Of the many things that you should keep your ears perked up for on premium audio streaming platform, Audible, the upcoming series Bad Reception from Justin Michael and Eric Martin should be at the top of the list.

Bad Reception gathers some of the best improvisers around including Drew Tarver, Betsy Sodaro, Paul F. Tompkins, D’Arcy Carden, Dan Lippert, Carl Tart, Mary Sasson, and more to weave the tall tale of the “incident” that befell South Grampers in Northern California. The story of the “movie butter capital of the world” is completely improvised in 13 acts and constructed completely through various phone (and phone related) conversations. 

Having gotten a sneak listen to it, we really enjoyed the tinge of the fantastical given by a Choose Your Own Adventure book, except improvisors are making all the choices and are definitely making up their own satisfyingly absurd choices. 

So, there will be a release party for Bad Reception later this month, Saturday, August 18th, at UCB Sunset at 9PM. The creators and much of the cast will be there. Tickets are $12 and you can (and should) go get them here.

Oh, you can pre-order Bad Reception (avail. Aug. 21st) on Audible here.

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