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Episode 369: Nerdist Podcast
Joe Manganiello
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Nerdist Podcast: Joe Manganiello

True Blood Pack Master and comic book nerd Joe Manganiello chats about shoplifting comics, hanging out with Schwarzenegger, and wanting to be a professional wrestler. Also, his impressions SLAYED us. After this episode, you will want to be friends with him.

True Blood returns to HBO Sunday, June 16th at 9p

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  1. Pauch says:

    Can there just be a show where Matt, Jonah, and Joe watch old Macho Man interviews and comment on them? As someone diagnosed with Machomadness (my band’s last album was actually called “…And The Beat Goes On”), I want this to happen more than anything.

  2. Angela says:

    This is my first comment to the Nerdist podcast (or any podcast for that matter).  I just wanted to say thank you for this amazing episode.  I of course listened to it when it first came out, but I find myself coming back whenever I need a good laugh.  I guess it is true, the cream rises to the top!  Love you guys!

  3. ChipFinley says:


  4. Kali says:

    Just heard the Ultimate Warrior passed.
    Made me think of this incredible interview with Joe. One of my all-time favorite Nerdist podcasts.

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  6. Allan Carter says:

    I’ve listened to a lot of Nerdist podcsts, but this is the funniest one i’ve ever listened to!! Actually laughing out loud in my office at work! Please make at least the trailer for SAVAGE!! Comedy Gold

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  7. Vera Schrankung says:

    This….This ALL needs to happen. And, even if you’ve never laid eyes on Mangiello (or prefer your males a little more Jon Hodgman-esque), it’s pretty impossible not to love this guy.

  8. Ashley says:

    i’ve listened to this podcast like 4 times and it’s still hilarious oh my god

  9. Lisa says:

    OMG this made my day!! I listened to it at work with headphones on and its so damn funny I was laugh shaking!!

    People walking by my office thought I was having a seizure!!

    BTW – Chris, I saw you perform at the Hardrock in Hollywood FL and your bit on Antonio Banderas as the Nasonex bee cracks me up till this day!!

  10. Tanya says:

    I had maybe heard of Joe a few times before this, and I really didn’t know what he looked like (or I may have seen a picture, but didn’t know his name), so this was like the voice podcast version of the nerdist for me! So this podcast made me fan of him, and his nerding over pro-wresting makes him seem super down to earth and normal. He’s definitely hot (and I’ve only looked at the picture on the podcast page), and he’s also funny, silly, and charming. I guess I may have to watch some trueblood, and magic mike at some point. I hope you’ll have him back on the podcast, and next time try to keep everyone from backing away from their microphones so the volume doesn’t keep changing 🙂 This was a great podcast you all!

  11. Steve says:

    Fucking Christ that was one of the best conversations ever recorded. Joe may have motivated me work out more and snap into more Slim Jims.

  12. robin says:

    I am more in love with Joe than ever! So cool that you guys finally had him on!!!! Can’t wait to find out what his secret super hero plans are.

  13. Late post: If it actually happens, ‘Savage’ starring Joe Manganiello might be the greatest thing to ever come out of podcasting! Please, please, at least a trailer so we can get a slight glimpse of this pure and unfiltered bottle of Awesomesauce.

  14. Josh says:

    I’ve been listening to the Nerdist for a very long time and this is easily in the top 3 best episodes ever. It was such a joy to be a fly on the wall for this awesome conversation. Thank you Chris, Matt, Jonah and Joe for such an amazing exchange!

  15. geoffries01 says:

    One of the top 5 Nerdist postcast evar!

  16. Greg D says:

    I couldn’t see if this was mentioned but if someone tells you you are not a candidate for LASIK you should ask if you are a candidate for LASEK. The concept is the same for both surgeries but with LASEK they do not fold back the cornea to etch your prescription in. Instead they fire the laser through it and let your cornea regrow naturally while you wear a medicated contact for a week. The healing time is longer but the results are more permanent. I had this done for the exact same reason Joe I could not have LASIK done and it was amazing. Highly recommend it!!!!!

  17. Eric says:

    I would totally torrent, “Stealing Comics with Joe Manganiello.” Hope someone makes that show happen…

  18. Sam says:

    One of the absolute best episodes. SAVAAAAAGE!

  19. Alwin says:

    OMG, top tier episode and guest. Joe in SAVAGE? Hell yes. I’m not even interested in wrestling, and I’d watch the shit out of that. Also, Joe as Harry Dresden in movies? DAMN why did I not think of that first? I wish The Dresden Files had been a movie series rather than Harry Potter… but Butcher’s block is nowhere near done!

  20. EricQK says:

    This episode makes me happy 🙂

  21. Crhis Stoy says:

    You MUST make SAVAGE a reality! Kickstart it if you must.

