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Episode 228: Nerdist Podcast
LeVar Burton
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Nerdist Podcast: LeVar Burton

THE Levar Burton is finally on the show! Chris and Matt geek out with questions about Star Trek: The Next Generation, they ponder why Geordi never got any action on the show, and LeVar talks about the affect Roots had on his life!

Artwork by Dana Lechtenberg


  1. aughtist says:

    LeVar Burton Is My Hero t-shirt.

  2. Diane says:

    I want a sequel after Levar Burton has watched Timescape. Did he watch Timescape? I need to know.

  3. Ghengis Jung says:

    This might be the best episode of the Nerdist podcast ever. And that’s saying a lot.

  4. Matthew says:

    For the next time you have Levar on. You have something else to ask him about. :-)

  5. Hector says:


  6. Rooislangwtf says:

    One of the best episodes, I laughed my ass off.

  7. Patty Marvel says:

    @Bill Cosby – The episode was “Sub Rosa” and it was NOT good! The only way I’d watch it again would be with the MST3K treatment. I got the impression whoever came up with the story wanted to do something Bronte-esque and I hope the reanimated corpses of Charlotte, Anne and Emily came back from the grave just to kick their butt. Here’s the info:

  8. bill cosby says:

    Which episode was the Beverly orgasm episode again?

  9. Victoria says:

    According to IMDB, apparently Geordi was originally intended to be gay in the pilot script. Maybe that’s why he never got any action with the ladies?

    Than again, IMDB, so take that with a grain of salt.

  10. setlasmon says:

    hahaaa…. im not even a Trek fan but Matt’s entrance was epic!

  11. joe says:

    1- loved this podcast! LeVar, and every TNG actor, sound like fun amazing people to know. You guys do a great job of just having a relaxing conversation with people.

    2- Matt, I completely remembered that episode right away. that’s probably one of my favorites, too.

  12. Amanda says:

    I so missed out on Reading Rainbow as a kid, and that makes me sad. Halfway through the episode now, great so far.

    Sir Patrick Asshole about made me pee myself. Just thought I would share.

  13. Kristi says:

    I listened to this podcast and the Brent Spiner one in the same sitting, and I was laughing so hard I was crying. Unfortunately, I was eating dinner alone at the Cheesecake Factory at the time. This is not so much a sad commentary on life, as it is the one night a year my parents have the kids while my husband is out of town. But the crying, that was hard to explain. I think the wait staff is worried about me. Thanks for making my staycation so much fun. I love you. And LB! and Data! So so very much.

  14. Josh says:

    @Patty holy crapola!!! I was WONDERING why the 5 was so open recently!!! Are you Legend? Been looking for Legend. Does anyone know a “Legend” here? Paging Dr. Legend. Dr. Legend, undead party of six?

  15. Patty Marvel says:

    @Josh – Well, the zombie apocalypse came and went. We humans won ‘cuz of all the survival and fighting tactics we learned from watching “Walking Dead” AND I got this really nice mansion that used to belong to some actor named Bill…something. Oh, and now that the planetary population is down to about two billion people, we no longer have shortages of ANYTHING! It’s a win win!

  16. Josh says:

    Yeah! What doc and matt said! — shit! Did I miss everything again????

  17. ernster says:

    “oh my god, matt mira.” that floored me.

  18. Deon Flood says:

    LeVar is the coolest guy I know. He played Star Trek, Reading Rainbow, and of course, never seen before, the dean of the university, Paul Haley, from Perception. I saw it on TNT. I love LeVar Burton.

  19. Christopher M says:

    Actually, this was a really great podcast, and the first one that I’m going to comment on.
    LeVar Burton should really think about getting into podcasting himself; man has a voice that could melt neutronium itself!

    What I found very disappointing was Matt’s dismissive, throwaway comment when talking about Shatner how the first 6 Star Trek movies were “unsuccessful”.

    Apparently you would know “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” if you watched more than TNG…try some TOS, DS9, VOY, and ENT for good measure.
    Sorry that the 6 movies with the TOS cast don’t cut if for you (yes Spockalypse Now and Trek V weren’t the best), but TWOK, TVH, and even TUC are way better than Nemesis, and hold up against First Contact (and probably beat out Generations and Insurrection too).

    In the future, please think before you go all fanboyfrothy at the mouth, and realize that there is more to Trek than TNG; TNG may have revitalized it, but DS9 4evar baby!

  20. DaveW says:

    This was one of the funniest and funnest episodes to listen to. Thanks so much for continuing to post free content that is so enjoyable. Now to watch Timescape! (Again)

  21. Scarab83 says:

    Oh Matt.. you poor bastard.

  22. jrr says:

    The back and forth between Matt and Levar literally had me crying I was laughing so hard. Great episode!

  23. Jake says:

    You can’t disappoint a podcast!

    But seriously, hilarious episode.

  24. JetpackBlues says:

    Geordi with a jheri curl:

    Note: That is NOT LeVar Burton

  25. Jed says:

    Hilarious Episode!!!! This was by far in my top five. Can’t wait for the the next time he stops by. Your guys bantered well together.

  26. Alex K says:

    OOhh man what a missed opportunity at the 51 minute mark!!! Matt, he set you up big time to come back with ” but you don’t have to take my word for it.” I was waiting, WAITING for you to come back with that.

    Great podcast, great time listening. Thanks! :)

  27. Ian says:

    Listening to this ep made me remember how much I loved TNG growing up! Maybe I’ll go rewatch “Timescape” …

  28. Jeanette says:

    So much fun guys, thanks!

  29. Aubrey says:

    I would watch web series Alpha Three Nine … just saying. Also, as a result of this episode I went and watched all of Brent Spiner’s “Fresh Hell.” Hilarious!! Subtle. Also: Dick jokes. Everyone should watch it.

  30. farleyk says:

    I do so hope Levar has seen the Jimmy Fallon take on the Reading Rainbow theme song:

  31. Alec says:

    Speaking of the banana clip origins of Geordie’s VISOR:

  32. clivodimars says:

    Laughed so hard about matts nerd out. I remember that episode. Was a super good one.

  33. Mike Cavanaugh says:

    Holy Shit, guys. Choked on my burrito on this one. Can’t stop larfing at Matt and Levar in “Alpha Three Nine!!” Sounds like a new show for the YouTube channel. And please make a pilot of the new reality show “Love: Mary Lyn Style”

  34. Patty Marvel says:

    @Chris – You got to drive Gene Roddenberry home?!?! You, Sir, have lead a charmed life! @Matt – I’d like to see a Star Drek performance, but I live in Cleveland. Any chance of taking it on the road like “Cinematic Titanic?” I’m just tickled by “Alpha Three Nine” being Picard’s transporter safe word.

  35. neb says:

    Love Levar!!! Love the Reading Rainbow App! Love Nerds! Great podcast boyz! 😛

  36. John says:

    This was great guys, I laughed my ass not off, but to the point where I formed a time loop caused by Frasier’s starship (nerd points for those who chuckle at the reference).

    My only Q, where’s Jonah? Need to do some more interviews with all three of you guys. Who’s next on the TNG roster, Franks, McFadden?