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Episode 367: Nerdist Podcast
Alex Winter
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Nerdist Podcast: Alex Winter

Alex Winter sits down with Chris, Matt, and Jonah to talk about how he got into documentary making, his early love of the internet, and how he got the parts in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Lost Boys!

Watch Downloaded on July 1st!


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  2. Goon Diapers says:

    Wanted to throw in a mild rebuttal about Bandcamp. You CAN set up a homepage for yourself and other people can see what you purchased and what is on your wishlist. I use that all the time to explore the music tastes of people who have liked or bought music I like. It isn’t super robust but it still works pretty well.

  3. Sloth says:

    Alex Winter was a fantastic guest. Funny , interesting and excellent

  4. gabrielle says:

    This podcast reminded me…
    There was this old documentary on PBS about the history of the personal computer and then a followup about the history of the internet:

    “Triumph of the Nerds 1.0” and
    “Triumph of the Nerds 2.0”

    If you can get past the ’90s look to the doc, they’re quite good!

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  6. toonsmyth says:

    First of all, that interview was awesome but far too short.
    Second, please ask Mr. Winter to contact me should he ever need any animation for any of his projects. I am 43, and have been a cartooning since I could hold a pen. Seriously. Call me.
    Third, speaking as someone who makes a living from internet ad revenue, I feel terrible about the current 30 second preroll of hair transplant ads before my 4 minute cartoons. Chris, you NAILED that one. But since recently joining Collective Digital Studios, I will soon have the option to do sponsored call outs with produts, such as “This episode of Ultimate Cartoon Fighting is brought to you by Quaker Oats! Mmmm, mmm… Taste the oaty goodness!”
    Or better yet, I mght have the opportunity to work the product into the video content. Either way, I will do my best to make the ads as entertaining as possible, and that’s MY promise to you.
    Thanks for listening. …Seriously…. Alex…. Call me.

  7. toonsmyth says:

    AAAaAAAAHHHHH! ALEX WINTER! ALEX WINTER!!! How did I miss this one!? Oh, yeah. I’ve been working on a music video for The Annoying Orange creator. I am Alex Winter’s #2 fan! Second only to the obsessive Alex Winter Website creator. Love FREAKED and SQUEAL of DEATH and everything he’s ever done. Thank you for this episode which I am about to start. Please enjoy this homage I made to Bill & Ted and The Doctor a while back:

  8. brandon says:

    man this was alsome thanks.

  9. amysrevenge says:

    OMG funny Halloween story.

    Excellent podcast *air guitar*

  10. Mescalineous says:

    I’d rather be knocked down than knocked up.

  11. JetpackBlues says:

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers song Knock Me Down came on over the car stereo on the drive home, and I was reminded that Mr. Winter was featured in that video.

  12. Jeff says:

    Excellent podcast! Can’t wait to see his documentary

  13. GuanoLad says:

    Excellent podcast guest. All the talk of the early days of the Internet especially, having lived through it all and it seeming so long ago when really it was just a few years back.

    Oh, and for Bill & Ted, too of course.

  14. Mike Wise says:

    Loved this episode and the discussion on Napster and marketing. One thing that Napster and digital marketing has allowed for is for folks like me to have a chance to release music. The CD that my band In Repair released last year is on all of the same platforms that sell the mainstream artists. I’m not making any money but my music is getting heard and that’s such a testament to the power of the net.

  15. Ben Z says:

    I would contribute $100 to a Kickstarter for Bill & Ted 3 (assuming the reward teir would at least get me a copy of the movie).

  16. Mark S. says:

    RE: Finding new music – one of my favorite methods is still fairly viable. All Music Guide ( has a HUGE amount of information, and for each band, it’ll have related artists, artists who inspired them, and artists they inspired. All stuff taken from the bands themselves rather than an algorithm. The rabbit hole that can create is amazing. Just start with a band you know you like and start clicking.

    • Patty Marvel says:

      @Mark S. – “All Music Guide ( has a HUGE amount of information, and for each band, it’ll have related artists, artists who inspired them, and artists they inspired.”

      THIS!!! I’ve been using that site for YEARS to do research for my radio show and often read the bios from it when featuring particular artists. Yes, PLEASE use that site!

  17. Church says:

    Is there a non-Facebook page for his flick?

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  19. CJ says:

    Thank you Nerdist for a great podcast!

    Alex Winter never fell off the radar … he just found other things to do creatively beyond Acting … perhaps with a Kickstarter campaign we could get BILL AND TED 3 green lit (along with a Blu-ray of Alex Winter’s FREAK’D (1993) since Keanu is actually interested in co-starring with Alex Winter (anyone else want to see what happens to Bill and Ted as middle age parents?) …. I can not wait to see DOWNLOADED (after listening to this, I feel that Alex put a lot of thought into how “downloaded content online” has changed everyone, has become apart of our current culture) …

    I wish Alex Winter could get the rights to THE IDIOT BOX from Viacom (MTV’s parent company) just to release that on disc / bluray

    (yes I can give a virtual thumbs up @ times)


    you forgot to ask Alex what kind of burrito ?