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Nerdist Podcast #44: DONAL LOGUE


Donal (long ‘o’) Logue is currently on one of my favorite TV shows, “Terriers” (a show NOT about dogs) on FX. I want many people to watch this show so the network will make more, because that’s how television works. (Somehow, I’ve still managed to make a campaign for a show I have nothing to do with ALL ABOUT ME and what I want!) You may also recognize Donal from “Grounded For Life,” “The Tao of Steve,” “Blade,” or from 90s era MTV as Jimmy the cab driver. Janet Varney (“Dinner & a Movie” co-host, SF Sketchfest co-producer and Chris Hardwick co-habitator) also sits in.

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  1. Josh says:

    First of all, huge fan of the show here. Second, I seem to be having trouble finding music or even anything about the band “Electric Swords.” I love the opening song for this episode, just like every episode I’ve heard so far, so any help would be much appreciated. Keep up the good work!

  2. Dandy says:

    I checked out the Nerdist after hearing your appearance on Elliot in the Morning. I’m working my way through each podcast and becoming a bigger and bigger fan with each one. Terriers was an amazing show and I was really bummed that FX couldn’t give it a second season so it could develop and gather a following. It’s also a creepy delight to know that my interests converge with so many other like-minded people. After I make it through the rest of these podcasts I’ll have to check out Doctor Who and see you when you come back to Arlington Cinema Drafthouse.

  3. Maria says:

    We’ve gotta bring back ‘Terriers’! I was completely devastated when I heard it was cancelled. Such a smart show, always assuming the viewers actually had brains and not insulting them with predictable plots. Always ‘whoa I didn’t see that one coming’ moments. I’ve never been involved in a ‘save a series’ effort, but count me in for this one! I’ve been all over the internet putting in my two cents. Let’s hope our write-in campaigns work! And bring back Karina Logue as a series regular.

  4. FauxNerd says:

    Love Chris, Love Janet, and I respect Donel Logue’s talent and dedication to his craft. Sorry Chris I’m have to kinda side with Dingo here. I have heard him in other interviews and he comes off as some sort of blowhard that is just inches away from shouting ” Thespian!” then quietly pens his screenplay ” Kinkajous’ Lament” between questions. I truly am sorry if I have offended you and your fandom but I rolled my eyes so many times during the podcast. I know it’s free and if I don’t like it I can go fuck myself. To that I say fuck you! I love you and what you do so much that I will stick around long enough to make a creepy Chris’ hair doll. Enjoy your burrito

  5. Jen K says:

    No idea Logue had such training or love for craft. Great talk. Terriers now Tivoed!

  6. Whaaaaah? says:

    Matt couldn’t talk because Donal was indeterminately waxing philosophical and Janet wouldn’t stop cackling and talking over the host and guest. It was a little crowded- get control of your podcast Chris!

  7. JayCeezy says:

    Love the podcast. Do like how Chris does his best to not be condescending, it must be such a struggle.:-) Have fun in “flyover country” at the Laughing Skull, say ‘hi’ to the Regular Guys and Marshal.

  8. smartbunny says:

    This was packed with info and insight. And janet is so cool!

  9. Mitchell says:

    Great show, as always, but I’m shocked no one has brought this up yet; did someone blow a massive fart around 26:40?

  10. john bars says:

    this is a reallly great show…Terriers but his interview I like the stuff that Donal has done and I love Garent one raising hope and all his stuff. I guess I never heard where the name of this show came from.
    I love your stuff Donal from MTV and I loved Life and now this….

  11. deb says:

    Still hooked on Terriers, despite the increase in scheduling conflicts: not only Craig Ferguson, but also Psych and Conan! Especially appealing is the whole “Lone Gunmen” angle that has been added recently. (If only the cable company could fix the persistent and prolonged freezes and black-outs, I could actually keep up with the plot when I do get to catch a repeat!)

  12. Josh says:

    Just finishing the most recent episode on Hulu. It’s a great show. Everything you guys said in the last podcast is true!! I’m supposed to be doing work & having this run in the background but I am totally enthralled!!! I hope it gets picked up for another season.

  13. Mitch says:

    I’ve been trying to get people to watch “Terriers” since the second show ! I love it but I’m afraid it’ll get canceled before given a real chance !

