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Episode 8: Nerdist Podcast
Jim Gaffigan
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Nerdist Podcast #8: Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan gets mistaken for Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris gets harassed by a dude, Jonah gets chummy with Steven Wright and Matt gets excited about the Dave Matthews Band.


  • Very informative for someone interested in doing standup. I made an attempt back in college at a small venue and it was the most nervous 7 minutes of my life.

  • Nice inside baseball stuff about stand-up but not like what
    the first 7 podcasts. I moved on to Daves of Thunder podcast
    and I got the same (at least until the “Jerk” list got started) let down.
    I will be back.

  • awesome podcast! listening at work; super interesting perspective about how comedians come to be what they are known for and “who they are on stage”. and some good laughs. really enjoyable. thanks!

  • I had a vhs copy of that comedy special you mentioned, featuring Garafolo and Apatow and Kindler and I watched it so much I warped the freaking thing! I wish I still had it. The bit Apatow did about if you had a smaller head sprouting out of your face, you could try hairstyles out on it. And you were dead on about Kindler’s energy back then: “Baltimore, STUTTGART!” I still quote that shit to this day.

    Great podcast, thanks!

  • Best one yet!!! Great stories and insights, especially the idea that you are shaped by the audience. Really, I think that process is about the artist learning judgment through experience. You learn to judge what will and won’t work, but also where you can take your audience if you want to push them.
    There are a lot of theories about by Shakespeare was great, mine is that he was a working actor and writer who worked incredibly hard but saw, day in and day out, what worked in front of an audience. It might seem pompous to talk about Shakespeare, but he was just a guy, not a god.
    Not everyone is Shakespeare, but it tells you at least three critical things: work like hell, keep trying different stuff, and pay attention to your audience.

  • Thanks for making these podcasts, Chris! I always have a good commute when there’s a new Nerdist to listen to. I’m really looking forward to listening to this one later today.

    I especially like that you aren’t really following a formula and turning the podcast into Charlie Rose or something. In fact, I think you’ve invented a whole new sub-genre: alt-comics doing alt-interviews.

  • I’m looking forward to listening to this podcast, but in the meantime, I’m catching up with my Radiolab podcasts. Speaking of which, Chris, they use a piece of your Pi song in their Numbers (11/30/2009) episode. Just lettin’ ya know in case you and Phirm gots to get paid.

  • Love it. Can’t get enough of the behind the scenes stuff. I’ve always wondered about the vitriolic and near universal ill will towards Dane Cook among comedians…

  • Really enjoyed the podcast (the first one I’ve had a chance to hear all the way thru). I was grinning, chuckling, guffawing…. incongruous when walking around Manhattan.
    Glad to hear fellow comedians giving props to Brian Regan…he’s awesome.

  • Wow, after just two episodes, this is easily one of my favorite podcasts. Between the flat out hilarious moments with Andy last week to the comedy “shop talk” this week, this podcast is made of awesome. I can’t wait for new episodes as well as hitting up the archives. Keep up the great work, I will spread the word!

  • LOVE your podcasts! We saw your stand up in Santa Rosa and look forward to seeing your show again.

    You also helped my daughter overcome her panic attacks she’s been having in college. Your post was brilliant.

    Keep up the great work! You deserve all good things :)

  • There was a whole slew of admired comedians mentioned, some of whom I knew of, and some not. I wanted to look up the latter, but ran into tough times spelling. Any chance anyone can hook me up with who all those comedians were who were referred to?

  • I started listening to the podcast after Joe McHale and I have downloaded and listened to each podcast since then. I absolutely love the comedy nerd slant your podcast takes and this episode is a perfect example when the discussion dissected of what is funny from some but not all comedians and how comedians/writers find their voice. I know Jim seemed a bit relieved he was in the company of people who truly appreciated comedy as much as you guys do. Thanks for the great podcast and I hope it continues!

  • Chris has a knack for interviewing comics. I have never heard anyone pull so much out of funny people. It isn’t a “do your bits monkey” kind of show, but a let me see your soul and see why you are funny.
    Gaffigan is a scholar of comedy and this was one of the most interesting studies of stand up ever. This is what Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedian” should have been (which was still good, but a lot of punches were pulled).

    McHale and Carolla’s episodes brought me in, but this one tied me to the Nerdist podcast forever.
    Chris, you are really killing it!

  • (cont. from episode 17)

    *The Abyss soundtrack playing loud in the background*

    Dont cry baby. Knew this was one way ticket, but you know I had to come …sdlkjf shgjhsflkj fkjds slfkjsd fjklsa fjkdl…

    you say:

    I know how alone you feel… alone in all that cold blackness… but I’m there in the dark with you. Oh Bud you’re not alone… Oh, God. You remember that time – you were pretty drunk, you probably don’t remember – but the power went out in that little apartment we had on Orange Street? We were staring at that one little candle, and I, I said something really dumb like, that candle was me, and like every one of us is out there alone in the dark in this life… and you just, you just lit up another candle and you put it beside mine and said “No! See, that’s me. That’s me”… and we stared at the two candles, and then… well, if you remember any of this, I’m sure you remember the next part. But there *are* two candles in the dark. I’m with you. I’ll always be with you Bud, I promise that

    then I say: Virgil Brigman back on the air. Have some new friends down here. Guess they’ve been here awhile. They’ve left us alone, but it bothers them to see us hurting each other. Getting out of hand. They sent a message. Hope you got it.

    bing! final chapter, episode 1…