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Episode 332: Nerdist Podcast
Ben Schwartz
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Nerdist Podcast: Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz hangs out with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about his show House of Lies and their favorite theme songs, and to play a game with sound effects!

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  1. Pauch says:

    dead parents #blessed

  2. carol says:

    i only knew him as Tom’s annoying friend but this Podcast was great
    i will check out some of his work
    Loved the song at the end!
    catching up with the podacst

  3. Alex A says:

    Holy Crap! Best episode yet….trying not to laugh out loud at work. Thanks

  4. Kristi says:

    I’m usually on top of new Nerdist eps but somehow this one slipped through my ipods “fingers”. I just noticed it the other day when scrolling through my itunes library & just finished listening. THANK YOU! I laughed & laughed & laughed some more! The Jason Schwartzman ep has been my fav since it came out but now I have another favorite. Thanks guys! #blessed 🙂

  5. Alwin says:

    I non-sarcastically love how this kept ending and not ending, and so much more.

  6. Patty Marvel says:

    @Aaron – That’s actually a good idea. I hereby request similar pics of the Nerdist recording booth(s?) in Meltdown comics. I saw a bit of one in a Vine video featuring Pete Holmes and he’ll sometimes make a passing reference to something on the wall, so photographs would be great.

  7. Aaron says:

    Y’know, I’ve heard so much talk of this window that Joel McHale and Joan Rivers and others have walked by and pounded on, waved behind, etc. that I need a picture to visualize this. Next time you guys are recording a hostful, do you think you could have Kyle or someone take a pic with the window in the background, and you guys at the mic table in the foreground? I’d love the visual. That would be super duper if you did that.

    Just please post it on Nerdist. I don’t use Twitter or Facebook because I am a mafioso and we’re not allowed to use social networking tools.

  8. Juliet says:

    Definitely one of my favorites! Ben Schwartz’s dynamic fit PERFECTLY with the guys. Spot on, Nerdist!

  9. Ballookey Klugeypop says:

    I guess I’m behind on podcasts, but this is one of my recent favorite episodes. Loved Ben, loved the keys. <3

  10. Online Participant says:

    This is a good comment.

  11. Francisco says:

    I’m excited that JJ is doing Star Wars. But you know who I would love to see direct a Star Wars film, Alfonso Cuaron. He did a great job with Harry Potter 3 and Children of Men. I think he’d do an excellent Star Wars film

  12. Bopper says:

    Can wait to be off of work tomorrow, brah! #blessed

  13. IamJoseph says:

    Hey Matt, did you watch Pushing Daisies? It had a pie shop called the Pie Hole with a crust roof. Also other stuff. Although it had a hint of magic, so you wouldn’t probably like it. Dang, I wish that show wasn’t cancelled.

  14. Katie Rakoczy says:

    I love the old man Chris bit and Ben was fuckin awesome and a great addition to your group. The podcast shines when you just have fun so make all the stupid sound effects you want!

  15. Leah says:

    Obligatory good comment. #blessed

    Chris has been watching Supernatural, eh? *crosses fingers* *prays for J2 on the podcast one day* *not ashamed of being a fangirl*

  16. Alex says:

    I think the Montreal Canadiens could really make a run for the cup this year.

  17. Liam says:

    I <3 Ben Schwartz

    AAAAAAAAAAND another ten minutes

  18. Ian says:

    Second to last mention of keys, actually got me to laugh enough I hit pause. But, it was the only time I liked it. Please read this as complementary.

  19. Liz M says:

    This. Was. Amazing. Just became one of my favorite episodes!!! That key bit had me dying laughing!!

    Love Ben Schwartz!

  20. Christopher says:

    Because I was commanded to do so by your podcast of improv comedy…. #blessings

    The key jingling reminded me (and this will show how old I am) of the Mr. Jing-a-ling song. You’d have to have grown up in Northern Ohio during the the BI era (Before Internet) to know about that holiday retail classic.

