Thrilling Adventure Hour fans rejoice! The live “old time radio show” returns to the Largo stage for two very special shows on December 11th.
There will be two performances of Thrilling Adventure Hour Holiday Funaround, at 8pm and 10pm. Both will feature the same all new episode of Beyond Belief starring Paul F Tompkins and Paget Brewster, but will otherwise have different content.
For the uninitiated, The Thrilling Adventure Hour was a monthly live show/podcast that ran for 10 years, closing its doors last April. The show featured three segments, Sparks Nevada, a comedy space western starring Marc Evan Jackson and Mark Gagliardi, and Beyond Belief, which imagines characters based off The Thin Man’s Nick and Nora Charles as supernatural detectives, starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster. There’s also a rotating middle section: Amelia Earhart Fearless Flyer, The Adventures of Captain Laserbeam, The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock, and Down in Moonshine Holler are just a few examples.
The show began at the M Bar in Hollywood in 2005, and moved to the Largo in 2010. In 2011 they began podcasting past episodes and took the show on the road to SF Sketchfest for the first time, and by the end of the year the podcast had joined the Nerdist network.
Due to both the increasing popularity of the podcasts, and the drawing power of its surprise celebrity guests, the show started selling out its Largo shows well in advance. The show began traveling, visiting San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Chicago’s C2E2, and even to Australia and New Zealand. They also recorded a live crossover show with Welcome to Night Vale at SDCC 2014.
One of the reasons for the show’s popularity were the celebrity guest stars. While in the early days guest stars would be announced, later in the run, they were kept a surprise, so you never knew who you were going to get. Everyone from Jon Hamm to Joseph-Gordon-Levitt to Karen Gillan to Nathan Fillion took a turn on the stage, with the biggest stars often appearing at the annual Christmas show.
Friday’s shows will be hosted by Paul F. Tompkins and Janet Varney, and are a fundraiser for the Detroit Creativity Project. They promise special guests, music, comedy, magic, and more! And being a Thrilling Adventure Christmas show, the special guests are bound to be pretty special. Check out this clip from the rehearsal from 2014’s Christmas show for a taste of what to expect.
December 11 – Thrilling Adventure Hour Holiday Funaround at the Largo (SOLD OUT)