Monster Party

MONSTER PARTY looks back at where we've been, and how far we've come!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, use their magic oracle (not to mention, a few shots of vodka) to peer into the past, present, and future of the horror/sci-fi/fantasy genre! Helping us tackle this Tim Burns-size project, is one the talented and passionate, monster kid trailblazers of today! It's the writer/producer/director/co-creator of such projects as the YOUTUBE series VIDEO GAME HIGH SCHOOL, and the new HULU sci-fi anthology series DIMENSION 404... DEZ DOLLY! The minute Dez entered the studio, he felt like an old friend. And what brings friends closer together than having some drinks, nerding out, and being the occasional target of personal attacks? Welcome home Dez!

In addition to our usual 100% FUN GUARANTEE, stick around after the end music for some extra feisty backstage bloopers! 

Now enjoy this audio pub crawl across time and space!

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Snuggle up in your straitjackets MONSTER PARTIERS! Things are about to get CRAY CRAY!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, pay a visit to the laughing academy, when they delve deep into the lovable madness of... PSYCHOPATHS! Helping us with a not-so-clinical diagnosis of this subject is, EMMY AWARD WINNING writer/producer/director... ROB COHEN! (THE BEN STILLER SHOW, THE SIMPSONS, SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM, THE BIG BANG THEORY, MARON, LADY DYNAMITE, MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000) Rob goes off his meds, and joins us on a psychotic ride through some of screen history's most magnificent maniacs!

MONSTER PARTY BONUS: Just when you thought this episode had pushed you beyond the realms of sanity, stay tuned after the closing music for a special story from Rob Cohen (hint: it involves Canada and gun play), and some EXTRA PSYCHOPATH CHAT!

Insert maniacal laughter here.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:18am PDT

MONSTER PARTY learns how to build a better tomorrow!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a trip from the drafting table into the future, when they get a crash course in... SCI-FI DESIGN! Serving as our resident futurist is the conceptual artist for such films as ZATHURA, SPIDER-MAN 3, TRON:LEGACY, IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA:CIVIL WAR, and a whole bunch of AVENGERS films... PHIL SAUNDERS!

Phil gives us the nuts and bolts info on what it takes to make the perfect IRON MAN armor; the inside dope on such design pioneers as SYD MEAD, H.R. GIGER, and RALPH McQUARRIE; the origin story of a certain wisecracking A.I. from THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT CD ROM series; and so much more, it could fill a shared universe!

Of course, when Phil finally designs the perfect martini, we'll definitely have him back!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am PDT

For this episode, MONSTER PARTY has assembled the perfect cast!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, roll out their mint-in-package casting couch for a rip snortin', side-splitting, but actually informative look into... HORROR & SCI-FI CASTING!  

Giving us a look behind the audition veil, is veteran casting director and fellow genre nerd, G. CHARLES WRIGHT!!! (THAT 70'S SHOW, ANGER MANAGEMENT, THE MIDDLE).

G Charles provides us with the inside scoop on what it takes to book the right actor for the right project, and shares some hilarious stories of his time in the casting chair. Of course, expect the usual childish disagreements, personal attacks, and obvious sexual tension, that are an integral part of every MONSTER PARTY show.

Now give this episode a listen...in your own time...and have fun with it!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm PDT

This time, MONSTER PARTY gets DANGEROUS!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, decide to throw caution to the wind, and engage in some very risky podcasting. Just when you thought it was safe to settle in and listen to five inebriated nerds argue over one obscure topic, MONSTER PARTY brings you a... TOPIC FREE-FOR-ALL! Buckle up as the MP gang and their guest, pick random topics out of a plastic skull, and test each other's expertise at free form improvisational geeking out!

Joining us for this game of nerd Russian Roulette is comedian, writer, producer, napkin cartoonist, and friend of the show... JOHN MATTA! (THE MARTIN SHORT SHOW, THE ANDY DICK SHOW, BEWARE THE BATMAN, MATTA NAPKIN) John brings his vast knowledge, razor sharp wit, and urbane decadence to this exciting night of...well...pulling topic ideas out of a plastic skull. 

Like we said at the top... DANGEROUS!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm PDT

A great man once said, "Who's going to believe a talking head?" We say, "How about five?!"

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, roll out the blood-red carpet, to welcome one of the best damn actors in the business! Pull up a slab, put your phasers on "Maker's Mark", and extend your pineal gland for...AN EVENING WITH JEFFREY COMBS! Mr. Combs has delighted MONSTER PARTY listeners with performances in films like RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, THE FRIGHTENERS, CASTLE FREAK, DR. MORDRID, and many more! He's also lent his talents to television, playing host of memorable characters on shows like STAR TREK:DEEP SPACE NINE (who doesn't love to hate Weyoun?!), STAR TREK:VOYAGER, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, BABYLON 5, and THE 4400. If that weren't enough, Mr. Combs has taken the voice over world by storm in such projects that include SPIDER-MAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, SCOOBY DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED (H.P. Hatecraft!), THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES, and as the voice of "Ratchet" in the TRANSFORMERS animated series, and video games. But a personal favorite of MONSTER PARTY has to be Jeffrey Combs' performance as EDGAR ALLEN POE, in his critically acclaimed one man show, NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLEN POE, directed by STUART GORDON! Two friends of the show... in one show!!!

