Needless Things Podcast 190 – Valerie Meiss

December 7th, 2017
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Dave talks to musician, illustrator, puppeteer, and all-around renaissance woman Valerie Meiss!

 
 
“A fascination with fairytales and detective stories at bedtime, a never-ending stockpile of cardboard, and a slew of old junk and toy instruments have left their mark on Valerie Meiss' work.
 
She boldly claims to be a singing, songwriting musician (though hardly a singer-songwriter) and performance artist. She makes a life for herself playing shows, building and performing with puppets, and illustrating children's stories or daily memoirs in her little house on a hill in the wild woods of a tiny mountain town in Western North Carolina.
 
She toured regionally and nationally for 8 years and learned the exciting trade of travelling rockstar in the band Hellblinki.  Now she can be seen performing as Tiny Wonder, and sometimes as Miss Mousie & The Rigamarole.”
 
Listen in as Dave talks to Valerie about her path from illustrator to musician to puppeteer in this wide-ranging episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 189 – Boglins & Sectaurs with Timothy Clarke

November 30th, 2017
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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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Needless Things Podcast 179 – The Dark Crystal: Making the Mystics with Tim Clarke

September 21st, 2017
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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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Needless Things Podcast 176 – Dragon Con 2017: The Puppets Take Atlanta

August 28th, 2017
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Dragon Con 2017 coverage continues on Needless Things in this special Wednesday episode!

In this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Puppetry Track Director Beau Brown returns to lay down everything that's going on this year in Dragon Con's most inclusive and all-encompassing Track!

Listen for all of the exciting Puppet Track news, as well as some exclusive announcements!

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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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Needless Things Podcast 134 – ThanksKilling Needless Commentary

November 17th, 2016
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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

It’s Thanksgiving break and there’s no better place to go than Crawberg for some sex, booze, and MURDER MOST FOWL! ThanksKilling is an ultra-low budget horror movie about a killer turkey and the “teens” that he’s after. It’s a rare combination of bad direction, bad acting, and puppetry that will liven up and family gathering.

Phantom Troublemaker is joined by The Rad Ranger and Arian (who chose this TURKEY) for this installment of Needless Commentary.

Grab your DVD, Blu-ray, or Betamax cassette and follow along at home as the gang share their thoughts about one of the greatest horror films of all time!

   
 
   
 

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Needless Things Podcast 129 – 31 Days of Halloween – The Puckin’ Fuppet Show

October 13th, 2016

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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!


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Needless Things Podcast 122 – Dragon Con 2016: The Great Puppet(ry Track) Caper!

August 25th, 2016
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2016 Dragon Con coverage continues! Phantom Troublemaker talks to Mr. Beau Brown, Director of the Dragon Con Puppetry Track!

It’s been well established on Needless Things that puppetry is a universal language that can be appreciated by all. Every year at Dragon Con it is the mission of the Puppetry Track to speak that language to as many people as possible while entertaining and educating.

Listen in as Phantom and Beau discuss this year’s guests, panels, and shows from one of the most beloved Tracks at Dragon Con!


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If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. Me and my writers post five times a week about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. I do the Needless Things Podcast once a week. And definitely 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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Needless Things Podcast 120 – Dragon Con 2016: Joshua Holden

August 11th, 2016
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2016 Dragon Con coverage begins here! Phantom Troublemaker talks to the Ambassador of Joy, puppeteer Joshua Holden!

Two years ago performer and puppeteer Joshua Holden attended the National Puppet Slam and Dragon Con in Atlanta. His Con performance brought an entire ballroom of attendees to joyous tears and formed a special bond amongst all who were there to witness. If you’ve heard the term “wear a cape” uttered in reverent tones in relation to Dragon Con, Joshua and his friend Mr. Nicholas are the reason why.

In today’s episode, Phantom learns Joshua’s story and the import with which he carries the title of Ambassador of Joy. Most importantly, they talk about Joshua’s return to Atlanta for this year’s Dragon Con and another exciting National Puppet Slam!

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Needless Things Podcast 71 – Dragon Con 2015: The Puppetry Track

August 30th, 2015
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2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast! In this week’s episode, Phantom talks to his co-host, Mr. Beau Brown, who also happens to be the director of the Puppetry Track!


The Puppetry Track celebrates puppetry in pop culture and brings the magic of live puppetry to con goers! Featuring special guests Caroll Spinney who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street”, and Steve Whitmire, puppeteer for Kermit the Frog! Other Guests include Cheryl Henson, Henson Archivist Karen Falk, “Sesame Street” performers Tyler Bunch and Pam Arciero, and puppeteer for Abby Cadabby Leslie Carrara-Rudolph.

Listen in as Phantom and Beau talk about what will be happening in the world of puppeteering at Dragon Con this year! Plus – a special interview with Monsterama's Anthony Taylor about this year's Blood Drive!



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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!

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

November 3rd, 2014
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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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