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Nerdist Podcast: William Shatner
Episode 509: Nerdist Podcast
William Shatner
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Nerdist Podcast: William Shatner

The legendary William Shatner chats with Chris and Jonah about his upcoming show Shatner’s World in movie theaters around the country, his love of making people laugh, and his thoughts on the future!

See Shatner’s World this Thursday, April 24th at a theater near you!


  1. Scuba Steve says:

    I’m currently watching The Twilight Zone for the first time (currently on season 5). It’s amazing. So I loved the chat about it with Shatner. His episode was pretty awesome too.

  2. JP says:

    I went into this thinking it was going to be a trainwreck. Instead it’s the best work you guys have done. Perfectly restrained, yet not so reverent that it sounded stilted. And Shatner sounded like he was very much enjoying himself, which is not always the case in other interviews he’s done. Well done boys. This was a homerun.

  3. Nikki says:

    Shatner seems like a great guy. I went to his panel at Philadelphia Comic Con last year and I was pleasantly surprised by the stories he told and how sharp he is for his age!

  4. bridget says:

    I really liked this interview, William Shatner was great. I would like to comment about your grandfather, the painter. I am a painter.. I was painting my own home while listening to your conversation about your Grandfather. . I would like to say I love painting and my job. The paint I use is zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) The paint I use is mostly water based. I listen to podcast and audio books all day to keep my mind engaged. Mostly, I work in buildings with air and heat. I will say that when your Grandfather was a painter, the paint was oil, and the paint had lead in it. There were no safety glasses, gloves, or thoughts about that. When he painted, he ate lead. When he cleaned his brushes, he absorbed thinner into his skin. He probably had some sort of lead poisoning no one ever knew about. So give the guy a break. His hard work fed your father. Thank you. I really love your show.

  5. Pete says:

    Greatly enjoyed and completely laughed my ass off.
    Great guest. Great guy. Looking forward to seeing his show.

  6. Awesome interview. Love the way he thinks. Like the grandpa I never had.

  7. Gary says:

    Kudos to Chris. It must have taken a great deal of restraint to avoid correcting Shatner on the various social media stuff and how “unique” the event actually was.

    I’ll be twittering this on my blog.

  8. Ross says:

    Interesting conversation, guys. Chris, be very careful about criticizing anyone who’s done physical labor their whole adult life(esp if it wasn’t their choice), and who just wants to take it easy when they retire.

  9. Doug B says:

    This podcast made me fall in love with Shatner all over again. Great job Chris and Jonah. Really an amazing ‘cast. Nerdist continues to deliver bigtime!

  10. Ethan Pseudonym says:

    Excellent entertainment as always, guys. I was pretty Shatner-oblivious till now (never got into Star Trek) but this kind of blew me away.

  11. Crystal says:

    Suck my pussy shatner. How can you interview this sexist piece of shit. Nerdist has gone really down hill. Can we boycott nerdist for their blatent inequality issues

  12. JE Smith says:

    I can’t believe you guys have never seen FREE ENTERPRISE, which is the movie Shatner did “No Tears for Caesar” for. It’s one of Shat’s finest hours! Great movie!

  13. listener says:

    what an enjoyable and satisfying episode! well done guys.

  14. Michelle says:

    that…was…fantastic. thank you for this.

  15. Patty Marvel says:

    And the same day I post what makes William Shatner charming to some people, THIS article appears before me:

    #3 is a pet peeve – no point in having a conversation with someone who won’t put their cell phone away, because they’re mentally half-way out the door already.

  16. Patty Marvel says:

    I loved the part where Shatner points out Chris had left his keys on the table in front of him during the podcast! It was one of those “behind the curtain” moments I so enjoy* and the keys ended up being a nice little Rorschach test about what one values.

    And I see why people can find William Shatner charming – he makes sure to ask people open-ended questions about themselves, even when he’s the one being interviewed. It might be a sincere interest of a decent and engaged human being or it may be little more than a tactic used by a “bullshit artist” to endear someone to them, but I see how it could work on nearly everyone. Who DOESN’T like talking about themselves?

    *Yeah, I’m the nerd who watches the “making of” shows and DVD extras with as much attention as I gave the thing that was made. I want to see what the Wizard is doing behind the curtain.

  17. Chris says:

    I can imagine Matt was actually sitting in the corner, duct tape over his mouth and hands tied to the chair so that he could be there, but not blurt out every Star Trek related thing that came to his mind. Otherwise Shatner woulda Alpha 3-9’d the fudge out of there if he was bombarded by Trekky quemments.

  18. Scott says:

    I was really blown away by this interview. Episodes like this really let both the guest and Chris (Jonah, Matt, and the rest) shine.

  19. Jessica says:

    I gotta say I really enjoyed this burrito! I became a Shatner fan when I began watching Boston Legal and then I realized he was Captain Kirk. Anyways, he seems like a very happy guy that doesn’t take himself too seriously and I like that about people.

  20. David says:

    HOLY MOLY! How do you get such prominent guests?! Yet another excellent podcast!

  21. Three Toes of Fury says:

    “If you could fight anyone, who would you fight?

    “Shatner…i’d fight William Shatner”.

    ………………………………………………………….Fight Club.


    Peace & “You…you must be 30 years old…have you ever kissed a girl?” -W. Shatner.

    3ToF, laughing at Khans superior intellect. oh, you’ve managed to kill pretty much everyone around me…but like a poor marksman, you. keep. missing. the. target!

  22. CAFcomics says:

    Having just been the guy whom was ‘in this’ as discussed… I feel compelled to say thank you. What a man. What a Life.

    I love that he’s seemingly aware of his fortune, in so much as… he’s fit and healthy in his older years and his gratitude for which is seasoned with an inevitable wisdom and knowledge too.

    He’s been to the puppet show, he’s seen the strings – and he’s grateful.

    I love you, Bill.

    TREK till I die.

    PS: @RJ_RedneckJedi – A civilisation’s success is limited only by its dreams… and its dreams a dreamed by artists.

  23. Ralph says:

    Give Shatner his own podcast on the Nerdist network now…

  24. Marika says:

    Thank you for this interview. Well done guys.

  25. Peter Smith says:

    I love listening to William Shatner talk, I’ve seen him a couple of times in toronto at conventions and he always makes me feel happier. There is something about his outlook and personality that just makes you smile.