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Episode 118: Nerdist Podcast
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Nerdist Podcast #118: Vajonah

DAMMIT if we aren’t determined to make a nickname for Jonah stick!!! PLUS, a user-submitted “Fats of Pie” theme song!

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  1. Adriana says:

    I stumbled on to this site and found my wife Amy ptseod her feelings. I am a quadriplegic c6,c7 complete. I love my wife with all my hart. She is my wife and I do not want her to be my aid or nurse. I am not well-off and can not afford a 24 hour aid so my wife has to perform some aid for me. Ive bin a quadriplegic for a year and a half. I was a police officer and I am not used to sitting around , I become very depressed and it puts stress on are relationship. I feel less of a man do to the fact my hole life I have been the person that addresses danger and protects people not the one needing help. I also am unable to have intimate relations with my wife still working on this part. Communication communication communication. Always think of your self first. I am a lucky man.

  2. Lindsay says:

    …I’m now much more aware of my credit score and how it works. No sarcasm– thank you, Nerdist boys

  3. amysrevenge says:

    <3 Fats of Pie song

  4. Brad says:

    Hey love the podcast. Just started listening about 2 weeks ago and working my way backwards….

    … Wells Fargo is awful!

  5. Amber says:

    Sorry to double post. For those of you inquiring about a reputable place to check your credit–you are allowed to check your credit report with each of the three credit agencies once every 12 months. This is due to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You don’t have to get all three at once. I think the website is This only gives your report, not your scores. I don’t know a reputable place to obtain scores, but maybe the FTC website will have this information.

  6. Amber says:

    Maybe somebody has already addressed this. If so, sorry. So, Chris, the pop on your credit from Wells Fargo doesn’t necessarily mean that somebody is trying to steal your identity. They may have randomly checked your credit for marketing purposes. Have you ever receive letters saying that you’ve been pre-approved for a credit card, mortgage, or some other thing for which you never applied? Sometimes, when they do a check on your credit, it’s to see whether or not you are worthy enough to receive such a letter or “invitation”. Or, somebody may be trying to steal your identity…and there IS something you can do. You can freeze your credit with all three credit agencies. The fee is nominal. Freezing keeps any sort of loan or credit card from being opened under your social. Then, when you want to apply for a loan or something, you have to de-unthaw your credit with all three. It seems like a pain but from what I understand, both freezing and thawing are relatively painless, quick, and cheap (especially considering the headaches this action prevents).

    Side bar–I love the podcast. I have to use earbuds at work, so when I laugh out loud, I draw all sorts of confused looks. Thanks so much for making my work day go by much faster!

  7. Jaran C says:

    Jonah’s new nickname- Jo-NAD…

  8. Laura says:

    Chris! Which credit check monitoring service do you recommend?

    I was throughly bummed to see I had been automatically enrolled in a $15/month monitoring service with* (asterisk!) after I just wanted a check. It was such a slimeball move to me – you had to call them to cancel and listen to their 20 minute spiel before they let you off the hook.

    Since then I haven’t checked my credit in two years :/

  9. Peter says:

    Dang! Matt was hilarious this episode!

  10. Rebecca N says:

    Jonah, I absolutely agree about Hulu Plus! What a disappointment… especially when you know they have it on Hulu Plus through your computer, but you can’t get to it on the Xbox.

  11. HK says:

    Hey Chris! I really enjoyed the little snippet about the editing process of your book. Would you ever do a Podcast episode for writers interested in the writing process, editing, publishing, etc.? I think it would be awesome to get some fiction authors as well as yourself and other non-fiction authors to talk about the different angles of those topics.

    I love the Nerdist Writers Panel Podcast, but I would also love an episode for interested book writers.

    Thanks and nerd on!

  12. J says:

    Guys guys GUUYYYSSS! Comments that are actually requests are Requements. You can thank me for it later by adding it to the Quemments song.

    In the meantime, Jonarrhea has got to be the funniest suggestion in the comments. Had I been drinking something at the time of reading, it would have been snorted out all over my computer screen.

    I love Vajonah, don’t get me wrong, but Jonarrhea… Priceless. (I’m also a fan of Jonut Hole. I don’t know why.)

    Hooray for your kickass credit score, Chris! All of my past negative credit history just dropped off my credit report. Success! And to the lady who recommended marrying into good credit to improve your own. DO NOT follow that advice, unless you secretly hate your partner and want to drag them down with you. Your negative credit adversely affects their good credit and that’s just not nice to do to someone. 🙁

  13. Albert says:

    Hey Chris! How was PAX? Did you attend the live D&D session? I’m telling you that you and the Nerdist podcast group should do aD&D session with Chris Perkins, DM to the stars.It will be awesome.

  14. Palhinuk says:

    Hey Big C, Mirabooey, and Jonah.

