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Episode 105: Nerdist Podcast
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This sorta kinda Dollhouse panel with Eliza and Tahmoh was recorded at the nerdtastical C2E2 in Chicago. They’re both so friggin cool that I wanted to spend the entire panel just hugging both of them, but organizers requested that we have a conversation instead. PILES of thanks to ReedPop for allowing us to record and share this with the masses!!!

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  1. Szir says:

    Oh, I’m almost 2 month behind…
    I see someone already explained this:
    5-by-5 is a military term rating analog radio signals, the two numbers are signal strength and clarity in a 1 to 5 scale (worst to best).
    So what Faith probably means by it is something like: perfectly good in every way. “I’m five-by-five.”

    I only know this because when I watched the show with some friends nearly a decade ago we also did not know what five-by-five meant, so we googled it 🙂
    This was around the time when google wasn’t that well known by the way, and BtVS had this conversation:
    Willow: Have you Googled her yet?
    Xander: Willow! She’s 17!
    Willow: It’s a search engine. …

    Tara: Five-by-five? Five what by five what?
    Willow: See, that’s the thing. No-one knows.
    But now 5-by-5 has it’s own wikipedia entry…

  2. Ms. says:

    Fantastic guests! I loved Dollhouse, and want to make out with Joss Whedon’s brain. Will we see him on in the near future?

  3. Imfinished says:

    You missed a great opportunity to ask Mr Penikett what his favorite Michael McDonald song is. My money is on “Tah Mo Be There”.

  4. The WeatherGuy 2000 says:

    The phrase “five by five” comes from radio communications and refers to the signal strength and signal clarity, respectively. Both are “measured” from 1 to 5, so a “5 by 5” means “I read you loud and clear.”

    Why yes, I am a licensed ham radio operator (N0CTB), why do you ask?

  5. Cole says:

    Amazing how you get an idea of how people are by the characters they play. I always thought of Eliza Dushku as cold and intimidating but she couldn’t have been nicer. I’m a much bigger fan after that podcast. Oh, and thanks again for the hard work.

  6. Jared Miller says:

    Great episode! I listen to all my podcasts on the iTouch/iPhone “2x” speed feature, to get through everything I want to listen to. Anyway, with that context, I had to mention that at the beginning of the episode, as I became aware that Tahmoh was sniffing, and I’m hearing everyone speak a *bit* faster than normal, an internal stand-up comedian’s monologue immediately started up about Tahmoh’s secret, unspoken cocaine problem. Then Big C acknowledged it, and my little fantasy world was shattered. But, all-in-all, it was a very entertaining episode, wuite funny, engaging, informative. I enjoy hearing actors talk about their projects and their lives. It’s something I wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience without podcasts. Thanks!

  7. That Guy says:

    Chris did you get a phone number? That Tahmoh is a handsome fellow.

  8. mattmagic says:

    Excellent, as always/
    thanks, Chris & Nerdist!

  9. Tausif Khan says:

    Has there been any update on Eliza’s Robert Maplethorpe movie? Patti Smith had been doing interviews for a book on Maplethorpe and didn’t mention the movie.

  10. Keith says:

    Sweet. I’m really digging this podcast, big fan of both Tahmoh and miss Eliza Dushku. it’s a “heart”ful podcast.

  11. Peter says:

    Wow, it only took you 4 months to post this one! Lol jk… Glad to have you in Chicago Chris, hope to see you again next year!

  12. Manuel says:

    This will make my day muuuuuuuch better! Thank you, @nerdist!

  13. Tscott says:

    I was waiting for this so long, I started to believe this event wasn’t recorded for the podcast. Glad it’s finally here.

  14. priscilla says:

    I can dig it. Thanks, @nerdist!

  15. Sylvia says:

    Oh my god! This happened!! I’m so excited!!!

  16. Keltothelean says:

    I haven’t had the opportunity to listen, but I’m assuming it’s too much to hope Chris asks about Zach Galifianakis and his anecdotes about Tru Calling.

  17. CaptainxBumout says:

    Can someone tell me if there are any Battlestar Gallactica spoilers? I’m only on season 3

  18. It'sHardToNotHaveAnInterest says:

    Does “nerd” have a definition that is more specific than “a person with an interest?”

    I’m a trolling nerd.

  19. Nerdentino says:

    I think I Dushku’d my pants.

  20. JD says:

    Good show they seem like generally awesome folks. I have never actually seen Dollhouse, but BSG and Buffy were awesome. Great actors.

    I know it wasn’t originally supposed to be a nerdist, but I still wish Jonah was there to be an asshole (the best kind) and Matt to make offhand completely inappropriate comments. But I’m sure that child’s mother would be happy that they weren’t there.

  21. Vincent S says:

    OMG! *evacuate every orifice*

    Looking forward to listening to this. I really liked Dollhouse… for the most part. It’s oh-so-cool that these panels can actually live outside their intended venues. Thank you internet… oh and Mr. Hardwick.

  22. Chris Hardwick says:

    Fixed! Good catch, nerds!

  23. Jeff Kelly says:

    Oh and the podcast title on iTunes and the show notes/teaser for the pdcast needs to be fixed too. Sorry for being obnoxious.

  24. Jeff Kelly says:

    Thanks for fixing the headline, unfortunately it’s still the wrong name in the body 😉 .

  25. georgie says:

    taaaaahmooooh!!! OHGOD i am so excited. LISTENING NOW. thanku chris!!!

  26. Jeff Kelly says:

    Isn’t his name Tahmoh Penikett? At least the IMDB says so.

  27. Monica says:

    Awesome. Also, not to be one of those nitpicky, firsties assholes (yes, I know how passive-aggressive this is) but Penikett’s first name is spelled “Tahmoh”.

  28. Dave says:

    Awesome, BSG Dollhouse and one of my fave horrors Trick R Treat. Thanks for the Podcast.

  29. Nate Q says: