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Hey, pals. As an actor on stage and screen, Tony Award winner Denis O’Hare has been to his share of benefit dinners and fundraisers. And by his estimation, they are universally terrible. The main course is generally chicken, there’s never enough food and yet people always overeat, and guests are forced to make small talk with strangers for hours. And that’s why dinner parties are such good fodder for murder mysteries.
O’Hare is one of the stars of Deadly Manners, a podcast that falls somewhere between an Agatha Christie novel and Clue. The ensemble cast includes Anna Chlumsky, LeVar Burton and RuPaul. O’Hare plays Bill Billings, the milquetoast husband of blueblood hostess, Veronica Billings, played by Kristen Bell.
At some point during the swanky dinner party hosted by the Billings, someone dies. And then another. And then another. And because Deadly Manners is a locked room mystery, someone at the dinner is the murderer. But who?!
O’Hare signed onto the project, he says, because he always loved radio mysteries when he was a kid. So this show was a chance to revisit his childhood. He’s also a huge radio and podcast fan today — he says he listens to “all” the political podcasts. Here are some of his favorite shows right now:
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