  21. Joshua says:

    Darkplace is one of the most genius bits of television gold ever. We need to convert everyone Jonah.

  22. JetpackBlues says:

    FiOS just announced the switch from G4 to Esquire TV will be on 4/22.

    I can’t understand why AOTS, etc., are still in their time slot even though they’re re-runs. Guess that will come to pass in another month.

  23. Luxar says:

    Not to sound mean but I like the way the House of pies song ends with Chris getting cut off in the middle of what sounds like a solo.Whether is was an editoral decison or legitly the CD running out. Its very funny.

    @rejectedjokes I’m struggling with keeping my bank account out of the red. I am just horrible with my finances. But I am just a 22 year old living and partying with all my closest gay friends #Blessed #NotGayButSupportive #NoReally #IHaveAGirlFriend #Bi-Curious?

  24. Stacy says:

    I was driving home when it got to the keys bit. I’m so glad I was sitting in traffic because I was laughing so hard I probably would have swerved off the road.

  25. alsharko says:

    I have never seen “House of Lies”, but when Ben was describing it, it sounded a lot like “House of Cards”, actually. Kevin Spacey is pretty much lying the whole time, then turns to camera to come clean and tell us exactly what he’s doing. Seems only logical that they merge and make one mega-show.

  26. Alexabix says:

    Imo best Starwars book to make into a singular movie would be “The Courtship of Princess Leia”
    Yoda said he was “Repulsed by the witches!” I’d love to see another breed of Force user in the big screen.

    Of course Grand Admiral Thrawn would be great. Mara Jade such a character, I’d love to see her brought to life. Would have to be 3 films at least though.

  27. s1yfox says:

    was laughing insanely at the keys and the paper…good lord my abs were on fire

  28. BoneZone says:

    Keys bit did not get old.

  29. Zenjack says:

    The Keys!!! Using them at the end for the musical number made me laugh so hard my coworkers thought I’d lost my mind.

  30. Brice says:

    The sound board was hilarious when Jonah and Matt couldn’t hear it. Bring it back.

  31. Patty Marvel says:

    “@Patty: Crocodylus Pontifex”

    @JetpackBlues – Ummm…Nabisco Cookies?

  32. Mark S. says:

    FYI – J.J. Abrams himself did the main title music.

  33. John says:

    Ben is a hero to me. I am currently performing improv in the same city where he went to college, and take classes at UCB. I wish him nothing but the best. Also, it was a nice to have everyone in the same room for at least a little bit.

  34. Kevin says:

    Oh, right I almost forgot. I’m glad I’m not the only one who made the Fred Schneider/Jello Biafra connection.

  35. Deezeldong27 says:

    Fuckin Awesome cast! One if my favorites!

  36. AskACapper says:

    I never heard this podcast before but I am know Chris from TD & Ben Schwartz tweeted this… I laughed hard, I loved it, thank you!

  37. Shaina says:

    This podcast made me laugh uncontrollably on my bus ride home, causing strange looks and an unusual new fetish for key sound effects.

    Thank you?

  38. Eric says:

    I love Nerdist stuff, but I really really wish everyone would be aware of talking over each other. Jonah is awful at it. This podcast is probably the worst one at this yet. Not just talking over and interrupting the other Nerdist guys but the guest too.

  39. Onno says:

    Yeah I’m gonna need a full length version of the “House of Pies is better than the House of Lies”-song. Record it and have JJ Abrams direct the music video.

  40. JetpackBlues says:

    @Patty: Crocodylus Pontifex

  41. Just wanted to come and inflate the positive balloons on these comments. All of Chris’ sound effects were spot on and the last 30 seconds of recording is gold.

    Also, this is totally my real name.

  42. ronsalas says:

    Ben Schwartz is the best. Loved him on Spider-man.

  43. Writefast says:

    OMG!! New ringtone!!

  44. Writefast says:

    Oh god, PLEASE get a live foley artist on staff! PLEEEEEEASE!!


    Best Pauly Shore impression ever. And Mumm-Ra.