What did we hear on the Nerdist Podcast Network this week? A great new show filled with lies, the latest on Sleepy Hollow, a voice acting panel to die for and, separately, some of the voices behind Regular Show, Martin Starr, Anthony Burch, Seth Green, lots of comedy… There was a lot. For example…
Did you catch the debut of Lies with Sara Schaefer, a WNYC/New York production that joined the Nerdist Podcast Network on Tuesday? Jim Gaffigan was the opening guest, and he took to the show’s concept — guests have to lie about everything — with gusto. Did you know he has a series of Bikram yoga videos? Or that he was a tattoo model before being de-pigmentized? Learn that and more by listening to the first episode.
Clarke Wolfe caught us up on Monday’s Sleepy Hollow episode on the Sleepycast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast, on which she was joined by the show’s Lyndie Greenwood, who plays Jenny (fresh out of prison!), as well as producer Melissa Blake and this week’s episode’s co-writer Don Todd. They broke down what Reyes might be up to, the cursed coin, and more stuff you’ll only hear on Sleepycast. Give it a listen, and make sure you pass it along to your fellow SleepyHeads, too! And if you didn’t get enough Clarke, she also guested on Bizarre States, talking all kinds of horror stuff with Bowser.
Holy cats, what a lineup on Pop My Culture this week: It’s the LA Podfest panel with a voice acting hall of fame crew, including Dee Bradley Baker, Richard Horvitz, Maurice LaMarche, Laraine Newman, and our own Janet Varney. Whoa. Don’t even wait a second. Listen to it now.
On the Nerdist Podcast, Martin Starr, whose career is a recitation of shows you’ve loved, talked about casting — he’s been a part of amazing casts like on Freaks and Geeks and Silicon Valley, the genius of Mike Judge (agreed. Can we get a consensus on that? Unanimous? Good), that epic dick joke, writing (Martin and our own Steve Lemme of Chewin’ It sold a show to Paramount, and Martin also wants to direct), and.. oh, yeah, the room was haunted, or at least Chris thought so. You’re also going to want to listen to Spike Feresten’s turn on the Nerdist Podcast, which ranges all over the place because Spike — who, Chris jokes, comes from the same “type” as he does — has done amazing stuff, from Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast to Letterman, Seinfeld, SNL, his own talk show, and even the great lost Night Music with David Sanborn and Jools Holland. And because his new TV show Car Matchmaker with Spike Feresten on the Esquire Network is about cars, they talk about cars. Simple. Plus, the very busy Dax Shepard came by after shooting Parenthood in the morning and Ellen on the way to the Nerdist Podcast; he discloses his penchant for drawing “dick cowboys,” what his wife Kristin Bell is like while pregnant, getting sober and sugar-free, growing up a left handed dyslexic, and Bill Murray’s 800 number.
Gamers, you want to know the dirt on all the permutations of Borderlands, right? Anthony Burch, head writer of Borderlands 2, had that and more as he visited The Indoor Kids. First, though everyone — Anthony, Kumail, Emily — got excited about Shadow of Mordor. And then, there’s talk about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which has plenty of jokes but moral ambiguity, too. He goes deep into writing and playing characters, and also discusses his webshow Hey, Ash, Whatcha Playin? and its awkward acronym. Plus, you’ll find out what Kumail and Emily think about Gone Girl, their new action figure shelf, and they’re giving away tickets to Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The inside stuff about your favorite shows? Sure, we got that. The creator of WGN America’s Manhattan, Sam Shaw, talked about writing a drama that’s based in part on historical fact (and also about his work on Masters of Sex, so that’s a twofer) on Nerdist Writers Panel. Gil got to talk to two of the voice actors (and four of the voices) from Regular Show as Bill Salyers (voice of Rigby) and Sam Marin (voice of Pops, Benson and Muscle Man) dropped by The Mutant Season. And Seth Green, who’s behind so much of what you love, graced Today We Learned this week, and somehow the usual weird facts format ended up focusing more on Batman, because why not. Speaking of Batman, the Nerdist Comics Panel looked at Batman’s 75 year history in an episode taped at Phoenix Comic-Con. Oh, wait, do we consider pro wrestling a show? Because WCW tag team legend Stevie Ray and Nitro Girl Spice, now a chiropractor and wellness coach, were on The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast.
For general comedy weirdness, a special edition of You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes came to you live from Seattle’s Bumbershoot 2014 with a lineup of guests that included Paul F. Tompkins, Rory Scovel, our own Matt Braunger, and Janeane Garofalo. Cash and T.J. rambled about Chupacabras and bronze balls on Cashing In with T.J. Miller, an unfortunate evening in the emergency room became the theme for Cashing In with Kevin and Steve (never fear, everyone turned out OK), and Mike and Tom ate something savory and, I guess, healthier than the usual stuff they ingest on Mike and Tom Eat Snacks. A fresh Sparks Nevada saga graced this week’s Thrilling Adventure Hour, and a prominent member of the WorkJuice Players, Annie Savage, shared stories with Janet about her dancing years and purse cleaning on The JV Club. And Keith Malley and Chemda — Keith and the Girl, from the podcast of the same name — talk about, what else, sex on Sex Nerd Sandra.
What were some of your favorite moments from this week’s podcasts? Let us know in the comments below. Click here to check out all of the shows on the Nerdist Podcast Network, and don’t forget to subscribe!