Most of North America’s gotten a little frigid this week, but the Nerdist Podcast Network was here to warm your… okay, we had a lot of good stuff this week, yet I’m not sure it would raise ambient temperatures THAT much. But with Peter Farrelly, Gilbert Gottfried, Colin Quinn, Jared Logan, and Sarah Thyre, among others, we provided plenty of laughs. Barbara Crampton provided the screams, Alex Riley and Booker T threw down, Chvrches made the music, and Mindy Cohn gave you The Facts of Life. Good week, this.
Peter Farrelly returned to the Nerdist Podcast to just hang out. Oh, and to promote the opening of Dumb and Dumber To, at a theater near you, check local listings. It’s a wide-ranging discussion that hits points like when Chris and Peter met (and I was there! TRUE FACT) and Peter and Matt Mira’s shocking concurrence on the merits of the Dave Matthews Band. Gilbert Gottfried also came by the Nerdist Podcast to try and rattle the hard-to-faze Chris and promote his own podcast, and the talk delves into classic comedy and I’ll repeat my approval of Gilbert having Joe Franklin on his show and talking here about the majesty of The Joe Franklin Show, and if you never saw that, oh, Lord, go seek it out, because television has never been more unintentionally surreal. The late Skip E. Lowe is the same deal. Awesome, truly. Also awesome was the Nerdist Podcast’s visit with Lauren Mayberry on Chvrches’ tour bus, with Doctor Who appreciation and a song added to boot.
If only all of our favorite TV shows got the treatment Clarke Wolfe gives Sleepy Hollow on Sleepycast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast… continuing to be the essential place to go for morning-after discussion of each Sleepy Hollow episode, this week’s Sleepycast recapped Monday’s episode with its writer, Albert Kim, and went way further into questions about how the show portrays its female characters and Ichabod’s secrets, among other things. And while we’re talking about writers, Groundlings compatriots Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones discussed the process of getting Benched from idea to pitch to another pitch to sold to series on Nerdist Writers Panel. And there were three – three! – Comic Book Club episodes, with Arlen Schumer, Jordan Morris, and Reilly Brown.
If there’s a way to make an audio version of Colin Quinn‘s epic Twitter trolling, this week’s Lies with Sara Schaefer was it, with Colin taking advantage of the all-untruth format to claim to do other comics’ material because he can do it better, and the good ol days before smoking was a bad thing. More truthful, although the conversation went to strange places (and Europe. Is Europe strange?), was actress/writer/funny person Sarah Thyre on The JV Club.
So much more: Marvel master Brian Michael Bendis did Nerdist Comics Panel for amazing insight into your favorites and the process of adapting Powers for TV. Mindy Cohn — Natalie! — brought us up to date and joined Cole and Vanessa for the week in pop culture on Pop My Culture. Comic and D&D DM Jared Logan visited his old friends The Indoor Kids to talk about the influence D&D and video games have had upon each other, Kevin and Steve’s old pal Mike Yurchak stopped by for some Chewin’ It, and that guy who hosts those things — Pivot TV TakePart Live‘s Jacob Soboroff — traded facts and jokes with Razzle and Dan on Today We Learned. And while Mike and Tom were eating snacks on Mike and Tom Eat Snacks and T.J. and Cash were off on another tangent-filled conversation on Cashing In with T.J. Miller, Sparks Nevada was on patrol on Thrilling Adventure Hour, Alex Riley and Booker T traded smack on The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast, and speaking of screaming, Barbara Crampton reminisced about being a Scream Queen in movies like Re-Animator and You’re Next with Bowser on Bizarre States.
Like I said, good week, despite the cold. (I’m writing this from Minneapolis-St. Paul, so I’m not basking in Southern California warmth, either. I feel everyone else’s pain.) Stay warm with us by going to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and also by joining us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page for handy podcast release reference and commenting and sharing and stuff.