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Episode 67: Nerdist Podcast
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Nerdist Podcast #67: DANNY PUDI

‘Community”s Abed, Danny Pudi, stops by the ol’ podcast on our quest to collect the entire cast in mint condition! Also, he’s hilarious and awesometastic. PLUS! Bollywood explained! Human blood trucks! Wealthy lobsters! And the mystery of Ponrichard!!

Follow Danny on the tweets here.

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  1. Eli says:

    why didn’t you talk about inspector spacetime and doctor who i need to know i can’t wait to hear the rest of the cast

  2. Stella says:

    This was an AWESOME podcast.

  3. Alec says:

    I believe rich people wasting food is an old Simpsons gag.

  4. narni says:

    Awesome to hear about Danny growing up in the neighborhood. can’t wait to catch him next time he’s back in Chicago. I caught him the first time at the Chicago Sketchfest when we was with Siblings of Doctors. His delivery really stood out!

  5. Merph says:

    Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit and Jay Johnston performed an amazing comedy bit at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con. Vodka was involved but no bottles were thrown (sorry Chris). DVD footage of this exists on the extras for the first season of Morel Orel. Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick give a separate audio commentary track for this video because of their unwitting participation in the con’s awkward panel. Seth Green thinks Doc insults him at one point. A comedy must-see.

  6. Jason says:

    After listening to Hardwick’s impression, I’m putting my vote in for Kevin McDonald as a future guest for the Podcast. Just imagine listening to Dueling McDonalds.

  7. Julia says:

    Great podcast! I love Danny’s imitation of the Polish dance instructor. I live in a Polish neighborhood in Chicago (more Polish people in Chicago than any other city besides Warsaw, BTW) and I know the type! So funny. I wonder if Danny went to “Polish school” on Saturdays (that’s a real thing kids do here).

    I also wanted to say that I love the hostful episodes, and I have noticed that since you guys started doing them Matt and Jonah are much more vocal in the guest episodes too, which is so great. I can almost tell who’s who now!

  8. anna says:

    yay for the greatness that is danny pudi!!

    fun fact: lobster used to be a crap food fed to prisoners.'s

  9. Nic says:

    Please get Gillian on the podcast because that would be awesome. Or…… You could do a live show at the Nerdist HQ with the cast of community…

  10. Keith says:

    I’m pretty sure Chris is referring to his pensive smile-free twitter picture.

  11. Acrylicana says:

    Nerdist podcast, guestful or hostful, always brightens the hell out of my day. 😀

    Burrito enjoyed!

  12. Found this interview with Fisher Stevens,

    Short Circuit (1986)—“Ben Jabituya”

    FS: I originally was hired, and then they fired me because they decided to make the role Indian. Originally he wasn’t Indian. And then they hired Bronson Pinchot. Then they fired Bronson and hired me back. It was a very crazy scenario. I had an amazing time. Although, I remember I was like, “Steve Guttenberg?” [Groans.] I was not excited to work with him. Ally Sheedy was a goddess, and I really wanted to work with Ally Sheedy, but Steve Guttenberg… And he turned out to be a really nice guy. Then we did the sequel and it was in Toronto and it was horribly directed by this terrible director, Ken Johnson, whose license plate said “Mr. Director.” I’ll never forget it. I knew I was in trouble when he pulled up in his Mercedes and I read his license plate. And it was a good script, too. It’s still a cute movie.

    AVC: With Short Circuit 2, you went from being the sidekick to the star.

    FS: Yeah, I loved it. I had a great time. I just was a little bummed that it didn’t turn out better when I saw it. I remember being really disappointed at the end result. Cynthia Gibb was really cute.

    AVC: Austin Pendleton said the script for Short Circuit was much better than the film.

    FS: Well, you cast Steve Guttenberg. And also, the voice they chose for that robot… You didn’t picture that when you read the script.

    AVC: How did you feel about playing an Indian character?

    FS: Back then, I loved it. I went to India and I studied Hindi. I got into yoga. And this is in 1985. I lived with Indian people. I really immersed myself. I used to be a total Method actor, so I was really deep in the deep end. And I had a great time. And the malapropisms, they worked. I thought they were great. So I really loved it.,31894/

  13. AmyGee says:

    *WoNder Woman*, duh. I also get no burrito.

  14. AmyGee says:

    Just listened, it was so great! One thing: you were listing Sky High actors and didn’t mention O.G. Womder Woman, the goddess-like Lynda Carter. Bad nerds! No burrito!

  15. matt rogers says:

    I watched community after this and it was fucking amazing! And as always great job on the podcast

  16. Joeshabadoo17 says:

    Thank you again guys. I feel like I’m listening to a National Geographic documentary about awesome comedy. Every time I listen to you guys I learn about someone or some show or some website that’s amazing. The best part is that I’m thoroughly entertained while I’m learning. Keep doing what you do!

  17. Chas Veres says:

    Wow. I learned so much from this podcast. Community is my favorite show right now.

    While writing a paper and procrastinating, I googled Janet Varney after Danny mentioned her, only to find that she is the voice of the character in the new Avatar reboot! Pleasantly surprised and extremely excited. Another great nerdist episode!

  18. Kevin says:

    I was wondering when he’d be on, since he is Janet’s friend.

  19. Magnoliafan says:

    I’m not a big fan of Joel Mchale after seeing how treated Jimmy Pardo on youtube.

    By the way all you guys should check out Marc Maron’s interview with Starburns himself.

  20. Chad H says:

    I agree with Beaucifer, you need to have Joel get you a cameo on the show something nerdy of course. 5 star podcast yet again, never disappointed, ever.

  21. Dean says:

    I agree with the couple of people who’ve suggested John Oliver

  22. Beaucifer says:

    Chris, Why the hell hasn’t your agent gotten you a role on Community as professor of… let’s say Chemistry. Matt and Jonah can cameo as TA’s. I’m still loving the podcast and the fact that you are “Community” friendly. Now it’s time to get John Oliver as a guest.

  23. EaterOfBoners says:

    Hearing his name always reminds me of that Japanese Giga Pudding commercial-

    Anyway, awesome podcast! I love Community, more so, I love Dani’s character Abed.

  24. Brett says:

    Ah I love Danny Pudi!

    Also, you were hilarious at the Punchline on Friday. I kept randomly remembering bits from your show all weekend and laughing out loud. By myself. For no discernible reason. Awesome!

  25. my_leisure says:

    To go along with the topic of lazy people and tech….

    “progress doesn’t come from early risers – progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things” – R. Heinlein

  26. Jeff says:

    Working now, thanks!

  27. Lindsey D says:

    Food is my geek domain! =) Lobsters in the US were consumed mostly by the poor fisherman who caught them and didn’t become “fancy” until the mid 1800’s. Its similar with a lot of “fancy” foods. People with a lot of talent and patience took the things that the wealthy would disregard and turned them into magic and can now charge like crazy for it. =)

  28. ♥ Loved this podcast, though I don’t watch Community – I did enjoy it! The Kaufman – Dunham Comedy Scale bit was hilarious, I quite literally LOL’d! This podcast made me want do a “Happy Dance” & punch a tray of cookies! ☺ It would be awesome if you got Steve Zahn to do the podcast! #LARP #chevyistheman ☻ Keep the funny coming guys!

  29. @Lamenstein says:

    thank goodness there are Podcast’s now that give underrated stars another place for us to enjoy them. LOVE Danny. He should be a movie star. He can have Vince Vaughn and Adam Sandler’s spots. They haven’t made anything worthwhile in…yeah exactly my point.

  30. Darth Blanca says:

    Weird, I had a dream about Chevy Chase as an exorcist last night, and then someone links this podcast from twitter. They talk about Chevy for about 10 minutes.

  31. Craig says:

    There is not enough Danny Pudi in the world. Thanks for doing your part to rectify this.

  32. Shay says:

    sooooo fucking happy that this has finally been posted! I love Danny!

  33. Anita says:

    I retract my previous comment! I just clicked on the iTunes link in this post, and downloaded it from the main Nerdist page on iTunes. Sounds great whooo!

  34. Anita says:

    Can’t seem to download it on iTunes! Noooooo! Please fix so I have something to listen to on the way to DC! Much thanks, can’t wait to listen!

  35. Jeff says:

    Ep not added to the Libsyn feed, please fix!

  36. Jarrgon says:

    Sir, I also share your inability to smile. It makes having a picture taken a horrible ordeal.

  37. Dan Bauman says:

    Best birthday present ever! Okay, maybe first birthday present this year but still awesome!!! John Oliver is who you need next for that Community completion/Podcast crossover/Crisis on Infinite itunes thing!

  38. Geoff says:

    Its not popping up in my iTunes feed.

    Maybe I’m just too anxious to listen to it

  39. Duncan says:

    Who thinks Chris should have a walk on role in season 3 of Community? At this rate he’ll know the entire cast and production crew by then. Love it.

  40. Chase says:

    Odds on next Community cast member to appear on Nerdist:
    (subject to change)

    3:1 Jim Rash
    5:1 Dino Stamatopoulos, Ken Jeong
    10:1 Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs
    50:1 Chevy Chase

    Place your bets now.

  41. Too Funny!xDxD
    ..<33 I love these!<3
    Thank you for staying up till 1am too do this:33 I luff Chris Hardwick!!^.^ Woo!

  42. Matthew Grosinger says:

    This is awesome. Becca is probably so excited right now.

  43. Jarvis Folk says:

    So good! Listened to it right away. So glad I couldn’t sleep tonight. I SO root for Danny! Fuckin’ him and Glover.

  44. kyle says:


  45. Jon May says:

    Cannot wait to listen to this!

  46. Wesley Marshall says:

    My week can truly begin Chris. Thanks for posting this at the risk of loosing sleep. You are fucking awesome!!!

  47. sean says:

    any chance you will get the rest of the cast? chevy?