  22. Drakeo says:

    I honestly can’t get enough of this episode

    I hope you guys bring him back or have Colt Cabana on the show or CM Punk again or even better:

    Have ALL 3 with you guys!!!

    The internet..even the world will implode with the huge levels of epic awesomeness of the fact that having Joe Manganiello with CM Punk and Colt Cabana on the nerdist podcast….

    My God This shit’s somethin’. Makes Cambodia look like Kansas.!!!! times 9000!

  23. John G. says:

    Fuuuuuuuuuuck. May be pound-for-pound the best podcast episode.

  24. Jeff says:

    This one goes in the Nerdist Podcast Episode Hall of Fame, please have Joe back on. He fits right in as “the 4th Nerdist host”, like Kyle Kinane did

  25. Monkeeknucklez says:

    I’ve listened to almost every one of your eps and this has to be my new favorite. Hope you guys have Joe back on again soon! Freaking hilarious. New favorite action/comedy quote ever: “If it bleeds, we can kill it”

  26. Craig Grant says:

    I have replayed the wrestling portion of this interview at least 10 times today. LMAO

  27. Standing ovation for this one.

  28. Drakeo says:

    (Sorry for triple posting so much here)

    I’m not even a fan of True Blood…yet I am now a fan of Manganiello!

    Chris,Jonah and Matt…You guys killed it with this episode I hope that “SAVAGE” does become a reality!!! 😀 if I was a billionare this would have been made already!!! 🙂

  29. Drakeo says:

    This really made my list of favorite episodes of the podcasts it’s up there with the 2 Kevin Smith episodes,Rob Paulsen & Maurice LaMarche,Billy West & John DiMaggio,The Black Dynamite episode…just to name some EPIC AWESOME EPISODES!!! 🙂

  30. Drakeo says:

    I still need to finish the episode but from what I’ve listen so far I LOVE THIS EPSIODE AND ALSO I SO WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH JOE!!!

    He sounds like an awesome dude,LOVED his Macho man and Ultimate Warrior impressions!!


  31. Jay Omar says:

    By far and away one of the best episodes ever. I want Joe to be my friend :(. You need to have an Episode with Joe and Aisha Tyler at the same time. FREAK OUT.

  32. Eric C. says:

    @Coleman. That worked. Thanks!

  33. Jennifer says:

    One of the BEST podcasts on Nerdist ever! All my co-workers were standing up and looking around to see who was laughing. Keep up the entertainment guys!

  34. Patty Marvel says:

    @IamJoseph – Another “Dresden Files” fan heard from. Hubby loves those novels as well. Do you listen to the audiobooks. I *THINK* the guy who played Spike on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reads them.

  35. Francesco says:

    Dang, there’s someone else in the world who remembers the Inhumanoids? I just hope someone comes on the podcast one day to name-check Visionaries, and then I’ll be happy.

  36. IamJoseph says:

    Given his looks and positive acting quality, I believe Joe must play Harry Dresden if it is ever adapted to film. Not TV. FILM.

    Moving on…

  37. Bailey says:

    Or maybe the game was Hippodrome, which you can get through MAME

    First thing I thought of when I heard Gladiator, anyway

  38. Collin says:

    So ready for your upcoming “Savage” movie! So who will play Fred and who will play Ben?

  39. FS says:

    I was having a shit day today. I got some bad news about my Dad, who’s been missing for years, and I spent the day walking from my desk to the bathroom to cry. I decided to listen to a podcast to distract myself and this was in my queue. When the Mancho Man part started, I was crying again but this time from laughter. Like, crying-so-hard-I-need-my-inhaler laughter. To everyone involved with this podcast, thank you so much. I never write weepy comments like this, but I had to let you know how much I loved this.

  40. Coleman says:

    Not to present an overly simple solution to the “only 9 minutes” issue, but I just deleted the original (subscriber) download and went to the iTunes store and re-downloaded the episode. Worked perfectly. That is the extent of my input on the matter. Hope it helps.

  41. Atticus says:

    For people still stuck at 9:02- I got this link to work for me

  42. JetpackBlues says:

    @bsg: You beat me to it.

    If the trailer for “SAVAGE” (has to be in all caps) gets made, the lube bit has to go in with the following dialog (read in Macho Man voice):

    Have you got any GREASE?
    Yes. Yes I do.
    Then grease me UP woman!
    Okey dokey.

  43. Danny M. says:

    I…must…listen…to…this…podcast…only…9…minutes…freaking…out… (did my hyperventilation get across here?). But seriously, everyone’s comments about how amazing this podcast was is really only freaking me out more. Has ANYONE figured out a fix for this? Thanks for the free content, bee tee dubs. Not trying to come off as spoiled, just want to hear amazespectacleness!