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Episode 171: Nerdist Podcast
Lunch & Fighting
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Nerdist Podcast #171: Lunch & Fighting

Chris tells how his stand-up special went, Jonah talks about mustaches and plaid shirts and Matt comes up with the best album title ever!

Artwork by Tom Kurzanski: Twitter I RedBubble I Etsy

John Cleese Recapping THE WALKING DEAD Is Simply Delightful

John Cleese Recapping THE WALKING DEAD Is Simply Delightful

THE WALKING DEAD Premiere Had a Subtle Heartbreaking Moment You Might Have Missed

THE WALKING DEAD Premiere Had a Subtle Heartbreaking Moment You Might Have Missed

Hyper Realistic Superhero Portraits Are Amazing and Terrifying

Hyper Realistic Superhero Portraits Are Amazing and Terrifying



  1. Cameron says:

    Need more Critic references!!

  2. Daniel says:

    I know flash mobs aren’t exactly a revolutionary idea. Regardless, I think it would be HAAALARIOUS if some one did a star trek themed flash mob at a republican convention.

  3. Jessica-Star says:

    I was listening to this episode last night while driving home in a wicked bad ice storm. The whole ep was great, and I thought Matt’s comments and protestations were amusing but made moreso by Chris’ parental distancing schtick.

    The call back later however was hilarious! I was so emotionally invested in the conversation that I doubled over laughing and completely misjudged the spatial relationship of my head to the steering wheel–swerved the car a little on the icy highway–but was fine and the only thing hurt was my dignity.

    Anyway, just some anecdotal evidence for Matt’s theories. Noodle stories.

  4. Carl says:

    Had to pause a few minutes in to comment.
    One, congratulations Chris on taping your special, I can’t wait to see it. You were beating yourself up because you forgot to use your “saver” bit? Doesn’t that mean everything went so well you didn’t HAVE to use it? Humblebrag! 🙂
    And Two, about the movies with twist endings like 6th Sense / Fight Club – it’s now a hobby of mine to try to shoehorn EVERY movie into that sort of thing. What if the Driver died in the elevator scene and was just the girl for the rest of the movie? What if *everyone* in Terminator 4 was already a machine hybrid and just didn’t know it? And *every* buddy movie, both leads are actually different aspects of the same person.

  5. Jeff Whaley says:

    Matt Mira laughing harder at his horrible statements while Chris and Jonah slowly distant themselves from him is exactly what happens with me and my friends, so I understand and love your awful sexism Matt. Right there with you buddy!

  6. fan-droid says:

    I don’t know about ya’ll, but this one peaked for me right about quements time. Sometimes show-snapping makes me piss myself…

  7. Lori says:

    Loved this hostful! My boss caught me laughing alone in my office once or twice, but the strange looks were worth it. And being nice to Matt would change the group dynamic, which is already perfect and why we all listen.

  8. Kelly says:

    Certified Vagina-Havers (CVHs) like myself can most definitely take a joke, but just not such an obvious, overused, hackneyed joke. Insult my vagina with a pinch of originality, please!

  9. Patti says:

    Very funny podcast, guys! I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. I really love the hostful podcasts! I’ll see you all on 4/20! (hehe, I said 4/20)

  10. Gianni says:

    Best podcast image ever!

  11. Whatever you guys are on… to share? 😉

    BTW: I really enjoyed seeing Hard n’ Phirm. It was the first time ‘n showed up for a performance too! How lucky! (Oh the rest of you will hopefully see that in the DVD extra.)

  12. Will says:

    Holy crap! This by far is one of the best hostfuls yet, let just say I would but an album that was titled “My Hands are Fat”. You guys had me laughing so much, thank you.

  13. David says:

    My birthday is Pi Day too!

