One of the great things about podcasts is how portable they are: No matter where you are and when you want them, they’re ready, on demand, to entertain you. I’m mentioning this because I’m on the road at a radio conference, and the Nerdist Podcast Network is here with me, with a bunch of great shows to help pass the time while I was stuck at LAX waiting to board an hours-delayed flight, or stuck in traffic, or… you get the idea. This week, we learned all about network TV from the people who know it from the inside, heard what happens when Weird Al meets Pete Holmes, enjoyed the Broken Lizard view of romance, heard Paul Williams talk about recovery, and eavesdropped on Chris Hardwick and Pauly Shore talking about the MTV of yore. Pretty good traveling companions, right?
So, sometimes you don’t have time to hear everything when you’re on the move, so I’m saving “Weird Al” Yankovic on You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes for the trip home. It HAS to be epic.
CBS’s Bryan Seabury, Sony’s Chris Parnell, and Caitlin Foito of ABC Studios joined the Nerdist Writers Panel for some illuminating talk about the development process for network TV, how it works, how THEY work, and how they got where they are. They run through the basics of how network TV works — how the networks basically rent shows rather then own them outright — and how the pitch process works. You want to know what makes a successful pitch? Maybe nobody really knows, but the discussion sheds light on how to do it right. Anyone who’s ever thought about writing for network TV, or is just interested in how it all works, should listen to this one.
This week on Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve, the guys did their version of an early Valentine’s Day show, answering questions from the “Lady Chew Crew.” Okay, first, they talk about the Super Bowl, but who wouldn’t? Once the Valentine’s talk commences, it’s all about romance, how they met their wives, how they proposed, “girly” drinks, and the “world famous nun joke.” Okay, it’s not quite all Valentine’s-related.
Kumail and Emily soloed (wait, there are two of them. That’s not technically solo) on The Indoor Kids again this week, with more Super Bowl talk, a rundown of new movie trailers (I knew they’d get to the Furious 7 trailer with the car flying through buildings), and, of course, games, including Never Alone, before they go deep into old video game commercials. The nostalgia factor is at 11.
Paul Williams was awesome on his first Nerdist Podcast appearance, and he returned with his friend and “Gratitude and Trust” co-author Tracey Jackson for a discussion on addiction and recovery that will inspire you. But there’s also room for the story of how they met, with a cameo from Robert Mitchum and… well, let’s just say that the first meeting was not promising. But they later became friends and they’ve done a lot of work spreading the word about recovery.
Of course, Chris and Pauly Shore reminisced about life at MTV back in the day when The Weasel dropped by the Nerdist Podcast. That’s a really interesting discussion, but so is the part about Pauly growing up at his mom’s club, the renowned Comedy Store, and he’s open and affecting when discussing dealing with his mother’s illness and making his recent documentary Pauly Shore Stands Alone for Showtime. Sure, there’s talk about his movies, especially Biodome, but he’s more than the character you remember from those films and MTV, and it comes out in this episode.
And I’m not sure whether this roundup will post before or after we get this show up on the feed, but David Cross returned to the Nerdist Podcast with his new movie Hits to promote, but there’s plenty about the possible return of Mr. Show (nothing OFFICIAL, but….), and the new movie is a springboard for a discussion of what fame has become in this age. He also talks about the difficulties he has with time management, needing to split time between the coasts and London and trying to coordinate with his wife’s equally busy schedule. Oh, and Hits is being released on a “Pay What You Want” basis, through BitTorrent and VOD and in theaters; the theatrical release is on February 12th, but listen to the show to hear the surprise David has planned for a random showing of the movie on the 13th.
And more: Jessica went solo with some listener stories on a Bowser-less Bizarre States. Jordan D. White previewed issue 2 of Star Wars on Comic Book Club. Our ol’ pal Nicole Campos, now at Loot Crate, visited Gil on The Mutant Season. Gabe sat in for Doug on a potluck Dining with Doug and Karen. Clarke and Albert Kim broke down this week’s pivotal episode of Sleepy Hollow on SleepyCast. Cash and T.J. were Cash and T.J. on Cashing In with T.J. Miller. Alex Riley talked about #FreeRiley on The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast. Derrick Brown reversed the usual “Get Lost” procedure on The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler in Austin. There were more Sparks Nevadas than ever on a crowded Thrilling Adventure Hour. Actor Jocko Sims joined Razzle for more things you didn’t know on Today We Learned. And Mike and Tom ate another mystery snack on Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.
Whether you’re traveling or staying put, go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and also to join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page. Okay, back to this conference. Can I go home yet?
Contributors: Kyle Clark, Joshua Quail, Chris Bower