Finish My Story



Its Finish My Story - the weekly podcast where three people (attempt to) create narratively complex stories... one line at a time. Stories are told! Fun is had! Mistakes are made! Hosted by Jonathan Monitz, Peter Osterweil, and Les Kurkendaal.


  • If I Spoke About it: A Mother's Day/Oscars special!

    03/05/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    It's a new week!  It's almost Mother's Day, so this week Jon and Peter have a very special guest.  And it was also recorded months ago, so it's also our oscars Special at the same time!  We start with the first line of the 2017 Best Picture winner Shape of Water and tell a mixed-up Oscar bait, convoluted tale that will keep you guessing!   Hooray for Mom's everywhere!!

  • Jackson, Are You Going... A Valentine's Day SPECIAL

    14/02/2019 Duración: 51min

    WOW!!  We're back! And so is Caroline O'Brien this week.  It's Valentine's Day, can you believe it??  So we're telling a Valentine's Day story!!  What's our first line gonna be from?  We did Love Actually for Valentine's Day last year, so is it When Harry Met Sally?  Romeo + Juliet?? TWILIGHT???  Nope!  It's Jean-Claude Van Damme's first film, Bloodsport (listen to find out why).  So we start with the first line of the muscles from Brussels premier film, and weave a tale of love, roommates, human sushi plates, and bad listeners.  Don't you be a bad listener, and listen to it!!   And follow us on social: @finishmystorypodcast one facebook/instagram @finishstorycast on twitter

  • The Boy's Name Was: Santiago's Personal Growth

    08/02/2019 Duración: 52min

    WOW!  It's another story day!!  So it's time for your favorite ear voices to come back and tell you a story.  But wait, this time, Jon and Peter are without Cameron, so the lovely and talented (and AUSTRALIAN) Caroline O'Brien (@Carolineactor) comes in to fill her shoes, and she does so quite nicely.  We start with the first line of Caroline's favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and tell a story of nutrition bars, potentially talking animals, and lots of gym workouts.  Oh, and don't worry, there are plenty of Aussie jokes thrown in there for good measure.  

  • When I Was Lying There - V.A.'s Strange Trip to the VA

    06/12/2018 Duración: 56min

    The FMS crew is back!! With a brand new episode for your earholes.  This week, in honor of (recently passed) Thanksgiving; Cameron, Jon and Peter tell a story starting with the first line of a classic Thanksgiving movie.  Ok we couldn't do that, so we did Pocahontas, which is somewhat Thanksgiving themed. OK, we couldn't do THAT, so we did the next best thing: Avatar!  That's right folks, this week we started with the highest grossing film of all time, and told a story about time traveling, fake veteran's hospitals, and of course, raspberry cronuts.  You won't want to not listen and disappoint all of your friends!

  • Life Isn't Fair is it... Johnny's Ghostly Cabin

    04/07/2018 Duración: 36min

    The story crew is back! After a brief hiatus Cameron, Jon and Peter are here shoving another completely improvised story down your throat.  This time we start with the first line (althought that is debated hotly in the opening) of the classic Hamlet allegory: The Lion King, and weave a tale of ghosts, pocket watches, barcaloungers, and angry grandpas.  It's a quick, easily digestable story, and a great way to start your day!

  • The Game...: Jimmy's Deadly and Romantic Jai Alai Tournament

    22/05/2018 Duración: 45min

    It's a new week and a new us!  Not really, we're still the same.  But this week Cameron, Jon and Peter start off with the very first line ever spoken on the 15 season show Grey's Anatomy, and tell a story about Jai Alai, deadly underground tournaments, lost loves, and Tom Hanks movies from the early 2000's.  If you can only listen to one podcast right now, make it this one.   And follow us on da social medias:   Instagram: @finishmystorypodcast Twitter: @finishStoryCast

  • Neal & the Big Boss: An Avengers Inspired SUPERHERO SPECIAL

    02/05/2018 Duración: 50min

    The Avengers is all anyone can talk about.  It's all you can think about right now, ever since you read the word Avengers a second ago.  And it hasn't gotten past the story crew either.  So this week Cameron, Peter and Jon get together and try to tell a superhero story, starting with the first line from Iron Man.  Yeah, it's a weird one, and doesn't really follow any of the superhero story conventions, but hey, there are powers and a bad guy, and what else do you need right?   Follow us on social media: Instagram: @finishmystorypodcast Twitter: @finishstorycast

  • 348 years, 6 month & 19 Days Ago: A Cheesy Floridian Journey

    17/04/2018 Duración: 57min

    Finish My Story is back!  And we've got news!  Cameron Hope, our intrepid guest host from last week will be joining the podcast full time, as Les has to continue his successful storytelling career more full-time.  But the Story Must Go On.  So this week we start with a classic French Novel : The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, and tell a story about Mayans, Florida, and a whole lot of cheese (literally and figuratively).  This wacky episode is surely not to be missed.   And don't forget to follow us on social media for all of our updates and punishments:

  • Hi Everybody: Jim(antha)'s B-day Scavenger Hunt Surprise

    20/03/2018 Duración: 01h02min

    We're Back with another all new episode!!  However, when we say we, it's a different we, as Les is off practicing his story telling craft, so special guest hope Cameron Hope joins Jon and Peter as they start with the opening line of Cam's favorite movie: "Dirty Dancing" and tell a tale of scavenger hunts, paternity tests, and breakfast chicken.  If none of that makes sense to you- good!  Listen to find out how we get there.   Follow us on Social Media: instagram: @finishmystorypodcast Twitter: Finishstorycast   And follow Cameron: @camhope on Instagram, @camhope329 on twitter

  • What's Up Wit 'Chu: Dwayne and Nikolai's Strange Chemistry

    06/03/2018 Duración: 50min

    Can't get enough Oscars? Then this is the episode for you! This week Les, Peter, and Jon start with the opening line of last years best picture winner "Moonlight, and tell a weird wacky story of superhero origins, chemsitry, and forbidden love between a person and a non-human being (kind of like this years best picture winner "The Shape of Water" it turns out!!). Buckle your seatbelts becuase this story gets real weird, real quick.  We also have the return of crazy accents, like we saw in our last episode!  Make sure you listen so you're not left out when everyone else is discussing it around the water cooler.  Yeah, you too Janet.

