Hobert Thompson

Chicago Handshake (w/ Sydney Back)

Chicago Handshake (w/ Sydney Back)

Cousins Ashleigh and Brittany have grown apart over the years. Ashleigh lives in Chicago, has a fancy office job, and lives a life of complete independence while Brittany still lives in their hometown with her boyfriend from high school and her comfortable job. On the first night of Brittany’s impulsive trip to Chicago, the two embark on a wild night of bar hopping that shows them they really aren't as different as the years have made them feel. It's a tale of family, friendship, and alcohol and more importantly a love letter to Chicago’s bars and one very divisive liquor.

The Mash (w/ Nathan Hall) Pt. 2 - The Scripts

The Mash (w/ Nathan Hall) Pt. 2 - The Scripts

The old monsters of Hollywood have fallen on hard times. Once the stars of film, screen, and our collective nightmares, they now bicker and laze around an old mansion they share. After realizing they’d completely forgotten Halloween, Dracula, Frankenstein, his Monster, the Wolfman, and more set out to remind the world, and themselves, who goes bump in the night.

The Mash (w/ Nathan Hall) Pt. 1 - The Riff

The Mash (w/ Nathan Hall) Pt. 1 - The Riff

The Please Make This crew sits down with Chicago writer and performer Nathan Hall to come up with their most ambitious film yet: a dramedy about the Universal Monsters living together in a shabby apartment and wondering where it all went wrong! Your hosts build their gruesome amalgamation out of the corpses of Universal’s failed “Dark Universe” series, Judd Apatow’s buddy ensembles, and as much of Tennessee Williams as they can remember from high school. Listen in horror as they spin a tale of monsters, friends, roommates, and buckets and buckets of blood in The Mash (coming soon).

Minisode 33: Please Consider This

Minisode 33: Please Consider This

Since January of 2018, Please Make This has written 44 comedies, dramas, and documentaries that stretch from the beginning of time to the distant future. That is why we proudly submit Please Make This to The Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” poll for your consideration. With the link provided in this episode description and in the bio of all of our social media profiles, you can vote for Please Make This for Best Podcast under the City Life category. Voting takes only a minute, requires no sign in, and can be done as many times as you wish before September 13th. With your help, Please Make This can become what we already know we are: the best podcast in Chicago. Vote here: bit.ly/PMTVote

The Adventurers’ Club (w/ John Spillane)

The Adventurers’ Club (w/ John Spillane)

Aoife Flannery’s acting career has been on a long decline over the twenty years since she was one of the stars of the incredibly popular action-adventure TV show, The Adventurers’ Club. When the show ended she returned to her home in Ireland expecting a serious stage acting career to take off, but her dreams quietly failed while her American co-stars’ came true. Back in America for a weekend Comic-Con, Aoife is suddenly around fans of her show who still see her as the plucky Prof. Lucky McDonald instead of the bitter woman she’s become. Surrounded by cosplayers, co-stars and cast members of the new reboot of the classic show, Aoife comes to terms with what it meant to be part of The Adventurers’ Club. 

The Mountain Path (w/ Kristen Hallen)

The Mountain Path (w/ Kristen Hallen)

In a land before time, a permanent night has fallen over the valley of the People Who Live By The Lake after smoke from the nearby, long dormant volcano fills the sky. Something must be done to preserve their way of life and bring back the sun. Tag and Vee, a mighty warrior and a gentle priestess, embark on this dangerous quest knowing that one of them will never return. The long path up the mountain is beset by dangers. Strange beasts, rivers of lava, clouds of ash, and a mysterious, brutal guardian, all await to make sure Tag and Vee never make it to the top and the night lasts forever.

Minisode 32: Deadly Prey (1987) w/ Justin Fiocca

Minisode 32: Deadly Prey (1987) w/ Justin Fiocca

Hobert sits down with his friends Justin and Mike to watch Deadly Prey, a terrible action film from 1987. Muscles are on constant display in this guns’n’traps dumbing down of Rambo. Danton, an unkillable soldier who fought in the Vietnam War and now lives a simple life napping and taking out the trash for his wife, is kidnapped by a group of California mercenaries who take civilians off the street to hunt in the woods north of San Fransisco. Unfortunately for the mercenaries, Danton was trained by their leader to be the ultimate hunter, and he kills them all one by one because they love running through the forest single file. Yeah, this is the dumbest possible Rambo. 

