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Episode 309: Nerdist Podcast
Sick Ray
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Nerdist Podcast: Sick Ray

Everyone is sick in this hostful! And by everyone, we just mean Jonah (who has the flu) and Chris (who is fighting the flu). Producer Katie Levine (@kt_money on Twitter!) sits in with Chris and Matt to talk about hair plugs, bagging your own groceries, and sports!

Artwork by Kristin Nicholson!


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  1. bill cosby says:

    Chris, you sounded just fine. I’m glad you posted this episode because I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Don B says:

    There needs to be a nickname for Matt when he’s not restrained by Jonah Ray. Free-mouthin’ Mira? Someone more clever needs to come up with it.

    This was a fun podcast – Chris wasn’t as lethargic as he makes himself out to be in the intro, Matt was hilarious, and Katie kept the laughs and stories moving right along – no letdown here at all.

  3. Patty Marvel says:

    @Jetpack Blue – Oh, YOU and your CRAZY jokes! BTW, one of my favorite novels is Christopher Moore’s “Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story” and it’s set in San Francisco and much is made about what neighborhoods are good and which ones should be avoided. You know, in between the vampires sucking and fucking.

    @Kate Lavine – HURRAY for more estrogen on the show! Please return to the mic soon!

    @Matt Mira – “Tell us about it, Dad!” You are on FIRE as of late! BTW, keep the beard. It makes you look super butch.

    Voodoo Doughnuts’ “The Elvis” sounds orgasmically good. I must be hungry.

    @Chris Hardwick – Funny you should mention hosting SNL. Today is “Suggestion Day” on @nbcsnl , so I tweeted, “Please have Stephen Colbert & @nerdist Chris Hardwick on to #SNLHost and @garfunkeloates & @jonathancoulton on as #SNLMusic !” Let’s see who makes it.

  4. Betho says:

    The People’s Choice Awards have basically turned into the Teen’s Choice Awards.
    Mike O’Malley is on Glee and I think you should have him on your podcast!

  5. Xeroz says:

    Oh, if only Jonah had been there on this ep. Surely, he wouldn’t have missed the chance to say “That’s what she said!” at the 18m40sec. mark… Right after talking about it, and the fact that Chris said it was a part of some of his new stand-up material, it was a perfect missed opportunity.
    Great ep. btw.

  6. Jason says:

    Punched in the glans? Ouch!

  7. Erika says:

    Hey Guys! WIll you dedicate an episode of Nerdist Podcast to Aaron Swartz and discuss what happened! I can’t stop thinking about him and how much contributed to internet culture. He should be here today, not shamed into suicide for having ideas about sharing public information with…the public.

  8. Quemment Atlee says:

    Big C! I know you get uncomfortable, but Matt Mira saying awful things and then laughing that sweet cherubic laugh really fuels my rocket ship.

  9. LevelledUp says:

    Still wondering why it wasn’t called Flu-Ray. 😉

  10. Ken Colangelo says:

    First post. Such a casual and funny hostful, coulda listened for another hour. Bad hostful? No, itsa nice! Jonah rocks too, hope he feels better. Great to hear from Katie too. Chris, that startle awake thing is a kind of apnea, you should see a doctor and get a sleep study. That can really screw up sleep/immune system/daytime anxiety. You work too hard and maybe your psyche is fighting it a bit?
    Chris’ subconscious:
    “Whattya want a Nerdist transatlantic airship service now? No, you are gonna rest and I’m going to hold your breath for you until you enjoy a calming chaos-free burrito. Got it? Good. 🙂 Oh, and don’t travel to relax, travel is exhausting. Stay home. Have a day with NOTHING on your schedule, not even TV watching.” Sorry to be presumptuous but that’s one man’s opinion, one with apnea and anxiety. Thanks for all the fun.

  11. Scott S says:

    Hooray for Little Ears! She should definitey be in more than just intros .I’d also like to hear a Slick Rick podcast. I’m not sure that’s in Chris’s wheelhouse, but I wouldn’t think the wrestlers would be eother, and they were both good. In fact, I find I enjoy the ones that aren’t in Chris’s comedy wheelhouse more a lot of the time. The comedy ones get a lttle self-satisfied sometimes. Though, sometimes they’re great, too.

  12. Derrick says:

    I thought it said “Slick Rick” and almost fell out of my chair.

  13. Jessica says:

    *couldn’t* …sorry for such a long previous post!

  14. Jessica says:

    Hi guys, love the show! Long time listener, first time commenter. CH, everyone is right…you are too hard on yourself! You were just fine in this episode…that being said, I just had to share what I found to be a humorous coincidence while I was listening to this ep. You were talking about not feeling well (fighting off the oncoming flu) and I think the words you used were “I just want to feel better”. Maybe it was because I was working (I review medical charts), or maybe it was just the way it sounded in my head, but it reminded me of one of those anti-depressant commercials… coincidentally I just so happened to be reading a chart for someone with major depressive disorder. I could help but crack up! Thanks for keeping the day job more entertaining!

  15. atomsmith says:

    Chris, when we stand on the precipice and feel terror, we’re not afraid we’ll fall or be pushed, we’re afraid we’ll jump!

  16. Carrie says:

    ‘parts unknown’ = Crawfordsville, IN. As someone from central IN…. accurate.

  17. Whoa! Thanks for using my artwork again!

  18. setlasmon says:

    hay Big C! isn’t that “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? I AM!”? which doesn’t make sense and is delightful.

    also delightful.. that drive up the CA coast on the 1, K-T spoke of! so gorgeous! fear not the falling geology. put it on your bucket list!

    good times.