This week’s highlights from the Nerdist Podcast Network? Oh, well, there was Benedict Cumberbatch. Right there, that’s enough for the week. But then there was Sleepy Hollow showrunner Mark Goffman. Wil Wheaton. Jenni Konner, the co-showrunner of Girls. Christmas on Jupiter. Coming shortly if it isn’t ready yet, Lisa Kudrow. And much more, as we like to say because there aren’t too many other ways to say “more.”
First, yes, Benedict Cumberbatch. Sherlock. Star of The Imitation Game. The man himself. And it turns out he’s a funny, engaging guy, bonding with Chris and Matt over Back to the Future, dropping f-bombs, talking about acting, and comparing Sherlock and Doctor Who. You’re going to listen to it no matter what I tell you, but just for the record, go listen to it.
Speaking of TV icons, Lisa Kudrow visited the Nerdist Podcast this week as well, promoting the comeback of The Comeback, her HBO show. You’ll hear how the show got resurrected after a decade, plus talk about Chris’ little-known connection to Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, the teamwork on Friends, and her movie work. When it’s ready (it’s delayed by circumstances beyond our control), you’ll find it here.
Wil Wheaton returned to the Nerdist Podcast, and I suspect you’ll listen to that no matter what, too. This time around, besides the usual engaging buncha-friends-talking stuff, the guys talk about being a nerd in 2014 and how things have changed. And there’s also talk about the dark side of Disneyland and what Chris’ mom was like playing Cards Against Humanity.
Can you get a more expert look at what happened in the first half of the season on Sleepy Hollow than what you’ll hear from the man in charge, showrunner Mark Goffman? Can you get a better insight into where the show’s headed from anyone else? So if you’re a Sleepyhead, you HAVE to listen to this week’s Sleepycast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast. Seriously. And another showrunner, Jenni Konner of Girls, gave the Nerdist Writers Panel a great look at the show’s writers room and insight on working with Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow.
Things were so busy on the video game news front that Kumail and Emily eschewed guests and just talked about the latest happenings on The Indoor Kids. Meanwhile, to get into the holiday spirit, a slew of special guests joined the WorkJuice Players to perform the entire “Christmas on Jupiter” on Thrilling Adventure Hour. One of those special guests, Natalie Morales, lied in what she claimed is an artificially young voice on Lies with Sara Schaefer.
Stuntmen are always full of great stories, and Andy Dylan is no exception: He regaled Kevin and Steve with amazing stories from his work on a stunning array of classics on Chewin’ It. He’s worked on everything from The Avengers and Twelve Years a Slave to This Is The End. And he doubled for Lemme. That has to count for something. On an entirely different note, Sex Nerd Sandra was like a Beautiful People Convention, what with Sandra and actor Liam McIntyre. Liam was on to talk about what it’s like to be THAT good looking.
You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes featured Peter Rollins, author and philosopher, and it’s more deep than weird. It’s all about dealing with personal ghosts, anxiety, religion, and embracing ambiguity. Rollins proclaims, “life is sh-t and you don’t have the answers, and that’s good news.” Listen and find out why.
Even more: Actress Sarah Burns (Enlightened) told tales of her goth years on The JV Club. Andy WIndak came back to Dining With Doug And Karen to prepare a holiday meal for Dan Van Kirk and the winner of a visit to the show on Jimmy Pardo’s Pardcastathon, Brian Rucker. Comedian James Fritz talked about love, laughter, and failure on Terrified with Dave Ross. Dave also came on Today We Learned to analyze the contents of Hawaiian Punch. Cash and T.J., who were supposed to be off this week, popped up with another cavalcade of whatever it is they do on the hilarious Cashing In with T.J. Miller. And Mike and Tom ate something fruity on Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, because man cannot live by salty stuff alone. Or chocolate, although I’ve tried that.
What else? Well, writers Kate Leth and Jeremy Lambert joined Jessica and Bowser to consider some hometown urban legends on Bizarre States — look for it to go weekly in the New Year. Our Ding-Donger guy Matt Braunger talked about dog farts and his new comedy special (separate stories) on The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler. The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast previewed NXT: Takeover and WWE’s TLC and had Booker T back in the studio. The insanely talented artist Dana Lechtenberg visited The Mutant Season; you know his work from stuff he’s done for the Nerdist Podcast, FEaB, Jonah Raydio, and others. Yeah, that guy.
Where can you find all of this goodness and archives, too? Simply go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page. See you there….
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