Mar 22, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 205 – Santa Clarita Diet Season 1

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Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018 for the Horror Track!
 
Just in time for the premiere of the sophomore season, Needless Things is proud to present E.J. Stevens, James A. Moore, and our very own Dave West discussing the first season of Netflix’s outrageous Santa Clarita Diet!
 
Starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, this bizarre gore-fest defied expectations and set a new standard for horror comedy. Featuring an amazing supporting cast and a story that could best be described as unpredictable, Santa Clarita Diet surprised many by being not only a satisfying source of splatter, but a touching family drama.
 
Listen in as Dave, James, and E.J. record this episode of the Needless Things Podcast before a live Dragon Con audience!
 
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Feb 15, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 200 – LIVE 200th Episode Extravaganza!

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Join Dave, the Needless Things Irregulars, and some very special guests for a night of entertainment recorded live at the Intown Coffehouse in Atlanta, Georgia!
 
One of Dave’s earliest inspirations for becoming a performer was Late Night with David Letterman. For this special 200th episode of the Needless Things Podcast, tribute is paid to that legendary show by way of a live talk show featuring a house band, panel interviews, and a wild cast of characters!
 
What follows is an excerpt from the final message sent out to the performers prior to showtime:
 
Good evening!
 
I just wanted to touch base about the Needless Things Podcast 200th Episode Extravaganza, a fun variety show for all ages featuring music, puppetry, and special guests. The format will be based on late night talk shows.
 
First I want to thank you for being a part of this show. This a very special night for the podcast and for me personally, as I have dreamed of hosting something like this ever since I first started watching David Letterman back in 1987. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful and inspiring group of people to be a part of this event.
 
The 200th takes place at the Intown Coffeehouse on January 25th. As of now doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8. Crew should arrive by 6 PM, talent please arrive by 7. Production should wrap by 9:30.
 
CREW
 
Host – Dave West
Announcer – Sean Reid
House Band – Bambi Lynn, Ricky Zero, Jas Ingram
Sound – Ryan Cadaver
Production Manager – Rebeccah Hunter
Camera – Jason Wilson
 
TALENT
 
Arian Gulick
Jay Hornsby
Beau Brown
Bean & Bear 
The Casket Creatures – Ryan Cadaver, Cliff Damnage, Kevin Slayfield
 
Listen in as Dave and the Needless Things Irregulars record this episode of the Needless Things Podcast before a live studio audience!
 
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Feb 8, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 199 – Toy Stories LIVE at Days of the Dead Atlanta

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LIVE from the Days of the Dead Atlanta horror convention – Dave, Nicole Gould, and Ryan Cadaver host Needless Things Presents Toy Stories: Plastic Horrors!
 
From Marx to Mego to McFarlane to Mezco, the Needless Things Irregulars jump around the history of horror toys and discuss their favorites in front of a live Days of the Dead audience. Each of the last six decades has seemed to present innovations and revolutions in the world of horror-based toys, and the panel touches on some of their favorite lines and moments in this special episode brought to you by the Blue Track.
 
Listen in as Dave, Nicole, Ryan, and audience members share stories of the roots of their horror collections and their favorite spooky toys!
 
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Nov 30, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 189 – Boglins & Sectaurs with Timothy Clarke

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LIVE from the Dragon Con 2017 Puppetry Track!
 
Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – talks to the wonderful Tim Clarke about two of the legendary 80s toy lines he created – Boglins and Sectaurs!
 
Listen in as Tim talks to Dave about the genesis of these two innovative puppetry-based concepts and their legacy in the world of toys!
 
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Nov 3, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 185 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018!

The third entry in the Elm Street series set the tone for the future of the franchise, introducing a group of strong, unique kids that audiences would remember for decades, as well as upping the ante on the nightmare visuals and Freddy’s puns.

Many – including our own Dave West – consider this the best of the franchise, or at least a favorite.

Listen in as Dave, the folks from Horror News Radio, and the Horror Track’s Ichabod talk Dream Warriors in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Oct 6, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 181 – 31 Days of Halloween: The Horror of Kane

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LIVE from Dragon Con 2017, but the perfect way to kick off 31 Days of Halloween on the Needless Things Podcast, Dave talks to one of the most notable horror icons in the history of professional wrestling – the Big Red Machine, Kane!

As one of the longest-tenured athletes in WWE, Kane has personified evil many times throughout his career. From long-running feuds with his brother the Undertaker to Inferno Matches to being a masked monster seeking revenge upon those that have wronged him, Kane’s legacy is steeped in the macabre.

Outside of wrestling Kane portrayed one of the latest and biggest in the grand lineage of slashers, Jacob Goodnight in the See No Evil movie franchise!

Listen in as Dave and Kane discuss wrestling, film, and what it took for Glenn Jacobs to become the Devil’s Favorite Demon!

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Sep 21, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 179 – The Dark Crystal: Making the Mystics with Tim Clarke

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LIVE from Dragon Con 2017!

Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – talks to the wonderful Tim Clarke about his time with the Jim Henson company and his work on The Dark Crystal.

Listen in as Tim talks to Dave about his start with Henson, the experience of creating such an immersive world, and what happened to the toy line that Tim worked on!

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If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. We’re all about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. The Needless Things Podcast drops once a week, usually on Friday.

Be sure to come back in October for our 31 Days of Halloween! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Sep 8, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 177 – 1987: Live from Dragon Con

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LIVE from Dragon Con 2017!

Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – is joined by Nicole Gould, Rebeccah Hunter, Michael Bailey, Gary Mitchel, and Noel Wood for an all-new panel about the pop culture from thirty years ago!

Listen in as the panelists and audience share their favorite things – from Spaceballs to Guns N’ Roses, we’ve got the year covered, LIVE from Dragon Con!

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Be sure to come back in October for our 31 Days of Halloween! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Mar 23, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 152 – Toy Stories LIVE at Toylanta 2017

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LIVE from Toylanta 2017 (formerly Joelanta and the Great Atlanta Toy Convention), Phantom Troublemaker hosts an all-new Toy Stories panel!

Everyone has a toy story.

Join Phantom Troublemaker and a selection of special guests as they share reminiscences about the playthings they grew up with. The topic this year was “How We Play” - the panelists discussed how they played with the toys of their youth. Did we follow the cartoons and comics or create our own stories? Outside or inside? Did we mix toy lines or keep them separate?

Listen in as Phantom, Rad Ranger, Ryan Cadaver, Award-Winning author Bobby Nash, and Revolution SF’s Gary Mitchel tell you how they mixed brands, told stories, and waged miniature wars!

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Nov 3, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 132 – Dragon Con 2016 – Big Trouble in Little China

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A presentation of the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track! It’s the final podcast from this year’s Dragon Con - a live panel celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of John Carpenter’s classic Big Trouble in Little China!

Also, Phantom breaks down the benefits of SupportPhantom.com and how you can help keep Needless Things independent and free.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker and a cast of Classic Track Irregulars as they discuss Jack Burton, Gracie Law, David Lo Pan, monsters, and Wang on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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