You may’ve noticed that The Inverse Delirium has a newsreader!
To be fair, there was a newsreader, a britishy voice that read the news from PDS World Service (that was me). But for the last three shows there has been a new voice (and for the last two shows, a new writer) of those newsbreaks: J.W. Wells, voiced by Patrick Flynn.
Betty first stumbled across Patrick on Twitter (@UnknownPenguin), which led us to his short-film work at UnknownPenguin.com. Patrick not only stars in some of these funny shorts but also wrote and directed them. He’s a writer, videographer, filmmaker, teacher, and playwright…and he’s also been a podcaster and an improviser!
I had written a sketch making fun of improv, so I sent an invite to Patrick, and he agreed to appear.
What usually happens at this stage is that I send the script, hoping the guest will find it funny. The guest records his/her lines, and sends me an mp3. Some will ad-lib a line or two, which is fun, but usually they’re pretty faithful to the material I send.
Whereas Patrick wrote back and said he liked the sketch, but asked if he could ‘tinker’ with it. With a touch of mixed feelings I agreed, and when he sent back his rewrite, I both liked what he’d added and started to tinker with his tinkering. One more back-and-forth and we had a much jokier sketch with a good flow (the titular sketch in ID-44: Improv!).
Since then Patrick has been a faithful supporter and listener of the show, while pursuing his own playwriting. When I needed a newsreader voice for show 69, I asked Patrick. He not only read the piece (beautifully) but wrote and recorded two more, making him the first person outside of myself and the Amazing Betty (and all right, E. Allan-Poe) to contribute writing to the Inverse Delirium. We’re proud and happy to have him on the show.