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This Week on the Nerdist Podcast Network: Ed Helms, Kevin Smith, Robert Patrick, Games, Dogs, More

It’s been quite a week on the Nerdist Podcast Network. Ed Helms told us about being Rusty Griswold in the Vacation reboot, Kevin Smith talked Tusk, Robert Patrick bantered about the South and being T-1000, Pete Holmes visited The Indoor Kids, Cameron Esposito made it weird, and Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh ate more stuff. Plus, a cat rubbed up against a microphone while a dog farted.

Did you listen? If you didn’t, you missed Ed Helms talking about how he overcame his initial resistance to doing Vacation after reading 10 pages of the script (“this takes place in the world we already know… it’s a continuation”), engages in a discussion of Chevy Chase comedies (he will NOT be doing Son of Fletch), and raises the possibility that Clark W. Griswold might have been a serial killer roaming the country on the Nerdist Podcast. Of course, he also talked about bluegrass music, and vintage MTV came up, because Singled Out (Ed had a crush on Jenny McCarthy, prompting Chris to reiterate the nothing-happened-we-were-like-siblings story. “A lot of denial,” Ed noted).

Kevin Smith stopped by the Nerdist Podcast for his third — THIRD! — guest shot. He told the story of how his new movie Tusk came from “a mindsnap” on his podcast and was the result of listeners voting on Twitter to have him write the script. It’s interesting to hear him talk about how Tusk was generated while he was still waiting for word from the Weinsteins about whether Clerks 3 (“the third iteration of something I said twenty years ago”) would be funded, and the frustration of waiting for gatekeepers. But there’s also much bonding over being podcasters, looking back on the first time Kevin was on Nerdist in a recording at SMODcastle (hear it here, and Kevin explains why he doesn’t sell the custom hockey jerseys he wears (hint: EXPENSIVE). And you’ll learn more about Silent Bob’s trenchcoat than you ever imagined (including the ’80s mall store chain at which he bought the original).

Robert Patrick was on this morning’s edition of the Nerdist Podcast, and if you listen, you’ll know the answer to the trivia question, “For which cartoon both Robert and Chris do voices?” (Hint: Not Back to the Barnyard.) This episode has a lot about Robert’s career, which is a testament to just picking up and moving and going for what you want even without any connections or particular plan. You’ll be inspired even if you’re not planning an acting career anytime soon.

It’s not possible to recap everything Pete Holmes covered in his appearance on The Indoor Kids — it’s just too much. He runs “video game bits” by Emily and Kumail, and talks about Mass Effect 2, and living in two game universes with two sunsets and YOU try to keep up with him. Just know that if you were a Beverly Hills 90210 fan back in the day… well, three words: David Silver singing. Or Pete singing as David Silver singing. It’s Brian Austin Greene’s world; we just live in it. Also, Emily and Kumail’s cat Bagel rubs the microphone and is cute. And we’ll never know what someone said just before the segment with Pete starts that made everyone laugh. Unless we can get Katie to spill it, that is.

Then, on his own show You Made it Weird, Pete welcomed Cameron Esposito. The discussion ranges from their mutual antipathy towards rabid sports fans to discussions of Boys Don’t Cry and Punchline. You Made It Movies? Make it so, Pete. (WARNING: Dog fart at :14. Perpetrator: Katie’s dog Scout. Sure, Pete, blame the dog.)

And there was a lot more. Our own Jonah Ray talked pets and not-pets on The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler, because that’s how that show works. Mike and Tom Eat Snacks continued its triumphant return to active duty, meeting at the Headquarters (entering through the back door) to offer viewers a taste of an imported-from-the-UK treat. Did it top last week’s snack, the tough-to-beat HBE? Listen to find out.

Wait, are you a wrestling fan? You should be listening to The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast. They’ve been interviewing some huge names lately, from CM Punk and Hulk Hogan to Stone Cold Steve Austin and, this week, Sting plus a return for Daniel Bryan. Carrie Clifford made a return visit to Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve, worth a listen because she’s funny and the easy rapport between friends is always a great listen. The Nerdist Writers Panel featured Simon Barrett, the writer of You’re Next and the new one The Guest.

And STILL more: Sparks Nevada returned for another adventure on Thrilling Adventure Hour, and writer-actor-director Jay Duplass joined Razzle and guest co-host Zane Grant for some facts about O.J.-as-the-Terminator and Italy’s lack of pepperoni on Today We Learned, Gil had the guys from Beyond Fest on to talk about this year’s event on The Mutant Season, and Clarke wrapped up her recap of Season One of Sleepy Hollow on Sleepycast with more insider interviews, just in time to get us ready for the new season on Fox.

And we’re not done: We had an all new pile of madness on the intelligent-ish Cashing In with T.J. Miller, with a lot of talk about proposals and weddings, because, you know, T.J. and Kate are in that frame of mind. Janet had Erin Foley talkin’ adolescence and the Bee Gees on The JV Club with a special introduction by Kulap Vilaysack of Who Charted? fame, who’s plugging her Origin Story film project.

Which is to say, listen to everything the Nerdist Podcast Network has to offer. Click here and you’ll find it all. Get started!

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