I am Chris Hardwick. This podcast used to be called Nerdist. Now it is not. It is still basically just me talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira when they’re available, and usually someone more famous and smarter than all of us. Swearing is still fun, so we still do that occasionally. I hope you like this new iteration which is the same as before, but if a name hangs you up unhealthily I’m sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage not only in the ‘r...more
Judy Greer (Arrested Development, Kidding, Halloween) chats with Chris about people who are too famous to shop at Target, their love of antiques and where people recognize her from. Judy also talks about how her mom almost became a nun, filming movies around the world and her new movie Driven!
Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Maleficent, Mum) chats with Chris about what it’s like doing theater in Los Angeles, how she likes to keep her private life private and the vast array of characters she has played. She also talks about what kinds of projects she likes best, how the entertainment industry is changing and the upcoming season of Mum!
Katee Sackhoff returns to the podcast! She and Chris talk about restoring a house she bought, the long process of getting permits and she tells a story of being on a plane with a crying child recently. They also talk about going to concerts of bands they liked as kids, her new show Another Life on Netflix and her upcoming YouTube channel about meditation and healthy living!
Yvette Nicole Brown returns to the podcast! Chris introduces her to Japanese Kit Kats, they talk about dealing with people on the internet and Yvette talks about her new dog, Harley. They also talk about the importance of self reflection and being your best self, Yvette talks about her faith and dealing with the difficulties of life.
Tom Lennon returns to the podcast! He and Chris talk about Chris’s cat being sick, an old friend stops by for a minute and they talk about Tom’s new children's book Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Tom then talks about the process of writing a book, he talks about his worst movie pitches and they try to do their best accents!
Chris Jericho returns to the podcast! He and Chris catch up with each other, they talk about the amazing world of wrestling and how wrestling has created such a connection with it’s fans. They also talk about learning new talents, dealing with his kids diabetes and the long list of everything that Chris has going on!
Pete Holmes returns to the podcast! He and Chris talk about how they both stopped drinking, they wonder what would’ve happened to Neanderthals if they had food delivery services and Pete talks about growing up religious. Pete then talks about losing his faith over the years, they discuss the importance of living in the moment and Pete talks about his book Comedy Sex God!
Adam Savage is back on the podcast! He and Chris talk about how his kids are now grown up, when Adam first started going to ComicCon and Adam recalls a time he wore a kilt. They also talk about what they would bring if they went back in time, Adam reminisces about working on Mythbusters and they talk about his new show Savage Builds!
Chris Kattan (SNL, A Night at the Roxbury) chats with Chris about watching SNL as a kid, which casts are their favorites and getting his start in comedy with The Groundlings. He also talks about coming up with his iconic characters like Mr. Peepers and Mango, getting injured and how it affected his comedy and his new book Baby, Don’t Hurt Me!
Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway? Let's Make a Deal) chats with Chris about his love of nerd culture, how he got into acting and finding his own identity as an actor. Wayne also talks about getting on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, how they dealt with rejection in their careers and everything else Wayne is currently working on!
Mark Manson (author) talks to Chris about how he promoting his upcoming book, the response he got to his book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and how people can choose what and what not to care about. They also talk about how it’s human nature to look for problems and what readers can expect from his new book Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope!
David Yarovesky (The Hive, Brightburn) returns to the podcast! He and Chris talk about making films with a limited budget, what he learned from making music videos and where the idea for Brightburn came from. They also talk about the response to Brightburn, how it is working with studios and they talk about the stories of some of their favorite horror movies!
Alexandra Shipp (X-Men, Love Simon) talks about her acting style, how so much of acting is waiting around for your scene and the TV shows she watched growing up. She also talks about her first day on set for X-Men, being bullied as a kid and her new movies Dark Phoenix and Shaft!
Colin Hanks returns to the podcast! He brings one of his Hanks Kerchiefs for Chris, they talk about the world of collecting and his endless love of music. They also talk about keeping their creativity up, the proper use of handkerchiefs and how hard being a parent can be!
Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds, new book Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself) talks with Chris about how they handle busy schedules, the time he did @midnight and his love of magic. He also talks about directing, working on Criminal Minds for 15 years and his new children's book Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belongings, and Being Yourself!
Moby returns to the podcast! He and Chris talk about how he almost bought a bear skeleton once, how they respond to failure and their experiences quitting drinking. Moby also talks about how it can be hard to make better choices for yourself, they talk about veganism and his new memoir Then It Fell Apart!
Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, ER, Dead to Me) chats with Chris about working on a sitcom in the 90's together, Linda talks about her time on Freaks and Geeks and they talk about the impressive list of shows she has been on. Linda also talks about coming from a large family, she tells a story about a piece of artwork she lost and they talk about her new show Dead to Me, on Netflix now!
Craig Ferguson returns to the podcast for a third time! They talk about what Scotland is like, where they like to do standup and how Craig likes living a quieter life now. Craig also talks about when he decided to leave late night, what he learned from working so hard over the years and his new memoir Riding the Elephant, out May 7th!
Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, Rambo II) chats with Chris about how he needs a suit of armor in his house, what is was like working on The Karate Kid and what an impact it has made on other movies. They also talk about why his character of John Kreese is the way he is, he talks about his love of westerns and the new season of Cobra Kai!
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us, American Horror Story) talks with Chris about buying and designing her new house, she remembers the first table read for This Is Us and how no one knew it would turn into the phenomenon it is today. Chrissy also talks about going from being an agent to an actor, the path she has chosen for her life and her new movie Breakthrough!
Jaime King returns to the podcast! She and Chris talk about how they met, becoming a model at a young age and her childhood leading up to her career. Jaime also talks about how she took control over her mental happiness, how meditation has changed both their lives and she talks about a scary experience she had recently.
David Harbour (actor, Stranger Things) chats with Chris about his love for Shipmates, what other 90's dating shows they liked and what video games he is playing. They also talk about their thoughts on the internet, David talks about a book he is currently writing and his new movie Hellboy!
Nikki Glaser (comedian, You Up on SiriusXM) chats with Chris about their love of meditation, her time on Dancing with the Stars and the real reason she moved to New York. She also talks about getting her show You Up with Nikki Glaser on SiriusXM, meeting Howard Stern and goals they have recently set for themselves!
Penn Jillette returns to the podcast! He and Chris get deep and talk about how people think, Penn talks about his love of the Beatles and Penn shares a few funny stories. Penn also talks about being vegan, they talk about the uniqueness of Las Vegas and how they define genius!
Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Conjuring) talks to Chris about how she and Lydia became friends, her mom’s unique parenting techniques and her love of the game Monopoly. They also talk about what accounts they follow on Instagram, TV shows they like right now and the crazy true story behind her new show The Act on Hulu!
Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, Daredevil, The Punisher) talks to Chris about her love of nerdy games, they talk about what Deborah was like when she was growing up and how it has influenced the person she is today. She also talks about playing D&D for Relics & Rarities, her movie Escape Room and they talk about her boyfriend EJ’s fight with choroideremia!
Kyle Newman (director, author) talks with Chris about a deleted Star Wars scene that was recently released, how they met and their mutual love for nerd culture. They also talk about how people can have such intense opinions on things they love, they go deep discussing the Star Wars universe and Kyle’s new book Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History!
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, The Knick, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) brings a pie to the podcast, he and Chris talk about how Beetlejuice is more sexual than everyone remembers and he discusses getting the part on This Is Us. Chris also talks about performing in theater, his work with the organization To Write Love On Her Arm and what the organization does!
Darren Lynn Bousman (director, Saw II, Repo! The Genetic Opera) chats with Chris about cool horror movie props, introducing his son to video games and he tells a story about getting arrested once. Darren also talks about interactive experiences he creates, how genre films are reviewed and his new movie St. Agatha!
Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day, La La Land) chats with Chris about growing up in Colorado, her high school experience and how her boyfriend makes handmade bows and arrows. They also talk about getting into pop culture recently, making the first Happy Death Day, what to expect in the sequel Happy Death Day 2U and her love of D&D!
Chris sits down with Tim Robbins, Bob Turton and Will Thomas McFadden to talk all about The Actors' Gang! They talk about acting, writing and directing, how they collaborate with each other on everything and the time Bob wore a dick suit on @midnight. They also talk about choosing plays to do, performing around the world and their new play Accidental Death of an Anarchist!
Danica McKellar returns to the podcast! Danica talks about her newest math book Do Not Open This Math Book, homeschooling her son and how she works with him to make sure he is being creative and imaginative. They also talk about learning different languages, how she and her ex-husband chose the name for their son and the newest books she is working on!
Jim Gaffigan returns to the podcast for a fourth time! He and Chris talk about their favorite venues to do comedy in, how Jim unintentionally pissed off the craft beer enthusiasts and how angry people got at him for it. They also talk about Jim's wife getting sick, the importance of seeing the world and his newest special Noble Ape!
Lin Shaye (Insidious, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary) bonds with Chris over their love of house restoration and decoration, Lins talks about how she sort of fell into acting and the first few acting gigs she got. Lin then tells the story about how she got a meeting with Jack Nicholson, she talks about creating her characters for Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin, how she just loves what she does and her new movie The Final Wish, in theaters January 24!
Seth Green returns to the podcast! He and Chris talk about their toy and nerd culture collectibles, how they were lucky to marry people who understand how nerdy they are and his time as the Cha Ching guy. They also talk about how nerd culture has changed, making his movie Changeland and how he came up with the story and the new season of Robot Chicken!
Andrea Savage returns to the podcast for a third time! Andrea talks about how she hates baby and wedding showers, how they both can’t seem to remember anything anymore and we learn that Chris doesn’t know what vineyards are called. Andrea also tells a story about a jar of olives, they discuss their love of dirty jokes and Andrea talks about the upcoming second season of her TV show I'm Sorry, Wednesdays at 10pm on TruTV!
Ron Funches (comedian, Gettin' Better with Ron Funches podcast) is on the show! Ron and Chris talk about what video games they are currently playing, the way Ron crafted his unique comedy style and how Ron makes people happy by just existing. They also take a trip down the @midnight memory lane, Ron talks about how his son has changed his views on the world and his new special Giggle Fit on Comedy Central Friday 1/4 at 11pm!
Prolific author Ryan Holiday discusses Stocism, healthy social media consumption, and how to be productive in an age of distraction. Check out any or all of his books including "Ego Is The Enemy", "Trust Me, I'm Lying", and "The Obstacle Is The Way". For more information about Stoicism goto DailyStoic.com.
Chris chats with Transcendental Meditation teacher and head of The David Lynch Foundation Bob Roth to discuss the foundational aspects of TM, why it's important to calm the chatter in your mind, and how his non-profit work at the Foundation is paving the way to help at-risk youth. His book is entitled, "Strength In Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation" and his radio show "Success Without Stress" on SiriusXM Indie.
Chris sits down with Jonathan and Drew Scott about renovating the Brady Bunch house, their love of magic and how they got into renovating houses. They also talk about working with so many different people on their shows, what else they are working on these days and then Jonathan has to leave but Drew and Chris continue the conversation!
Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight, The Haunting of Hill House) chats with Chris about doing long takes while filming, her time working on Twilight and what it was like attending Juilliard. They also talk about their mutual appreciation for meditation, the time Elizabeth ran away to California and her new series The Haunting of Hill House!
Ron Perlman returns to the podcast for a fourth time! He and Chris talk about living in a 24 hour news cycle, they come up with ideas for a podcast for Ron and how much Ron loves napping in his trailers. They also talk about Ron’s love of music, meeting Frank Sinatra and his new movie Asher!
Chris sits down with musician Lily Allen to talk about things people put in their riders, life on a tour bus and where she likes to travel to. They also talk about their early experiences on social media, Lily talks about a scary experience and writing her book My Thoughts Exactly!
Jaimie Alexander returns to the podcast! She and Chris talk about getting hurt while filming, working to control anxiety and getting stuck in bathrooms. They also talk about her character on Blindspot, what tattoo Chris should get and what Jaimie wants her next role to be!
Bridget Everett (comedian, Lady Dynamite, Inside Amy Schumer) chats with Chris about her Instagram famous dog, her dream to write a movie starring her dog and her hilariously unique style of comedy. They also talk about cabaret, the time she was a waitress for Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her love of singing and music!
Chris Coy (The Walking Dead, The Deuce) talks with Chris about the recent fires in southern California, how nice people always play the best villains and his role in the movie The Front Runner. Chris Coy also talks about what video games he is playing lately, what it was like acting with Hugh Jackman and how his family has changed him!
Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror, Everybody Wants Some!) chats with Chris about his time playing professional hockey, injuries sustained while playing hockey and what it was like when he decided to be an actor. Wyatt also tells some stories about a crazy roommate he had years ago, growing up with famous parents and his new movie Overlord!
Henry Winkler returns to the podcast to chat with Chris about his character on Barry, winning the Emmy and doing the movie Night Shift with Ron Howard and Michael Keaton. They then talk about how Henry is always called the nicest guy in Hollywood, Henry’s dream of winning a Tony award and they discuss the upcoming second season of Barry!
Jamie Lee Curtis chats with Chris about running into each other the day before Chris’s wedding, doing ads for yogurt and they both talk about being sober. Jamie talks about how she met her husband, her career path that led to the actor she is today and being in the original Halloween and the newest Halloween!
Ralph Macchio and Billy Zabka (The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai) talk to Chris about how much of an impact Karate Kid had on Chris and others when they first saw it, how their characters have changed now on Cobra Kai and how Billy gets cast as a bad guy a lot. They also talk about if they knew The Karate Kid was special while filming it, how Cobra Kai came to be and what else they have been up to!This episode brought to you by Spotify, Stamps (use promo code ID10T) and SimpliSafe (visit SimpliSafe.com/...more
Claire Danes (My So Called Life, Homeland) chats with Chris about their mutual love of antiques, how she bought a loft when she was in college and how she got into acting as a kid. She also talks about having a kid and being pregnant, filming the latest season of Homeland and her movie A Kid Named Jake!
Howie Mandel (comedian, Deal or No Deal, America's Got Talent) talks to Chris about getting the role on St. Elsewhere, the theories that stemmed from the St. Elsewhere finale and how he got his start in stand up. Howie also talks about the bit with the rubber glove, learning what kind of comedy was his style, dealing with mental health issues and America’s Got Talent!
Alie Ward (Ologies podcast, Innovation Nation) chats with Chris about their love of taxidermy, how they are both fascinated with bugs and they talk about being workaholics. Chris also talks about his house maybe being haunted, how they both deal with anxiety, making scientists more popular and Alie's podcast Ologies! This episode is sponsored by Linked In (use code ID10T for $50 credit), Mattress Firm (use code Podcast10 for 10% off) and Black Tux (visit BlackTux.com/ID10T for $20 off)!
Gillian Jacobs returns to the podcast! She and Chris about their love of old houses, the roller coaster ride of Community and all the documentaries she wants to make. Gillian also talks about her passion about women in technology, going to Juilliard to study acting and her new movie Ibiza! This episode brought to you by Spotify!
Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, Hunger Games) chats with Chris about castles and old buildings, the history of Los Angeles and how she gets into character for her roles. Natalie also talks about filming Game Thrones, her new movie In Darkness and the experience of writing the film! This episode brought to you by Squarespace (promo code ID10T for 10% off), Joe Pera Talks with You on Adult Swim and Mattress Firm (promo code Podcast10 for 10% off)!
Maz Jobrani (comedian, actor, author) chats with Chris about putting yourself in other people's shoes, dealing with customer service and how life has changed for them as they get older. Maz also talks about growing up Iranian in America, dealing with racism in today's world and his comedy special Immigrant on Netflix! Brought to you by Joe Pera Talks With You on Adult Swim.
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) chats with Chris and Jonah about their experiences in improv, what it is like being a woman in comedy and dealing with anxiety while growing up. Rachel also talks about ending Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with season 4 and making her new movie Most Likely To Murder!
Grant Gustin (The Flash) chats with Chris about his busy schedule with the show, creating worlds in movies and TV shows and how Dick Van Dyke inspired him to be an actor. Grant also talks about how he would love to be in a musical film, his love of puzzles and his upcoming wedding!
David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones) talks with Chris and Jonah about the perils of social media, how playing Doctor Who has shaped his career and how fans react to new Doctors. David also talks about changing his name when he became an actor, being in the theater in the UK and his new movie Bad Samaritan!
Astronaut Leland Melvin talks with Chris about when he knew he wanted to work in science, how he almost played in the NFL and moving back home before his father died. Leland also talks about he became as astronaut at NASA, overcoming adversity in his life, his book Chasing Space and his upcoming tv show One Strange Rock on National Geographic!
Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Timeless, Better of Ted) chats with Chris about their theories on Beetlejuice, their love of comics and standing up to bullies when they were kids. They also talk about their favorite movies, nerd culture and playing a time traveler on Timeless!
Louie Anderson returns to the podcast and is joined by both Chris and his mom Sharon! They talk about Louie's relationship with his late mother, Sharon talks about the struggles of being a mom and Louie discusses incorporating his real mom into the character he plays in Baskets. Louie also talks about his book Hey Mom, how he is trying to get healthy and what lessons he learned from his mom and uses in his life today!
Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher talk to Chris about what freeganism is, being new parents and how having a kid has changed them. They also talk about how technology is changing people, how they affect each other’s stand up and their new Netflix special The Honeymoon Stand-Up Special!
Antonio Banderas chats with Chris about their love of old houses, growing up in Spain and learning about Picasso for Genius: Picasso on National Geographic. They also talks about what being a genius means, Picasso’s dramatic life and learning different languages!
Trevor Moore (The Whitest Kids U' Know) talks to Chris about the famous foot sign in Silverlake, his upcoming 24 hour Trevathon to promote his new special and all the ideas for he has for the Trevathon. Trevor also talks about how his parents were in a Christian band, how The Whitest Kids U' Know started and living with OCD!
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme (Super Troopers, Beerfest) are back on the podcast! They talk about crowdfunding Super Troopers 2, what it was like filming the movie and how much money it actually takes to make a movie. They also talk about what fans can expect from Super Troopers 2, doing impressions and they definitely don’t talk about sports.
Joe Manganiello returns to the podcast for a third time! He and Chris talk about Joe's love of D&D, collecting old toys and how much they love Magnum, P.I. They also talk about more of their favoite shows from the 70's, how jocks are nerds too and his upcoming projects!
Laraine Newman (SNL, Coneheads) talks to Chris and Jonah about starting out in the Groundlings, the early days of SNL and what her favorite sketches were. Laraine also talks about dealing with the fame of SNL, she talks about her former addiction and all the cartoons she does voices for!
Alan Alda (M.A.S.H., Scientific American Frontiers, The West Wing) talks to Chris about recording the audio book of his book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face?, teaching scientists and doctors communication skills and how he pursued jobs that interested him personally. Alan also talks about how he got into training people in communication, his love of improv, how M.A.S.H. was able to create comedy out of such a serious topic and why he thinks everyone should work on their co...more
John Cena (wrestler, actor) chats with Chris and Jonah about the world of wrestling, how John got into wrestling and his love of comedy and stand up. John also talks about how he interacts with the audience, how he tries to be a good role model for all his fans and his new movie Blockers!
Ed Helms returns to the podcast for the fourth time! He and Chris talk about their favorite bluegrass bands, how much Ed still plays bluegrass and they talk about learning languages. They also talk about improvising, how important it is to be self-aware and to listen to others and Ed talks about his new movie Chappaquiddick!
Paul Reiser (Mad About You, My Two Dads, stand up) talks with Chris about how he got his start in comedy, the big comedy boom of the 80s and getting started as a sitcom actor. He talks about his time on Mad About You, coming up with new jokes and his show There’s….Johnny on Hulu!
Judd Apatow returns to the podcast! He chats with Chris and Jonah about his friendship with the late Garry Shandling, going through Garry's career and notes to make The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling and what his own writing process is like. Judd also talks about what he learned from Garry in life, how he helps other comedians and actors find their voices and what to expect from the documentary series!
John Boyega (Star Wars, Attack the Block) chats with Chris about all Chris' Star Wars memorabilia, how he got into acting and going to theater school as a kid. John also talks about how he approaches different roles, dealing with negativity from fans and what to expect from Pacific Rim Uprising!
Eric Bana (Munich, Troy, Chopper) talks with Chris about how he started his career in comedy, how he broke into the drama and action movie world and how actors can get stereotyped into one role. They also talks about what makes for a good comedy room, his love of working on old cars and his new movie The Forgiven!
Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty of Chvrches and Matt Berninger of The National chat with Chris and Jonah about being on tour, different music they personally enjoy and how bands evolve over the years. They also talk about Chvrches new album, collaborating on a song with Matt and what both their bands have coming up!
Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead, Look Around You) talks to Chris about doing the voice of Darth Maul, they do their best Batman impressions and they talk about what movies and shows have made them laugh the hardest. They also talk about early British comedies, Peter's extensive career in comedy and his show The Tick on Amazon!
Robert Kirkman returns to the podcast for a fourth time! He chats with Chris and Jonah about their favorite fast food, they ask Jonah about Hawaii and they talk about how they handle their busy schedules. Robert also talks about his new book series Oblivion Song, talks more on his fear of birds, they talk about The Walking Dead being almost ten years old and Chris and Jonah do readings from Robert’s new book!
David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale) talks to Chris about what they thought of Black Panther, how he felt getting the role of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma and what he sees as the differences of Britain and America. David also talks about the recent passing of his mother, how he defines his faith and his new movie Gringo!
Duncan Jones returns to the podcast! He talks to Chris and Jonah about how long it can take to make a movie, being a new father and Duncan talks about his love of making futuristic movies. He also talks about his experience making Warcraft, they talk about TV shows they are all watching and his new movie Mute on Netflix!
