It’s Friday, so here’s our weekly rundown of what happened at the Nerdist Podcast Network. It was a good week. Your evidence:
The very first Nerdist Podcast was recorded at Tom Lennon’s house on Super Bowl Sunday five years ago. Tom returned to the Nerdist Podcast this week for the… what, fourth time? Okay, we’ve lost track of how many times he’s been on, and I’m too lazy to go back and count, but he’s always welcome. Anyway, he’s back and being Felix on CBS’ reboot of The Odd Couple, and he talked about that, and stories from his days with The State, and making pilots that never made the air and writing scripts that never got produced. And he promised to deliver some clips from the original pilot for Reno 911 on which Fox passed, and two other pilots for a sci-fi comedy, U.S.S. Alabama and a sitcom parody called Hey Neighbor, both also rejected by Fox. And he delivered: Watch the clips right here.
Sometime Friday — I never know exactly when — we’ll have Adam Carolla back for a fifth round on the Nerdist Podcast, talking about making his crowdfunded movie Road Hard. After Adam and Chris catch up on things, you’ll hear about the premise of the movie (life on the stand-up comedy road), the process of making a low-budget film with crowdfunding, and dealing with former partners’ success.
Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are starring in The Comedians on FX, and they came in to talk about it on the Nerdist Podcast. There’s talk about playing a dark version of yourself, comedy influences, and Billy’s close relationship with Robin Williams. And speaking of The Comedians, we got some insight into the making of the show from showrunner Ben Wexler on Nerdist Writers Panel.
The Indoor Kids discussed April Fool’s Day pranks in the gaming world, sitcom reboots, and Cadbury eggs. Kumail says some candy brands taste different elsewhere, and I can confirm that he is absolutely right.
Pat Walsh returned to You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes with tales of FourLoko mishaps (tip: do NOT mix that stuff with vodka. Do NOT.) and anxiety and guilt and weed. Also, Pete made fun of how Pat holds a pencil. This could have used some video.
But wait, there’s more!: Danny Lobell returned to The Todd Glass Show for, like, the millionth time. (Not really.) An old pal of the Nerdist Podcast Network, Motion City Soundtrack drummer and Feliz Navipod host Tony Thaxton, faced his fears on Terrified. Natalie Garcia talked about devoting her life to rescuing dogs on The JV Club. Dynamite Comics’ Keith Davidsen talked about rebooting Reanimator on Comic Book Club. Guest Rachael Sellars gave sage health and wellness advice on Pro You. And Today We Learned welcomed Geek Bombshells creator and AMC personality Maude Garrett, who brought some Australian perspective to the usual fact cavalcade.
And even more: Screenwriter and comic book writer Brian Lynch dropped by Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve to talk about writing, pitching, and the good old days when he made a movie called Big Helium Dog with Kevin and Steve in the cast. Our own Jessica Chobot was on two shows this week, guesting with Whitney Moore on Pop My Culture and answering your questions from a Reddit AMA on Bizarre States. Matt Braunger graced us with a new Ding-Donger involving his cousin’s dentist. And Sparks Nevada rode again on Thrilling Adventure Hour.
So go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and also join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page, because we’re (mostly, usually) nice people who wish to entertain you and we don’t want you to miss anything. Come on by.
Contributors: Kyle Clark, Maxwell James, Joshua Quail