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  • Trailer

    Nov 10 2021

    Starship Captain George Cottonhammer (Will Forte), bored by his job, stops his ship in middle space and floats, doing nothing. He refuses to answer distress calls, dodges anything that smacks of work, chooses instead to focus on his love life and his idea dujour - opening an intergalactic burger franchise. And while he perfects the art of killing time, his crew moves from baffled to annoyed, to furious, to borderline mutinous. But when an ignored intergalactic distress call turns out to be a trap, the limits of how high someone can fail upwards are stretched, and the captain must, to his dismay, do something.

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  • Episode 01: “Confusing Times”

    Nov 18 2021
    The captain loses interest in captaining.
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    19 mins
  • Episode 02: “Captain and Doc”

    Nov 18 2021
    The Captain is kinda attracted to the ship’s medical officer, but then very attracted to her mom.
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    19 mins

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About the Creator

Paul Lieberstein is a writer, director, and actor, best known for his work on The Office, where he was the show runner for four seasons and played the role of Toby. He has written, directed, acted and produced on many tv shows, including The Office, The Newsroom, Bernie Mac Show, The Mindy Project and King of The Hill. He is the writer-director of the feature film Song Of Back And Neck, and is filming his second feature REMOTE. His work has been recognized with multiple Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Writers Guild Awards, and a Director’s Guild nomination. He is passionate about Young Storytellers, a group committed to helping kids in underfunded public schools through writing, where he has served from grass roots volunteer to board member. He lives in California with his wife and two children.

About the Executive Producer

Taso Mouhteros is a producer who has worked in film, TV, theater and audio. He is a former award-winning advertising creative executive with the agency he founded in lower Manhattan.

About the Performer

Will Forte has established himself as one of the most versatile actors in film and television. Forte is known for his eight seasons on Saturday Night Live and for his starring role in the feature film adaptation of MacGruber, for which he co-wrote the script with Jorma Taccone and John Solomon. He is currently in production on the MacGruber series, in which he is starring and which he co-created with Taccone and Solomon, for Peacock.
He co-created and starred in The Last Man on Earth on FOX for four seasons and was nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and in 2015 he was nominated in two Emmy Award categories: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In the last year, Forte voiced the role of  "Shaggy" in the Warner Bros. animated film SCOOB! and the role of "Tim" in Netflix’s The Willougbhys. He can currently be heard on FOX’s primetime animated shows The Great North and Housebroken, and he can currently be seen in Netflix’s new series Sweet Tooth. 

About the Performer

John Malkovich began his career as an actor, director, and original member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. There he acted in numerous plays, among them True West, Of Mice and Men, The Libertine, The Glass Menagerie, Big Mother, The Dumb Waiter, and many more. As a director at Steppenwolf, he staged many plays including Absent Friends, No Man's land, The Caretaker, Coyote Ugly, A Prayer for My Daughter, The House, Hysteria, Balm in Gilead, and, with the American novelist Don Delillo, he adapted and directed Libra. He began acting in movies in 1983, the first being The Killing Fields.
He has since appeared in numerous films including Places in the Heart, Death of a Salesman, The Ogre, Dangerous Liaisons, The Object of Beauty, Empire of the Sun, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire, Le Temps Retrouve, Klimt, Film Falado, Je Rentre a La Maison, Mary Reilly, Rounders, The Great Buck Howard, Burn After Reading, Red, Red 2 and Deepwater Horizon, in addition to 70-80 other films as well. He has also worked as a fashion designer, having designed 24 menswear collections, and as a producer in both theatre and film. With his production partners Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith, their company Mr. Mudd produced Ghost World, Juno, Art School Confidential, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Demolition, and a number of documentaries. He directed one feature length film, The Dancer Upstairs, as well as numerous short films, three being in collaboration with the fashion designer Bella Freud: Straphanging, Lady Behave, and Hideous Man. Over the last decade, he’s worked extensively with colleagues in the field of classical music, creating with them a number of hybrid pieces, including three pieces with conductor Martin Haselbock and writer/director Michael Sturminger: The Infernal Comedy, The Giacomo Variations, and Just Call Me God.
He still tours with a piece called Report on the Blind, which he performs with Russian pianist Anastasia Terankova. He also tours with a piece from the composer/violinist Aleksey Igudesman: The Music Critic. He shot seven movies and three television series in the last few years, including two seasons of Billions and three episodes of the BBC adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel The ABC Murders. He appeared in Brid Box for Netflix and finished the series The New Pope, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. He directed three plays in Paris over the last decade, as well as one in Spain and one in Mexico City. In 2016, he directed a play at the Rose Theatre in Kingston: The Good Canary, written by Zach Helm. He has also worked with such writers as Christopher Hampton, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Terry Johnson, Stephen Jeffries, Sarah Phelps, Neil Cross, Sam Shepard, Robert Benton and Landford Wilson, and such directors as Manuel de Oliveira, Joel and Ethan Coen, Alex Gabassi, Raul Ruiz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michelangelo Antonioni, Stephen Frears, Nicholas Roeg ,Volker Schlondorff, Stephen Spielberg, Susanne Bier, Lilianna Cavani, Spike Jonze, Jane Campion, and Paolo Sorrentino. Bitter Wheat was John’s first opportunity to work with David Mamet and marked his return to the West End after a very long absence. He can most recently be seen as one of the stars of Netflix’s Space Force, which recently wrapped production on its second season.