Eli Roth (director, actor, writer, Hostel, Cabin Fever) is back on the podcast! He talks to Chris and Jonah about his new movie Death Wish, watching old scary movies and what horror movies Chris dislikes the most. They also talk about how important it is to spend your time doing what you really want to do, they recommend some movies for the listeners to watch and come up with ideas for terrible movies!
Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Fargo) chats with Chris about growing up in a small town, how he decided to be an actor and auditioning for commercials back in the day. He also talks about realizing what his character in Breaking Bad was like, his time on Friday Night Lights and his upcoming movie Game Night!
Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta) talks to Chris about her numerous roles over the years, playing characters with mental health problems and she talks about how being a mom has changed her perspective on life. She also talks about being vegan, what she thinks makes a great movie and her new film Annihilation!
John August (writer, screenwriter) talks to Chris about his movie Go, how they met back in the day and how he develops characters. He also talks about the process of writing a movie and getting it made, he gives advice to aspiring writers and talks about is new novel “Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire” and his new podcast Launch on Wondery!
Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, Black Panther) chats with Chris about getting the role of Michonne on The Walking Dead, being a playwright and how she got into writing. She also talks about how she has shaped the character of Michonne, taking a clown class and getting the role of Okoye in Black Panther!
Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption, The Player) chats with Chris and Jonah about his first roles as an actor, how he started The Actors’ Gang and how he works as both an actor and a director. Tim also talks about balancing acting and his personal life, his new show Here and Now on HBO and the upcoming play The New Colossus at The Actors’ Gang!
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Cress Williams (Black Lightning, Grey's Anatomy, Friday Night Lights) talks to Chris and Jonah about growing up in Orange County, deciding to get in better physical shape and how he got the role of Black Lightning. They also talk about the world of the CW superheroes, getting over addiction and they talk about the character of Black Lightning and what to expect from the tv show!
Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates, Another Period) talks with Chris about when she and Kate were on the podcast, how Garfunkel and Oates found fame with YouTube and how she and Kate have changed since the beginning of their duo. She also talks about coming up with the ideas for their songs, having insomnia and the new season of Another Period, premiering Tuesday January 23rd on Comedy Central!
Paul Thomas Anderson (director, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) chats with Chris and Jonah about working with Daniel Day Lewis, getting involved with the Largo theater and how starting a family changed him. He also talks about his writing process, his experience directing different actors and his newest movie Phantom Thread!
Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Guardians of the Galaxy II) chats with Chris about how he got into acting, where he and Chris met and recently starting a podcast. They also talk about being comfortable with who you are, Michael tells a story about auditioning and shaving his head for the role of Lex Luther!
It’s the end of the year hostful! Chris, Matt and Jonah talk about Matt's insanely busy schedule, Jonah talks about the MST3K tour he did this past year and Jonah talks about his dad’s passing. They also talk about how the rest of their years were and what they think and hope is in store for next year!
Bill Skarsgård (IT, Atomic Blond) talks about Sweden in the winter, being part of a family of actors and getting the role of Pennywise in IT. They also talk about how Swedish culture differs from America, how he feels about getting older and his new show Castle Rock!
Joe Kenda (Homicide Hunter) returns to the Nerdist podcast! He and Chris talk about how would break the news to someone that a family member had passed away, statistics of murders and Joe talks about his interrogation techniques. He also talks about being married for 50 years, his show Homicide Hunter and his new book I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime!
Seth Rogen returns to the Nerdist Podcast! He chats with Chris and Jonah about working into old age, the upcoming season 3 of Preacher and what projects Seth wants to do that he hasn’t done yet. Seth also talks about making The Disaster Artist, why people are so obsessed with The Room and the mystery behind the director Tommy Wiseau!
Dana Gould and Janet Varney chat with Chris about how dolphins and whales would talk to each other, getting trick or treaters on Halloween and how Janet is a good singer but never sings. They also talk about their early days of comedy, meeting their heroes and the new season of Stan Against Evil!
Brian Regan returns to the Nerdist podcast! He and Chris talk about doing a first stand up show after a break, telling strangers you are a comedian and doing the same jokes too many times. They also talk about what it was like growing up for them, doing shows at colleges and his new Netflix special Nunchucks and Flamethrowers!
Hari Kondabolu (comedian, The Problem with Apu) chats with Chris and Jonah about the importance of diversity in entertainment, how stereotypical characters impact viewers lives and what it was like for him to critique something that he loves. Hari also talks about realizing he wanted to be a comedian, how he got into stand up and the making of his documentary The Problem with Apu airing Sunday 11/19 at 10pm on TruTv!
Keith Morrison (Dateline) talks to Chris about how he became a journalist, how they research and report stories and how it really is true that Canadians are all nice. Keith then tells stories about some of the craziest investigations he has done, stories about false convictions, what it's like covering politics these days and the new season of Dateline airing this Friday at 9pm!
Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Wolf of Wall Street) and Chris talk about why Jon chose to take the part on The Walking Dead, how Rick’s character has changed from season 1 and how he relates sports to acting. Jon also talks about studying acting in Russia, starting a family and playing The Punisher!
Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Blackish) talks to Chris about doing comedic and dramatic acting, his time on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and his love of sci-fi movies. They also talk about the state of America today, the importance of education and his new movie Last Flag Flying!
Bruce Campbell returns to the Nerdist podcast! He, Chris and Jonah talk about the recent fires, joke about their friend Jenkins and Bruce’s dream to own land in every state. Bruce also shares his theory on the JFK assassination, they talk about driving cross country and his book Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor!
Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, As Good As It Gets) talks to Chris about his days on Talk Soup, how Greg went from cable to movies and spending his high school years abroad on a military base. They also talk about the time Greg was on The Larry Sanders Show with Tom Petty, being nominated for an Oscar and his new movie Same Kind of Different As Me!
Matt and Ross Duffer (Stranger Things) talk to Chris about how marketing for season 1 has changed for season 2, not knowing if Stranger Things would be a hit and the making of Wayward Pines. They also talk about CG versus models, coming up with the individual characters and what to expect for season 2 on Stranger Things!
Taran Killam (SNL) returns to the Nerdist podcast! He and Chris come up with a reboot with Red Asphalt, they talk about their love of Disneyland and they compare which Hogwarts houses they are in. Taran also talks about his time on SNL, writing and directing his new movie Killing Gunther and moving back to LA from NY!
Russell Brand (comedian, actor) talks with Chris about being sober for so many years, getting married and how now having a family has changed his outlook on life. They also talk about political life in America and England right now, Russell talks about being self aware and his new book Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions!
Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions) talks to Chris and Jonah about growing up in LA, how they were bullied as kids and reconnecting with their bullies as adults. Jason also talks about the politics of making horror films, how he got into it and his new movie Happy Death Day!
Whitney Cummings chats with Chris about how they both come up with jokes, how Whitney organized her home and how Marilyn Monroe compares to celebrities today. Whitney also asks Chris about married life and they talk about her new book I’m Fine…And Other Lies!
Ron Perlman returns to the Nerdist podcast! He and Chris talk about nicknames, the movie he worked on with Brando and knowing people who are close to death. Ron then tells the story of being roasted by Don Rickles, why he speaks up for things he think is important and the new season of his Crackle series StartUp!
Deon Cole (Blackish, Conan, comedian) talks to Chris about how he got into stand up, how they come up with joke ideas and how comedy has changed over the years. They also talk about the current trend of outrage, come up with a great show idea and talk about all the stuff Deon has going on including Blackish, The Stand Ups, Face Value and more!
David X. Cohen (Futurama, Simpsons) talks about the roller coaster of working on Futurama, all the changes it has gone through during the years and some of the amazing voice actors he has worked with. Chris also talks about studying animation in school, how Homer Simpson’s character changed from the early days and how they brought back Futurama for the Radiorama podcast episode to go along with the release of the mobile game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow!
Paula Poundstone talks to Chris about decluttering your home, playing board games and their favorite comedic actors. She also talks about her early days in comedy, volunteering at a retirement home and her book The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness!
Jam City, TinyCo and Nerdist present: RADIORAMA, a brand new double-length podcast episode of Futurama! Created by the show's original creator and writers, this 42-minute long episode is bringing you a long-awaited reunion of the Planet Express crew and a new Chris Hardwick voiced-character. Download the epic mobile game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow TODAY and enjoy exclusive episode content in the game!
Max Brooks returns to the Nerdist podcast! They talk about how Max’s dad likes to exchange dirty jokes with his Max's son, listening to manual audio books and Chris teaches him how to use Twitter. They also talk about Max’s newest book Minecraft The Island, how he got the idea for the book and playing Minecraft with his son!
Tatiana Maslany joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about Orphan Black, her new movie Stronger and more!
It's a nerdist hostful live from ID10T festival! Chris, Matt and Jonah are back to talk about what everyone has been up to, Matt talks about drinking too much caffeine and Jonah talks about MST3K. Chris also talks about planning the festival, Matt doesn't know what Round Table Pizza is and they take some quemments!
Dominic Monaghan joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about LOST, Lord of the Rings more!
Andrea Savage returns to the Nerdist podcast! She and Chris talk about kids asking where babies come from, destination weddings and her daughter starting third grade. They also talk about her show I'm Sorry on TruTV, Andrea's fantasy to have a bunch of dogs and they try to bring back their favorite bit!
Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about space, planet, his book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and more!
Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead, Southland) talks to Chris about being married for over 30 years, raising kids and how he got into acting. He also talks about working on 90210, his time on Southland and what it was like when he first got the part of Abraham on The Walking Dead!
Jaime Alexander joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about Kyle XY, Blindspot and more!
Nick Swardson (comedian, Grandma's Boy, Reno 911) talks to Chris about how he got into comedy when he was young, where Gay Robot came from and how he got involved with Adam Sandler. They also talk about how comedy has changed over the years, Nick tells stories of crazy things he did when he was younger and talks about his new show Typical Rick!
Bryan Cranston joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about his book A Life in Parts, Breaking Bad and more!
Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Harry Potter) and Chris talk about doing press tours around the world, talking about the process of acting and the insecurities of being an actor. Robert then talks about being a big fan of watching movies, how he will get anxiety before starting a new film and his newest movie Good Time!
Jane Lynch joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about Hollywood Game Night, her early days of comedy and more!
James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek, Varsity Blues) talks to Chris about people asking questions about Dawson’s Creek a lot, what it’s like having four kids and how his life changed once he became a dad. The also talk about his Viceland show What Would Diplo Do?, how he got involved with the show and the tricks they used to film it!
Former Vice President Al Gore chats with Chris about An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, why he felt it was important to make a sequel to his first film and their mutual love of Tennessee. They also talk about how the world of politics has changed over the years, being an advocate for the internet in the early days and what people are doing to combat climate change and how you help!
Damon Lindelof joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about Lost, The Leftovers and more!
Aidy Bryant (SNL, The Big Sick) chats with Chris about moving from Chicago to NY, the debate on the best pizza and what her SNL audition was like. She also talks about what it was like to go from Second City to suddenly being on TV, dating someone who also works in comedy and doing a voice in Danger & Eggs!
Connie Britton joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about Friday Night Lights, her new movie Beatriz at Dinner and more!
Jim Jefferies returns to the Nerdist for a third time! He and Chris talk about his new show The Jim Jefferies Show, comparing the 90’s to other decades and how he got Brad Pitt to be a weatherman on his tv show. He also talks about his parents getting older, funny stories about his son and he talks about his brief time as an opera singer!
Get ready for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! The Marvel Cinematic Universe's new Spidey, Tom Holland, was Chris Hardwick's guest on the latest installment of the Nerdist Podcast. And together, they're spinning a web about Spider-Man: Homecoming. After sharing a funny story about the '70s Spider-Man TV series, Tom was quick to admit that most of his in-costume scenes were filmed in a motion capture studio. However, he stressed that it is almost always him in the costume. Tom also related t...more
Andy Samberg returns to the Nerdist Podcast for the third time! He and Chris talk about all the toys Chris has in the studio, movies they have seen recently and how Andy really wants to be in a disaster movie. They also talk about how badly they want a third Bill and Ted movie, comedians who are buff and his new movie on HBO Tour de Pharmacy!
Trey Parker (South Park) talks to Chris about working on Despicable Me 3 and what it was like to work on a movie just as an actor. Trey also talks about being a D&D fan, what inspired both their video games and what they are thinking for the next season of South Park!
Will Ferrell returns to the Nerdist podcast! Will and Chris talk about bad imitations of actors, his work with Funny or Die and being a parent. Will also talks about performing on stage rather than movies and he talks about his new movie The House!
Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) talks to Chris about packing too much for trips, eating weed brownies before a flight and how charming yet gross pubs can be. They then talk about how the pacing of films has changed over the years, getting his start in directing and his new movie Baby Driver!
Sofia Coppola (director, Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides) chats with Chris about all the different aspects of filmmaking, adapting from book to movie and being a mother to two girls. They also talk about how the Coppolas all have a strong artistic gene, how she got Bill Murray to act in Lost in Translation and the making of her new film The Beguiled!
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are on the Nerdist podcast! They talk about their movie The Big Sick, talking private details of their lives with strangers and how the movie has shed light on Still's Disease. They talk about writing the movie and how it differed from their real experiences, Kumail talks about dealing with anti-Muslim rhetoric and they talk about what videos games they are playing and shows they are watching!
T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley, Deadpool, Cashing in with T.J. Miller podcast) chats with Chris about how he deals with anxiety, the ways they both cope with being so busy and why he is choosing to spend more time on stand-up and with his wife. T.J. also talks about how he chooses his projects, they speculate why people believe things that aren’t true and he gives Chris a present! Make sure to watch his special Meticulously Ridiculous on HBO June 17th and his show Gorburger on Comedy Central!
Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, and Taryn Manning of Orange is the New Black joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about their newest season!
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) talks to Chris about collecting toys, how The Flaming Lips created their unique sound and persona and they talk about trying new foods and drinks. Wayne also talks about working at Long John Silvers, the importance trying new things in music and their upcoming tour to promote their new album Oczy Mlody!
Bill Burr returns to the Nerdist for a third time! He and Chris talk about how his baby daughter is super chill, the stresses of going out in public and encountering trolls on the internet. They also talk about people’s obsession with Scarface, their favorite stand up comedians right now and the new season of F is for Family!
Jordan Peele joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about Get Out and more! Make sure to watch Talking with Chris Hardwick Sunday nights at 11pm on AMC or on amc.com/talking!
Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Inglorious Basterds) and Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express) talk with Chris about doing jokes on set, adding improv into scenes and how they got into acting. Michael also talks about racing cars, Danny talks about his Halloween movie he is writing and they talk about Alien: Covenant!
Charlie Hunnam joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and more! Make sure to watch Talking with Chris Hardwick Sunday nights at 11pm on AMC or on amc.com/talking!
Guy Ritchie (director, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) chats with Chris about people's decision to be sober, the importance of being true to yourself and not holding yourself back. They also talk about King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and where the inspiration came from for how Guy wanted to tell the story!
James Corden joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about The Late Late Show and more! Make sure to watch Talking with Chris Hardwick Sunday nights at 11pm on AMC or on amc.com/talking!
Michelle Monaghan joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about the new season of The Path and more! Make sure to watch Talking with Chris Hardwick Sunday nights at 11pm on AMC or on amc.com/talking!
Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) talks to Chris and April Richardson about doing early morning radio, when he knew he wanted to be a musician and growing up in England. He also talks about meeting his father for the first time, bands he was in before Depeche Mode and Depeche Mode's upcoming tour!
Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr and Zach Woods join Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the extended talk about the upcoming season of Silicon Valley and more! Make sure to watch Talking with Chris Hardwick Sunday nights at 11pm on AMC or on amc.com/talking!
Doree Shafrir (author, journalist, Matt’s wife) talks to Chris and Matt about how she and Matt met, how she never skipped school as a kid and getting her job at Buzzfeed. They also talk about the culture of click bait, life on the internet and her book Startup: A Novel. And Doree and Matt talk about their experience with IVF.
Elijah Wood joins Chris on AMC’s Talking with Chris Hardwick for the unedited talk about his new movie I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore and more! Make sure to watch Talking with Chris Hardwick Sunday nights at 11pm on AMC or on amc.com/talking!
Steve Carlin (SoftBank Robotics) talks about the science of advertising and store lay outs, teaching robots emotions and Pepper The Robot. They then talk about the technical issues of building robots, the differences between AR and VR and how robots are evolving!
Allison Williams (Girls) talks to Chris and Matt about hating green tea, why people have foot fetishes, and being bullied in middle school. She also talks about adding her own personality to her character of Marnie on Girls, her love of the news and her role in Get Out!
Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow, Superman Returns) talks to Chris about clean coffee, Chris’ inability to have caffeine and how changing your diet can change your life. Brandon also talks about his childhood, auditioning for Superman and playing the role of Ray Palmer/The Atom!
Dax Shepard returns to the Nerdist podcast! He and Chris talk about water beds, the time Dax beat up his older brother and collecting old toys from their childhoods. They then talk about earth being a simulation, what biographies Dax has read and his new movie CHiPS!
Danny Boyle (director, Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) talks to Chris about avoiding spoilers in movies, the artistic aspect of all his films and making Trainspotting when he was younger. He then talks about T2 Trainspotting, evolving the film's characters and how he wants to make a musical one day!
Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (writers, Thrilling Adventure Hour, The Writers Panel) talk about being a writing duo, how to be a successful writer in entertainment and Acker makes Chris do some math. They also talk about their favorite shows, getting angry at tv show endings and their new book Star Wars: Join the Resistance. And they take some “calls”!
It’s an extra special hostful episode! Chris and Jonah recently joined Matt on his show Sidekick with Matt Mira on Alpha, and here it is as a podcast! Jonah talks to Matt about his punk band days past, Chris showcases some questionable Snapchat cat art and they compete to see how well they really know Matt!
Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone, SCTV, Best in Show) talks to Chris about the early days of Second City, being a woman in improv and the time Lucille Ball saw her
Jordan Peele (Key and Peele, Keanu) talks with Chris about their mutual love of old horror films, collecting pop culture memorabilia and where the idea for Get Out came from. He also talks about the racial perspective of the movie, how race has formed his creativity and how Key and Peele become such a popular show!
Lena Dunham (Girls, Tiny Furniture) talks with Chris about people raising squirrels, her grandmother dying when she was young and her obsession with Singled Out. They also talk about sobriety, their thoughts on religion and the final season of Girls!
Pete Holmes (comedian, You Made It Weird podcast) chats with Chris and Matt about how Pete really wants to believe in ghosts, his new show Crashing on HBO and their love of Shark Tank. Pete also talks about his divorce, how it changed his comedy and how he has grown as a person and a comic!
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One) chats with Chris about a sitcom they did years ago, how his career has grown over the years and he brings Chris some Star Wars popcorn. They also talk about his show Con Man, coming up with the character of K-2SO in Rogue One and he talks about his new show Powerless!
Keanu Reeves returns to the Nerdist! He and Chris talk about what press days are like, how he got into riding motorcycles and they talk about John Wick: Chapter 2. They also talk about the character of John Wick, Keanu talks about his extensive fight training for the movies and how he chooses the movies he wants to do!
Chilly Gonzales (musician) chats with Chris about how music is abstract, how he chooses what to play and they get deep into music theory. He also talks about the history of the piano, his dream to change classical music and he plays some songs!
It's the Nerdist Podcast live from SF Sketchfest at the Curran Theatre! Nathan Fillion joins Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about people recognizing him from Firefly, Matt talks about what he wants to name his kid and they talk about the newest Fast and Furious movie trailer. And of course they take some quemments from the audience!
Louie Anderson (stand-up, Life with Louie) talks with Chris about starting out his career in comedy, the comedy scene in Minnesota and they debate the best place in the line up to perform at a stand up show. He also talks about working with so many legendary comedians over the years, Chris talks about some advice Louie gave him years ago and Louie talks about his character on the FX show Baskets!
Mark Hamill (Star Wars) returns to the Nerdist Podcast! He and Chris talk about becoming a collector, where he would go to find toys, comic books and more and and what they each like to collect. They also talk about how Luke Skywalker was relatable, collecting Luke Skywalker memorabilia and Mark’s new show Pop Culture Quest on Comic Con HQ!
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett from Metallica return to the Nerdist! They talk with Chris about ways to keep pizza warm while playing shows, how their kids feel about them being rock stars and playing shows as they get older. They also talk about their new album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, how they come up with new songs and new sounds and their favorite comedy movies!
It’s some hostful goodness to celebrate the end of the year! Chris, Matt and Jonah choose their favorite Simpsons season, Jonah talks about movies he saw recently and Matt STILL loves The Dave Matthews Band. Matt talks about he and Doree’s experience with IVF, Jonah talks about Mystery Science Theater and Hidden America and they reflect on 2016 and talk about what they are looking forward to in 2017!
Neil Finn (musician, Crowded House) chats with Chris about starting his career in the late 1970's, how his music has evolved over the years and how his band Crowded House was formed. They also talk about his solo work, how he approaches writing music and the re-issue of the entire Crowded House collection! Also, he plays some acoustic songs, plus a recording from his live show at Largo!
Ian McShane (Deadwood, Lovejoy) chats with Chris about his character Al Swearengen on Deadwood, how he got into acting on TV and how he picks new projects. Ian also talks about his dad who was a professional football player, they talk about being sober and his new film The Hollow Point!
She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) talk to Chris about their favorite Christmas tree types, what they like about the holidays and how weird raising kids can be. They then talk about what TV shows they like right now, they come up with some new show ideas and play some songs from their holiday album, Christmas Party!
Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac) chats with Chris about his desires to direct, being mindful in life and his new film Nocturnal Animals. He also talks about what he likes about working on set, the feedback from Brokeback Mountain and they talk about what is happening in America these days!
Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show, Tracey Takes On...) talks with Chris about coming up in the British comedy scene, how comedy has changed over the years and moving to Hollywood. She also talks about coming up with her characters, they tell stories of approaching their favorite celebrities on the street and her new HBO show Tracey Ullman's Show!
Jeremy Irons (Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Lion King) chats with Chris about why he wanted to be an actor, how he chooses the roles he does and the importance of learning about different cultures. Jeremy also reveals how he always dreamed of being a clown and they talk about his recent film The Man Who Knew Infinity!
It's a Nerdist/Anna Faris is Unqualified crossover! Anna Faris and Sim Sarna join Chris to talk about why they both started podcasts, her role on Mom and they have a in-depth conversion about pubic hair. They also talk about high school reunions, Anna’s dream of making goat cheese and they talk about men and women being just friends! And listen to Chris on today's Unqualified!
Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Up In The Air) returns to the podcast to talk about killing house plants, what inspired her to write a book Scrappy Little Nobody, and how honesty translates to actors and writers. They then get in a deep conversation about how they take care of themselves, making themselves better people and their affects on the people around them!
Rob Zombie (musician, filmmaker) talks to Chris about preferring tv to movies, how fast technology is growing and how working towards something makes you enjoy it more. They also talk about the effects of social media on society, Rob talks about going back and forth from movies and touring and Rob's new movie 31! They also encourage listeners to step out of their comfort zones and learn more about the wo
Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) chats with Chris about weird dreams, the time she went on a date with Elvis and she tells stories about her early days on the road. She also talks about an accident she endured as a kid, where the idea for Elvira came from her and her new Elvira, Mistress of the Dark book!
Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam, War of the Worlds, Coraline) talks to Chris about what it was like starting acting at such a young age, how she manages such a busy schedule and what it’s like spending so much time on movie sets. Dakota also talks about her new film American Pastoral, how she chooses projects and they come up with ideas of what she could be for Halloween!
Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett chat with Chris about matte vs shiny iPhones, their new show Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and Sam talks about the difference between British and American auditions. Elijah talks about going to general meetings where everybody just asks him about Lord of the Rings, they talk about what it means to be truly happy and what music they are into!
Rick Astley (musician) chats with Chris about returning to music after retiring for a few years, starting out in music at such a young age and he talks about driving across the US. Rick then talks about his quick rise to success, how Rickrolling became a thing and his new album 50!
Norm Macdonald (SNL, The Norm Show, stand up) talks with Chris about their favorite late night shows, they tell horror stories of network testing and Norm talks about his Larry King impression. Norm then talks about offensive jokes, what it was like writing on SNL and his new book Based on a True Story. Norm also asks everyone some philosophical questions!
Gale Anne Hurd (producer, The Terminator, The Walking Dead) talks to Chris about getting her start as a producer in the 70s, working for Roger Corman and what exactly a producer does. They then talk about working on The Walking Dead, where the idea for The Terminator came from and her new show about dreams Falling Water on USA!
Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) chats with Chris about growing up without television, her time on Square Pegs and her character in L.A. Story. Sarah Jessica then talks about how she felt when she first got the part of Carrie on Sex and the City, how she dealt with her sudden celebrity of being Carrie Bradshaw and they come up with a crazy theory about the show! They also talk about Sarah Jessica’s new show Divorce on HBO!
It's the second show from SDCC 2016! First, Joel Hodgson chats with Chris, Matt and Jonah about re-booting Mystery Science Theater, Jonah cries out of joy and Matt talks about his low sperm count. Then Bruce Campbell joins to talk about Ash vs. Evil Dead, Chris tells a story about dick cookies and they take quemments from the audience!
Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist, StarTalk) returns to the Nerdist for a fourth time! He and Chris talk about Chris’ appearances on Star Talk, the relationship through art and science and Chris has the idea to bring wrestling to the planetarium. Neil also talks about his theory on Superman, they try to figure out what Mountain time zone is and talk about the upcoming season of StarTalk!
John Stamos (Full House, Grandfathered) chats with Chris about their love of Disneyland, their mutual friend Bob Saget and his time on General Hospital. They also talk about Chris recently getting married, how John ages so well and his role on the new season of Scream Queens!
Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) chats with Chris about being on Fear the Walking Dead, the backstory to his character on the show and how he loves to engage with his fans. They also talk about the play Colman is directing at the Geffen called Barbecue, the importance of living in the moment and not staring at your phone and figuring out he wanted to be an actor!
Max Brooks (author, World War Z) talks to Chris, Matt and Jonah about his book World War Z, growing up in L.A. in the 80s, and what his father Mel’s daily routine is. They then get into a deep conversation about world politics, how science fiction used to include more social issues, and how Americans have changed the way they cope with tragedy. He then talks about his life as Mel Brooks’ son and his new graphic novel Cinema Purgatorio!
Summer Ash (astrophysicist) chats with Chris and Matt about the Juno mission to Jupiter, what science is looking to learn about Jupiter and how scientists are portrayed in movies and TV. They then talk about ways to get kids into science earlier, science outreach programs they do at Columbia and her experience with open heart surgery.
Billy West (voice actor, Futurama) returns to the podcast for a third time! He talks to Chris about the time he and Maurice LaMarche improvised as Stimpy and The Brain, how to manipulate your mouth to do sound effects and his time on The Howard Stern Show. They also talk about Billy's podcast The Billy West Podcast, coming up with bits for the show and he talks about experiences from his own life.
Seth Rogen (Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, Superbad) returns to the Nerdist to chat with Chris and Matt about doing improv in high school with Nathan Fielder, why Canadians are good with American comedy and coming up with the idea for This Is The End. He then talks about his experience pitching Sausage Party, co-creating Preacher and being a productive stoner!
It's some Hostful goodness! Matt and Jonah talk about what they did for their birthdays, Jonah talked about trying a sensory deprivation tank and Chris doesn't eat pizza anymore. Chris talks about his upcoming wedding, Matt and Jonah give him some some wedding advice and Chris had to get a rectal exam. Chris then brags about all the Pokeman he has caught recently!
Mike Birbiglia (comedian, director, Sleepwalk with Me) returns to the Nerdist for a fourth time! He talks to Chris and Jonah about being successful in stand up comedy, how Madison Square Garden sucks for comedy, and what makes a great comedy show. They then talk about his new movie Don’t Think Twice, how the idea came about, and how to deal with jealousy!
It's the first show from SDCC 2016 at the Balboa Theater! First Tatiana Maslany talks to Chris, Matt and Jonah about being on Orphan Black, what shows she likes and she takes some questions from the audience. Then Danny McBride, Walton Goggins and Jody Hill chat with the guys about their new show Vice Principals, having southern accents and they take some questions from the audience as well!
Butch Vig (legendary music producer, Garbage) chats with Chris and Matt about his lifetime in music, growing up in Wisconsin and what is was like working on so many famous albums. He then talks about working with Nirvana, playing in Garbage and Garbage's new record Strange Little Birds!
Paul Dini (comic book writer, animator) chats with Chris and Matt about his early days at Filmation, starting his career in animation, and how the '90s were such a renaissance for animation. They then talk about his time on Batman: The Animated Series, and Paul shares a personal story about being assaulted one night and how the experience changed his outlook on life, and writing his new book Dark Night: A True Batman Story, which chronicles his struggle.
David Schwimmer (Friends, Madagascar) talks with Chris about working in the theater, being part of such a huge cultural phenomenon and jobs he had before he made it as an actor. He also talked about not letting his fame as Ross Geller get to his head, how technology is changing the world and his new show Feed The Beast on AMC!
Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World, Saturday Night Live, The Dana Carvey Show) chats with Chris and Matt about their ancestral histories; Dana does some impressions and he remembers being on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Dana then talks about balancing his fan-favorite characters with new material, moving up to northern California, and doing a voice in The Secret Life of Pets!
Hakeem Oluseyi (astrophysicist) talks to Chris about how he got his start in science, hosting science shows on TV, and how they are finding ways to travel through space faster. They then talk about how diverse the universe is, how he went from being in gangs to being a scientist, giving kids a chance to learn science who might not learn it elsewhere, and changing the world of science for other black scientists.
Maria Bamford returns to the podcast for a third time! She chats with Chris about getting married recently, how she and her husband make it work and struggles with mental illness. She also talks about her new show Lady Dynamite, how the show came to happen and how she got it to reflect her personality and voice so well!
Enjoy some hostful goodness this week! The guys talk about the new podcast studio, how Jonah messed up a gift he gave to Chris a while back and Jonah talks about Hidden America coming out. Matt tells the story of his bike being stolen, Jonah and Matt get into a heated debate and Chris talks about his latest special! Also, Matt goes to the bathroom and Jonah tells a secret about him.
Chuck Lorre and Mayim Bialik talk to Chris and Matt about how Chuck got his start in television, Mayim’s career in science and television and Chuck’s time working as a musician. They then talk about Chuck writing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme song, inspiring girls to work in science and what life is like on the set of Big Bang Theory!
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) returns to the Nerdist for a third time! He talks with Chris and Matt about the backlash over the end of the recent season of The Walking Dead, they speculate who Negan did kill and how Robert never expected to have such a successful TV show. They then talk about what to expect next from the show, Robert’s new show Outcast and Robert talks about his hatred of feet. Matt and Robert also get into a debate about Star Trek! *WARNING: There are The Walking Dead seaso...more
Duncan Jones (director, Moon, Warcraft) chats with Chris about how the physical world of Warcraft came alive, what he learned by going to film school and the time he did a commercial for the UK Singled Out. They also talk about working on Moon, the recent passing of his father and the responsibilities of being a director. They also come up with ideas for horror films made with babies!
It’s another hostful! Jonah talks about his recent trip to New York, Chris asks Jonah how he is feeling since his recent physical and Chris talks about meeting Kelsey Grammer and Tim Cook. They then get in a debate about self-driving cars, they talk about what they thought of the Oscars and they sing the All In The Family theme song. Jonah also judges Chris and Matt’s jokes and Chris comes up with the term “Happiness Period”!
Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Minority Report, Phone Booth) chats with Chris about his character in his newest movie The Lobster, working with director Yorgos Lanthimos and how he thinks he is perceived as an actor and a person. Then they talk about how being a father has changed Colin’s perspective on life, the idea of writing a book or script and searching for meaning in life!
Anthony Mackie (Avengers, The Hurt Locker) talks to Chris and Matt about the Marvel universe and how much they all loved Captain America: Civil War, and Anthony and Matt debate over the New England Patriots. They then decide who would be good for a Trading Places reboot, they debate boxers or briefs, and they talk about his role of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the HBO movie All The Way!
Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, Contact, Panic Room) talks to Chris about growing up an actress, her role in Taxi Driver as a teenager and how she made sure to be responsible. She also talks about the differences between acting and directing, her insecurities and what movies she has worked on have been her favorites. See the latest movie she directed Money Monster, in theaters May 13!
Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride) talks to Chris and Matt about working with so many comedy legends, his time writing on The Smother Brothers and he tells a few stories of his father's friendship with Mel Brooks. He then talks about how he first read The Princess Bride and the journey to making it into a movie, and his documentary Being Charlie which is based on the real life addiction his son went through!
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones, Oblivion) talks to Chris and Matt about what shows he watched growing up in Denmark, how the rest of the world views Americans and Matt won’t stop talking about the new Shake Shack in Hollywood. Nikolaj then talks about growing up in a small Danish farming town, what made him want to be an actor and what makes Jaime Lannister likable. They also talk about the immediate success of Game of Thrones and come up with a spinoff called The Lannister Family Variet...more
Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain talk to Chris about the weird questions that every interviewer asks, Hemsworth talks about all the deadly creatures in Australia and they talk about learning their family ancestries. They also talk about how much fun they had on set of The Huntsman: Winter's War, Hemsworth talks about having twin boys and Jessica talks about her pattern of playing dark and troubled characters. See them in The Huntsman: Winter’s War!
Judd Apatow (director, 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) returns to the Nerdist to chat with Chris, Matt and Jonah about what makes a successful movie in today's society, how comedy movies have changed since the 80's and what is was like working with the late Garry Shandling. Judd also talks about his time working on The Ben Stiller Show, why he started doing stand up again and how he is juggling stand up with directing! Go see Judd at the Balboa Theater in San Diego this Thursday April 21st!
Sir Patrick Stewart just can't get enough of the Nerdist Podcast! He talks to Chris and Matt about how the knighting process works, filming his second season of Blunt Talk and his first job writing for a newspaper. He then talks about auctioning off all his Star Trek scripts and the battle to get one of his Captain Jean-Luc Picard uniforms. Sir Patrick talks about his new movie Green Room, how scared he was reading the script and his work with the charities Refuge and Combat Stress.
Gary Oldman (Batman series, The Professional, Sid and Nancy) chats with Chris about the highs and lows of being an actor, how he does not want to act in films he directs and being reunited with Kevin Costner for their new film Criminal. He also talks about the interesting experience playing Harvey Lee Oswald in JFK, how sobriety has affected his career and his friendship with the late David Bowie.
Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Moon, Galaxy Quest) talks with Chris about growing up in San Francisco, the sequel to Galaxy Quest that almost happened and what they would say on Bill Murray’s voicemail. They also talk about method acting, they explain to the listeners how to use a Thomas Guide and how Sam prepared for his roles in Moon. Sam also talks about acting out Hamlet in public and his new movie Mr. Right!
Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) chats with Chris about the trailer for Hardcore Henry, crowd funding the movie and how he became an actor in South Africa. They also talk about how Sharlto came up with his character in Hardcore Henry, doing all the stunts in the movie and improvising his role in District 9! And Sharlto talks about the moment he found out he was a nerd!
Chris moderated a Periscope conversation with the founders of Twitter for the 10th anniversary up in San Francisco! He talks to Jack Dorsey, Ev Williams and Biz Stone about the idea behind Twitter, how it has changed the world, the future of Twitter and how it has helped mold Chris' career!
Reggie Watts (musician, comedian, The Late Late Show) chats with Chris about his job on The Late Late Show, eating too many THC edibles and their personal experiences getting high. They also talk about their time on tour together, when Reggie first got into the LA comedy scene and how they feel about marketing in today’s society. Check out Reggie’s new film Creative Control!
Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory, True Blood) talks with Chris and Matt about her days doing stand up, playing the Gersberms girl in the video for Hard 'n Phirm and how crazy it was working with Muppets. She also talks about training at Upright Citizens Brigade, her audition for The Big Bang Theory and her upcoming film The Bronze, that she wrote with her husband and stars in!
Iggy Pop (musician, The Stooges) and Josh Homme (musician, Queens of the Stone Age) talk with Chris and Matt about what it's like to be a rock legend, Iggy posing nude for an art class and farting on tour! They also talk about how Iggy got into music, Josh's life as a dad and the legendary story of Iggy rolling in glass on stage. Check out their album Post Pop Depression and see them on tour!
J.J. Abrams (Bad Robot, Lost, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dan Trachtenberg (Portal: No Escape, The Totally Rad Show) chat with Chris about the first computers they had as kids, how 10 Cloverfield Lane came to be and getting motion sick while watching shaky movies. J.J. then tells a story about getting dictation tapes of Rod Serling from The Twilight Zone, how J.J. has become a filmmaking icon and what it was like for Dan to direct his first feature. Chris also has an interesting movie pitc...more
Sally Field (Forrest Gump, Mrs. Doubtfire) and Michael Showalter (Stella, Wet Hot American Summer) chat with Chris and Matt about the time Sally and Chris snuck off a plane in LAX, casting Sally in Michael’s movie Hello, My Name Is Doris and how they developed the character. They also talked about Sally’s upbringing in a show business family, Michael talks about how it was making sketches for The State and their thoughts on comedic roles. They also joke about what kind of cop Michael would make!...more
Angela Bassett (Boyz N the Hood, What’s Love Got To Do With It, American Horror Story) talks with Chris and Matt about her extensive acting career, working with great directors, and being married to Courtney B. Vance. She also talks about her childhood dreams and being accepted to Yale, and Chris realizes she is a very adaptable person. She then learns what a nerd Matt is, and they talk about London Has Fallen! If you want to see Angela in a new Star Trek tweet #BassettTrekYes.
It’s another hostful! Jonah got his first physical in 15 years, the Mira Method returns and Jonah had a dream about The Rock. They talk about their love of Kids in the Hall, Chris is pissed he didn’t get any recognition for an Instagram comment and they come up with an interesting idea on how to sell the podcast!
Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show, Join or Die) is back on the podcast! He talks with Chris and Matt about how quickly 10 years went by on The Late Late Show, his new show Join or Die on the History Channel and choosing to do a monologue on his new show. They also talk about how difficult it can be to grow a full beard, Chris getting married and how Craig thinks Chris's mom is attractive!
It’s some hostful goodness! Chris, Matt and Jonah catch up with what they have been doing lately, and they talk about getting free movie posters when they were kids and watching old Simpsons episodes on the FX app. Jonah then talks about Seeso, the new platform that his show Hidden America will be on. They also talk about obscure SNL sketches and Jonah’s cover band Snake Plissken and the I Thought You Were Deads, Chris talks about filming his new comedy special in San Francisco, and they come up...more
Josh Brolin (The Goonies, No Country For Old Men) is on the podcast! He asks Chris and Matt to explain to him what a podcast actually is, talks about being asked what it was like to slap George Clooney in Hail, Caesar, and having salt blown in his face while filming Everest. They also talk about TV shows that should have just been movies, which Batman is their favorite, the Coen Brothers' unique directing style, and how fun it was to film Hail, Caesar! He also tells the story of how his parents ...more
Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) chats with Chris about his upcoming US tour in March, his obsession with old Hollywood and how The Mighty Boosh shares a kinship with the Marx Brothers! They also discuss the evolution of The Mighty Boosh, the effect art school had on his comedy, creating visual aspects of his stand up and Chris says that Noel would make an excellent Doctor Who!
David Duchovny (The X-Files, Californication) talks with Chris and Matt about the early days of The X-Files, a theory that Mulder was the one really doing Red Shoe Diaries and his character on Californication. David also talks about almost getting his PhD, his show Aquarius, of course, the new season The X-Files!
Will Sasso (MADtv, Ten Minute Podcast) chats with Chris and special guest co-host April Richardson about being flagged on Instagram, what he has been up to lately and his time on MADtv. They also talk about The Three Stooges, his podcast Ten Minute Podcast and they sing songs about small dicks!
Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) chats with Chris about her interviews on The Daily Show, where the idea for her new show Full Frontal came from and her new scripted show The Detour. They also talk about married couples sleeping in separate twin beds on old TV shows, how she met her husband and balancing her family and professional life!
Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) talks to Chris and Matt about his son’s comedy duo, how he got his start acting and what he thought of Seinfeld when it first started. He also talks about being typecasted as George Costanza, doing live theater and what his favorite role he has done is!
It's an end of the year hostful! Chris, Matt and Jonah talk about everything that happened to them in 2015 and what they are looking forward to next year!
Lt. Joe Kenda (Homicide Hunter) talks to Chris about his time as a lieutenant, the awful crimes he dealt with and dealing with PTSD. He also talks about what made him decide to retire, starting his show Homicide Hunter and how it has helped him!
DJ Steve Aoki talks about what music means to him, how electronic music became so popular, and how he creates new songs. He also talks about touring all over the world, work he does with charity, and why everyone should just go out and make stuff!
Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight) chats with Chris and Matt about The Hateful Eight panel at SDCC, working with Tarantino again and how amazing the entire cast was. They also talk about the many movies Tim has worked on, the importance of being able to turn off his characters at the end of the day and how he almost played Professor Snape!
Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Black Mirror, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) chats with Chris and Matt about spoiling all the movies he has been in, filming Ex Machina, and how surreal it was being in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He also talks about working on The Revenant for seven months, fun places to go in Ireland, and what he is working on next!
Quentin Tarantino (director, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) chats with Chris and Matt about going to Comic-Con back in the day, what movies inspired him as a kid and how he turns everything he reads and sees into a movie in his head. He also talks about his process while directing and writing, things that almost made it into his movies and what to expect with The Hateful Eight!
Alex Winter (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, director) returns to the Nerdist to chat with Chris and Matt about his experience doing a TED Talk, what their favorite TED Talks are, and to tease a little bit about Bill and Ted 3. He also talks about coming up with his idea for his documentary Deep Web, researching the Silk Road, what he learned about the online drug trade, and how he portrayed it!
Kathleen Kennedy (producer, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, so much more) talks to Chris about how she went from a director's assistant to producer, working on her first film and what she has learned from all the films she worked on. She also talks about getting her job at Lucasfilm and how much fun they had making Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Bill Burr (comedian, Breaking Bad, Monday Morning Podcast) talks with Chris and Matt about a proper Boston accent, he argues with Matt about the New England Patriots and explains why he doesn’t understand Star Wars. He also talks about his problem with genetically modified salmon, learning to fly a helicopter and his new show F is for Family on Netflix December 18th!
Silversun Pickups chat with Chris and Kyle about life on the road, meeting their heroes and life back in LA. They also talk about their newest album Better Nature and they play three songs for the podcast!
David Spade (SNL, Tommy Boy) talks with Chris and Matt about Chris' time on Singled Out, doing college gigs, and getting the part on SNL. He also tells some funny stories from his time at SNL, his friendship with Chris Farley, going to Just Shoot Me, and his memoir Almost Interesting!
Fred Savage (The Wonder Years, The Grinder, director) talks about his choice to return to acting with The Grinder, they talk about Rob Lowe and what his childhood was like. He also talks about how he moved to directing, they re-cast who would be in The Princess Bride if it was remade and what shows he watches with his kids!
Alison Tolman (Fargo, Krampus) talks with Chris and Matt about auditioning for sketch shows, who is in Krampus and how they don’t know anything about sports. They also talk about Matt getting into an argument at Target, how to behave in a strip club and what Chris and Matt think Krampus is about!
