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Episode 390: Nerdist Podcast
Jimmy Carr
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Nerdist Podcast: Jimmy Carr

It’s the Nerdist live from JFL in Montreal, Canada! Jimmy Carr from British TV’s 8 Out of 10 Cats joins the guys to talk about how comedy differs in the UK and breaking his ankle in a giant hamster wheel, and some of the audience members join the conversation!

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  1. ThisGuyRightHere says:

    Did I hear a proto-Bruce Gutter?

  2. Geoff says:

    Coming at this podcast as a Stewart Lee fan is almost surreal: live from Just for Laughs Montreal, and Top Gear is regarded with even the slightest sense of admiration. It is fascinating to hear the “other side” of the argument.

    Joking aside, good show! I’d love to see more British comedians on Nerdist.

  3. Kathy Duncan says:

    Aha! If Bakula dies after Quantum Leap then Enterprise never happens! I see what you were trying to do there, Matt. Sorry but that cannot be undone, friend.

  4. SG says:

    Chris and Jimmy stumbled on a very interesting sociological point in this podcast. It is that in the USA we have a forgiveness culture where Britain has a penance culture.

    In the USA Bill Clinton can say he’s prayed to God for forgiveness and ask for ours, and then the public gave it to him an let him stay in office. Not just Slick Willy either – numerous politicians and other public figures ask for forgiveness and get it.

    Whereas in Britain it wasn’t Jimmy saying he was sorry that did it. It was Jimmy enduring all the mockery until everyone decided he had been punished enough. The fact that he said sorry and didn’t try to defend his behavior may have made the penance go quicker, but it was still the penance and not the apology (or perhaps the religious conviction of the apology) that got the public off his back.

    Interesting the slight differences in our cultures.

  5. Leon says:

    Hey guys. I’m the New Zealand guy who you managed to smuggle in. Once again thanks so much for everything. I had an absolute blast. You guys were way nicer than I’d ever expected and the experience made my whole festival.

    Not to mention accidentally chatting with Rove for about 10 minutes before actually realising who I was talking to. He’s revered as a minor deity back home.

    All in all an amazing night. If you guys decide to make it over to Toronto at some point, I’ll definitely pop along and watch the show.

  6. Caf Comics says:

    I love Jimmy Carr. When I’m sad I imagine him dancing.

  7. Matt Boyd says:

    YES!!!! Jimmy Carr!!!! BRILLIANT!!! I wish we are still owned by England. Just wish if that is so I could watch all the BBC channels live and online. ITV why can’t I watch you?

  8. JetpackBlues says:

    Good grief, I didn’t realize this was one of the guys who was on The Green Room years ago with Chris, Judah Friedlander, Tim Minchin and Eddie Izzard.

  9. Mergus says:

    There are two things that always make my day:
    1. A new ep of the Nerdist podcast
    2. Jimmy Carr laughing

    So now I’m good for at least two days.

  10. Diane says:

    OMG! Jimmy Carr is one of my all-time favorite comedians and I’m so freaking excited that he’s on the podcast!!!

  11. Allan Ashton says:

    Although he was a bit of a tax dodger (something the British press strung him up for) he is a brilliant comedian. Incredible delivery of cutting one liners. The way he deals with hecklers is also awesome.

  12. FerrisBaxterian says:

    Speaking of Brits, haven’t read the comments, but I’m sure it has come up, you need to please have Charlie Brooker on your podcast. Also thank you for the continued free podcast.

  13. Ricardo Vermonatalban says:

    yes, great episode!
    jimmy carr is hilarious and i recommend his work wholehartedly.

    on a side note – anyone wanting to delve further into the mentioned topic of the “Federal” Reserve ought to start with one of the elemental works on this subject – available for free:

  14. bitch says:

    Im gonna call it right now. One of the “insane” guests he’s talking about is long-time hardcore BrBa fan, Conan O’Brien.

