Thrilling Adventure Hour #54: Beyond Belief, “A Dave at the Races”
By Katie Levine on January 16, 2012
Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Hal Lublin, Samm Levine, and James Urbaniak. Recorded September 10, 2011.
I feel like we rarely team up James Urbaniak and Samm Levine but when we do, it’s a win. Fact: They are both from New Jersey.
See you if you spot Paul‘s ad-lib. Here’s a hint – if you can recognize Craig Cackowski’s laugh, it will give you a clue.
As much as I love the silly horse-names as pronounced by Paget‘s Sadie, I prefer the way she pronounces “horse” even more.
The character of Dave Henderson, the werewolf detective comes from our notion of THE WORST PITCH EVER. If we ever got into a pitch meeting where nothing went right and we needed to abort, we had a pitch all worked out for the most terrible show imaginable: Werewolf Cops. It was our pitching safeword. We knew the show contained one cop cradling another while the ambulance came to treat the officer down’s gaping bite-wounds. (sidenote: has there been a cop named Officer Downs in something?) We also knew the non-werewolf cop would tell the chief off with “He may be a werewolf, but he’s still MY PARTNER!”
We have never had to pitch it. [I regret every meeting where we don’t get to pitch Werewolf Cops. –BB]
When we first wrote Henderson into the show, I was on a Damon Runyon kick. I was reading and loving his short stories and wanted to write like him. Since Frank and Sadie are borrowed from Hammett, the notion of some Hammett-y characters talking to a Runyon-y guy appealed to my mash-up loving brains. So no contractions and only present tense for Detective Dave. Except for sometimes, when we messed up.
I also like the thought that this episode elicits that in a zombie apocalypse, you can survive if you can push hard enough to knock a zombie over.