Kelly Carlin (author, podcaster) chats with Chris and Matt about her new book A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George, how her story went from a one woman show to book and what life actually was like for her as a kid. They also talk about the complicated relationship kids have with their parents, Kelly's podcast and Sirius XM show and how she is keeping her father's legacy alive!
Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel, The Iceman) talks with Chris and Matt about using a flip phone, the numerous roles he has played and life as General Zod. They also talk about bad experiences on planes, Dungeons and Dragons and all the movies Michael has been in lately!
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series) returns to the Nerdist to talk about his love of @midnight, how he is lucky to work with such great people and getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! They also talk about growing up filming Harry Potter, choosing what projects he wants to do and his new film Victor Frankenstein!
Jon Ronson (author, So You’ve Been Publicy Shamed) chats with Chris about why today’s society loves to publicly shame people, how shaming differs between men and women, the importance of knowing all the facts before forming opinions and his book So You’ve Been Publicy Shamed!
Evan Peters (X-Men, American Horror Story) talks with Chris and Matt about moving to LA to become an actor, his roles on American Horror Story and how the writers come up with all the crazy ideas for the show. They also talk about his role of Quicksilver in X-Men and how he loves to live life as minimally as possible!
Daniel Craig (James Bond series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) chats with Chris and Matt about Matt's obsession with the James Bond clothes, TV shows in Britain and how felt when he first took the role of James Bond. They also talk about how he put his own spin on Bond, Matt's podcast James Bonding and what he sees himself doing in the future!
Justin Theroux (writer/actor, The Leftovers, Tropic Thunder) talks to Chris and Matt about writing Tropic Thunder, the differences of writing and acting and how he figured out his career when he was young. He also talks about coming up with ideas while writing, playing Call of Duty and the newest season of The Leftovers!
Stephen Moyer (True Blood, The Bastard Exectutioner) chats with Chris and Matt about life during True Blood, marrying his co-star Anna Paquin and he reads a book in his impression of a Welsh accent. He also talks about his experience doing live theater, being a father of twins and The Bastard Executioner on FX!
Punch Brothers chat with Chris about playing the Greek Theater, taking care of themselves while on tour and how bluegrass music can be defined. They also talk about how the band was founded, making their band different from a normal blue grass band, working with Steve Martin and they play a few songs!
Emily Gordon (The Indoor Kids, The Meltdown) chats with Chris and Matt about how she went from being a therapist to working in comedy, her time at the NerdMelt theater and the importance of being organized. They also talk about marriage, figuring out their own mental challenges and her new book Super You: Release Your Inner Super Hero!
Nick Hornby (author, High Fidelity, About A Boy) talks with Chris and Matt about the differences between America and Britain, Matt's obsession with James Bond and what inspires his writing. He also talks about his love for jigsaw puzzles, his love for Arsenal and writing his new movie, Brooklyn!
Neko Case (musician, The New Pornographers) is back on the podcast! She talks about wanting to get so famous she can own a race car, they talk a lot about caviar and what she grows in her her garden back at home. They also talk about the problems of HD, what they think celebrities would taste like and her new box set, Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, coming out soon!
Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead, Masters of Sex, musician) talks with Chris about life after The Walking Dead, how people dealt with her departure from the show and what she has been up to since. She also talks about starting her music career, her new album This Is War and plays a few songs for the podcast!
Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Burn Notice) talks with Chris about what living in Miami is like, tells Chris some stories of meeting his favorite celebrities and his friendship with Sam Raimi. They also talk about his new show Ash vs Evil Dead and take some questions from Twitter!
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer talk with Chris about where the idea for their show Breakthrough came from, what topics will be featured on the show, and how Ron is such a normal guy after working in entertainment for so long. They also talk about how they formed Imagine Entertainment, choosing movies and shows they want to produce, and playing the game of show business!
Dirk Ahlborn and Bibop Gresta talk with Chris and Matt about their work on the HyperLoop, how it would work and how they are making it a reality. They also talk about how the HyperLoop could change transportation, how they are testing it and what their timeline looks like!
Writer/Producer David Goyer (Batman Begins, Dark Knight Rises, Blade) talks with Chris and Matt about making the movie Blade, coming to Hollywood as a young writer and making smart decisions when choosing jobs. He also talks a lot about Batman Begins, Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel and the final season of DaVinci’s Demons!
Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Bring It On, Fargo) chats with Chris about living in the valley, what music she likes to listen to and what is was like being a child actor. She also talks about what she likes to do in her free time, upcoming projects she has and what to expect from season 2 of Fargo!
Jonathan Kite (2 Broke Girls, comedian) talks with Chris about their horror days of working in retail, how important mens' underwear can be and Jonathan's recent trip to do stand up in China. They also talk about their favorites 80's comedians and what is coming up in the new season of 2 Broke Girls!
Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By The Bell, Franklin and Bash) chats with Chris and special guest co-host April Richardson about why moths eat sweaters, how they all keep healthy and fit and whether he is internet-y. They also talk about his time on Saved by the Bell, what his episode of Law and Order: SVU was about and his new show, Truth Be Told!
Colin Hanks (Dexter, Fargo, Orange County) returns to the Nerdist after several years! He talks about how he got into documentary filmmaking, what inspired him to make the Tower Records documentary, All Things Must Pass, and how he went about getting all the information and stories for the documentary. He also talks about starting his career in the shadow of his father, why he chose to be an actor and what life is like as a dad!
Brett Gelman (Gelmania, Eagleheart, comedian) chats with Chris and Matt about social issues facing the world today, things he has experienced being in a bi-racial couple, and how he chooses the jobs he takes. They also talk about the importance of giving back to society and Brett's character on FX's Married!
Jack Black returns to the Nerdist! He chats with Chris and Matt about their favorite tv shows, Jack gives them a few riddles and they talk about deciding to get married. They also talk about Festival Supreme and Jack's role of R.L. Stine in Goosebumps!
It’s some mid-week hostful goodness! Matt talks about his upcoming wedding, Chris tells the story of how he proposed to Lydia and Jonah gives some sage marriage advice!
Adam Goldberg (creator of The Goldbergs) chats with Chris and Matt about how his childhood inspired the TV show, they reminisce about what they loved from the 80's and Adam's pitch for a remake of Weird Science. They also talk about movies that do and don't hold up, Matt and Adam bond over loving the WWF as kids and what is coming up on season 3 of The Goldbergs!
Paul Bettany (Avengers, Iron Man, A Beautiful Mind) gives Chris advice on married life, talks about how it was going from JARVIS to Vision in the Marvel movies, and previews all the bonus footage on the Blu-ray of Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also talks about how Americans think British people are much smarter, how he got the role in Avengers, and his upcoming movie, Shelter!
Matt Braunger (comedian, Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger) returns to the Nerdist! He chats with Chris and Matt about people who have sex with inanimate objects, growing a beard after quitting a job and what movies and TV shows still hold up today. They also talk about Matt's newest special Big Dumb Animal and writing jokes inspired by break ups!
Brian Grazer talks with Chris about his new book A Curious Mind and how having a curious mind himself has changed his career. They also talk about the many films and tv shows that Brian has created, how he comes up with stories and how important it is to stay grateful!
Andy Daly (comedian, Review) returns to the podcast! They start out telling Katie which episodes of The Twilight Zone to watch, they find out they both auditioned for The Intern and talk about what they were like in high school. Andy also gives a preview of some of his characters and they talk about the second season of his show Review!
Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Homeland) talks with Chris and Matt about filming Gotham in New York, what studying at Juilliard was like and being a mom in show business. She also talks about being Brazilian, how Brazilian culture differs from American culture and the upcoming season of Gotham!
Rob Lowe (The West Wing, Wayne’s World, Parks and Rec) talks to Chris about the first time they ever met, tips for a successful marriage, and being an actor in the '80s. They also talk about Rob’s wish to be in a western, Parks and Rec getting nominated for an Emmy, and his new show The Grinder!
Felicia Day (Geek and Sundry, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Chris bond over their love of all things HGTV, playing Skyrim, and what got Felicia into tabletop games. Felicia also talks about being a woman in the gaming world, what’s new at Geek and Sundry, and her book You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)!
Brian Regan (comedian) chats with Chris about getting his start as a stand-up, how comedic preferences differ in people and how his comedy has influenced other comedians. He also gives a taste of what a dirty Brian Regan joke might sound like and talks about his upcoming live Comedy Central special on September 26th at 9pm!
Andrea Savage (The Hotwives of Orlando, Step Brothers) chats with Chris and Jonah about her and Chris’ relationship, what it’s really like being a mom, and how they find they can’t watch comedy anymore. They also talk about what Andrea has been up to since they last saw her, and her newest movie Sleeping With Other People!
Shirley Manson (musician, Garbage) talks with Chris about the rise of Garbage’s popularity, what makes Scots so unique, and breaking rules at sushi restaurants. She also talks about what it’s like going from indie band to mainstream band, dealing with success, and Garbage’s upcoming tour and new album!
Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) and Ed Zwick (director, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) talk with Chris about the story of Bobby Fischer, the making of Pawn Sacrifice and how his childhood may have led to his mental instability. They also talk about the stigma of mental illness, being dads in show business and Tobey talks about playing Peter Parker in Spider-Man!
Dave Yarovesky (director, The Hive) chats with Chris and Kyle about what got him into horror movies, they bond over their favorite films and the tech aspects of making a low-budget film. They also talk about the upcoming Fathom Event of his film The Hive (distributed by Nerdist!) on September 14th!
Rob Huebel (comedian, Children's Hospital) and Paul Scheer (comedian, The League) chat with Chris about their excitement for the new Star Wars toys, the original UCB theater that took over a strip club and their favorite billboards for new TV shows. They also talk about their love of ghost hunter shows and their comedy special on a bus, Crash Test!
Jon Taffer (Bar Rescue) talks with Chris, Matt and Jonah about why Matt loves Bar Rescue so much, how Jon got his start in the bar business, and how he came up with the idea for Bar Rescue! Jon also talks about what makes a good bar, his app Bar HQ, and his book Raise The Bar!
Violent Femmes chat with Chris and Kyle about Wisconsin accents, what music they first got into, and how they found new music in the days before the Internet. They also talk about how they found their musical style and their newest EP Happy New Year, and they play a couple of songs!
Elijah Wood chats with Chris and Jonah about their thoughts on a Goonies reboot, what music they listened to when they were kids, and the hidden rap in the Ewok song. They also talk about how Elijah is so humble despite being a child actor, their favorite horror movies, and his new film Cooties!
Sir Patrick Stewart returns to the Nerdist podcast! He talks about messing with people on set on Next Gen, whether or not Captain Picard had a sense of humor and how the idea for Blunt Talk came alive. They also test Matt’s knowledge of Next Gen, his friendship with Sir Ian McKellen and how he became comfortable with being bald!
Oscar Isaac (Ex-Machina, Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) chats with Chris about how he got into acting, not overthinking his characters and being from Guatemala. They also talk about his role in the upcoming Star Wars, the story of Ex-Machina and his new HBO series Show Me A Hero!
Christian Slater and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) talk with Chris about getting their roles in Mr. Robot, what Chris loves about the show and where they think it’s going. They also talk about growing up in Los Angeles, how Rami went on a date with Christian’s step- sister once and what they do outside of acting!
Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Zoolander) chats with Chris about The Net, his fascination with nutrition and how Bottle Rocket changed he movie making process. They also talk about the Zoolander sequel, collaborating with Wes Anderson and his new movie No Escape!
Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights) returns to the Nerdist! They talk about being friends for so many years, life with her four year old son and she yells at Chris for going to Nashville and and not telling her. They also talk about the time they went to Vegas together, their mutual love for Dolly Parton and her new movie American Ultra!
The one and only Bobcat Goldthwait (comedian, World's Best Dad, God Bless America) is back on the podcast! He talks with Chris and Jonah about the past year of his life, remembering his best friend Robin Williams, and coming up with the idea for his documentary Call Me Lucky. He also talks about tricks he used to play on people while directing Jimmy Kimmel Live and tells stories from his early days of stand up!
Enjoy some mid-week hostful goodness! The guys haven’t seen in each in awhile so they catch up what everyone has been doing, talk about Chris’ upcoming vacation and Matt talks about being in Boston for a couple days. They also do some impromptu improv, Chris convinces Matt to have a bachelor party and their take on current events!
Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Sin City, El Rey Network) chats with Chris about how he got into filmmaking, why he does everything himself, and being surprised that people liked El Mariachi. He also talks about making films on a small budget, advice he would give to aspiring filmmakers, and El Rey Network!
Jen Kirkman (comedian) talks with Chris about her obsession with customer service, jobs they had before they were comedians and people calling her Mrs. all the time. They also discuss the art of making small talk, being a woman in comedy and people being too easily offended these days!
Hannah Hart (My Drunk Kitchen) talks with Chris about having trouble digesting French food, her choice to be an optimistic person, and being able to be proud of your true self. She also talks about what the real message behind My Drunk Kitchen is, and they discuss where she should go on vacation!
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle) returns to the podcast! He and Chris talk about the time Bryan saw Charles Manson riding a horse, what life has been like after Breaking Bad, and learning about Bryan's family history. He also talks about the importance of trying new things outside your comfort zone, his Amazon pilot Sneaky Pete, and what else he has coming up!
Kevin Bacon (Footloose, The Following, Apollo 13) returns to the podcast to talk to Chris about rescuing his dog, what he likes to do when he’s not in front of the camera and playing music with his son. He also talks about playing with his band The Bacon Brothers, his unique acting methods and his new movie Cop Car!
Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover) returns to the podcast for a third time! He and Chris talk about Top Gun, researching their family ancestry and their love of the original Vacation movies. Ed also talks about his dream to crowd surf while playing banjo, listening to his own voice on Waze and playing Rusty Griswald in the new Vacation!
Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult, Ricki and the Flash) chats with Chris about quitting Instagram, how she got her pen name and what life as a mother of all boys is like. They also talk about growing up with Catholic guilt, accepting that she is successful and her new movie Ricki and the Flash!
David Wain (Stella, Wet Hot American Summer, The State ) talks with Chris, Matt and Jonah about how The State was formed, the comedy industry in the 90’s and how making sketch comedy shows have changed today. They also talk about letting yourself sit and be bored sometimes, making Wet Hot American Summer with Netflix and Another Period and Children’s Hospital!
Wil Wheaton returns to the podcast for a third time! He chats with Chris and Jonah about his fear of wearing a band's t-shirt to a show, Wil's problems with being recognized and receiving complements and the dangers of click-baiting. They also make confessions of popular movies and TV shows they have never seen!
It's the second show from SDCC 2015 at the Balboa Theater! First the amazing Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) joins the guys to talk about playing Arya on Game of Thrones and what it's been like working on the show during her teenage years. Then Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) and Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrith, Hellboy) joke around with the guys and talk about Crimson Peak before the guys take some quemments!
Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) chats with Chris and Matt about how her movie characters could be classified as edgy, getting asked for autographs in the bathroom and what it was like when they recast Marty McFly. She also talks about her time on Howard the Duck, her current show Switched at Birth and working on projects with her daughters!
Some mid-week hostful goodness! The guys recap their Comic-Cons, Matt talks about his trip to Finland and Chris went to Hearst Castle. Also, Jonah auditioned for a horror movie, they talk about going to Disneyland in the rain and more!
Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men) chats with Chris about why people are so enamored with Sherlock Holmes, what Sherlock is like in his new movie Mr. Holmes and how being a celebrity can change a person. They also talk about his choice to be honest about his sexuality, being comfortable with himself and what advice he would give to other people!
Paul Rudd (Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, Ant-Man) talks with Chris about Paul becoming part of the Marvel world, the art of offensive jokes, and coming from a funny family. They also bond over having deceased fathers and talk about his role as Ant-Man!
Chad Coleman (The Wire, The Walking Dead) talks to Chris about how his own challenges while growing up have shaped him into an actor, making music videos for the military and of course The Walking Dead. They also talk about how Chris hasn't seen The Wire yet and Chad's upcoming projects The Expanse and Treadwater!
Leo Laporte (TWiT) chats with Chris and Matt about all the technology they have, dealing with trolls online and how Obama might deal with trolls. They also talk about TWiT being in its 10th year and where they see the future of technology heading!
The Nerdist is back from the Balboa Theater during San Diego Comic Con! Chris, Matt and Jonah are first joined by Sir Ben Kingsley to talk about the movie that inspired him to become an actor, his role in Self/Less and what being a knight is like. Then Peter Capaldi joins them to talk about being in a teenage band with Craig Ferguson, getting the role of Doctor Who and how his first Comic Con is going!
Andy Samberg (SNL, Lonely Island, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) returns to the podcast to chat with Chris, Matt, and Jonah about SNL sketches that never got made, being able to go to fancy celebrity parties, and a movie idea. Then they riff ideas for him to do while hosting the Emmys, they talk about his character in HBO's 7 Days in Hell, and he teases The Lonely Island movie!
Scott Weinger (actor/writer, Full House, Aladdin) chats with Chris, Matt and Jonah about doing the voice of Aladdin, how he balanced being an actor and school and they watch an Amiga computer commercial he was in as a teenager. Scott also talks about going from actor to writer and they discuss in detail how the Genie’s rules really work!
Comedian Cameron Esposito chats with Chris, Matt and Jonah about marriage equality, when she knew she was gay, and the roles sexuality play in today's society. She also talks about what it’s like dating another comedian, going on tour together, and her album Same Sex Symbol!
Brad Meltzer (Decoded, author) talks with Chris about being from Florida, they text their parents to see if they remember their family businesses in Miami and video games they played as kids. Brad also talks about his line of children’s books to help girls find good role models, his new novel The President’s Shadow and how important is for authors to write from the heart!
Live from the NerdMelt Showroom, it's the third Nerdist Podcast Stand Up Cluster featuring Baron Vaughn, Megan Neuringer, Kyle Clark, Cameron Esposito, Carlos Delagdo, Dave Thomason, Al Jackson, Sara Schaefer and James Adomian!
Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) returns to the podcast! He chats with Chris and Matt about the live reading on Major League he did, his relationship being in the public eye, and dealing with rumors. He also talks about being in the new Pee Wee Herman movie and Magic Mike XXL!
Ben Folds (musician) returns to the Nerdist podcast! He chats with Chris, Matt and Jonah about how he hurt his hand, his upcoming tour and how he balances all the instruments he plays. They also talk about watching movies without the sound and how fear and creativity complement each other!
The guys start out this episode as a food podcast, then they talk about watching Lifetime’s A Deadly Adoption and what other movies they saw this weekend. Matt also took a spontaneous trip to Vegas, Chris likes to watch ghost shows and turns out Kyle is a dirty liar!
Janet Montgomery (Salem, Black Mirror) talks with Chris and Matt about leaving England to work in Hollywood, what they think the Salem universe is really like and how they like being workaholics. They also talk about different accents and Janet tries out her American accent for a bit!
Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black, Jurassic World) talks with Chris, Matt and Jonah about improving in her role in Jurassic World, a new project that she isn't allowed to talk about and her new show Clipped on TBS! They also talk about how improv helps with all aspects of life, why you shouldn't make fun of someone's laugh and her podcast With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus!
Some mid-week hostful goodness! Chris, Matt and Jonah talk about Chris' weekend at Bonaroo, Matt meets another left handed guitarist and they talk about some movies they have seen recently!
Chris Pratt (Parks and Rec, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World) and Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World) talk with Chris and Matt about what they think of Back to the Future 2, how life has changed for Chris since losing weight and how social media changes the way actors are perceived. Trevor also talks about what made him want to make Jurassic World and how they developed Chris’ character in the movie!
Jim Norton (comedian, Opie Radio, Louie) returns to the podcast to talk about his role on Opie Radio, getting trolled by people online, and what happened with Opie and Anthony. Jim and Chris also talk about their love and fascination with chess and Jim’s new special!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, The Dark Knight Rises, 3rd Rock From The Sun) chat with Chris and Matt about how he came up with the name for HitRecord, his idea for a choose your own adventure film and even sports! Joseph also talks about researching for the Edward Snowden movie he just filmed and how HitRecord and Pivot came to be!
Shane West (Salem, Nikita, A Walk To Remember) talks with Chris, Matt and Jonah about his character of John Alden in Salem, shooting the TV show in Louisiana, and what the world was really like during the witch trials. Shane also talks about playing music and joining the band The Germs!
Allison Janney (The West Wing, Mom, Masters of Sex) chats with Chris about what got her into acting, how her role in The West Wing inspired girls to go into politics and working too much she doesn't have time to eat. They also exchange a few dirty jokes, talk about the differences between the many characters she's played and she talks about her role in Spy!
John Cusack (Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Say Anything) talks with Chris, Matt and Jonah about his role of Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy, the music of The Beach Boys and how suffering and art coexist. He also talks about growing up as a teenage actor, living a nomad life and the numerous characters he has played!
Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, Silicon Valley, Office Space) chats with Chris about going from the real Silicon Valley to making TV shows, what inspired him to get into animation, and his cartoons in the Spike and Mike Festivals! He also talks about where Cornholio came from, coming up with the story for Office Space, and casting everyone in Silicon Valley!
Alicia Witt (Justified, Cybill, musician) chats with Chris at SIR studios while singing songs! They talk about her time as a pianist at the Beverly Wilshire, their mutual love of Barry Manilow and how people interpret song lyrics. They also talk about her new album Revisionary History!
All the guys are back and got together for some hostful goodness! Everyone talks about their recent week off and where they went on vacation, wanting to explore abandoned places and starting a podcast band!
Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, Deadwood, The Tobolowsky Files, and so much more) talks about how being injured and sick taught him to be a more productive person, how enjoying your life will make you more successful, and about his podcast The Tobolowsky Files. He also talks about his strange psychic abilities, writing his book, and his role on Big Time in Hollywood, FL!
