Welcome to the Monday Afternoon Movie


Monday Afternoon Movie is a weekly podcast series hosted by Sam Pancake, whose love for the made-for-TV movies of the 1970s prompted him to start his show. Every Monday afternoon starting August 6, we will be posting a new episode, and each episode focuses on a different too-good-to-be-forgotten TV movie. We will also be telling you what movie we’re profiling a week in advance, so you can watch it and enjoy the upcoming episode all the more.

In the first season, Sam sits down with eight friends to discuss such campy but captivating TV movies such as Something Evil, Trilogy of Terror and more.


About the host

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Sam Pancake is an actor, writer, improvisor and comedian who grew up in Romney, West Virginia. For nearly thirty years, he has been one of the very few openly gay continuously working character actors of his generation.

He is known for numerous recurring and guest-starring television roles on many popular television series. Recently, Sam appeared on The Mick, Transparent, Major Crimes, Documentary Now, MTV’s Acting Out, Bajillion Dollar Properties and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix.  He’s also guest-starred or recurred on Truth Be Told, Cougartown, Parenthood, S#!% My Dad Says, Jessie, Hit the FloorPushing Daisies, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Friends, Will & GraceCharmed, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, King of Queens, Wings and many more.

Sam was a regular on two back-to-back critically acclaimed series Kitchen Confidential (with Bradley Cooper), as well as Lifetime's improv-based sitcom, Lovespring International with Jane Lynch and Wendi McLendon-Covey, which he also helped develop. HIs extensive film work includes You're Killing Me; Space Station 76, which he co-wrote and which starred Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler; The Hungover Games; Out West; Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3Over Her Dead Body; Straight Jacket; Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!; Legally Blonde 2Gia and the cult drag hit Girls Will Be Girls.

Sam has performed for years on L.A. stages in sketch, improv, storytelling and a wee bit of stand-up. He has written and regularly performs four different one-man shows: The Head Is Not Reliable, about this unusual Appalachian childhood as a Pancake; Wasted On A Boy, which covers his last thirty years as an out working actor in Hollywood; Hot Sticky and Sweet, a broad three-character comedy show; and Fritzie Zimmer in What’s Left of Me!, in which he plays the world’s oldest openly gay stand-up comedian and cabaret singer, Fritzie Zimmer. He recently wrapped production on the film Dumplin, co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Kathy Najimy, Ginger Minj and Harold Perrineau, which will be released in 2018. In the fall, he is scheduled to start shooting the AMC/Sundance Now series Call Your Father and will be involved in the new E! Network talk show Busy Tonight.

And yes, Pancake is his real last name.


Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie is a TableCakes Productions podcast. It is edited and produced by Drew Mackie