The Dead Authors Podcast
Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! Guests include Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Matt Gourley, Jen Kirkman, Andy Daly, Scott Aukerman, John Ross Bowie and many more! Follow us on Twitter: @DeadAuthorPod. For more information on The Echo Park Time Travel Mart and 826LA’s many tutoring and writing programs, visit
Chapter 20: Ayn Rand, featuring John Hodgman

Chapter 20: Live from the 2013 San Francisco Sketchfest! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes the rather chatty Ayn Rand (John Hodgman) or an evening of H.G. Wells listening to Ayn Rand. 

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Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:28am PDT

  • I think each episode is better than the last, but this was THE BEST ! But, why does "her" accent tend toward Welsh, rather than Russian ?

    posted by: MJ Graham on 2013-12-14 13:06:47

  • Be wells wells.

    posted by: Fred Cipriano on 2013-09-02 07:28:48

  • You and Hodgman shuld team up and fight crime.

    posted by: mjb on 2013-06-30 19:38:22

  • I used to agree that your work was superior to that of Jules Verne as he wrote about giant squid which, as you have pointed out many times, actually exist. My mind was changed, however, when I learned that you are in possession of an actual time machine. You can no longer claim superiority over Verne, Sir.

    posted by: Cary C on 2013-06-27 15:47:11

  • Absolutely the BEST chapter EVER.

    posted by: Sally on 2013-06-20 22:04:19

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