The people who brought you the hilarious Heads Will Roll starring Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne are back at it, producing a new comedic audio series 64th Man. Part of Audible’s production deal with Broadway Video to create multiple audio-only comedy originals, this 10-episode scripted series is like TV for the ears and stars the world-famous and powerfully funny John Cena, Emmy-nominated actress Anna Chlumsky (Veep), comedy legend Jane Curtin and an all-star cast of Saturday Night Live performers and alums.
Read John Cena’s conversation with Entertainment Weekly about “64th Man”.
In pro football, fifty-three guys get on the roster. Ten make it to the practice squad. And then there’s the 64th Man – that’s Billy Logan (Cena), who seems to be always one spot from glory. After a promising college career capped by a headline-making, game-winning play, Billy seems destined to be drafted to the NFL. But he isn’t, and after a year of tryouts and near misses, he still hasn’t made it pro. So, he returns home to Columbus, Ohio, to figure out how to make his great gridiron dream come true. With a new job at a grocery store, Billy reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Ellen (Chlumsky), but generally it’s embarrassing to be back in town, seeing as he was the “star who was going places,” and now he’s seen as the “star who never went anywhere.” Looking for an opening to the end zone, Billy tackles anything to make his dream come true. It’s a path that leads him to a billionaire tech bro starting a new professional football league that has more in common with professional wrestling, a health guru selling a cult-like fitness craze and a hard-partying NFL quarterback who needs a real-life tackle dummy for his football video game. Will these lateral runs lead Billy to NFL stardom? A life of love with his ex? Or something totally unexpected from an elderly mentor named Mildred (Curtin) whom he trains at the gym?
Written by senior writer at Saturday Night Live Bryan Tucker and Zack Phillips, former head writer at Above Average and its sports site The Kicker, this hard-hitting underdog story with a touch of romance also features Leslie Jones, Adam Pally, Chris Redd, Alex Moffat, Jay Pharaoh, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Will Forte, Heidi Gardner and more. 64th Man will premiere exclusively on Audible on November 14th and is available for pre-order now at www.audible.com/64thman.