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Nerdist Podcast: Gillian Jacobs
Episode 438: Nerdist Podcast
Gillian Jacobs
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Nerdist Podcast: Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs and Chris talk about making life decisions as a child and having crushes on older movie stars, and they reminisce about past auditions! They also talk about the upcoming season of Community!


  1. Mathias says:

    Gillian PODCAST!!! DO IT!

  2. GuanoLad says:

    On the “Gillian’s Island” podcast, she should interview Vince Gilligan, Zach Galligan, Gillian Anderson, Ann Jillian, and Karen Gillan.

  3. Tyler says:

    Gaaaah! Kyle is so wrong! I can’t handle anything touching my feet except socks. I could feel the tension shooting up my legs as Kyle talked about the feeling of touching sheets being good. I’m totally on CH’s side here.

  4. Scott says:

    You should turn off the laugh track (Kyle).

  5. Rob S. says:

    I remember Zooble De Zoo. There was Bil the Beaver, Bravo Fox, Van Gough the Loin, Talk A Too Cockatoo, and then a bear and a kitty cat. I think the cat and the bear were dating. Ben Vereen played the mayor that was on at the beginning and the end of the episode. That and Martian Manhunter’s real name is J’onn Jonzz. I know that. Asperger’s super power.

  6. Jonny Fudwicker says:


    Gillian’s the best. I understand that she is uncomfortable with fans and uncomfortable with fan’s lack of social skills. Nevertheless, when it comes to entertaining the fans, she is nonpareil…also, super pretty.

    Why waste my time saying that? Well, what if she–for some reason–reads comments on Nerdist. She might read mine and be all, “Oh, this guy gets it. I should totally find out who he is and connect with him and hook up with him some early spring evening.” And then we’ll be totally dating for like six months after which we’ll break up amicably and then be good friends until one of us is taken by death.

    Not such a waste of time then, is it?

    Don’t worry guys. If Gillian and I start dating, I’ll absolutely leave comments every once in a while on Nerdist. I know you’ll all miss my witty reactions and snarky comments once I’ve jumped aboard the gravy train.


    Jonny Fudwicker

  7. Never knew who she was before this podcast (shame on me), but I too am the same way. Stubborn kid who made a promise to themselves after living in a family surrounded by drinking problems. Good for you Gillian.

  8. Aish says:

    If there’s going to be a Gillian podcast, the first guest should be Terry Gross via ISDN line

  9. MEEfO says:

    I think I fall in love with every female guest on this show. Speaks to how informal and intimate a setting they create

  10. TestPerson says:

    Gillian is coo

  11. Alec says:

    Is Gillian’s Island too on the nose for a podcast name?

  12. Edward Gundrum says:

    A really fun episode. Can’t wait for Community to come back!

  13. Tim says:

    I already have my tickets for the Chicago/Vic Theatre Show. Can’t wait to see 2/3rds of Nerdist.

  14. chris hardwick says:

    @Ted: then you are in luck! Listen to Jonah Raydio or James Bonding w/ Matt & Matt.

  15. Ted says:

    I would like to hear Matt or Jonah interview someone without Chris sometime.

  16. Wildride says:

    Exercise shows were so big that Beth from 20 Minute Workout got play Sara Conner’s roommate in The Terminator.

  17. Paul says:

    Gillian is delightful in this podcast. And a Pittsburgh gal to boot!

  18. Catherine says:

    Wonderful podcast!

  19. Todd Mason says:

    Another vote for any sort of podcast that Ms. Jacobs (or you, Ms. Jacobs) would care to put together. As Mr. Hardwick notes (no, I’m not wearing a fedora nor write for the NEW YORK TIMES, why do you ask?), you’ll find all sorts of people who have loved Tom Lehrer (I was very glad to finally get to hear the VD song he “couldn’t” record back in the day on one of the compilations released int he last decade…and the Boston Subway song) and most of the other things you’ve mentioned here (even if I’m no great fan of what the Sweet Science does to its athletes), atop your resonance with the fanbase that’s simply ready to hear you for you. Think of all the PhotoShop battles royale you can enjoy right here on these pages…

  20. Alec says:

    I didn’t grow up in a TV-less environment, but my dad did try to regulate my consumption by splicing in another set of plugs to the power cord and taking the end section with him to work. Instead of taking the message to heart, I found another cord from an old lamp and tried to shove the frayed copper ends into the outlet.

    And speaking of Chris’ foot-to-sheet contact phobia, you need to use one of those sole scrubbers during your showers and apply a heavy duty moisturizer like bag balm.

