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Episode 491: Nerdist Podcast
Curtis Armstrong
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Nerdist Podcast: Curtis Armstrong

Nerd hero Curtis Armstrong hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about playing Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, his many other roles in Risky Business, Better Off Dead, and Moonlighting, being at the first Star Trek convention ever, and working on King of the Nerds!

Watch the finale of King of the Nerds tomorrow, Thursday March 13th on TBS at 10pm!

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  1. Jaco says:

    A brilliant podcast and thx for showing what an awesome man Curtis is.

  2. Treated with the respect he deserves. Curtis was responsible for so many great laughs in my life and it was great to hear his story…and all the dish!

  3. Gojisaurus Rex says:

    really enjoyed this podcast, though sad that there was no mention of his voice-work on “Eek the Cat”, one of my personal favorites.

  4. rhzunam says:

    I swear to god that I went to Wikipedia just before listening to the podcast and that is how I found out that it was Curtis Armstrong in Ray and not Clint Howard. My bad but that’s what happened.

  5. Patty says:

    He will always be Booger to me. I loved him on Moonlighting too and of course, Supernatural. But he’s still Booger. Classic.

  6. NeuroMan42 says:

    What the fuck is a frush?!?

  7. Vincent S says:

    This was a really good episode. I just wanted you to know that.

  8. Bob E says:

    Ooof, hit by a train was the wrong turn of phrase so soon after all of this Slates for Sarah business

  9. NotMF says:

    “Go that way. Really fast. If something gets in your way…turn.”

    Better Off Dead is one of my all time favorites.

  10. Admiral Kent says:

    I loves me sum booger!! Time has stood still for him.

  11. Seaatl says:

    Great stories. The Moonlighting stories never get old. But from his perspective is sounds like it was truly an awful experience.
    I would’ve like to hear the story though about how he got on American Dad. I guess they named the character after he was hired since his character is “Snot”.

  12. Patty Marvel says:

    RE: sponsor “The 100” – that “canary in a coalmine” storyline reminds of a Doctor Who audiobook where some kids in a space-prison rebel. Doesn’t anyone know the name of that?

  13. Bill says:

    I was having an oddly crappy day in the office and Mr. Armstrong really picked me up. It’s really great to hear from someone with a grounded and selfless perspective.

  14. Nic says:

    What a delightful guy and a fantastic actor! I went to the Motor City Comic Con last summer, but due to some time constraints, I missed out on meeting him. I was so bummed. I did, however, get to meet Cary Elwes, who is awesome (you should try to get him on the podcast), and I saw Adrian Paul, who I’ve met many times because my main nerdom is Highlander the Series. Adrian is really great too (as were all the people associated with the show).

  15. Tanya says:

    I’m not done listening to the podcast yet, but I would say it’s one of my favorite interviews you’ve done! I hope you’ll have him back again, and maybe some of the other ROTN cast too. Here’s hoping he publishes his journal online somewhere from Risky Business one day! Thanks for having Curtis Armstrong on the podcast.

  16. BrianM says:

    When are you guys going to have George Takei on?

    This one was great by-the way

  17. J.Smith says:

    @Roger Clendening II

    Dude, he said the first one in the Detroit area. Next time you level up, spend some points on your listen skill.

  18. brian mah says:

    very cool podcast. i liked him in Dan vs. too bad the show wasnt extended.

  19. ColinJ says:

    I’ve always made myself unpopular by saying that I think REVENGE OF THE NERDS is far better than ANIMAL HOUSE.

    ROTN has a warmth to it and a sense that these characters really care about each other. Nowhere is that better demonstrated than the scene where they all go to sleep in the gym and are saying goodnight to each other.

    Of course, Booger has to have the button on the scene of burping loudly, but the laughter of all the other characters is so real that it makes you love them.

    Great, great movie.

  20. Timhotep62 says:

    This was a fantastic podcast! Curtis Armstrong was sooo interesting to listen to, and I hope he comes back again soon! Gotta say, I make everyone I know watch Better Off Dead, since they usually have never heard of it. Just a classic!!!!!

  21. actionjohnsen says:

    As usual, the guests I know the least about provide the coolest interviews.

  22. I forgot to ask:: Male camel orgasm, or female camel orgasm?

  23. John48221 says:

    I had hoped Chris recorded that reunion panel he hosted. 1 nerd is as good as five. Watched the end of ROTN and enjoyed the end and thinking how geek culture has risen.

  24. As Mr. Armstrong properly noted, the Star Trek convention in Detroit 1973 was NOT the “first Star Trek convention ever.” The first one was in New York, January 1972. The committee that organized it expected a few hundred; by the end of the weekend, several thousand fans had turned out. For a full account, find the book “Star Trek Lives!” by Joan Winston.

  25. Lily says:

    I am such a fan Of Curtis Armstrong I remember him more from

    Dan Vs. He’s so wonderful and excellent at voicing Dan

    That so Dan Vs it’s rock’s with Curtis voicing as DAN.

    I saw revenge of the nerds in the year 2014 but I know I am so young for this movie but it was out in 1984 so I am too young for it.

    I am l the same age as Vanessa Hudgens by the away.

  26. CSEM says:

    Curtis Armstrong’s a true gem! Refreshing and warm.

  27. Scully says:

    Wow, Curtis is a super articulate guest. Good stories and wisdom from someone who has lots of varied experiences in the entertainment field.

    Couldn’t help my ears pricking up when you mentioned pursuing John Cusack as a guest. I have no clue what to expect but it would be pretty awesome since I don’t think I have ever heard him do an interview in a format like Nerdist.

  28. CJ says:

    Thank you for giving Curtis Armstrong air time (funny guy, from our generation) …. have to admit I lost intereest in “king of the nerds” last season (hated the winner) & contestants this time didn’t interest me …

  29. Three Toes of Fury says:

    “THIS IS PURE SNOW! Do you have any idea what the street value is of this?? Ive frozen my brain! I cant move my right arm!!” – Charles Dumar.

    Better Off Dead is one of the best, wackiest, comedies of all time….Curtis is wonderful in it. My favorite scene is where the jock/@sshole tells Blane Meyer (aka Cusack) “you better shave your date before you kiss her goodnight”, in reference to Curtis’ character. Curtis defuses the situation and takes the power back by laughing hysterically at the bit…and keeps laughing…..its brilliant and poignant….Nerds Rule!

    Peace .n. “c’mon man..its the K12..thats DEATH down there…and dying when you’re not really sick is really sick…really!”

    3ToF and Omega Moo…we’ve come here do our show for you…we’ve got Chris Hardwick on the violin..Matt and Jonah will be joinin in…and just when you thought you’ve seen it all…enjoy your burrito, y’all.

  30. CptnCaveman says:

    Opposite of an escape pod is probably a pokeball

  31. Drarry says:

    Even though he plays Metatron on Supernatural I still call him Booger. Metatron is kind of a booger anyways.