Henry Rollins! Ron Perlman! M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold! W. Kamau Bell! Wyatt Cenac! Jason Schwartzman! Wrestling champ Dean Ambrose! Hairy Otter! It was quite a week for the Nerdist Podcast Network. Here’s a rundown of what we had, and what you should go back and listen to right now:
One of the key reasons to subscribe to every podcast is that if you’re subscribed, you get surprised by things like Henry Rollins on Today We Learned. Yep. Rollins is, you know, ROLLINS, so while they get to the usual facts, it’s also Rollins colorfully talking about all kinds of things, starting right out with his realization that while “I’d like to think that I’m not a grouchy, crotchety old man, but maybe I am.” Shooting up cobra venom? Check. Rich people behavior? Yes. Dog food eating procedures? Covered. Ice cream? Certainly. It’s quite an hour and 23 minutes.
Ron Perlman‘s return to the Nerdist Podcast was a mutual admiration society meeting with Chris, with some great reminiscing about growing up in New York of the 1950s and the realizing that he was alive when some of the greatest icons ever — even Albert Einstein — were alive and active, and how things have changed to the point where kids don’t have the same kind of larger-than-life icons to admire. The conversation gets deep, but also makes room for poop jokes — you’ll learn what Shitstagram is.
A guy named Matt dropped by to visit The Indoor Kids. Okay, Matt is M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, who — surprise! — is into video games, and just happens to have a game of his own, released this week. It’s called Hail to the King: Deathbat, and it’s a mobile game based on his band’s music that, he says, feels like a console game. He talks about the process of working with developers and what the game is, and isn’t. And he talks about his favorite games, of course. Oh, and don’t talk to Emily about Emily the Strange.
On You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, W. Kamau Bell (do NOT call him a “Gentle Giant”) and Pete talk about comedy, race, privilege, the fifth doctor in “4 out of 5 doctors,” the trouble(s) with Mad Men, and much more.
Jason Schwartzman, who’s possibly the Fifth Beatle equivalent for the Nerdist Podcast (the fourth Nerdist?), made a return visit to the mothership to chat with Chris about being outsiders as kids and how that’s affected them as adults, their mutual love of cover songs, Halloween costume plans (EVERYONE’s Star Lord this year), and time management.
The guys got to do a Hostful Nerdist Podcast this week, including Matt and Chris’ trip to The Home Depot together, Matt’s guitar collection in his new home, Jonah as Sasquatch, and Jack Palance on Believe It or Not!. Also, Hairy Otter, the t-shirt that spawned this episode’s name.
Have you tried Lies with Sara Schaefer yet? This week, the very funny Wyatt Cenac took his turn lying through his teeth, and we learned that his relationship with a certain highly controversial celebrity — who he didn’t know was controversial — was for show, only not for the show he thought it was. But I’m sure the desserts were worth the trouble.
Clarke Wolfe’s Sleepycast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast featured actors Matt Barr and Neil Jackson, but there was more: David Naylor and Tracy Martinson came by to talk about the bonus features on the Season 1 DVD set. Again, if you’re a fan of Sleepy Hollow, you have to be listening. Subscribe already.
The Nerdist Writers Panel hosted Broadchurch (and American version Gracepoint) creator Chris Chibnall, who gave insight on writing for Doctor Who, working with Russell T. Davies, and writing plays, too. And comic Allen Strickland Williams did the Todd Glass Show, holding the banner high for people who use three names. (Ahem.)
More: Actress Noureen deWulf (Anger Management) talked about putting one over on your parents on The JV Club. Also, a surprise episode of Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher — it’s supposed to be once a month, but we got one when we weren’t expecting it — looked at polyamory with expert Christopher Ryan fending off jokes from panelists Nick Kroll and Nikki Glaser.
The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast continued its impressive run of top guests with the WWE’s Dean Ambrose, just in time for Hell in a Cell. Thrilling Adventure Hour offered its panel from New York Comic-Con — the next best thing to being there — while Kevin and Steve talked about living together — sharing living space, that is — on Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve and director Nacho Vigalondo explained his job to Gil on The Mutant Season. And Mike and Tom — “the best in the snack game” — tried another classic Nabisco snack on Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.
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