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Nerdist Podcast: Short Pants
Episode 645: Nerdist Podcast
Short Pants
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Nerdist Podcast: Short Pants

Some hostful goodness for the middle of your week! Chris talks about something very strange that happened to him the other day, and Jonah talks about his endless love for Dan Aykroyd and the SNL 40th Anniversary show. They also talk about the passing of Harris Wittels and their memories of him.

Artwork by Stephen Shaffer

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  1. FoxDragon says:

    I really need to thank you guys for this podcast, a close friend of mine just committed suicide a few weeks ago and what was said here really helped me feel better and get over a bit of sadness. See ya at wondercon!

  2. kate says:

    My son would never use the term shorts- so I see your “short pants” and raise you “short-sleeve pants”.

  3. Over It says:

    To me it seems that Jonah has a difficult time with people changing as they get older and being unable to fit into his definition of “hip.” Dan Aykroyd is just another example.

    Guess what, Jonah — it happens to all of us. Even you, eventually.

  4. Stephen says:

    They were trying to remember if they’d mentioned Chris’s accident before. Wil Wheaton briefly brought up the accident in one of his appearances on the podcast. Because of the scar, Wil called him Worf. This podcast get into more detail, though.

  5. Damon says:

    Don’t know why Jonah’s getting so worked up over Dan Akroyd possibly being on the podcast.  He’d just do the same thing he always does whenever someone really famous comes on, i.e. sit there and not say much of anything 🙂

  6. Adriana says:

    Jonah, WE have the same birthday!

  7. nikki says:

    new podcast for the network: Existential Aykroyd Hour with Jonah Ray!——–in regards to is very shocking and even more so because of how young he was and how successful he was at his age. When I was around 19 or 20, I had a friend from high school who died due to a drug overdose. She was such a talented artist and her death just hit me as such a waste of a life and a talent. Same with Harris. Sorry for your loss <3

  8. gary says:

    I love the discussion, but I take task with the whole “Thoughts and Prayers” aspect of commenting.  I get why one would say the idea of doing so is just commenting to get credit, but what else are you supposed to do?  I did not know Harris Wittels or Robin Williams, but they work touched me.  When they passed, what are you supposed to say if you don’t know them, but their work has touched you.  I don’t have a podcast.  I have no real way to discuss this type of grief or to reach out to those most directly affected by this grief.  When the message comes around on my facebook, all I can do I say (other than this sucks…which seems very indulgent but truthful) is “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.”  Or I could say nothing.  I could just let it pass and keep it inside.  Or I can come up with an articulate post about my thoughts and feelings that also seems attention getting.  Sometimes you just want the people most affected to feel like the person that passed affected your life too.  You want to feel solidarity in grief.  And if you’re not in the area that is most affected, how do you share your grief with others who are like-minded?  You send out mental karma.  You say prayers or you keep your thoughts on that person, and you tell people who are affected that you’re thinking of them too.  And hopefully that is immediately helpful to those grieving. 

  9. jecob says:

    My classmate’s step-aunt makes $75 /hr on the computer . She has been laid off for 9 months but last month her paycheck was $12997 just working on the computer for a few hours. go now

    • Chris Hardwick says:

      The addition of the “step-aunt” was a nice touch. Almost human even. NICE TRY, ROBOT.

  10. Amanda says:

    I JUST started this episode but I wanted to be sure to tell you all that the hostful at SF SketchFest was awesome and we had a great time (as we always do)!  You guys are awesome and thank you!

  11. -Di. says:

    I love the hostfuls.  I’m assuming that my opinion has importance given that I’ve been to so many Nerdist events!

    BTW: too much death lately.  My heart hurts. </3 </3

  12. Lubenfarber says:

    Thank you for the very honest, loving discussion of Harris.  It’s oddly very personal listening to you talk about it than reading anything online.

  13. Wildride says:

    Similar to particle/wave duality, there’s a difference between collective and individual opinions. So, even if most people are saying, “We want more hostful episodes”, if you ask a random individual they might be more of a fan of Guestful episodes. You just can’t apply a group opinion to individuals.

  14. Arabrabbra says:

    RIP Harris. I cried for a couple hours when I heard. I have several friends dealing with the dreaded H addiction and it is BAD. The stuff is dirty now and killing people. Please get help. Sucks. Sucksucksucks

    • Lubenfarber says:

      What I loved about the discussion on this podcast was how personal and real it was. Great contrast from stories in the media.

      • Christopher says:

        Makes you wonder if we heard more honest discussions such as this about the personal side of addiction (rather than shaming or glamorizing them), we might do more to help those who need it, and are willing to accept it.

  15. ThisGuyRightHere says:

    This is the anti-paparazzi hoodie Jonah was talking about