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Nerdist Podcast: Michael McKean
Episode 646: Nerdist Podcast
Michael McKean
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Nerdist Podcast: Michael McKean

The legendary Michael McKean talks with Chris and Matt about his talent in musical comedy, his time opening as a comedy act before rock concerts, and how he and David Lander became Lenny and Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley. He also talks about the importance of not being typecast and his role on Better Call Saul!

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  1. Chris D. says:

    I’m so glad Michael McKean is starting to again get the recognition he deserves.  He’s just perfect for this generation.  I think when he spoke of typcasting, Spinal Tap should be added to this, even though it’s phenomenal.  So much good work for him to be, “that guy from Spinal Tap” as some folks do.  Not saying Chris is guilty of this, but in general, he seems to get stuck in that loop in every junket.  I cannot wait to see where he goes in BCS and he’s just one of those actors that you always want more of.  Thanks for having folks like him on.  I can’t help but gush with folks like him and Wayne Knight, but to me, these guys seems so genuine and have the episodes I seek out when listening to the show.  Thanks for putting these legends on, I appreciate it.

    • Chris D. says:

      Also: please, if you can, get Jonathan Banks on!  I loved him on the BCS Insider and he just seems like such a nice and interesting guy.  47 years of good stuff is definitely worth exploring and not just Mike (who is my personal favorite in that world).

  2. tomK says:

    to both Chris and Michael, giving a shout out to the film/video editors out there. Gotta say “thank you” — as a video editor trying to get by. You da best.

  3. Dan C says:

    Lake Street Dive + Nerdist = chocolate + peanut butter

  4. Binny G says:

    Anyone remember the name of the band\group McKean mentioned during the podcast?  Chris had asked him, I believe, if he kept up with any contemporary artists and McKean mentioned a soulful singer for a band with a clever name?

    • Binng G says:

      Nevermind!  Lake Street Dive is the name of the band and Rachel Price is the singer.  At 1:03 in the podcast.

  5. Donna D says:

    THANK YOU for asking him about Clue! It’s my favorite movie of all time! 

  6. -Di. says:

    If you haven’t seen Family Tree you are missing out in a really fun series. It’s sad HBO didn’t renew it. 

  7. John C. says:

    Here’s that Lake Street Dive street corner video Michael was talking about:

  8. Rebecca says:

    What a wonderful birthday present. Michael McKean one of my favorite actors and I’m glad you finally got him on.

  9. Andrew D says:

    Great episode, thank you for mentioning my story. You guys are awesome.

  10. Jessicah says:

    This was a fun listen. I watched Laverne and Shirley on [email protected] when I was a kid and I loved it. Growing up, I even had a brother/sister pair of kittens named LaVerne and Squiggy.

  11. Ace Gikmo says:

    Does anyone know the source of friction between Michael Mckean and Harry Shearer?  A few weeks ago, on WTF, Shearer implied that he had some issues with McKean, and here, in speaking about the Squigtones, McKean describes going to record with David Lander and “one other person” — which seems to be a dismissive way to refer to someone of Shearer’s stature.  Who knows, just an insignificant observer here, but hate to think that these two folks aren’t getting along after a history of great collaborations.

    • Over It says:

      I was under the impression that lots of people have issues working with Harry Shearer.

    • English Dave says:

      I don’t think he was referring to Harry, he just probably couldn’t remember who it was. Also, he talks about Harry by name in other parts of the podcast. And he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would be rude and dismissive like that anyway.

  12. Dave says:

    I’m kinda sad no one mentioned Short Circuit 2.

  13. Dave says:

    I’m kinda sad that no one mentioned Short Circuit 2

  14. Jake says:

    Please tell me they talk about Short Circuit II

  15. Matt S says:

    Lake street Dive performed on Colbert and it was amazing! Hooray for good music

  16. David L. says:

    Chris: In regards to your Zork needs: