The first full week of 2015 was packed with great listening on the Nerdist Podcast Network, with guests like Wayne Knight and Brody Stevens, a visit from voice acting icon Andrea Romano, and You Made It Weird on the road, plus plenty of recapping 2014 stuff. Let’s get right to the recapping, okay>
You hissed at him as Newman on Seinfeld or the greedy computer programmer who caused all that trouble at Jurassic Park, yet you loved him all the same. This week, Wayne Knight dropped by the Nerdist Podcast to talk about his colorful career, from being a shill for carnies to Broadway, movies, that scene in Basic Instinct, how a one-shot appearance turned into a career-defining (and in some ways troublesome) role, and a lot more.
There is nobody in the voice acting business more important than director and casting guru Andrea Romano, and her visit to the Nerdist Podcast is essential for anyone interested in the voices behind the biggest animated shows. Chris and Andrea go way back to when he was still a UCLA student, and Andrea was a major part of Chris’ entry into voice acting. The conversation goes to the unique qualities of voice actors, changes in the business, and advice for aspiring voice talent.
And there was a hostful Nerdist Podcast, on which the guys talk about their holiday vacation break. There’s movie and TV talk — they did a lot of watching — and argue about sports and end up talking about infomercials and marriage and Jonah’s pilot shoot. So it’s a typical Hostful.
Pete Holmes took You Made It Weird on the road to Just For Laughs Toronto, and he had friends like Joe DeRosa (trading celebrity impressions — does anyone else do a good Kumail Nanjiani or Bill Burr?), DeAnne Smith (you’ll never think of cemeteries the same way again), Johnny Pemberton (you’ll never think of laughing hard the same way again), and Brody Stevens, who gets two segments, touching on his comedy methods, the role of sports in developing his attitudes, alcohol, cops, and why he left one particular private school in first grade. And everyone talks about losing their virginity.
Anyone who’s interested in writing for TV and movies HAS to listen to every Nerdist Writers Panel, and this week’s episode was another example of why, with host Ben Blacker interviewing Hart of Dixie‘s Leila Gerstein. The discussion covers career (starting on Life As We Know It and The OC, getting a manager) and writing (her process, or lack of one; procedural elements in teen dramas; network notes). And speaking of TV writing, co-Executive Producer and writer Raven Metzner was on the SleepyCast, which continues to be the go-to show for Sleepy Hollow talk, to discuss the mid-season premiere episode of the Fox series.
On Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve, the guys welcomed in 2015 with talk about cookies, Kevin’s appearance on Marvel’s Agent Carter, Steve’s New Year’s Eve, Kevin’s New England family excursion and Yankee Swap, and resolutions. And who better to recap 2014’s games and movies than Jordan Morris guesting with The Indoor Kids ? Another recap of 2014 came on a new Todd Glass Show with guest Tom Martin. Meanwhile, Cash and T.J. weren’t done talking about the Christmas season, so that’s where Cashing In with T.J. Miller went this week. Of course it did.
The Wrestling Compadres started 2015 the way they left 2014, with big name guests — Mr. Ken Anderson and Lance Archer — while our own Pop My Culture co-host and SF Sketchfest co-founder Cole Stratton talked comedy with Gil on The Mutant Season. Terrified with Dave Ross stayed in the room with an episode putting the show’s producer Aristotle Acevedo on the couch. Actress Adina Porter opened the Big Book of Facts with Razzle and Dan on Today We Learned. And Young Adult novelist Maureen Johnson told stories of Catholic high school days on The JV Club.
This month’s Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher brought professor Thaddeus Russell in to talk about American history as shaped by the people who didn’t get to write that history – blacks, Jews, gays — with panelists Greg Proops and Matt Kirshen, Matt Braunger took a trial run at a show in advance of a live one and the result was this week’s Ding-Donger, while Thrilling Adventure Hour rang in the new year with Frank and Sadie Doyle back on the case with another “Beyond Belief” with Rich Sommer and Adam Savage playing skeletons.
With contributions from Kyle Clark and Olga Desyatnik
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