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Episode 72: Nerdist Podcast
Bionic Arm
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Nerdist Podcast #72: Bionic Arm

I don’t feel like writing a description! How about that business?? You wanna know what happened on this episode??? WE TALKED ABOUT STUFF. The end.

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  1. Rosie F says:

    Perhaps my favorite part of this was the combination Borders books and Taco Bell riff with Jonahs comment and Chris’ crazy giggling. All while poor Matty is trying to talk about Baseball. Brilliant. So fucking funny 🙂

  2. Patric E says:

    I know you guys don’t know much about sports and that’s cool, but a sports nerd will tell you that baseball was not founded in Copperstown. Not a big deal, just a FYI

  3. Chris says:

    I’m catching up on some old shows, so a little late to this party. It doesn’t appear that anyone has commented yet that there USED to be Dunkin’ Donuts in LA! In the 70’s when I was kid I lived in Torrance and there was a Dunkin’ Donuts on Crenshaw Blvd. just south of Sepulveda Blvd. What I remember most about the place was that they had a platform & window so kids like me could watch the donuts being made and gaze in wonder at how those clumps of dough became sweet goodness. I think it changed hands or went away in the 80’s though (I been gone from the area for a while so not sure).

    Love the podcasts, thanks!

  4. Zach Boblitt says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch’s full name is actually Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. This is possibly the best name ever!!! Btw great job on the podcast as usual.

  5. Justin says:

    Hi, I’m 15 and I love the podcast. I have been listening ever since the last time Chris and Matt was on Doug Loves Movies which I also love. I have been listening to both podcasts of the week on bus rides across New Jersey lately as I am an academic team nerd (the ultimate form of high school nerd.) This podcast keeps me laughing too audibly every weekend and I just wanted to tell you guys that it is one of the greatest things I know of. Keep telling noodle stories, let Matt talk about awesome sabermetrics, and best of luck with all of your future endeavors!

  6. Justin says:

    Hi, I’m 15 and I love the podcast. I have been listening ever since the last time Chris was on Doug Loves Movies which I also love. I have been listening to both podcasts of the week on bus rides across New Jersey lately as I am an academic team nerd (the ultimate form of high school nerd.) This podcast keeps me laughing too audibly every weekend and I just wanted to tell you guys that it is one of the greatest things I know of. Keep telling noodle stories, let Matt talk about awesome sabermetrics, and best of luck with all of your future endeavors!

  7. Scott says:

    I have two quemments:
    1) Do you purposely keep Janet off the podcast because you secretly know that she is the funniest person on the show?
    2) When, oh when, are you going to post a Dungeons & Dragons actual play recording? Many are crap, but some are hilariously entertaining. Check out the PVP/Wil Wheaton series, or the excellent Critical Hit, from the Major Spoilers web site. My dream lineup would include: Chris, Wil Wheaton, Vin Diesel and Patrick Warburton, with Stephen Colbert as Dungeon Master. These guys are all confirmed D&D players. Chris, just make it happen.

  8. Ash says:


    I have a few quemments for you:

    1. Because of my interest in turn of the century science fiction/fantasy (Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, etc), I have been fascinated with concept of modern like technology having been produced in the Victorian era. Up until last year, however, I was completely unaware of the Steampunk movement. Once I discovered it, I did some research and discovered two things: some Steampunk enthusiasts tend to crossover into the fetish world (not my bag) and a lot of people believe it’s fairly lame and has run its’ course. So my questions to you are theses: Am I a douche for liking it, and have any of you ever been “johnny come lately’s” to a particular trend?

    2. As a time travel geek, I’ve always had an interest in “Dr. Who,” but as a kid it just freaked the hell out of me, so I never watched it. Can I get into the recent incarnations of it knowing nothing of the forty years of history behind it?

    3. Have you noticed whenever anyone uses a computer on TV or in a movie they never use the mouse? They just type frantically. Are all Hollywood computers using DOS?


  9. Erik says:

    Dunkin Donuts??? Grocious! You folks in California have such fantastic mom+pop doughnut places everywhere. I am filled with sweet, sticky doughnut envy.

  10. Dave says:

    Long-time listener, first time poster. Love, love, love the podcast. Not to get all nerd-crushy or anything, but I’ve enjoyed watching Chris since “Singled Out” way back in the day, and I’m glad to see Nerdist be the success it is. Way to go, guys!

    Matt, don’t let those guys give you shit about planning your watches. That’s what us watch nerds do! (I also am lusting after a Planet Ocean and that’s my next Ridiculous Present to Myself.)

    Watch nerd solidarity, man.

  11. Bea says:

    i agree!!! we need a dunkin’ donuts AND a waffle house in el ay and/or SD…. i heart those foodthatmakesmytummyhappy places sooo much!

