This week, the Nerdist Podcast Network had the smart and funny Prof. Brian Cox and Eric Idle, the smart and funny Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton (Mac and Dennis, of course, on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), the producers of the smart (and goofy) and funny Archer, our own smart and funny Indoor Kid Emily V. Gordon doubling up appearances, and the smart and funny guys behind MOCKpocalypse. And more smart and funny people. The great weeks are just piling up here. This was the week that was:
Prof. Brian Cox came by the Nerdist Podcast to bring the science, and he brought a friend with him, Eric Idle. Nice surprise, guys. Brian talks about his BBC series The Wonders of… and his goals for the show, and the discussion takes off from there to the likelihood of extraterrestrial life, quantum mechanics, philosophy, religion, the value of curiosity, and Stephen Hawking. Guaranteed: You will be entertained AND become smarter when you listen to this one. So do that.
(NOTE: The following one, as is our Friday custom, may or may not be ready by the time this posts, but if it isn’t, it’s coming any minute now. And by “any minute,” I mean any randomly selected minute. Hey, we eventually delivered Sleater-Kinney, didn’t we?) Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton, they of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, appeared on the Nerdist Podcast to promote the show and the movie they’ve produced (All the Wilderness), and if you, like me, are a fan of Always Sunny, you have to listen to this one — they go into depth about the show, the idea of focusing on character rather than premise, the unusual development process, the addition of Danny DeVito, how marriage and family have changed life for them, the future of the show, and caffeine and other vices. Caffeine’s a vice?
There are few writers’ rooms you’d want to get into more than the one for Archer, and on this week’s Nerdist Writers Panel, producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis talked about how the show is produced and what’s coming up. Yes, they do talk about that Archer Vice season, which they say was always designed as a one-season thing. They also talk about working with creator/writer Adam Reed for over 12 years, how and why the show has changed and improved over the years, and their work on Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo. And Carrot Top.
Neil Garguilo and Dave Park of AXS TV’s MOCKpocalypse dropped by Chewin’ It to visit Kevin and Steve and talk about their new movie Bloodsucking Bastards (not a rom-com). Bad tattoos, Pitbull, bikers, more tattoos, and Slamdance are on the agenda.
We got to hear the magic on the live hostful SF Sketchfest edition of the Nerdist Podcast, The guys were in rare form, discussing Matt’s health scare and taking quemments (for which Chris scaled great heights).
Our own Indoor Kid Emily V. Gordon (the “V” stands for Awesome) made a return visit to You Made It Weird, too. So, along with IGN The Daily Fix host Naomi Kyle visiting The Indoor Kids for some video game talk, you got double The Gynomite. You’re welcome.
And more: Comedian Tom Segura, who’s from my neck of the woods, talked about our area and anxiety on Terrified. Sex Nerd Sandra answered questions from New York sex nerds. Insomniac Games’ Brandon Winfrey joined the discussion on Bizarre States. Comic Janine Brito brought memories of her nomadic life to The JV Club. WWE Diva Paige and The Boogeyman were on a guest-packed Wrestling Compadres Slamcast.
Still more: In the wake of T.J.’s celebrated appearance on the Oscars telecast (a/k/a The Scream Heard ‘Round the World), Cashing In with T.J. Miller presented another “Worst-Of” episode. Justin Bua talked street art on The Mutant Season. No guests this week on Today We Learned, just Razzle and Dan and facts you didn’t know. Doug Benson returned after a one-episode absence for an Oscar potluck on Dining With Doug and Karen, chowing down with Steve Agee, Dan Van Kirk, Chris Cubas, and Joe Wagner at Cinefamily. And Frank and Sadie Doyle drank their way through another “Beyond Belief” on Thrilling Adventure Hour.
Okay, then. Time to fill up your weekend with joy. Go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and also join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page. Because Nerdist Podcast Network podcasts make every day better.
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Contributors: Kyle Clark, Chris Bower