Monster Party


JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again descended upon the city of Pasadena's HAUNTED CONVENTION CENTER, to dominate the lucky souls within! Grab yourself a stiff drink, and/or a reasonably priced heating pad to warm your shivering spines, as you experience MONSTER PARTY... LIVE AT MONSTERPALOOZA 2019: PART 1!!!

When you're dealing with an event so profoundly massive as MONSTERPALOOZA, there's no way to fit all the fiendish fun we had into one episode. Therefore, we not-so-humbly submit to you, the first part of our epic audio adventure into THE ART OF MONSTERS! Expect a dazzling array of artists, actors, filmmakers, collectors, collectible dealers, toy designers, special effects wizards, makeup experts, authors, publishers, entrepreneurs, cosplayers, literal monster kids, and most important... THE MONSTER PARTY FANS!

Our warmest thanks go out to everyone who has supported our podcast, and came out to see us! WE LOVE YOU... TO DEATH!

MONSTER NOTE: If you're wondering why SHAWN SHERIDAN is heard in our opening segment, then disappears for a while, it's because he was unable to attend MONSTERPALOOZA on Friday night. This was due to a professional commitment and not his fault, but it does how much Shawn is actually carrying the rest of us. 


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In this episode, MONSTER PARTY asks the question: Are those kids torturing a naked drunk, or just playing OPERATION

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, grab ahold of their joysticks, and take on one of their most challenging topics... GAMES!!!

Admittedly not the most game savvy of nerds, the MONSTER PARTY gang realized they needed the perfect guest to do this topic justice. Through a series of strategic moves, and bit of rolling the dice, they landed on a man who is a game designer, bestselling author, Disney Imagineer, and the best damn game historian in the universe! MONSTER PARTY welcomes... SCOTT ROGERS! (MAXIMO, PAC-MAN WORLD, GOD OF WAR, LEVEL UP! THE GUIDE TO GREAT VIDEO GAME DESIGN,  SWIPE THIS! THE GUIDE TO TOUCHSCREEN GAME DESIGN, MICKEY'S FUN WHEEL CHALLENGE, RAYGUNS AND ROCKETSHIPS, PANTONE)

Then, by consulting the mystic "EYE OF ZOHAR", we also managed to nab game enthusiast, and a MONSTER PARTY friend of the show, who coincidentally happens to be the wife of Shawn Sheridan... GINA SHERIDAN!

Get ready for a 6 player journey through the entire history of games! We go from the earliest travel games (like the one in King Tut's tomb), on to the world of classic board games, the invention of PONG and the rise of the video games, the resurgence of pinball games, the arcade vs home console conundrum, the DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS revolution, and beyond!

Don't let your day go KERPLUNK! Listen now!

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JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, pop the question, "Why don't more marriages last?" Answer: Because they become... MACABRE MARRIAGES!!!

In this matrimony challenging episode, MONSTER PARTY investigates married couples who take the vow, "Til death do we part", a little too literally. We've got amorous aliens, bloody brides, demented Don Juans, gruesome grifters, insensitive insectoids, perverse parents... AND MORE!

Walking us us down the aisle of this potentially thorny subject, is a returning guest and an acclaimed filmmaker, who brought us such films as TREKKIES, TREKKIES 2, SUCKERS, and THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE... ROGER NYGARD!

Roger's new award winning documentary, THE TRUTH ABOUT MARRIAGE, may provide a few of you with some practical help in avoiding your own MACABRE MARRIAGE. For the rest...there's always Mexico!

SPOILER ALERT: In this podcast, we discuss a certain episode of GAME OF THRONES, that features a rather non traditional wedding ceremony. If you haven't seen this episode, you may want to fast forward ahead. You're welcome.

ATTENTION: Stay tunes after the end music and outtakes  for the kaiju conclusion of our BONUS CONTENT from the 2018 G FEST CONVENTION in Chicago! Bringing it all home is our old pal, TERROR OF MECHA-GODZILLA enthusiast... ADAM G. HULTS! 


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JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, dig deep into their utility belt of excellent ideas, and present you with the very best of their... DREAM SUPERHERO MOVIES!!!

Get ready for a captivating capeful of heroically hopeful superhero dream films, that we'd give our Fortress of Solitude to see! We've got everything from insane crime fighters and cartoon rock bands, to prehistoric adventurers and monster fighting vigilantes! And MORE!!!

There's no way we could have done this topic without the help of a friend of the show, who also happens to be our go-to superhero expert. We're talking about comedian/actor/writer/director/producer/anti-hero... FRED BELFORD! (PINKY MALINKY, NOT EXACTLY NEWS, SECRET MOUNTAIN FORT AWESOME, I GET THAT A LOT, MEGALODON)

I think our kryptonite is loving this episode too much!