  15. Scott says:

    Awesome podcast guys..!! Jimmy Carr was a great choice to have on..

  16. Mickey says:

    ha Ha ha Ha ha HAAAAA…
    great live episode

  17. Miguel David says:

    Yay, I squeed in delight!

    Btw, I think the radio panel show Jimmy was talking about is called Just a Minute, not I’m sorry I haven’t a clue. I’m sorry I haven’t a clue is probably the funniest thing i’ve heard in my life, I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys comedy.

  18. Rob S. says:

    When you here the name Jimmy Carr you don’t think English guy in a suit. That guy looks like it should be named James Automobile.

  19. TJ W. says:

    Glad to hear this is a good episode. You guys seemed legitimately nervous about it on the Hostful.

  20. Nathan says:

    I enjoy the way Jimmy laughs.

  21. Justin says:

    I’ve got a film/video degree and a camera. If I’m ever free, (and the podcast is in LA) I would gladly film these for free.

  22. heynolan says:

    YES! YES! YES! Can we look forward to more Brits on the podcast? Is Stephen Fry in the future?

  23. Pedak says:

    Joke on Jason. Joke On!

    I fucking LOVE these Live shows.

  24. Wildride says:

    Uninteresting note about Joffrey: In Canada, until Game of Thrones came along, if you were talking about Joffrey, everybody knew you meant the running back for the Calgary Stampeders: Joffrey Reynolds. Then again, whenever people mention Paris Jackson, I assume they’re talking about the wide receiver for the BC Lions until proven otherwise.

  25. Doug says:

    Laughed my ass off at this. I had seen Carr on Top Gear but didn’t know his work. I now need to hunt down as much as I can. Great episode!

  26. Wildride says:

    One of my favourite time wastes is watching old UK panel shows on YouTube, including 8 out of 10 Cats and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year/Decade. The latter includes things like Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister, reading excerpts from various pop-culture biographies:


  27. filthy says:

    shows, I meant shows damn it! bad bad typo……

  28. filthy says:

    arghh I was stuck at work in friggen’ New Brunswick or I would have come up for this show. Chris I don’t know if it’s economically feasible
    but if you do a Nerdist tour of Canada could you consider an east coast date? Halifax is a great city I’m sure you and the guys would love it. Kevin Smith has done a couple sows there.

  29. Leif Hurst says:

    I’ve probably said a dozen times since you guys got started, “I guess that don’t know Jimmy Carr?” I’ve always enjoyed that guys work and quick wit. I’m looking forward to the listen!

  30. Jason says:

    Sometimes dreams come true.

    I always loved stand-up comedy and I always secretly wanted to try it, but I thought I was missing something. Some spark of creative genius, some undeniable measure of talent, something. Then I discovered the Nerdist podcast. And through the interviews, Chris Hardwick asked guests I loved and respected about their creative process. And they all faced all the same insecurities and obstacles that I did. And I realized the only difference between them and me is that they were doing it, and I wasn’t. So I started performing. And my life has been SO much better ever since.

    And last week, during Just for Laughs, I was on this episode of The Nerdist podcast.

    The dude they’re talking to from 1:19:00 onwards is me.

    (I’m also the guy Jonah calls “a good dude” at 16:35)

    Chris, Jonah, and Matt, I’ll never be able to thank you enough.

  31. Denise says:

    We were there!! So happy we were finally able to see the magic happen live on stage! And meeting everyone afterwards was awesome! Thanks for signing our poster guys! And Matt, thanks for walking all the way back from the hotel for us!

  32. HeyThere says:

    I’m happy to pay, or whatever, it would be nice. 🙂

    Either way, I love you all for doing all of this. All of you. Interns and unnamed contributors on up.

  33. HeyThere says:

    What would it take to get you to videotape these?

    I understand that the lack of pressure to be ready for visual presentation factors in for everyone (wardrobe, make-up, whatever else), but I just want to see people talk. Y’know?

  34. Christopher says: