Super Troopers 2 is coming, the Broken Lizard guys are running a crowdfunding campaign to get it done, and four of the five members were together again on this week’s Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve, including Jay Chandrasekhar and Erik Stolhanske along with, of course, Kevin and Steve. They address the campaign, the backlash against crowdfunding, mustaches, and pee, because sure, why not. Listen meow.
It was inevitable that the Nerdist Podcast would someday be graced by a visit from The Amazing Randi, and this week, it happened. Randi tells great stories about Johnny Carson, being an aggressive spokesperson for skepticism, and coming to terms with his homosexuality after trying to keep it private for over 80 years. You can see him in the documentary An Honest Liar, but listen to this one first and see why “Amazing” is an appropriate term for his life story.
The SXSW episode of Nerdist Writers Panel featured iZombie co-creator Diane Ruggiero and UnReal creator Sarah Shapiro talking about their new shows and answering audience questions. Sarah talks about starting in reality TV, fitting since UnReal is about a fake reality TV show, and Diane discusses what she learned working on Veronica Mars and what’s shared between the comic and TV versions of iZombie.
Director Joe Lynch worked with the guys at G4, and he visited them on the Nerdist Podcast with tales of editing porn, how Knights of Badassdom didn’t come out the way he intended, and his new movie Everly with Salma Hayek, shot in Siberia (!). The travails Joe went through with Knights are worth listening to this one alone, especially if you’re at all interested in how good scripts and great casts can be no match for producing troubles, and what lessons Joe learned from how that turned out, don’t miss this one.
And just today (Friday, that is), we had a Nerdist Podcast with Kal Penn, who talks to Chris about going from acting to politics and back — he famously left Hollywood to work on President Obama’s youth outreach team, and he talks here about what he learned about younger generations’ relationship to the political process and the mistaken impressions people have about that. There’s also a discussion about “casual racism” in Hollywood and how Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle offers hope in that regard. And Kal’s on Battle Creek, created by Vince Gilligan and run by Kal’s House boss David Shore.
We had a Nerdist Comics Panel this week, too, with Jeff Kline on hand to talk with Heath and Adam about Transformers: Robot in Disguise and his years of publishing comics and working in animation. (Jeff, incidentally, is Adam’s boss on Transformers, for what it’s worth.) Anyway, Jeff started as an intern, worked his way up to running the drama division at Columbia Pictures Television, and then transitioned to writing and producing for TV with the help of Frank Lupo, and that led to working on the animated version of Jumanji, which kicked off a different career. There’s a lot of detail about the workings of his publishing imprint Darby Pop, and if you’re into the business of comics, this one’s extremely informative.
More: Longtime Friend of Nerdist Alison Haislip joined Janet on The JV Club. Comedian, science inquisitor, and Here We Are podcast host Shane Mauss returned to You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes. Musician Mikal Cronin returned to Terrified with Dave Ross to talk about life after making his latest album. Sanjay and Craig creator and Bob’s Burgers designer Jay Howell dropped by for a fresh Jonah Raydio. Comedian Nick Carrillo and Nerd Roots host Ben Fullon were the guests on two new episodes of Comic Book Club. And The Indoor Kids‘ most frequent guest, Jordan Morris, returned to the show for more video game talk. Can we call him the Third Indoor Kid? Can Kumail and Emily adopt him?
So much more: A “Beyond Belief” episode of Thrilling Adventure Hour featured Paul F. Tompkins as Frank Doyle, as usual, but instead of Paget Brewster, we got a surprise: Jon Hamm as Crispin Doyle. (Rich Sommer’s in it, too, so it’s almost Mad Men. Almost.) Jessica and Bowser talked about serial killers and The Jinx on Bizarre States. Tom and John talked about the recurring themes they see in helping people get fit on Pro You. The Legacy Music Hour remixed another Free Play episode on a new mixtape edition.
Yet more: Kurt Braunohler took Nick Thune for a ride in another Get Lost edition of The K Ohle. Doug Benson brought the guys from Food is the New Rock in for some food served up by chef Jon Shook on Dining with Doug and Karen, and on another episode, Louis Katz and Shane Mauss (again) tried out some dishes from Auntie Em’s Kitchen. Actor Mark Pellegrino sat in for some fact-tradin’ with Razzle and guest co-host Daniel Van Kirk on Today We Learned. Looking‘s Daniel Franzese talked about Bieber, Carol Burnett, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation on Pop My Culture. And Troy Conrad returned for the first of a two part Todd Glass Show.
And there ya go. Head to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and also by joining us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page and you’ll hear it all and never miss anything. You don’t want to miss anything, do you?
Contributors: Chris Bower, Kyle Clark