Kate McKinnon loves listening (to everything) so much that she created her own audio series and got a gigantic list of famous friends to play all the parts. It’s called “Heads Will Roll” and its out on Audible today. This is not a podcast or an audiobook, its a bingeable 10 episode fantasy comedy series for your ears only. We all multitask while we’re “watching” tv anyway so why not listen to something that’s created just for listening- you won’t risk missing some important visual cue because there aren’t any!
This Audible Original features a ridiculous cast of voice performers including Meryl Streep, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, SNL stars Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, and Chris Redd, Plus Tim Gunn, Audra McDonald, Steve Higgins, Bob the Drag Queen, Esther Perel, and more.
Kate McKinnon described the fantasy series as VEEP meets Game of Thrones; she plays an evil queen with PR problems in the series which she says is a big fun fantasy comedy audio series. “We are living in the renaissance of scripted audio,” she told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show! “It’s a sitcom for the ear with music.”
As the evil queen, McKinnon embarks on a magical quest to put down a peasant rebellion with her ditsy princess-turned-raven minion JoJo, played by her sister Emily Lynne, who also co-wrote the music with her. Will their friendship survive sensitive generals, chatty sex slaves, whiny behemoths, princes with bird fetishes, and the notion of democracy? Find out.
In this exclusive clip, you can hear JoJo (who is a raven) go on a date with Prince Albert- who is a human with a bird fetish. It’s not safe for work, you will here birdy girl JoJo describe her unique genital configuration here. Albert is played by Peter Dinklage.
Mortuana: Kate McKinnon
Jojo: Emily Lynne
General Galafhar: Tim Gunn
Catherine Staunch: Meryl Streep
Queen Chantraine: Audra McDonald
Mo’s Mother: Andrea Martin
Donna Fink: Carol Kane
Remy: Bob the Drag Queen
Odin: Alex Moffat
Frigg: Heidi Gardner
Dr. Perel: Esther Perel
Commercial Announcer: Steve Higgins
Sirens (featured in Episode 6): Queer Eye’s Fab Five (Jonathan van Ness, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown)
Additional voices: Aidy Bryant, Sudi Green, Anna Drezen, Gary Richardson, Sam Jay, Thomas Whittington, Morgan Smith, Jim Santangeli, Jen Spyra, Alon Elian, Alex Vaccino.
Watch McKinnon talk about the project on the Tonight Show.