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Number 87: ED HELMS
Episode 87: Nerdist Podcast
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Number 87: ED HELMS

Bluegrass! The Office! Remote iPad control! A wide berth of topics to cure what ails ya (emotionally)! There’s a rap on the door of your heart…it’s Ed Helms!!! How could you turn him away? It’s. Just. Not. Possible. (audience “Awwwww”s, cue “Growing Pains” theme: “As Long as We’ve Got Each Other”, credits)

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  1. Suzanne says:

    At points in this podcast Ed’s voice calls to mind Tom Brokaw.
    He should develop an impression if he doesn’t already have one.

  2. Cam says:

    Like bluegrass? If you don’t know Trampled by Turtles, you should!

  3. ajatfm says:

    I LOVE that Punch Brothers and their Radiohead covers were mentioned on this. Thile, as well as the rest of the group, are such amazing musicians. I just moved to Oklahoma City and found out about nerdist. These podcasts have been keeping me entertained while unpacking everything. Also, rodeohead was fantastic.

  4. Batch says:

    Loved this one. Keep up the work, guys, and remember: stay classy, my friends. Stay classy.

  5. Smartbunny says:

    Ed Helms thinks that Andy Bernard is a terrible person, but I really feel for him. I want the Nard-dog to win!

  6. Scott says:

    I haven’t finished this episode yet, so bear with me, but I think the ultimate guest would be Neal Stephenson.

  7. David says:

    And this is why I love Nerdist. Because now I shall nerd out to bluegrass music. My roommate is so confused.

  8. Adam Lister says:

    Great episode, and I’m enjoying reading all the ipad solutions. I will second the GoToMeeting idea – though I’ve not tried it, they do have an ipad app, and lets not forget they are a nerdist sponsor! You would need a solid internet connection though, wouldn’t want it cutting out in the midst of the banjo fury…

  9. Sean says:

    i’m mentioning bluegrass as in the band my cousin is in. he’s on banjo

  10. Isaac says:

    Hey guys did you know that the link to this Podcast is on the IMDB Homepage at the bottom!!! How awesome is that!!!

  11. Laura says:

    The Air Display is an awesome idea. I had thought of using Go To Meeting since you can view the SM’s screen and what they have on it. Glad to see that I wasn’t the only one who endeavored to help you guys create a solution while listening today. <3

  12. Meghan says:

    Listening to this podcast while driving to work, I let out a squeak of joy and clapped my hands with delight at the discussion of the French Fur Trappers (my absolute favorite KITH sketch). Total nerd moment.

    Another great podcast, Ed Helms seems like such a sweetheart!

  13. Ben K says:

    Just because the microphone has issues doesn’t mean that you should not duct tape the mic to Matt’s face. You should want to do that independently of mic function. It’s just good comedy. Why not let the mic taped to his face host the show sometime? Alternatively you can tape a burrito to his face, also amusing.

  14. Jake says:

    If you iPad is jailbroken, you can connect to your device and control it from a computer:


    I use the iPad LogMeIn app to control my computer from my iPad, but downloading Veency from Cydia lets me do the same process in reverse. Veency is a VNC server that allows iPad users to control their iPad with their computer – awesome. Getting Veency to work on your computer will require a desktop VNC program like RealVNC to work.

  15. Lloyd Christmas says:

    This was the best episode yet. Great job, Big C!
    Excellent free content.

  16. Lee Benningfield says:

    Hooray, bluegrass! I just picked up the newer Punch Brothers album a few weeks ago; I don’t know how I missed it back when it came out (and now I realize there’s also a deluxe edition which I now want.)

  17. Wesley Marshall says:

    Great, episode Ed Helms is a talented guy been watching him since he was on the Daily Show, am I the only one who confused him for Colbert when they were both on that show, I mean they both wore glasses and dressed pretty similarly, and also the hair was sorta styled the same. Maybe it’s just me. But great episode. I play guitar and piano, now I really want to learn banjo.

  18. @religionbites says:

    Chris – was wondering if you’re planning on releasing The Nerdist Way in audio form next year? I think it would be awesome to hear you read your own stuff.

