Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her co-creator/co-star (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook-it’s a 10-episode audio comedy and should be treated as such. Let’s just say I was expecting a little more…
Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm (McKinnon basically as the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland) 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. This story line is very thin and does not make up the meat of the story whatsoever.
Will their friendship survive sensitive generals, chatty sex slaves, whiny behemoths, princes with bird fetishes, and the notion of democracy? Who cares… you won’t after the first two episodes.
It’s over the top (in a good way) and full of cliched jokes (in a bad way). It’s basically a satirical medieval comedy much like Monty Python. But have you ever just listened to Monty Python? This is a 10 episode series that lasts over 4 hours and really probably should have been picked up by Netflix instead.
The story was messy and all over the place. It was impossible to follow. Was there even really a story? I’m not sure. The only reason I kept listening was for Kate McKinnon and the amazing star studded cast including Tim Gunn, Peter freaking Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five as a group of sirens (which is honestly perfect), Aidy Bryant, of course, Alex Moffet and surprisingly MERYL STREEP?? I know… what? Really?
This all really broke my heart because I’m pretty sure Kate is my hall pass and I hope she forgives me. There’s plenty of overly used stereotypes and raunchy sex jokes to go around if you really want to try it out. The writing is really it’s only down fall. The cast effortlessly delivers every line despite the bad writing. So if you asked if I recommend this “audio comedy” I’d have to unfortunately say…
My only suggestion and possible solution would be not listening to them all back to back like you would an audio book. If the theme song doesn’t drive you nuts first the awkward puns and toilet humor will.