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Nerdist Podcast: Neal Brennan
Episode 466: Nerdist Podcast
Neal Brennan
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Nerdist Podcast: Neal Brennan

Neal Brennan comes on The Nerdist to talk about his days on Singled Out with Chris, falling into the comedy scene, and the story of how he and Dave Chappelle ended up writing Half Baked!

Watch Neal’s new Comedy Central special Women and Black Dudes Saturday 1/18 at midnight!


  1. Fallujah_Baby says:

    Love Chris and love the podcasts…except for this one. Neal Brennan sounds like a total ass. That’s saying a lot considering he’s the only person I dislike after listening to 100 podcasts.

  2. M says:

    Loved this episode. Saw Neal perform in Chicago. This is a different side of him for sure.

  3. Dayle Lauren says:

    Great episode as always! I was never a huge Neal fan because he always comes off as an ass anytime I see him on tv but this was great to hear a different side of him! He’s coming to Tempe Improv in a couple months and I will definately be getting tickets now :)

    PS: Love love love the Nerdist Podcasts :)

  4. Isaac says:

    Awesome show with Neal Brennan!

    Plugging this Totally Biased sketch:–A

  5. Isaac says:

    … and all of the difficulties that ensued.

  6. Isaac says:

    Great episode! I loved hearing Neal Brennan talk about the unexpected success of Half Baked.

  7. Cion says:

    Whoever said that there can only be one black comedian, that was partially true. Kevin Hart is probably the only relevant black comedian that black and white people know. That doesn’t mean he’s the only black comedian. In addition, black comedians don’t get as much as exposure as whites. Plus, most comedians only cater to their audience which can be a big hit for the majority but not the minority. Somebody please make sense of what i just said!

  8. Cion says:

    This is the closest the a black guy you’ve ever had on the podcast.

  9. Tom Steele says:

    who let the tea party in here?

  10. Timber Ton says:

    “Neal Brennan comes on The Nerdist”
    Tee hee hee

  11. donovan says:

    Great episode except the W. Kamau Bell butt-kissing. He only got his show because of the Obama craze. As soon as the hype about B.O. flawed, the show’s ratings did as well. Sure, W.K. is intelligent, but his deliverance was/is too tacky and unprofessional. His guest comedians didn’t need to be funny as long as they belong to a minority. And when even the studio audience didn’t laugh about his jokes, he just needed to compliment/praise Obama and everything was fine. He should stay with the pen and leave the mic. Oh, if Chris Rock would have really believed in him, he would have shown up at the end of season 1 and not in the first episode.

  12. Jr says:

    *without not whiteout lol unfortunate typo

  13. Jr says:

    The problem is the powers at be do not put enough black comics on TV or in film. Think about how many god awful pilots staring white comics have gotten the green light at Comedy Central since Chappelle vs the # of black shows. It’s really odd too since the success Dave had on the network and the success standup specials like Katt Williams and Kevin Hart have had. Don’t count us white folks out on black comedy if you air it whitey will tune in. Also, the podcast community doesn’t expose the audience to enough black comics. I can’t tune in to any podcast whiteout someone slurping Louis CK (this episode included) but I hardly ever hear a guy like Kevin Hart come up when talk of great comics comes up. To sum up, don’t put the blame on the audience, blame the people in control of readily available content.

  14. Three toes of fury says:

    @Wildride…..thanks for the link to the Men Without Hats video….i was just thinking about them and planning to dig into their music to see what they sounded like outside of “Safety dance”. Appreciate the link!

    Peace & Im on a Mexican Radio

    3ToF…trapped in the 80s.

  15. Nick says:

    Chris: No one would call themselves “Florida.”

    You should tell that to Flo Rida.

  16. Irish Ninja says:

    Hey Chris, thanks for being so open about your sobriety in this episode. That is one of the things that attracted me to your work and got me wrapped up in this whole crazy Nerdist experience. :) I start my seventh year sober in May and relate a lot to your experiences. Thank you for sharing – it matters.

    Props, high fives, man hugs, etc….

  17. gonewildcurvysubscriber says:

    Matt Mira is my hero.

  18. erik2690 says:

    Really liked this episode. Even when they touched on things I had heard a bit about before I heard some new info. Thanks.

  19. I think there is more than one A-list black comedian at a time. The way that query is posed, it is tempting to think of the top, most popular black comic and pronounce him as the only A-list black comedian.

  20. objectiveCyd says:

    One of the reasons for the black/white comic, white audience schism is that people instinctively gravitate towards that which they find familiar. Hint: It’s the same for any field…it’s just more visible with the entertainment industry.

  21. @Clay_57 says:

    This actually may be the first time I’ve ever heard the dilemma of Black entertainers discussed on a majority White podcast. That notiion that there can me a million White guys but only one Black comic/actor/etc gets the attention for the entire group. Great episode and for anyone curious, the Champs is an awesome podcast to listen to in addition to The Nerdist.

  22. Pedak says:

    Didn’t know anything about Neal Brennan until he co-hosted AOTS. Been a fan ever since.

  23. Wildride says:

    If Africa by Toto counts, then Antarctica by Men Without Hats counts:


    “Should we give away Boston shirts or Foreigner shirts?”
    “Boston. That foreign stuff shrinks.”

  24. chris hardwick says:

    @Kent: there really aren’t any that I’m aware of! We were both pretty straight arrows on that show.

  25. This just in, Chris Hardwick claims to be “Whitest person ever”, full story after the break.

  26. Admiral Kent says:

    I was, however, looking forward to salacious Jenny McCarthy stories…

  27. Admiral Kent says:

    Fascinating episode…I think a stop off in my neck of the woods helped push Chapelle over the edge. He notoriously performed at MSU and was inundated with people constantly hollering “Rick James!”

  28. Brian says:

    You mean when Neal worked on Singled Out with Peter Hardwick, right?