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Mel Brooks, Rhea & Cameron, Billy West, and a Fond Farewell: The Week In Podcasts

Mel Brooks, Rhea & Cameron, Billy West, and a Fond Farewell: The Week In Podcasts

For my last recap of the week in podcasts at the Nerdist Podcast Network, I’d like to…

Wait. Back up. “Last?”

Yeah, this is it. After six years on Team Nerdist (from almost the very beginning, before there was a Nerdist Industries — this was my first post, from 2010), I’m leaving the family today. I’m not going to make a big deal out of it, but I did want to mention it so I could thank Chris Hardwick for everything — he is and always will be the best — and wish my podcast network colleagues Katie, Aristotle, and Kyle and the hosts all that is good and then just slink out the back door before anyone notices. And so I’ll do that and…

Oh, right, the week in podcasts. Gotta take care of that first.

Mel Brooks was on Maltin on Movies and it was exactly what you’d want it to be, because Mel is amazing and Leonard and Jessie ask all the right questions, and it’s a great look into one of the greatest comic minds of all time. That is not an exaggeration, but you know that. Go listen.

The Jonah Keri Podcast welcomed Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito to talk about their new SeeSo series Take My Wife and Cleveland sports and comedy, and then had Sarah Tiana on to talk about the Barves… er, Braves and comedy and stuff. All very funny and sportsy and comedy-y. That’s not a word.

Billy West returned for his third appearance on the Nerdist Podcast with plenty of voices and sound effects, plus talk about his new podcast, appropriately titled The Billy West Podcast, his time with Howard Stern, and life in general. He is so good.

And what else? On the guest front, black-ish creator Kenya Barris returned to get weird on You Made it Weird; Noted singin’, cookin’ comic Henry Phillips was this week’s Boy of Summer on The JV Club, and Henry returned Friday for another appearance on The Todd Glass Show; Scott McCloud understood comics (okay, that’s an obvious one, sorry) and talked about his latest book The Sculptor on Nerdist Comics Panel; Screenwriter Jessica Sharzer talked shop on The Writers Panel; Moshe led a panel on Brexit on Hound Tall, featuring the L.A. Times’ Michael Hiltzik and Greg Proops, Lynn Ferguson and Matt Kirshen; The Bachelor in Paradise analysis got hot and heavy with Supernatural‘s Rob Benedict joining Arden and former Bachelorette contestants Christian and Alex on Will You Accept This Rose?; Andre Gower and Ryan Lambert, all grown up now, talked The Monster Squad and more on Pop My Culture; Director Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist) analyzed Alexi’s love life on Love, Alexi; and the voice of Kubo, Art Parkinson, dropped facts on Razzle on Today We Learned.

And Jackie and Laurie offered one last New York show on The Jackie and Laurie Show; Bowser had a Backyard Bulletin on Bizarre States; Kevin and Steve compared mustaches on Chewin’ It; The Elfmans were still in moving mode on Kicking and Screaming; Liquid metal news got the gang thinking T-1000 on Half Hour Happy Hour; and Tom soloed with a talk about being tested on Pro You after another Live Experience episode.

There is much, much more at the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage. Okay, then, that’s it for me. You’ll find me from here on out over at AllAccess.com, the radio and music industry site, where I’ve been blathering on about the media and stuff for almost 20 years — it’s free with registration, and you might find it interesting, I dunno. Look for my column “The Letter” in the News-Talk-Sports section or in the Columns section. I also cover podcasting there, so that might be of interest as well. You can follow me on Twitter — @pmsimon, same handle for Instagram and Facebook — and for goofy news stories meant for radio hosts to use for material, try @talktopics on Twitter, ’cause I do that, too. And more projects to come, whatever that means.

Thanks to everyone at Nerdist and Legendary for everything, thanks to Chris Hardwick again because I can’t thank him enough, thanks to the podcast hosts for being awesome, thanks to Katie, Aristotle, Kyle, and Scout for being Katie, Aristotle, Kyle, and Scout, thanks to all my colleagues at Nerdist.com and Legendary Digital Networks, and thanks to you, Nerdist community, for the last six years of amazingness. I don’t know if that’s a word, either, but let’s just say it is, okay? See you around. Be good, everyone.

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