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Heads Will Roll

Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Comedy, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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Credits

Created and written by Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne

Executive produced by Britta von Schoeler and produced by Austin Breslow for Broadway Video.

Executive produced by Will Rogers and Ian Stearns for Audible

Directed by Eric Martin

Sound designed and mixed by Ryan Billia

Sound editing by Ryan Billia and Beau Emory

Original songs written by Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne.

Music and score composed, arranged and produced by Benny Reiner

Featuring Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne, Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Audra McDonald, Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Peter Dinklage, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Esther Perel, Bob the Drag Queen, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Becky Abrams, Anna Drezen, Alon Elian, Sudi Green, Sam Jay, Huck Milner, Randy Rice, Gary Richardson, Jim Santangeli, Morgan Smith, Jen Spyra, Alexandra Carillo Vaccino, Thomas Whittington

Executives in Charge for Audible: Keith O’Connell and Najen Naylor

Special thanks to Brian Steinberg, Dave Blum and Mark Valdez

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Spat my coffee out laughing. RIP coffee.

Bizzare. Engaging. Hilarious. The comedic timing delivered by Kate Mckinnon is spot on. The writing is great, story bizzare and hilarious, the Queen makes me laugh every scene.

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what a waste of my time and money.

the sound was up and down so I strained to hear or was deafened. screeching voices. unfunny.

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Loved this

So so good. Better than expected! Veep meets game of thrones with a sprinkle of Portlandia!

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Enjoyable story well put together

few cringe moments but an enjoyable good overall experience and voices match the character images.

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Hilarious

Brilliant and hilarious from start to finish. I don’t know how this hasn’t been more widely publicised. Kate McKinnon and her sister are incredible.

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It's ok

Look, I love Kate McKinnon as much as the next lesbian. But this just fell so flat on me.

I give one star because I managed to finish it, one because I laughed out loud once or twice, and one solely because Esther Perel's in it and she is an incredible pool of wisdom that I can not get enough of.

If you do not like the preview, like me, don't listen to it. It stays exactly the same all the way throughout and does not get any cleverer along the way.

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So Funny !!!!!

Love this story and if you don’t laugh out loud you clearly have NO sense of humour !

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Light fun with lots of laughs

Worth a binge listen- lots of fun. The character voices are great. Very entertaining so listen!

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So funny

I laughed out loud many times. I loved the bards and the raven so all the characters were brilliant. The cast was fanatic and the story was very fun.

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Laugh out loud funny

Loved this! So funny, clever and a great production overall. Great guest narrators too, which really made this a standout listen.

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  • John
  • 02-05-2019

SouthPark meets The Office at Medieval Times!

You can tell the All-Star cast had a blast creating this one! In between embarrassing laugh out loud moments (elliptical neighbors at the gym were ready to commit me!) and relishing the fresh, irreverent, and witty script, you start to realize that the storyline is a satire on modern work culture — and then you can’t stop listening! Hysterical and an easy, fast listen, Heads Will Roll makes for a fun and relaxing break in the day.

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  • Lili
  • 04-05-2019

Probably has at least something for everyone

It’s kind of all over the place. There are surely some funny moments to suit different tastes, the songs are entertaining, and the celebrity narrators are fun.

But there are lots of volume issues. It quickly goes from too loud to barely audible in quite a few places. I think I like the idea of the production better than its execution. Kate McKinnon and Tim Gunn did a really good job, but some of the other characters are quite grating. So I enjoyed parts of it, and was disappointed in others. But I think most people who are fans of Kate McKinnon will enjoy at least some of this production, so maybe give it a try if you’re willing to go along on a bumpy ride.

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  • Anon893
  • 03-05-2019

More like this please

It's like an old school radio drama for a 2019 comedy audience. Great concept. The writing is funny and the story captivating. My first experience of Emily Lynne. Does she sing professionally? She should. I'd buy that album. Can we get more celebrities doing this sort of thing? Always a delight to get new Kate and Aidy content. Cheers!

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  • E. Cejvan
  • 07-05-2019

I demand that Audible instantiate a sixth star

I knew going in that this thing would be awesome. Some comedic actors have a direct link to my funny bone: Kate McKinnon is the living embodiment of my funny bone.

But this is far from being a one woman show. Emily Lynne took me to that wow place, especially with the singing: Ah, the singing.

Clever and witty, and brought to life in vivid colours through the talented voice work of an amazing cast, and the overall audio production is superb.

Seriously Audible, I need 6 stars.

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  • Abilash P. Pulicken
  • 25-05-2019

Not my thing, but it might be yours!

This audiobook is an excellent reminder that humor is subjective.

I'd like to start out by saying that there's a lot to like about this book. The voice acting is largely well done, some of the jokes are genuinely funny, and a couple of characters are so well written that they shine in every scene they're in. That said though, I found the rest of this book pretty painful to get through - I'm not a huge fan of awkward, cringey humor and this book is, for the most part, full of awkward cringey humor. I was able to make it through about 75% of the audiobook before I finally threw in the towel and requested my credit to be refunded.