  14. Selene says:

    Another great podcast. It was nice to hear from Janet. I was listening to her and she’s very smart. I’m following her on Twitter, and I hope she’s on the podcast more. I heard Donal Logue on the Adam Carolla podcast, and although I haven’t seen Terriers, I’m familiar with him on other movies and shows. He’s a really cool dude and I’m glad he was on the podcast. 🙂

  15. Jim A says:

    I’ve loved this podcast since the beginning, but this was my favorite since everyone expressed love for Jamie Denbo. My status as small town Ohio water department employee who actually knows somebody has gone through the roof! I’ve just pulled ahead of that guy from Cincy who once sold William Howard Taft’s great-grandson a sewer permit.

  16. Murphy1d says:

    I was blown away by how much passion AND intelligence Donal has. My respect for him has increased TENFOLD! And Terriers is on in 30 minutes, so I gotta go and watch it the old-fashioned-but-registered-on-some-counting-machine-way.

  17. Rusty says:

    I love Terriers, and didn’t think Donal was smug or Douchey or whatever. Second on Matt being quiet. Goes for Jonah and Chris too. Everyone was subdued today. But it was still cool.

  18. Marie says:

    I love Janey Varney! Its funny that she felt like she shouldn’t be there, oh lady guilt you get us every time! The podcast can be a bit of a sausage fest, so getting a lovely lady nerd’s perspective is always fun. So Christopher, be sure to invite your lovely co-habitator back…tell her I love putting up with her.

    p.s. why was Matt Mira so quiet?! I think he only uttered one word, sad day.

  19. Nicole says:

    Steve K. made me think of this – it’s not a link to the nerdist song, but how about a link to the Terriers theme song? It just hit iTunes about a week ago:

  20. JE Smith says:

    Great podcast, one of your best — and I agree, Janet was great! Bring her back for more!

    I know you can’t talk about everything in the limited time, but I was surprised you didn’t bring up COMIC BOOK VILLAINS, the excellent indie film he did about rival comic store owners.

  21. Steve K. says:

    Good stuff, will check out Terriers. Never even heard of it, but you guys sure sold it good.

    And i’m with Kyle, more info or a download/buy link to the opening song would be really appreciated.

  22. HDJ says:

    Chris, I love the show, I think it is great. The only thing I didn’t really like about this last episode was it seemed that everyone was talking over each other. A couple times there seemed to be a battle between Donal and Janet where they both just kept trying to make their point and the other wouldn’t stop talking. Again I love the show, it is free, so why complain. I just think you have a great thing going here and wanted to drop a little constructive criticism. Keep up the good work.

  23. Billy T. says:

    Janet + Nerdgasm = Gold. Chris, you should let her on more. Love the podcast. Thanks for keeping it real and keeping it rolling.

  24. Dave LaMorte says:

    I really enjoyed this episode and I only wished it was longer.

  25. Hannahbethrocks says:

    Give it up dude. There is a little snuggle baby waiting for you somewhere out here. *picks at her angel wings like a fingernail file* ADOPT *they all snuggle just the same*

  26. stephen says:

    i had never seen this show but have heard of it, but after having heard this awesome podcast i immediately watch the first episode and i loved it!!! now SHHHHH leave me alone, I’m going to watch the rest of the episodes!

  27. Kyle says:

    I know Chris said the song in the beginning was “Deep Space” by the “Electric Swords”. Love the song dearly, but i cannot find ANYTHING on this band or song. Would love for some more info. Amazing podcast as always.

  28. Nicole says:

    I’ve been trying to spread the word of Terriers as best I can as a Canadian that doesn’t get FX or Terriers. I’ve been watching it online and it is phenomenal. SO much more than what I initially thought it would be based the concept. Logue and Raymond-James are the best duo in a really long time. I’m really happy to see so many commenters saying they’ll check it out after listening to the podcast – it’s so worth it. I’ve been proselytizing (correct usage of word!) about it all over Twitter in the hopes it gets a second season. Can’t wait to listen to the podcast in the car tomorrow morning.

  29. jasperdog_thewondermutt says:

    Came for the Jimmy the Cab Driver mention and wasn’t disappointed.
    You’re already nuts.

  30. Chris Hardwick says:

    Dingo: How was he proselytizing? That means that he was trying to convert someone’s faith, or get the audience to join a cause of some sort. In what way did he try to coax the audience into a belief system? He merely stated what works for him. My bullshit radar is going off on your use of that word.

    A douche is someone who is not genuine, in my opinion. Donal could not have been MORE genuine. I was sitting across from him and could SEE it. He was talking about the craft of acting because I asked him to. He didn’t come on and offer that information in an attempt to “school” us by showing some kind of inflated sense of superiority. He gave an honest and thoroughly fascinating point of view from an artform I wish I understood better. My fandom for him has INCREASED tenfold. Also, he’s not some dude spouting off about stuff who just moved to LA or NY and started taking acting classes a month ago. He’s been doing this shit (successfully, I might add) for a fucking LONG time. He has earned the right to give a critical analysis of the acting process. Is that threatening to you in some way? I’m confused by your reaction.

