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Episode 341: Nerdist Podcast
A Talking Cat?!
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Nerdist Podcast: A Talking Cat?!

It’s some hostful goodness to start your weekend off right! The guys talk about parents learning technology, a recent movie Jonah saw on a plane, and debate who has more t-shirts for their podcast!

Artwork by Fernando Pinto

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  1. Brian says:

    Oddly enough, there was a discussion of this movie today and I directed all those involved to this bunch of Hostful goodness.

  2. ramenphile says:

    Please have a podcast with someone affiliated with A Talking Cat?! Actors, writers, director, whatever. This movie is a GEM of a film. a GEM.

  3. pocketmonica says:

    As a fan of yours, the podcast and Supernatural, I strongly believe Sam, Dean and Castiel’s alter-egos should be on the podcast. Just something to think about. Thanks!

  4. Flux Capacitor says:

    so you guys wanna go to the googy?

  5. Nomis says:

    As I was browsing Netflix for ‘A Talking Cat?!’ I came upon another talking animal film called ‘Vampire Dog’. The budget seems to be heaps better and the dog is voiced by Norm MacDonald, so at least it’s not all bad.

  6. TheBumbles says:

    Thanks, guys, for getting This Used to be My Playground in my head for an entire week. Half obnoxious, half delightful!

  7. shathoused says:

    That’s hilarious! I saw A TALKING CAT!? when I was browsing through Netflx last month. It’s one of the dumbest titles for a movie I’ve ever heard. My friend and I had a good laugh about it. They have soooo many of those talking animal movies on Netflix.

  8. Lacking Zones says:

    The voice of Duffy, the talking cat, in the film “A Talking Cat!?!” in none other than Eric Roberts. This man was in The Dark Knight, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1985. But I like to think that the role of Duffy is the apex of his career.

  9. Beth says:

    @Patty Marvel- Yes! The woman, Kristine DeBell, is actually a former Playboy bunny. There is even a reference to it in the other DeCoteau film that is currently streaming on Netflix, “An Easter Bunny Puppy.” Remember, this is a movie made for children.

    Not only do the same actors pop up in his films, they are all shot in the same house, and include the same footage! The more I read about this movie and DeCoteau, the more it pulls me in. I could go on about those movies forever.

  10. Ken says:

    Hey Chris, if your looking for a good Google Reader replacement I am a big fan of Feedly -> and it can integrate with your reader feeds while it still exists.

  11. Patty Marvel says:

    @Beth – Thanks for posting this. A quick glance tells me the director keeps reusing the same actors, or at least that middle-aged woman keeps showing up.

    He’s the Ingmar Bergman of bad films! Or maybe just a modern Ed Wood.

  12. Beth says:

    For those who need to know more about “A Talking Cat!?!”, I will just leave this here:

  13. Scott says:

    Feel free to talk shit about A Talking Cat?! the guy who directed it makes tons of homoerotic movies with no plot and guys just walking around a house (the same house is in all films) in their swim trunks. They all start with 1313 if you want to see if I’m telling the truth. I think A Talking Cat is his way of making a family film. Anyway he needs to be shamed into making better movies because it looks like he’s just producing crap to make money.

  14. Scrib says:

    @Jonah I had similar foot/heel problems and the only shoe I’ve found that really helps is Dr. Sholls. They make all kinds of walking, running and even dress shoes now. Get mine up in Canada at Walmart. Just thought I’d mention it.

  15. Michelle says:

    i know full well that no one cares but, Chris was singing the
    Gary Jules version of “mad world”, used in “Donnie Darko”. Originally done by Tears for Fears.
    and, i was surprised that they didnt mention Rifftrax and its treatment of “Birdemic”. Which was hilarious in the theater.
    and yeah, Whitney was the only decent actor.

  16. Scrib says:

    That cat trailer totally sounds like a bit from Portlandia. All you need is some drums and smash cuts, then Kyle MacLachlan deciding Portland needs a mascot.

  17. Tiffany says:

    I loved the song at the end of the episode. In my head I imagined a montage of pics with the boys all to together having fun at live shows. A clip of the guys riding in the car to shows. I admit I got a little teary eyed.
    When you decide to end the show I think this would be a good song to use for the final episode.

  18. Paul says:

    This thread proves, once and for all, that friendship is indeed magic.

    • MarkinLV says:

      Yes Paul, I couldn’t agree more.

      BTW – loving the Cluster Yuck. Ali Wong is hilarious!

  19. Clark says:

    I rarely look at comment sections of anything, but I’m glad that I did. People actually communicating on the internet, crazy! Bravo to all involved and the reason I came here is because this episode was great, to this point, my favorite, look forward to more. Thanks for all that you guys do!

  20. @MarkinLV: Smiley Emoticon –> 🙂

  21. Gropestha says:

    I hate the fact that I missed this episode last week but I’m glad I can listen to it tomorrow at work. Thanks for all the free content you guys.

  22. s1yfox says:

    I love when they call us young people fetuses. “YOU FUCKING FETUS!”

  23. @MarkinLV: Well I’m glad we sorted this out and I happily accept your apology. @Yasmin, yeah Viva is right. It’s one thing to express that you don’t care for something and another entirely to say that someone’s best friend “sucks” and “should go the way of the dinosaur”, in other words “die”. But it’s all fine now thanks to people connecting on a human level. Well done, all!

  24. Viva Boise! says:

    But then I’d just think of you as a potato eating….potato eater. 😉

    Seriously though, you’ve opened my eyes, at least. I’ll certainly resolve be more careful to be specific when I’m referencing Las Vegas for fear offending inhabitants of its less douchebag ridden areas, despite its public image. Sorry if I came off as a dick in our exchange. Take solace in the fact that I’m just one opinionated guy amongst 3 and half billion and that opinions are like assholes.


    • MarkinLV says:

      Friendship indeed.

      I’ll try to choose my words more carefully in future posts.

      Thanks for the great work.

  25. Jake says:

    What was the thing with the song at the end?!

  26. MarkinLV says:

    Point taken. Time to move to Boise, I guess…

  27. Viva Las Vegas! says:

    It’s Mike. Mike Phirman. Not Mark.

    And if you have a problem with the entirety of Las Vegas being portrayed as a playground for narcissistic immature idiots you should probably attack the problem at its root and post on the Las Vegas board of tourism website, not They’re the ones who promote Las Vegas by synonymizing (not a word) it with the strip. They realize it’s good business to promote themselves as a hedonistic heaven because people who enjoy that type of thing have to spend their disposable income SOMEWHERE.

    When the rest of us refer to Las Vegas we’re referring to the strip, not the rest of the city, just like your board of tourism has taught us to do. Nobody’s referring to you. Like I said you seem like a good dude and I’m sure that there are a lot more people like you in other parts of the city of Las Vegas. But don’t make the rest of us accountable for your city’s carefully crafted public image. Let what happens in Vegas…you know.

  28. Robin says:

    Yay! I missed you guys! 🙂

    It was pretty cool to have a new hostful, a new TV episode and to get to see Chris do stand up in NYC! It was a great Nerdist weekend for me.