Phantom Signal is a horror-comedy radio anthology in the style of classic shows like Inner Sanctum, Tales From The Crypt and The Twilight Zone. Now in its fourth season of live shows in Vancouver, B.C., the cast has created and performed over thirty original spine-tingling, funnybone-shattering tales of absurd horror.
The cast – Andrew Bailey, Jayson McDonald and Tara Travis – takes on the daunting task of performing all the characters in each episode, sometimes as many as four or five apiece. We've had buckets of fun on many a Saturday night with audiences ready to have the guffaws scared out of them, and now we want to share our nightmares with the rest of the world!
We're creating a podcast anthology – eight of our finest, most sensationally lurid squeal-fests - recorded and produced in studio quality for maximum listener immersion. If you like your Horror Cakes prepared in a genuine Easy Bake Oven, then you'll want to jump on this opportunity to have hot, molten madness dripping down your hand as you bite into one of our terrifying desserts.
Tired of scrolling through endless podcasts searching for that perfect blend of hilarious horror and finding only mildly amusing dread? Here's your chance to help infect the internet with a strain of The Heebie-Jeebies so virulent it'll make your headphones chatter!
So who are these stalwart raconteurs, anyway? We scoured Craigslist for hours to bring you the finest performers available at the time. Trust us, your storytelling needs are in good hands.
ANDREW BAILEY is a writer/actor/comedian with a degree in Classical Studies and Economics from the University of British Columbia and a post-graduate certificate in Comedy Writing and Performance from the Humber College School of Comedy, the only person in the world with this exact education. He's been a principal writer and performer for Victoria's celebrated Atomic Vaudeville cabaret, having appeared in about fifty episodes since 2004. One of his Atomic Vaudeville pieces on YouTube has garnered more than 1.2 million views, was featured briefly on the front page of Reddit, and appeared on several news sites, including Vice, Upworthy, Jezebel, PolicyMic, and the Good Men Project. He has toured five award-winning solo shows: Scrupulosity, Limbo, Putz, The Adversary, and Me, The Queen and a Coconut. His first novel, The Rite of James Biddle, is published by Bayeux Arts. Once he performed the whole book in a single day, also serving snacks and meals based on recipes from the story. He lives in Vancouver.
JAYSON MCDONALD is a recent transplant to Vancouver, originally heralding from London, Ontario. He is the creator of The Boneyard Man, a radio-noir parody performed live on stage in London for fifteen years, for which he has written over one hundred and twenty episodes. He is a founding member of alt-sketch group Fully Insured. As a solo artist Jayson has toured a number of self-penned shows around North America, including Giant Invisible Robot, Boat Load, Fall Fair, Underbelly, Gunpowder and Magic Unicorn Island and is a three-time recipient of The Georgia Straight Critics Choice Award at The Vancouver Fringe Festival and a two-time recipient of The Edmonton Fringe's Artists Choice Award. His work has been featured at The Cultch, Tremors, The Bellingham Sketch Comedy Festival, O Solo Mio, Port Stanley Festival Theatre, UNO Fest, Zoofest, Toronto Sketch Fest, New York's Working Actors Theatre and Spiral Inc., Ausable Theatre, Romm Producciones in Mexico City and Seattle's Solo Performance Festival. Phantom Signal combines his ongoing love for radio drama, comedy, B-horror and live performance.
TARA TRAVIS is a Vancouver based actor-writer-puppeteer-creative human known for her prowess as a solo performer, her physical shape-shifting abilities and vocal acrobatics. Over the past ten years as Artistic Producer of Monster Theatre and Artistic Director of Sticky Fingers Productions, she has co-created and performed in over thirty original plays. Playing upwards of twelve vocally and physically distinct characters in a single production, her solo works include Fluffy 10th Street: Confessions of a Dirty Puppet, Who Killed Gertrude Crump?, Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Lavinia, Searching for Dick: A Paranormal Comedy, and most recently The Unfortunate Ruth, recipient of the PTC New Play Prize. Tara has animated Snuggle the Softener Bear, was a screen-writer and key member of the puppetry team on the award-winning Mustard Pancakes (PBS), and puppeteered for the short film Bed Bugs: A Musical Love Story. As a performance artist (in collaboration with Elizabeth Milton) she has cried in seven different genres for The Actor Cries, monologued as an Elizabeth Taylor-esque has-been for The Audition, improvised as three deceased individuals for Portraits, sucked lemons and repeatedly applied lipstick for Vancouver Art Gallery's FUSE, and sung The Wind Beneath My Wings repeatedly until she could muster a genuine tear in the enthusiastically received Misty Moments. She has also toured North America with Best Picture, a fast-paced comedy in which three actors attempt to perform all eighty-something Best Picture Academy Award winners in one hour. She played fifty-six characters, but not all at the same time.
Have a listen to an excerpt from one of our live shows, "Farm Life."
Risks and challenges
With well over forty hours of top-drawer content already tried and tested with live audiences, we're ready and raring to get into the studio and start recording. Risks are all about time. Recording, editing, mastering -- this project will eat up the hours like Pac-Man scarfing down snack dots. The creators are artists working in the gig economy (ooof), in the landlord's paradise of Vancouver (yowsers), so necessarily, we gots to gig it up wherever we can. The time to work on this project is entirely based on the help we get to offset the costs of not only space and equipment rentals, licensing, music and professional collaboration -- but also the creators' time and energy.
So really, the only risk is straying outside our projected timeline. But we're confident that we've got this. Also, our carriage turns back into a pumpkin at midnight and evening transit isn't awesome 'round here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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