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JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again gather beloved characters from horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, and pit them against each other! If you haven't already guessed our topic by the reading the title of this episode, we proudly present... WHO WOULD WIN? VOL. 4!!!

"WHO WOULD WIN?" is one of the most popular and requested MONSTER PARTY topics, and here's why? We all come up with a list of various genre mashups (ex. Thanos vs. Santa Claus), then debate who would win in a hypothetical fight. These beastly battles can can cross time, franchises, movies, television, and sometimes, even logic. Two characters go into a comes out. And we even argue over the merits of the room!

Joining us for this fight we're calling,"THE FRAY OFF SHERMAN WAY", is long time friend of the show, and a formidable creature in and of himself. It's THE PITBULL OF COMEDY... BOBBY SLAYTON! (ED WOOD, WONDER WHEEL, CRISIS IN SIX SCENES, THE RAT PACK, DREAMGIRLS, THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON)

Feel free to contact us with a "WHO WOULD WIN?" of your own, and who knows, we may use it in an upcoming episode!

BONUS: Stick around after the end music and ouuttakes, for yet another G FEST MOMENT, recorded at the 2018 G FEST CONVENTION in CHICAGO. This time, we chat with father and son monster suit making team... MATT & SIG TICHOTA! Matt? Can you adopt us?

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Say the magic word... MONSTER PARTY!!!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, wave their wands, and pull an intriguing and mysterious subject out of their "topic hat." Alakazam! It's... MAGIC!!!

With such an important and historically significant topic, MONSTER PARTY managed to book a guest is who not only an expert in magic, but an overall entertainment powerhouse! He was the frontman and creative force behind the critically acclaimed band, POSSOM DIXON; he's an accomplished film actor who's starred in such genre films as A GHOST STORY, HANUKKAH (with the late DICK MILLER), DECAY, and Ryan Gossling's directorial debut, LOST RIVER; and he has appeared in countless TV shows including CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI, N.Y., COMEDY BANG! BANG!, GLOW, and STRANGE ANGEL! 

But most importantly for this episode, our guest is an award-winning magician (Voted "Stage Magician of the Year” and "2014/2015 Parlour Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.), who mixes dark humor, mentalism, and devilish good looks. MONSTER PARTY welcomes... ROB ZABRECKY!

Get ready to have your preconceived ideas of magic, sawed in half, as we delve into magic related films, famous magicians, magic kits, toys, magic shop air conditioning, and even the intricacies of auctioneering!

Listen now, before this episode disappears in a puff of smoke...but it probably won't. 

And if you love ectoplasm, be sure to check out Rob's hilarious YouTube seance show, OTHER SIDE with ZABRECKY! 

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JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, bring into the studio, an artist/designer/writer/explorer, who has worked on practically every single thing we love!  Take our let us guide you through... THE WEIRD WORLDS OF WILLIAM STOUT!!! (PAN'S LABYRINTH, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, GODZILLA: THE SERIES, ROCK N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, and a giant list of credits that eventually will break IMDB!)

Mr. Stout was kind enough to share a host of stories, ranging from negotiating his was through the often precarious entertainment industry, doing design for theme parks, creating zombies with character, digging for dinosaur bones, showing antarctic leopard seals who's boss, and so much, much more!!! 

Be sure to pick up Bill's the new book... FANTASTIC WORLDS: THE ART OF WILLIAM STOUT! Available on AMAZON, and wherever really cool things can be purchased. BOOM!

And stick around after the end theme music for more outtakes, and a BONUS STORY from WILLIAM STOUT! Why? Because we like you!

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JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, challenge themselves (but mostly others), to grab the NEW YEAR by the demon horns, and make some changes! It's a creepily cathartic episode we've decided to call... NEW FEAR'S RESOLUTIONS!!!

No one in the world of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, is safe from MONSTER PARTY'S self improvement targets! Expect the kind of combative debating and personal attacks you've come to expect from this podcast. So much for leaf turning!

Joining us for this resolution roundup, is longtime friend of the show: comedian supreme, actor, and host of THE DORK FOREST podcast... JACKIE KASHIAN! (CONAN, I AM NOT THE HERO OF THIS STORY, LAST COMIC STANDING, COMEDY CENTRAL, THE JACKIE & LAURIE SHOW)

BONUS: After the outtakes, stick around for another heartwarming G FEST MOMENT, recorded at the 2018 G FEST CONVENTION in Chicago! This time, we present G FEST GAME ROOM COORDINATOR, and SUIT ACTOR IN TRAINING... MICHAEL McCANTS!

Do yourself a favor, and make a NEW FEAR'S RESOLUTION of your own! Remember... rules are meant to be broken!

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