What did we have on the Nerdist Podcast Network this week? Lots of interesting people and funny stuff. Examples? Tom Bergeron and Chris Hardwick bonding as only veteran hosts can bond on the Nerdist Podcast. TV and movie director Larry Charles getting all existential with Pete Holmes on You Made it Weird. And the all-star charity event hosted by Keegan-Michael Key for the Detroit Creativity Project. Good week.
Tom Bergeron and Chris have a lot in common — longtime TV show hosts, former radio guys, and even The Hollywood Squares, on which Chris guested in 2000. They talk about that, and radio, and old school children’s TV (I swear, it made this old-guy heart happy to hear Tom rag on Art Linkletter’s House Party). And there’s talk about meditation, silent film comedies, Tom’s final season of America’s Funniest Home Videos, and Paul Lynde, because of course.
You know Larry Charles’ work — Borat, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm — and with Pete on YMIW, you got his deepest thoughts about life along with stories about working with Larry David (secretly, Charles says, a “caring person”) and on Bill Maher’s Religulous. Plus, you learned about Bob Dylan’s stab at comedy and the sage advice, “don’t do anything that makes you cringe.” (Too late for me. Save yourself.)
Six out of the seven Birthday Boys visited the Nerdist Podcast and it’s as chaotically funny as you’d hope, talking about bad jobs, working with Bob Odenkirk on their IFC TV show, Home Alone, and dick cakes. Listen and find out what kind of cake Chris would prefer to … well, not eat.
You wanna hear a variety show hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and featuring Marc Evan Jackson, Thomas Middleditch, Paget Brewster, Allee Willis, Sara Watkins, and Martin Starr’s band Common Rotation featuring Benmont Tench? That was the lineup for a special night at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles to benefit the Detroit Creativity Project last Saturday, and we had it as a special podcast by Monday. Listen and donate.
Every week, Sleepycast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast is essential listening for fans of Sleepy Hollow, and one of the coolest things is when host Clarke Wolfe gets the writers of that week’s episode to come on and recap. This week, Sam Chalsen and Nelson Greaves, the writers of Monday’s episode, visited Clarke, and Robert Lydecker talked about creating the music for the series. You can’t get insight into Sleepy Hollow like this anywhere else.
What’s more hilarious than death? Okay, practically everything, but on this month’s Hound Tall, Moshe Kasher took on that particular topic by bringing in mortician and author Catlin Doughty to face our own Kumail Nanjiani and Chelsea Peretti. Catlin’s smart and funny, Kumail and Chelsea are ditto, and it’s all pretty uniquely interesting and entertaining. And if you want more of the serious and comic in one convenient package, try this week’s Terrified, in which comedian Solomon Georgio talks about his difficult youth and how that affected how he relates to people and everything else, and then there’s porn talk. That’s range.
Friend of Nerdist Industries Shadi Petosky is always a great guest, and she came through again on this week’s edition of The JV Club. The show’s usual format of talking about the guests’ awkward youth years is especially compelling when the guest’s youth has a disconnect of sorts with her adulthood, and the trans experience is exactly that, so it’s fascinating to hear how Shadi has taken on that transition head on, insisting, “I have a continuity in my life. I didn’t pull down Facebook photos. I didn’t try to erase my history.”
What else? Kevin and Steve discussed the actor’s dilemma, working with children and animals, on Chewin’ It, and I thought that putting a W.C. Fields reference in the social media posts for the show might be too archaic but went ahead and did it anyway, because I don’t care. And if W.C. Fields means nothing to you, just listen to find out what they did with frogs in Beerfest. Mike and Tom ate something on Mike and Tom Eat Snacks. Voice actor Troy Baker talked about Shadow of Mordor on The Indoor Kids, and if you haven’t yet played it, you might want to do that first before listening. A quickie from Thrilling Adventure Hour was another WorkJuice Coffee spot featuring Bucatino Business. Writer/Director Alex Ross Perry traded factual information on QWERTY keyboards and vegan snacks with Razzle and guest co-host Brea Grant and promoted his new movie Listen Up Philip on Today We Learned. And Kate Berlant, already surreal, amped it up telling Lies with Sara Schaefer.
That’s not all. Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer talked about the show and her career on Nerdist Writers Panel, while the be-caped Austin Aries was the lead guest on another packed Wrestling Compadres Slamcast, Top Cow publisher Matt Hawkins sat down for a frank talk about the comics biz and his career on Nerdist Comics Panel, and T.J. and Cash rambled through more free-association madness on Cashing In with T.J. Miller. (Hey, go see Big Hero 6 and hear T.J. voice “Fred” this weekend!) Matt Besser ate food from the Carb&Nation food truck on Dining with Doug and Karen, and Ian Davis and Bill Buescher came back for part two of a two part Todd Glass Show.
What’s coming next week? We’ll preview it all Sunday, and you won’t want to miss it, so go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage, listen, subscribe, and join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page and Like it, too. As always, thanks for listening!
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