  14. TheZenNerd says:

    I too didn’t hear back from the folks about the Comedy Central Show in NYC. At first I was a bit annoyed about not hearing from them and went to write a scathing e-mail, SCATHING I tell you! Then I re-read the original e-mail they sent. While it wasn’t totally obvious, it did pretty much say that you would hear from them IF you got tickets.

    I did send an e-mail just to clarify (not scathing, more on the polite side) and they promptly replied back letting me know that tickets were gone BUT that I could be put on a cancellation list.

    Anyway, bummed I missed the show but I don’t think anyone should be fired.

    Oh and BEST Hardwick quote so far – “Kool-aid man fucked my butt…”

  15. Three Toes of Fury says:

    Havent heard the podcast yet so i think im in the perfect place to speak to Matts comments….reprehensible! #sarcasm

    Tom Kurzanski: Sweet Gravy is that graphic AWESOMETASTICULAR! Hrmm…that sounds too much like “testicular”…lemme try again…
    That graphic is AMAZEABALLS!….Hrmm…not much better. Anyhoo, you get my point, outstanding artwork sir. Loooove the personalized nerdist symbol for each. will hire you someday to do one with 3 toes for me.

    Peace .n. Nerdistas


  16. Justin says:

    Whenever you guys are jokingly mean to Matt, like when Jonah sounds especially harsh, I listen to Matt’s response. When he can still laugh and joke, I gain tons of respect for him. I am kind of mean to my friends as a joke and when they get offended it annoys me, (yes I get annoyed when my friends get mad at how mean I am.)

    But in any event, the fact that Matt can brush it off makes me like him more. Plus…Jonah is so good at being sarcastic, don’t let him stop.

  17. Rose says:

    Matt I just think people don’t get the Boston sense of humor. An insult = love.

  18. MinnItMan says:

    The Nook is splendid for a gut-bomb burger, but plan on waiting. I enjoy your show, and the interview with Jeff Tweedy was seriously good. I loved whoever’s comment about only wanting to listen to things that were like YFH for the next several months – I had the same reaction, yet IMO now, it’s the least awesome wilco record. Although I’ve been a long-time wilco/Tweedy fan, I hadn’t ever heard such extended comments from him. He really is a credit to humanity and an adequate weatherman. Still reserving judgment on you guys, tho…

  19. Billy says:

    Never mind didn’t notice it said at the top

  20. Louie says:


    28 Days Later – Released: November 2002 (UK)
    The Walking Dead: Issue #1 – Released: October 2003

  21. Billy says:

    Love the artwork, who is the artist?

  22. richard says:

    when i first saw garlin’s “breakup in a noisy diner”, i had a eyes-bug-out laughing experience. jonah pretty much got the point across well, but the prolonged ending is what makes it BRILLIANT.

  23. Abbey says:

    ps. I love Matt more when he is “offensive” (Though I am REALLY surprised that anyone was actually offended by what he said…)

  24. Abbey says:

    I know, as I lady, I am good at tits and shit. I appreciate Matt bringing attention to this highly underrated skill.

    But It’s REALLY hard to drive and make a sandwich at the same time. Plus our ovaries are always getting in the way. Cut us some slack guys.

  25. Roy Campos says:

    Chris- Good call on not going along with Matt’s joke about women. I too have had the dismay of laughing at a sexist joke and ending up in an endless array of trouble for it.
    Matt- Don’t get me wrong, I laughed my ass off when you first said the joke and every time you called it back. Lol I had headphones on…

  26. Kristina M. says:

    Matt–The Signs thing bugged me, too. It has since I watched the movie.


  27. Wildride says:

    Ameglian Major Comedy

  28. Thanks for the comments on the art! — AmandaBrooks, Jonah’s caricature does veer a little Dinklagey, I agree.

  29. Alex says:

    Guest request: chris’s producer on talking dead Michael Davies to talk british tv, game shows, 70 s cartoons, coming to america, and his espn podcast about sports that chris doesnt know.

  30. Beaner500 says:

    Great caricature.