  12. Ben K says:

    Just a nerd nitpick, Romero zombies aren’t the same as Max Brooks zombies. Romero zombies were orignially animated by radiation coming from space due to a comet passing by Earth. Max Brooks zombies are virus/infection based. In Night of the Living Dead the dead were no longer rising from the grave after the comet passed Earth. Max Brooks zombies continued to spread like a pandemic.

    The brain elimination is true for both though. Just not for the Trioxin-based zombies from the Return of the Living Dead series.

  13. Jason says:

    You guys were talking about David Tennant being reincarnated into Matt Smith and so I wanted to leave a quemment, but all i could find were the comments. I hope its ok to leave one here.

    I started watching Dr Who with Christopher Eccleston, and when he left I was thinkin who is this David Tennant guy? he isnt the doctor… I cant stand this guy. Thankfully my friend got me back into it and I watched up to the first few episodes of the Matt Smith incarnation, and the same thing happened where I think the last incarnations were the actual doctor and this new guy is terrible. hopefully someday i can come to terms with the loss of the tenth doctor and start watching again.

    the question part of the quemment: have you ever had a hard time watching Dr Who after a doctor was reincarnated?

    BONUS COMMENT: I want you all to know that the podcast is great and the quemment song is awesome.

  14. I don’t know if anyone will see this because the Tim Ferriss podcast already went up, but thanks for mentioning us guys, it’s greatly appreciated. Here’s a link to a free download of our first album
    Just input your email address so we’ll have it incase we tour your area. We’re gearing up for one in August across these great United States! And little mini ones in the southeast along the way. Thanks again!

  15. Drummond says:

    Huge nerdist fan leaving a quick quemment about jonah’s ambivalent strokes mention near the end of the “bionic arm” hostful podcast.
    I too found the newest strokes album “angles” a little challenging at first but gave it a few more listens and now I really love it.
    I hope Jonah will give it a few more listens and cone to enjoy it as much as I do…almost as much as I love nerdist.
    Keep up the great work guys!
    Drummond in NY,NY
    Ps…any chance you guys can have Kumail on soon?

  16. John says:

    Worse than hitler
    Stalin 30-60 million murdered
    Mao 100 million murdered

    (noodle stories)

  17. Andres A says:

    Huge fan, love the hostful podcasts, and to weigh in–please KEEP the Noodle stories, Hilarious!

  18. Scott S says:

    Wow, the Tweaked guys tracked me down just from my comment here to see if it was me with the earbud trouble. Good customer service indeed.

  19. CJWellman says:

    Loving the Hostful episodes! A couple of comments:
    1) Definitely stick with Torchwood. It sucks that the first two seasons don’t flow well, but once you get to season 3 (miniseries) you’ll appreciate the backstory from the previous two seasons.
    2) I’m a Doctor Who nerd, a Star Trek nerd, a Firefly nerd, a math nerd, and a baseball nerd. So much so that I taught my husband to manually score a game on one of our early dates. Just gotta say that listening to Matt Mira wax statistic was a little slice of hot! Thanks for indulging Matt for a few minutes on his sports nerdiness 🙂

  20. Michael says:

    My internet is working again, and I can listen to the podcast, I met you Chris at Zanies I was wearing the Nerdimal t-shirt Wednesday the 16th I also had a burrito before meeting you and I signed up for twitter because of you I follow you on there, always great to hear the podcast, I can’t wait for Web Soup.

  21. Fred says:

    So, how weird is this? There’s a show called That Mitchell and Webb look (it’s on the Netflix) in which they do sketch where they two show leads alternate playing Sherlock and Watson in a play. It kinda freaked me out that you mentioned a guy playing Sherlock Holmes swapping roles in a play (even if it was a different play).

  22. Catherine says:

    A quemment (I pray to the Nerd Gods I’ve spelled that correctly) for Matt Mira:

    Listen Mira, I have been getting pretty tired of these “Mira standup” updates with no progress to speak of. I myself started standup this winter and have been grinding away doing shows wherever I can – in awful sports bars, basement rooms and even a freaking laundromat!

    I know you have a job, but so do we ALL. I work for high-powered securities lawyers and still manage to drag my ass out to open mics whenever the opportunity presents. I hate to go all “starving kids in Africa” on you, but any number of baby comics like myself would KILL for the opportunities and resources you have at your disposal. You are pals with Chris and Jonah – two wicked comics who are mentoring you through the toughest time of your career!

    Because I am about one step away from coming out there and making myself a Matt Mira suit, Silence of the Lambs style, I would like to take this opportunity to issue a challenge to you, Matt Mira:

    Starting from whatever date you choose, I challenge you to perform more standup sets than me in the next calendar year. If you lose, I get to come out to LA (at my own expense) and do a set at one of the Meltdown shows. If I lose, you can come headline at my new room I’m about to start running here in Toronto.

    What will it be Mira? Are you man enough to have a lady comic as your nemesis?

    PS to Chris – I met you briefly at the first MaxFunCon and I can’t express how delighted I was with your performances and overall energy that weekend.

