Article – by Morgan Thistlethwaite
The Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe is a new comedy podcast series produced by the team here at Potato Revolution. How did it come to be? Well, that’s the interesting bit.
It all started way back in the middle of last year (2017) when Andy and I (Mog) brought Randy Adeva and Beau Windon onto The Spudcast to teach us all about improv comedy. Before then, I didn’t know too much about this well-established performance technique.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Ugh. Improv… that’s like the word “moist”. And for a while there, that’s how I felt too. But don’t think that, the thing about improv is that when it’s done well, you don’t even know it’s improv. Hell, some of the best movie moments of all time are the result of improv.
Improv done right is wonderful, and with recommendations from Randy and Beau, I discovered some live shows that allowed me to rethink the whole improv=moist comparison. Like sex, improv is best when everyone involved is communicating and working to a common goal (I’m aware that sex is also moist and may confuse this metaphor. Like sex, don’t overthink it).
So, somewhere between then and now, Beau had this idea that maybe he wanted to record an improv podcast. Something comedy-driven with an ongoing story like Hello from the magic Tavern or Welcome to Night Vale. And like all good improv performers, he followed up this idea with “yes, and…”
Before I knew it, he had assembled around him some friends from the Improv Conspiracy (Indiana Kiely and Tom Fahey), and together they came up with a premise, along with their own characters to bring to the show as well.
The only thing missing was a producer, and when Beau asked if I’d like to do it, I jumped at the chance.
Over the Christmas break, we got to putting together ideas and co-ordinating how we were going to do this thing. We put some time aside, spent some money and followed up on a few connections. Pretty soon, our release date arrived and on the 18/02/18, we delivered the first three episodes to the world.
The story follows Chase Quarterly (Beau Windon), Katherine Wilder (Indiana Kiely), and Bocky the idea rooster (Tom Fahey) as, together, they commence work as new employees for the Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe. Quest Inns can be found in the furthest and most remote reaches of the universe, away from the prying eyes of any kind of governed law where they provide budget accommodation as well as functioning as transaction points for those that wish to pick up a quest or two for some easy cash. What’s odd about this one, however, is the circumstances that have led to needing new staff. It seems that the last employees moved on rather suddenly, leaving the new team to pick up the mess.
Chase is a time-traveller who’s lost his time machine, Katherine is a shentaur (that’s a female centaur) and the last of her species, while Bocky is genetically-engineered poultry with the mind of a scientific genius. Each has started this job to escape their past, but with each new and unexpected guest that arrives at the Quest Inn, they find that sometimes, the past has a habit of catching up.
So far we’ve met a variety of intriguing characters including: Cecily (Caitlyn Staples), a jewel thief on the run from pretty much everything; Mickle Mantel (Tom Burton), the tricky fox of dubious intent, and; Adric the Helien (Lukas Quinn), who has been sent by management to keep tabs on the team.
Producing this series has been a so much fun and I hope that, as a listener, you get to experience a bit of that energy. With a new guest (almost) every episode, and a few favourites returning, it’s an absolute joy to be a part of bringing this creature to life.
From plugging stuff in, to recording, editing, and getting the world excited through little promos like this, we’re all really proud of how it’s all coming together.
As for future plans, we have ideas for the coming season and are even thinking about live shows (which are going to be next-level awesome) so keep an eye out for those.
With a new episode released every Sunday, follow the adventures of Chase, Katherine and Bocky at: