She is The Red Plains Rider.
Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars
Jib Janeen, Jupiter Spy
Croach the Tracker, “Inside Out in Outer Space”
Croach the Tracker
Drawn from the popular stage show and podcast, The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a collection of original tales that harkens back to the heyday of genre entertainment.
Written by TAH creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, this 136–page hardcover anthology features ten new stories from the worlds of the Thrilling Adventure Hour. Brought to life by top artists from the comics community, each stand–alone tale celebrates and reinvigorates a different classic genre, including science fiction, fantasy, westerns, superheroes, horror, war dramas, and many more.
A unique, timey–wimey blend of silver age pulp and post–modern pop, this one–of–a–kind anthology promises something for everyone as this cult phenomenon jumps off the stage, out of your earbuds, and onto the page for the first time!
``Weird Al`` Yankovic
John Hodgman, Deranged Millionaire
Glen David Gold, Author
Len Wein, Creator of Wolverine
Jackson Publick, Creator of ``The Venture Brothers``