Adam McKay ‘Bedtime Stories’ is part of Sony Music Podcast Slate

Ready to listen to an improvised Adam McKay tale as you drift off to dreamland? Of course you are.

In Sony Music Entertainment’s upcoming “Bedtime Stories With Adam McKay” podcast, the filmmaker, writer and comedian will deliver an “immersive and soothing auditory experience” — an experience that McKay will invent on the spot, according to the company. It’s part of Sony Music‘s new slate of original podcasts, announced Wednesday as part of the IAB Podcast Upfronts.

Each episode of “Bedtime Stories” will feature McKay delivering an off-the-cuff story, based on a random word chosen by its producer, Harry Nelson. The series is produced by McKay’s Hyperobject Industries shingle.

To be clear, “Bedtime Stories With Adam McKay” is not intended for children. The topics, language and sarcasm of the podcast will be suitable for an adult audience.

“Each episode, I’ll take a suggestion and improvise a story that I hope you can fall asleep to,” McKay said during Sony Music’s initial podcast presentation. “We’ll have guests and all kinds of different stories. Some will be weird, some will be funny, but all will hopefully succeed in engaging you and hopefully fail in putting you to sleep.

Also in Hyperobject Industries’ SME lineup, “Réunion: Shark Attacks in Paradise”, described as a cautionary tale about an unexplained upsurge in shark attacks around the French island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Here’s a look at the highlights of the rest of Sony Music’s upcoming podcast slate:

  • ‘Defining Diego’ (Something Else): Explores the rise and fall of international adoption, told through the story of an adoptee and his mother, a journalist who has documented their journey since his first steps .
  • “Good Words With Kirk Franklin” (Something Else): Returns for a new season featuring conversations with celebrities from music, TV and entertainment.
  • “Hill Crazy” (Truth Media): When your friend is framed for the murder of one of Humbolt County’s top pot growers, what do you do? Well, you’re going to find out if he’s guilty.
  • “Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin” (Neon Hum): Follows Jolyn Noethe, an Iowa secret businesswoman accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative journalist Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.
  • “Show: True Crime” (Neon Hum): The new season delves into the history of true crime – from the cases that have shaken us to the core, to its passionate audience, and to the narratives and stereotypes it reinforces in our culture.
  • “The Evaporated” (Campside Media): An investigative investigation into a series of very mysterious disappearances across Japan.
  • “The Fringe Network: Alien State” (Somethin’ Else): Publicly, the government once called UFOs a waste of time, but new evidence and uncovered documents prove the US government is – and always has been – very interested by the UFO phenomenon. This podcast explores who the people who leak these government secrets really are.

“Sony Music has believed in the power of the voice since our inception, and we’re proud to work with some of the best podcast storytellers to bring their ideas and voices to listeners around the world,” Steve Ackerman, EVP and Co-Head of global podcasts at Sony Music, said in a statement.

SME’s current lineup of original series includes “Chameleon: Wild Boys”, “Bad Blood: The Final Chapter”, and “The Just Enough Family”.