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Nerdist Podcast Makes Onion A.V. Club’s Best Of 2010

Chris may not prefer tooting his own horn, but, not being Chris, I don’t have to abide by that rule. So I’ll toot his… no, wait, that isn’t coming out right. I won’t toot anything. All I’ll do is point out that the Onion’s A.V. Club did a ranking of the Best Podcasts of 2010, and, yes, the Nerdist Podcast is on there. The column calls the Nerdist podcast “A freewheeling, hourlong conversation presided over by TV/stand-up vet Chris Hardwick… more like a laid-back conversation with friends than an interview show,” and “consistently fascinating,” and who are we to argue?

Others on the list include Paul F. Tompkins’ “The Pod F. Tompkast,” Scott Aukerman’s “Comedy Death-Ray Radio,” “WTF with Marc Maron,” Jimmy Pardo’s “Never Not Funny,” ESPN’s “The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons,” Slate’s “Hang Up And Listen” and “Culture Gabfest,” Doug Benson’s “Doug Loves Movies,” “Filmspotting,” Maureen Ryan and Ryan McGee’s “Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan,” NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” Dan Savage’s “Savage Love,” “The Moth,” and’s “Stuff You Should Know.” Hard to argue with most of these. And there are many more; this is a great time for podcasts, especially comedy podcasts. Name your favorites in the comments.

And, oh, yeah, there’s a nice interview with Mr. Hardwick along with it; read that by clicking here.

Image: AV Club

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  1. Patty Pino says:

    The real conversations of Chris, Jonah, and Matt with comedians and people they admire keep me sane for my 106-mile commute. Congratulations, Nerdists!

    I am not famous, but also have a podcast Nerdist fans may enjoy. I hope you take a listen to The Slacker Factor.

  2. Simon says:

    The Superego podcast is continually overlooked despite having at LEAST two Nerdist guests on, and god DAMN it’s funny. And funny in a nonstop silly sort of way. (Or, THE BEST WAY)

    And ‘Walking The Room’ also.

    Any list that Carolla’s not on, is a list without Carolla. Not something to get all preachy over. I’m just sayinapostrophe

  3. Noah says:

    HOW in the hell has no one yet mentioned the awesome Podcast Uhh Yeah Dude?! Two American Americans saving America from herself, TRUST. I suggest checking out UYD on Itunes and watch some actual clips of them on Youtube. They are hilarious. If you like comedy, you will like them. Seatbelts.

  4. nater says:

    I’ve not seen the whole list and I love the Nerdist podcast, but if Carolla is not on a “best of” podcast list, said list is not worth being on.
    I’m just sayin’…

  5. Todd Mason says:

    Several podcasts with naturally overlapping audience-interest that haven’t been mentioned yet include:

    THE DORK FOREST, Jackie Kashian’s “safe space” for all sorts of geek culture, even if it does lean toward the other interests of comedians.

    THE LONG SHOT PODCAST, four comedians of various ages and inclinations shoot the shit with various guests or just with each other, and it’s often hilarious and always fun enough.

    COMEDY AND EVERYTHING ELSE, Jimmy Dorr and Stef Zamarano’s podcast, augmented on its LibSyn site by archives of the Dorr Pacifica Radio show.

    And another Earwolf offer I’ve been enjoying is the newish WHO CHARTED?

  6. Paige says:

    Agreed with comment above. The Bugle is one of the best.

    CHRIS! GET JOHN OLIVER ON THE NERDIST! You have already interviewed 3 Community cast members. Might as well make it a forth.

    It will make it seem like John is cheating on Andy and that will be priceless.

  7. Adam says:

    My favorite podcast is still the Adam Carolla Show. Comedy fans should also check out John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman’s podcast called The Bugle.

  8. From the A.V. Club FAQ:

    “The A.V. Club is an entertainment newspaper and website published by The Onion. It appears in the print editions of The Onion and online at”

  9. pushes glasses up nose says:

    A.V. Club would not love you contracting ownership of their work to The Onion, being that they are actually two separate entities. Klaven.

  10. Adam says:

    And who can forget Greg Fitzsimmons’ “Fitzdog Radio”? Listen to Greg be an a**hole to all his guests! Fun!

  11. OK, I’ll eat some crow. If you mentioned podcasts to me a few weeks ago, I would have scoffed and told you how I thought podcasts were sub-college radio created by retarded fanboys or comedy wannabees. Then I decided to take AV Club’s advice and listen to a few podcasts of the Nerdist and it’s awesome. It’s still sub-college radio created by retarded fanboys but I never realized that sub-college radio created by (and for) retarded fanboys would be funny, compelling content.

  12. Matt says:

    Glad to see the show get the tip of the hat from the Onion.

    Others I really dig (comedy related only) include: Jordan, Jesse Go!, Overthinking It, and the now sadly defunct Tiki Bar TV.

  13. Mal says:

    Glad to see the AV Club giving Nerdist some love. Overlap of my favorite Internet things is always welcome.

  14. Joey says:

    Paul And Storm Talk About Some Stuff For Five To Ten Minutes (On Average) is hilarious, and is the only one I regularly listen to besides Nerdist.

  15. Hector says:

    Nerdist was the first podcast that I listened to, and now I’m hooked. I’ve have since subscribed to a couple other ones. In no particular order:

    Doug Loves Movies
    WTF with Marc Maron
    Sklarbro Country
    Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast
    Pod F. Tompkast
    and Paul Scheer’s new podcast, How Did This Get Made?

  16. JD says:

    I’m glad Chris and his crew got some recognition.

    To be honest this is the only podcast I will take the time to listen to.

    It’s very laid back and doesn’t really go by any set rules. Just like a conversation with friends.

    Also the close tie-ins with stand up really get me. I’ve been big into stand up since I saw my first HBO special by George Carlin (You Are All Diseased) at the tender age of 9. The podcast’s mixture of stand-up and nerdom is my wet dream.

    So once again, thanks asshole. Keep pumping out the funny.