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Episode 421: Nerdist Podcast
Nick Offerman Returns
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Nerdist Podcast: Nick Offerman Returns

Nick Offerman returns to the podcast because he just can’t get enough. He talks about his new book Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, describes what a cologne based on him would smell like, and tells a joke so funny it almost kills Chris.

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  1. Jed says:

    Words cannot express how epic this dude and his book is. Great episode. Gonna have to listen to it again!

  2. Dean K says:

    The plugging worked.. I ordered the book on Amazon while listening to the podcast. Can’t wait to give it a read.

  3. Alex says:

    This was great!

    What I learned: Nick is hilarious and loves to 69, Chris almost dies from a perfectly delivered 69 joke, & Matt has an impressive knowledge of wood species.

    Man Chest Hair

  4. Django says:

    That 69 thing, was the funniest thing ever!!

  5. Chris says:

    The guy on PBS that would use the period tools had a show called “The Woodwright’s Shop” Great show!

  6. Mark says:

    The fact Nick Offerman liked the game Banjo Kazooie just made my head explode. I grew up with that game!

  7. Ross says:

    That was “dope”.

  8. Rob S. says:

    Thr 69ing bit was funny because it was out of the blue. I bet it was Jeff Speakman. When I think B-movie action star I think Jeff Speakman.

  9. chris hardwick says:

    @Nate: who reads the comments before listening to the thing they’re talking about? I think “not reading ahead” is the spoiler obscuring you’re talking about. Unfortunately this isn’t reddit so we don’t have that block-out functionality.

    Happy Canoeing!

  10. caterpillarmilk says:


    Nick filmed an entire instructional video on building a canoe and most likely addresses your questions in it…

  11. Nate says:

    Matthew, if you go to the Offerman Woodshop web site, there are pictures of the canoes that have been built in the Portfolio so you can see for yourself what techniques he used.

    Cass’ comment should really be spoiler-obscured somehow . . . like anything, it has a lot less impact when you see it coming.

  12. Alec says:

    Nick Offerman is great and so is garlic. If you can’t handle their raw power, go chew some gum.

  13. Matthew says:

    Hey neat, when my family’s millwork company still existed, we built the bar, stairs, rails, and other woodwork in the Berghoff in Chicago. My Father and I designed it all. Really cool to hear it mentioned. 🙂

    In all the interviews I’ve heard Mr Offerman do, I have yet to hear anyone really let him go in depth about the fact he builds canoes. Any woodworker who successfully builds a fine wooden canoe will have some awesome things to say about the passion and creativity and dedication it takes to take on such an artistic and technically demanding endeavor. They can easily take years of time and energy and creativity to complete, and that’s after decades of developing and mastering the knowledge and skill required. Wood canoes are reeeally special things, as far as things go, and the day you finally get to climb in and glide through the water in one you’ve built is often no less majestic and awesome than the birth of ones children. It’s pretty damn impressive he builds these in a shop in LA. I do wonder where he gets to paddle them around there…

    Plus, it doesn’t seem like he does anything halfway, so I’d be curious if he does canvas or cedar strip or that crazy veneer laminate crosshatch, or some sort of shiplap method like a peterborough or what.

    Inquiring minds want to know!
    Damn nerds of all kinds on here.

  14. Spencer says:

    Is it me or was there a weird beeping noise every 20 seconds or so

  15. Kevin K says:

    I wish Ron Swanson was my Father! I just wanna chop wood and build a chair with said wood and then sit in that chair and eat a deer.

    Bruce Gutter told me he once tried to fuck a Hot Pocket and then ate it later forgetting her had previously put his dick inside it!

  16. Cass says:

    Chloe’s going to think I’m weird (I am), but too bad (hi, Chloe!). I LOVE your podcasts, almost drove off the road today when N.O. said… ”it’s sort of an understood thing that we leave our devices out of the room and spend our time together either reading or 69-ing.” I couldn’t see out of my eyes. (I also know one of the books to get JD this year for xmas). Thanks for all the laughs and all the things I learn. You’re adorable. And so’s your sister wives.

  17. Ben says:

    when Nick Offerman giggles it is the greatest thing ever

  18. Nichole says:

    Another one!? We are spoiled.

    I like to think that Nick whittles on his front porch in a rocking chair, shot gun close by.

    Never heard Chris laugh so hard at a joke hahaha

  19. Erin says:

    I love this man!!

  20. REID NYSTROM says:

    Nielsen started reviewing twitter the for a new means of ratings.

  21. Edward Gundrum says:

    What a week of returning guests! Over the past year, these have been some of the best guests and to get another podcast with them is awesome.

    Keep up all the great work!

  22. DEC12345 says:

    Lava gets its name from the ground down pumice (pumicite) in the soap. Pumice is a volcanic rock made from rapidly cooling lava.

  23. Dan says:

    I saw his picture and squealed .. dont tell mr offerman please.

  24. Ravelle says:

    Man, Chris, how do you do it? The last couple of months have been amazing. Can’t wait to listen to this one.

  25. Ryan says:

    You know I’m going to be waiting through the entire podcast for this joke now, right?

    Anyway, thanks for the week of podcasts, It’s been amazing.