Needless Things Podcast 200 – LIVE 200th Episode Extravaganza!

February 15th, 2018
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.
Host – Dave West
Announcer – Sean Reid
House Band – Bambi Lynn, Ricky Zero, Jas Ingram
Sound – Ryan Cadaver
Production Manager – Rebeccah Hunter
Camera – Jason Wilson
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!
Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!
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Needless Things Podcast 129 – 31 Days of Halloween – The Puckin’ Fuppet Show

October 13th, 2016


Phantom Troublemaker welcomes Mr. Beau Brown and puppeteer Gavin Cummins to the show to discuss the upcoming Halloween Puckin’ Fuppet Show, taking place at the Village theater in Atlanta on October 22nd!

The Puckin’ Fuppet show is an Atlanta tradition that features live, adult-oriented puppetry in a theater setting. Phoenix puppeteer Gavin Cummins is this year’s special guest. He will perform two segments during the show, alongside a collection of some of Atlanta’s finest puppeteers. Additionally, Phantom Troublemaker will be doing one of the things he does best – hosting audience participation games in between shows!

There will also be a raffle to benefit our friend, Hannah Miller, who is suffering from a rare and debilitating medical condition and needs all of our support and love. You can read more about Hannah’s situation here.

Listen in as Phantom, Beau, and Gavin discuss puppetry, live shows, and how puppetry is used in horror movies in an all-new 31 Days of Halloween Needless Things Podcast!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

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Needless Things’ 31 Days of Halloween lasts all month long and everything on the site will be thoroughly Halloweeny!


Needless Things Podcast 72 – Dragon Con 2015: Toy Stories

September 10th, 2015
2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast as we look back at the events! In this week’s episode, Phantom hosts a live panel called Toy Stories!

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. Each speaker will present a tale attached to a specific toy from their life. Members of the audience will be asked to share as well, so be sure to bring that My Pet Monster or Green Ranger with the broken leg or pristine Strawberry Shortcake that you can’t bear to take out of the box.

Listen in as Phantom, Michael Bailey, Jay Hornsby, Shaun Rosado, Gary Mitchel, and members of the audience share the stories behind their favorite toys!

Be sure to join the new Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

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Today's episode is sponsored by Underoos, The Underwear That's Still Fun to Wear! Listen in to find out how you can win a pair in the size and style of your choice!

Needless Things Podcast Episode 38: The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow

November 3rd, 2014
If you read Phantom Troublemaker’s post about The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow, then you know about his recent visit to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

After the puppet show Phantom was able to sit down with the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers – siblings Robin Erlandsen and Brian and Erik Torbeck – to discuss the fourteen year history of Silly Hollow as well as their own backgrounds in puppetry.

Listen in and find out what goes into a puppet show and how it evolves over time, as well as what motivates the puppeteers. The siblings also discuss some of their other family oriented shows, including a Western and one about pirates!
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Needless Things Podcast Episode 22: State of the Phantom Address

April 21st, 2014


In which Phantom Troublemaker discusses matters of health, finance, and rocking the mic.


Seriously, though - I just wanted to have a nice little fireside chat with all of you Phantomaniacs and let you in on what's happening. We hit our goal, the podcast will go on to be bigger and better.


But there are other things afoot, as well. Give it a listen and leave your feedback here, on Facebook, or send it in to the e-mail on the right side of your screen. The one under the PayPal Donation button.




Anyway, give it a listen. I talk about stuff and then at the end share a very perosnal, special treat with you guys. Enjoy.


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