If you're the sort of person that's a fan of this style of humor, I think you'll absolutely love this book - save your hard earned money/credits otherwise.

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  • Katie
  • 02-05-2019

I loved it enough to write my first review!

The first few minutes is kind of a shock, because it’s like nothing you’ve heard before, but don’t let that turn you off, keep listening!

It’s different, definitely, but that’s what makes it so fantastic. I wouldn’t expect anything different from the mind of Kate McKinnon (and it must be a family trait because The co-creator Emily Lynne is fantastic!) Heads will roll intertwines historic tyranny with our modern version. I can’t wait for more!

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  • Deb Anderson
  • 16-05-2019

Um...I guess my expectations were too high

Always love Mc Kinnon. Every other time. Listen to this book just to hear all the voices. Don't bother with story or plot or the bards. It's a show. They got together and said "Let's put on a show!" And they did. And I bought it. And now I'm done.

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  • Sarah A. Finnegan
  • 04-05-2019

Fantastic!

I wasn’t sure how this would go over because so much of comedy is the non-verbal; facial expressions, body language, etc. that in this format, you obviously can’t see. This was amazing! Kate and Emily are incredibly talented, as was the whole cast. It was laugh out loud funny the whole time. Definitely would love more of this type of comedy from this fantastic duo!

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  • PygmyOcelot
  • 06-11-2019

Must live in a green friendly place for this

Seriously. This is neither a statement for or against this particular title, just a straight fact. I started listening to this at first without my medication and was just kind of "meh" about it-- lots of pop culture references I don't particularly care about or find amusing for a variety of reasons. I found it a tad disappointing given all the talent involved.

But then I had a high pain day and decided to listen to more after medication. OMG, what a difference! I was dying-- I literally have not laughed that hard in years! I particularly enjoyed a lot of the bird-related jokes.

So take that for what you will. Definitely an adult title. A bit trite, but hilarious given the right circumstances.

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  • Kylie
  • 16-05-2019

Disappointingly bad and never funny

I love Kate McKinnon and I was really hoping this would be as funny and satirical as it was promoted to be.
Spoiler - it wasn’t. I’ll admit, it probably isn’t my kind of humour, but even so I thought Heads Will Roll was poor.
The humour throughout was entirely based on two things: toilet humour (ie fart jokes) and anachronisms (isn’t it so hilarious that this is set in the Middle Ages but we’re talking about memory foam mattresses!!!).
There was no sophistication about the humour - most people grew out of toilet humour after second grade. And the anachronistic humour is an obvious gag that can get a laugh once or twice but doesn’t sustain over 10 episodes. It’s just the same joke over and over again. The humour is never clever, and the language was irritatingly tacky throughout. The characters, like, totally talked, like, you know, the most stereotypical, you know, and annoying, like, teenagers ever, you know, you guys?
I was so disappointed with this - it was immature, it constantly took the easy and obvious way out and never tried to live up to its potential.

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  • Liza Lieverse
  • 02-05-2019

All stars for these all stars

This show is absolutely hilarious! It combines the SNL-style humor we know from Kate McKinnon with an all-star cast of actors to create this joyous radio play! The pleasant switches from famour stars like tim Gunn and Meryl Streep to the friends & SNL co-stars like Aidy Bryant and Alex Moffat bring the story to life even more, and Emily Lynne SHINES and manages to keep up with her sister with ease, proving herself a star in her own right. The songs are a joy as well, and I’m hoping they’ll be released on Spotify at some point in the near future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-2019

Absolutely Amazing!!

This is honestly so so funny! Kate McKinnon at her best and I just love the story and the characters, it's utterly entrancing and you're just hanging on for the next episode! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND! (By Charlotte Ervin)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-2019

Funny!

Love Kate McKinnon, big fan, and so to hear her with her sister in this was epic, great story, really funny, great message, and the work you can tell they put it into it was well worth it, they work really well with each other, hope there's going to be another one

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  • GloomyRuby
  • 04-05-2019

Brilliantly funny

I am a big Kate Mckinnon fan and when i saw this i knew id love it and i was right very funny and creative. Its like disney with adult humor.

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  • Molly Andrews
  • 30-11-2019

i cackled

Didn't know what to expect but I have been in hysterics the whole way though. The plot is weird and amazing and I love this series

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  • Tammy G
  • 23-09-2019

Definitely Must listen

Such creativity, imagination and so much fun! Had me laughing and cringing throughout. I would highly recommend this. So out of the box!

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  • Finewine
  • 21-09-2019

not my cup of tea

I should have gone with my first instinct on the sample...but always willing to give something new a go. Couldn't even stand one complete episode of this rubbish ☹

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  • AnnieB
  • 31-08-2019

not for me

couldn't believe I used a credit for this, I tried on a few occasions but never made it through chapter 1

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-2019

A surprise find

Quite enjoyed this story overall,
It made the journey back and fore to work go much quicker.
Hope there is more like this in the future

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  • Gourley S.
  • 24-07-2019

Absolutely hilarious!

Full of all kinds of silliness, such a great production. I'm hoping for a season two to this audio drama!!!