    Also – to those that don’t like references to your earlier podcasts (noodle stories, enjoy your burrito, etc), their lazy asses should just go back and listen to the older podcasts like I did. Pffft.

    Thanks, love the podcast. it’s the only one I listen to. At all. You’re that special. And funny. 🙂

  19. Mark T. Manning says:

    Well! Now don’t I feel and/or look like a jerk. I guess I’ll NOT ask for my zero dollars back I don’t pay for great, free weekly content that is consistently amazing.

    Matt’s contribution is great, and if I didn’t care, I wouldn’t cry about it. 😉

    Keep up the great work, guys. Didn’t mean to add to what I’m sure is a constant gripefest from foamy-mouthed, nit-picky nerds. Crawling back under my rock now! 😀

  20. Liam Munn says:

    Great ep Big C! I’m guessing the Nerdist crew are using the same studio as the G4 Feedback show because they have a few mic problems as well.

    Luv the show BIG C!

  21. Chris Hardwick says:


    He talks into the microphone. That microphone in the radio studio is faulty and there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s a facilities issue at the NBC/Uni bldg, and we’re kind of lucky that we get to use it at all. It’s not going to change until we build our own at Meltdown, which will take a little time.


  22. Mark T. Manning says:

    Chris & Jonah: please duct tape the mic to Matthew Mira’s face a la Johnny Depp/Raoul Duke/HST in the wake-up hotel room scene in “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas”.

    He talks. I no can hear him! Y U NO TALK IN TO MICROPHONE, MATT MIRA?! 🙁

    I would gladly deal with 50 table poundings next Tuesday, for a “talk in to the microphone” today. Ok that doesn’t really work, but you know what I mean. Please, just get him to talk in to the mic. KTHXBAI!! <3 <3 <3

  23. LesserBeing says:

    Thanks for ruining phenomenon! i went to theatre twice, with two different people and i fell asleep both times. Anyway another great podcast, ed helms seems like an awesome person. I didn’t know he was a new york comedian, I wish i got to see him. I used to be quite a comedy nerd but i cant really afford it these days.(except for chris’ show in brklyn of course)

  24. Bob says:

    Speaking of bluegrass covers, Honeywagon did some good Green Day covers. My personal favorites are:

    When I Come Around:



  25. Eric S. says:

    I remember that Kids in the Hall/Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference! It was in Zombie Nightmare. Said by Crow, “It’s the Kids in the Hall.”

  26. Manders says:

    Punch Brothers also do a phenomenal cover of “Kid A”. Like, mind-blowing.

  27. Keith says:

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 87 podcasts already. Time flies when you’re talking comedy.

  28. LizTheCanadian says:

    Umm wow thanks for the Punch Brothers! Definitely going to buy something of theirs! And Ed Helms is great, seems so down to earth.

  29. Devin Smail says:

    Did anyone else find some sweet irony when Ed said that there wasn’t much cross over between “the jerk” population and “the bluegrass” fan-base?
    Ya know, cuz they were talking about Steve Martin?

  30. Sol says:

    You can use SyncPad to remote scroll a document in an iPad. Bonus: you can have someone scrawling live notes, and you can broadcast to a bunch of devices.

  31. Mark says:

    I’m pretty sure Jimmy Pardo has a remotely controlled iPad that he uses on Never Not Funny.

  32. alisaj29 says:

    “I’m squishing your head.”

  33. Turner says:

    Russell: Thanks for Air Play app iPad suggestion. I have a similar need and your solution works great!

  34. Jamie says:

    Your iPad solution you came up with would work . Another solution would be to have a laptop that the iPad is remote controlling, using something like LogMeIn or a VNC client, then when you scroll the laptop it would scroll on the iPad too.

  35. Eric C. says:

    Wow, thanks for turning me on to Punch Brothers. I’ve been playing around on YouTube ever since.

  36. Pathoffman says:

    Couldn’t you just use a software like Timbukto?

    You’d probably have to rewrite the software a bit to make it functional with an iPad and an iPhone.

  37. Russell Leggett says:

    I can’t think of a way to remotely control an iPad, but what you could do is use the iPad as an external monitor using “Air Display”. This works over wifi, and can be used to mirror the desktop. This would let someone off stage use a laptop which would just mirror itself to the ipad.