If you listened to the Nerdist Podcast Network this week, you heard some great stuff, including conversations with Martin Starr, Patton Oswalt, Wil Wheaton, Mick Foley, Michael Ironside, Alex Borstein, and many more, plus a double dip with our own Matt Braunger and… well, let’s recap, shall we?
Martin Starr chewed it with Kevin and Steve on the aptly-named Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve, and, yes, there’s Freaks and Geeks and Party Down talk, and Silicon Valley, and mustaches, and awkward Thanksgiving recapping, and much more, all true, which is more than you can say about British comedian/writer Josie Long on Lies with Sara Schaefer; She claimed to be planning to stay in New York as an illegal immigrant and getting involved with the Mob, and most of that HAS to be untrue. Which is the point of the show, of course.
Patton Oswalt on You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes? Yes indeed. They talk about how media influences real life (like The Godfather affecting how real-life mobsters behaved), the genius of Lean Cuisine, morning radio and promoting comedy, and, because it IS YMIW, religion.
Of COURSE Wil Wheaton was going to talk about tabletop games with Kumail and Emily on The Indoor Kids. HE HOSTS A SHOW CALLED TABLETOP. But there’s also plenty of video game talk, too, and Wil talks about crazy ’80s parties in Florida involving some quite famous rockers and even more famous rich politically connected people and substances that pretty much defined Florida in the ’80s.
It’s the holiday season, so it was appropriate that Mick Foley — Mankind! Cactus Jack! Dude Love! — dropped by the Wrestling Compadres Slamcast, given that he’s been touring the country promoting the documentary I Am Santa Claus, in which he’s one of the people going around being, well, Santa Claus. If you’re a wrestling fan, or a Mick Foley fan, or a Christmas fan, you should be listening to this show.
The Nerdist Podcast with top character actor Michael Ironside got deep into some serious stuff like cancer and how it’s changed his approach as an actor, how death influences how you look at life, sobriety, the importance of reading, and Canadian cities. Okay, the last one isn’t that serious, but this was a compelling look at the life of a working actor with some incredible life experience.
Alex Borstein’s visit to the Nerdist Podcast included some fun looks back at the old days when Alex was at Acme Comedy Theatre and Chris was at MTV and how Family Guy showrunner Steve Callahan connects them. Alex described how the process of recording Family Guy has changed with the success of the cast members, and she and Chris go into failed projects and busted pilots they’ve done. Plus, there’s some funny stuff about parenting, especially the struggle not to swear in front of the kids.
Jonathan Coulton, Donal Logue, and Ben McKenzie were the guests on a somewhat dessert-themed Sparks Nevada edition of Thrilling Adventure Hour; Janet Varney was on that episode, and on her own show The JV Club, she welcomed Jamie Denbo, a/k/a Beverly Kahn-Ginsberg of Ronna and Beverly, a/k/a Mrs. John Ross Bowie, a/k/a Hank’s lawyer on the late, lamented Terriers. Our own science maven Kyle Hill returned to The Mutant Season, Ben Queen (A to Z, Cars 2), Kim Shumway (The 100), and Dierdre Mangan (Do No Harm) were the guests as Nerdist Writers Panel returned to the panel format, the Nerdist Comics Panel had a great episode taped at New York Super Week with a couple of quite prominent comic writers, Charles Soule and our very own Gerry Duggan, and, speaking of our very own, our very own Clarke Wolfe was Razzle and Dan’s guest on Today We Learned and, of course, gave us the complete epic midseason finale recap of Sleepy Hollow with showrunner Mark Goffman on Sleepycast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast.
Clarke wasn’t the only Nerdist person doing double duty this week. Matt Braunger got all kinda crazy on his own Ding-Donger and talked sex and comedy with Sex Nerd Sandra. A timely Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher looked at race in America with scholar and author Reza Aslan and comedians Maz Jobrani and Ian Karmel, and a timely bonus James Bonding had the Matts analyzing the announcement of the next James Bond film, SPECTRE. (They also had Dana Gould in to talk about The Spy Who Loved Me on the regular episode of the show.)
What else? How about Free Play and Mega Man mixtape episodes of The Legacy Music Hour? Kate Berlant on panic and paranoia on Terrified with Dave Ross? Brandon Wardell dropping by the showroom for The Todd Glass Show? Who Charted? co-host Kulap Vilaysack talking pets and not-pets on The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler? Ed Crasnick bantering on all things pop culture with Cole and Vanessa on Pop My Culture?
That’s a lot of listening, but, hey, you have the weekend here — get started. go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page. It’s the perfect soundtrack to play while you’re putting up the Christmas lights.