Less Talk, More Monkey from Archie McPhee
By Archie McPhee
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Archie McPhee has been creating and selling toys and novelties for 35 years. You might know us from Handerpants, the Devil Duckie or the Horse Mask. Hear the stories behind the products and what it's like to work for a novelty company. We make weird!
||CleanYear in Review 2018!||It's the end of the year and we are nostalgic. Shana, Heff, and David take a look back over the previous 12 months. This is the last episode of this season. We'll see you again in 2019!||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Pahlow on Jabba Jam, Ant Watches and Mail Order Baby Kits||The creator and owner of Archie McPhee, Mark Pahlow, joins us again to talk about putting together the first Archie McPhee Catalog. If you'd like to follow along, you can find a link to the catalog in the Archie McPhee blog.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean(The Sold Out) Superfan Subscription and Werewolf Swatters: Listen for first dibs on a limited offer!||The Superfan Subscription sold out fast! We talk about our new Superfan Subscription, the Tonight Show, Geekwire, Seth Godin, and werewolf swatters.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristmas and Archie McPhee: Santa Pigeon Riding an Ostrich||For the past decade, Archie McPhee has been producing products specifically for Christmas with our unique spin. In this episode, we go through a few of our favorites.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalloween recap 2018!||Shana and David go over all the costumes and notable occurrences during the 2018 Halloween season at Archie McPhee.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBibo! We Discuss a God Monster With Intelligence||If Archie McPhee has a muse, it's Bibo. This strange character from a kid's show became one of the iconic Archie McPhee products and inspired a whole army of pop culture influencers. David, Scott, and Shana discuss his level of aspirational weirdness a||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Beginnings of Archie McPhee! The Founder of Archie McPhee, Mark Pahlow, Talks About the Roots of Archie McPhee||Mark Pahlow is here! The founder of Archie McPhee shares how it came to be, what you should eat while watching monster movies, what it feels like to be fired as a Viking and how being disappointed in someone else can lead to innovation and self-sufficie||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLess Talk, More Monsters! We take a break from novelties to talk about horror movies||Scott Heff, Shana Danger, David Wahl, and Steve Q, talk about some of their favorite and most memorable horror movies. We talk about William Castle, The Conjuring, and why Shana carried a white nail for a year.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur Creative Process, Spiders in Your Ears, and Mad Magazine||In this episode, we talk about how we come up with products. Also, Mad Magazine is awesome, Pee-wee Herman is awesome and spiders in your ears are not awesome. Please do not send us product ideas.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMac and Cheese Candy Canes Go Viral and Canned Clams||We take a look at some of the media coverage of Archie McPhee and how it influenced the company. Also, Heff goes to the grocery store for canned macaroni and cheese, canned clams and six pumpkins.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpening a Treasure Box: Pullback Sharks, Oversized Teeth and Blowing Up the Earth||Ok, so 20 years ago, David accidentally left a Medium Treasure Box in his trunk. It survived water, neglect and multiple cars and now we've decided to open up this time capsule on the podcast. Check out the blog post on the Archie McPhee site to see the||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClamdy Canes, Fly Widows and the Wallingford Beast||As the seasons change from summer to fall, it means that Archie McPhee is getting new products! This week we discuss our local cryptozoological creature the Wallingford Beast, Sloth Masks and taste test our new candy canes. Will we like Clamdy Canes and||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCustomer Letters! The Post Office, Gene Shalit, and Einstein's Theory of Relativity||We read classic customer letters from our crank file. From shoplifting kids to Gene Shalit to an erotic take on Einstein's Theory of Relativity. This episode has it all.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHorse Head Squirrel Feeder: Humiliating, Feed and Making Squirrels Go Viral||We take a look at all the Archie McPhee squirrel feeders and talk about their development, customer reaction and how hard it is to take a picture of a squirrel. Also, Scott Heff would like to apologize to DJ Ravioli and Shana's cats for his statements d||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking a picture of unicorn in a unitard on a unicycle||What happens on an Archie McPhee photo shoot? Quite a bit actually. David, Shana, and Heff talk about uncooperative butchers, unicorns in unitards and all the strange places we've worn Archie McPhee masks.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonsters, Loafman and Cheeks in a Box! The Steve Q episode||Shana Danger, David Wahl, and Scott Heff are joined by former store-staffer Steve Q to talk about his favorite products, monsters, satanic panic, cheeks in a box, Handitaur and Loafman.