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Radio Happy Hour started in June 2009 with a monthly residency at the NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge. Radio Happy Hour is a live-mystery-meets-late-night-talk-show, that engages guest stars in wildly right-angled conversations that careen between interviews, performances, and an audience quiz show. At the center of the show is an old-time radio murder mystery/comedy, where the guest star is written into the storyline as him or herself. Past shows have seen Norah Jones as a motel manager; Michael Showalter as the host of his very own cable fitness show; Andrew W.K. as the iconic John Bender character from The Breakfast Club; Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) as the founder of a wilderness camp for ineffectual men; Kumail Nanjiani as a ventriloquist with a southern dummy; Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady) as brothers and Chuck Klosterman as their dad on a doomed road trip to a small town called Manhattan, Minnesota. (New podcasts come out monthly, despite the fact that the dates are mixed up on the iTunes feed.)

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Radio Happy Hour started in June 2009 with a monthly residency at the NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge. Radio Happy Hour is a live-mystery-meets-late-night-talk-show, that engages guest stars in wildly right-angled conversations that careen between interviews, performances, and an audience quiz show. At the center of the show is an old-time radio murder mystery/comedy, where the guest star is written into the storyline as him or herself. Past shows have seen Norah Jones as a motel manager; Michael Showalter as the host of his very own cable fitness show; Andrew W.K. as the iconic John Bender character from The Breakfast Club; Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) as the founder of a wilderness camp for ineffectual men; Kumail Nanjiani as a ventriloquist with a southern dummy; Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady) as brothers and Chuck Klosterman as their dad on a doomed road trip to a small town called Manhattan, Minnesota. (New podcasts come out monthly, despite the fact that the dates are mixed up on the iTunes feed.)

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #19 "Selling Out" w/ Sun Airway, Hank & Cupcakes, and Jared Logan

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #19 "Selling Out" w/ Sun Airway, Hank & Cupcakes, and Jared Logan

    This is a little episode we call "Selling Out." See it's the penultimate episode of Radio Happy Hour, and we tried to make the show keep working by selling tons of ads for the show, but that didn't really...well...you'll see. We didn't have room for a murder mystery because we sold the whole show to advertisers. The real losers were our guests, who didn't get to be accused of murder at all. Nonetheless we convinced Sun Airway, Hank & Cupcakes, and Jared Logan to sell out with us. And our pals John & Molly Knefel came along to do a little selling out of their own.

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #18 "The Tax Murderer" w/ Franz Nicolay and Arden Myrin

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #18 "The Tax Murderer" w/ Franz Nicolay and Arden Myrin

    In episode #18 the Radio Happy Hour crew returns to Manhattan, Minnesota. Sam’s tending bar at The Ascot while Franz Nicolay does taxes for the town. Arden Myrin joins them for a drink before Michael Dukakis and Michele Bachmann wander into the Ascot and someone winds up dead. It’s the political thriller Clive Owen turned down, Episode #18 of Radio Happy Hour, “The Tax Murderer.”

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #17 "The Montana Three Way" w/ Elizabeth & the Catapult, Dave Hill, and Arthur Phillips

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #17 "The Montana Three Way" w/ Elizabeth & the Catapult, Dave Hill, and Arthur Phillips

    Sam winds up as a professional wrestling ref in Montana in a bout between The Shakespearean Punisher (Arthur Phillips), his manager Dave Hill, Rusty Trombone, and Osama bin Droppin' Elbows. But Osama's manager, Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult has some startling news at the opening of the bout

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #16 "The House That Ted Built" w/ Abe Vigoda, Marcellus Hall, and Ted Alexandro

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #16 "The House That Ted Built" w/ Abe Vigoda, Marcellus Hall, and Ted Alexandro

    Juan from Abe Vigoda and Marcellus Hall join the Radio Happy Hour crew and Sam's detective agency as they are invited to billionaire comedian Ted Alexandro's home to investigate a murder.

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #15 "The Christmas Gayle" w/ Suckers, Tim Kasher, Arden Myrin, and Joe Mande

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #15 "The Christmas Gayle" w/ Suckers, Tim Kasher, Arden Myrin, and Joe Mande

    Suckers, Tim Kasher, Arden Myrin, and Joe Mande join the Radio Happy Hour crew as they get snowed in at an office holiday party. Only the person who invited them might be a ghost. And Tim Kasher slept with her. Gross.

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #13 "Bonerman's Honor" w/ Norah Jones, Gabe Liedman, and surprise guests Cloud Cult

    Radio Happy Hour Episode #13 "Bonerman's Honor" w/ Norah Jones, Gabe Liedman, and surprise guests Cloud Cult

    Norah Jones and Gabe Liedman join Sam and the Radio Happy Hour crew at a space camp in Luck, WI. All seems kosher until Cosmonaut Yvgeny Bonerman's wife turns up dead. Also look out for the surprise appearance from Cloud Cult.

Customer Reviews

pantlessinmybasement ,

Small town charm & Big Time Guests/Hold on to your pants

Sam Osterhout and his coterie of vocal stylists are bound to charm them off.

I know, I've seen them do it to guests and audiences alike during their live shows and am pleased to report the same result when listening from home (for nostalgia's sake I listen in my basement with the lights out...and a bottle of peppermint schnapps).

Sam strikes a delicate balance between small town charm and pool hall sleaze, lowering guests' guards not for sucker punches but playfull pokes and stolen kisses.

Cabinet3 ,

Funny Radio Show that is not on the Radio

Great guests and great perfomers! I love the music and the old radio references. Looking forward to more episodes.

Pledge Music ,

Better than...

...Marmite on toast. Loved the RHH that I attended in NYC and have been listening live from London ever since.
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