THE SECRET ORIGIN OF HADRON GOSPEL HOUR!
“If The Monkees and The Young Ones held an Atari tournament on the set of Dr. WHO, it might sound a little bit like Hadron Gospel Hour.” – Kent Hackett, PodWire Platinum
In September 2013, Richard Wentworth and Michael McQuilkin sat down at Richard’s Lowell, Massachusetts home to discuss an idea for a podcast.
The idea was simple: an audio comedy/sketch show with a dystopian sci-fi sitcom/adventure framing sequence.
The story of a tortured scientist, forced to wander through the quantum fallout from his failed experiment’s accidental misfire, was a concept that Richard had begun to explore in the backstory for a previous musical project. The central conceit — that of a rift in the fabric of the multiverse, through which our heroes witness a multitude of nightmarish and comical scenarios in a host of parallel worlds — could be easily adapted to a sitcom/adventure… and could provide the genesis for loads of sketches.
When Michael heard the pitch, he knew that this multiverse was ripe for exploration… and exploitation.
Convinced that they had something special, McQuilkin and Wentworth quickly went to work on Hadron Gospel Hour.
“The show is a crazy ride… highly entertaining, produced to an excellent audio standard…” – GoodPodcasts.com
Hadron Gospel Hour is a unique experience in audio entertainment that features original science fiction sitcom/adventure, sketch comedy, and music. Hadron Gospel Hour’s mix of sci-fi and smart comedy invites comparisons to such diverse pop culture phenomena such as The Monkees, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dr. WHO, Thirlling Adventure Hour, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Young Ones, and 70’s Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Shows are downloadable for free via hadrongospelhour.com, iTunes, and a large number of podcasting apps.
“Hadron Gospel Hour promises to achieve both great storytelling and acts of random humor… The first episode has a whacky beginning, a comedic middle, and an ending that takes the whole thing up two notches.” – AudioDramaReviews.com
Hadron Gospel Hour chronicles the misadventures of a self-obsessed scientist, a hapless IT guy, a sentient lab and a quantum-fractured maintenance worker as they try to fix a catastrophic rift in the fabric of reality. Joining the gang in the Hadron Lab are a host of odd characters, celebrity guest stars and musical acts from throughout the infinite timelines of the multiverse.
Hadron Gospel Hour often features appearances from special guest stars and musicians. Guests have included Christine McGlade (Moose from the popular Nickelodeon TV series You Can’t Do That On Television), the band Reindeer (featuring members of Swirlies, Scarce, and The Bevis Frond), Canadian metal rocker/film star Jon Mikl Thor (from the band THOR, and cult films like “Rock n’ Roll Nightmare”, “Zombie Nightmare” and “Recruits”), comedian Kevin Harrington (Geek Comedy Night), musical comedian Kelly Roberge (All of Us Solo Quartet), horror host Uncle Death, and Amy Macabre (voice actor in Double Duty Nurses, burlesque performer, musician and poet).
Hadron Gospel Hour follows the adventures of tormented scientist Dr. Francis “Oppenheimer” Valdini (Series creator and co-writer Richard Wentworth). While trying to find a way to weaponize the ‘Hadron Effect’ and create the most destructive force ever known to mankind, Oppenheimer unwittingly tears a rift in the fabric of spacetime, remaking our world, and the parallel timelines of the multiverse, into an infinite succession of horrors! Trapped outside of spacetime in his sentient lab A.S.H. LE (Lisa McQuilkin) and desperate for human companionship, Oppenheimer kidnaps IT guy and part-time indie filmmaker Mike Wilkinson (Series co-creator and writer Michael McQuilkin). Oppenheimer convinces Mike to join him in his quest to heal the rift and restore order to the multiverse.
More information on Hadron Gospel Hour can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/hghshow, on Twitter @HadronGospel, at tumblr at Hadron Gospel Hour, on instagram at Hadron_Gospel_Hour, or at the Hadron Gospel Hour website.
Additional requests for information can be directed to info [at] hadrongospelhour [dot] com, and press inuiries to Tim Conway at tconway [at] hadrongospelhour [dot] com. Or you may simply use our contact form here on this site.
Richard Wentworth, co-creator, writer and producer of Hadron Gospel Hour, is an accomplished film and voice actor, musician and illustrator. He has appeared in several films, including Maria Menounos’ short film “Longtime Listener” opposite Wilmer Valderrama (“That 70’s Show”), and most recently in Menounos’ film “Serial Buddies”, where he joined a cast that included Christopher Lloyd, Chris MacDonald, Henry Winkler and Artie Lange. He is the voice of AfterBuzz TV podcast empire and has annouced every Afterbuzz show since the channel launched in 2010. He lives in Lowell, MA with his partner and two children.
Michael McQuilkin, co-creator, writer and producer of Hadron Gospel Hour, writes and directs and produces comedy, drama and horror films under the banner of Burning Snowman Productions. Mike also makes electronic music as Esotronica and was a founding member of the Boston rock n’ roll band IIJ. Michael lives in Melrose, MA with his wife (and voice of A.S.H. LE) Lisa McQuilkin.
A WHO’S WHO OF HADRON GOSPEL HOUR!
It takes many hands (and voices) to make Hadron Gospel Hour. Here’s a look behind the scenes at some of the unique meatbags who keep HGH running!
MICHAEL MCQUILKIN – Co-creator, voice of Mike Wilkinson
RICH WENTWORTH – Co-creator, voice of Oppenheimer
LISA PERRY MCQUILKIN – voice of A.S.H. LE
MICHAEL ATKINSON – voice of Cyrus
KEVIN HARRINGTON – voice of Higgs_B
WENDY MACLEAN – voice of Beth
REBEKAH MORRIS – voice of Michelle
TIM CONWAY – voice of Freddie Plastic
KATEY FALVEY – voice of Maggie
Unscene Comedy Interviews Rich and Mike
Mike and Rich chat with the Malden Observer
Question time with PodCake
GoodPodcasts (audio link)
Radio Drama Revival (audio link)
Yahoo! Finance story about World Audio Drama Day