Receive this reward from The Founders...may it keep you strong!

Direct download: Monster_Party_An_Evening_with_Jeffrey_Combs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm PDT

THE END IS NIGH! And as you know, when things get to "nigh', it's like...really bad!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, batten down their bomb shelters and stoke them with vodka, all in preparation to discuss the... THE APOCALYPSE!!! It's the end of the world as you know it, and possibly a few end of the world scenarios you might not have thought of. Lucky you!

This time, MONSTER PARTY opens up their lead doors and welcomes back friend of the show, comedian, actor, and fellow horror podcaster... JOE DeROSA! (BETTER CALL SAUL, WE'LL SEE YOU IN HELL, COMEDY CENTRAL) What better time than now to look back fondly at all our favorite movie, TV, comic book, and literary cautionary tales about...THE END! If you love vicious cannibals, desolate hellscapes, majestic space arks, telepathic canines, and the usual assortment of post apocalyptic shenanigans, this is the episode you want to go out on!

ATTENTION! After the end music, stick around for a BONUS SEGMENT of "apoc talk", and another dose of behind the scene bloopers! THAT IS ALL!

MONSTER PARTY puts the "def" in DEFCON 1! Word.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY starts the New Fear...uh, Year, with a return to a much loved topic!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again pit sci-fi, horror, and fantasy's most powerful and terrifying creatures against each other in another edition of...WHO WOULD WIN?!!! We don't want to give away too much, but expect big against small, hair against hairpiece, baby against worse baby; and of course, the MONSTER PARTY gang against their guest. Bringing his best palm fist to this battle is comedian, filmmaker, podcaster icon...GRAHAM ELWOOD! (LAFFGHANISTAN, COMEDY FILM NERDS, EAR BUDS: THE PODCASTING DOCUMENTARY) Graham more than holds his own with this topic, and after the show, there was a lot of sweeping up of the minds he'd blown.

Listen in awe, as we bring you more of the dream battles you've been waiting for! And, feel free to contact us with pair-ups of your own! Who knows, it may be featured in a future volume of...WHO WOULD WIN?!!!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:38pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY ends the year with an episode that is NEVER NOT FUNNY...or FRIGHTENING!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD make your holiday dreams come true by welcoming comedic force of nature and host of the trailblazing podcast, NEVER NOT FUNNY... JIMMY PARDO!!! Since Jimmy is allergic to MW's familiars, the guys set up in his studio, and challenged him to answer the question, "WHY AREN'T YOU A BIGGER NERD?" Sure, Mr. Pardo enjoys a good PLANET OF THE APES film, or cheering on "The Shape" in the HALLOWEEN film series. But, where is his action figure shelf?! Where is his Klingon dictionary?! Why doesn't he own a Lawgiver statue?! And would it kill him to wear some Stormtrooper armor from time to time?! C'mon Jimmy, we know you can do better!!

Help MONSTER PARTY expunge the fetid stench of 2016, with this attempt to give a celebrated comedian, the ultimate nerd makeover! 

Next year...MONSTER PARTY may be coming for YOU!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Why_Arent_You_A_Bigger_Nerd_Jimmy_Pardo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY celebrates the granddaddy of horror/fantasy/sci-fi fandom, and his remarkable legacy! 

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, ring in the holidays with a topic that should touch the palpitating heart of every Monsterpartier... FORRY ACKERMAN & THE MONSTER KID GENERATION! In case you've been hiding under a gravestone, the late FORREST J ACKERMAN was a science fiction writer, literary agent, and editor of the first ongoing monster magazine, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND! Known as Uncle Forry to his friends, Ackerman was one of the most active proponents of fantastic films and fiction, and practically single handedly started science fiction fandom! Forry was also known for his massive collection of genre treasures, and would often give fans a tour of the "Ackermansion." 

Helping us to understand the impact that Forry left on a generation is writer/FX artist/Polynesian entertainer/studio vocalist/dark ride designer...JOE MOE! Joe took care or Forry during the last years of his life, and gives us a unique perspective on the man, as well doing the definitive Forrest J Ackerman impression!

If that were not enough, the gang is also joined by actress BARBARA LEIGH, star of such films as PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW, JUNIOR BONNER (alongside her then boyfriend Steve McQueen), and the cult classic TERMINAL ISLAND. But, Barbara may be best known by horror fans, as the first and best, live action cover model for VAMPIRELLA magazine! 

And don't miss out on our special new segment: THE MONSTER PARTY GIFT GIVING GUIDE!

To paraphrase Uncle Forry, "Take this podcast home monster kids, you will love it!"

 


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