It is Halloween this week and whilst we may be celebrating it differently this year due to Covid restrictions there are still ways that you can enjoy it inside. One of the things that you can do is take time to listen to a podcast about zombies and spooky crimes! Welcome to the world of the Dead Drunk Detective which has four seasons to it! This podcast has been published over the last few years but why not give it a listen and today we talk to Brendan to talk all about the show and what is to come in the future….
Hello Brendan, tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am a writer from London who likes silly voices and terrible puns.
Ok, so let’s talk all about Dead Drunk Detective! Give us a summary of what it is!
It’s a zombie comedy noir podcast about an undead detective solving spooky crimes. I created the show and produce it with Podcast Pioneers. Episodes usually come out each October in the build-up to Halloween. There aren’t any new shows this year because of… well… the whole global situation. But there are four whole series available to listen to right now!
Where did the inspiration come for the show?
I wanted to see if I could create a short standalone mystery. It really helps to have a genre to write within, so film noir seemed like the obvious choice. By throwing classic horror monsters into the mix as well, I had a bigger sandpit to play in.
Upon revisiting the first episode, I realised this world was too enjoyable to leave as a one-off, so I wrote a bunch more of them.
How long does it take to write an episode?
The episodes are quite short, so writing the first full draft of one takes – maximum – two sittings. Before that though, I will have plotted the entire series and outlined what happens in every scene. I then do rewrites based on feedback from my producer, Katharine. The entire process probably takes about six months.
What was it like doing the recording for the show, were there any challenges?
The biggest challenge is probably getting everyone in the same room! Four series in, there are so many great returning cast members that we want to feature every year, so coordinating schedules is always a bit difficult. It is super satisfying when we pull it off though and it is brilliant seeing everyone again.
What are some of your favourite episodes and why?
I recently relistened to series one for the first time in a while and it was lovely to be reminded of how the show started out.
It is Halloween this week the perfect time to listen to your podcast! What do you like about Halloween?
Dressing up is a big one! I love any excuse to wear a costume. In previous years, I’ve gone out as Dracula, Satan, and, because we had the wig, Ozzy Osbourne.
If you had to go to a fancy-dress party, what would you dress up as for Halloween?
I’d go as Shaggy from Scooby Doo and jump in fright whenever I saw someone dressed as a monster.
Did you ever go trick or treating as a kid?
I did! My mum is American, so we did it once in Illinois and, to less success, in our Methodist village in Devon.
If you had to dress up as a character of your show for Halloween, who would it be and why? How would you create the costume?
Amazing question. I think it would be most fun to go as Hairy, the cheery werewolf. He’s a relentlessly enthusiastic character, so it would be wonderful to embody that positive attitude at a party.
He’s usually in non-lupine form though, but I’d make my face and knuckles a little hairier. As he is a pretty chill guy, I’d dress in casual summer gear – a Hawaiian shirt and shorts.
If people want to listen to your podcast where can they find it online?
The series is available for free on iTunes. You can also find it on Soundcloud via soundcloud.com/deaddrunkpod.
With everything happening in the world at the moment, why is it so important to have activities like yours available?
We all need some silliness right now. Episodes are only ten to fifteen minutes long, so you can take a little time out, forget about everything that is going on, and just have a laugh.
If people want to find out more about you on social media where shall they visit?
The show’s on Twitter (as @deaddrunkpod) and Facebook. I am on Twitter as @brenway.
Finally why should people listen to your show?
Silly spooky puns!