This week’s Nerdist Podcast Network lineup included another visit with The Dude, a New Zealand invasion, an insightful look at an iconic television series, and more. Let’s get right to it….
The Dude was back for a third time as Jeff Bridges guested on the Nerdist Podcast, and he was as charming and Jeff Bridges-ish as ever. You got photography, you got dealing with the press, you got deep talk about the acting process, and you got, no lie, a group chant. Jeff Bridges led everybody in the room in a chant. This does not happen, yet here it is.
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi visited the Nerdist Podcast and Today We Learned this week. They’re promoting their movie What We Do In The Shadows, a mockumentary about vampires, and on the Nerdist Podcast there’s talk about how that came about and their Kickstarter for the American release. And Jemaine explains why Flight of the Conchords‘ HBO show ended. And on TWL, they discuss factual-type stuff about vampire myths and the Oscars.
Once again, I don’t know about Friday’s timing, but whether it’s before or after this recap posts, you’ll hear Ari Shaffir on the Nerdist Podcast, with Chris and Ari reminiscing about the open mic days at the Westwood Brewing Co, and how while Chris gravitated to the alt-comedy world, Ari became a regular at The Comedy Store. There’s also talk about religion (and losing it), Ari’s Comedy Central special Paid Regular, and dealing with friends’ struggles.
The Nerdist Writers Panel hosted a Friends writers’ room reunion, and part one posted this week. The panel — Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss, Alexa Junge, and Adam Chase — were all there for the very beginning, and they talk about how they got there, where they got their stories, the role of the showrunners, and how the characters changed even just during that first season. You’ll hear about the process of writing a show that became a benchmark in television comedy.
Pete Holmes welcomed comic Drew Michael to You Made It Weird; Drew does his Kumail Nanjiani impression, talks about freedom, and gets into deep talk about politics and civil rights. The real Kumail and Emily were joined by David Angelo (Pro TV Writing Mastery with David Angelo) on The Indoor Kids, waxing nostalgic about their days in Brooklyn, talking Reddit, and, of course, finding out all about David’s gaming history.
And more: Actor and writer Megan Rosati got Terrified and we learned a little back story about she and Dave. A guest-packed Sex Nerd Sandra live from SF Sketchfest looked at the “friends with benefits” thing and featured some extra comedy from Eliza Skinner. The guys at Legacy Music Hour remixed the Puzzle Games episode on a new Mixtape and offered some new stuff on a Free Play episode. Bizarre States brought more of the weird tales, while Cash and T.J. were all over the place again on Cashing In with T.J. Miller.
Freakshow Wrestling’s Sinn Bodhi stopped by for The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast. The SleepyCast analyzed the third-to-last episode of Sleepy Hollow‘s second season with writers Damian Kindler and Phillip Iscove discussing “What Lies Beneath.” Thomas Jefferson? CNET’s Ashley Esqueda talked tech and career with Gil on The Mutant Season. And if last week’s multiple Sparks Nevadas weren’t enough, the madness continued in a Red Plains Rider-centric Infinite Marses episode of Thrilling Adventure Hour.
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Contributors: Kyle Clark, Chris Bower, Joshua Quail