Before we get to recapping what we’ve heard on the Nerdist Podcast Network this week, one note: Two years ago, the Nerdist Podcast was honored to have Joan Rivers on the show, and she talked about her career and comedy. It’s pretty terrific. Go listen to it now.
Okay, then, on to the new shows: This week’s hostful Nerdist Podcast had some funny moments regarding the Emmys, the explanation for why Jonah had to keep a pretty unfortunate mustache for longer than he thought, and the Wall Street Journal photographer in the room (who Matt dubbed “Snapsy”), but the heart of the show involves Chris getting closer with his half-brother since their father’s passing. Dare you to not be moved by that. Friday’s episode is with Kristin Bauer van Straten, she of True Blood and Once Upon a Time. Chewbacca is discussed. And Hogan’s Heroes. And the Wisconsin Cheese Castle, because of course it is.
As they promised last week, Emily and Kumail brought us The Indoor Kids recorded at the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver with our own Pete Holmes as well as Ian Karmel (after an “Intro Kids” opening recorded with Google Hangouts that included Kumail’s review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and sound quality that will put me off using Google Hangouts for recording. Really. Spoiler: The movie gets a rating of “Go see it, I guess.” You never get that from other movie critics). Hang in there and you’ll be rewarded with not only better sound but a very entertaining live show. There’s even some detail about Kumail and Emily’s dietary activity. And video game talk. And they’re in Denver, so the discussion does turn to what you’d expect they’d talk about in Colorado. No, not Wes Welker. It’s all about LEGAL substances. And Leisure Suit Larry. They weren’t the only ones on the road: Sex Nerd Sandra came to you from a bus on the way back from Sex Geek Summer Camp, which is SO much more interesting than the YMHA day camp I went to in Jersey.
I’m not going to tell you where Kurt Braunohler dragged Rob Huebel on The K Ohle‘s “Get Lost” this week other than to say that it’s one of the most fascinating hidden sites in Southern California, or maybe anywhere. Seriously, it’s best that you listen and find out about a slice of 20th century history you probably didn’t know existed. You’ll also find Pete Holmes’ discussion with musician David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) on You Made It Weird worth a listen; there’s a lot of analysis of religion and philosophy, as is the YMIW fashion, but it’s not heavy going. Neither is Rhea Butcher’s conversation on obsession on the latest Terrified with Dave Ross.
Clarke recapped three more episodes of Sleepy Hollow on SleepyCast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast, which also sported interviews with co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Len Weisman and showrunner Mark Goffman and a great true-life ghost story from the cast in an interview from San Diego Comic-Con You’ll hear that nowhere else. If you’re a fan of Sleepy Hollow, get on board so you’re set when the new season starts. You know who else was in San Diego? Cash Levy and his very special (and only) guest, T.J. Miller, for a special Cashing In with T.J. Miller that hits all the important topics, like the World Cup and smores.
Jay Chandrasekhar made a return appearance reuniting with his Broken Lizard compatriots Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme on Chewin’ It. Will there be a Super Troopers 2? The topic naturally comes up. Short hand: If they can raise the money… could happen. Listen for details. Jay’s got that Amazon pilot, Really…, which you should watch and vote upon so he can make more. They also have Our Katie step up to the microphone to talk about the ghosts who allegedly haunt NerdMelt. And we learn who among the Broken Lizard guys would sleep with whom. (Look for a movie called The First Seeds of Friendship one of these years….)
And while summer’s over (unofficially, but, come on, you can’t wear white anymore), Janet Varney had one more “Boys of Summer” episode of The JV Club on tap, this one with Dave Holmes, who talks about his youth, going to a St. Louis Doctor Who/Star Wars convention before nerd culture was cool, wanting to be cool, coming out to his Catholic parents, and a whole lot of deep thinking about the process of coming out and overcoming stereotyping and tribalism. (And Janet gets the answer to the question “Do monks all shave…?” (circular hand motion to top of head))
You may have seen Chef Manouschka Guerrier on Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, or on NBC’s Food Fighters; this week, she cooked and dished for Doug Benson and Karen Anderson on Dining with Doug and Karen, serving up some Haitian food. You’ve surely seen Austin Salmi’s work, because he’s an artist and production coordinator at Disney Animation; he told Gil about his job and process on The Mutant Season. And comics fans have probably encountered Dean Haspiel’s work, whether via the main title design for HBO’s Bored to Death (for which he won an Emmy) or his many comics and graphic novels (The Alcoholic, Keyhole) or his art for several of Harvey Pekar’s stories in American Splendor; he visited the Comic Book Club this week. You wrestling fans know who Stardust and Xavier Woods are; they’re on The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast. And you’ve seen Omar Dorsey in a bunch of things, most recently Ray Donovan; he’s Razzle and Dan’s guest on this week’s fact cavalcade, Today We Learned.
If you’re at all interested in television drama series creation, development, and writing, this week’s Nerdist Writers Panel is a must-listen. The AV Club’s Todd VanDerWerff is the moderator and Liz Tigelaar (Nashville; Bates Motel; creator, Life Unexpected), Kyle Killen (creator, Awake and Lone Star), Mark Johnson (EP, Rectify), Bryan Seabury (VP, Drama Development at CBS), and David Madden (President, Fox TV Studios) are the panelists. And while we’re on the topic of drama, what’s more dramatic than a variant version of the Thrilling Adventure Hour‘s “Beyond Belief” episode “The Bloodsucker Proxy”? It’s a chance to hear another take on the episode, and to hear Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster be hilarious, which is always a gift.
Hey, if you haven’t checked out Pop My Culture, and you are at all interested in pop culture, you really should get started. It’s like hanging out with really funny and smart friends talking about what’s happening right now in the zeitgeist. This week, it’s Emmy talk and much more with Romy Rosemont, who you know from Glee and I remember from being in the shadows on CSI, and Mary Birdsong, who you know as Deputy Cherisha Kimball on Reno 911! and from The Descendants (as Rob Huebel’s wife!) and voices for GTA: Vice City and other stuff. They’re great, Cole and Vanessa are great, listen.
So much entertainment, and all for free! Come, listen, enjoy: Click here, why don’t you. And now you have plenty to listen to this weekend.