  • Whenever I Get Gloomy: A Valentine's Day Story

    13/02/2018 Duración: 50min

    It's Valentine's Day!  So it's the perfect time to tell a Romantic Comedy story.  And that's what Peter, Les, and Jon do this week.  They start with the opening line from Love, Actually and tell a story that involves a meet-cute, someone bitter about love, and the worst accents the team can muster (intentionally?).  This is a gut-buster folks; so grab some chocolates, grab some flowers, grab the one you love, and get ready to laugh your ass off.

  • Are You Watching Closely: Jamie's Card Counting Magical Heist

    30/01/2018 Duración: 59min

    This week, the Story Boiz start with a prestigious line from The Prestige, and tell a tale about a Card-counting magician, Las Vegas, a crazy casino heist, and a little bit of romance.  It's one of most complex stories to date, and if you like Christopher Nolan, well, it has nothing to do with him, but you'll probably like this anyway.   Follow us on social media:   Insta: @finishmystorypodcast Twitter: @finishstorycast

  • No Possibility of Taking A Walk: The Dehydrated King of Queens

    16/01/2018 Duración: 49min

    We're Back!  After a brief hiatus Jon, Peter and Les return with an all new star-studded episode starting with a classic line from literature: "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day" the opening line of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. That's right, it was Charlotte if you forgot which Brontë.  But the story that ends up being told is one that brings in another one of history's greatest pieces of art/fiction: The King of Queens.  A lot of stars show up too!  You don't wanna miss it.  

  • In the Beginning: Beyonce, Charlene & Destiny's Sisterhood

    02/01/2018 Duración: 51min

    It's a New Year!  It's a New You!  It's a New Episode!!  And because it's a new beginning of the year for us all, of course we start with perhaps the most famous opening line: "In the Beginning".  But if you think this story is biblical, you're dead wrong.  This story is all about the Queen.  The One and Only.  The incomparable Beyonce Knowles, and how her love and awesomeness brings all people together in sisterhood (ok, and maybe there's a giant brawl too).  So pour a glass of Lemonade, sit back and Listen, because this episode is Irreplaceable.   Find us on social Media: Instagram: @finishmystorypodcast Twitter: @finishstorycast

  • HOLIDAY SPECIAL- A Fine Meal: Santa’s Strange Sexual Proclivities

    19/12/2017 Duración: 50min

    Hoo Boy, it's the Holidays, and you know what that means?  It's time for a Finish My Story Holiday Spectacular!!  Peter, Jon, and Les start with a line from one of their favorite Christmas Movies: "Well, it was a fine meal," and head down an extremely explicit road about Santa's sex life, blackmail, cheating, and characters from every major holiday.  Buckle up cause this is a fun one, but definitely not for children And don't forget to vote for the story punishment!! Insta:@finishmystorypodcast Twitter: @finishstorycast  

  • As Far Back As I Can Remember: The Spiritual Hitman

    12/12/2017 Duración: 50min

    As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster, is one of the most iconic lines in movie history as said by Ray Liotta in Goodfellas.  Here it leads us to a story of spiritualism, crystal balls, flash backs and many twists and turns. This may be our most complex episode yet!!!  Try not to get lost in the craziness like we did.     Vote for the story punishment: @finishmystorypodcast on Instagram and Facebook @FinishStoryCast on twitter   As mentioned, our theme was composed by Fernando Arroyo Lascurain

  • It Was a Pleasure to Burn: A Glow Stick Romance

    04/12/2017 Duración: 53min

    In this episode, we take an opening line from a Ray Bradbury novel about opressive governments and the power of the written word, and weave a tale about:   Glow Sticks.  I mean, there's some romance in there too, but it's mostly about glow sticks.  Really!   We also introduce a new feature to Finish My Story: The dreaded Story Punishment.  Listen to see who will be punished, and vote on the punishment: @FinishMyStoryCast on twitter @FinishMyStoryPodcast on Instagram or

  • It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged: The Panda Assassin Chef

    28/11/2017 Duración: 50min

    This week the Finish My Story Crew do a very special episode: taping live from a CRAZY location; and the story gets even crazier.  It starts with Jane Austen then turns into a Rocky-style training story about pandas, assassins, celebrity chefs, and Cholula.  Will Paula rise to the challenge?  Or will Bobby Flay beat her like he has so many?  

  • Call Me Ishmael: The "The View" Sweepstakes Journey

    14/11/2017 Duración: 44min

    The first line of Melville’s Moby Dick is one of the most famous lines in all of literature.  This week, Jon, Les and Peter’s “Call me Ishmael” is one of the most star studded episodes of the pod so far, in a modern day telling of a hunt for the white whale.  Although there is no whale…  And its about The View.

  • It Was a Bright Cold Day in April: Phyllis and Her Green Thumb

    07/11/2017 Duración: 46min

    George Orwell wrote 1984 about the coming authoritarianism of the modern age.  Les, Jon and Peter wrote “It was a bright cold day in April…” about plant people, sexuality, and overly competitive hobbyists.  Which story is more poignant today?  We can’t answer that.   But probably ours.

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