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Bad Reception

Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Summary

Please note: contains explicit content.

Get ready for a completely improvised and unscripted Audible Original that invites you to listen in on the funniest phone calls from the world’s weirdest town. 

“Welcome to South Grampers! Please enjoy our world-famous movie theater butter, and kindly stay away from the glowing toxic waste.” 

Ever been on a terrible conference call where nothing gets solved? 

Stuck on hold trying to cancel your cable service? 

Lonely and needed to talk to a friend? (Even if they’re a cat?) 

Bad Reception is an entirely improvised comedy, set entirely on the phone. A cast of over 40 top comedians and improvisers brings to life (and completely makes up) the story of South Grampers, Northern California – the Movie Theater Butter Capital of the World. 

The town is in dire straits and must launch their own film festival to raise some desperately needed cash. But an unexpected sequence of events ultimately leads to an event known as…The Incident. 

Only one person can solve the mystery and expose the terrible truth. He just doesn’t know it yet. 

Created and Directed by Justin Michael and Eric Martin 

Story by Justin Michael and Eric Martin 

Full Cast Includes (in alphabetical order): 

Alex Berg, Alex Fernie, Alexa Loftus, Ally Beardsley, Anthony Gioe, Ben Greene, Betsy Sodaro, Carl Tart, Casey Trela, D’Arcy Carden, Dan Gregor, Dan Lippert, Dhruv Singh, Drew Tarver, Echo Kellum, Ego Nwodim, Eric Martin, Gilli Nissim, Haley Hepworth, Jace Armstrong, Jessica McKenna, Jon Mackey, Julie Brister, Justin Michael, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Kyle Mooney, Lauren Lapkus, Lou Wilson, Madeline Walter, Mano Agapion, Marissa Strickland, Mary Holland, Mary Sasson, Matthew Brian Cohen, Nic Michaels, Nicole Byer, Oscar Montoya, Paul F. Tompkins, Peter Banifaz, Rene Gube, Ronnie Adrian, Ryan Rosenberg, Veronica Osorio, Zac Oyama, Zach Reino

Editing and Sound Design by Nic Michaels, Jake Young, Grant Martz, and Emma Erdbrink 

Recorded by Emma Erdbrink, Brendan Lynch-Salamon, and Matt Brousseau 

Logo by Roxy Radulescu and Rustam Hasanov 

Executive Producer Morgan Jones 

Presented by Audible Originals and Audible Comedy

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 13 episodes to your Library now.

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC

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So funny (and the ep numbers are fixed now)

This is so funny! I enjoyed it more and more as it went on. Several of these comedians are great guests on Comedy Bang Bang & other podcasts, and the whole cast was great here, I loved all the unique characters they created (although occasionally it was hard to keep track of them all). The improv is quick-witted, often silly and surreal, and so much fun to listen to. I hope we get more.

NB. At first several eps were labelled with the wrong numbers as another reviewer mentions - but that's been fixed now so definitely don't let that put you off.

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Good but spoilt by being in the wrong order!

After taking a little time to get into the somewhat over-the-top craziness that the actors came out with, I enjoyed the story. However, the whole thing was somewhat marred by the fact that the episodes are incorrectly labelled and therefore out of order.

For example, I'm up to what is labelled to me as episode 12 of 13. This episode is labelled "The Film Festival", but in the intro it called itself F-U-blank-blank Funny" which for me is labelled as Episode 8 (which I have already listened to, and to my knowledge contained no reference to this (though another earlier episode made a passing remark about it), though I imagine this episode will).

Another example of how this has affected me is that the climax (and indeed ending, complete with Audible's sign off credits) of the whole series happened about 6 episodes in for me, which at the time I thought was very odd, but I carried on anyway (up till then, the episodes did seem to be vaguely in order, though there were lots of bits that seemed very irreverent), and it was only when the whole thing seemed to go back into the past following that episode that I realised they were incorrectly labelled.

So yeah, I think if the episodes were labelled correctly and in the right order, it'd be certainly more enjoyable but also possibly a little less random. Now I know its improv so a degree of randomness is to be expected, but now I'm listening to the later (which are *actually* earlier!) episodes I'm seeing that what I thought was just completely randomness (like the passing reference to F-U-blank-blank Funny I have mentioned) is actually a callback to a previous episode, but because they're out of order for me, I didn't get them that way.

I don't want to give a bad review for the actual audio show itself, because I imagine if Audible could actually label the episodes correctly and play them in the right order, it'd be great, but I do feel the need to warn others of the issues here, so that's reflected in the "overall" score.

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Hilarious

Give it a few episodes to get into it and remember it's all improvised. Admittedly the humour is a bit wtf and maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely mine as it had me crying with laughter.

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So much fun

Fantastic characters and performances. Wonderfully silly storyline. Had me laughing out loud. I can't fault it.

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Absolutely AMAZING!!!

There is no other comedy audiobook out there on audible like this one. The improvised lines brings a spontaneity to the dialogue that always leaves me creasing with laughter! I just want a sequel now, ASAP!

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So so

Average comedy. Good pass time but didn't like it much. Some places were funny. That's about it

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Rather strange, but strangely compelling

I'm still not sure. something made me listen to the series but I'm not sure what. if you've ever heard of Chickenman on US radio it's a bit like that, but that's all I can say. "movie butter???"

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Fantastic

Absolutely loved this. So unique with incredible performances. Silly, weird, wonderful and addictive! More like this please!

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A hit and miss sketch show

This is effectively a sketch show, about the oddball inhabitants of a small town. The semi improvised sketches are intentionally silly, featuring highly eccentric characters. A loose plot links the scenes together.

At its best, Bad Reception made me laugh out loud. However, the tone and quality are both highly variable, with some very weak episodes.