What did we have on the Nerdist Podcast Network this week? Oh, just PAUL MCCARTNEY, MARTIN SHORT, DANA CARVEY, HENRY WINKLER, and a lot more. YOU try not to shout about that.
Paul McCartney on the Nerdist Podcast. Sir Paul. Macca. I’m not going to go into detail here because you have to listen to the whole thing and you will, but you’ll get fascinating insight on the dichotomy between “regular life” and being an internationally recognized superstar (and if you’re on a New York bus and you see someone who you think kinda looks like Paul McCartney, it very well might be him). He also tells great stories, like about how the White Album became the White Album, and, of course, Matt Mira ends up asking a left-handed guitar question, because of course he would. It’s everything you want this episode to be. Go hear it now.
Martin Short on the Nerdist Podcast. Another great one. The guys go to his home, where Jonah gets some strong coffee and Martin tells of his SCTV and SNL experiences, his start in a Toronto production of Godspell with a cast packed with future comedy giants, and tales of poker with Johnny Carson and the genesis of Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley. Hear it here.
Henry Winkler on the Nerdist Podcast. As Chris notes in his intro, Henry has the reputation of being one of the nicest people in Hollywood. Turns out, based on this episode, it’s true. You’ll hear about his make-or-break trip to Hollywood at 27 turned into stardom, and Night Shift (which leads to a discussion of Michael Keaton’s turn in Birdman), and meeting Mick Jagger. And you’ll be moved by how he turned his son’s — and, he belatedly learned, his own — dyslexia into a book series for children to help them to read. Listen to it now.
Dana Carvey on You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes. Three hours’ worth of deep conversation about the meaning of life — yes, really — and the importances of experiencing as much as you can. He talks about dropping out of Hollywood for a time, his experience on SNL, parenting, and lots more. Go listen. And when you’re done, we have a bonus YMIW recorded live in Madison for you, too.
Martin Starr and Thomas Middleditch on The Indoor Kids. Is it a Silicon Valley reunion when Martin, Thomas, and Kumail are all actually working on the second season as we speak? It’s not a reunion if they’re… okay, forget it. Emily and Kumail have Martin and Thomas in to talk gaming on set, and the discussion goes all over the place, from The Babadook to Destiny to board games and a round of “Make a Game a Holiday Thing.” Press PLAY now.
More star power? How about some fact-slinging from Zachary Levi on Today We Learned? Jared Logan telling Lies with Sara Schaefer? Yes, and more: True Blood‘s Sam Trammell was Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve, and there’s plenty of discussion about True Blood and The Fault in Our Stars and stuff. Janet welcomed author Marci Crestani to The JV Club. Kill Rock Stars label chief Portia Sabin visited Kurt on The K Ohle, which was supposed to be an edition of Pet-O-Philia but predictably was more about the music and the label’s foray into comedy. Filmmaker Joey Izzo talked about the overwhelming amount of content in people’s lives on Terrified with Dave Ross. Comic Brandon Wardell returned for Part II of his appearance on The Todd Glass Show. Nigel McGuinness and Booker T returned for more of The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast. And Dana Lechtenberg — the guy whose great artwork you see adorning several of our podcasts — and The Whitest Kids You Know‘s Sam Brown dropped by for some music talk on the latest Jonah Raydio.
Mike and Tom ate something classic — ahoy, MATE-ys! — and talked about their gym experiences (including what to wear when you want people to STAAAND BAAACK! and some discussion of soiling one’s unitard) on a new Mike and Tom Eat Snacks. Thrilling Adventure Hour offered yet another message from
Bucatino Business in a quick bonus edition. The Legacy Music Hour remixed the Jazz Episode. The Nerdist Writers Panel offered a Year in Review episode. And Cash and T.J. did what they do in part 2 of a two-part Cashing In with T.J. Miller (though how you could tell which part is which, who knows?).
Listen to all o’ them. It’s easy: Go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and also join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page. And stay tuned — we’ll have some more great ones to tide you over through the holiday weeks. More on that Sunday, but you have a lot of stuff for your listening pleasure until then….
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Thanks to Skyler Madsen