Recorded August 6, 2011 at Largo, Los Angeles
Beyond Belief, “Vampire Weekend”
Frank Doyle: Paul F. Tompkins
Sadie Doyle: Paget Brewster
Donna Henderson: Janet Varney
Justin: Bruce McCulloch
Vloth the Eldest: Dave Foley
Spooky Narrator: Hal Lublin
Half-kidding, I pitched this plot to Acker in our Supernatural office, having just listened to the previous vampire episode (podcast episode #25, “Rosemary’s Baby Shower”) and laughed at Sadie’s joke, “Vampire law? I would not watch that show.” My original idea was to have it be even more of a courtroom procedural, but as Acker wrote the first draft he came up with this very funny “mediator” character.
In addition to the always hilarious Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster—I love how Frank barely registers Sadie’s vampiric transformation in the beginning—we got to have Janet Varney return as Donna Henderson, Sadie’s vampire friend. Janet is a wonderful comic actress but she also nails every emotional turn Donna takes in this episode.
Janet is the one who brought us Bruce McCulloch. Acker and I are longtime Kids in the Hall fans, and once we knew Bruce was on board, we tried to stage a mini-KitH reunion, but we missed Scott and Kevin by a day (they were doing a show out of town). But our old pal Dave Foley happened to be around, and we were thrilled that we could have the two Kids together on our stage.
I usually get very tense when an actor loses his place in the script, but somehow when it’s Dave Foley, and it’s Bruce McCulloch, PFT, and Paget covering for him and cracking wise, it’s just charming.