    I’m currently sick at home away from work and classes and decided I’d help contribute to the ever-growing “Give Jonah a Nickname” list. Here are my suggestions. When reading them, please hire one of those guys that you see on crime procedurals that read people’s facial muscles to tell if they are lying or not.

    Dr Jo
    Jo Ray Ray
    Jonut Hole
    Jesus Jonah
    Mo Jo
    Ray Gun
    Ray Man
    Ray of Jo
    Son of Jo Ray’l (KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!)
    Ray of Light
    Jo Nah Nah
    Jonaine Jackson
    Jocidon, King of the Jocean
    Fuckface (sorry, couldn’t come up with a better one…)

    Hope one of these catches on! Keep up the good work, guys. You guys make my workload much easier.

    ~Palhinuk (no, not Chuck.)

  15. Beaucifer says:


    I completely understand where you are coming from about the south. You are from the south and you are putting what you know into your art, like any artist does. You are absolutely allowed to talk shit about the south the same way and anyone who has a personal involvement of a topic can. I’m from Utah; I love the state yet hate the Mormons (Like 70% of the state’s population does). Like you, I also talk shit about the state because of the generalization.
    By the way, can you bring the podcast tour to Salt Lake City? I think you would do very well here.

  16. Brandon Reasoner says:

    I can’t wait to get the book Chris. Too bad I won’t get it in time for you to sign it.

  17. Joakim says:

    I wish you could do a whole episode when Chris just talks about his credit. Great episode still.

  18. Jeremy says:

    So I accidentally refreshed the page while listening to it, and when I went to search for where I left off, EVERY SINGLE spot I clicked on was somebody laughing. Like a dozen or so clicks, and each one was just “HAHAHAHA.” I love you guuuuys…

  19. Joe V, says:

    @Nathan Chris and Mike did an excellent two-performance night at The Magic Bg in Ferndale, near Detroit, earlier this summer. It’s a small but intimate venue.

  20. Christy says:

    Chris, Matt, Jonah:
    LOVE the podcast. You 3 are hysterical and I have to say, I’m enjoying the hostful episodes even better than the guesty ones.
    It really feels like y’all are just hanging with us, the listeners, and we’re all riffing together & peeing ourselves with laughter.
    I also have to share how awesome it is to be listening and have some reference come to mind & as I start saying/singing it, so does Chris. Slightly freaky, slightly serendipitous, utterly super-mega awesome.
    One last thing – in the “Vajonah” episode, Chris cited Groundhog Day as his favorite movie. Have to admit I fangirled a bit as it was filmed in my town of Woodstock, Illinois. A bit of a squee that Chris loves something I can lay claim to.
    Anyway, ’nuff said. Y’all are awesome. Keep up the great work with the funny & the turning us onto stuff that’s awesome. I & 3 of my kids are now Whovians thanks to Chris! Much love from the IL.

  21. Dave Credit says:

    Here’s how they calculate FICO

    35% of your score is based on your debt history.
    30% is based on your debt level.
    15% is based on the length of time you’ve been in debt.
    10% is based on new debt.
    10% is based on type of debt.

  22. IDiot says:

    I would be okay if you guys made a whole new segment based on trying to give Jonah nicknames and his awesome justifications as to why they would make such a great nickname.

  23. Bobbi says:

    I have never stopped listening to the Nerdist as fast as I did when you mentioned the line-up in Doug Loves Movies.


    (good job Matt)

  24. Leif Hurst says:

    Nerding out over credit… the nerdist podcast really does deserve the namesake. I had an issue where AT&T reported a default but only to one credit reporting agency. Imagine my surprise when I had an 801, a 792, and a 511 when trying to close on our first house with my new wife. 2 years later and enough stress to bring on male pattern baldness and we’re good.

    Check your credit and check it often.

  25. John says:

    Are you guys ever gonna have Adam Sessler on the show?

  26. Kierstyn says:

    Re: credit.
    You forgot one really good way to improve your credit…
    step 1: marry someone with good credit
    step 2: make sure all bills have both your names on them
    step 3: let them pay the bills
    step 4: watch your credit improve


  27. Eric C. says:

    Matt’s laugh is contagious. This can be dangerous when listening on a treadmill.

  28. R.E. says:

    Hey Guys,

    HUGE kudos for the credit discussion on this ep. As a credit union employee (and a former credit FAIL-ure), I can assure you that the conversation you had is one that most people don’t hear until it’s too late. I feel for the Que-menters here who have been burned, and I think you have a chance to reach a huge part of your audience who haven’t yet fallen into the mouth of the credit Sarlacc. Thanks again for bringing up the topic, and F— WELLS FARGO!!!

  29. Nathan says:

    I would like to humbly request that you guys get over to the Michigan/Indian/Illinois area. My wife and I are in love with you three, and would certainly come to the show and bring things for everyone to sign. And hugs. We want hugs.

    Maybe Chicago? I doubt Detroit would be an awesome city for you, but you’d sell a Chicago theater out easy, I would imagine, on account of you’re all brilliant.