What do Ayn Rand, Emily Dickinson, and Hans Christian Andersen have in common? They’re all back from the dead. Kinda.
The three worldly writers, and many others, are “guest stars” on The Dead Authors Podcast, a monthly show where the spirits of famous authors collide with comedians to the delight of book nerds everywhere. Hosted by time-traveling author H.G. Wells (played by Paul F. Tompkins), the mostly improvised show is recorded live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and features comics like John Hodgman, Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, and Andy Daly.
If you’ve never tuned in, here are some of our favorite episodes to get you started.
That’s right, John Hodgman as the best-selling author of The Fountainhead and the founder of objectivism. ‘Nuf said.
H.G. Wells won’t let the famous playwright forget the spectacular failure of The Red Devil Battery Sign.
This episode will be especially funny to those who have read Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear or seen the recent HBO documentary of the same name.
The hilarious Jen Kirkman impersonates the wisecracking, martini-swigging star of the Algonquin Round Table.
Our intrepid host H.G. Wells tries to get to the bottom of the famous mystery writer’s disappearance in 1926.