Monster Party

MONSTER PARTY brings the party to the people!

In their first ever official convention appearance, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, hold court at the best monster festival in the world... MONSTERPALOOZA!!!

Since the convention took place over a three day period, this is just PART 1 (Friday & Saturday) of the monster kid antics that took place at this incredible event! Prepare your deviant minds for special guests, convention floor color commentary, interviews with fans, and the usual squabbling that made MONSTER PARTY, the podcast you know and love!

If you've always wanted to attend MONSTERPALOOZA, and never had the chance, let MONSTER PARTY be your virtual guides! Sit down and pour yourself a cocktail of pure excitement. Because, LIVE AT MONSTERPALOOZA: PART 2 is coming!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Live_at_Monsterpalooza_Part_1.mp3
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MONSTER PARTY shows you how to build a better action figure! 

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, give you a Santa's elf's eye view of what it takes to bring a toy from concept to reality, in an episode simply called... TOY MAKING!!!

Showing us what it takes to get the toys we love to our shelves, is CO-OWNER/CEO of BIF BANG POW! TOYS...JASON LENZI! Jason's wonderful company has brought us delights from such franchises as FLASH GORDON, THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE MARVEL & DC UNIVERSE, DEXTER, STAR TREK, KISS, and oh so much more!

BUT WAIT TOY SHOPPERS, THERE'S MOR\E!

In this episode, we also welcome the next generation of toy makers! From SEA DEMON TOYS, it's MICHELLE OLIVIER & KEVIN SMITH! Michelle and Kevin are currently producing a line of vinyl sofubi figures, starting with their Lovecraftian creation...JOHNNY INNSMOUTH!

Get ready for a playdate...with, EXCITEMENT!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Toy_Making_Jason_Lenzi_Kevin_Smith_Michelle_Olivier.mp3
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In this episode, MONSTER PARTY is in your face! Virtually.

Get ready for JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, to jump out of your listening device, and into your lap! We're going to take a stereoscopic journey into... THE WORLD OF 3-D!!!

There was literally only one guest suitable for a discussion of this massive subject, and he agreed to join us in three dimensions! He's an award-winning filmmaker, CEO of 3-D SPACE 3-DSPACE.org , and Director of the LA 3-D Movie Festival... ERIC KURLAND!

Eric has been a life-long champion of 3-D in all its forms, including films, photos, View-Master, lenticulars, comic books, posters, and more! He's turned this passion into a fantastic career, and has consulted on 3-D projects for clients that include National Geographic, Nintendo, and NASA/JPL! But, his IMAX-size resume doesn't end there. Eric's 3-D music videos for the band, OK GO, included the Grammy nominee,“All Is Not Lost,” and he was lead stereographer on the Oscar-nominated animated short “MAGGIE SIMPSON in THE LONGEST DAYCARE.” 

Eric also owns his own ROBOT MONSTER costume, which he occasionally wears. But only for ROBOT MONSTER emergencies.

Direct download: Monster_Party_The_World_of_3-D_Eric_Kurland.mp3
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It doesn't matter whether you thought our past episode,  OVERRATED & UNDERRATED, was overrated or underrated. WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, have dusted the cobwebs off a beloved old topic, and are tickled pink to present you... UNDERRATED & OVERRATED VOL. 2!!!

Once again, the title says it all! We each bring up a movie, book, or other bit of nerd nonsense, and defend it as either "overrated" or "underrated." And if that weren't fun enough, this is all done while wiping each other's angry spittle from our faces. 

Joining us for this audacious orgy of opinions, is a man who doesn't pull any punches....well, maybe the physical ones. It's TV show host, power nerd, and movie reviewing icon... SCOTT MANTZ! (ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, JUST SEEN IT, 50 YEARS OF STAR TREK, SCI-FI ENTERTAINMENT)

This episode is guaranteed to make you yell at your listening device. If it yells back, you may have accidentally called your mother. And if it's not too much trouble, could you ask her what she thinks about SUPERMAN 3?

Direct download: Monster_Party_Overrated__Underrated_Vol_2_Scott_Mantz.mp3
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Once again, MONSTER PARTY seeks guidance from a mass produced plastic skull!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, leave their decision making to chance, when they return to a topic that's part nerd talk, part game show. It's the... REVENGE OF TOPIC FREE-FOR-ALL!!!

You remember how this goes! We fill a plastic skull with a bunch of topic ideas written on small pieces of paper, we each pick one at random, then discuss it until someone throws a punch. And, this goes on for over two hours! Fun, right?!

The last time we played this game, we were joined by acclaimed comedian, writer, and cartoonist... JOHN MATTA! (THE MARTIN SHORT SHOW, BEWARE THE BATMAN, DUCK DODGERS, STAY COOL SCOOBY DOO, MATTA NAPKIN) This time we pulled some strings, ordered some honey walnut shrimp, and managed to book...guess who? JOHN MATTA!!!!

