‘Twas an interesting week at the Nerdist Podcast Network, what with Halloween-themed episodes, an unusual two-in-one Nerdist Podcast with horror ace Clive Barker, and much more.
First, that Clive Barker show: the great horror and fantasy writer taped two separate shows about a year apart, which merged into one release. In the first part, Chris visited Clive at his home and talked about risk and reward in pursuing your dreams, but also about Barker’s health issues, which were harrowing, and how he emerged and started writing again. And in part two, the talk turns to painting, valuing your own work, and the restoration of Nightbreed. The Nerdist Podcast was also graced by the return of Bob Odenkirk, who offered whatever he could about Better Call Saul but also the news that there may be a 20th anniversary Mr. Show with Bob and David special in the works. And Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor spent some time with Chris and Jonah, flying in just for this show to talk about getting clean and sober, living in Vegas, his Not Fest metal festival, collecting action figures, and Dr. Demento and Weird Al, so, yeah, one of us.
Halloween? Celebrated with a letters episode of The Indoor Kids, talking about scary game experiences. Also, Sleepycast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast celebrated “Holloween” with Jenny Mills — Lyndie Greenwood — and writer Heather Regnier, recapping Monday’s eventful episode, and Lyndie and host Clarke Wolfe visiting the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Halloween installation. Monsters and scary things abound! Bizarre States also focused on Halloween, and while they’re ALWAYS scary, Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon takes it to a new level with talk about great horror films…. and on Terrified with Dave Ross, the celebrity on the couch happens to be the Dark Knight himself, Batman, as interpreted by comic Joe Starr.
Less Halloweeny? Okay, Cole and Vanessa had the hilarious and unfiltered Pamela Adlon talking pop culture and evil clowns on Pop My Culture. Thrilling Adventure Hour shook things up with an episode of Desdemona Hughes, Diva Detective, starring Jamie Denbo and guest-starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jason Ritter, Colin Hanks, and Jenny Wade. Oh, wait, Jenny Wade — she spilled the details of her TV-deprived childhood on The JV Club this week. And one of TAH‘s WorkJuice Players stalwarts, Marc Evan Jackson, dropped by NerdMelt to visit Kevin and Steve on Chewin’ It, and Batman comes up, in a manner of speaking.
This week’s liar on Lies with Sara Schaefer was one of our own, Michael Ian Black, who told of Twitter feuds that led all the way to the White House. So cheeky. Jonah and the usual gang welcomed Sean and Mark from Andrew Jackson Jihad for this week’s Jonah Raydio. Booker T returned for another visit to The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast, as did Variety’s Marc Graser, who talked Marvel and WWE with the crew. And energy drink entrepreneur/surfer/writer/Renaissance man David Vanderveen was Pete’s guest on You Made it Weird.
On Nerdist Writers Panel, the guys behind the documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show discussed the film and the fascinating topic of, well, running a show, and if you’re interested in how TV shows get made, the doc and this episode are essential. The guys behind one particular TV show, Lucha Underground, told our 12-year-old podcast star Gil all about it on The Mutant Season. Comic Greg Walloch joined Razzle and Dan to examine facts about things like Kleenex (Kleenex?) on Today We Learned. And Bill Buescher and Ian Davis sat in at the showroom for the first of a two-parter on The Todd Glass Show.
Yes, it was an interesting week. And you should be subscribing to all of the shows; I was traveling on the East Coast for the last couple of weeks and having fresh Nerdist Podcast Network episodes for the road helped those interminable miles on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes fly by. (The Paul Reubens Nerdist Podcast — unmissable. Really, go back and check it out.) Go here for the whole lineup, listen, and subscribe, and Like our Facebook page so you can keep up with all the shows and leave comments, too. We read ’em. And to you and yours, may your Halloween involve all the candy you want.
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