Podcast Month – INTERVIEW – Dead Drunk Detective

It is Podcast Month which means that we will be bringing you all the fun shows you should be carrying around in your back pocket on a phone or a walkman. Today we speak to a podcast that is recorded in front of a live audience and is a Zombie Noir, I caught up with creator Brendan Way to find out all about it.

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Photo by Charlie Martin

Hello Brendan! Can you tell us a little bit about the team behind Dead Drunk Detective?

Absolutely. I created the show and write every episode. It stars Arfie Mansfield and Kate Oswald, plus a handpicked cast of other improvisers I love or want to work with. It is produced by Podcast Adventures.

What is the show all about?

Dead Drunk Detective is about a detective who is drunk (dead drunk) and dead. It’s a zombie noir sitcom full of puns and famous monsters!

How did the podcast come about?

The phrase ‘zombie noir’ popped into my head and I wrote a script for fun. I rediscovered it a few years later, wrote some more, and approached my producers after seeing them record a live podcast.

How do you decide what each of the episodes are about?

Some plots are reverse-engineered from a spooky pun. Others are found by linking a crime to a monster. Like ‘theft’ plus ‘Headless Horseman’s head’ equals ‘hilarity ensues’.

What have been some of your favourite highlights of past podcasts?

A shouting match between a goblin and a demon (Catherine Haslam and Mark Tindle). Charlotte Kaye elevated the originally one-off role of Jo the bartender – a part with less than a dozen lines – into a character I so adored that I have now brought her back a few times. Arfie and Kate frequently hit lines exactly as I imagined them (as did Sophie Pumphrey when she played our big villain in series two).

What are your aims for your podcast in 2018?

Keep making it. Match, or best, the writing of series two. The first series had at least one of the best scripts I have ever produced. Series two had a few more. Of course, as I only produce seven scripts a year, they all better be great.

How do you decide who to have as a guest on each show?

I try to strike a balance between pulling from my regular ensemble – all of whom are friends I adore so want to see as often as possible – and people I would like to work with or know can nail a specific type of character.

What make you different to other podcasts out there?

Well, if we’re not the only podcast about a permanently inebriated zombie sleuth, then we’re certainly the one with the most puns.

Who would be your dream guest to appear and why?

Oh, tons of people on the improv scene. I just need to write them all parts that showcase what they do best.

What other podcasts are you a fan of and why?

OffBook: The Improvised Musical is the one show I listen to every week on the day it is released. I find its idiosyncratic wholesome silliness irresistible.

Have there been any live versions of your show?

Every episode so far has been recorded in front of a live audience! And some of the cast did a completely improvised edition at last year’s inaugural Hoopla Improv Marathon.

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What advice would you give for people thinking about starting a podcast?

Pick a release schedule and stick to it. People should associate your podcast with a day, so decide when and how often you can commit to uploading an episode. Of course, life gets in the way and sometimes episodes go up late, but those should be the exception, not the rule.

If people want to find out more about you where can they find you on social media?

Like everyone on Twitter, I’m mildly obsessed with Brexit and Trump. So if you can handle a few retweets about that, then I’m @brenway.

If people want to find out more about your show where should they visit online / social media?

We are on both Twitter and Facebook as deaddrunkpod. You can find the podcast via iTunes and

In three words why should people listen to your show?

Funny monsters shouting.

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