Richard Lewis (comedian, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Leaving Las Vegas) talks with Chris about the changes in his comedy over the years, how he think his upbringing has inspired his jokes and coming up with jokes in his dreams. They also talk about the big comedy boom in the 80’s, how people watched Richard growing up and his new book Reflections From Hell!
Dexter Holland (The Offspring) talks with Chris about how he went from scientist to rock star, where the line "Keep'em Separated" came from and having his pilot's license. He also talks about what inspired him to lead such an eclectic life, The Offspring's new single Coming For You and his hot sauce Gringo Bandito!
Timothy Simons (Veep, The Interview) chats with Chris about getting the role of Jonah on Veep, being broke when he was younger and living in Chicago and the new season of Veep. They also get deep about their thoughts on “selling out” and how fame affects people!
Friend and fellow Nerdist podcaster Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Indoor Kids) is back on the podcast! They all start off by making fun of each other, Chris learns a fact about potatoes and they try to figure out what Chris' shirt means. They also talk about the newest season of Silicon Valley and what’s coming up for it!
Ingrid Michaelson (musician) chats with Chris about their love of Thundercats, the best way to fake sick and they wonder what the average number of pubic hairs a person has. Ingrid also sings a few songs, including one about balls and she talks about her newest album Lights Out!
Jon Cryer (Pretty in Pink, Two and a Half Men) chats with Chris about an interesting habit his daughter has picked up, he tells stories about his time on set in the 80’s and how he was considered part of “The Brat Pack”. He also talks about what happened with Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, and his new book So That Happened: A Memoir!
Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Smartest Man in the World podcast, comedian) returns to the Nerdist to chat with Chris about people not understanding intelligent jokes, the different craft of writing jokes and how podcasting has allowed Greg to showcase his own comedy style. They also talk about their friendships with Joan Rivers and Greg’s new book The Smartest Book in the World!
Matthew Weiner (Mad Men creator, The Sopranos writer) returns to the podcast to talk about the overwhelming response he has gotten from Mad Men fans, the amount of great shows on TV right now and how people can so differently interpret storylines. He also talks what he leaned from writing on The Sopranos that he brought to Mad Men and the last season of the show!
Kevin Pollak (Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, comedian) returns to the Nerdist to talk about his new documentary Misery Loves Comedy and if misery really is a crucial element to comedy. They also talk about what drives someone to be an artist, and why Matt is such a grumpy guy!
Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham, The Walking Dead) talks with Chris about growing up in a small town as a theater nerd, his role on The Walking Dead and getting the part of Oswald on Gotham. He also talks about being openly gay and weird TV shows they watched as kids!
Dave Holmes (MTV, Reno 911, DVD on TV) and Chris reminisce about their days on MTV, how he went from working in advertising to being on TV and being openly gay from the start of his career. They also talk about sexual identity in today’s world, his live show at the NerdMelt showroom The Friday Forty and his new TV show American Canvas!
Eddie Pepitone (comedian, The Bitter Buddah) returns to the Nerdist to chat with Chris and Jonah about strange dreams and dream interpretation theory, Eddie talks about being in therapy for years and how important it is to maintain what you've built and not just build new things. They also talk about life on the road and Eddie's new album In Ruins!
The hilarious Will Forte (SNL, MacGruber, The Last Man on Earth) is back for more! They talk about why bees are dying off, what it must be like to be the president, and what jobs scare them the most. They also talk about his show The Last Man on Earth and the upcoming second season!
Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley, comedian) talks to Chris and Matt about playing games on his new Twitch channel, what video games they are currently into and they create a character called Gill Gates. They also talk about Thomas being Canadian and the new season of Silicon Valley!
Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings, Benched, Scrubs) talks with Chris about growing up in New Hampshire, getting into hockey fights and writing in a journal every day of her life. They also attempt to talk in different accents, talk about lots and lots of gross stuff and her new movie The Last Time You Had Fun!
Jonah Keri (Grantland writer/podcaster, author) returns to the podcast to describe the mega fantasy league he just joined, his time working in stocks, and life in Denver right now. Chris also talks about the heyday of bowling and Jonah talks about the paperback release of his book Up, Up and Away. And they have a heated debate about the best burger in LA!
The guys got together for a hostful! Chris talks about his recent vacation to Utah, Matt talks about his wedding planning, and Jonah does an impression of President Obama. They also talk about the new Fast and Furious movie, Jonah’s excitement for Entourage, and debate what to call the episode!
Sarah Colonna (author, comedian, Chelsea Lately) talks to Chris and Matt about doing recon on Bar Rescue, Sarah’s time as a secret shopper and what kind of reality TV show they would want to host. They also talk about her new book Has Anyone Seen My Pants? and play a game on the internet!
Brent Morin, Ron Funches, Rick Glassman and David Fynn from Undateable chat with Chris about different stand up tours they have been on, Rick’s ability to make acronyms on the fly and Brent and David explain what Passover is in song form. They also do their impressions of British accents and talk about the new season of Undateable!
Adam Carolla returns to the Nerdist for a 5th time! He and Chris talk about the difference between good and bad interviewers, being happy for more successful friends and coming up with the idea for his movie Road Hard. He also talks about how he did all the crowd funding for Road Hard!
Billy Crystal and Josh Gad chat with Chris and Jonah about how the idea of The Comedians came to be, the time Josh Gad was asked to sing for Billy and all their varying comedic influences. Billy then talks about the loss of Robin Williams, what helped get back to work after and they tell some stories from working with Mel Brooks!
Tom Lennon returns to the Nerdist for a third (check that!) time to talk about the time he went to a party and pretended to be Regis Philbin, how his son is the same age as the podcast, and how they came up with the idea of Reno 911. He also talks about his new show The Odd Couple, Thursdays at 8:30pm on CBS!
Kristen Schaal and Chris chat about doing bits while on talk show, her accident when she lost her front teeth and the time she learned Canadians don’t want a taint is. They also talk about her hilarious new show Last Man on Earth!
Grace Helbig chats with Chris and Matt about going to YouTube conventions, how YouTube is career choice to kids now and they all trade stories about jobs they had when they were younger. Grace also talks her new TV show The Grace Helbig Show on E!
Ben Gibbard talks with Chris and Jonah about breaking his wrist, why people love when musicians cover songs, and how The Postal Service came to be. They also talked about Death Cab for Cutie’s new album Kintsugi, their upcoming tour and Ben plays a song live!
Kal Penn talks with Chris about how he started working in politics, the current state of politics and the influence the youth has on government. He also talks about still being recognized from Harold and Kumar, being typecast and his new shows Battle Creek on CBS and The Big Picture with Kal Penn on Nat Geo!
The Amazing Randi talks to Chris and Jonah about how he came up with his tricks back in the day, how he figured out and performed them and Johnny Carson smoking throughout every show. They also talk about the making of his documentary An Honest Liar!
Director Joe Lynch chats with Chris, Matt and Jonah about his first job editing porn, filming in Serbia, and their time together at G4. They also talk about what really happened with Knights of Badassdom and his movie Everly!
Some hostful fun to start off your weekend! The guys talk about The Jinx and Robert Durst, Chris’ recent trip to St. Louis and Jonah’s parents trip to LA. They also talk about an abandoned Disney water park, what pushes their buttons the worst and Matt makes an announcement!
The Workaholics, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson and Kyle Newacheck, talk with Chris about working so much it ages you, what a Workaholics porn would be like and what comedy they used to be into when they were kids. And they talk about the newest season, on Comedy Central Wednesdays at 10pm!
Brian Michael Bendis chats with Chris and Matt about living in freezing Cleveland, starting his career in comic books and teaching comic book writing. They also talk about the rise of comic book fandom and the new Playstation original series Powers and his book Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels!
Josh McDermitt talks to Chris and Matt about what they think Chewbacca smells like, Josh tells the story of one of his most embarrassing times onstage and Matt and Chris pitch some Walking Dead ideas. They also talk about what would happen if they went back in time and Josh talks about his days on the radio!
The hilarious Kurt Braunohler returns to chat with Chris, Matt, and Jonah about peeing in his wetsuit, being a comic in Vegas, and why they think Jonah burps so much. They also talk about Kurt's jet skiing trip, making the webseries Roustabout, and his podcast The K Ohle, right here on Nerdist!
The very talented Jack Antonoff chats with Chris and Jonah! They have a deep conversation about death, prioritizing what is actually important in life and how they cope with the anxiety of their careers. They also talk about the new Bleachers album and how Jack writes the songs and chooses where they go within an album!
The legendary Michael McKean talks with Chris and Matt about his talent in musical comedy, his time opening as a comedy act before rock concerts and how he and David Lander got the part on Laverne and Shirley. He also talks about the importance of not being typecast and his part on Better Call Saul!
Some hostful goodness for the middle of your week! Chris talks about something very strange that happened to him the other day, Jonah talks about his endless love for Dan Aykroyd and the SNL 40th Anniversary show. They also talk about the passing of Harris Wittels and their memories of him.
Director/writer Ted Melfi chats with Chris, Matt, and Jonah about directing his movie St. Vincent, getting Bill Murray to be in the movie, and putting all his energy into making sure the kid in the movie was playing the right role. They also talk about TV and film changes today and remaking movies that were bad when they first came out!
Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia chat with Chris and Jonah about how they balance making a TV show and having kids, how their senses of humor complement each other, and creating a TV show based on characters and not premise. They also talk about getting Danny DeVito on the show, the many other projects they are working on, and the new season of Always Sunny!
It's some LIVE hostful goodness! Chris, Matt and Jonah do a hostful live at SF Sketchfest and talk about Jonah's recent trip to New Orleans, the time Matt thought he was having a heart attack and they talk about how far they have come since they started the podcast. Then they take Quemments from the audience!
Physicist Brian Cox chats with Chris and Matt about what made him want to get into science, his views on extraterrestrial life in our galaxy and his upcoming tour the Infinite Monkey Cage Live. Eric Idle also sits in and talks about how they met, his views on science and they all discuss different theories for what the universe is!
Sleater-Kinney talks to Chris, Matt and Jonah about where to live in Portland, the time Jonah embarrassed himself in front of Janet and getting the band back together. They also talk about their new album No Cities to Love and their current tour!
Simon Helberg chats with Chris and Jonah about getting the role on 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 of him and his wife!
Scott Aukerman returns to the Nerdist to talk about turning his podcast Comedy Bang Bang into a TV show, how he came up with the idea, and writing jokes for the President on Between Two Ferns. He also teases the new season of Comedy Bang Bang and the Mr. Show reunion!
Comedian Ari Shaffir chats with Chris and Matt about their early days of comedy in Los Angeles, all the crazy stuff he has seen being a regular at The Comedy Store, and why he is no longer religious. He also talks about his newest special Paid Regular and his new TV show This Is Not Happening!
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi chat with Chris and Matt about doing comedy back in New Zealand, and Jemaine talks a bit about Flight of the Conchords and working too much. They also talk about the making of their new movie What We Do in the Shadows!
Jeff Bridges just can't get enough of the Nerdist! He returns for a third time to talk about the books he created from pictures on set, the pictures he took for Seventh Son and how he makes long interview days fun. He also talks about his new sleeping tapes and his role in Seventh Son. And everyone has a relaxing meditation break!
David Cross returns to the podcast and talks to Chris, Matt and Jonah about the new Virgin Airlines safety video, accidentally getting booked to do stand up at a religious school and bringing back Mr. Show. He also talks about his new film and directional debut HITS!
Pauly Shore talks to Chris and Matt about growing up among legendary comedians in The Comedy Store, Chris and Pauly remember their early days at MTV and his movies such as Biodome, Encino Man and more. They also talk about Pauly’s documentary Pauly Shore Stands Alone and his podcast Pauly Shore's Interested!
Paul Williams is back for a three-peat, along with friend Tracey Jackson! Paul and Tracey talk about how they met in the early '80s and about their new book Gratitude and Trust. They also talk about getting sober, realizing what is important in life, and how to be the best person you can possibly be!
It's the 5th anniversary of The Nerdist! Chris, Jonah and Matt do a live podcast at NerdMelt Showroom to celebrate. Chris' mom, Kyle and Katie join in for a bit too!
Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids talk to Chris and Jonah about being on tour, what they do in the endless hours on the road and how they became a band. They also play a couple songs off their newest album Hold My Home!
Nick Kroll returns for the fourth time! He and Matt talk about how they get confused for each other a lot, filming the last season of his TV show The Kroll Show and their views on the OJ Simpson trial. Nick also remembers living in The Oakwood apartments one pilot season, Matt talks about his weight loss and why Chris doesn’t need to sleep!
Jason Lee and Sam Trammell chat with Chris about life with kids, growing up skating and surfing and the many injuries they have sustained and how they broke into acting. They also talk about their Amazon pilot Cocked!
Personal computing icon turned philanthropist Bill Gates has finally made it to the Nerdist! Chris, Matt, and Jonah caught up with Bill in Seattle to talk about how the digital revolution is turning your phone into a debit card, Bill’s earliest memories of the computer revolution, and how difficult it is to get a whole world behind eradicating disease. They also discuss the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and this year's annual Gates Foundation Letter! And as a special add-on to the podcast th...more
The amazing Rainn Wilson returns to the Nerdist! He chats with Chris, Matt and Jonah about kids today watching videos of people play video games, Chipotle burritos and life after The Office. They also talk about their favorite fast food pizza and his new show Backstrom!
Chris chats with Ethan Hawke about hitting his 30th anniversary of being an actor, filming Boyhood over 12 years and enjoying minutiae of life. Ethan also talks about his new movie Predestination and he remembers filming Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams!
Comedian Simon Amstell talks with Chris, Matt and Jonah about how he got his start in comedy, doing jokes about the queen and Chris’ secret dream to be a British comedy. He also talks about finding jokes in therapy and his upcoming US tour!
Gillian Anderson talks with Chris and Matt about what life was like when she first got The X-Files, her show The Fall on Netflix, and her book A Vision of Fire. Chris and Matt also try to convince her to pi!ch an X-Files reboot for 2015!
Some hostful goodness to start off your new year! The guys talk about what movies they have seen recently, how Chris learned how to take a vacation, and what they all did over the holidays. Also Chris started watching some new TV shows and Matt likes to take old people trips!
Voice director and casting director Andrea Romano chats with Chris about her long career as being a casting director and voice director in animation and working on shows such as Batman: The Animated Series, Pinky and The Brain, Animaniacs, The Smurfs, and way more. She also gives her advice for anyone who wants a career in voice acting!
Wayne Knight sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about what actually happened to his character in Jurassic Park, working at a carnival as a kid, working as a PI in New York and how he found his niche in acting! They also talk about how Seinfeld got away with everything in the show and his show The Exes on TV Land!
Kate Walsh chats with Chris about the many TV shows she has been on, growing up in Tucson, and seeing bats jerking off once.They also sing a duet together at the end!
It’s the last hostful of 2014! Chris, Matt and Jonah talk about their goals for next year, exchange holiday gifts, and marvel at the fact that the podcast is reaching its five year anniversary!
Filmmaker Sam Raimi talks to Chris, Matt and Jonah about his love for gardening, Sam tells stories of the weird things that happened while filming The Evil Dead and the numerous TV shows he produces. He also talks about the new movie on VOD now, Murder of a Cat, produced by Sam and directed by his wife, Gillian Greene!
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry chats with Chris about where they thought Aerosmith was going in the early days of the band, his views on Roswell and aliens and his holiday EP. He also talks about his book ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, in which he tells numerous stories about Aerosmith and more!
Actor Jack O’Connell talks with Chris about being from the most haunted town in England, what got him into acting and getting the lead role in Unbroken. They also talk about work days versus off days and the podcast experiences some (maybe) supernatural activity
Sir Paul McCartney chats with Chris, Matt and Jonah about the first time he came to New York City, people today being too addicted to their phones and he tells stories about with The Beatles, Wings and more. He also talks about the song Hope For The Future, that he created for the video game Destiny!
Chris and Jonah talk with comedy legend Martin Short about his start in comedy, his time on both Saturday Night Live and SCTV, and what he thinks of the current state of comedy. They also talk about Martin's memoir I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, out now!
Henry Winkler talks to Chris and Jonah about his plan to be an actor when he moved to LA, how he got his first role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his time playing the Fonz on Happy Days. They also talk about Henry finding out he was dyslexic and the children's books he writes, Hank Zipzer, that are made for kids with dyslexia!
The amazing Lisa Kudrow talks to Chris, Jonah, and Matt about the long awaited return on The Comeback, her time at the Groundlings, and the difference of being a TV actor between when she was on Friends and today. They also think of ideas for a Romy and Michelle reunion!
The wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch is on the Nerdist! He sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about traveling back and forth across the Atlantic, the time he was taken captive in Africa and then they get silly and make fart noises. Benedict also talks about his role of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and the genius and tragedy of his life.
The amazing Wil Wheaton is back! He, Chris and Matt talk about their recent trip to Disneyland for Chris' birthday, Chris and Wil reminisce about living together in Westwood and get into some nerdy debates!
Michaela Watkins sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about growing up in Syracuse, NY, her life changing trip to Tibet and Nepal and getting her start at Groundlings. She also talks about her new show Benched on USA and how she came up with the idea and characters!
Michael Ironside chats with Chris about why Canadians are so funny (and don’t know it), why he has played so many serious roles in his career, and his role in the new movie Extraterrestrial. He also talks about his two fights with cancer and what he learned from thinking he was going to die.
Alex Borstein hangs out with Chris to talk about her upbringing at Acme Comedy, failed pilots they have either tried out for or been in and doing the voice of Lois in Family Guy for the last 15 years. They also talk about her critically acclaimed show Getting On on HBO and how excited she is to be a part of it!
Batman himself, Adam West, sits down with Chris to talk about how he got into the entertainment business, his time acting in Spaghetti Westerns and what led him to being cast as Batman! He also talks about his upbringing on a wheat farm in rural Washington and the release of Batman, the complete series!
The hilarious Joe Lo Truglio is on the podcast! He and Chris talk about Joe's days with The State, how everyone from The State is secretly stalking Chris and the difficulties of making sketch comedy. They also talk about awful auditions they have had and Joe's new series Beef with Michael Ian Black and Christopher Meloni!
Actor Rachel Melvin hangs out with Chris to talk about watching movies through the other characters’ points of view, growing up athletic but choosing to work in the arts and how most guys secretly like Sex and the City. She also talks about getting her role in Dumb and Dumber To and how fun it was to film the movie!
The legendary John Cleese sits down with Chris, Jonah and Matt to talk about his new autobiography So, Anyway..., how he thinks his upbringing shaped him into the man he is today and what he has learned from his extensive and eclectic career!
The awesome Adam Savage returns to the Nerdist! He and Chris talk about the Mythbusters: Behind the Myth Tour, Adam’s start at stand up comedy, and the changes in the most recent season of Mythbusters. They also make lots of dirty jokes. Lots of them.
Joe Rogan is finally on the podcast! He, Chris and Matt start out the conversation talking about how they have been podcasting for five years, the risk of robots taking over the world and working on Newsradio with Phil Hartman. Joe also talks about how he became a commentator for UFC and his new special Rocky Mountain High, on Comedy Central Friday 11/21 at midnight!
The hilarious Rob Riggle returns to the Nerdist to talk with Chris and Jonah about doing sketches for the NFL pre-game show on Fox, his loves of sports and the problem with always playing characters who are jerks. They also talk about Rob's start in improv and the importance of being flexible with your comedy and characters!
Hilary Swank and Chris have a great conversation despite their voices being shot from busy days! She talks about going from The Karate Kid to Boys Don’t Cry, how she molded her career since then and her new film The Homesman. She also talk about what she has learned from the many roles she has played, especially Boys Don’t Cry!
The legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried sits down with Chris to sum up decades of comedy in about 10 minutes, the Roasts they have been a part of and Gilbert does a spot on Joe McCarthy impression. They also talk about Gilbert's podcast where he interviews Hollywood legends and gets to meet so many people who inspired him when he was younger!
Peter Farrelly returns to the podcast! He, Chris and Matt talk about why Chris wasn’t in Dumb and Dumber To, the time that Peter met Bruce Springsteen and Peter and Matt bond over being Dave Matthews Band fans. He also talks about how it was filming Dumb and Dumber To and how quickly Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels got back in the swing on their characters!
Lauren Mayberry, singer of Chvrches, takes a detour on their tour to talk to Chris! She talks about being from Scotland, transitioning from playing alt-rock to dance music and meeting musical idols. They also talk about the importance of making music that they like instead of trying to please everyone else and include a live song from their show in LA!
OK Go were one of the first guests on the podcast ever and now they are back! They talk to Chris and Jonah at Swinghouse Studios about their newest video I Won't Let You Down, creative Halloween costume ideas, and bad luck they have run into while filming their intricate music videos. They also play a song off their new album Hungry Ghosts!
Tom Bergeron and Chris reminisce about the days of Hollywood Squares, Tom talks about his early days in radio, and they bond over their love of old game shows! Tom also talks about hosting Dancing with the Stars and the 25th anniversary and his last season hosting America's Funniest Home Videos!
Six out of the seven members of the sketch group The Birthday Boys (Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Tim Kalpakis, Mike Mitchell, Michael Hanford and Chris Vanartsdalen) fill up the studio to talk about their IFC TV show, working with Bob Odenkirk, and shitty jobs they've had in the past. They also talk about ordering cakes in the shapes of dicks, how they all met and the worst show they've ever been booked at!
Corey Taylor (singer of Slipknot) hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about music they listened to as kids, what strange mashups Slipknot should cover and Jonah tells the story of the creepiest thing he ever did. Corey talks about getting sober and healthy, his problem with the Grammy Awards and Slipknot’s new album .5: The Gray Chapter!