  21. Lamech says:

    I want a Gillian Jacobs podcast now! She freakin’ hilarious. I had to stop this podcast and go back a couple of times because I was laughing so hard I missed what everyone was saying next.

  22. Subway says:

    No alcohol? Ever? I’m sorry, but I must now conclude our imaginary relationship. I know now that you will never respect my binge drinking during Britta-heavy episodes of Community. I guess I just Britta’d… us…

  23. @WHTQuemments: they’ll come back some day soon! as for Gillian, I’d love to have her on if we come back. I see us branching out more into just funny people who aren’t specifically comics. Hodgman was terrific the other night! Also theme shows: 3 of the 4 founding UCB members, maybe 3 Community cast members, 3 WWE guys, stuff like that!

  24. Atticus says:

    Oh, Britta’s in this?

    She’s great. I like her.

  25. NotMF says:

    I would absolutely listen to a Gillian podcast. Just throwing this out there, but what about “Getting It With Gillian”? haha

  26. Ryan Bayron says:

    See, now I want a Gillian Podcast to happen. If she doesn’t get a podcast on The Nerdist, can you at least have her on the show a lot more? Because that was a lot of fun.

    She can be the Ed McMahon to your Johnny Carson, the Andy Richter to your Conan O’Brien, the Zorak to your Space Ghost, perhaps.

  27. Andrew says:

    Martain Manhunter gets a mention!
    That almost NEVER happens.

    I would absolutely listen to a Gillian Jacobs podcast.
    Weird is good.

  28. Tanya says:

    Hi. I don’t watch Community, but I’ve enjoyed the podcasts with cast members. So I may have to start watching it on Netflix, but I’m like Chris, watching tv with intention is the way I go anymore. But aside from that, will you both be my friends please? The stuff you talked about from your childhood, was so familiar to me! I’d be fine with a support group dynamic though. We could get together and talk about PBS Britcoms like old war buddies LOL! I watched Doctor Who on Saturday night, and I didn’t know anyone else who did in high school.

    Also, nice to hear someone else say that they don’t drink and never have (I’ve had sips of alcohol out of curiousity, but that’s it). And it sounds like our reasons for not drinking were likely very similar.

    Great interview, and I agree with a previous poster, start pulling Kyle into the podcast if Matt and Jonah aren’t around….or even if they are, that’d work too!

  29. Ryan says:

    A Gillian Jacobs podcast would make so many people’s unspoken dreams come true!

  30. Moe says:

    Hey Chris, how about having Kyle join you guys in a hostful?
    His small participation in the quasi-hostful intro last week was pretty cool.
    Love you guys!

  31. What Happened To The Quements says:

    Gillian was brilliant, very open and funny! Please convince her to get some form of podcast together on the Nerdist Network, she would be fantastic.

    I also think she could be great on the next season (of course it’s going to happen) of @Midnight, though I’m not sure if that’s a comedians only type deal.

  32. NotMF says:

    Gillian is amazing in every single way. I always love when her and Garry Marshall are on Comedy Bang Bang.

  33. Jenn says:

    I would love to see video of Chris bowling with Richard Simmons… Have you seen Simmons? The guy has bowling legs for days!

  34. Jenn says:

    This was fan-tabulous! I really adore GIllian’s openess to show her unique perspective via instagram and Vine. It’s lovely and endearing, more people in general should not water down their social media! AWKWARDNESS for ALL!

    The Community cast is killing it on the podcast! I am curious what Dan Harmon would be like on the podcast…

  35. -Di. says:

    This is a perfect video for this podcast and this episode:

  36. LJ says:

    Zoobilee Zoo! I’m almost too scared to revisit this “gem.” God bless you, Gillian!

  37. Tanya says:

    The Fancy Feast bit made me spit out my noodles, at work. jeeezuz that was funny!!!

  38. chris hardwick says:

    @Emme: you’re…you’re kidding, right?

  39. Nichole says:

    It’s so horrible to become “aware of yourself” when you’re on the spot. This used to happen to me in any classes when speaking, and in more recent years during readings. You become aware of your presence, the people looking at you, your own voice, the automatic words coming out of your mouth and you don’t even know what they are – and then BOOM. oh shit! train of thought/focus lost!

    The fedora crowd we refer to as “euphoric neckbeards” :p

  40. Emme says:

    Why does the conversation turn to having babies and marriage in the first 20 minutes? Sexist.

  41. bobscallion says:

    I’m actually glad that Matt and Jonah haven’t been on much,because they’re working. They deserve that little bit of success. I hope they continue to get work.

  42. Kris says:

    she’s back! love gillian so much