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Nerdist Podcast: Simon Helberg
Episode 639: Nerdist Podcast
Simon Helberg
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Nerdist Podcast: Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg chats with Chris and Jonah about getting his role on The Big Bang Theory, working so hard he lost 15 pounds, and differentiating himself from his character on TV. He also talks about making his new movie We’ll Never Have Paris, based on a true story!

Buy or rent We’ll Never Have Paris at Amazon!

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  1. Adventureless_Hero says:

    I always knew the end would be sharks with hands. I like this fellow, Simon Helberg. I’ll go scope out some of his work. I don’t really dig Big Bang Theory, but I think that’s not anyone’s fault. I’m just wired strange; I didn’t like Power Rangers in 5th grade either, despite the fact that everyone in my class called me an idiot. :'( 

    But I love this podcast, and this episode was a perfect example of why; it enlightened me on what sort of person the human behind the character is. And I like!

  2. Alwin says:

    “You have barbecue sauce on your soul!”

  3. Josh says:

    I dunno, @yeppers, sure does seem like “Jew” is part of the insult to you. At best, it’s a lazy insult. At worst, it’s a telling window to your attitude about other people, specifically my people, apparently. Either way, I’m throwing a yellow penalty flag on that one. If that makes me the PC police, then so be it. You may not actually be an anti-Semite, but you sure smell like one. *sigh* Anyway, great ep CH! It was a delightful conversation!

  4. Reen says:

    Thanks for the community events mention!  Seriously, the positivity on the show is inspiring.  (it’s only taken a few years to sink in) Keep it up!

  5. Kader says:

    GREAT Fing podcast. So funny, so real, so down to earth. Thank you!

  6. English Dave says:

    Seems like a lovely fella.

  7. theRealRingoStar says:

    You guys are thinking about aspects of social interactions way too much. Sometimes you need just live life and take it and enjoy it.

  8. George Jefferson says:

    Since this interview is possibly the 100th I’ve personally listened to wherein the actor/artist addresses negative online comments, I just want to say that a commenting culture exclusively contributing compliments isn’t anymore legitimate than a culture that only contributes insults. I get the sense that is what the entertainment industry would prefer, just a bland gravy train of “attaboys,” which is functionally meaningless. Then again, I have definitely seen a lot of heinous, trolling commentary, and I’m not trying to minimize that.

    • Yeppers says:

      I totally agree with you George Jefferson, this guy is an unfunny jew in an unfunny sitcom that can’t handle the fact that he’s participating in unfunny, lowest common denominator garbage and it hurt’s his itty bitty little ego. I also saw his garbage movie and the only redeeming thing about it was Melanie Lynskey.

      • George Jefferson says:

        Ew, gross. That is not what I said at all. Also, I watch and enjoy The Big Bang Theory. (Jim Parsons is extremely talented and I absolutely loved him in The Normal Heart.)

      • Josh says:

        Uhhhh, “an unfunny jew”? Really? I didn’t think Nerdist industries held appeal to anti-Semites, but go ahead, @Yeppers, let’s hear what you meant by “an unfunny Jew”. As another unfunny Jew, I really am very excited to read more of your ideas.
        @George Jefferson you called me out a couple of episodes ago for asking @hardwicksucks to stop commenting in the way that he was. In truth, I actually really agree with you — constructive criticism is great. As you comment below, the above type of stuff isn’t what you want to see. So we’re in agreement. I used to comment a lot more in this space — participated in some pretty fabulous conversations with the likes of DoctorQuemmento and PattyMarvel. There’s potential here for wonderful, constructive, and challenging interactions. Trolling in this space is a violation of that potential. You come off in your comments as a good guy — I don’t think professional entertainers fear constructive critique. You get a ton of it in that industry, and entertainers have to learn to be okay with constructive criticism. I think many are just sick of the mindless vitriol. You know, stuff like “an unfunny Jew”…

        • Yeppers says:

          Shit, calm down. I’m not antisemetic. I love the likes of Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Jerry Seinfeld to name a few. Just because I call the guy an unfunny Jew, doesn’t mean I hate Jewish people. Didn’t know this place was filled with the PC Police.

