Richie Owens

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.

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.

Bad Genes (w/ Alex Collyard)

Bad Genes (w/ Alex Collyard)

Gene’s having an eventful last day of college. His papers are due, he’s trying to breakup with his girlfriend, and he wants to make some time to attend his school’s last day festivities. While navigating his way through this difficult day, he starts to notice something strange: a man who looks just like him, desperately following him wherever he goes. Who is this mysterious stranger, what do they want from him, and why do they keep pleading him to give them their life back? 

Neighborly Dicks (w/ Ian Erickson)

Neighborly Dicks (w/ Ian Erickson)

Tim and Jim have never really gotten along. Neighbors since the births of their sons, they’ve felt a competitive spirit between them that has, over the years, started to erode their sanity. On the eve of their sons joint 21st birthdays their competition reaches a fever pitch, with both men spending and scheming to make sure their respective party is the most memorable 21st. As the parties devolve into a chaotic night of high-end electronics, fancy liquor, and famous bands, will Jim and Tim learn anything? Or will they just keep being Neighborly Dicks?

Credits (w/ Lily Reed)

Credits (w/ Lily Reed)

Bryan and Ryan Tucci are the darlings of daytime TV. America’s favorite gossips, beloved by audiences and critics alike, they host the incredibly popular Tea Time with the Tuccis. But backstage they rule their show with iron fists, belittling and abusing the hardworking staff that keeps the daily show afloat. Tired of the abuse, the crew bands together to give the Tuccis an episode they won’t forget. Turning their under-appreciated jobs against the couple, the crew lets the show unravel, and it’s up to the show’s Director, Cerise Lannigan, to decide how much tea she’s willing to spill.

Demi & His Demon (w/ Amar Risbud)

Demi & His Demon (w/ Amar Risbud)

Demi Alvarez is a lonely boy. Friendless and ignored, he’s always wanted someone in his life to care about him. Luckily for Demi, a friend suddenly appears to him in the form of a disembodied voice, calling to him from a mask he felt compelled to make for art class. With the demon Azathoth whispering in his ear and some help from his iconoclastic art teacher and an occult obsessed high schooler, Demi sets out to help Azathoth complete a task that might end our world forever. 

Tick Tock (w/ Stephanie Weber)

Tick Tock (w/ Stephanie  Weber)

Angeline Zellner is an advertising executive in Chicago, IL, with an opportunity before her: an opportunity for revenge. Back in high school a boy named Tony D’Augustino ditched her at the biggest dance of the year, and now Tony’s humble clock shop in the suburbs is her agency’s newest account. Angeline has a perfect pitch for an ad that will destroy Tony’s life… until her purposefully bad ad catches more attention than she bargained for.

Minisode 19: Before & After - Fyre Fraud

Minisode 19: Before & After - Fyre Fraud

On this week's Please Make This Minisode, Richie sits down with Lara McCann-Moran (Horseplay) and Melissa Lynn Moore (Love, Constance) to do a Before & After about Hulu's hit documentary Fyre Fraud.

Before & After is a minisode where somebody who has no idea what the movie they're about to see is about, makes a prediction as to what the movie will be about before they watch it. Then, after the movie is watched, they find out how accurate they were and discuss the movie as a whole.

Last Train Home (w/ Samantha Berkman)

Last Train Home (w/ Samantha Berkman)

Odessa is a proud young woman, and for good reason. She is the bravest of the brave, the strongest of the strong, the cleverest of the clever. When her friends want to go out for a night of party-hopping, it’s only natural that they turn to her to lead them. Can Odessa lead a motley crew of young drunks (including her naive little sister) around Chicago and make it back in time to snuggle up to her beau? Will she (with the distant aid of her wise eldest sister) be able to keep the group together and navigate a night of drinking contests, arrogant party-boys, seductive taco joints and one sinister cyclist, or will she and her sister miss The Last Train Home?!

Deathstream (w/ Richard Kniazuk)

Deathstream (w/ Richard Kniazuk)

Time ticks by slowly in Sauna City. Like a bead of sweat running down your face or film that’s just one scene too long. Steve Gerard, film critic, knows this all too well. Steve’s been spending way too much time online, and he’s started to notice something he worries no one else has seen: a killer, lurking sites and bragging about a string of mysterious murders of online personalities. Can Steve connect the clues across the web that no one else is noticing? Or is the sweltering summer heat and constant diet of content making him lose his mind?