About the Performer

Emmy, WGA Award winning and Grammy nominated performer, writer, and producer Wyatt Cenac is an NY-based stand-up comedian. Armed with an "attentive, inquisitive perspective" (AV Club) and a "hilariously understated style" (Paste Magazine), he has become a favorite of audiences and critics alike. From 2008 to 2012, Wyatt was a writer and popular correspondent on the hit late-night Comedy Central series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he earned three Emmy Awards and one Writer’s Guild Award. Wyatt has appeared as a recurring character on the popular Netflix series Bojack Horseman, Fox’s The Great North and Bob's Burger, and FX’s Archer. Wyatt also starred in the TBS alien abduction comedy series, People Of Earth, alongside Da'Vine Joy Randolph, and Ana Gasteyer. Notable amongst Wyatt’s feature work was his leading role in Barry Jenkins’ award winning feature film, Medicine for Melancholy. He was also an Executive Producer on Terrance Nance’s Sundance Film Festival entry An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.
In February 2016, A Special Thing Records released Wyatt’s fourth comedy album Furry Dumb Fighter. Wyatt’s second hour-long standup special, Brooklyn, which he also directed, premiered on Netflix in October 2014. The special was also released as a limited-edition vinyl-only album of the same title on Other Music, which was nominated for a 2015 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. The TV hour was listed as one of the "11 Best Standup Specials of 2014" by Vulture and was praised as "some of his best, funniest insights" by *The AV Clubv. Wyatt’s first hour-long special Comedy Person premiered on Comedy Central in May 2011, earning him a spot on Paste Magazine’s "Best Comedians" list of that year. The album of the special was named one of the "Best Comedy Albums of 2011" by Huffington Post. His standup comedy and variety series Night Train with Wyatt Cenac streamed on NBCUniversal’s comedy-focused subscription-video service SeeSo for two seasons. Wyatt can also be seen in the Emmy nominated digital series aka Wyatt Cenac on First Look Media’s Topic.com. Starring, written, and directed by Cenac, aka Wyatt Cenac was nominated in 2018 for the Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, and received a Webby Award nomination for Best Individual Performance. Wyatt recently produced and starred in his own critically acclaimed satirical docuseries for HBO, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas which was nominated for a GLADD Award and is available to stream on HBOMax.

About the Performer

Sunita Mani is currently shooting Spirited opposite Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, and Octavia Spencer for Apple. In television, Sunita was most recently seen in Hagai Levi’s upcoming HBO limited series Scenes from a Marriage opposite Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, as well as a new recurring character on M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple series, Servant.
Last year Sunita starred as the lead of the Blumhouse/ Amazon feature Evil Eye and as the lead of the Sundance independent film Save Yourselves (now on Hulu) where she received critical acclaim for her performance opposite John Reynolds.
Sunita is well known as "Arthie" on the Netflix series Glow, "Fatima" opposite Amy Sedaris on the Paramount+ series No Activity, and "Trenton" on the long running USA series Mr. Robot.

About the Performer

Clark is a multi-hyphenate actor, writer, and director. Clark just made his directorial debut with Arkansas, a crime thriller about the Dixie Mafia which he also co-wrote. The film stars Clark, Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich, Vince Vaughn, Michael Kenneth Williams and Vivica A. Fox and is based on the novel by John Brandon.
The film was set to debut at this year's SXSW Film Festival and released theatrically by Lionsgate but, due to the pandemic, was released OnDemand where it topped the VOD charts.
As an actor, Clark could recently be seen in the Showtime series, I'm Dying Up Here, executive produced by Jim Carrey and directed by Jonathan Levine.
Previously, he can be seen in the STX comedy, Bad Moms which ended up grossing $108M worldwide. Clark is best known for his role in Hot Tub Time Machine and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 for MGM, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, A Thousand Words opposite Eddie Murphy and in the DreamWorks Animation feature The Croods. Prior to that, he starred in Summit’s film Sex Drive. In addition, he co-wrote, directed, and starred in the webisode series Clark and Michael with Michael Cera. Clark also appeared on the final season of NBC’s The Office. He has also been seen in the independent feature *A.C.O.D aka Adult Children of Divorce, opposite Adam Scott and Amy Poehler, and A FRIGGING XMAS Miracle opposite Joel McHale.

About the Performer

Rainn Wilson is an actor/writer best known for playing the role of Dwight Schrute on NBC's Emmy Winning, The Office. Additional film and television credits include Galaxy Quest, Almost Famous, The Rocker, Super, Six Feet Under, Juno, Backstrom, Star Trek Discovery, Thom Pain, The Meg, Mom, Utopia, and Don't Tell a Soul.
Wilson co-founded SoulPancake, a digital media company and Lidè Foundation, an educational initiative in rural Haiti that empowers at-risk women and girls through the arts.
He’s the author of The Bassoon King, a comedic memoir and The New York Times bestselling SoulPancake: Chew On Life’s Big Questions.