  9. Juan Felipe says:

    By pure coincidence, i was walking home through the Donnybrook neighborhood of Dublin, about a block from where Shane Macgowan from The Pogues lives. He will probably forever be punk, but you’ll never know it from walking through here.

  10. Nikki says:

    I don’t think being self-aware or being self-deprecating is necessarily a bad or selfish thing. More people should be self-aware…

  11. M Rowe says:

    I feel horrible for the TBBT crew. I honestly like the show, but they are dabbling in the lives of a highly defensive culture, and I think the show gets a lot of negative feedback for the wrong reasons. I know people who are those characters, several of them close friends, but I also realize that TBBT is a sitcom, aka an exaggeration of those personalities. I think too many people forget that. I loved the comment about how Simon “didn’t babysit your kid and abandon him in a parking to go get drunk.” So true!
    Thank you for another wonderful podcast. I’ll admit to being worried about this one since there have been negative comments about TBBT in the past, but it’s great to hear that you’re friends with Simon in real life. This is another great example how actors are not their characters.

    • Andrew says:

      It’s nerdsploitation – or more accurately, anti-intellectualism.  I think the issue most people have with it is that it’s indicative of a pervasive ‘being smart is for losers’ mentality that is a dying fad. They’re all socially handicapped and struggle with success not in spite of their brilliance, but because of it.

      Compare this to Silicon Valley which nerds fall to the ground in reverence for, which doesn’t need a laughtrack to hold your hand, portrays similar characters with far more personality, and has smart writing that handles real ‘nerd’ culture without dumbing it down past misreprentation.

      • M Rowe says:

        Because sitcoms don’t exploit other types of people? The dumb jock, the slutty single woman, the married guy, etc, etc? It’s a sitcom meant for easy humor and not a documentary, and I think it’s fun having something where I get and like the references.
        To be honest, I couldn’t get into Silicon Valley, but I can understand the appeal. I think TBBT is more about science/pop culture geeks while Silicon Valley is about IT geeks, and I get enough of the IT drivel from real life friends. Luckily, we live in a world where both TBBT and Silicon Valley can exist.

        • Steven Martinez says:

          Yeah.  Part of the problem is that this show also stereotypes the dumb jock and the slutty single woman, etc, etc.  It’s nothing more than treading on stereotypes.  I always point out Parks and Rec as a show that features avoids stereotypes, features character growth, and has characters being friends that actually seem to like each other.  TBBT is heavily episodic, and you can really just skip multiple seasons and pick up just fine.  It feels super stagnant and most of the plot is centered around well worn tropes and stereotypes.  Just kind of meh.  Kind of boring to watch 2d characters for very long.

    • Marielle says:

      I appreciate a lot of the jokes, but I have a major gripe that probably will never be addressed: TBBT is really missing out on some comedy gold by completely ignoring the fact that a significant chunk of the nerd population is *gasp* female. I was bummed when Leslie Winkle stopped being a part of the show because she represented ME and other female nerds– sure, I do love to wear nice clothing and makeup, but I can and will talk at length about the differences and relative merits of MCU vs comic book versions of the characters…

      I LOVED the episode where the girls bought comic books and it devolved into an argument over the superheroes and their powers. If they had more episodes like that, I would probably start watching it again.

      • Jennifer says:

        What about Brenadette?  She is nerds but is girly.  I think she is better at that then Leslie actually.  I feel like they represent each of the types of girls pretty well.  The popular one, the needy unpopular one and then the center Brenadette who is girl and neRdy.

  12. Thisguyjason says:

    This is was a pretty interesting episode. Thanks doods! Also, I really enjoy TBBT. There i said it, and I feel so much better.