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This Week on the Nerdist Podcast Network: Greg Proops, Judd Apatow, MAD MEN and more…

This Week on the Nerdist Podcast Network: Greg Proops, Judd Apatow, MAD MEN and more…

Another week, another run of great shows on the Nerdist Podcast Network, if we do say so ourselves. For example….

Coming up shortly, if it’s not up yet (production delays, sorry! It’ll be at this link when it’s ready, whenever that is; at this writing, it wasn’t up yet), Greg Proops came by for his fourth appearance on the Nerdist Podcast, promoting his book The Smartest Book in the World and muse about comedy audiences in different parts of America, the changing state of comedy specials, podcasting, his surprising influences, Joan Rivers, and encouraging young comics.

Comedy movie icon Judd Apatow visited You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes to talk about returning to stand-up for the first time in about 20 years, the benefits of working in comedy, stress, success, crafting effective movie endings, and the pros and cons of helping out family and friends (including, of all things, Dr. Phil’s theory).

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner returned to the Nerdist Podcast as the weeks dwindle down to a precious few for Don Dick Draper Whitman and the former Sterling Cooper crew. Somehow, the discussion goes to travel pillows and satin sheets and wigs before veering into Matthew’s comedy background and the public shaming wave that has turned jokes into career-enders. There’s also talk about the rabid fan support for today’s TV shows and how that leads to some fans getting a little too proprietary and protective and judgemental.

Comedian, actor, filmmaker, web series host, Walken impressionist… is there anything Kevin Pollak can’t do? He returned to the Nerdist Podcast as well, to discuss his new documentary Misery Loves Comedy and the elements that drive people to become artists.

Kumail and Emily were graced by the presence of one Jonah Ray on The Indoor Kids, and their (and our) ol’ pal did not disappoint. You got your Hungarian movie review, your home-brew Sega Genesis games, your making fun of DJ names, and way more, including Avengers talk (but no spoilers).

Speaking of keeping it in the Legendary family, our Geek and Sundry friend Felicia Day joined Janet in The JV Club for a walk down teenage memory lane. Meanwhile, Greg Grunberg withstood an onslaught of Star Wars questions from Kevin and Steve on Chewin’ It, but there’s Heroes talk in there, too. Anyone interested in the history of Hip Hop got an education and plenty of laughs from this week’s Hound Tall from San Francisco, with Moshe welcoming “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” author Jeff Chang and a panel of Natasha Leggero, W. Kamau Bell and Kaseem Bentley. Jane the Virgin, Gilmore Girls, Hope & Faith, Men in Trees, Emily Owens, MD… that’s what Jennie Snyder Urman’s resumé looks like, and the creator and showrunner of Jane the Virgin talked about show development and more on Nerdist Writers Panel. Agnes Bruckner (Once Upon a Time, The Returned) kicked around the pop culture topics of the week with Cole and Vanessa on Pop My Culture. Comedian Shane Mauss spouted facts on Today We Learned. And Joe DeRosa was back on The K Ohle for another hang with Kurt.

Plus: The makers of a new movie about Aleister Crowley talked about the occultist on Bizarre States. The Legacy Music Hour remembered and played more classic sports video game music. The Pro You guys updated us on the progress of their website, while Sex Nerd Sandra had Ox and Jesus from oxballs on to talk about men’s sex toys, and where else are you gonna hear about that? Gil learned about the business side of Meltdown Comics and the law biz from COO Terri Lubaroff on The Mutant Season. And Sparks Nevada rode the Martian range on a new Thrilling Adventure Hour.

So, go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page to hear it all and to be ready for more. We do this kind of thing every week. Subscribe and don’t miss out. It’s the smart thing to do.

Contributors: Maxwell James, Kyle Clark, Joshua Quail

Photo: GregProops.com

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