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Episode 271: Nerdist Podcast
Live at JFL42 with Andy…
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Nerdist Podcast: Live at JFL42 with Andy Kindler

The ridiculously hilarious Andy Kindler is finally on the show! He joins Chris, Matt and Jonah for the live show in Toronto at the JFL42 festival. They talk about writing insulting jokes, make references that Canadians don’t understand, and Andy works out some jokes!

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  1. How is it possible that I randomly picked this one episode to listen to today. RIP Robin Williams.

  2. setlasmon says:

    I am not a big fan of Kindler and must admit I was not excited to see him on here.

    but I did enjoy the ep very much! very funny. very fun. methinkgs he fit in with the hostful energies well.

    and I felt compelled to share that in lieu of all the whiny bitching this one is receiving.


    give em a baba, Big C!

  3. stephen says:

    This was great! I’ve always loved Andy Kindler and it was really nice to hear him interviewed by people who love alternative comedy. It was really good to get some context on the Louis CK comments and to hear Kindler express respect for comics he genuinely likes – I’ve seen him live and on TV, listened to bootlegs and podcasts and I’ve never really got that positive side of him before.
    I’m a bit surprised at some of the negative comments on here, I suppose his style is a bit weird, “insider”, even meta, it’s not entry-level gags, you need to be familiar with stand up to get him – but isn’t everyone who listens to The Nerdist a massive comedy geek like me? (maybe the audience being really quiet on the recording threw some people off?)
    I’d advise the undecided to give him another chance, I think he’s one of the greatest – up there with Stewart Lee, Maria Bamford and Eddie Pepitone.
    Thanks for a smashing podcast, chaps!

  4. Jake says:

    This was a strange podcast. I really don’t find Kindler funny at all, but not in a judgmental way. One of the things I really like about this podcast is getting to experience different sides of the comedy world. His humor does not resonate with me, but I absolutely understand why he is saying the things he does. He is clearly utterly committed to his act and it’s nice to be forced out of my comfort zone.

  5. Phil says:

    As for the audience not being mic’d, I actually don’t mind. Typically I don’t enjoy hearing the spikes in the audience when I’m driving because I tune into the show to hear the interview. I know I wasn’t asked but I thought I’d mention it.

  6. filthy says:

    oops sorry Meaghan my 5 year old jumped me before I finished typing my last post and I misspelled your name.

  7. filthy says:


    Chris has had Canadian comedians on the podcast in L.A.
    plus look at what he’s doing with the Kids In The Hall on the nerdist channel.

  8. rkm says:

    Kindler is God.

  9. Meaghan says:

    Ok, I wasn’t going to say anything, but it’s really bothering me.

    Why would you go to Canada to interview a comedian that lives in LA… where you also reside? I would think that it would be better to try and get a Canadian. You know, like, maybe someone that Americans aren’t familiar with and that Canadian listeners would love to hear from.

    I understand that the next JFL show to go up has Mark Little and Kenny, which is awesome, but I wish you had had Canadians on both shows, just made me a little sad.

    Still love the podcast and looking forward to a time when I’ll be able to come out to a live show

  10. Scott B. says:

    I Liked Andy! I think this is one of those shows where if you could see it, everything played out better. When someone brought up “Famiy Guy”, did anyone notice HOW MUCH Andy Kindler looks like Peter Griffin?!?

  11. GabyYYZ says:

    Was at the first show…I can see why you went with this second one, LOL…some comment about “Geez…we’re really going to have to edit this in post”. It was a little rawer and more wild west.

  12. Patty Marvel says:

    @Alex – Shoot, *I* thought you were funny. Had you been belligerent or some such thing, then it wouldn’t have been cool. You’re fine.

    P.S. Anyone besides me NOT getting e-mail notifications of follow-up comments and new posts despite checking the little boxes requesting notification?

  13. Jon K says:

    Well, I liked it. Andy is one of my favorites that makes the Podcast rounds. Always funny.

  14. LJ says:

    I’ve always liked Andy, and was really excited to hear him. I don’t get what was going on here.

    But, how could it have just been the mics if y’all were continually referencing that the audience wasn’t laughing.

  15. Alex says:

    So, I was the guy that shouted out ‘Neither Can We’, when Andy was trying to blame American Talent Show’s for having terrible winners because America gets to vote.

    I just want to thank Chris for tyring to make it work. Trying so, so hard. Unfortch, Andy didn’t pick up on it. After I shouted that out, I kinda felt like an asshole, or ‘That Guy’ as it were. ‘Cause I hate ‘That Guy’. Hopefully my fellow audiencers didn’t feel that way.

  16. Sarah says:

    Any idea when the first of the JFL42 shows is going up (the one with Kenny and Mark Little)? And thanks for coming up to Canada!

  17. Chris Hardwick says:

    To address a couple “audience was cold” comments here and on twitter, I will gleefully shoot that down with science: the audience wasn’t mic-ed. When the only audio input for the audience is the microphones on stage that are pointing an inch from our mouths and not designed to pick up sound from across the room (especially if they’re cheap PA mics), it sounds like a) no one was there or b) they weren’t laughing at anything. Neither was the case. They just wasn’t a channel pointed at them. We usually try to cover this but for whatever reason didn’t this show. Ok then! Carry on.

