Passable in Pink

Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Comedy, Satire
4 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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When love reigns supreme in Northridge High just outside Chicago, by the lake, it happens beneath the soft, pink-infused spotlights hovering over that most special night of the year - prom night!   

And when that happens, it’s bound to be called . . . Passable in Pink

Passable in Pink is an Audible Original from New York Times best-selling author Mike Sacks (And Here's the Kicker, Poking a Dead Frog). 

Sacks has teamed up once again with director Eric Jason Martin (Heads Will Roll) to adapt a forgotten John Hughes-type 1983 movie into a fully immersive cinematic audio experience, with an epic all-star cast, including: Gillian Jacobs (Girls, Love), Adam Scott (Parks and Rec, Big Little Lies), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Justine Bateman (Family Ties), Julie Klausner (Difficult People), Laraine Newman (SNL), and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club). 

Passable in Pink deftly sends up the 1980s while addressing the vital question: Will Addy Stevenson go to the senior prom? 

Addy is suffering through her sophomore year at suburban Chicago’s Northridge High. She lives on the “wrong” side of the lake with her father, a struggling advertising copywriter (“Where the hell is the goddamn beef?”) and her ever-boozy mom (“Get me another drink, baby, and really make it sing.”). Addy’s younger brother, Spaz, her soon-to-marry older sister, Princess, and a visiting international transfer student add to the mix. 

Her world is turned upside down when she meets Roland McDough, the “most beautiful Richie boy” at Northridge High. Is he actually interested in Addy, or is he just playing a game? This star-studded Audible Original also features a special 11-song, 1980s-infused film soundtrack, produced by Mark Rozzo (Stinker Lets Loose!).

Are you ready to jump back into the cool, neon-glazed, high-topped reality of the 1980s? Do you miss those kick-ass tubular synth-rockin’ sounds and delicious phantasma-gaseous smells? When was the last time you put on your Members Only jacket and danced the Safety Dance? 

A loving send-up of a bygone era, this is one audio comedy where Every Breath You Take will remind you of How You Used to Be.

Full cast includes: Gillian Jacobs, Adam Scott, Bobby Moynihan, Bob Odenkirk, Emily Woo Zeller, Rhea Seehorn, Laraine Newman, Judd Nelson, James Adomian, Sasheer Zamata, Joel Kim Booster, Julie Klausner, Justine Bateman, Mark Gagliardi, Jessica McKenna, Justin Michael, Julia Whelan, Eric Jason Martin, Tara Sands, and Mike Sacks.

©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Performer

Gillian Jacobs is an actor, producer and director. She recently starred in the Netflix original series, Love, produced by Judd Apatow. Previously, she starred in the critically acclaimed comedy Community, as well as a buzzy turn opposite Adam Driver on HBO's Girls. On the film side, Jacobs stars in the upcoming Fear Street trilogy for 20th Century Fox, the independent film I Used To Go Here for Dir Kris Swanberg and will be seen in Amblin's Larry. Her other recent films include the Netflix film Ibiza, Warner Bros. Life Of The Party, opposite Melissa McCarthy, and Mike Birbiglia's Don’t Think Twice. As a director, Jacobs helmed the narrative short film, Curated, for Refinery29's groundbreaking Shatterbox Series with TNT. She previously made her directorial debut with The Queen of Code, a documentary short film about the computer scientist and high-ranking naval officer Grace Hopper.

About the Performer

Adam Scott is an award-winning actor, director and producer. Known for his role as ‘Ben Wyatt’ in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, he also starred as Derek in the film Step Brothers and Henry Pollard in the acclaimed Starz sitcom, Party Down. Adam was most recently seen in the second season of the award-winning HBO series, Big Little Lies, which was nominated for a 2017 TCA Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials." He also received a Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Villain" for his role on NBC’s The Good Place. Additionally, Adam will be hosting ABC’s gameshow Don’t, which is executively produced by Ryan Reynolds. Recently, he starred opposite Craig Robinson in the 20th Century Fox TV paranormal-comedy series, Ghosted, that his Gettin’ Rad Productions produced. He both stars in and executively produced Fun Mom Dinner, also through Gettin’ Rad, which was purchased by Netflix after premiering at Sundance Film Festival. In 2017, he was nominated for the "Best First Feature" Independent Spirit Award and won a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Film–Limited Release" as a producer on Other People, and he was also nominated for "Best Actor" for The Vicious Kind in 2009. Adam starred in and produced, The Overnight, which premiered at Sundance in 2015 and was the first feature film produced by Gettin’ Rad Productions. The Greatest Event in Television History was Gettin’ Rad Productions’ first project in 2012 and was created, directed, produced, written and starred in by Adam.

About the Performer

Bobby Moynihan was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for nine seasons where he originated beloved characters such as Drunk Uncle and co-wrote the popular David S. Pumpkins sketch starring Tom Hanks—which spawned an annual Halloween animated special. Moynihan's other television credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Documentary Now!, Drunk History, The Simpsons, Girls, Portlandia, and Me, Myself & I. Moynihan's voiceover credits range from Panda on the Cartoon Network animated series We Bare Bears, to Louie on DuckTales, and Orka on Stars Wars Resistance, both for Disney XD. On film Moynihan's credits include The Secret Life of Pets and its just-released sequel, Sisters, Pixar's Inside Out, and Monsters University.

About the Performer

In 2015, Bob Odenkirk reprised his character on Breaking Bad, playing the title role and producing AMC's Better Call Saul, earning three Critics' Choice TV Awards, four Emmy, three Golden Globe and three SAG Award nominations. Odenkirk has garnered two Emmy Awards for his writing Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show. He co-created and starred in Mr. Show with Bob and David. As an actor, he has brought to life Stevie Grant in The Larry Sanders Show, Gil Bang in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ross Grant in Nebraska and Bill Oswalt on FX’s Fargo. He was an executive producer of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's Adult Swim series Tom Goes to the Mayor and teamed up with The Birthday Boys to executive produce their sketch show on IFC. He also starred and executive produced the sketch show With Bob and David. Recent credits include Girlfriend’s Day for Netflix; No Activity; Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated The Post; Incredibles 2; and Seth Rogen’s Long Shot. Bob will produce and star in the Universal action thriller Nobody, also produced by David Leitch. He is developing the FX miniseries Night of the Gun and will be seen in Greta Gerwig's Little Women. Odenkirk co-wrote, along with David Cross and Brian Posehn, New York Times best seller Hollywood Said No!, a collection of their unproduced screenplays. In 2014, McSweeny’s published a book of Odenkirk's comedy writing titled, A Load of Hooey.

About the Performer

Emily Woo Zeller is an acclaimed narrator, having received Audie, Earphones, and SOVAS awards, as well as the distinction of being named one of Audiofile's "Best Voices" in 2013, 2015, and 2018. She is a dancer, singer, and stage actor, with years of character and commercial voiceover work. Emily won a Tristan award for her work as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and a Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement from UC Berkeley. Just a few of her notable audiobook titles include The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang, and Gulp by Mary Roach.

About the Performer

Laraine Newman is a founding member of The Groundlings and an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. She is on the board of San Francisco Sketchfest, an alternative comedy festival that will celebrate its 20th year in 2020. She currently works as an animation voice actor and has worked with directors ranging from Woody Allen to Guillermo Del Toro. She can also be seen in the HBO series Los Espookys. She has written for Esquire, The Jewish Journal, The Believer, and McSweeny’s.

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A classic parody, f**ing funny as hell.

The only other audible I have actually laughed out loud at was Mike Sacks' other pitch perfect sendup; "Stinker Lets Loose".
I didn't know or expect anything from SLL ahead of it appearing in my library, but I'll be damned if i didn't listen to it in it's entirety 3 times in a row. Sometimes I actually laughed uncontrollably. Sometimes I couldn't laugh because the timing and performances just left me in awe. Occasionally I have to unpack comedy like that.

Passable In Pink is irreverent, so don't expect it to be cute and rosy like the films it targets. Imagine if Doug Kenny (National Lampoon) had made Ferris Buellers Day Off or The Breakfast Club. Those listeners expecting a loyal tribute to those films will probably be disappointed. This is a satire. And it's razor sharp. Mike Sacks has paid attention to every detail and trope that those films used. . . Again, just as he did with the "bandit" "trucker" movies of the late 70s in Stinker

This is a masterclass in comedy right here. The writing is sharp and I can tell it's meant to read well. But g*ddamit the performances are brilliant. Gillian Jacobs' delivery is amazing, understating a lot of the writing's sharp left turns. Odenkirk's nerdy borderline embarrassing dad, Rhea Seehorn's suspiciously older closest friend, and Moynihan's Grimer are all perfectly painted characters. The entire cast is really fantastic.

I hope Mike doesn't get tired of doing these. He does them extremely well. Bravo. . . .

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A hilarious skewering of the films of John Hughes

I have seen the films of John Hughes countless times, and they are near and dear to my heart. But Passable in Pink, in the most humorous ways possible, points out the several aspects of these films that have either aged horribly or were simply glossed over at the time of their release. Great listen with countless top-tier voice talents.

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LISTEN WHERE YOU CAN LAUGH OUT LOUD!

Tightly produced eighties satire bound to snap your funnybone like it were flimsier than a snap bracelet. HIGHLY recommended!

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A thoroughly enjoyable audio experience

This Audible original is well produced and immerses the listener right back into 80’s with all if its brat pack, teen angsty glory. It pulls from a variety of those classic movies, creating a storyline that reminds us of them while also standing on its own. I loved each of the performances given by the voice actors, probably laughing the most at Addy’s father, voiced by Bob Odenkirk. The music added another layer to the audio experience and I may just have to get the soundtrack as well.

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If you know your John Hughes movies you'll get it.

A fun listen. Narrators did a good job acting out the story. Very entertaining spoof of 80's teen comedies.

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So much retro fun!

Rad! Tubular! Gnarly! This is a fun trip through time with some awesome comedic voices...and kinda love that it pokes some holes in those "high school" movies from the 80's

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Much More than Just Passable!

Hilarious! Not a single retrograde notion or lazy cliche in any given John Hughes movie escapes Mike Sacks. Just like "Stinker Lets Loose,” his sharp send-up of the trucker-movie genre, “Passable” mocks anything and everything about 80s teen comedies with a sense of humor that's far, far funnier than the source material. Seriously, Hughes should have paid Sacks to rework his scripts...and cast the films and score the music while he was at it, because the actors and music he’s assembled for this audio experience are tops!

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Another home run for Mike Sacks

Super funny and with a super funny cast! Bravo! I love the 80s and knew this would be right up my alley. Highly recommend it.

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This was fun

Once I realized this was a satirical flashback to the 80s paying homage to every cultural icon back then that madea difference it got funner. I enjoyed this and the immersive performance was amazing. I'd recommend this for any 80s fan that needs a good chuckle.

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Weird, in a good way

Made me laugh quite a bit! Lots of running jokes and non-sequiturs. It reminded me of Wet Hot American Summer. Sometimes the tongue-in-cheek was annoying. Overall a good listen.

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