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2011’s Number One Nerdist Podcast, Revealed

What was the Number One Nerdist Podcast of 2011? It was pretty clear from listener responses to my initial call for comments as I compiled the Top 5 Nerdist Podcasts of 2011 for BBC America’s Anglophenia blog that you really, really, REALLY loved one in particular, one that fits comfortably into the Nerdist world. And that one was the podcast on which Chris and Matt visited…

Neil deGrasse Tyson.

You can’t be too surprised. Dr. Tyson is, by popular acclaim, awesome. He’s so awesome that Matt made a special trip to New York just to be part of the show. And Dr. Tyson did not disappoint. You can read more about the show, including some of your own comments, at

And, of course, all of this comes with the reminder to watch The Nerdist: Year in Review, Saturday night, Christmas Eve, at 9/8c on BBC America, featuring Chris, Jonah, Matt, Phirm, Kumail, Wil Wheaton, Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg, and David Tennant, following Doctor Who: Best of the Christmas Specials.

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  2. Matthew says:

    I agree because of Dr Tyson isn’t an actor or comedian but still a funny guy but what he does for a living is so important

  3. Matt A says:

    Hm.. While I agree that the Neil deGrasse Tyson episode was epic and full of smarts, my favourites from this year are Rove McManus/Axis of Awesome (I’m Australian so I’m biased! :P), Bryan Cranston, Sir Patrick Stewart and Penn Jillette (& Teller).

    But then again, it’s The Nerdist. They’re all classics! 😀

  4. I knew that Neil deGrasse Tyson one had to be the winner. This episode managed to be deeply substantive, engaging, and funny all at the same time. After listening to it I had the satisfaction of a good laugh and a greater understanding of our universe. Podcasts don’t get better than that.

  5. Vincent S says:

    😀 This guy’s fraking great! Grats on being awesome Neil DeGrasse Tyson!

  6. vincent says:

    gonna listen to that one today.. just listened to Craig Ferguson and made my co-workers uncomfortable with bursts of laughter

  7. Louie says:

    Now you guys need to get Bill Nye, Michio Kaku or Brian Greene. To increase the number of PhDs on the podcast.

  8. Ryan says:

    No Alison Haislip? Jenny Wade?

  9. crwi says:

    Doesn’t surprise me at all. I think the podcast is at its best when the talk is about, how do I say this?

    Not the entertainment industry. More science! More stories!

  10. Jenny Wade, Tim Ferris, Zachary Levi.

  11. Yamil says:

    Is there no new original Xmas episode of doctor who?

  12. Thomas says:

    my favorite 5 were 1. jenny wade 2. neil DeGrasse tyson 3. zach galifanakis 4. will wheaton 5. Ed Helms

  13. Foil says:

    This one was good, but I prefer the ones where there is little to no interruptions from or interactions with the hipster sidekick twins.

  14. Chad says:

    For me it was the Tim Ferris podcast it changed my life.

  15. Jim Moak says:

    I TOTALLY agree! It is the one episode that is saved on my iPhone permanently, absolutely AMAZING!!!!!

  16. Scott Lutz says:

    Is the TV show available in Canada ?

  17. Krissy says:

    I agree with this choice! This and the Folds episodes were my hands down favorites.