Caustic Soda LIVE Podcast with Jeffrey Combs
Caustic Soda is a comedy podcast that irreverently explores the dark side of science, history, news and pop culture. Hosts for the show are Kevin Leeson and the two founders of the Lovecraft-inspired rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets: Toren Atkinson and Warren Banks. Adult content! Find out more at CausticSodaPodcast.com
Jeffrey Combs's best known horror role was as Herbert West, the main character in the movie Re-Animator, which he has reprised in the film's two sequels. He also portrayed the part of author H. P. Lovecraft (creator of the Herbert West character) in 1993's film Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. Combs has starred in eight H.P. Lovecraft adaptations. Other film credits include FeardotCom, House on Haunted Hill, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Frighteners.
Combs has had numerous roles in science fiction television series. In addition to his more well known roles on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," he also starred as the telepath Harriman Gray, in "Eyes", a first season episode of Babylon 5, on The 4400 as Dr. Kevin Burkhoff, as Edgar Allan Poe in "The Black Cat", an episode of Masters of Horror. In July 2009, Combs returned to his stage roots and reprised his role as Edgar Allan Poe in a one-man theatrical show entitled Nevermore...an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at The Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA.
Toren Atkinson is the lead singer for the H.P. Lovecraft inspired band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, as played on the video game Rock Band 2. Toren also co-designed and illustrated the award winning tabletop roleplaying game Spaceship Zero, and provided on-screen and voice acting talent to such properties as Stargate: Atlantis, Sword of the Stars (VG), Fort Zombie (VG), and Penny Arcade’s Cardboard Tube Samurai. He is one of the creators and co-hosts of the Caustic Soda podcast. Toren is an accomplished illustrator, with credits in tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu, design work for video games like [PROTOTYPE] by Radical. In his current position as storyboard artist he has worked on Marvel's Avengers Assemble and Rocket Monkeys.
Warren Banks is co-founder and guitarist for the H.P. Lovecraft inspired band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, as played on the video game Rock Band 2. Warren co-designed and illustrated the award winning tabletop roleplaying game Spaceship Zero with Toren Atkinson. Unlike Toren Atkinson, Warren has no on-screen and voice acting talent or experience. Warren is neither a creator nor co-host of the Caustic Soda podcast but has been fortunate enough to guest host on two separate occasions. Warren co-hosts the Horsetrack Hooligans podcast in his spare time when he is not watching episodes of the Flash TV Show.
Kevin Leeson is a Producer, Screenwriter, and Story Editor in the film and television industry. He has produced on projects featuring such diverse talents as Steve Austin, Daniel Stern, Mira Sorvino, Dolph Lundgren, and Toni Braxton. Kevin co-wrote and published a 6-issue limited comic book series “Outnumbered”, and was a contributor to the Shuster Award-adjacent Crime Anthology Graphic Novel “Acts Of Violence”. He is one of the co-hosts of the award-winning podcast “Caustic Soda”, and revels in finding the funny in the macabre inherent in the world around us.