It was a fine week for shows here at the Nerdist Podcast Network, what with guests like Nick Kroll, Emo Philips, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Cameron Esposito, and Kelly Carlin, among many others, but the highlight for me was our very own little birthday gathering.
I don’t want to give away too much about the 5th anniversary hostful Nerdist Podcast recorded Monday and released Friday, but I was there and it was hilarious. Chris’ mom was hilarious, and you should follow her on Twitter @nerdistmom. Kyle and Katie got some mic time, too. If you want to hear a great example of the dynamics between Chris, Jonah, and Matt, including the shocking revelation that Jonah’s actually the nice guy of the bunch, do not miss it.
What else? In a great You Made It Weird live from SF Sketchfest, Emo Philips told jokes (one named Dave) and discussed hugs and Sherlock Holmes, Rhea Butcher addressed her fear of log flumes, and Charlie Sanders offered a critical tip for Uber riders.
Nathan Willett and Matt Schwartz of Cold War Kids dropped by the Nerdist Podcast, and don’t ask how they practically instantly dove into a breakdown of the Mr. Belvedere theme song. They did. And they talked about the rock lifestyle, buying music, and music they like — especially the output of Superior Viaduct Records.
Kevin and Steve had plenty of wedding stories on Chewin’ It, including how a summer of weddings led to Super Troopers, Kevin’s green card wedding story, a shart at Steve’s wedding, and a particularly crack-filled reception. Oh, and the guys will be at a Broken Lizard tribute at SF Sketchfest on February 7th.
Jessica and Bowser spent a spooky night in the allegedly haunted Meltdown Comics store on Bizarre States. Haunted? BY GREAT COMICS, sure.
Nick Kroll was back for another appearance on the Nerdist Podcast, and he talked about the end of Kroll Show while it’s still doing well, Matt’s resemblance to him (according to Twitter), aging actors, the O.J. Simpson case and how the next generation doesn’t remember it, and the Oakwood Apartments, which is something everyone in the entertainment business in L.A. has experienced.
Kumail and Emily kept it just between the two of them on The Indoor Kids, offering ideas for The X-Files return, discussing the warp-speed glitch in Super Mario World, and expressing skepticism about the increasingly common release of limited edition gaming hardware.
There’s a lot of buzz about USA’s Sirens (our own Merrill Barr tells me I gotta check it out — I will, I will), and the show’s co-creator/showrunner Bob Fisher and star Kevin Bigley visited the Nerdist Writers Panel to discuss the show’s approach to character-driven comedy (as opposed to comic storylines), how they vary the tone of the show from episode to episode, and shared comedic tastes.
More? Yes: Cash and T.J. gave us more of the usual madness on Cashing In with T.J. Miller, Kurt Braunohler got lost in Cleveland with Lachlan Patterson and Ramon Rivas on The K Ohle, Matt Braunger killed some time — amusingly so — on a new Ding-Donger, and Megan Amram faced her fears on Terrified.
Still more? Still yes: Riki Lindhome was the dinner guest for food from the Ragin’ Cajun truck on Dining with Doug and Karen. while Joe Sib did fact-based stuff on Today We Learned, Matt Gourley visited Gil on The Mutant Season, Booker T and Derrick King guested on the First Anniversary edition of The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast, and Chris Hastings talked about working on the Adventure Time comic on Comic Book Club.
Contributors: Joshua Quail, Chris Bower, Kyle Clark
Photo Credit: Me