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WHAT is NeoScum

NeoScum is a narrative comedy podcast in which five Chicago improvisers use the structure of the tabletop roleplaying game "Shadowrun" to create the story of a wild, sprawling adventure through a neon-80s action movie interpretation of the future: an absurd but familiar future-fantasy America, where traditional fantasy elements (magic, elves, dragons, etc) collide with classic cyperpunk tropes (super-tech, body augmentations, megacorps, etc). But NeoScum tells its story with an absurd satirical bend. It pokes fun at these tropes while, at the same time, reveling in them with post-ironic zeal.

NeoScum features crude, kinetic comedy, an unpredictable organically-evolving narrative, a surprising amount of heart, and (eventually) renowned sound design and production values

At its core, NeoScum is the story of damaged outsiders on a road trip across America, growing into the found family they never knew they needed.

 

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WHY listen to NeoScum

NeoScum has a full 5-star average on iTunes with over 365 reviews. Here's what listeners are saying:

Hilarious
RATING: ★★★★★
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I do listening to this podcast.
— taratara1213 (Jun 10, 2018)
The Best Funniest Heartwarmingest Boys
RATING: ★★★★★
Please listen to this show. You will not regret it. You’ll laugh you’ll cry you might even nut, I don’t know your life or interests. I regularly do 6-7 hour road trips for work and these goofy, wonderful people make my drives bearable. I can not recommend this podcast enough, just listen to it already!
— Mars1348 (Apr 30, 2018)

WHO is NeoScum

NeoScum is Blair Britt, Mike Migdall, Gannon Reedy, Eleni Sauvageau, and Casey Toney. You can learn more about each of them in Meet the Cast, but here are their roles.

JUMP TO / The Game Master / Dak Rambo / Zenith / Pox / Tech Wizard

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The Game Master

Played by Gannon Reedy

As Game Master, Gannon is the driving force behind the narrative. He dictates the world around the characters and creates the obstacles they must overcome. Gannon plays most of the non-player characters (NPCs) the cast interacts with as he unravels a wild and unforgettable story that adapts (dramatically) to the whims of its players. A Game Master is not always an iconoclast, but in this case, they are.

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Dak Rambo

Played by Mike Migdall

The man with a million aliases, "The Handsomest Trucker On The Road" has one name that stands above the rest: Dak Rambo. And he doesn't care who knows it. The renegade driver with a storied past is a new world take on an old world way. There's never been much in this world Dak couldn't hop in his truck, Xanadu, and drive away from. But when their journey takes him down an old familiar road, his past catches up with him in ways he'd never expect.

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Zenith

Played by Blair Britt

The analytical and acerbic cyber-troublemaker affectionately known as "Z" may not look like much, but the hacker is deadly, both in and out of the digital world. A victim of a past he can't remember, his body is host to a variety of cybernetic augmentations. The most conspicuous: a spherical, flying drone in his left eye socket, distinguished by a Z-shaped scar. Who made him this way — and for what purpose — hides in the fractures of his shattered memories.

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Pox

Played by Eleni Sauvageau

The candy-crazed katana from across the pond, "Pox", earned her moniker from the innumerable pockets of her iconic jacket, which she lines with stolen trinkets and treats. Her playful and impulsive nature masks a vacancy she can never fill; the young runaway fled the kingdom and her sister with it, who remains trapped as a victim of their powerful and sadistic father. She aims to return and run him through. If he doesn't find her first.

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Tech Wizard

Played by Casey Toney

The public-access actor with the magic touch, Squirt Purpler, adopted the pseudonym "Tech Wizard" after his most notable role: the villain in a children's TV show. Chubby, broken, and blonde, TW lived a sheltered life in his Nana's care, hiding his magic abilities from the public's hostile eye. That is until adorning his dead father's robes for a role. He wouldn't begin to fathom their significance until leaving his life behind to travel with the NeoScum toward the childhood trauma that formed him.

BONUS:

Xanadu - Ben Zweifel

Xanadu

Played by Herself

A true "God of the Road", Xanadu is an unstoppable 50 ton tank on 18 wheels of fury. Dak Rambo's trusty ride has always been his most consistent companion, and is now a second home to the NeoScum and their guests as they travel across future-fantasy America, one stop at a time.

WHERE to start NeoScum

JUMP TO  STARTING FROM EPISODE 1  /  ALTERNATIVE ENTRY POINTS

NeoScum features a serial narrative that develops over time and is heavily influenced by preceding events in the story. But. NeoScum is also a very different show today than it was in the beginning.

As essential as the early episodes are, starting at Episode 1 as a first-time listener doesn't give you a real sense of what the show has become. If you're not yet sold on NeoScum, we recommend listening to the NeoScum Best of 2017 Special or, if you'd prefer the experience of listening to a full episode, you can start at one of the recommended alternative entry points for the series then go back and listen from the beginning whenever you'd like!

Are you already pretty sure NeoScum is for you (or are you extremely spoiler-averse)? Feel free to start at Episode 1! There's a lot to love in the early episodes and the show will literally only keep getting better as you go. But do keep in mind:

STARTING FROM EPISODE 1

NeoScum remains wildly funny and delightfully crass throughout, but grows exponentially more emotionally affecting as it goes. As the companions become family, each confronting the troubled pasts that haunt them, the rich characterization and drama emerges as a major pillar of the show.

Not only that, but whereas the first few episodes were recorded on a single area mic and edited by Casey with zero experience, NeoScum is now widely known for its exceptional production and extensive use of sound and music. By Episodes 18 and 19, it's hard to imagine the show without it.

This brief clip from Episode 33 demonstrates the qualities that would later define the show.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY POINTS

If you want to check out NeoScum without starting from the beginning (for now) here are some alternative entry points for the series.


EPISODE 5 - We Are NeoScum

The first episode recorded in the One Shot Network's Pocket Dimension studio marks the first significant leap in sound quality. A far cry from modern NeoScum but much more bearable for audiophiles than the first four.

EPISODE 10 - Lights, Camera, Magic!

The gang's arrival in Chicago to film Tech Wizard's show marks a number of early high points for the series. Apart from the comedic and dramatic highs, the events in this episode and the next change the entire course of the series. Dramatically.

EPISODE 14 - Rhon Away With Me (w/ Stephen Kropa)

Stephen Kropa's guest episodes (this and Ep 15) are what some refer to as the start of the "Golden Age" of NeoScum. Dak's Sasquatch brother Rhon amplifies the energy of the show, their shared history injecting pathos among the poop jokes.

EPISODE 18 - Open Sesame

This ep has a bit of everything. Wacky antics, tense negotiations, exhilarating combat, emotional catharsis, plus heavy use of music and sound effects. It and the following two (Ep 19 / Ep 20) are standouts; the show blossoming into what it is today.

EPISODE 27 - Ursa Mayhem (w/ Rashawn Scott)

The first of Rashawn Scott's episodes is tightly paced, playful, and polished, with an extra layer of introductory dialogue that makes it accessible for new listeners. It and Ep 28 mark the conclusion of "The Denver Arc", making it a good starting point.

 

As mentioned before, you can always start with

THE NEOSCUM BEST OF 2017 SPECIAL

 

Or jump right to

THE MOST RECENT EPISODE
 

Thanks for giving NeoScum a try. We hope you love it ♡


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