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Episode 177: Nerdist Podcast
Phil Plait Live in Boulder
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Nerdist Podcast: Phil Plait Live in Boulder

It’s the Nerdist podcast live from beautiful Boulder, Colorado! With special science guest Phil Plait!

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  2. montana says:

    One of the best of the best. Thank you all, sincerely.

  3. Andy says:

    There’s a duplicate of the Jack Swigert statue in Washington, DC in the Capitol Building Visitor Center. It’s part of the Congressional Statuary Hall Collection. And if you can’t tell, I used to be a tour guide there.

  4. setlasmon says:

    my least favorite malapropism is “CHEERSING”… arrrrrgh. I do not feel cool, calm and collective when someone says that.


  5. Pat says:

    Great podcast guys! keep them up and keep them funny!

  6. R.E. Dynamite says:

    Perhaps my favorite podcast yet.

  7. Michelle says:

    Gonna risk some hate but, as i was listening i couldnt help but hear Phil Plait sounding like Jim Carrey. Had a hard time visualizing the right person. :-/

  8. Peter says:

    Hilarious episode, and Phil was an awesome guest. But I gotta ask: What got into you guys before the show? Y’all seemed extra aggressive.

  9. J says:

    I’ve been listening, and a huge fan, all along. This is probably the best episode of the bunch. Everything (and everyone) that makes this show such a gem really came together–witty and “wheelhouse” guest, a titch aggressive, always kind. Thanks guys.

  10. Timothy Fletcher says:

    Phil sounded totally at ease. Like…really at ease. Like…at more ease than when he’s on SGU.

    And this was probably the best nerdist ever, and Phil killed. I wish more nerdist guests brought it like Phil.

  11. Bill says:

    A David Icke mention?! *shudders*.. Anyhoo… Great ep!

  12. tracy says:

    Dr. Phil Rocks!!!! He was by far one of the best guests lately

  13. Joe Cuffe says:

    Here’s a little bit about the Denver airport “oddities” that the guys (and Phil) refer to in this episode:

  14. saranoiamaxx says:

    It’s so awesome to hear this again. More poop jokes than I remember, but that makes it even better the second time around!
    Man, you guys (including Phil Plait) are awesome. It’s refreshing to see people who are really kind to their fans. You certainly are four lovely human beings.
    Hope you enjoyed the Dalek cakes! Nearly had an asthma attack from running to get them from my car (wow, that doesn’t sound nerdy at all…) but it was totally worth it. #wheeze

  15. Tanya says:

    I’m pretty sure you’ll find a great scientist for your Iowa City show, but you’d do best to find one in Ames (Iowa State University-where the first electronic digital Atanasoff-Berry computer was invented)! Or I suppose you could find a Capt. Kirk expert from Riverside, his future birthplace? Also this show was really funny, and I liked your guest Phil. His poor teen daughter….LOL!

  16. Fantas says:

    @BadAstronomer: Fair enough, I guess I was hearing something that wasn’t there, then. I’ll have to give it another listen.

  17. Vincent S says:

    I’m currently listening to the Phil Plait vs Joe Rogan Moon video on youtube. I have to give props to Phil Plait for being calm throughout the whole debate. *Hi Fives air if Phil Plait’s hands were there*

    This was an awesome episode. I forgot that this was going to be a Hostful episode with guests rather than being a guest show with an audience… kinda wanted more Phil Plait stuff but the amount that is there, awesome. Haven’t laughed for that amount of time at nerd space jokes, ever :D. Great job Nerdcast!

    Oddly enough I was expecting more atheist stuff (since that’s most of the stuff I watch on youtube that Dr. Plait (?) is in) but I guess that only comes up when he really has to be in an opposition towards the other arguements or book releases :P.

  18. Jenn Zuko says:

    I just listened to it, and am still freaking my bean over hearing my quemment actually there (yes, with the Shatner quip intact). Thanks for coming out to Boulder, guys!

  19. Fantas ( Hardwick is my biological father and I had thirteen Red Bulls before going on stage.

    Seriously though, I really don’t know what you mean. I had a great time, felt relaxed, and really enjoyed mixing it up with Matt about Apollo. Maybe the recording gives off a different vibe, but we all had a lot of fun.

  20. DC Universe repoot says:

    Awesome show :)

  21. krantus says:

    I was actually really impressed at how witty Phil was. He put on a great show. Kept up with the banter really well

  22. Aj says:

    Holy shit, thank you SO much for not cutting out the William William Shatner (awful as it was, I was in tears laughing).
    Otherwise, great episode! Equal parts amusing/informative!

  23. Jackson Cordes says:

    Lol, I just realised your older than my parents and I’m a freshman in highschool! Sorry for making you feel old…

  24. DC Universe repoot says:

    God, I sound like an idiot when I listen to this back again…

  25. Kedj says:

    Is it me or do Phil Plait and Bill Nye sound really similar?

  26. Matt says:

    Where’s the Dan Harmon episode? Didnt he record one recently?

  27. First Nation says:

    I am so excited to hear this one! It is about time that Phil jumped on the Nerdist. Tim Minchin, Adam Savage, and Neil deGrasse Tyson are among my favorite skeptics.

  28. odin42 says:

    I dont need to listen to this, because i LIVED IT. But im going to anyway.

  29. Fantas says:

    Yep, meant Jonah, not “Johan.” Anyways. Very interesting episode.

  30. Fantas says:

    Glad Mira’s standup is better, look forward to hearing it on the podcast again. The only thing that occurs to me after this podcast is how strangely insecure and confrontational Plait seems. Is that because his daughters in the audience or he has bad blood with Hardwick or what? I’ve never heard a guest be as… I don’t know. On edge.

    Hearing Johan be quiet for twenty minutes and then say “Yeah, Matt” cracked me up, though.

  31. krantus says:

    I was at the show and he killed the stand up. Huge improvement from the cluster. I liked it then but he was pretty hilarious. Loved the Boulder show, ChriJoMa. Love the podcast and you guys

  32. Fantas says:

    Mira’s stand up wasn’t so hot on the cluster but he’s quick as hell on a panel. I just listened to the 9.30 Club episode before this, and Mira’s quicker and funnier than either of the other two. This is really his forte. I take back everything bad I ever said.

  33. Gabriel says:

    Great episode. One of the best you all have done. Had to keep looking out the window so everyone wouldn’t see me laughing my ass off in my office.