Moon Base (LIVE at Cold Reads, Hot Scripts at iO Chicago)

Moon Base (LIVE at Cold Reads, Hot Scripts at iO Chicago)

The year is the future and the world is in peril. Mankind has fracked the moon and caused it to crack down the center. If something isn’t done fast, a part of the moon might break off and tumble toward the Earth, killing everyone. Surely Earth’s brightest minds can solve the problem, if only science wasn’t so expensive! A partnering with a TV network, a team of scientists who all happen to be good looking and one celebrity guest are assembled to set out to save the moon and fall in love on Earth’s newest hit reality show: Moon Base!

Knock-Offe: Joust the Two of Us (w/ Gwen Hope)

Knock-Offe: Joust the Two of Us (w/ Gwen Hope)

It’s a new year at the popular Midwest attraction, Ye Olde Time Fun Zone, and the knights of the realm are gathered once again to run the rides, games, and stunt show that make the park a hit with families. The Kings, the adorable older couple that own the park, have new ideas for the year that, while VERY similar to existing fantasy properties, are legally safe homages, and in no way infringing on any trademarks or copyrights…probably. Can Summer romance bloom in this land of fair use enchantment? Can Sir Ron, with the help of his stoner companion, win the hand of Princess Jane? Or will the machinations of jealous exes ruin a storybook romance for the ages?

New Look, Same Great Taste (w/ Andreas Aristides)

 New Look, Same Great Taste (w/ Andreas Aristides)

Helmut and Heidi Tübgürte own a small, artisanal yogurt company in a small nordic city where their family has always supplied the locals with some of the best yogurt in the world. A dream of expansion and a chance meeting with an enthusiastic American inspires them to take their brand to the USA, but unbeknownst to them, their new partner Tanner is more interested in branding and turning a quick profit than keeping any of his promises. With corners being cut and regulations being ignored, Tube-Gurt prepares to launch in the US and the results could ruin the family yogurt business forever. 

Minisode 29: ASMRMR: Road House (1989)

Minisode 29: ASMRMR: Road House (1989)

Join Please Make This’s Hobert Thompson for an ASMRMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response Movie Review) of the action classic: Road House. Enjoy some tingles as Hobert examines the hidden auditory delights of shattering beer bottles, hard punches, and the deep, dusty, voice of Sam Elliot. Pain don’t hurt, but tingles sure feel good.

Last Call (w/ Chris Jordan)

Last Call (w/ Chris Jordan)

Death has always been a big part of Carson’s life. Really, it’s a big part of everyone’s lives since everyone knows exactly when and how they are going to die. When it’s time for you to know, a mysterious call center calls to inform you of your upcoming demise. For many people, this information gives them a sense of purpose and drive. People organize lavish “Last Day” parties for their friends and family, enjoy extreme sports, and become closely connected to the people who are part of (or responsible for) their deaths. Unlike many people, Carson’s fate keeps changing. Left guessing what the end of his story will be, he lives his life navigating a world of certainty, uncertain of when his last call will be.

Something Unpredictable (w/ Chance Nichols)

Something Unpredictable (w/ Chance Nichols)

Ten years ago, eight friends made a pact to accomplish big(ish) things after high school. They mostly went their separate ways and left their small town of Nixa, Missouri, but now they’re back. It’s the night of their ten-year high school reunion and the most successful among them, Toni, has reminded them all of their dreams and aspirations. Will reminiscing about who they were hold them back as the night reveals their secrets, failures, and conflicts? Or is a list from the past what they need to go forward?

Minisode 27: Tales from the Scrypt: Untitled Magicians Romantic Comedy (w/ Laura Petro)

Minisode 27: Tales from the Scrypt: Untitled Magicians Romantic Comedy (w/ Laura Petro)

Scyrptkeeper Hobert sits down with new Please Make This host Laura Petro and old host Spencer to discuss Laura’s college-era opus: Untitled Magicians Romantic Comedy. Sure, it never got a title, but it does have mean spirited magicians, romantic heel turns, and one very large rabbit. Abraca-Daring!!!