    PPS to Jonah – I don’t have a specific message other than you’re funny and a real babe.

    PPPS to everyone – I haven’t been able to listen to this episode yet so if there was some huge Matt Mira standup revelation, my apologies.

  23. Ross says:

    I had a similar reaction to Tennant’s farewell to The Doctor, especially having seens his apprearance on Graham Norton first, knowing how emotional it was for the actor, not just the character.
    As for “Torchwood”–stay with it. Trust me.
    Oh, FYI, Engelbert Humperdinck is Mr Dorsey’s stage name, but not a made-up name: it’s the singer’s favorite opera composer.

  24. Brilliam says:

    Dudes! Matt talks about baseball statistics (which are actually really cool, the Billy Beane story is a story of a guy cracking the numbers of HUMAN PERFORMANCE and forming a way to gage success through nerdy pursuits instead of “gut feeling” like how people signed players before that) and you diss him! Before him, baseball was for dummies! Now the statistics are so well-developed that they can simulate players going backwards and forwards in time! Like science! Like Doctor Who! And you are making fun of him! For being excited about science and numbers and smart people winning at things! On the Nerdist! I haven’t slept for like 24 hours so I am probably missing/pointing out the subtle humour! ALGEBRA!

  25. goldfixe says:

    So, I’m confused, but Jonah said that zombies don’t float but on “We’re Alive” zombies swim out from a small island and try to attack the characters who are on a boat. Granted, in “We’re Alive” there are smart zombies but I’m not sure Jonah has the proper authority to make a wild generalization like “zombies can’t float”. Just sayin’.

  26. smartbunny says:

    My Jello Biafra impression always ends up sounding like Fred Schneider.

  27. Scott S says:

    I’ve enjoyed my Tweaked earbuds for a couple of weeks, but this weekend they got caught on something and the inner part of one pulled out from the outer part. I was able to stick them back together, but if they had asymmetrical cables they’d get caught a lot less. Good sound, but the construction could be better.

  28. Steve says:

    You guys have to make appointments to get a new liscense!?

  29. Jason says:

    Great Ceasar’s Ghost!!! You have to get DJ Lance Rock as a guest!!! Use your elaborate network of nerd connections and MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!

    P.S. I’m not really a creep, I just have 3 very small kids so I appreciate good stuff for kids.

  30. Bryan says:

    I love the podcast. It’s actually been helpful to me in a real way, because listening to the podcast gives me impetus to exercise.

    You’ve said before that “Noodle Stories” tends to divide the audience; have you considered doing a solid episode of nothing but Noodle Stories that those who enjoy them can exult in and those who don’t can just skip over?

  31. Ryan says:


    Have you looked into having Kevin McDonald as a guest?

    PS – This is just an excuse to have you guys do the Kevin McDonald voice, because I don’t think you do it enough.

  32. adrianne says:

    I second Allison’s comment on Torchwood. I was not impressed in the beginning, but the mini-series was incredible in a rips your guts out sort of way.

  33. Jordan says:

    Hello from Minneapolis! Love the podcast, blah blah blah I’m a big fan yeah we get it. I was going to say I’m excited for the new season of Web Soup but unfortunately I have DirecTV so I will be uncontrollably weeping on Wednesday (more than usual!). Is there anyway to view the show online, or will I be left to sit in the irony of not being able to see Things You Can’t Unsee? Last season one of my Twittershots! made it on the air, so I’d like to say thank you because I’m such a big fan of the show and have been listening to the podcast since episode 1 (queue slide whistle).

    It’s a question
    It’s a comment,
    It’s a question it’s a comment
    Jordan’s quemment.

  34. Alison says:

    I have a double quemment! First, be patient with Torchwood. It gets better towards the end of the first season and by the time you get to third season (which is really more of a miniseries) it is amazing. Dark and twisty and emotionally gut-wrenching.

    Second, could you have more writers on the podcast? I really enjoyed the episode with Brad Meltzer, especially the bits where he and Chris talked about their writing processes for novels, Chris’s book, and stand-up and how those differ. I teach Freshman Composition at a university so I’m always interested in hearing how professional writers still have to struggle and then find ways to make it work. I think writers from a variety of fields would be interesting–one that comes to mind is Jane Espenson, writer for Buffy, Battlestar, Caprica, and now the new season of Torchwood. She’s also a Twitter enthusiast and hosts writing sprints occasionally via Twitter. Thanks for a great week of podcasts!

  35. Brian Garber says:

    Hey, this one’s for Matt (or for Chris to tease him about):

    I’m guessing you already knew but JIC I threw it up here. East Coast, but close enough for you to to run home to Mass for a bit and then pilgrimage down. Let me know if you’ll be going.

  36. Chris Weis says:

    I loved this podcast!! I have been listening since you guys started!! I was actually listening to this episode to go to sleep…but it was so good it kept me up! you guys rock no joke!