A great new show, great guests, great comedy, great music, great everything… great week on the Nerdist Podcast Network. For example….
The official Orphan Black podcast Clonecast joined the Nerdist Podcast Network this week, hosted by Rob Moden and Mackenzie Donaldson and giving fans inside information after every episode. We got an introductory episode and caught up with this season’s episode 1 with Tatiana Maslany’s double Kathryn Alexandre, episode 2 with makeup artist Stephen Lynch, episode 3 with editor D. Gillian Truster, and episode 4 with co-executive producer Kerry Appleyard and writer/co-executive producer Russ Cochrane.
Promoting his memoir “So That Happened,” Jon Cryer did the Nerdist Podcast and talked about his career, hitting all the points you’d want him to address, from being “Brat Pack”-adjacent in the Pretty In Pink years (“No coke for Ducky”) to working with Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. And Chris advises Jon on his next career moves, and it’s good advice.
Ingrid Michaelson made an epic appearance on the Nerdist Podcast, which didn’t surprise me, since I got to see her at a radio conference a couple of weeks ago and she was just terrific there. What’s cool about this episode is that, tired of talking about the usual stuff, she and Chris go off on tangents from dating to certain physical ailments and hypochondria to TV and way more… and she sings a song about balls and covers Radiohead’s “Creep,” which Chris caught on video.
Our very own Kumail Nanjiani did double duty, guesting on the Nerdist Podcast and joining Emily to welcome voice actress and web video star Ashly Burch on The Indoor Kids. On Nerdist, it’s a gathering of old friends, and that leads to them analyzing Chris’ novelty t-shirt fixation, then the trouble with classic movie comedies falling apart in the third act (their prime example is something I’ve been bothered by for decades, the third act of Stripes, which is discordant with the rest of the movie), then, of course, video games, plus the “second screen,” Batman, and Silicon Valley. And on The Indoor Kids, it’s about He-Man, action figures, and Ashly’s voice work. Oh, and Ash is working on a bunch of projects she hints at in this episode, so if you’re one of the many fans of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin, don’t miss this one.
Kevin Nealon — SNL, Weeds, a zillion other things — got weird with Pete Holmes on You Made it Weird. Kevin and Pete talked about childbirth, Pete’s non-philosophy philosophy, wedding planning, and ghosts. Ghosts? Ghosts.
Lawyer, beauty queen, actress, and Millionaire Matchmaker co-star Candace Smith took over Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve this week; she’s a force of nature. Candace talked about her Beerfest experience, offered up some Survivor gossip, gave us a backstage look at The Price is Right, and discussed reality TV’s pleasures.
More good stuff: Showrunner/writer Chad Hodge talked about the development of Fox’s Wayward Pines and his own career on Nerdist Writers Panel. And Jen Kirkman made another appearance at the showroom for The Todd Glass Show.
Also, actor Paul Adelstein (Scandal, Private Practice, Prison Break discussed the pop culture week that was on Pop My Culture. Actress, Groundlings alum, and puppeteer Colleen Smith remembered her Hawaii roots on The JV Club. Expert Robin Wilson-Beattie schooled Sandra and everyone on sex and disability on Sex Nerd Sandra. And comic Josh Macunga and writer/producer Duncan Birmingham did the factual recitation thing with Razzle on Today We Learned.
Plus, Thrilling Adventure Hour featured more adventures with Captain Laserbeam and his Adventurekateers. Kurt Braunohler took an entire bus full of blindfolded people on a trip to an undisclosed location on The K Ohle, recorded at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Cash and T.J. did the usual weirdness on Cashing In with T.J. Miller. Jessica and Bowser analyzed a murder-suicide case from up North on Bizarre States. The guys behind the documentary Walking Man offered some inspiration on Pro You. And Matt Braunger’s in the middle of moving, but he found time to get “frappy” on a new Ding-Donger.
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Contributors: Kyle Clark, Joshua Quail
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