A different type of episode, Chris sat down with writer, artist, filmmaker Clive Barker twice, a year apart from each other. In the first half, Clive and Chris sit down together only a couple months after Clive contracted Toxic Shock Syndrome from the a routine visit to the dentist, went into a coma and had several strokes. They talked about what happened, his health and the re-release of his Books of Blood short story collection. Chris then returns a year later and Clive is doing much better. C...more
The hilarious Bob Odenkirk is back on the podcast! He sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about Mr. Show tanking while on the air, recording his new album Amateur Hour with only a week’s preparation and he reads a couple excerpts from his book A Load of Hooey. He also talks about the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, how it changed from the writing to filming and how he thinks people will react to it!
Krysten Ritter and Chris hang out and talk about their mutual love for bowling, her audition process for the role of Jane on Breaking Bad, and a bottle of juice explodes everywhere in the middle of the episode. Krysten also talks about getting her start in the entertainment industry as a model after being discovered at a mall as a teenager!
Chris sits down with Keanu Reeves in New York City to talk about Keanu's lifelong love of comedy and experimenting with improv and comedy as a teenager, the slow process of making films and the importance of staying passionate about the project and his new film John Wick. Chris tells Keanu about the first time he saw a trailer for The Matrix and how it became such an important part of pop culture!
The legendary Paul Reubens sits down with Chris and Jonah! They talk about the development of Pee-wee, what it is like living with an alter-ego and the release of the newly remastered Pee-wee's Playhouse set. Paul also talks in depth about his moving to Los Angeles where he joined The Groundlings and came up with the character of Pee-wee, met Phil Hartman and how they came up with the idea for Pee-wee's Big Adventure!
The talented and hilarious Jason Schwartzman is back on the podcast! He and Chris start out with a deep conversation about feeling "normal" as a kid and how Jason is raising his own daughter, Jason talks about his favorite songs to cover when playing music, and they discuss how they both manage their extremely busy lives!
Ron Perlman had so much fun the first time on the podcast, he had come back for seconds! He and Chris talk about the upcoming movie The Book of Life, everything that is happening in the world that inspired Ron to write a memoir and his goal to never take anything in life for granted. They also come up with the million dollar idea of Shitstagram!
Enjoy some lovely hostful goodness! Chris and Matt had a fun trip to Home Depot together, the guys talk about furniture shopping more than they ever thought they would, Jonah was dressed in a Sasquatch prosthetic, Matt plays a clip from the show Ripley's Believe It Or Not? and Chris asks Matt what how he would react if Dave Matthews Band did a cover of the Frasier theme song!
Dax Shepard is on the podcast! He and Chris discuss each of their experiences getting sober, what is like being dyslexic in school when he was a kid, having a second kid with his wife, Kristen Bell, and his newest movies This Is Where I Leave You and The Judge (both in theaters now!). He also talks about the huge popularity of the "Cha-Ching!" Rally's commercials in the early nineties and then learning a couple years ago that it was Seth Green in those commercials and he got to go to the Super B...more
The hilarious Martin Starr sits down with Chris to talk about acting, creativity and more! He talks about growing up in LA without the intent of being an actor, taking roles he finds interesting, that elaborate dick joke on Silicon Valley, and his new horror film Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead. Also, Chris refuses to believe that the iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in Martin's pocket!
Writer /host Spike Feresten chats with Chris about his first Emmy experience, starting his career as an intern at NBC and tells numerous stories from his time as writer on Seinfeld and Late Show with David Letterman. He also talks about his new show Car Matchmaker on Esquire Network and the art of pairing someone with the perfect car!
The talented Rose McGowan talks to Chris about why she doesn't like super hero movies, why she wanted to stop acting and what she has been doing since and her directorial debut of the short Dawn. She also goes into great detail about her interesting and very non-traditional upbringing. She ran away from home at 13 years old and has lived a fascinating live ever since!
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme (Super Troopers, Beerfest) hang out with Chris to talk about the embarrassing TV shows they secretly love, they discuss their starts in the comedy world, Chris keeps changing his accent and they talk about sealing the deal on Super Troopers 2! They also talk about their podcast Chewin' It where they talk to guests and old friends and do solo episodes talking about the details of filmmaking and how they came up with ideas for their movies!
Dan Harmon and Neil Berkeley are on the podcast! Chris and Dan talk about the never-released first episode of the podcast that Dan did, he talks about the drama that surrounded his show Community and they bond over nerdy movies they watched when they were teens. Dan and Neil talk about their upcoming documentary Harmontown, how it came to be, how the story arc changed while filming and the self-realization that Dan experienced and how he is trying to make himself better!
It’s more hostful fun! Matt won’t stop talking about the two Dave Matthews Band concerts he went to over the weekend, Jonah un-ironically loves the Waterworld show at Universal Studios, and they talk about what they all have been up to in the past few weeks!
The hilarious Nick Frost is on the podcast! He hangs out with Chris and Matt to talk about his fascination with "butter dogs," why he thinks he is so good at bowling, and the perks of being a knight. They also come up with a great TV show idea called What's All This, Then?, Nick talks about the children's book he is currently writing, and he talks about his new movie The Boxtrolls! Plus, Matt's got an iPhone 6 Plus, there's NSFW talk about, well, several different things from the East, Edgar Wri...more
Actor, club owner, and puppet enthusiast David Arquette sits down with Chris and Jonah to chat about growing up in LA and the finer points of choosing an LA strip club! They also talk about working in the entertainment business for over 25 years, getting self conscious in auditions, how growing up in an abusive home has molded him into the person he is today, and his show Cleaners on Crackle.com!
Robert Patrick sits down with Chris Hardwick to talk about his 30 plus years in the industry! They bond over both being from the south and the different type of southern accents and talk about his new role in the TV show Scorpion. Robert then talks about how his career started. He moved to LA and lived in his car while trying to pursue acting work. He had dropped out of college and moved to LA with no contacts or plan. He soon began acting in films for Roger Corman, which ultimately lead to an o...more
Kevin Smith is back on The Nerdist! They talk about how much they loved the first time Kevin was on the show, where the famous Silent Bob trench coat came from, and how social media has had such an important impact on his career. He also talks about a Craigslist ad he read on his podcast one day. The ad was for a man who was willing to let someone stay in his home for free under the contingent that they wear a Walrus Suit. During the podcast, Kevin and Scott Moiser ended up breaking down the plo...more
Ed Helms finally returns to the Nerdist! Ed reminisces about his days of watching Singled Out, his love of bluegrass music and the upcoming The Bluegrass Situation at The Ace Hotel in LA October 10th and 11th. They also talk about Ed's recent camping and rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. Ed is about to leave to star in the new “Vacation” movie in which he will play Clark Griswald's son Rusty who is grown up and taking his own kids on vacation. Ed is very excited to play a character in the G...more
Mira Sorvino is on The Nerdist podcast! She and Chris talk about being a true nerd in high school, coming up with the character of Romy in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, her time living in China and her new show Intruders on BBC America.
Michael Sheen (and surprise guest Sarah Silverman!) sit down with Chris to talk about Michael’s great variation of characters, his goal of making Stephen King his best friend, the top three things Sarah hates and the new season of Masters of Sex. Chris also offers his theory on the Kraken, Michael talks about his work on Chris' favorite movie Underworld, and we discover Michael’s father’s unusual occupation!
Jason Biggs hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about how being a father has changed his life, getting in social media fights with his wife, and where he thinks the storyline of his character is going in Orange Is The New Black!
Kristin Bauer van Straten hangs out with Chris to talk about the last season of True Blood, fans asking her to bite them at conventions, her love for animals, and what she is working on next!
The boys are back for a hostful! Jonah has to have a mustache for a week, Chris talks about presenting at the Emmys, they talk about how much Robin Williams meant to them and Chris discusses becoming closer with his brother!
John and Drew Dowdle hang out with Chris to talk about what it’s like directing movies as brothers, growing up in Minnesota, how they were able to film in the actual Paris catacombs and more about their new movie As Above, So Below!
Grant Morrison comes on The Nerdist to talk about how Comic Con has changed over the last 20 years, what is was like growing up in Scotland with American comics, his process for writing Batman and Superman and his new book Annihilator!
Comedian Chris D’Elia chats with Chris about moving to Los Angeles when he was 12 years old, why he thinks comedy has made a comeback, how he copes with being alone on the road and doing his own upcoming tour!
British actor and comedian Adam Buxton sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about cleaning the airplane bathroom on his flight to LA, they tell horror stories of doing shows in venues that aren’t properly prepared, what is was like making a music video with Radiohead and his own love of podcasts!
Writer Matthew Weiner sits down with Chris to talk about how Mad Men changed the style of men in their 20’s, the culture shock viewers get from watching what life was like in the 1960’s, the difference between writing on The Sopranos and Mad Men and his new film and directorial debut Are You Here!
Nathan Fielder chats with Chris about getting his start creating videos in Canada, choosing people and businesses for his show Nathan For You, whether anyone is still implementing his ideas for their business and how the idea of Dumb Starbucks came alive!
Sean Bean sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about his new show Legends on TNT, how he decided he wanted to be an actor, playing the part of Ned Stark on Game of Thrones and the hashtag #DontKillSeanBean!
The amazing Jeff Bridges returns to The Nerdist Podcast! He talks about his upcoming role in The Giver, how he met his wife and making tough decisions in life!
Evangeline Lilly and Michael Rooker join the guys live at The Balboa Theater at SDCC 2014! Evangeline talks about living in Hawaii for LOST and her new children's book, Michael talks about The Walking Dead and they take quemments from the audience!
The talented Alicia Witt chats with Jonah and Chris about vegan dairy options, they talk about all the possible sequels to Mr. Holland’s Opus, how she got into music and her process of songwriting and what it’s like working on Justified!
Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon sit down with Chris at Swinghouse Studios to talk about their newest album, toy record players and they play two songs live in the studio!
The super funny Bert Kreischer is on the Nerdist! He talks about how Chris inadvertently almost got Bert fired from a job, they share nightmare drinking stories, talk about Bert’s aversion to therapy and his new book Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child!
CM Punk returns to the Nerdist for a live show at The Balboa Theater during 2014 San Diego Comic Con! CM Punk tells the story about the one and only time he ever ran a marathon, Matt really wants a Starfleet uniform and they take quemments from the audience!
Hilarious fellow Nerdist network podcaster Todd Glass laughs it up with Chris and Jonah! Todd talks about writing his book The Todd Glass Situation and the relief that overcame him after he came out, and the guys do sad spit takes!
Actor/filmmaker Eli Roth sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about the importance of release dates for horror films, doing his own Milgram experiment, how babysitting prepared him to be a director and the new season of Hemlock Grove!
The immensely talented Guillermo del Toro sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about what he thinks is the real magic of film, the importance of letting movies develop naturally, he tells the story of his father being kidnapped when he was young and the current movies he produced Crimson Peak, The Book of Life and FX's The Strain!
Comedian Guy Branum and Chris talk about how excited their 15 year old selves would be about their current lives, how he decided to become a comedian, his solace in being able to be open about his sexuality and the importance of doing the things that make you happy!
The hilarious Superego guys: Matt Gourley, Jeremy Carter, Mark McConville and Paul F. Tompkins, talk about the return of Superego, they try to figure out who in the group is god, they spoil numerous old movies for each other and announce the permanent addition of Paul F. Tompkins to the group!
Comedy legend Carol Leifer chats with Chris and Jonah about the time she opened up for the Beach Boys, how she transitioned from stand up to writing on Seinfeld, she tries to convince Chris to get into slot machines and they talk about her book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying!
Co-founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian sits down with Chris to discuss where he thinks the future of the internet is headed, his 92 year old grandfather doing an AMA, the evolution of Reddit and the seriousness of net neutrality!
The amazing Andy Serkis sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about what lead him to acting, his start and the process of motion capture acting, directing second unit on The Hobbit and The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!
Nerdist News’ own Jessica Chobot hangs out with Chris to talk about how Chris is responsible for Jessica meeting her husband, the ups and downs of being a new mom, being goth in high school and hosting Nerdist News!
The wonderful and talented Alfred Molina sits down with Chris to talk about how he interprets the success of his career, playing the bad guy in so many movies, hanging out in Doctor Octopus gear while on set of Spider-man 2, and his new show, Matador!
The hilarious Nick Thune hangs out with Chris and Jonah! They talk about Nick being in bands when he was younger, they tell stories of pranks they have pulled on people, the time Nick got cat-fished and his newest special Folk Hero!
The very talented Gary Cole chats with Chris about how he chooses the roles he takes, getting Office Space lines yelled at him to this day, the unique writing and acting styles of Veep and his upcoming role in the new movie Tammy!
It’s some end of the week hostful fun! Matt and Jonah talk about their podcasting recording of The Matt and Jonah Show in Phoenix, Matt read a great book about The Beatles, Jonah got travel sick again and they discuss about how they handle success!
Writer Adam Rogers hangs out with Chris to talk about writing for Wired magazine, the difficulties of having people proof read your work, he and Chris bond over growing up nerds and they talk about his new book Proof: The Science of Booze!
The awesome Greg Behrendt chats with Chris and Jonah about the best way to rock a mohawk when going bald; Chris and Greg talk about growing up in comedy together, being depressed and relapsing into drug addiction and consciously helping yourself to stay happy!
Ralph Garman hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about growing up with “nerd shame”, how to not be tired all the time when working in morning radio and starting out at the Acme comedy theater!
Scott Ian hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about how his work ethic has changed over the years, pranks they played on people as teenagers and Scott tells the story of the time he got drunk with Lemmy and blacked out!
Randy and Jason Sklar return for a three peat on the Nerdist! They talk about how podcasting has changed their careers, writing jokes as a duo, performing comedy for Peyton Manning, and their new special What Are We Talking About available now on Netflix!
Comedian Myq Kaplan chats with Chris and Jonah about the dangers of creating the same bit as another comedian and looking back at the jokes they wrote as new comedians; they make fun of Jonah’s past relationships and talk about his new special Small, Dork and Handsome, on Netflix now!
Chris interviews Mitch Hurwitz live at Bellcourt Theater in Nashville! They talk about how he got into writing comedy, his similarities the character of George Michael, why he thinks Arrested Development didn't make it on network TV and they take questions from the audience!
Bryan Bishop (Bald Bryan from The Adam Carolla Show) sits down with Chris for a more serious topic. They talk about Bryan being diagnosed with a brain tumor, his 5 anniversary of the diagnosis after been giving a 6 month expiration date and having a good attitude and using humor to keep him positive in the worst of times!
The incredible Tom Cruise is on the Nerdist! He sits downs with Chris, Jonah and Matt to talk about flying in jets while filming Top Gun, how he prepares for his roles, landing helicopters in foreign cities and his new movie Edge of Tomorrow!
Nerdist family member Pete Holmes finally sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about how starting his own podcast has changed his life, the etiquette of interrupting people, how therapy has made him more independent and his appreciation of having the opportunity to have his own TV show!
The legendary Morgan Freeman comes on the podcast to talk about the beginning of his career as an actor, the importance of enjoying life and finding the positive in everything, his love of flying planes and the return his show Through the Wormhole on Science Channel!
World traveler and brave food enthusiast Anthony Bourdain hangs out with the guys to talk about eating strange food in strange places, his intricate plans when he cooks meals for his family, turning his life around to become a writer and TV host and how he strives to make his show Parts Unknown different from anything else on TV!
Jaime King and Chris bond over having a new baby and new dog, the best ways she can embarrass her son, her husband’s love for Star Wars and her role on The Clone Wars!
Loveline's Dr. Drew Pinsky sits down with Chris to discuss the different types of rehab for addicts, Chris’s process to get sober, the influence media has had on society, and his own battle with cancer!
Clark Gregg loves the podcast so much, he came back for seconds! They talk about Chris being a traitor to S.H.I.E.L.D, the secrecy that goes into Marvel films, they riff about string theory and talk about his new movie Trust Me available now on demand and in theaters June 6th!
Dave Attell returns to the podcast for a third time! He, Chris and Jonah talk about differing views on dirty jokes, playing to audiences who don’t understand a comic’s humor, and his new show on Comedy Central!
It’s some hostful fun to help you get through your week! Jonah tells a story that nearly kills Matt from laughter, Matt got a new bike and Chris learns how to make proper eye contact! Also, Matt and Jonah are doing a live podcast of their own on June 5th in Phoenix!
The hilarious Wendi McLendon-Covey talks to Chris about her upbringing in The Groundlings, how she got the role on Reno 911, her parents’ aspirations for her to be a flight attendant and her role in the upcoming movie Blended!
The legendary Alex Trebek sits down with Chris to talk about starting out his career as a news reporter in Canada, how he has seen Jeopardy over the years, the importance of not letting ego get in the way of happiness and the time Chris was on Celebrity Jeopardy and won!
The hilarious Jim Jefferies hangs out with Chris to talk about showing up his school principal by becoming a comedian, crazy stories from hanging out with John Ratzenberger, why he thinks Chris isn't nerdy and his show Legit on FXX!
The lovely and hilarious Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham hang out with Chris to talk about Lennon’s bizarre talent for mimicking people, Jessica’s hatred of scary movies and sequels and who’s the cat and who’s the dog in their friendship and their new show Playing House on USA!
The talented Jennifer Morrison chats with Chris and Jonah about growing up without watching iconic movies, how fans treat her differently based on her characters from House and Once Upon A Time and the short film she just directed!
It’s a Nerdist/Thrilling Adventure Hour mix! Ben Acker and Ben Blacker hang out with Chris to talk about how they started The Thrilling Adventure Hour, how they branded the show to make it what it is today and their careers in writing!
Chairman and CEO of Nerdist's parent company Legendary Pictures is on the podcast! They talk about being a sports guy while still liking nerdy stuff, the influence of watching movies at a young age, the amazing array of movies Legendary has come out with, and their newest movie, Godzilla!
The amazing Jon Favreau not only listens to The Nerdist, he’s now a guest on it! He, Chris and Jonah nerd out over their favorite TV shows, his career path since Swingers, the immense work that went into creating and directing the Iron Man movies and his new movie Chef!
Jim Gaffigan has a three peat on the Nerdist! He talks about his new special Obsessed, how Chris would become president if there was a zombie apocalypse, who their first crushes were and where they think the world of comedy is heading!
The hilarious Eddie Izzard returns to the Nerdist podcast for his own episode! He talks about performing comedy in different languages and foreign countries, beginning his comedy career in the birth of alt comedy and his view on the strange world of politics!
Jim Rash returns to the podcast! He, Chris and Jonah play some improv games, they find a new adjective for traffic and talk about his show The Writers Room on Sundance Channel Fridays at 9pm!
The hilarious Rhys Darby hangs out with Chris to discuss the differences between America and New Zealand, the growing comedy scene in New Zealand, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and his new show Short Poppies available now on Netflix!
The hilarious Lewis Black sits down with Chris to talk about the process of writing “edgy” material, the importance of keeping busy as you get older, his shows being a destination for family outings and his newest special Old Yeller!
The legendary William Shatner chats with Chris and Jonah about his upcoming show Shatner’s World in movie theaters around the country, his love of making people laugh and his thoughts on the future! See Shatner's World this Thursday April 24th at a theater near you!
Brian Henson and Chris sit down to talk about their pet dogs, the technique of puppetry, growing up in the hey-day of The Muppet Show and the show Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge on SyFy!
It’s another spontaneous hostful! They talk about how lovely LA is when everyone is at Coachella, Matt and Jonah get into a bit that probably lasts too long and they read a scary ghost story!
The very talented John de Lancie sits down with the guys to talk about his role as Jane’s father on Breaking Bad, starting his career in the theater, his time on Star Trek and the Brony documentary he produced!
Pat Healy and Sara Paxton chat with Chris and Jonah about starting out in comedy, Sara having to use a typewriter all throughout high school, their different approaches to auditioning and their new movie Cheap Thrills!
The wonderful Bob Saget returns to the Nerdist podcast! He and Chris talk about his new book and dealing with death through humor, and they try to keep on track but keep getting into tangents!
Mike Mignola talks with Chris on creating the comic book Hellboy, the process of writing the storyline for comic books over time, working with Guillermo Del Toro and the 20th anniversary of the series!
The guys sit down with linguist David J. Peterson to discuss how he makes up new languages, working on movies and shows like Game of Thrones and the history and evolution of dialects and languages around the world!
Very funny comedian Todd Barry comes on the show to talk about his new crowd work special, doing shows that have to be “G rated” and why you shouldn’t go pee right before a set on Letterman!
Adam Carolla returns to the Nerdist for a FOURTH time! They talk about Adam’s dream to have a pet Pegasus, and the fight against patent trolls who are currently suing Adam and other podcasters by claiming they are violating a patent on podcasting!
Eric Stonestreet hangs out with Chris to play a celebrity name game, they pretend to be radio DJ’s and he shares his dream of being called a turd by Dennis Franz!
Hilarious comedian Hannibal Buress sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about freaking out while high, performing in clubs versus theaters, creative ways to react when a joke bombs and what he wants to do outside of stand up!
A sportswriter on the Nerdist podcast?? Jonah Keri sits down with Chris and Matt in a quest to get Chris to like sports. They talk about why certain sports are more popular in different countries, presenting the facts of baseball while still making it interesting to everybody, and Matt and Jonah nerd out about the Red Sox!
Chris and Jonah sit down with The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger! They talk about the need to push yourself to be the best you can be, his story of becoming an entrepreneur at a young age, he teases Terminator 5 and the sequel to Twins and talks about his new movie Sabotage!
The hilarious Will Arnett hangs out with Chris and Matt to talk about what they would do with a billion dollars, his new show The Millers on CBS, the importance of having a good editor and French-Candian swear words!
Chris Kluwe loved the Nerdist podcast so much, he came back! He, Chris and Jonah talk about what video games they are playing right now, what happened to his NFL career since he decided to stand up for marriage equality, and what he hopes for the future of openly gay athletes.
