Heads Will Roll

Character: Queen Mortuana
Created by: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne
Directed by: Eric Jason Martin
Written by: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne
Produced by: Austin Breslow
Release date: May 2, 2019
Episodes: 10
Genre: Scripted Audio Comedy
Running time: 4h 6min (total)

Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her cocreator/costar (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook – it’s a 10-episode, star-studded audio comedy that features performances from Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, and so many more.

Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm (McKinnon) and her ditsy raven minion JoJo (Lynne) receive a prophecy about a peasant uprising. Together, they must journey to find the “Shard of Acquiescence”, which will put down the rebellion and save the throne. Will their friendship survive sensitive generals, chatty sex slaves, whiny behemoths, princes with bird fetishes, and the notion of democracy?

This raunchy satire also includes the wicked talents of Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Audra McDonald, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Bob the Drag Queen, Esther Perel, and more. So, hold on to your head, and let the bad times roll.

Cast & Characters

Kate McKinnon (Queen Mortuana, Russell Crow, Molly McMolly, Jossemin the Harpy, Rowan the Sycophant Jr. Jr. Jr., Phil Crow, Troll, Polly the Poison Girl, Bards), Emily Lynne (Jojo, Janelle, Little Bird, Sheryl Crow, Tiny Leader, Rudy, Bards), Meryl Streep (Catherine Staunch), Tim Gunn (General Galafhar), Audra McDonald (Queen Chantraine),  Andrea Martin (Queen Nefariousness), Carol Kane (Donna Fink), Peter Dinklage (Prince Albert), Aidy Byant (Adelaide), Alex Moffat (Odin), Heidi Gardner (Frigg, Martha Rabbits, Ingrid The Imbecile, Ashley’s Mom), Chris Redd (Lil Pelicaune, Herald 2), Steve Higgins (Commercial Announcer), Esther Perel (Therapist), Bob The Drag Queen (Remy), Jonathan Van Ness (Jonathan), Antoni Porowski (Antoni), Tan France (Tan), Bobby Berky (Bobby), Karamo Brown (Karamo), Becky Abrams (Jean the Toad, Noreen, Flashback Hag), Anna Drezen (Court Inventor, Sheila, Garden Witch), Alon Elian (Bernabus Fanders, Queen’s Day Announcer, Lothar the Goon, King  Larry, F*ckboy Dan, Colonel Cannoli), Sudi Green (Candle Cartoonian, Soothsayer, Persian Trader, Carolyn), Sam Jay (Various/Background), Huck Milner (Lothar the Goon, Jr.), Gary Richardson (Tom), Jim Santangeli (Isaac Ben Ibrahim, Herald 1, Farmer, Kyle, Delivery Man, Taco Truck Vendor, Gnome Leader, Colonel Alabama), Jen Spyra (Guinevere the Strange, Patty, Jojo’s Mom), Alex Carillo-Vaccino (Rachel, Sausage Shopkeeper), Thomas Whittington (Brian the Slug, Frenchman, Randy, Jim), Eric Martin (Newscaster/TV Announcer)

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Episode Guide

Episode 1: The Prophecy

Evil Queen Mortuana receives a prophecy about a peasant rebellion; her raven minion JoJo attends a support group for animals who are cursed royalty. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Meryl Streep, Andrea Martin)

Episode 2: Burn the town

Queen Mo chases laughs on a talk show; JoJo goes on a date with a human Prince. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Andrea Martin, Carol Kane)

Episode 3: Queen's Day

Queen Mo can't take a joke about herself; JoJo performs with her R&B duo. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Audra McDonald, Bob the Drag Queen, Alex Moffat, Chris Redd)

Episode 4: Ranunculus

Queen Mo attempts to buy a birthday gift for a friend; JoJo seeks the Shard of Acquiescence. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Meryl Streep, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat)

Episode 5: Sh*thead

Queen Mo becomes a progressive icon; JoJo finds love with a crow. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Carol Kane, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Esther Perel)

Episode 6: Sirens

Queen Mo and JoJo look for the Shard in the grotto of the Sirens. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Meryl Streep, Andrea Martin, Alex Moffat, Queer Eye's Fab Five, Bob the Drag Queen)

Episode 7: The Mole

Queen Mo suspects General Galafhar of treachery; JoJo meets her future in-laws. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald)

Episode 8: Road Trip

Queen Mo and JoJo butt heads on a journey to the West Coast. (Featuring Meryl Streep, Carol Kane, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner)

Episode 9: Alumni Weekend

Queen Mo and JoJo return to Mo's alma mater; a secret is revealed. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Audra McDonald)

Episode 10: What a life

Queen Mo deals with the Rebellion; JoJo deals with her hag. (Featuring Tim Gunn, Andrea Martin, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner)

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