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Episode 222: Nerdist Podcast
Mary Lynn Rajskub
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Nerdist Podcast: Mary Lynn Rajskub

The hilarious and wonderful Mary Lynn Rajskub comes on the show! She catches up on her friendship with Chris, tells stories from her waitress days at The Hard Rock Cafe, and sings a little song!

Follow @Rajskub on Twitter and watch her show “Dirty Work”!


  1. There’s no way I couldn’t make this after hearing the Chin and Tonic joke…damn that was a great one!

  2. Carl says:

    Jonah – please start a band with Matt Braunger called Jonah & the Whales. Album title: “Whatever Doesn’t Krill You Makes you Braunger”

    Also, did I hear Bill Nye is going to be doing a podcast?!

  3. Alec says:

    “Look, eventually you hit a point of diminishing returns on the sexiness.”

    “What’s a Diminiwhawha….?”

  4. Zeldaveritas says:

    You guys touched briefly upon an issue I think many 20’somethings are encountering which is the conscious decision of never having children.

    Coincidentally I found this thread on it today, and in it you will see the condescension from some people giving the tired “you will change your mind when you get older” argument. It would be interesting to have a dialogue about it on one of the podcasts on your site. If the aforementioned podcast materializes, maybe it could be on an episode of Kickin’ It Mary-Lynn Style with someone in show-business who has made that choice.

  5. Patty Marvel says:

    Random question – I’m trying to find the “Mash Up” bit where (I think) CH becomes a sentient hotel room sheet (yeah, not sure I’m remembering that correctly). Has that aired yet? Is it available on line? Any help would be appreciated as my Google-fu seems weak.

  6. Mike Noble says:

    “Kickin’ it Mary Lynn Style” almost made me spew soda out my nose!

  7. Matt Grandis says:

    ERMAHGERD RERKERTER! I want to marry that costume.

  8. Josh says:

    Well I, for one, think it’s amazing. Sheesh, between you and Matt Grandis on this thread, the talent is just awesome.

  9. JetpackBlues says:

    Not trying to be an attention whore here, but yep, that was mine. Seven years of networking and leeching produced that. Except the pack was more than I could handle as a ‘builder’.

    Better people have picked up where I left off and turned out even more accurate versions of this iconic costume.

    Anyway, back to the regularly scheduled podcast.

  10. Josh says:

    Holy shit! You HAD that whole get up once???? Wow, that’s just about the coolest effing thing I’ve ever seen. Yep, I’d have turned into a supersonic Leadbelly if I once had that stuff too! Better to have flown and lost than not flown at all?

    Of course, now we all have to wonder where QuasarSniffer got his name. I’d be scared to see that picture. (c:

  11. JetpackBlues says:

    Sorry, that was supposed to go to you, Josh. Not Joe.

    Focus, man, FOCUS!

  12. JetpackBlues says:

    @Joe – I don’t play the blues, I have them because I sold all of this:


    It went to a better home, a more talented artisan, and a good friend.

    *wails* I’ve got the Jetpack… Bluuuuues-ah!

  13. Josh says:

    @JetpackBlues: Ha! Yup, people do hate that comic sans! Remember wingdings? Wingdings were fun, and pointless. Btw, is it hard to play sad, soulful blues guitar while zooming around the sky at hundreds of miles an hour?

  14. Ross says:

    Pete Holmes: “who?”

  15. JetpackBlues says:

    @Josh – Comic Sans, maybe?

  16. Josh says:

    By MORE I meant MLR …. damn you auto-correct!

  17. Josh says:

    Oh, and great ep, by the way! MORE has been all over nerdist recently, and just great everywhere I’ve had a chance to listen.

    @JetpackBlues dude you’re funny! How much do I wish there was a snark font!

  18. Josh says:

    @MG holy shit!!!!!! That was amazing! Freakin’ hilarious you crazy hamburger!

  19. JetpackBlues says:

    @Matt Grandis – That Chin & Tonic opening was fucking hilarious! Set in Hawaii to boot!

  20. @MG
    Nice work, sir! I, for one, am duly impressed.
    @Big C
    Mulligan birdy bogey Tiger Woods Jack Nicholas! (That’s Golfspeak for good job, right?) Cus it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing!

  21. JetpackBlues says:

    Finding out Mary Lynn did stand-up after watching several seasons of 24, it suddenly made sense to me why Janeane Garofalo was in season 7. And I wondered why their characters were so catty, presuming they knew each other off-set. I can only imagine what zaney insanity took place before ‘action’ and after ‘cut’ between the two of them.

    @Jeff MacDonald – Food for thought, but when MLR was KIMLS she only had one child, and it was as an adult and a professional actress/comedian. The Skeeters and Jo-Anne Trailerparks of the world, turning out their own 6-person bobsled team by the time they’re 21, are who you should be referring to as reckless.

    Either that or I missed your point entirely because this site doesn’t provide for snark and sarcasm fonts.

  22. Matt Grandis says:

    You asked for it. Okay, actually you didn’t ask for it. Still, here’s Chin&Tonic, starring Bruce Campbell and Jonah Ray:

    (Yeah, amazing quality, I know. I had to go with what I could find on YouTube.)

  23. Chris? Now that you’ve survived the uncomfortableness of having Mary Lynn on the show, maybe the time is ripe to ask her “Gilmore Girls” co-worker — and your acquaintance — Lauren Graham to come on the podcast. Unless … you didn’t drunk-hit on her, too?

  24. Bemopolis says:

    The late, lamented Girls’ Guitar Club, yay! I was hoping there would be some chatty-chat about those days. To this day I will still wander into a vintage store looking for baby coffins.

  25. Chris Hardwick says:

    @Jeff: This is a good point, but I think it is incumbent on parents to teach safe Kicking It Mary Lynn style to their kids. Some cultural norms turn a blind eye to KIMLS, and hope that kids will wait until marriage, but practical data tells us otherwise. In short, Wrap It and then Kick It Mary Lynn Style.

  26. Jeff MacDonald says:

    You guys were joking a lot about Kicking it Mary Lynn Style, but it is a serious issue. Too many kids these days are Kicking it Mary Lynn Style causing unplanned pregnancies and life threatening diseases. KIMLS shouldn’t be made light of when so many are uneducated globally about this issue and the population of the world is reaching a dangerous level.

    Next time you laugh about KIMLS, just remember that people’s lives are ruined by Mary Lynn and her reckless style.

  27. Seth Warren says:

    Yes, ‘kickin’ it… ‘ podcast needs to happen. Creative people juggling parenting and their art. Gold.

  28. Lu says:

    Hey, I’d listen to a podcast about celebrity parenting. (I’m a mom, I’d click that link!)
    I’d also listen to a podcast called “Kickin’ it Mary Lynn Style”.

  29. Lance says:

    Know her from 24?! She was awesome on The Larry Sanders Show!

  30. Rick says:

    Gail the Snail!!