  31. Filthy says:

    Well Matt at least you’re not in as much trouble as Robert Kirkman is for a joke he said on the podcast…….

  32. R.E. Dynamite says:

    By reading the comments it appears women are terrible drivers and can’t take a joke.

  33. Jane Doe says:

    Chris, while I’m in absolute agreement on your attempts to call out Matt’s sexist attempts at science based humour, let’s not forget who made a clitorectomy joke on Doug Loves Movies!
    Anywho, great episode otherwise (& I’m looking forward to seeing the comedy special; glad to hear it went well)

  34. Kevin says:

    Damn, I mailed my Blur albums to Jonah Radio before I listened to this.

  35. Moni says:

    I can’t even believe you guys mentioned Jonathan Brandis. That boy got me throught middle school and most of high school. I loved him so much.

    I love you guys btw.


  36. AmandaBrooke says:

    Favorite artwork so far. The Jonah head looks very Peter Dinklage-y to me.

  37. @LT: you completely misunderstand…Jonah fucks with Matt like an older brother. I only harass him like a parent when I see him get hard on himself, or maybe not appreciate the good side of something. But, like a parent, it’s only because I love him and have made the same mistakes so I have a bit of wisdom. But we certainly don’t just say, “hey let’s be mean to Matt!!!” Well, maybe Jonah does. BUT NOT ME!!!

    We really are a typical family.

  38. Nick Sierra says:

    Matt Mira – Stay awesome, cool?

  39. LT says:

    I’m sure it’s never been said before, but you two are entirely too mean to Matt. He IS the lovable one, if only by default.

  40. HK says:

    Hey Jonah! Do you accept vinyl for your radio show?

  41. Matt Mira says:


    It was a joke. But I did read the article. The fact that culture is largely responsible isn’t really a huge surprise.

    Thanks for passing it along.

    “Women are better at verbal… Thingies” was sort of my way of letting the audience know.



    • Anna says:

      Sorry, but it was hard to tell if you were joking or not. A lot of smart men that I otherwise have a lot of respect for believe that kind of stuff, and you did start citing articles…But good to know you’re not a sexist jerk 😉

      Also, thanks for reading the article and replying!

  42. The short film Matt referenced — written and directed by Jeff Garlin — is called “Breakup in a Noisy Diner.” I found it on

  43. Anna says:

    Matt Mira – The whole spatial reasoning thing, like the math and science thing, is total bullshit. Think honestly about the structure of our society. Think about the roles women have traditionally been allowed to take in society in the United States. People, in general are adaptable and will get really good at whatever role they are allowed. I mean, 50 or 60 years ago a lot of whites were still convinced that black people all had a “physical intelligence,” but not much academic prowess. This is obviously not true – blacks then were just largely not given the opportunity to display any other cognitive abilities due to society’s expectations and restrictions. Similarly, the widely held belief in women’s tendency toward social and verbal abilities vs spatial and math and science abilities is probably similarly caused. Take a look at this article:

  44. Cody M. says:

    Does anyone else ever feel like one of the three guys kind of drags the show down?

  45. Ben Z says:

    Two questions:
    1) When is Man-Droid airing on television and what channel?
    2) When is the Matt Mira cartoon coming out? I assume it’s coming based on that awesome cartoon of him. OR! Is Matt Mira Plastic Man?

  46. Logan says:

    Seems like you guys were pretty harsh on that guy with the 28 days later question. Perhaps he just wanted to show some love for the show by sending in a question. You didn’t have to read it if it was a lame one.

  47. Amanda says:

    Oh man, I laughed so hard when they started singing around the 43:00 mark. I’m enjoying Nerdist 3x a week so much!

  48. Andy says:

    I love the way matt looks in that picture, I think cartoon matt should have his own show on cn

  49. John48221 says:

    Somehow I went 8 years and did not see Unbreakable and it remained unspoiled and this is with hanging out in comicbook forums.