  18. Phil says:

    Interesting. He said some curious things about Louie CK. I really liked some of Louie’s stand up, but his TV show, not so much. I don’t think I’ve ever really heard someone talk about comedians or celebrities, for that matter, in a way that a lot of people think. Usually, celeb on celeb critique is rare or unheard of. But I wonder if that’s true that Adam Sandler has a minion who listens for anti-Sandler soundbytes. I will say that Michael Bay had an assistant walk into CineFile once and asked them why they don’t have Michael Bay in the director’s section. They said, “Well, his movies are shit. He doesn’t deserved to be recognized.” And she came back and said he laughed about it. But that was in 2005. I don’t know about now. At least some folks are aware of their standing in some circles.

  19. Mike says:

    It may have just been a cold audience, since I know (and despise) Larry the Cable Guy. We have cable here, it’s just that when watching American channels pretty much all of the american ads are over-written with Canadian ones… which makes seeing the General Car Insurance or viagra ads all the more hilarious for their baditude.

    Not a big fan of Andy Kindler, though.

  20. JetpackBlues says:

    @Quemmento: Kan-CHO!

    This just kills 2 birds with one stone:

  21. Eligit says:

    Nerdist: awesome
    Kindler: not

  22. Skyler Queen says:

    Just finished the podcast and noticed one something kinda fun was cut. There was a point were the guys were bringing up different TV shows and I can’t recall why but brought up Fox’s “Herman’s Head” and Andy quickly shot off ‘And why shouldn’t he have a head?’ I thought that was so hysterical at the time for some reason but it was bothering me that I could not recall the context. Can anybody remind me of what was going on there?

  23. Darren says:

    This episode seemed really negative to me. Love the show, but yeah, another person complaining about shit I don’t pay for.

  24. Skyler Queen says:

    I loved this show live and have been checking the site every day since hoping it was going to be posted. I have not laughed so hard in a really long time. Thanks again for coming to Toronto plus doing the meet and greet after.

  25. Patty Marvel says:

    @Doctor Quemmento – On the bright side, that’s a quick and easy way to get your prostate checked!

    @Jonah Ray – “Shit the bike” may already be in use. The Germans call it “Zweiradfahrer-poopin.”

    If anyone on the podcast should be on “Dancing with the Stars,” it should be Matt “Third Reich’s the Charm” Mira. I could seriously see him pulling that off.

    And I know the New York podcast went longer than this JFL42 episode did, but I hope when it’s posted the quemments make it in, especially #2 (WAVES AT DIANE MARTIN) and that very last one.

    @Chris Hardwick – Um, speaking of NYCC podcast, sorry if I got too emotional at the meet-n-greet. I haven’t fan-girled that hard since I met Elvis Costello and my conversation may have been a bit disjointed and ADD-ish, as if I were Dug from “UP” (“Hi, THERE! I am a fan and I like your podcast and SQUIRREL……..Hi, THERE! I am a fan…”). So, um, sorry about that – am a bit embarrassed.

  26. filthy says:

    Politely perverted?

  27. Wait…so if he DID say please I’d have to let him thumbhole me? What kind of fucked up country are you people running up there? 😉

  28. filthy says:

    Hey Doc Quemmento you’re right it does mean something different. He just asked all his fellow Canukians to thumbhole you. But since he didn’t he didn’t say please we’ll ignore him.

    Chris why the hell haven’t you gone shooting with Micheal Rooker and filmed it for the Nerdist channel? There are lots of gun nerds out here eh

  29. J-Rod says:

    Hmmm. This was my least favourite Nerdist Podcast. Not sure if it was because I didn’t connect with the guest or the audience. Except for a couple of Jonah / Matt moments I barely raised a laugh. Very Unusual for this podcast.
    I shall ponder.


    Thank you for this free thing that I am now complaining about.

  30. Chris Hardwick says:

    @CaNick: suck my nut poutine

    Also your country is lovely.

  31. Thank you ver- …wait a minute! Does a thumbs up mean something different in Canada than it does in America?

  32. nick from canada says:

    Nice one, thumbs up Doctor Quemmento.

  33. Sheesh. And I thought all Canadians were polite. #metahackcomedy

  34. nick from canada says:

    For an epi in which you guys talk so much about hack comedy, coming to Canada and talking about Canadian/American differences was an extremely bold move, and was not only insightful, but also new, fresh and original. #hackcomedy

  35. Kris says:

    So rad to see this episode go up, it was buckets of fun. Can’t wait for the other JFL show though, ’cause I didn’t get to go to that one.

  36. Alex says:

    Ahh awesome. I’ve been looking forward to this show going up. It was super funny in the moment and I’m excited to re-experience it.

  37. Steve From Accounting says:

    Love your live shows. Comedy gold in the land above!