Long Beach Comic Con 2018

Long Beach Comic Con's Artist Alley is rich with amazingly talented people, each offering their own unique approach to the creation of art and merchandise for fans of pop culture. I recorded with a variety of these creators and asked each to share a movie that influenced them to be who they are today.  Please be sure to visit the websites and social media for each of my guests, follow them, and, perhaps, buy some of their work!

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018

I spent the first day of Comic-Con International: San Diego recording with con-goers who attended our Podcast Advocates panel, artists selling their amazing work on Artist's Alley, and creators in the Small Press area.  Each of them shared with me a movie that influenced them to be who they are today.  Please be sure to visit the websites and social media for each of my guests, follow them, and, perhaps, buy some of their work!

Mike Schmidt

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Mike Schmidt, comedian and host of the long-running podcast, The 40 Year Old Boy, sits down with me to talk about the movies that made him the man he is today.  Join us, as we discuss Caan men, the Bemidji Holiday Inn, podunk phenomenons, and language lessons.

Jarrett Siefert

Jarrett Seifert, co-host of Bombs Away, sat down with me immediately after I recorded with his co-host Jonathan Young (see episode 87) in their recording studio in the projection booth of the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA, to talk about the movies that made him who he is.  Listen in, as we discuss scrappy villains, two year binges, Hot Topic ads, and background comedy noise.

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young, co-host of Bombs Away , invited me into the recording studio in the projection booth of the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA, to talk about the movies that made him who he is.  Listen in, as we discuss childhood in a cabinet, singing history, striving for Stratton, and words for the unwordable.


WonderCon 2018

I spent two days at this year's WonderCon Anaheim and had a great time talking with a whole bunch of truly amazing creators throughout Artist's Alley.  I asked each artist to tell me about one movie that influenced them to be who they are.  While I was there, I also caught up with a couple past guests of the show, who were selling their awesome artwork to the throngs of con-goers. 

Jackie Kashian

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Jackie Kashian, comedian and host of The Dork Forest and The Jackie and Laurie Show podcasts sat down with me to chat about the movies that influenced her to be the woman she is today.  Join us, as we discuss Opie moments, vagina altars, cussing with integrity, and basement time machines.

*My apologies for the sound issues on this episode.  I swear we were in the same room!  Happily, Jackie's side of the conversation came through loud and clear, and she's the one you really want to hear from, anyway!*

Mysterie Peña

Mysterie Peña, President of the Santa Monica College Gender and Sexuality Alliance and co-host of Lunch Meats podcast, sat down with me for a delightfully nerdy discussion of the movies that made him who he is today.  Join us, as we chat about Steve Martin's Beatles, lesbian spies, how to address the easily offended, and Nerdist nerddom.

Ron Placone

Ron Placone, comedian, co-host of 5 Chords and The Truth podcast, producer/writer/panelist on The Jimmy Dore Show podcast, and host of Get Your News On with Ron (Facebook and Live.me), sits down with me to talk about the movies that most influenced him.  Join us, as we discuss micro-revolutions, sinking Titanics, subconscious dickheads, and vacant shoes.

Jordan Brady

Jordan Brady, Director of the documentaries I Am Comic, I Am Road Comic, and I Am Battle Comic, along with numerous television commercials, and host of Respect The Process podcast, share an absolute love-fest as we chat about his influential movies.  Join us, as we discuss hanging stories, the Flintstone Flop, podcast life lessons, and push button horror.

Giovannie Espiritu

Giovannie Espiritu, actor in Paranormal Huntresses and Dyke Central, as well as numerous TV appearances, recently sat down with me to share the movies that influenced her to be who she is today. Join us, as we discuss getting hit in the gut, the purity of terrible movies, being The Walking Dead, and Kylego futures.

Josh Saltzman

I sat down with television writer Josh Saltzman, who I had the pleasure of working with on the animated series Pete The Cat for Amazon Prime.  Listen in, as we get to know each other better, while discussing grandfather humor, closeted memories, schizophrenic llamas, and manic frogs.

3rd Anniversary Celebration!

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Join in the fun as I bring together past guests and continuing fans for a lively and wide-ranging group conversation to celebrate Movies Made Me's 3rd anniversary! Pull up a chair and enjoy the party at "Gonzalez Studios"! 

You'll spend time with these awesome friends of the show:

Jeff "Swampy" Marsh:  Creator/Executive Producer of Phineas & Ferb and Milo Murphy's Law on Disney Channel and Disney XD, head honcho of Surfer Jack Productions, Executive Producer of Pete the Cat on Amazon Prime. Hear his his influential movies on episode 7, and his appearances on episodes 26 (1st anniversary celebration) & 57 (2nd anniversary celebration). Twitter: @mmonogram.

Alisa Gonzalez:  Our host at "Gonzalez Studios," and Movies Made Me superfan. Twitter: @thisalisa.

Joe Meyers:  Co-host of The Podcast Macabre and our host at "Gonzalez Studios". Twitter: @thatjoemeyers.

Darcy Staniforth: Academic Advisor for California State University Fullerton, writer for Cinema Sentries, and voice actor for Puppet Hunt. Hear her influential movies on episode 68. Twitter: @darcystaniforth.

Julia Bradford:  Movies Made Me superfan and "booking manager". Twitter: @pmknqwn.

Mike Matola:  Artist/Designer of Line By Line Posters, performer/writer with Haymaker Comedy, and amazing furniture maker. Hear his influential movies on episode 6. Twitter: @mikematola.

LA Podcast Festival 2017 Part 4 featuring Chris Mancini, Samm Levine & Todd Glass

Welcome to the last of the four special episodes recorded in the Podcast Lab during the 6th annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, CA, October 6-8, 2017.  As was the case in 2015 and 2016, I had an amazing time at the festival and am extremely grateful to Graham Elwood, Chris Mancini, Dave Anthony and the whole LA PodFest crew, for all the time and effort they put into creating this annual highlight of the podcasting year.  I'll continue to hold out hope for a 2018 festival, so I can again enjoy a weekend of collaboration to bring you these fun special episodes.

I spent the weekend recording  in the Podcast Lab with fellow podcasters and special guests.  I asked new friends to tell me about one film that influenced them to be who they are, and had old friends sit down to catch-up with me.  In this episode, you'll hear from:

  • Darcy Staniforth, LA PodFest volunteer, writer for Cinema Sentries, and voice actor on Puppet Hunt podcast.  Hear her influential films on episode 68 of Movies Made Me.

  • Chris Mancini, comedian, co-founder of the Los Angeles Podcast Festival, co-host of Comedy Film Nerds podcast, and Conversations from the Abyss podcast .

  • Levi Burns, host of Real Life With Levi podcast.

  • Tarik Naylor, podcast fan, aspiring comedian, and host of Randomly Relevant podcast.

  • Joe Meyers, co-host of Podcast Macabre.

  • Samm Levine, comedian, actor, star of Crunch Time (available on iTunes), and co-host of Kevin Pollak's Chat Show.

  • Ali Handal, recording artist, and author of Guitar for Girls.

  • Martin, host of Frightfully Uninformed podcast.

  • Finally, we teamed with Brendan Creecy of Radio Brendoman podcast to bring you an end-of-festival conversation with Todd Glass, comedian, and host of The Todd Glass Show podcast.