But, not only do we have this long time friend and supporter of MONSTER PARTY returning to the show, we also have actress, model, and daughter of Gaylord St. James (the father in the original LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT!) ...JOLINE TOWERS!

Sure, this is a game you could play with your own friends, but, wouldn't you rather play it with us? C'mon, don't be a clown!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Revenge_of_Topic_Free-For-All_John_Matta_Joline_Towers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm PDT

This time, the anthill is going to step on you!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, give each other an Empire State Building-sized case of the heebie-jeebies, in this creepy, crawling episode called... BIG BUGS!!!

And for a topic this unnerving and HUGE, we managed to book THE DEADLY MANTIS of guests! He's the writer/director of such entomologically epic films as BIG ASS SPIDER and LAVALANTULA, as well as THE GRAVEDANCERS, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, and DON'T KILL IT! Look out! It's MIKE MENDEZ! 

But if that weren't enough, prepare yourselves for a special musical performance that can only be described as... actually, it can't be described.

MONSTER PARTY has a bug up its ass. And damn it, it's gonna stay there for a while!

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Unlike Seinfeld, this episode of MONSTER PARTY is about EVERYTHING!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, return to a topic that was normally reserved for COMIC CON. But, since they couldn't all be in San Diego last year, the gang has decided to haul out this favorite, right now! Yes, it's the return of... ANYTHING GOES!!!

For a topic like this, it helps to have a guest who knows quite a lot about a lot of things, especially when it comes to entertainment. So, we welcome to MONSTER PARTY, power manager, producer, musician, and all around knowledge guru... BRUCE SMITH!

At OMNIPOP TALENT GROUP, Bruce manages some of the greatest names in showbiz, including many previous MONSTER PARTY guests! We're talkin' Rick Overton, Jimmy Pardo, Cooper Barnes, Laura Ortiz, Doug Jones, Oscar Nunez, Andy Kindler, Doug Benson, Maria Bamford, and Scott Thompson, just to name a few! Oh, and he also handles some guy named Matt Weinhold.

It's ANYTHING GOES!!! And, the first thing to go is common courtesy. So what else is new?

Direct download: Monster_Party_Anything_Goes_Bruce_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm PDT

Coming soon to MONSTER PARTY! And by soon, we mean,  NOW!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, dissect some of the most important advertising tools, when it comes to selling a film or product. We're talkin' ... TRAILERS & COMMERCIALS!!!

Of course, who better to give us a "fly on the wall" view of these unique attention grabbers, than comedian, filmmaker, and acclaimed commercial director... JORDAN BRADY! (I AM COMIC, I AM ROAD COMIC, I AM BATTLE COMIC, MARIA BAMFORD: THE SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL! & THE BEST DAMN EGGO WAFFLE COMMERCIALS EVER MADE) He's also the inventer of the "chocolate chip squib." But you knew that.

Enter an upside-down world, where trailers & commercials are the main feature! The world of MONSTER PARTY!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Trailers__Commercials_Jordan_Brady.mp3
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REJOICE! MONSTER PARTY has unearthed even more hidden horrors!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, revisit one of their all time favorite topics! It's that one where they dig deep into their vast knowledge of fright films, to come up with a list of offbeat oddities from the sinister screen! Yes, it's... HORROR OBSCURA VOL. 2!!!

Helping them negotiate their way off the beaten terror track, is return guest and big-time friend of the show, writer/director/novelist/film expert supreme... C. COURTNEY JOYNER! (FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM, PUPPET MASTER III: TOULON'S REVENGE, LURKING FEAR, DOCTOR MORDRID, BUSHWACKED: THE JOHN BISHOP SHOTGUN SAGA, NEMO RISING)

Just when you thought you'd completed your horror film "must see" list, MONSTER PARTY provides you with a new one! Isn't life grand?!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Horror_Obscura_Vol_2_C_Courtney_Joyner.mp3
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HAPPY NEW YEAR MONSTER PARTIERS!

To start off the NEW YEAR right, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, play a cinematic game of "What If?" and look at the genre films we almost got to see... THE FILMS THAT NEVER WERE!!!!

Of course, we got the singularly perfect guest for this topic! He's the writer, director, actor, animator, who brought us the always fascinating documentary, "THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES:WHAT HAPPENED?" ...JON SCHNEPP! (METALOCALYPSE, SPACE GHOST:COAST TO COAST, AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE, THE VENTURE BROS., THE ABCs OF DEATH, SLAYER:REPENTLESS)

Prepare yourself for tales of controversial casting, studio infighting, inadequate ninjas, and a heapin' helping of movies we'd love to see to made!

YAY 2018! Fingers crossed!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Films_That_Never_Were_Jon_Schnepp.mp3
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