What do you call a week with Gillian Anderson, Ethan Hawke, Henry Rollins, Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, Jim O’Heir, Stephen Tobolowsky, and way more? You’d call it this week on the Nerdist Podcast Network.
Gillian Anderson talked all about The X-Files on the Nerdist Podcast, and it was epic. She discussed the difficulty of learning medical jargon to play Dana Scully, the pregnancy that altered the series’ path, and, finally, the hunger for more X-Files that led to Chris and Matt proposing a hashtag to get the word out that we need more Mulder and Scully: #xfiles2015. Post it everywhere.
Ethan Hawke did the Nerdist Podcast, too, and on that episode,you’ll hear Ethan discuss Boyhood, his new movie Predestination, genre movies, Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams, and how life looks different for he and Chris now that they’re in their 40s. And If you don’t know Simon Amstell, you will. The British comedian and TV personality (Never Mind the Buzzcocks) visited the Nerdist Podcast as he prepares for his upcoming U.S. tour.
If you ever wondered what it would be like if Pete Holmes interviewed Henry Rollins on You Made It Weird, well, this week, you got your answer. And it was what you’d expect, a deep discussion of things like workaholism, why he performs, family, traveling to dangerous places, charity, and laughing in the fave of death. It’s another must-listen for Rollins fans or anyone looking to hear a couple of smart guys ruminate about life.
John Hodgman interviewing Patton Oswalt on Nerdist Writers Panel? Yup. Patton’s promoting his new book “Silver Screen Fiend,” so the talk naturally goes to movies, addressing Patton’s obsession with the medium, what he’d like to see with future Spider-Man flicks, movies that he hates and why, and a particularly odd encounter with Robert De Niro.
TWO Sex Nerd Sandra episodes? Yes, we had ’em. First, K.J. Middlebrooks talked polyamory, in case you’re into multiples, and then our own Terrified host Dave Ross returned to the scene of his former co-hosting crimes to air things out. Meanwhile, Rhea Butcher visited The Indoor Kids, and the comedian joined Emily and Kumail to discuss the mysterious appeal of flight simulators, games of the ’90s, and which games they’d pick if they could only play one game for the rest of their lives.
More guestfuls: Parks and Recreation kicked off its final season this week, and to celebrate, you’ll want to listen to Jim O’Heir on Today We Learned — Jerry/Larry/Garry/Terry would be proud. Kurt talked boats and improv comedy with John Breen on The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler. Continuing their run of household wrestling names, the Wrestling Compadres Slamcast welcomed Stephanie McMahon. Compadre Johnny Loquasto returned with more of those eerie voices-in-the-ether in Gettysburg on Bizarre States. Cole and Vanessa released part one of their review of the pop culture highlights of 2014 with Sarah Burns, Michael Hitchcock, Missi Pyle, and Stephen Tobolowsky on Pop My Culture — and coming later today, you’ll hear them run through the worst of ’14 in Part 2 of the show. Steve Agee and Megan Neuringer ate stuff on a live Dining With Doug and Karen from Cinefamily in L.A. Buffy actress-turned-author Amber Benson joined Janet for a meeting of The JV Club. Andy Wood and Robbie Goodwin were this week’s guests on The Todd Glass Show, in which Harry Styles and Louis C.K. are among the topics. And comic, podcaster, and sports betting aficionado Sean Green detailed his fight against testicular cancer on Terrified with Dave Ross.
Bottle episodes: Kevin and Steve went in-depth on the important issue of getting sick on movie sets on Chewin’ It, and maybe you should chew Pepto-Bismol or Tums while listening. Jon Bon Jovi and Montezuma figure into the festivities. And Cash and T.J. were customarily all-over-the-place on a new Cashing In with T.J. Miller. Sparks Nevada returned on Thrilling Adventure Hour. Oh, and we’ve had one Jonah Raydio episode this week already, and there’s another one coming up, in case you want to check out some new music and catch up with the usual gang.
With contributions from Olga Desyatnik