Launching October 5, the historical comedy series will debut with the story of Able Archer 83, the NATO military exercise that almost caused a real nuclear war in November of 1983
Listen to the Trailer HERE
NEW YORK, NY -- September 28, 2022 – iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, and FilmNation Entertainment, today announced "SNAFU,” a new original iHeartPodcast executive produced and hosted by actor, writer and comedian Ed Helms. Premiering October 5, the seasonal non-fiction comedy series will dissect some of history’s greatest screw-ups. The word “SNAFU” is a military acronym coined by soldiers in World War II which stands for “Situation Normal: All F***** Up.” Fans can listen to the trailer now, HERE.
On his first podcast endeavor Helms said, “I’m so thrilled to be jumping into the podcast space with 'SNAFU.' Not only is the story hilarious, utterly terrifying and somehow completely true, but it also finally gives my inner history nerd a chance to come out and party.”
Throughout the first season, Helms will tell the story of Able Archer 83, the NATO military exercise that almost caused a real nuclear war in November of 1983… or did it? Using first-hand interviews, archival audio and extensive research from both the U.S./NATO and Soviet sides, the series will pull back the curtain on what has often been called by historians “the closest we came to nuclear war since the Bay of Pigs.” Helms will also conduct interviews with notable guests including actor Matthew Broderick, former national security official Dr. Fiona Hill, former KGB sleeper agent Jack Barsky, and nuclear expert Dr. Jeffrey Lewis.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with FilmNation to launch this unique non-fiction series and honored to have the incredibly smart Ed Helms as our host,” said Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer of iHeartPodcast Network. “Ed’s comedic take on these largely unknown historical blunders is both entertaining and educational, and we’re excited to offer history buffs new stories to enjoy.”
“SNAFU” is a production of iHeartPodcasts, FilmNation Entertainment, and Pacific Electric Picture Company, in association with Gilded Audio. Executive producers are Dylan Fagan for iHeartPodcasts, Milan Popelka for FilmNation Entertainment, Ed Helms and Mike Falbo for Pacific Electric Picture Company, Andy Chugg and Whitney Donaldson for Gilded Audio. Producers are Alyssa Martino and Tory Smith for FilmNation Entertainment, Sara Joyner and Carl Nellis for Gilded Audio.
The series is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and will be available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard beginning Wednesday, October 5.