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New First Episode! We introduce ourselves and the company||We want a do-over! Heff, David, and Shana start the story over and tell you a bit about how the company is structured, how we first heard about Archie McPhee and how we got hired. It probably should have been our first episode. Sorry!||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNancy Leson joins us for Sticknic, Shredded Money and Monkey Models||In this episode, we're joined by KNKX food commentator and former columnist and restaurant critic for the Seattle Times, Nancy Leson to discuss the Archie McPhee employee Sticknic contest. As usual, the conversation swerves between the topic at hand and||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFather's Day again approaches, forget a tie and touch some roaches...||We finish our discussion of 1996/1997, go over old store events and talk about the forgotten hunchback craze of the late 1990s. Don't forget to go to the Archie McPhee blog so you can see the catalog we're discussing!||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMore from 1996/1997: Frog Chefs, Fake Rock Trauma, and Dogs Playing Blackjack||The memories come flooding back. David Wahl and Shana Danger describe what 1997 at Archie McPhee was like to Scott Heff. Why did we make a Computer Voodoo? Would the Frog Chef have his own show on the Food Network? Follow along with the catalog on the||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCatalog 46 from 1996/1997: Cockroaches, Toilet Paper and Cannibalism||David, Scott, and Shana take a look at Archie McPhee catalog 46 from 1997. If you go to the blog on the Archie McPhee site, you'll find the pages we're discussing. We talk about all kinds of weird stuff from the half-rat snack to the hokey pokey sound m||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fuzz Action Figure, Radioactive Secret Santa and Threepence||In the early 2000s, we made an action figure of a guy that worked at our company. In this episode with talk with Fuzz, the man behind the Fuzz Action Figure. Did it change his life? Why were we so fascinated with him? How did we market it? He reveals a||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBacon, More Bacon and a Bearded Dragon||In this episode, we (David Wahl, Shana Danger, and Scott Heff) give the first part of the Archie McPhee bacon timeline and mention about half, or less, of the bacon product that we've ended up making. You'll also be able to hear Scott Heff's reaction to||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMail-Order Mysteries, Dracula Dirt and Inflatable Lady Legs with Kirk Demarais||The second half of our interview with art historian and novelty expert Kirk Demarais. We go beyond Archie McPhee to talk about his book Mail-Order Mysteries, swapping potatoes for orphans, inflatable lady legs and what you get when order Dracula Dirt.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBigfoot: Pizza Boxes, Richard III, and Braco the Gazer||David, Scott, and Shana discuss the many Bigfoot products from Archie McPhee. We discuss our favorite gazer, Bigfoot's butt and reveal Bigfoot's favorite cookie. Check out the blog post on mcphee.com for more info.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYodelling Pickle: Yodels, cackles and that guy from Barney Miller||Why would anyone make a pickle yodel? In this episode, we discuss the practical reason behind the nonsense. Also, how we discovered Shields and Yarnell were fans of Archie McPhee. For more info, visit the blog post for this episode on mcphee.com.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRubber Chickens, Ghost Invitations and Clown Graveyards||Shana, David, and Heff discuss the opening ceremony for the Rubber Chicken Museum, how Heff closes the building and why there are goldfish in all our bubbles. For more info go to mcphee.com.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHanderpants: Underpants for your hands are not sexy||Shana, David, and Heff talk about the origins and reactions to Handerpants, the underpants for your hands.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRubber Chicken Museum: You can't touch a chicken through Twitter.||We're joined by Kirk Demarais, art historian and author of Mail Order Mysteries, to discuss the details of the Rubber Chicken Museum in the Archie McPhee. Why are rubber chickens funny? Are there chicken ghosts? Who was the first person to lick the wor||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinger Hands: Tiny hands commit tiny crimes||We discuss the development and cultural impact of Finger Hands. Scott Heff, the model for Finger Hands, talks about what it's like to have the most mass-produced hands of all time.||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Inflatable Unicorn Horn for Cats: What if cats had a grunge band?||This episode is all about the Inflatable Unicorn Horn for Cats. It also introduces David Wahl, Shana Danger, and Scott Heff and features a cat grunge song. Not a grunge song about cats, but a grunge song that would be written by cats.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Thanks for keeping Seattle weird!
And for telling us how you do it. This podcast is super interesting.
A welcome glimpse behind the rubber curtain
I used to get the Archie McPhee catalog back in college (ordered the boxing nun - is that you, Mrs. Thatcher? - and a rubber brain). The stories behind the products are funny and add a human element. It’s always great to listen to people that genuinely enjoy what they do!
Less Talk, More Monkey
Love Archie McPhee and this podcast. It's fun to listen to the stories.