Monday for the Sweepers by Nicholas Thurkettle

The end of the year has a way of making us think about time. 2016 has been a year of massive growth for Earbud Theater – and no, medical experts in the house, it’s not the kind of “massive growth” we’ll need your services for. Earbud Theater podplays have already received as many streams or downloads in 2016 as in our first four years of existence combined. We released our first live-recorded episode, held our second-ever live performance, and released an eclectic lineup of stories which were each special in their own way. As a major point of pride – every single episode we released during the eligibility period of the last twelve months received Finalist nominations from the 2016 Audio Verse Awards (and don’t worry, Are You Sleeping?, we’re sure some AVA love is headed your way next year!)

And 2017 is shaping up to be even bigger. We have an unprecedented number of scripts already drafted and ready to be brought to twisted, unnatural life in the Earbud Lair. We have two multi-night live engagements already scheduled, and hopefully more to come beyond that. And there are other surprises we hope we can unveil once the dark wizard removes the binding curse from our tongues.

In the meantime, we have one last lovingly-crafted morsel of weird to close out our 2016. Nicholas Thurkettle (who has also penned a hilariously odd giant robot adventure called The Mektalos Caper which will debut at our January live event in Long Beach) has crafted a sci-fi story about time which is better experienced than explained; and which we predict you’ll still be thinking about after we have completed this latest orbit around the indifferent gasball we all fear and worship. Listen! Ponder! Thrill!



written and directed by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original Release Date: December 3, 2016

Raff and Knaack have a job. They clock in, gripe about their bosses, work their shift, then knock off for a beer. Pretty lucky for them in an economy of haves and have-nots. Their job takes them all sorts of places – today it’s got them wandering around in the woods, looking for something. But thanks to some equipment the bosses haven’t kept functioning properly, what they’re going to find is far more profound and strange than you expect when you’re paid by the hour. Listen in as Barney Crow, Lise Hart, Marisa Costa, and the one and only MacLeod Andrews discover that the arc of a life can be all in a day’s work, in Nicholas Thurkettle’s Monday for the Sweepers.

Sound Effects Editing and Mixing by Craig Good

Music by Chris Zabriskie (Used under a Creative Commons License)

Artwork by Ashley F. Miller, PhD

Some sound effects used via Creative Commons License from the following creators:

Superex1110, digifishmusic,
, nooly, glencurtisadams, jjhouse4

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Audio Dramas of the Strange and Unusual


Since 2012, the denizens of the underground Earbud Theater Lair have been delivering strange sonic tales of monsters, aliens, and the terror that might be under your own roof. Our world is full of entertainment, but how much of it truly inspires the imagination? Earbud Theater is run by veterans of the film and television business in Hollywood who set out to show that you could stimulate minds without big budgets and eye candy. They must have been mad to try. MAD.

So dim the lights, turn up the volume. Close your eyes – unless you’re driving. If you’re driving, stop reading this now. Really. Are the drivers gone? Good. Everyone else, use the buttons above to start one of our podplays. Or take a look at the Earblog and learn a little about who we are and what we do. But not about our plans for world conquest. Oh no, you’ll never learn about those…

Let us tell you a story. And if you find yourself wondering, or worrying, or just staring at our strange world from newly un-scaled eyes, just remember – it’s all in your head…