    Not everyone who uses terms like “emotional veracity” is trying to show off. Some people are actually smart. Other people for some reason like to shit on those people by using words they don’t fully understand. *COUGH*proselytize*COUGH*

    Oh, and thanks for enjoying the show! I’m sure you’re a nice dude. I think maybe you just rushed to a harsh, undeserved judgment. We all do it sometimes. Usually me more than most.

  31. anna says:

    great podcast. awesome to hear janet on there!

    i can relate to what donal was saying about being an actor with elliot smith tastes trying to work with ricky martin’s songwriter. [forgive the crap paraphrase.] as a graphic designer i feel like that every day! i think its something everyone in creative fields can relate to. its nice to know its more of a common dilemma. 🙂

    i will check terriers out. i’ve never heard of the show but this was a great introduction.

    ALLLSOOOO, chris, my boyfriend and i were talking about the art of a good interview the other day and how we think you are such a great interviewer. i enjoy each podcast regardless if i know much about the particular field.

  32. Anna D. says:

    I’m only a few minutes into this one, but I had to stop to say I was so excited to see Donal Logue as the guest. I don’t know when I became such a big fan of his, but when I found out he was on a new show this season, I had to watch. I think he’s a great actor, and sexy as hell. Yay Nerdist!

  33. Dingo says:

    I used to like Donal Logue, but after listening to him proselytize about the ability of an actor to portray through a look what a writer writes, my respect for him has decreased tenfold. Not to mention use of the term, “emotional veracity”. Douche. No other word can sum it up, maybe he can do it with a look, but raised eyebrows don’t work on the internet. I’m amazed that your bullshit radar didn’t deafen you with the ping, Chris. I do enjoy your show, though.

  34. Todd Mason says:

    The Peter O’Toole film Logue was trying to remember the title of is THE RULING CLASS…it is kinda brittle, in part, but for Sorkin’s models (SPORTS NIGHT was great fun, the work since hasn’t pleased me as much…poiticians, for example, are a different kind of glib and precious than they were depicted in his next series), I’ll plump for the likes of Noel Coward and HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

    Meanwhile, at its best, LIFE was the best dramatic series on during its two seasons, and Logue did a masterful job making a difficult character (and situation for that character) believable. (I’ll have to drift off into a momentary reverie about Sarah Shahi now. OK.) I haven’t been catching TERRIERS, but will give it a shot. (SONS OF ANARCHY is also a fine FX series.)

    I’ll echo the Tulsan…Janet Varney, I hope you weren’t apologizing to us, the listeners…your input was valuable. Between you and Chris Hardwick, if you were to work it out that you appear more often, your contributions would continue to be appreciated, I’m sure.

  35. Lisa says:

    Terriers is a wonderfully written show. The chemistry between the main characters is epic. This show reminds me of the “old school” shows when they actaully had depth and meaning, not just mindless dribble like the networks put out there. FX has great shows and hopefully they will get picked up for next season. I need to see more of what will happen to Hank and Britt. Please do not cancel Terriers.

  36. Brian says:

    Welcome to Joe’s apartment
    it’s our apartment too
    we’ve been around for a hundred million years
    and we’ll be here long after you

    …I’m not proud of that.

  37. nathania says:

    Terriers is a phenomenal show. love it.

  38. james says:

    Wow, Mr. Logue has a lot of fucking friends.

  39. Heather says:

    That was an excellent podcast! Man, I love Terriers so much, the possibility it won’t come back is tragic. The cast and the writing is the best I’ve seen on tv in a long time. I hope the fan movement can save it.

  40. andrew says:

    everyone always shits on my hometown Orlando, I don’t blame them.

  41. from tulsa but love you anyway says:

    Great podcast. Janet was a fun addition. I might have to check out Terriers now. (Damn my aversion to appointment tv!)

  42. Jesse says:

    Sweet! Haven’t even heard the episode yet but I love Terriers and am a big Donal Logue fan from way back in the day. Thanks Chris.

  43. MeeSook says:

    I’m going to be heartbroken if Terriers doesn’t get a second season…

  44. Want to catch up on TERRIERS now? Clicker has links to all the legal sources, while Hulu (and FX’s website) has three-minute episode recap videos.

  45. Annecoultersadamsapple says:

    I love this show. It’s like watching a mini version of chinatown every week, except I know why Chinatown is called what it is.