Kurt Braunohler did double duty this week, on his own show The K Ohle talking pets and not pets with Lenny Jacobson and returning to the Nerdist Podcast. On the latter, Kurt recaps the jet ski adventure on the Mississippi for charity that led to the Comedy Central web series Roustabout, and his celebrated skywriting stunt, and raising money for Heifer International, which works to send livestock to poor families in Africa and helps educate them on sustainable farming and livestock practices. Plus, what to do when you gotta go to the bathroom but you’re on a Jet Ski in the middle of the Mississippi River.
Speaking of pee, we had a last-second change for Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve, and the 100th episode turned out to be something other than what we’d said — the other Broken Lizard guys ARE coming, but this week, it was all about Kevin and Steve’s Oscars bet and the payoff, which you can hear AND see. The bet payoff… well, ew. But they also reviewed the highlights of the first 99 episodes, so it’s a great way to catch up. Plys, they talk about the NFL, guests, Better Call Saul, and Das Boot from Beerfest.
Bleachers front man and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff did the Nerdist Podcast, and because it was recorded during the Christmas season, the guys end up talking about “Wonderful Christmas Time” and other seasonal jams. But there’s also talk about relationships (Jack, of course, is the Significant Other of Lena Dunham), death, work habits, touring, and a shared interest with Jonah that you won’t expect. Or maybe you will.
The Walking Dead‘s Eugene — Josh McDermitt — is also a stand-up comic and a longtime radio guy, so he turned out to be a great guest for the Nerdist Podcast. Turns out they don’t talk zombies, but they DO talk about Josh’s radio career, opening for Joe Rogan, fast food, and the fear of getting arrested.
Facing the Nerdist Writers Panel this week was novelist (This Is Where I Leave You) and co-creator of Cinemax’s cult hit Banshee, Jonathan Tropper. The discussion covered the difference in process for novels versus television, pitching the show to HBO and how the move to sister network Cinemax changed the tone of the show, and what Banshee is really about.
More guestful shows: Making it weird on You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes was the hilarious Rob Huebel, who I will always think of as Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man from the pre-movie PSAs at Regal Theaters. The Whitest Kids U Know‘s Trevor Moore talked video games and animal puns on The Indoor Kids. Paula Marshall, who has been in everything on TV from Seinfeld (she was the one who thought Jerry and George were a couple) to Cupid (the Piven version) to Californication, told all to Janet on The JV Club. Dennis Calero talked about his new comic The Suit on Comic Book Club. And Vampire Academy‘s Dominic Sherwood compared facts about Froot Loops and squirrels on Today We Learned.
And more: Jupiter’s jolly Janeen Clan took center stage on Thrilling Adventure Hour, with Paul F. Tompkins as Jib and John Hodgman as Uncle Johnny. Jessica and Bowser told tales of the dark side of Disney on Bizarre States. Cash and T.J. continued their wide-ranging nonsense on Cashing In with T.J. Miller. Tom and John talked about the value of reflection and answered your questions on Pro You. And the Legacy Music Hour guys remixed their Ending Music episode – GAME OVER.
But it’s not over. You can find it all and much more by going to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and also by joining us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page. And then do it again, because doubling up seems to be a thing.
Photo: Heifer International
Contributors: Chris Bower, Kyle Clark