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Episode 223: Nerdist Podcast
James Gunn
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Nerdist Podcast: James Gunn

James Gunn comes on the podcast to talk about his new video game Lollipop Chainsaw, everyone talks about their coffee addictions and all their favorite TV shows right now!

Follow @jamesgunn on Twitter and check out more about “Lollipop Chainsaw”

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  1. Josh says:

    @Tom Steele — lol Here’s a free hug for ya’ buddy! HUUUUUUUUUUUUG! That’ll be $5.00 ….. damn economy.

  2. Tom Steele says:

    Dear Chris. Could you also refund me my 0.00? It’s not because I don’t enjoy the show, but because I need the money for free hugs.

  3. @BenZ
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but you appear to be victim blaming again. Your attitude seems to be that if Chris responds to trolls, then he deserves to get trolled (or that if Cara Santa Maria is vocal about her atheistic views then she deserves to get threatening letters from fundamentalist Christians). I call shenanigans. The people who go out of their way to be immature assholes are just that, people, who are responsible for their own reprehensible actions.

    If somebody smashes through your living room window and robs your house, are they any less guilty of the crime of stealing from you because you didn’t have bars placed on the window? Does the fact that you never installed an alarm system somehow justify their crime? You simply can’t logically or ethically come to the conclusion that victims of a crime somehow deserve a portion of blame.

  4. Josh says:

    @BenZ — CH and this really nice guy named Joe had a great exchange on this topic (do or don’t respond to negativity?) just recently on the Ghost Lube comment thread. I wonder if CH didn’t address your concerns there? Anyway, you’re one of the good ones, BenZ!

  5. Ben Z says:

    Just to clear things up, that post wasn’t a, “Why is Chris always complaining about negative feedback?” post. It was a, “I can understand that negative feedback affects you, but try not to reward the a-holes” post. I don’t want every message to Chris being, “You unfunny, 90’s reliving d-bag… Love the show!” just to get his attention. The Nerdist podcast, YouTube channel and website are wonderful. Look at the amazing feedback from the Billy Hardwick episode. I would just hope that Chris holds onto those feelings when he reads negative feedback or insults.

  6. Ben Z says:

    I feel like Chris responds better to negative feedback than either positive feedback, constructive criticism or offering a solution to a perceived problem. I get that we all have our buttons and Chris is SUPER busy, but it makes me wonder if people will have to use insults just to get his attention. At the Iowa City show, Chris rewarded a guy who admitted just tweeting something that would get the biggest negative reaction. He seems to read plenty of emails that have the insults flying, and comment on why they would even keep listening. I’m sure it is tough to ignore, but at the very least, don’t give them a reward by mentioning them on the podcast.

  7. Josh says:

    @Doc @Patty @MG @CH @et al non-trolls You are ALL rays of sunshine and a whole entire shit load of fun for me to interact with — hilarious and interesting and genius as all get out!!! Virtual group nerd hug everyone!

    P.S.: Dada Yo Mama — Yo mama is so fly swatter, hat salt applesauce!

  8. Patty Marvel says:

    @Josh and @Doctor Quemmento – Thank you, gents! And I LOVE the phrase “Twitter Jesus” and am sorely tempted to create an account with that name. You should do it, Doc! This was your creation!

    And now, the parade we were promised! And it has stormtroopers! “Boy, I can hear the blogs and the on-lines going crazy now,” says the announcer.

  9. WesFX says:

    I’m still playing Lollipop Chainsaw, and I know how some creators are very free with spoilers, so I’m gonna have to wait to listen to this one.

    But great pick for a guest!

  10. @Josh
    Nah, I got it. Stars and stripes forever. It wouldn’t be a real parade without it. You are, as ever, a witty and hilarious ray of sunshine in an otherwise drab and shitty world. Don’t ever change, sir!

    Unless your clothes start to smell. Then, by all means, change immediately.

