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Publisher's Summary

[Contains explicit content] Get ready for a completely improvised and unscripted Audible Original that invites you to listen in on the funniest phone calls from the world’s weirdest town.

“Welcome to South Grampers! Please enjoy our world-famous movie theater butter, and kindly stay away from the glowing toxic waste.”   

Ever been on a terrible conference call where nothing gets solved?

Stuck on hold trying to cancel your cable service?

Lonely and needed to talk to a friend? (Even if they’re a cat?)

Bad Reception is an entirely improvised comedy, set entirely on the phone. A cast of over 40 top comedians and improvisers brings to life (and completely makes up) the story of South Grampers, Northern California – the Movie Theater Butter Capital of the World.

The town is in dire straits and must launch their own film festival to raise some desperately needed cash. But an unexpected sequence of events ultimately leads to an event known as…The Incident. Only one person can solve the mystery and expose the terrible truth. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Created and Directed by Justin Michael and Eric Martin

Story by Justin Michael and Eric Martin

Full Cast Includes (in alphabetical order): Alex Berg, Alex Fernie, Alexa Loftus, Ally Beardsley, Anthony Gioe, Ben Greene, Betsy Sodaro, Carl Tart, Casey Trela, D’Arcy Carden, Dan Gregor, Dan Lippert, Dhruv Singh, Drew Tarver, Echo Kellum, Ego Nwodim, Eric Martin, Gilli Nissim, Haley Hepworth, Harry Chaskin, Jace Armstrong, Jessica McKenna, Jon Mackey, Julie Brister, Justin Michael, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Kyle Mooney, Lauren Lapkus, Lou Wilson, Madeline Walter, Mano Agapion, Marissa Strickland, Mary Holland, Mary Sasson, Matthew Brian Cohen, Nic Michaels, Nicole Byer, Oscar Montoya, Paul F. Tompkins, Peter Banifaz, Rene Gube, Ronnie Adrian, Ryan Rosenberg, Veronica Osorio, Zac Oyama, Zach Reino

Editing and Sound Design by Nic Michaels, Jake Young, Grant Martz, and Emma Erdbrink

Recorded by Emma Erdbrink, Brendan Lynch-Salamon, and Matt Brousseau

Logo by Roxy Radulescu and Rustam Hasanov

Executive Producer Morgan Jones

Presented by Audible Originals and Audible Comedy

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC

Critic Reviews

“Yes, the scenes and characters are improvised, but hours of playing is cut down and edited into digestible chapters that are part of a very well-shaped—albeit ridiculous and supernatural and off-the-rails—story. One device that serves the narrative well is the use of telephone calls to introduce characters and reveal important details (much of what listeners hear are voicemails). Even as the story takes shape, the improvised elements keep things absolutely unpredictable. Each of the 13 chapters ends with either a cliffhanger or something so absurd that it’s impossible to stop listening.” -- The A.V. Club

Outrageous phone calls, amazing comedians, totally improvised.

Bad Reception – Chapter 1
  • Bad Reception – Chapter 1
  • By: Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, Justin Michael, Gilli Nissim, Dan Lippert, Jon Mackey, Echo Kellum, Carl Tart, Mary Sasson, Eric Martin
An introduction to a town on the brink of collapse.
Bad Reception – My Stolen Purse!
  • Bad Reception – My Stolen Purse!
  • By: Justin Michael and Mary Sasson
A 911 call regarding a man’s stolen purse.
Bad Reception – Truckers United
  • Bad Reception – Truckers United
  • By: Justin Michael and Ally Beardsley
A CB radio call between two lonesome truckers.
Bad Reception – South Grampers Middle School
  • Bad Reception – South Grampers Middle School
  • By: Echo Kellum and Mano Agapion
A call in to the Vice Principal’s office.

Sample the first chapter of Bad Reception!

  • Bad Reception – Chapter 1
  • An introduction to a town on the brink of collapse.
  • Bad Reception – My Stolen Purse!
  • A 911 call regarding a man’s stolen purse.
  • Bad Reception – Truckers United
  • A CB radio call between two lonesome truckers.
  • Bad Reception – South Grampers Middle School
  • A call in to the Vice Principal’s office.

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Love it.

This is by far the funniest book I have listened too. All characters were comical and kept me entertained. Perfect book for roadtrips and to diffuse road rage lol.

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Truly Astounding

Improv comedy has never been so well done! Over 6 hours of coherent story through short scenes that if no one had told me I would have guessed were carefully scripted. Each and every performer was both amazing and hilarious. I didn’t know what would happen next, but I knew it would be fun!

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OMG

This was very funny and I rarely listen , read or watch comedy. perfect for a break from my usual serious listening.

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Rollicking With Fun

This truly was like comfort food to feel good. This audible book was hilarious!!! Every chapter was a riot. Definitely my type of humor. At times, bizarre and crazy. The way I like it!

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Amazing comedy

Great improvisation and narrative. Fantastic comedy material. Audiobooks are an incredible media to consume comedy. I highly recommend to Audible to continue to produce this content and for us to enjoy it. Shout out to the Audio cast for the laughter!

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Ridiculous fun

For anyone who is a fan of Superego, Paul F. Tompkins’ Spontaneonation, improv comedy, and any of the top notch cast of this production, you’ll most likely enjoy Bad Reception. The narrative is created by a swag of excellent, delightfully quick comedic performers who knit together a mad, chortlifying, car-crash of a story which leads you by the earlobe all the way to the grizzly end.

I do hope the talented cast are brought back for a new story.

Have a listen and give Bad Reception a good reception! -And then go seek more content from the contributors. Let’s keep them prolific to keep the content coming for us devout devourers.

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FUNNY podcast-style comedy!!

DON'T BE FOOLED. this isn't an audiobook. It's something EVEN BETTER. I think people expecting a straight up narrative might go in with the wrong expectations, but if you're into all the comedy podcasts out there on Earwolf and like Adult Swim or The Good Place, you're gonna love this crazy show. Seriously it's 6 hours and I'm already done with it and want more!! Part 2??

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Best comedy/improv podcast that exists!

Extremely enjoyable. I'm constantly rewinding to hear parts multiple times because the jokes are so funny and the performances are so good. This structure lends itself to really natural delivery and timing and the editing makes each sketch very snappy and polished while keeping the naturalness in tact. The voice actors/improvisers are incredible. Some really original ideas and conceits. Some of these sketches are instant classics!

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Didn't stop laughing the whole time!

This was so great! Loved getting to know the different personalities of South Grampers better! Love Justin Michael's vibe and the improvised performances from people like Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, Jessica McKenna, and Mary Sasson had me laughing so hard in my car!

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Bizarre and Brilliant

This is pretty sound proof that American comedy is capable of reaching Monty Python-level heights far as consistently funny, off-the-wall nonsense. The cast is amazing, and I loved that I couldn't always place who was who far as matching performers with their characters. Everything's fast and furious in the best way, and I can't recommend it enough.

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