About the Performer

Gillian Jacobs is an actor, producer, and director. She memorably starred in the cult classic comedy Community. For her portrayal of "Britta" she was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress and the show was awarded the Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Series. She is also the star of Judd Apatow's acclaimed Netflix series, Love. Other television roles include a buzzy turn opposite Adam Driver on HBO's Girls, the current Amazon animated series Invincible, and HBO Max’s adult animated series Ten Year Old Tom. She will next star in the HBO Lakers series. In film, Jacobs can next be seen in STX's Violence of Action for director Tarik Saleh opposite Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Recent film credits include Netflix's Fear Street Trilogy, for director Leigh Janiak, the independent film I Used To Go Here for director Kris Rey and Amblin's Come Play. Other film credits include the Netflix film Ibiza, Warner Brothers' Life of the Party, opposite Melissa McCarthy, Demetri Martin's Dean, which won the 2016 Jury Award for Best US Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice, which was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards. As a director, Jacobs recently helmed an episode of "Marvel's 616" for Disney+. She currently co-hosts and created the podcast Periodic Talks, focusing on diversity in STEM.

About the Performer

Cheri Oteri can be seen in IFC Film’s comedy feature film Last Call opposite Taryn Manning, but is best known for her standout seasons on SNL, creating some of the most iconic characters in SNL history alongside Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon. Cheri has also appeared on the critically acclaimed CW sitcom My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend opposite Rachel Bloom, NBC’s Just Shoot Me!, where she garnered an Emmy nomination, and Golden Globe and Emmy award winning series Curb Your Enthusiasm, as an emotionally unstable nanny. Additionally, her feature film credits include Scary Movie, Inspector Gadget, Liar Liar, Dumb and Dumberer, Shrek the Third, Southland Tales, and Grown Ups 2. She has appeared for the last two years as Barbara Walters on CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.

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Funniest Serial Podcast on Audible!!!

Will Forte as the Captain and then, (spolier) Admiral Captain, which is a title sort of like, Lieutenant General, but as you can see the higher of the rankings is listed first may confuse the average listener. If you enjoy listening to this, you are anything but average and the rank of the character mentioned will all make sense. If you start listening to this, be prepared for the long haul, as you won't be able to stop. There is never a dull moment. Well, it may have gotten dull for six seconds one time and for three seconds another time, but other than that, endless enjoyable listening. Except at the end. ...When it is over. ...Then the endless listening, ends. Thanks to Paul for writing this, and a fantastic cast. My one and only review on Audible after years of listening because I definitely would like to hear more from this author.

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A True Standout!

Love this show, great writing, great performances, amazing cast! Definitely worth a listen and will keep you laughing.

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So good!

Refreshingly novel and very enjoyable. I binged it in a day and would highly recommend. It's not stupid...it's existential, which is smart.

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Hilarious and voice actors were perfect

What an amazing find! This was so funny that I laughed out loud many times, the voice actors were amazing, I didn’t realize that it would be full of famous actors. These actors to do a great job you could tell they were having fun with it, this was very well written I’m going to see if this author has written other things because I loved this book and probably listened to it over and over again for three days straight.

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I enjoyed every second!

The production and vocal performances were top-notch. The story was fresh and fast-paced and hilarious. I was entertained and distracted-completely absorbed when listening. Great job!

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Funny

I must say I have never laughed so hard in all my life. What an awesome talented group of people. Love the narration by John malkovich. He just has that way of being John malkovich. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and couldn’t stop listening. I hope more stories like this are coming soon!

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Great find

Similarities to Mission to Zyxx, though this is scripted it feels there is much improv. great performances by a highly acclaimed cast. definitely worth your time.

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Meh Easy listening

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It is a very clunky story and the acting likewise is very clunky. I think they must have recorded the actors separately and then combined the audio, it just doesn't feel like real dialogue.

As for the story it is kind of boring. The "Captain" is just a doofus who makes the inappropriate, selfish, idiotic, uncaring decision at every circumstance for comical effect. The story is set in a universe without any deeper meaning or scruple.

I expect more from Paul Liberstein since he wrote "The Office" America tv series. If you contrast "The Captain" to Michael Scott both are inept leaders. However Michael Scott is a highly competent salesman who performs well despite his intricacies but cares deeply for his employees even though he sometimes is caught up in pettiness, The captain on the other hand is Michael Scott except with all redeeming qualities removed.

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  • 11-25-21

very funny

very funny, if you like will forte you'll probably like this. listened to them all in one day, fully recommend.

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  • 11-25-21

Flawed but listenable, acting is good.

Nothing happens fast, when it does it's kinda flat. The humour is slow but wry. Good for bedtime listening. The acting is good.

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  • 11-22-21

Loved it

Was genuinely funny, it’s a bit like the old Airplane and Naked Gun movies, really silly and a lot of fun. Big fan of Will Forte and the dry John Malkovich narrating just makes it.

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  • 11-22-21

So few comedy podcasts are this genuinely funny

Grinned at chortled throughout the whole podcast. Will Forte is one of the funniest comedic actors out there and the narration by John Malcovich was just perfection.