Punch Justice (LIVE at Chicago Podcast Festival)

Punch Justice (LIVE at Chicago Podcast Festival)

The Please Make This boys are coming to you live from Chicago’s Beat Kitchen as part of the Chicago Podcast Festival! A big thanks to the Festival for having us and everyone who came to out to hear us verbally abuse Zachary Quinto! Enjoy this tale of family traditions, punch experimentation, and grandmother death.

Student Film (w/ Megan Stalter)

Student Film (w/ Megan Stalter)

Finn felt adrift, bored, and alone till “Student Film” came into her life. While browsing for something to watch one night, Finn stumbles on this enigmatic work of cinema by a mysterious artist, A. Guy, that changes her perspective on the world forever. Inspired, she sets out to find A. Guy, sharing the film and creating new die-hard fans as she goes. With a minor cult forming behind her and a clue about Nebraska, Finn finds her hero, but does he feel the same way about his work as they do?

For the Love of Tim Skillet (w/ Olivia Perry)

For the Love of Tim Skillet (w/ Olivia Perry)

For years Lauren and Molly have watched and practically worshipped their local weatherman, Tim Skillet. When Tim’s girlfriend, Chicago politician Ellen Degeneray, proposes to him during a live broadcast, their lives are sent into a spiral. With Lauren’s dim-witted husband in tow, they set off on a poorly thought out crime spree to make sure Tim remains single…even if it means getting rid of Ellen permanently.

The Fort Knights (w/ Matthew Hoelter)

The Fort Knights (w/ Matthew Hoelter)

The Carlsburg family solves its problems on the battlefield. Well, the simulated battlefield. And now on the eve of another LARPing event they’ve invited their friends, the Knights, to participate in a weekend of padded armor, foam swords, and a single quest: Parents vs Kids, with gaming privileges on the line. Taking up sword and bow, the children of the two families hold up in a besieged fortress and defend against the dragon’s monster horde. How long will they hold out against their parents’ unrelenting, but loving, assault? 

Casino World (w/ Luke Taylor)

Casino World (w/ Luke Taylor)

Casino World is the greatest casino and resort on the planet, maybe in the whole galaxy. It’s a hive of fun and excitement where gamblers, partiers, tourists, spies, super-criminals, magicians, celebrities, and mad scientists kick back and unwind, or maybe even find themselves wrapped up in a caper or two! On this night in the famous casino Lady Luck must be feeling super weird, as the normal goings on devolve into a wild night of horse drugs, high stakes gambling, and magic as the house suddenly begins to lose like never before. Can anyone forget one wild night in Casino World?

Minisode 12: Before And After - Never Too Young To Die (1986)

Minisode 12: Before And After - Never Too Young To Die (1986)

Spencer and Hobert sit down with B-Movie Master Justin Fiocca and some film-pals to be introduced to the Jame-Bond-Lite John Stamos vehicle Never Too Young To Die. This movie’s got it all: bad acting, inexplicable twists, boring action scenes, weird sex scenes, and more stereotypes than you can shake pointy metal finger at. John Stamos stars as Lance Stargrove, a junior spy with a dead dad (George Lazenby), a quirky best friend (Peter Kwong), a partner/girlfriend he seemingly inherits (Vanity), and a nemesis (Gene Simmons) with a very convoluted scheme. Will Stargrove make his daddy proud? Or will LA get poisoned or something?

The Iron Range (w/ Grace Thomas)

The Iron Range (w/ Grace Thomas)

The Urzar family has been through some tough times up in Minnesota’s Iron Range. Grandson Riley hasn’t seen his family in years while his grandfather Fritz feels trapped by growing concern about his physical and mental health since his wife’s passing. As they all gather at the Urzar cabin to mourn, two men burdened by anger and regret are thrown together. What connection do they have to the monsters that lurk in the woods of the Iron Range? Does the threat to the family lurk the woods at night, or is it sleeping safely under their own roof?

P-Town (w/ Rebecca Bulnes)

P-Town (w/ Rebecca Bulnes)

Chris and Suze Sacco’s P Town is America’s favorite kids’ show, but things are anything but sunshiny backstage. The Saccos’ marriage is falling apart under the weight of jealousy, ambition, and an inability to start a “real” family. Will the show survive its leads’ issues, or will the tragedy of the real world spill into P Town?