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Minisode 23: Before & After - Uncle Drew

Minisode 23: Before & After - Uncle Drew

On this week's Please Make This Minisode, Spencer sits down with his roommates Tad Walters and Reed Bustraan to review Uncle Drew, the 2018 film based on a 2012 Pepsi commercial. Will Tad's love of highlights win over Spencer's hatred of sports movies? Or will the overuse of the term "youngblood" annoy everyone? Warning: Partial nudity ahead!

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?

Minisode 22: They Made This (w/ Mark Thompson)

Minisode 22: They Made This (w/ Mark Thompson)

PMT’s Hobert sits down with his father, Mark, to talk about his first foray into playwriting: “Just Another Big Dog”. A “veterinary thriller” about an animal hospital held hostage by bank robbers in need of medical attention that features onstage surgery, intense stakes, and a pair of goofy local radio hosts. Sit back and listen to one amateur writer’s decade-long road to bring his vision to life!

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. 

Minisode 20: Tales from the Scrypt: Doppledemon (w/ Nico Thomas)

Minisode 20: Tales from the Scrypt: Doppledemon (w/ Nico Thomas)

Eee-hee-hee! Scryptkeeper Hobert sits down with Nico Thomas to talk about his mirror-murder gore-fest, Doppledemon: the tale of a boy who becomes possessed by a demon every time he looks in a mirror. Full of edge-lord dialogue, fountains of blood and gore, and Jeff Goldblum’s exploding head, can Nico ever make this demonic thriller to life? Or are some scripts better off dead? BRING OUT YER DEAD!

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?!

Minisode 18: Tales From the Scrypt: Suffragette City (w/ Paula Skaggs)

Minisode 18: Tales From the Scrypt: Suffragette City (w/ Paula Skaggs)

Eee-hee-hee! Scryptkeeper Hobert sits down with Paula Skaggs to talk about a road trip film about feminist icons Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton (or Carry Nation, depending on how exciting you want it to be) traveling the East coast in a horse in buggy. It’s a film that was born as a film, became a sketch, and died in an improv scene. Can Paula and Hobert resurrect the corpse of this love letter to two American icons? And can we make it a rap musical? BRING OUT YER DEAD!

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?

Minisode 15: Tales From the Scrypt: Time Neighbors (w/ Mike Scipioni)

Minisode 15: Tales From the Scrypt: Time Neighbors (w/ Mike Scipioni)

Eee-hee-hee! Scryptkeeper Hobert sits down with his friend Mike to talk about their dead TV concept: Time Neighbors, a tale of friendship, gentrification, and mind-melting timeline architecture. Mike and Hobert dig up an old doc of notes and perform an autopsy on their series that never was, highlighting the project’s least filmable qualities, including an opening scene set in ancient China, actors being randomly switched out for older/younger doubles, flying robot cellphones and a Hitler-that-never-was as a barista at a “TimeBucks”. BRING OUT YER DEAD!

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?