Steel Toed (w/ Will Stagg)

Steel Toed (w/ Will Stagg)

Gabe is a simple guy. Gentle and kind, he loves his life working at a shoe store in suburban Ohio, he loves his girlfriend, Miranda, and he loves heavy metal music. There was a time in his life when he might have wanted to play professionally, but those days are long gone. Moments from closing the shop on an average Friday the 13th, a mysterious man arrives with an unusual request and Gabe suddenly finds himself in the body of Gabriel, the man he would have been if he’d stayed in his high school metal band, Steel Souls. As the two Gabes adjust to very different lifestyles, both walk a mile in a different pair of shoes and find out both paths would have offered them something they were missing.

Minisode 26: Laura, Please Make This

Minisode 26: Laura, Please Make This

This week on PMT, we are excited to introduce our new cohost, Laura Petro! You might remember Laura as the guest writer behind Danto Inferni's Party Castle, our first anthology film and inspiration for the PMT koozie. In this minisode we learn more about her and ourselves as we list our top three movies and suggest new ones for each other to listen to. After this, take a listen to Danto Inferni's Party Castle and reacquaint yourself with the fun, creativity, and joy that Laura will be bringing to PMT in the future!

Go (w/ Hannah Daniels and Liz Getty)

Go (w/ Hannah Daniels and Liz Getty)


Richard Pennyberg is the richest man in Atlantic City, maybe even the world, and Mr. Pennyberg is no longer in the game. He has been convicted of a long list of criminal offenses and sent directly to jail. His many properties and businesses are now up for grabs as his holdings are dissolved, and key players in the city are now moving to grab up as much as they can. The fashion mogul, the race car driver, the oil man, the dog breeder, and even his slow-witted nephew are all rolling the dice to see if they can bargain, con, and steal to collect as much of Pennyberg’s fortune as they can. With the authorities shining a light on their shady business dealings and an intrepid reporter covering the story, it’s anyone’s guess who will make their monopoly, and who will go bust.

The Ikea at the End of the World (w/ Nate Odenkirk)

The Ikea at the End of the World (w/ Nate Odenkirk)

Once, there were cities teeming with people and life. A culture now lost to the ages. But at the very end of it all, some brave humans made their way to a place warm and familiar to them: the Swedish furniture outlet store Ikea. Here they have lived for generations, keeping the old ways as best they can. On the eve of another great “Exiting”, where four young people are chosen to leave the store on a mission of exploration and hope, a documentary crew in charge of recording the Ikea peoples’ proud history watches on as this year’s chosen weigh their fates and try to decide if they are ready to leave behind…The Ikea at the End of the World.

Minisode 24: Tales from the Scrypt: Morning Deliveries (w/ Rob Steinberg)

Minisode 24: Tales from the Scrypt: Morning Deliveries (w/ Rob Steinberg)

Scryptkeeper Hobert sits down with comedian and filmmaker Rob Steinberg to talk about his script for Morning Deliveries, a script he wrote during a rough period of college and later adapted into a short film that was only screened once. Full of 3 week time jumps, inter-dimensional parties, and a the barest of connections to a Stephen King story of the same name, this tale of a little boy with a drug dealing demon (?) crashing in his closet is a jumbled, visually dazzling mess. Rob and Hobert also talk bad screenwriting class memories, mean art teachers, and Rob’s love of setting up chances to fail. 

Good Boy (w/ Melanie Menendez)

Good Boy (w/ Melanie Menendez)

Brian is a little down on his luck. Making ends meet by selling weed out of his crappy apartment, he doesn’t have a lot of positive things going for him. That is, except for his beloved dog, Papi. Papi adores her owner, and just wants to see him happy. How can a dog understand that the person she loves is making bad decisions, getting in too deep, and putting both of them in real danger? Maybe Papi can’t, but to her Brian will forever be her Good Boy.