The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe is written by Brian Huther, Ben Auxier, Seth Macchi (collectively known as Friend Dog Studios), and Ryan McCall.

Here’s a sampling of some of their other creative works:


THEIR OTHER MUSICAL:

Milking Christmas

Our second musical comedy Milking Christmas premiered at The Living Room Theatre Christmas 2017, and was remounted with a revised script the following year. That production still holds the record for the highest selling show in the theatre’s history.

Macey Maid-a-Milking seems to be the only person in all of Christmastown to sense that something strange is going on; toys are coming out wrong, soldiers are out in force, and there must be an awful lot of naughty children, because coal production is higher than ever. Driven by a mission to keep the holiday perfect, she soon finds herself in a lot of trouble - with the future of Christmas hanging in the balance.

Content rating: PG (Santa spoilers / dark themes)

Please contact us if you’d like to know more about this show.


RYAN’S OTHER MUSICALS:

Photo by John Young

Photo by John Young

NOAH’S ART

A young boy realizes the power of his wishes when whatever he draws comes to life.

Book & lyrics by Nathan Tyson
Music by Ryan McCall

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STILLWATER

Rock, pop, and alt-country tunes tell the story of two love triangles catastrophically intersecting in a modern-day drug-fueled trailer park in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Written by Nathan Tyson, Joe’s Pet Project, and Ryan McCall


MORE STUFF FROM BEN, BRIAN, AND SETH:

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HACKS

Hacks is four-hander dark comedy straight play which received a Best of Fringe designation when it premiered at The KC Fringe Festival in 2016.
The script has since been revised and the expanded.

The lives of two basement-dwelling brothers are irreversibly shaken up when the leader of an online cult they unknowingly started shows up at their door.

Content rating: R (pervasive language)


Please contact us if you’d like to know more about this show.

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FRIEND DOG STUDIOS

Friend Dog Studios is the name of our online comedy channel where we’ve posted dozens of videos. You can see a reel of a few of the hits/personal favorites here.

Content rating: PG (occasional language)


Also follow us on: FacebookInstagramTwitter

FOR SERIOUS

For Serious is an improvised and edited comedy podcast. Each episode attempts to answer a question (“What are dreams?” “What makes us human?” “What’s the deal with airline food?”). The discussion splinters spontaneously into improvised scenes, later edited down and infused with full production elements.

Content rating: R (language, adult themes)

31 episodes were released.
Due to schedule restrictions the show went on indefinite
hiatus in March of 2017.

Check it out on:
iTunes
Stitcher
SoundCloud

Or your podcast service of choice.

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DR. ANTONIO’S MIRACLE TONIC PARADE

“Dr. Antonio’s” is a short musical comedy/sketch show filled with the upbeat folk tunes of old-style medicine show performers/devotees of the powerful and mysterious Dr. Antonio. Will you join their caravan and be cured of everything?

Content rating: PG-13 (some language)


MORE FROM BEN & BRIAN:

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DOG & FRIEND DOG

Dog & Friend Dog is an improv duo which began in Kansas City in 2014 with an ultra-quick and absurd "Gamebox" format that earned them 5 consecutive wins at the Underground Throwdown comedy competition at the Kick Comedy Theater. In the years since they’ve gone on to experiment with several formats, often incorporating music, crowd work, multimedia, physical props, and anything else that probably shouldn’t be in an improv show.

In addition to KC venues, they’ve performed at DuoFest in Philedelphia and as guests at Second City. Other invitations have included the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival and the San Fransico Improv Fest, but they couldn’t go to those because Brian had "a thing" or whatever.

Content rating: depends on the gig. We’ve done G-rated work for middle-schoolers and R-rated late night shows and everything in-between. Totes flexible.


Please contact us for booking information.

KISS & TAIL

Kiss & Tail is a edutainment sketch revue performed annually at a special after-hours fundraising event for The Kansas City Zoo. It showcases some of the stranger examples of sex and courtship in the animal world through comedic premises performed by an ensemble cast.

Content rating: PG-13 (sexual themes, obviously)


To date there have been five different versions of this show.

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DOG & FRIEND DOG SING SONGS AT YOU

A set-list of comedy songs from Ben and Brian ranging from their pitch for a School House Rock revival to an insomniac’s lullaby.

Content rating: R (language)

I’M GOING TO LOVE YOUR NEW BOYFRIEND

Ben & Brian co-wrote the script for a music video to The Sexy Accident’s “I’m Going to Love Your New Boyfriend”.

Content rating: G


Brian directed, Ben played lead.