Monster Party

IT'S THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY...ONE MORE TIME!

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 room...one 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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MONSTER PARTY IS HONORED TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND WORK OF A GENRE LEGEND!

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 claw...um...hand...and 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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MONSTER PARTY WANTS YOU TO TURN OVER QUITE A FEW NEW LEAVES!

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!

Direct download: Monster_Party_New_Fears_Resolutions_Jackie_Kashian.mp3
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DRACULA says,"I never drink...wine." But THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER says wine is, "Good! Good!" MONSTER PARTY says, "Hey you two, come together over vodka!"

To round out the end of 2018, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, honor two beloved actors who have become cinematic legends! What would the horror genre be without the genius of... BORIS KARLOFF & BELA LUGOSI! 

KARLOFF & LUGOSI were terror trailblazers in such classic films as DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, WHITE ZOMBIE, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and even teamed up in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE BLACK CAT, THE RAVEN, and THE BODY SNATCHER! 

Get ready to rediscover these two acting greats, when we welcome our very special guest. It's writer, cinema historian, and unparalleled Karloff & Lugosi expert... GREG MANK! (IT'S ALIVE! THE CLASSIC CINEMA SAGA OF FRANKENSTEIN, BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF: THE EXPANDED STORY OF A HAUNTING COLLABORATION, HOLLYWOOD'S MADDEST DOCTORS, ONE MAN CRAZY: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLIN CLIVE) 

AND IF THAT WERE NOT ENOUGH, WE'VE GOT BONUS CONTENT! After the outtakes, we return to the 2018 G FEST CONVENTION in CHICAGO for another G FEST MOMENT! This time, we've got our brother from another monster... THOMAS FITCH! Recorded at the G FEST AFTER PARTY, after cocktails.

HAPPY HORROR-DAYS, and have a great NEW FEAR'S EVE! More frightful fun coming in 2019! 

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HAVE A HOLLY, JOLLY, NEW EPISODE OF... MONSTER PARTY!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, follow their shiny, inebriated noses to Santa's Podcast Factory. It's a festive celebration of those Yuletide events we eagerly wait for every year... CHRISTMAS SPECIALS!!!

Expect all your favorites! Family TV show staples like RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, and MORE!

Also on our checked twice list are holiday themed films, cartoons, songs, and TV show episodes! But since this podcast is hosted by natives from THE ISLAND OF MISFIT PEOPLE, brace yourselves for some weird and horrifying entries, like CHRISTMAS EVIL, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, and SANTA AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY. Yes, you heard us... Ice Cream Bunny.

Helping us unpack all these wonderful holiday presents, are a new guest, and a friend of the show! We got writer/director/producer/cool thing experts... GREG EHRBAR (MOUSE TRACKS: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY RECORDS, THE ANIMAGIC WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS, SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN:AUDIO COMMENTARY, THE TOM & JERRY SHOW) & CONSTANTINE NASR! (THE ANIMAGIC WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS, WALKING THE MILE "DIRECTOR'S CUT", BATMAN: BIRTH OF THE MODERN BLOCKBUSTER, THE MIST)

Put one ear in front of the other, and listen to MONSTER PARTY! But, headphones may be more comfortable.

Direct download: Monster_Party_Christmas_Specials_Greg_Ehrbar_Constantine_Nasr.mp3
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MONSTER PARTY offers you a frightening family affair!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, invite their loved ones over for an intimate exchange of nerd talk, we call... THE FEARSOME FAMILY FEAST!!!

After a traditional holiday meal of pizza and booze, we fired up the mics, and welcomed dignitaries from the houses of MONSTER PARTY. This delegation included PATRICK RAY (MATT'S BROTHER-IN-LAW), GINA SHERIDAN (SHAWN'S WIFE), KATHY & KERRY STROTHE (LARRY'S DAUGHTER & WIFE), & CARRIE WEINHOLD (MATT'S WIFE)!

If you want to know what MONSTER PARTY is thankful for (aside from NIGHT OF THE LEPUS), this is the show for you!

WE LOVE YOU MONSTER PARTY FANS!


Once again, MONSTER PARTY gets the book thrown at them!

JAMES GONISSHAWN SHERIDANLARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, revisit a game more challenging than, "Bobbing For Vodka"! More perilous than, "Pin The Tail On The Traffic Cop". It's... REVENGE OF THE MAD MOVIE SMACKDOWN!!!

Like before, the rules are ridiculously simple: We pick a genre movie guidebook like, The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, or John Stanley's Creature Feature Movie Guide; flip through the pages, and randomly SMACKDOWN our fingers on a film entry. Whatever comes up...we have to discuss! This game is also a great way to name your baby! Who wouldn't want a child named "FIREHEAD"?

Aiding us in this monstrous game of TERROR TRIVIA, is returning friend of the show, comedian, actor, writer, modeler, and overall talent tsunami... RICK OVERTON! (WILLOW, GROUNDHOG'S DAY, EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE, I'M DYING UP HERE)

ATTENTION: Stay around after the outtakes (including some great behind-the-scenes tales from WILLOW, and a STERLING HAYDEN one-man show!) for another BONUS AUDIO segment, recorded at the 2018 G FEST convention in CHICAGO. This one features KENT NESSA & JASON NESSA from the DAIKAIJU NETWORK podcast, and it also takes place at the bar. Soooooo predictable.

Direct download: Monster_Party_Revenge_Of_The_Mad_Movie_Smackdown_Rick_Overton.mp3
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MONSTER PARTY trick or treats at THE GREATEST HOUSE ON EARTH!

This scare season, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, forgo the usual TPing of each other's homes, and celebrate ALL HALLOWS' EVE with some class. It's a terrifying tour through Tinsel Town called... HALLOWEEN, HOLLYWOOD STYLE!!!

To experience a true Hollywood Halloween, you need to be in the perfect location, and we managed to find just the right spot. We paid a visit to the home of legendary actor, director, producer, writer, and owner of literally THE BIGGEST SCI-FI/HORROR COLLECTION ON EARTH... RICH CORRELL! (LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, HAPPY DAYS, FULL HOUSE, STEP BY STEP, CO-CREATOR OF HANNAH MONTANA, and SO MUCH MORE!)

If that's not enough bang for your Halloween buck, we also managed to book a gorgeous and talented lady who is not only a PLAYBOY icon, but THE QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN herself... BRIDGET MARQUARDT! (THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR, SCARY MOVIE 4, THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT ELVIRA, BRIDGET'S SEXIEST BEACHES, CELEBRITY PARANORMAL PROJECT) 

Prepare yourself for a slew of great true-life stories involving such luminaries as BORIS KARLOFF, PETER LORRE, FAY WRAY, HAROLD LLOYD, STAN LAUREL, JACK PIERCE, WALT DISNEY, VINCENT PRICE, BASIL RATHBONE, RICK BAKER, ROBERT ENGLUNDHUGH HEFNER, and even MR. ED! It's a HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA not to be missed!

NOTE: We had some audio issues during the recording of this episode that we did our best to rectify. But don't worry, the ghosts in our machines are now "safely" stored in an Ecto Containment Unit.

ATTENTION: Stick around after the bloopers for another BONUS AUDIO segment, recorded at the 2018 G FEST convention in CHICAGO. This one features BRYAN CLARK from ATTACK OF THE KILLER PODCAST! Seriously, listening to it may kill you. So please, wear a helmet.

Direct download: Monster_Party_Halloween_Hollywood_Style_Rich_Correll_Bridget_Marquardt.mp3
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Snap your fingers MONSTER PARTIERS!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky look at the monster kid's answer to THE BRADY BUNCH. It's... THE ADDAMS FAMILY!!!

The original ADDAMS FAMILY cartoons in THE NEW YORKER, led to a hit television show in the 60s, numerous animated series, TV specials, several feature films, and even a musical! And like one of Gomez's trains, THE ADDAMS FAMILY shows no sign of stopping! Case in point, our guest for this episode. She's the gifted and beloved actress who played the original, and dare we say, the definitive, WEDNESDAY ADDAMS... LISA LORING! (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, FANTASY ISLAND, AS THE WORLD TURNS, BLOOD FRENZY, DEATH FEUD, ICED)

Join us for a fascinating talk with this genre icon, then stick around after the bloopers for another BONUS AUDIO segment, recorded at the 2018 G FEST convention in CHICAGO. This one features one of our most loyal MONSTER PARTIERS... ANGELA McNICHOLS. We also interviewed her boyfriend ROBB GATICA, but we'll save that for our WKRP IN CINCINNATI episode.

Uhhhhhhhhhhhh!

 

 

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