  11. Josh says:

    @Doc: DA DAAA DA DA DAAA DA DA DAAAAA! DA DA DAAAA DA DA DAAAAA DA DA —- damn it. I think maybe my comments on this thread work better aurally. Anyway, that was supposed to be a parade … looks more like an Erik Satie party.

    How many dadaists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? THAT rabbit fixes TRACTORS!!!?


  12. Woo! I fuckin’ love parades! *waits patiently for parade to start*

    @Patty Thank you! You are also extraordinarily cool and funny! I’ve used your “clue-by-four” reference in everyday conversation several times now and intentionally failed to cite you! I’m not sorry! I’d do it again in an instant!………OK, I am sorry. But I’d still do it again in an instant.

  13. Chris Hardwick says:

    @8BitAvenue: I may not be able to adjust the show to suit your specific needs. In light of this, please leave a mailing address so that I may forward your full refund of $0.00. I deeply apologize for this travesty of justice. How you were able to get through that 2, 2 1/2 minutes a handful of times can only be described in one word–bravery. You are a true hero. (Parade forthcoming)

    With deepest sympathy,

  14. @8-Bit
    Hi, Twitter Jesus. Although it’s very noble of you to take on the Twitter sins of all of those Twitter people, I think you might be missing a larger point. Tell you what. Follow these five simple steps and then, perhaps, the perspective of the person you’re criticizing might come into a bit of a sharper focus for you.

    Step 1: Become an obsessive-creative personality and pour your heart, soul, passion, time and energy into your work

    Step 2: Place that work in a public space, like the internet, for all to witness, consume, judge, and (you hope beyond all hope) enjoy

    Step 3: Get a million followers on Twitter

    Step 4: Have a few thousand of them say shitty things to you, all day every day, about every single thing you do for a few years

    Step 5: After doing all of this, THEN criticize what other people complain about

    Hey, maybe you can start right now! What’s your Twitter handle?

  15. Josh says:

    @Patty you are so funny — thanks for the positive reinforcement! I and my self-loathing ego certainly appreciate it! Mama Marvel, that’s what you are! Pink Hippo Bat says thanks as well.

    @8-Bit Ave I don’t mean to come across as a pathetic sniveling Nerdist apologist loser super-fan or anything, but clearly shittyness on the internet makes ol’ CH crazy — sick to his stomach as he’s said. I love how honest the hosts of these podcasts are — it’s real, you know? The guy’s been a celebrity for ever, and yet it still really matters to him when people are nasty. Don’t you find that kind of endearing? At least a little?

    This was a great episode, by the way. Love the insider baseball stuff — fun conversations to listen in on. Sorry for not mentioning that earlier. (c:

    Oh, here’s a sentient, politically minded, vindication oriented zombie: RRRHGAAAFBLAYYYAYYY didn’t I say we shouldn’t trust the Euro-zone? GRRRRREEEETHPHKLAKLA

  16. Patty Marvel says:

    Funny Gunn should mention that a person needs to see/hear fourteen positive comments to counteract one negative comment. When I got engaged, I found a “Psychology Today” article that says the happiest marriages tend to be ones where the spouse says/does SEVEN “good” things to tamp down the effects of any one “bad” thing, which is why Hubby and I will say “Have I told you yet today / this morning / this evening how much I love you” and I’ve created a reoccurring “I WUV YOU” message that gets sent to his inbox twice a month. I wonder if positive reinforcement from your sweetie is just more effective than if it’s from strangers?
    In light of Gunn’s comments and the negative things that are said on the internet, we should each say at least ONE nice thing to someone to help inoculate them from the crap. I’ll start.
    @James Gunn – You are a funny and insightful person and I will now follow you on Twitter.
    @Chris Hardwick – Enjoyed the interview you did with Donald Faison on “Attack of the Show.” Well done, you! And nice hair. And please tell Matt Mira he looks very nice without his glasses and should consider getting contacts.
    @Bryce Schoening – Thank you for the zombie flick recommendation! “Dead and Breakfast” is now in my Netflix queue.
    @Doctor Quemmento – You have a seriously cool screen name and you make me laugh!
    @Josh – Nice zombie dialog and you have a cute pink icon.
    @Matt Grandis – You are a gentleman and have a very nice face.
    That’s it for now. “The Daily Show” on the DVR awaits…

  17. Aj says:

    Cool episode, some great riffing.
    On the subject of 3D puzzle games; Starship Titanic actually was written by Douglas Adams, & was one of the BEST point/click puzzle games of the 90’s.

  18. 8-Bit Ave says:

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! Please stop bitching about people who are mean to you on Twitter. This seems like it comes up every podcast and I am sick of hearing about it. On behalf of all the peoples of the world I apologize for every mean thing said to Chris Hardwick on Twitter. Now get over it.

  19. John says:

    There is a comic called Xombie about a sentient zombie who fights other zombies. There’s also an animated adaption on Netflix.

  20. Josh says:

    Same guilt, just, you know, mostly from my mom.

    How many Yiddisha mamas does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None. *sigh* I’ll just sit here in the dark.

  21. Matt Grandis says:

    Well, I’d be surprised if you were raised catholic, Josh. I wonder though what a catholic jew would be like.

  22. Josh says:

    Sentient Agreeable Apologetic Zombie: GHUUEFGETEEEIUTOGHGS me too DEEEFGTHPHJUCEEAA agree with @MG & @Doc above FFFHEEAAOUGHTVCAAAUUCKACKACK


  23. Matt Grandis says:

    What you’re saying is — you weren’t raised catholic either, Doc?

  24. @MG Well spoken, sir.

    Seconded, liked, favorited, retweeted, shared, reblogged, digged and altogether completely agreed with.

  25. Matt Grandis says:

    Great, once again you made me laugh out loud in public. Thank you so much. But I don’t care. I wasn’t raised catholic, but I’m still convinced I’m a piece of shit and deserve no more. So fuck what other people think.

    About people giving you shit on Twitter et al: I think sometimes they don’t really intend on giving you shit. After listening to about 250 hours of podcasts, it’s hard not to think of you guys as our buddies. We think we know you. When you playfully riff on each other, we think we can play along. Jonah giving Matt shit? Awesome, let’s make fun of Matt like Jonah does. After all, we’re part of it. Only, we’re not. And sometimes we forget that. We don’t always notice we’re only strangers on the internet talking to you like we’re pals. Which often times sounds disrespectful at best, insulting at worst.

    So, I for one want to tell you — I’m sorry if I ever talk to you in a way I’m in no position to do so. I am very guilty of overstepping boundaries at times. I’d like to think of myself as not just another stranger on the internet, but I am. And I should act as such. If I ever forget this (and I do, constantly), know that I’m simply trying to act like one of your buddies and not like some disrespectful asshole. This is something that’s so, so fucking hard to get right on the internet.

  26. Patty Marvel says:

    Can only listen to this podcast in bits at the moment, but so far I’m loving the “behind the scenes” info, such as how long a screen play should be and how a video game script is written. The latter sounds like one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books – if A happens, go this way but if B happens, then THIS will occur. Neat. I love learning this kind of stuff! Keep it coming!

  27. Logan says:

    I always pictured James Gunn as a jerk for some reason. This podcast proved that wrong. He seems like a really nice down to earth guy who doesn’t put up with shit. Thanks for another great podcast.

  28. Overlord says:

    @Tip I was getting more Alan Alda from James.

    As long has the pod is double dipping w/ the greatest guests, I think we’re all ready for Donald Glover #2. What say you??

  29. TIP RAYLOR says:

    Mucho amor for James Gunn. Although, He sounds remarkably like Ray Romano, freaked me out a bit. If that’s my only observation I’m dumb. Great Podcast.

  30. Eddie says:

    best part about this episode was that I learned about fapdu.

    thanks Matt!

  31. LevelledUp says:

    It was a very good interview, he has really matured in recent years and is more interesting to listen to.

    I’m a little confused as to why he doesn’t try to become a writer for a quality tv show given how much newfound respect he has for the medium.

    I second those who say he would be a good one to try to get doing a regular podcast under the Nerdist banner. Something like “Oh the horror! with James Gunn”. I’d subscribe.

  32. Josh says:

    Two sentient zombies negotiating a door only wide enough for one of them: “AAAAAARRRRGHWAAAAGH RRRRRRAAAAAAGHYYYOOOOEEE *ahem* After you. No no, I insist. … AAAAAAARRRRRRRRUUUUUGH”

  33. Ben says:

    A James Gunn hosted podcast would be something I’d totally be into.

  34. @Amanda I like the way you think! Sentient zombies! Sort of.

  35. Angel says:

    Hey, I’m new, but-

    This was a really interesting and insightful podcast. I loved the way you guys just totally went in depth with the topics you discussed and just didn’t focus on one thing – you actually made an effort to have a real, down to earth conversation with James.

    Please make more of these with other guests too!

  36. Jack says:

    I wonder if James Gunn’s preference for less busty women developed before or after his divorce from Jenna Fischer.

  37. Neutered Lust says:

    More James Gunn, more often. He is so gosh darn interesting I wish everyone had an unlimited amount of time and energy because James Gunn deserves a podcast (don’t know if he’d even want to, but I’d jump on that train).

  38. Wildride says:

    Speaking of Leisure Suit Larry: How about playing it on the Apple ][ as a text adventure when it was called Soft Porn Adventure?

  39. Amanda says:

    The On Writing comment reminded me…

    I think the perfect project for James Gunn would be adapting Stephen King’s Cell. Just a thought though.

  40. GuanoLad says:

    I heard anglophile Chris use the word “row” as a term for an argument, but it came out a bit wrong. It’s actually pronounced like “cow” or “now.”

  41. James Gunn says:

    Thanks, guys! This was a blast!

  42. I'mnotwritingmyrealnamehere says:

    I have no idea how I got onto this website or why I ended up on the podcast section. But that was funny, and I’m pretty glad I did.
    This is all..

  43. Erika (@AlwaysSinging) says:

    In response to the blood thing on True Blood: This is what I understand after reading the book series and watching the show. There’s more detail about it in the book than in the TV series.

    The drug (V) is old vampire blood used by healthy people. Healthy people only get the side effects of the blood (not the healing effect) and the older the blood, the more addicted they are and the more side effects they have. When a critically injured human drinks from a vampire, they get healed first. And depending on how much they drink and how old the vampire is they’re healed from, they get side effects only after they’re healed. So, the side effects are not as strong since the body has cycled it through to heal first.

    So, technically they’re still following the rules. I hope that helps clear things up. As if anyone really cares. 🙂

  44. Hey guys. On behalf of myself and the Humans for Zombie Rights I resent your implication that just because zombies aren’t “sentient” by your definition that they don’t have rights. Zombies have feelings too, and however undeveloped and primitive those emotions may seem to YOU, if YOU were a zombie YOU wouldn’t want your likeness bisected by a hot chick with a chainsaw, or have depictions of your race continually hacked, stabbed, shot, burned and blown up in movies, TV and comic books. Instead of demonizing that which is different from us we need to learn to be at one with the planet and all of its inhabitants, even the zombies.

  45. Chris: Linda, super sweet; Seth, amazing…

    James: Yeah.

    Chris: I don’t know Sarah Michelle Gellar, but I hear she’s a delight…

    James: (conspicuous silence)

  46. Scott says:

    She probably flew by and made a scary face. That’d be my guess.

  47. Eric C. says:

    So what exactly happened when Chris mentioned Sarah Michelle Gellar? I feel like I missed something there.

  48. Bryce Schoening says:

    If you want the sentient zombie flick, you should try seeing Dead And Breakfeast. It has a few of your friends in it, and it was (as far as I know) the only movie David Carradine starred with his daughter. And it is absolutely hillarious.

  49. Oreztes says:

    Busty teachers

    DAMN! Wrong window…

  50. Oreztes says:

    Busty teachers

    SHIT! Wrong window…