Jared Leto comes on the podcast to talk about being nominated for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, his Thirty Seconds to Mars documentary and how the crazy financial system of musicians!
It’s some hostful deliciousness for your week! Jonah wants to go to Japan, Matt still has a big head (literally) and Chris doesn’t like going to spas!
Nerd hero Curtis Armstrong hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about playing Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, his many other roles in Risky Business, Better Off Dead, and Moonlighting, being at the first Star Trek convention ever, and working on King of the Nerds!
William Katt sits down with Chris to talk about his days on The Greatest American Hero, his role in the original Carrie, growing up in the San Fernando Valley back when nothing was there and his new comic book based movie Sparks!
It’s a three peat with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson! They start off their conversation about how the universe works, then talk about science of bottomless pits, the importance of asking questions, and the new Cosmos!
It's a bonus episode with the amazing Crispin Glover! He talks about the commercialization and propaganda of movies, the controversial lawsuit over Back to the Future, how different the 80's would have been for him if he had the internet to release projects and tell his side of stories and his new film The Bag Man!
The hilarious Andy Daly hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about the differences of doing character work at clubs and alt rooms, how parents trick their kids into behaving and his new TV show Review on Comedy Central, Thursdays at 10pm!
The lovely Jaimie Alexander sits down with Chris to talk about her role as Sif in Thor, she explains how to use a knife to Chris, getting satisfaction of seeing their high school bullies living crappy lives and bringing Sif onto Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on March 11th!
The lovely Michelle Monaghan hangs out with Chris and Matt to talk about growing up in a town of 700 people, making a show about open relationships and her love of college sports!
The hilarious Donald Faison comes on the podcast! He talks to Chris and Jonah about starting a family, his time on Scrubs, and their favorite shows currently on TV!
Musician St. Vincent sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about what compels people to become artists, what inspires her to write songs, and how they deal with disgusting microphones while on tour!
Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, hangs out with Chris to talk about his beloved Manchester United, filming Game of Thrones in freezing Iceland while his co-workers film in sunny Croatia and his new film Pompeii!
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer join Chris and Matt and special guest co-host Craig Rowin to talk about how they started working together, coming up with their tv show Broad City and Craig dishes on what it’s like to live with Matt!
Jennette McCurdy comes on the show to talk about her time as an accidental country music artist, what she wants to do after Sam & Cat, and what movie inspired her to get into acting! Also, Matt talks about Frasier and Chris isn’t good at parties.
The Nerdist returns to SF with special guest Tom Lenk (Buffy, Angel, Much Ado About Nothing)! Tom and Jonah bond over their love of Beaches, Matt talks about Fraiser and Chris tries to keep the podcast on track!
Morgan Murphy stops by the show! She and Chris go in deep about coming up in the LA comedy scene together, performing comedy in front of your idols and her new special, Irish Goodbye, available on Netflix!
Topher Grace is on the podcast! He sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about his re-cut of Star Wars, being better at life in person than in social media, and his new website CerealPrize.com!
Robert Kirkman returns to the podcast! He talks about reading comics on the toilet, The Walking Dead Escape obstacle course and what he has planned for the future of The Walking Dead, both comic and TV show!
The new Robocop Joel Kinnaman hangs out with Chris to talk about being in the Robocop suit for 14 hours a day, moving from Sweden to a small town in Texas and how action movies have changed over the years!
B.J. Novak hangs about with the guys to reminisce about their days of doing open mics together, his time at the Harvard Lampoon and what inspired him to write a book of short stories!
The amazing duo James Mercer (The Shin) and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) that make up Broken Bells invite Chris and Jonah to their studio to talk! They discuss their process for coming up with songs, Brian talks about how he started producing albums for other artists and their upcoming album After the Disco, out February 4th!
The amazing Paul Williams returns to the podcast! He and Chris sit down at ASCAP to talk about his upcoming book about addiction called Gratitude and Trust, being the president of ASCAP and he sings a song just for Chris!
The guys sit down for another somewhat serious hostful. Chris and Jonah talk out some problems they have been having and Matt mediates!
Christina Ricci sits down with Chris to talk about how different it was being a child actor when she was young, being an unintentional meme generator, and the different challenges woman have to go through in the media!
The hilarious Jon Daly hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about his many different stand up and sketch characters, Sappity Tappity the rollerskating Christmas tree, and his new show on Amazon Betas!
Aaron Eckhart sits down with Chris to talk about the best way to start conversations with women, practicing for his roles in front of his dog and his new movie I, Frankenstein; out Friday January 24th!
The hostful goodness is continuing! The guys sit down to chat and end up talking about all things love. Their first loves, first heartbreaks and more!
Neal Brennan comes on The Nerdist to talk about his days on Singled Out with Chris, falling into the comedy scene and he tells the story of how he and Dave Chappelle ended up writing Half Baked!
The charming Richard Madden sits down with Chris! They talk about his new role on Discovery Channel's Klondike, being naked onstage, growing up in Scotland, and, of course, his character of Robb Stark on Game of Thrones!
Nick Kroll really just can't get enough of the podcast and returns for a third time! He, Chris and Jonah talk about how he prepared for the James Franco roast, being your own worst critic and his new season of Kroll Show!
The guys get together for some more hostful goodness! They talk about what they did over the holidays, Matt went to an autograph convention and Jonah is the happiest one in the group!
Comedian Jim Norton hangs out on the show to talk about being an "offensive" comedian and dealing with death threats, internet trolls, his theories on why people even get offended and he and Chris' mutual love of chess!
The eccentric and hilarious Brody Stevens sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about his life since his mental breakdown, how his career has changed, Zach Galifianakis, working on The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Chelsea Lately, and 2midnight, Donnie Wahlberg, Justin Bieber, pranks, stress, and his show Brody Stevens: Enjoy It on Comedy Central!
It's some hostful goodness to send off 2013! Chris, Matt, Jonah and Chloe talk about the best and worst of their year, what they learned and what they have planned for the new year!
The very interesting and insightful Jerry Stahl stops by the show to talk about being addicted to heroin, using life experiences for creative works and what really makes a person positive or negative!
Kathryn Hahn sits down with Chris and Jonah to make up street names, where to find the best gumbo at Disneyland and her new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, out in theaters today!
Moby sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about becoming sober, inter-genre overlap in the music industry and they get into a deep conversation about human cognition!
Jon Lovitz is on the show to talk about his first time working at the Groundlings, how his career path led him to SNL and the loss of his friend Phil Hartmann and how to deal with losing people who are close to you.
Will Forte joins Chris to bond over being UCLA alumni, his decision to leave SNL, the one character he never got to do and his new movie Nebraska, out in theaters now!
The Overly Attached Girlfriend, Laina Morris, hangs out on the podcast to talk about being from Texas, how she became the Overly Attached Girlfriend, and her plans for the future!
The awesome Taran Killam comes on the podcast to reminisce about buying comic books as kids, auditioning for SNL and his new comic book The Illegitimates!
The hilarious and musically talented Brendon Small hangs out with the guys at Swinghouse Studios to talk and play guitar! They talk about Brendon's new album Galaktikon, metal operas and guitars!
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) talks to Chris and Jonah about the challenges of being an indie movie director, his stand-up show Mash Up on Comedy Central, Jonah's Arcade, video games, the Super Mario Bros. movie, and walking around Sundance in a fur coat!
Chris storms Twitter HQ (or "Bird Palace" as he calls it) for a super fun one-on-one with Dick Costolo: computer scientist, former improv comedian and current CEO of Twitter!
Chris sits down with the lovely Lindi Ortega to talk about her most recent tour, her dream to be a tornado chaser and she plays a song just for the podcast!
Chris tricks Matt and Jonah into doing a hostful! Jonah talks about visiting one of his favorite record labels, Bruce Gutter joined Jonah during his stand up in San Francisco, and Chris and Matt talk about the writers room on @midnight!
The legendary Christopher Lloyd is on the Nerdist Podcast! He talks about his early roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Taxi, fan reaction, meeting Orson Welles, his love of the theater and different roles he's played, and, of course, Back to the Future! Plus stories about Huey Lewis, Andy Kaufman, and lots more....
Chris Jericho returns to the podcast to talk about all his favorite tv shows, how he changed his persona in the wrestling world and he came up with the idea for his web series, But I’m Chris Jericho!
The talented Thomas Dolby sits down with the guys to talk about his recent interactive music and film tour, the early days of creating music with synthesizers and his influence on cell phone ringtones!
The band behind the Nerdist theme song are finally on the podcast! The guys of Anamanguchi hang out to discuss their party days in the NYC fashion scene, sending a pizza into space and they all create a generic 90’s song!
Commander Chris Hadfield discusses all things space with Chris and Matt! He talks about living on the International Space Station for 6 months, how he started using social media to promote space programs, and making music videos in space!
Sasha Grey sits down with Chris to talk about transitioning into an acting career, how being active in social media helped her career and her new book, The Juliette Society!
The legendary Oliver Stone sits down with Chris to discuss turning true stories into dramatic movies, his views on the JFK assassination and his documentary mini series Untold History of the United States!
The amazing Chris Elliott is on the podcast! He sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about starting out on David Letterman, pissing off James Cameron and the new season of his show Eagleheart on Adult Swim!
The always hilarious Jackie Kashian sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about first relationships, dealing with hecklers while onstage, and how Jackie introduced Chris to Harry Potter!
Gillian Jacobs and Chris talk about making life decisions as a child, having crushes on older movie stars and they reminisce about past auditions! They also talk about the upcoming season of Community!
John DiMaggio returns for another fun filled Nerdist! He hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about his upcoming documentary I Know That Voice, the ending of Futurama, and and John teaches how to do some impressions as he rifles through some of his legendary voices.
The hilarious Aziz Ansari sits down with Chris to talk about the world of stand up comedy today, his newest special on Netflix and where his inspiration for jokes comes from!
Chris and Jonah travel to Marvel Headquarters to talk to the man in charge, Kevin Feige! They talk about all the different Marvel movies, upcoming projects and how Kevin is actually a fan of the podcast!
Saoirse Ronan sits down with Chris to talk about growing up in the Irish countryside, how pudding differs in Ireland and her role in the upcoming movie How I Live Now!
Chris sits down with the lovely Tom Hiddleston to talk about how he formed the character of Loki, growing up in the UK and the stages a British actor takes to becoming a wizard!
Clark Gregg sits down with Chris to talk about how Agent Coulson came to rise, juggling a career between writing and acting and he tells a crazy story about acting on Broadway!
Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend hangs out with the guys to talk about the different types of people who come to their concerts, the science in making albums that their fans will like and what it means to be satisfied in life!
The guys sit down with Harrison Ford at SDCC to talk about life before Star Wars, what he brings to his characters and some of his favorite movies!
The hilarious Ike Barinholtz hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about how having a kid has made him soft, what Hollywood must've been like in the '80s, and his days starting out in improv!
Start your weekend off right with some hostful goodness! Jonah is still obsessed with Ray Donovan, Chris dropped his lucky pen and there's a special appearance by Bruce Gutter's family!
Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer sit down with Chris and Matt to talk about finding your voice as a stand up comedian, how women can be portrayed in the industry and their show Nikki and Sara on MTV!
Greg Proops returns again to the podcast to discuss being the smartest (and most humble) man in the world, dealing with hecklers at shows and almost every movie ever!
Funny and all around awesome guys Danny McBride and Jody Hill come on the podcast to talk about their rise to fame, coming up with ideas for Eastbound and Down, and interacting with crazy fans!
The lovely and hilarious Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael come on the show to talk about their weird froyo habits, everyone compares their workout routines and their new movie Ass Backwards!
Andrew W.K. and Marky Ramone stop by the Nerdist podcast before their show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles TONIGHT! Andrew talks about living life with a positive attitude, Marky tells stories from The Ramones days, and they talk about their tour!
The amazing Daniel Radcliffe is on the Nerdist! He talks about his admiration for Tom Lehrer, watching inappropriate children's television, and his love of American football!
Nick Offerman returns to the podcast because he just can't get enough. He talks about his new book Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living, describes what a cologne based on him would smell like, and tells a joke so funny it almost kills Chris.
It's the Nerdist episode #420, so who better to have on than Doug Benson? They talk about what they were like in high school, Doug's role in Captain EO and, of course, weed.
Slash hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about his immense love and knowledge of dinosaurs, growing up in Laurel Canyon in the heyday of the music culture, and being a BMX biker!
The directos and star of the movie Zero Charisma (which is being distributed by Nerdist Industries!), Katie Graham, Andrew Mathews and Sam Eidson come on the podcast to talk about the making of their movie, what it means to actually be a nerd and Dungeons and Dragon
Tom Hanks loves the podcast so much, he came back for me! Chris and Jonah sit down with Tom for a second time to discuss awful interview questions, his first time on The Tonight Show and his upcoming movie, Captain Phillips!
Adam Scott is finally on the podcast. He helps add to the Nerdist Adam Scott Foley project, Matt and him talk about his role in Star Trek, and they talk about his new movie A.C.O.D and his show The Greatest Event in Television History!
The kings of rock, Jack Black and Kyle Gass, are back in the studio with The Nerdist! They talk about their upcoming Festival Supreme, their mutual obsession for GTA V, and they sing a couple of songs, with Chris joining them!
Astronaut Mike Massimino comes on the show to talk some real talk about space! Matt nerds out on him about everything NASA, he talks about the first time he saw Earth from space, and he discusses the new movie Gravity!
Chris sits down with Stan Lee in his toy filled office to talk about how he will never stop writing, his cameos in movies and he gives some insightful advice for young people!
Ken Marino hangs out on the show to talk about his fancy Japanese toilet, forgotten sketches from The State, and why Matt isn't verified on Twitter!
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica sit down with the guys at SDCC! They talk about the making of their upcoming movie Through the Never, Jonah and Kirk bond over living in Hawaii and how they tell stories of forgetting how to play their own songs!
Brad Neely sits down with the guys to talk about how not all nerds are smart, the early days of web series and being from the south!
Finally, some hostful goodness for your ears! Jonah changes his Twitter name, Matt decides between guitars and dogs and they debate who's better at working out!
Alison Brie just can't get enough of the Nerdist podcast! Alison talks to Chris and Jonah about Community and Mad Men, crazy puppet shows and the roles women play in the entertainment industry!
The extremely talented and hilarious Nat Faxon and Jim Rash talk about what it was like to win an Oscar, tell some funny stories from their days of teaching improv, and talk about their movie The Way, Way Back!
Tegan and Sara come on the show to talk about their years of opening for bands before they made it on their own, the science of "selling out," and what they would do if an asteroid hit the earth!
The extremely lovely and talented Katey Sagals sits down with the guys to talk about her days on Married with Children, her love of playing music and what crazy things Gemma might do on the upcoming season of Sons of Anarchy!
The amazing Doug Jones comes on the show to talk about dressing up in crazy costumes and special effects make up, tease an upcoming role he has, and they create some Jonah Sound Effects!
The hilarious and lovely Katee Sackhoff hangs out with Chris and Jonah to talk about her time on Battlestar Galactica, being a bad-ass chick on a motorcycle, and her role in the upcoming movie Riddick, in theaters Friday, September 6th!
Neko Case had such a good time on the Nerdist, she didn't want to leave! She and Matt find out they have a lot in common, and Neko talks about life on tour and her new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I fight, The More I Love You!
Matt Berninger of The National invites Chris and Matt into his home to talk about what bands the internet pairs with The National, deciding what to wear onstage and the making of their documentary Mistaken For Strangers!
The lovely Maria Menounos comes on the show to talk about working on Extra, her time in beauty pageants, and her new film The Adventures of Serial Buddies!
Bill Hader hangs out with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about life after SNL, writing on South Park and meeting his comedy heroes!
Brie Larson hangs out with Chris and Matt to talk about Animal Crossing, the confusing names of fruits and vegetables, and her new movie Short Term 12, out August 23rd!
The super funny Kurt Braunohler hangs out with the guys to talk about pranks he likes to pull on society, porn parodies and one of the guys comes up with a very special character!
The always hilarious Eddie Pepitone is finally on the podcast! They talk about the best way to defend your house against robbers, riding in cars with comedians and his documentary The Bitter Buddha!
The lovely and talented Lauren Graham comes on the show to talk about her longtime friendship with Chris, her days as a comedy club waitress and, of course, Gilmore Girls!
Singer/writer Gerard Way hangs out with the guys to talk about how he got into music, the comic books he has written, and life after My Chemical Romance!
The end of of Breaking Bad is almost here, so who better to have on the podcast than Vince Gilligan? Vince sits down with the guys to talk about the ups and downs of writing the show, the first movie he ever made and how he feels about Breaking Bad ending!
Recorded from the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, it's one of Chris' favorite bands, Rogue Wave! Chris sits down with Zach and Pat to discuss how they got into music, how they keep themselves entertained on the road and they play some songs from their sound-check!
The extremely talented (and whom we also discovered is hilarious) Michael C. Hall joins Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about playing characters surrounded by dead people, his battle with cancer and whatever happened to the old organ stores from malls!
It's the Nerdist live JFL in from Montreal, Canada! Jimmy Carr from British TV's 8 Out of 10 Cats joins the guys to talk about how comedy differs in the UK, breaking his anklein a giant hamster wheel , and some of the audience members join the conversation!
BioShock creator Ken Levine is on the Nerdist podcast! He sits down with Chris and Chloe to talk all things video games including their reactions to BioShock Infinite, how science and video games are related and where they all think the future of video gaming is headed! SPOILER ALERT! There are crap tons of Bioshock: Infinite spoilers. Ye hath been warned!
Recorded at SDCC 2013 from his hotel room, it's George RR Martin! He tells stories about the early days of comic book conventions, the journey of adapting his books to the screen and football...!?
It's the Nerdist live from the Balboa Theater in San Diego again! The Doctor himself, Matt Smith, is the special guest, audience members get their quemments answered and one guy has a surprise for his girlfriend!
Hostful goodness is back! Chris, Matt and Jonah sat down in Canada to talk about their past week at San Diego Comic Con, learning how to not work all the time and the pronunciation of GIF!
Nerd hero Joss Whedon is finally on the podcast! Chris, Matt and Jonah invade his home to talk about how he casts for his characters, coming up with new ideas and the days when he and Chris lived across the street from each other!
One of the Nerdist family members, Kumail Nanjiani, is on another Nerdist podcast! Kumail sits down to talk about his own podcast The Indoor Kids, video games, and being afraid of dolphins!
Actors Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston and director James Wan from the new movie The Conjuring sit down with the guys to talk about their experiences making the film, how James got into directing horror films, and what it's like to be parent and actor! See The Conjuring in theaters this Friday, July 19th!
The Dude himself is on the Nerdist Podcast! Jeff Bridges sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about his new movie R.I.P.D., bonding with his father through acting and, of course, bowling!
Tig Notaro comes on the show for a serious yet hilarious episode. She talks about her past year battling cancer and how it has changed her life, her new documentary where she will be performing stand up in people's living rooms and her ranch, "One Chicken Ranch"!
The always delightful Charlie Day sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about writing It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, transitioning between comedic and serious acting and his role in Pacific Rim, in theaters July 12th!
The wonderful Charlie Hunnam comes on the show talk about how he formed the character of Jax on Sons of Anarchy, growing up in England and his new movie Pacific Rim, in theaters July 12th!
CEO and president of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford comes on the show to talk about the process of making video games, how they come up with ideas for games, and how they think the future of video games will unfold!
The extremely delightful and hilarious Josh Groban sits down with the guys to talk about how he realized he was a talented singer, finding himself onstage with Celine Dion and they listen to some songs!
Chris sits down with Misha Collins is a castle in Scotland to talk about how buildings are older than countries, how he got the idea for GISHWES and his character of Castiel on Supernatural!
The brilliant Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks & Geeks) hangs out with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about the importance of having a good tailor, a spec script he wrote many years ago and his new movie The Heat, out this Friday June 28th!
BUZZ ALDRIN IS ON THE NERDIST! He sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about the current state of space exploration, his ideas for inhabiting Mars and walking on the moon!
The legendary Billy Crystal is on the podcast!! Chris and Matt travel to Pixar in the Bay Area to talk to him about his comedic characters, being mentored in comedy and doing improv in his movies!
Recorded just last week on 6/12, it's a somewhat hostful with special drop-ins! Peter Farrelly stops by to make a big announcement and Guillermo Del Toro says hi. And the premiere of The Matt and Jonah show!
Fred Willard returns to the show for a full episode! He sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about the time he was on a live Nerdist podcast, the way jokes are formed and interpreted, and his role on the HBO show Family Tree!
It's a special bonus episode featuring the Man of Steel press conference moderated by Chris Hardwick! Panelists include director Zack Snyder, producer Charles Roven, producer Debbie Snyder, Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, writer David Goyer and composer Hans Zimmer! WARNING- There are some spoilers!
"True Blood" Pack Master and comic book nerd Joe Manganiello chats about shoplifting comics, hanging out with Schwarzenegger, and wanting to be a professional wrestler. Also, his impressions SLAYED us. After this episode, you will want to be friends with him.
The amazing and multi-talented Rick Moranis is on the Nerdist podcast! He talks about how he got into the entertainment business, why movies like Ghostbusters and Little Shop of Horrors are still so great and his new album My Mother's Brisket and Other Love Songs!
Alex Winter sits down with Chris, Matt, and Jonah to talk about how he got into documentary making, his early love of the internet, and how he got the parts in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Lost Boys!
Aasif Mandvi hangs out with Chris and Matt to talk about The Daily Show and his new movie The Internship, and Janina Gavankar (from True Blood and Arrow) hangs out and joins the conversation!
Jesse Thorn stops by to talk about his start in the broadcasting world, his love of miniature donkeys and secret sex parties!
Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age talks about knowing where all the best restaurants are, his numerous run-ins with Steve Perry, and his favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes!
Treat your ears to some hostful goodness to start off the weekend! Jonah is back from his vacation in Europe, Matt spent a week straight at Disney World, and Chris thought he was dying!
The always hilarious Jim Jefferies comes on the show to talk about his love of pinball machines, giving his son an American name and his show Legit!
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg sit down with the Nerdist guys to talk about pastimes of Canadian Jews, their writing process, and the new movie This Is The End!
Wayne Federman sits down with Chris and Matt to debate why it is rude to point, what they were like as children and Wayne being a ventriloquist!
Chris got to sit down with Ben and Ryan of Band of Horses while in Austin to talk about the early days of their music career, the art of covering songs and different green rooms they have seen!
Hilarious actor and all around nice guy Tony Hale sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about his role as Gary on Veep and the new season of Arrested Development, and Matt creates "The Mira Method"!
The always hilarious Kyle Kinane comes on the podcast! They talk about music they're into, Kyle maintaining his impressive beard, and being the voice of Comedy Central!
The musically talented Fitz from Fitz and the Tantrums hangs out with Chris and Matt! They talk about how Fitz and the Tantrums got their unique style of music, what it was like growing up in Los Angeles and what it's really like living as a musician!
The awesome Steven Yeun hangs out with Chris and Matt to talk about his early days in the Chicago comedy scene, forming the character of Glen on The Walking Dead, and what he would actually do if there was an apocalypse! Also, a special guest drops by to talk about her favorite TV shows!
Rod Roddenberry and John Champion sit down with Chris and Matt to talk all things Star Trek! Rod talks about growing up in a world ruled by Star Trek, what the show meant to them and their podcast Mission Log!
Chris sits down with hilarious and intelligent W. Kamau Bell to talk about his show Totally Biased, the difference in his comedy between his stand up and show, and taking his two year old daughter to his stand up shows!
The always funny Bob Saget sits down with Chris on the Nerdist! They talk about how they met, why comedy helps people deal with tragedy, and, of course, Full House!
Joel Heyman, Gus Sorola and Burnie Burns from Rooster Teeth sit down with Chris in Austin! They talk about how they got started creating internet videos, how loud computers used to be and the extreme popularity of online videos!
Your favorite hosts are back for some hostful goodness! Jonah just got married, Matt is going to Disney World, Chris got mildly assaulted and no one wants to leave the studio!
Marc Maron returns to the Nerdist podcast for a third time! They talk about coping with success, how stand-up keeps them sane and his new show Maron on IFC!
The hilarious Scott Adsit comes on the show to talk about working on 30 Rock, internet battles, and fun things that happen in pants!
The delightful Rob Zombie returns to the Nerdist podcast! He talks about what it's like living in the woods, what his process as a director is like and what scares him!
Natasha Leggero sits down with Chris and Jonah to about how she got into stand-up comedy, dating other comedians and they invent the mumblebrag!
Dominic Monaghan stops by the podcast to sit down with Chris and explain football (the English one), the pros and cons of Twitter and what living in Hawaii for LOST was like!
Starting the weekend off with some hostful fun! Matt and Jonah go to the bathroom too much, they talk about dieting and wonder how livers work!
The amazing Divine Fits sits down with Chris to talk about a controversial show of theirs, how SXSW affects the music scene, and how they came from multiple separate bands (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Spoon, New Bomb Turks) to create Divine Fits!
It's the annual stand up cluster at the NerdMelt showroom in LA! This year features the hilarious Ali Wong, Dan Telfer, Mark Little, Beth Stelling, Maronzio Vance, Aparna Nancherla, Ryan Singer and Ron Funches!
It's some hostful goodness to start your weekend off right! The guys talk about parents learning technology, a recent movie Jonah saw on a plane and debate who has more t-shirts for their podcast!
The incredibly talented Walton Goggins sits down with Chris to talk about what it was like winning an Oscar, growing up an only child, and his role of Boyd Crowder on Justified!
The lovely Jenna-Louise Coleman sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about weird first dates, their favorite British and American TV shows and being the new Companion on Doctor Who!
The extremely talented William Fichtner sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about the lessons he has learned from being an actor, his admiration of cars and racing and his new movie Wrong!
The amazing Nick Offerman sits down with Chris to talk about how the character of Ron Swanson came to be, starting his career in the theater and what it means to be a man!
Comedy legend Lily Tomlin comes on the Nerdist podcast! She sits down to tell some stories from when she was younger, and talks about her many characters and the differences between comedy years ago and today!
It's the Nerdist podcast live from Gilda's Laugh Fest in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 15th! The guys talk about doing the live show from a church, witnessing horrible karaoke, and what the world would be like without chairs!
The very musically talented Macklemore sits down with Chris to talk about the extreme success of his song "Thrift Shop," living outside of your comfort zone, and doing laundry!
Patrick Warburton comes on the show and talks to Chris and Jonah about his favorite band, collecting coins and doing voice-over work!
Ben Schwartz hangs out with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about his show House of Lies, their favorite theme songs and they play a game with sound effects!
The one and only Steve Carell is on the podcast! He sits down with Chris to talk about his days as a radio DJ, the art of improvisation and his new movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone!
The wonderful Camilla Luddington sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about how British names sound fancier than American names, crazy TV show ideas and how she is the new Lara Croft in Tomb Raider!
Comedian, writer and awesome guy DC Pierson is on the podcast! They talk about early types of porn, wearing suits and his new book Crap Kingdom!
The amazing animation director Rich Moore sits down with Chris and Matt to tell some stories from his Simpsons days, talk about making Wreck-It Ralph and how a cartoon character was based after him!
Nick Kroll returns to the Nerdist podcast! He sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about which character from Karate Kid they relate to the most, his different characters and his new show Kroll Show!
The hilarious Ben Hoffman sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about hitting on girls with boyfriends, the rules of what you can and can't say on television and his new show The Ben Show, premiering February 28th at 10pm on Comedy Central!
The Nerdist guys are on a roll with the wrestlers! Mick Foley sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about how he found his love for wrestling, breaking away from his wrestling persona, and his work with RAINN!
Neil Patrick Harris and magicians Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães talk about the skill of close up magic, the importance of magic theater layouts and the amazing dance number in Neil's Puppet Dreams!
Punter for Minnesota Vikings, Chris Kluwe, comes on the show to talk about video games, tweeting during football games and nerd culture in the NFL!
The guys welcome their good friend Shadi Petosky who runs the FANTASTIC animation house Puny Entertainment (link to it on the website) and also happens to be going through gender reassignment.
Hostful fun for the middle of your week! Jonah got a bad haircut, Chris talks about Star Wars and they play some sound effects!
The extremely talented Jason Schwartzman sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about skateboarding dogs, life as a drummer and filming the movie A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III!
T.J. Miller returns to the Nerdist! He sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about society's addiction to social media, living a life at full momentum and the things in life that make them happy!
Special guest Pete Holmes joins Chris, Matt and Jonah in beautiful San Francisco for SF Sketchfest! They guess about how Matt and Jonah would die, talk about outhouses and take some Quemments!
The lovely Yvette Nicole Brown sits down with the guys to talk about R&B groups from the 90's, going to fancy parties with Twinkie bars and spirituality!
It's some hostful goodness to start off your weekend right! Except on this hostful, there are some special rotating guests including Jimmy Pardo, Dana Gould, Erin Gibson, and Gillian Vigman!
The amazing and talented Dave Grohl invited Chris, Matt and Jonah to his studio to talk about his love for music, how he learned to play the drums and his new documentary Sound City!
Mark Hamill is on the Nerdist! Chris and Mark recorded this in front of a live audience at the "BAFTA Los Angeles Behind Closed Doors Evening with Mark Hamill" and they discuss character acting versus playing yourself, funny foreign expressions and a little film called Star Wars!
The amazing Peter Farrelly is on the Nerdist Podcast! He sits down to talk about how he and his brother got into film making, his directing process and working with some comedy legends!
It's a special episode with some titans of Youtube! Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein and Hannah Hart sit down with Chris to talk new media, content creation, and vagina jokes!
It's the Nerdist live from the Twin Cities! Special guest Doug Benson joins Chris, Matt and Jonah for some fun and Quemments!
The lovely Amber Benson (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer!) sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about dolphin sex, what her writing process is and selling interesting things on E-Bay!
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 sits in with Chris and Matt to talk about hair plugs, bagging your own groceries and sports!
WWE Champion Chris Jericho sits down with Chris and Matt to have a riveting conversation about network mergers, talk about Jericho's love of comedy and classic TV show spin-offs!
Gabe Newell part two! In this episode Chris and Chloe sit down with Gabe to talk about the business side of video games, how Valve came to be and their mutual love for Dr. Who!
It's the first episode with the co-founder and director of video game development at Valve, Gabe Newell! In this episode he sits down with Chris, Chloe and Wil Wheaton and Robin Walker and David Sawyer to talk all things video games!
The hilarious Anthony Jeselnik sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about the Comedy Central Roasts, the craft of creating offensive jokes and they make fun of Jonah!
Timothy Olyphant sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about his character Raylan on Justified, the story of Deadwood ending, and his short affair with stand-up comedy!
The amazing author Warren Ellis is on the podcast! He talks about his new book Gun Machine, coming up with ideas for his novels and the monster that is social networking!
Tom Morello invites Chris and Jonah into his home studio to talk about how he became the guitarist of Rage Against The Machine, baby music classes and just how nerdy Tom really is!
Treat your ears to some hostful holiday goodness! The guys talk in some silly voices, Jonah shares another meaning of his name and Matt brought his guitar!
Since Tom Lennon was the guest for episode #1, it's only appropriate that he returns for episode #300! Chris, Jonah and Matt return to Tom's house to see how things have changed since that first episode...
Voice actor extraordinaire Tom Kenny comes on the show to talk about doing silly voices, getting out of speeding tickets and how crappy Christmas songs can make you feel!
Paul Gilmartin joins Chris, Matt and Jonah for the morning zoo to talk about feelings, making artwork out of old computers and how he decided to start his podcast about mental illness!
WWE Champion CM Punk invites Chris into his home to teach him about wrestling! They also talk about being on The Talking Dead, acquiring injuries, and how the professional wrestling world has evolved over the years!
The extremely hilarious and brilliant John Hodgman sits down with Chris talk about working in a video rental store, how dogs would use heroin and they come up with an idea on how to never have to sleep again!
The extremely talented and wonderful Malcolm McDowell sits down with Chris to discuss the nostalgia of old Hollywood, his days on set of A Clockwork Orange and much more!
The hilarious and talented Judd Apatow is finally on the podcast! He talks about growing up in a comedy environment, tells some stories from The Ben Stiller shows and how his real life has inspired his movies!
Legendary musician Paul Williams sits down with the Nerdist guys to talk about his amazing career in music and entertainment and the documentary about his life, Still Alive!
Demetri Martin is FINALLY on the podcast! Everyone talks about their disdain for technology, dressing inappropriately on dates and the preparation that goes into preparing a comedy special!
The awesome Ron Perlman sits down with Chris and Matt! They talk about their old days as karaoke singers, the importance of your first tweet and how Ron got into acting!
Fill up on your hostful for the week! Chris, Matt and Jonah talk about movies they have recently seen, play DJ with their iPods, and Matt makes up an excuse for why he missed Chris's birthday party!
One of our favorites, Maria Bamford, returns to the show! They talk about the similarities before comedy and relationships, her new stand up special and the seriousness of mental health!
Chris, Matt and Jonah sit down with a legend! The amazing Mel Brooks comes on the show to tell some hilarious stories about pitching his movies, how he and Carl Reiner still get each other to laugh and much more!
Pelle Almqvist and Vigilante Carlstroem from the amazing band The Hives were nice enough to sit down with Chris and Jonah before their show at The Wiltern! They talk about the differences between Sweden and Los Angeles, their musical influences, and drinking etiquette in different countries!
The always hilarious Dave Attell returns to the Nerdist to talk about his favorite porns of all time, his new show Dave's Old Porn and some more stuff about porn!
The hilarious Jimmy Kimmel is on the show! He sits down with Chris to reminisce about their glamorous days at KROQ, almost getting killed on the job and making his mark in the late night world!
It's some more hostful fun to start your weekend! The Nerdist family sits down to talk about serious matters such as questionably named items on menus, the theme to Blossom and, of course, zombies!
Screenwriter Max Landis sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about the realms of sanity, the different stages of writing and pitching scripts, and they discuss how falling in love and having to use the bathroom can feel similar!
Comedy LEGENDS Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly and Sophie Winkleman sit down with Chris and Jonah to talk about their new project What About Dick, they share some stories from their various comedy careers, and just be insanely hilarious!
The awesome Zach Braff is on the show! He sits down with Chris, Jonah and Matt to talk about how he has the perfect name to say while burping, his love for photography, and growing up as a theater nerd!
The hilarious and lovely Angela Kinsey hangs out with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about what happens when in a group of comedians, getting VIP tours at theme parks and Jonah defends penguins even though everyone else thinks they're kind of gross!
All around awesome guy Kevin Bacon invites Chris and Jonah to visit him on set of his new show The Following in New York! Kevin talks about the dangers of New York City back in the day, how he turned Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon into something that helps people and his favorite roles he's done over his career!
It's some hostful goodness to start your weekend right! Jonah talks about his new podcast Jonah Raydio, Matt talks about the new G4, and Chris talks about interior decorating!
The amazing and brilliant Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to the Nerdist podcast! He enlightens us even more about current astronomy news and talks to Chris about the reality of Star Trek! Also, stay tuned for a special Halloween ghost story from Liam Lynch at the end!
The wonderful Anthony Edwards invites Chris to his apartment to talk about his past roles from Revenge of the Nerds to Top Gun to Gotcha to ER to his new show, Zero Hour! Anthony also talks about traveling around the globe and the ways he is trying to make the world a better place!
Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) come on the show to talk about their new movie Cloud Atlas! They talk about the different steps in adapting a book into a movie and we find out the real reason why British people are skeptical to be in American films! See Cloud Atlas, out in theaters, today, October 26th!
Awesome filmmaker (and guy!) Darren Bousman comes on the show to talk about directing the Saw movies, Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival, the rise of the horror movie industry and society's addiction to technology!
This episode of Nerdist from NY Comic Con almost didn't happen! This amazing show at The Best Buy theater with Guillermo Del Toro, Joel Hodgson and Travis Beacham accidentally didn't get recorded, but then (thanks to the magic of iPhones and social media) we found someone who had recorded it from the audience. So now you get to hear it! Enjoy!
It's more goodness from The Walking Dead for your ears! Andrew Lincoln sits down with Chris to talk about all the different sides of his character Rick Grimes in season 2, the arc of the storyline in the show and, of course, killing zombies! WARNING! There are spoilers in this episode up through the end of season 2, but nothing about season 3!
The ridiculously hilarious Andy Kindler is finally on the show! He joins Chris, Matt and Jonah for the live show in Toronto at the JFL42 festival. They talk about writing insulting jokes, make references that Canadians don't understand, and Andy works out some jokes!
The king of interviews, Larry King is on the podcast! He sits down with Chris to talk about some of his most hilarious interviews, living his dream as a broadcaster and his love for making people laugh!
With the return of The Walking Dead this weekend, who better to have on than Lauren Cohan?! She talks about how her character Maggie kills zombies, living as a nomad and where the cast of The Walking Dead hangs out when they're not fighting zombies!
Musician, puppeteer, director, writer and all around awesome guy, Liam Lynch, sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about e-cigarettes, favorite music videos and creating songs for Sifl and Olly! Keep listening at the end for a special Dr. Who song by Liam!
Tom Hanks! Tom. Motherf--king. Hanks. What more of a description do you NEED than that? Is the fact that we talk about Tom's career, NASA logos, Storage Wars, vintage typewriters and blasting caps going to influence your decision any further to enjoy this very special and hilariotastic episode?? Well I guess it should, because Tom made those all really fun things to talk about. And those rumors about his being the nicest most down-to-Earth fellow? ENTIRELY TRUE.
Comic book writer from Man of Action Studios (Wildcats 3.0, Uncanny X-Men, Adventures of Superman and more!) Joe Casey sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah! Chris and Joe bond over living in Tennessee, Joe talks about creating comic books and Chris is super excited about his new car!
Rich Sommer returns to the show! He talks about receiving Mad Men fan art, tells the story of meeting Sigourney Weaver and they ask Siri some questions!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stops by the show talk about the benefits of learning a dead language, his love for Dungeons & Dragons and playing a character who is trying to assassinate himself in Looper, out in theaters now!
The wonderful Sara Watkins sits down with Chris, Matt and special guest host Paul F. Tompkins to talk about being a singer, songwriter AND fiddler. We also learn what the "F" stands for in Paul's name and Sara plays us a few songs at Bedrock Studios in LA!
The magical (seriously, he's a magician!) Justin Willman sits down with the guys to talk about different magic tricks he has done over the years, what the magic community is like and Justin talks about his upcoming show at Club Nokia in LA on September 29th!
Some hostful goodness to start off your week! Chris got his back waxed, Jonah talks about turning 30 and Andie Bolt comes on the show to talk about Dork Fork for a bit!
Rob Burnett, EP of The Late Show with David Letterman, and Jon Beckerman, writer on Letterman, sit down with Chris to talk about working on the show for 20 years, how to write the perfect Top Ten list and their new movie "We Made This Movie!" They also talk about Chris's weird dreams about Johnny Carson, Bill Pullman's political possibilities and more!
The delightful Anna Kendrick sits down with Chris to discuss how they met shooting the Ben Folds/Fraggles music video, the anxiety of being nominated for an Academy Award and they talk about their different tactics for arguing!
Ben Folds comes on the podcast to talk about the new Nerdist-produced video we made with him and the Fraggles for the first track "Do It Anyway" from the new Ben Folds Five album "The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind" (which is amazing)! And stay tuned for a special bonus interview with someone super special at the end...
Another Star Trek alum is on the show! Michael Dorn comes on the show to talk about playing Worf, fighter flying planes and eating root vegetables!
It's one big comedian hangout on today's podcast! Brian Posehn, Pete Holmes, Fortune Feimster and Ron Funches sit down with Chris and Matt to talk about their upcoming show Comedy Mutant at Club Nokia Friday September 21st. They also share stories from the road, talk about hecklers and make each other laugh way too much!
Musician, writer, spoken word artist, activist and all around AMAZING guy, Henry Rollins is on the show! He sits down with Chris, Jonah and Nerdtern Kyle Clark to talk about being a workaholic, the music industry and how Kyle and his family are such big Henry Rollins fans, they affectionately called him "Uncle Henry"!
Hey Podcastinauts! "COPS: Skyrim" is a show on the Nerdist YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) that I am thrilled we are putting out, having been obsessed with Skyrim since it came out last November (Dark Elf Mage, Level 46). When Bryan Basham (producer, "Death & Return of Superman") pitched this show to us I pleaded for a title song mash-up of "Bad Boys" and Skyrim's Dragon-tongued theme, "Dragonborn". Thanks to EG Music (Evan Goldman) it turned out even better than I had hoped. Since he made...more
John Barrowman drops by for a few minutes to talk about special in-flight services. When the hostful resumes, Chris has close-quarters social anxiety, Jonah recaps FYF Fest and Matt FINALLY sees Dark Knight Rises.
Birbigs 3peats on the Nerdist Podcast to discuss his critically acclaimed new film "Sleepwalk With Me". Mild but not Earth-shattering spoilers ensue and in between jokes about using babies as camera phones the guys actually get into some uncharacteristically heavy relationship break-up talk. Could this be considered "a very special Nerdist Podcast"??? YOU DECIDE. And then rejoice in the powers of decision you have in the universe.
The hilarious Harry Shearer comes on the show to talk about his amazing career, where ideas like Spinal Tap came from and we play a song from his new album Can't Take a Hint!
It's some hostful goodness to start off your weekend! Everyone enjoys to some world music, Matt and Jonah argue about movies and Chris talks about going to Dr. Who premiere!
Alton Brown sits down with Matt and Chris to talk all things food and cooking! They also talk about Dr. Who, of course, and how Alton flies his own planes!
The amazing Steve Jones sits down with Chris, Jonah and Matt to talk Sex Pistols, Jonesy's Jukebox and what punk rock is all about. Also, find out who Jonesy has been in--the answers may surprise and delight you!
Joel Hodgson hangs out with Chris, Matt and Jonah to discuss Mystery Science Theater 3000! They also talk about how bad weather inspires creativity and Joel does an impression of Jonah doing an impression of Joel!
It's some hostful goodness for your listening pleasure! Matt went on vacation near Los Angeles, Jonah talks about his quest to feed the homeless and Chris has two tickets to somewhere!
The hilarious and wonderful Joan Rivers is FINALLY on the podcast! She sits down with Chris and Jonah to discuss her early days in comedy, her views on how the internet is changing the entertainment industry and how she earned her reputation in the comedy world!
The extremely talented Carla Gugino sat down with Chris and Matt to talk about their love for Comic-Con, The Rock and her new series Political Animals and movie Hotel Noir!
The amazing Dr. Demento was kind enough to take a break from his own show and come on the podcast! Chris and Jonah profess their love for the doctor, Dan Pasternack joins in the discussion of favorite comedy albums and Matt Bennett stops by a bit!
The wonderful and hilarious Aisha Tyler returns to the show to talk and play video games with Chris and admit just how big a nerd she was as a kid!
Live from Fitzgerald's in Houston, Texas it's Chris, Jonah and Matt! They talk about their favorite last lines of horror movies, talk to a teacher audience member and take some Quemments!
Thomas Jane (and a special super cute guest of his) sit down with Chris and Matt to talk about Deep Blue Sea, the DIY revolution in the film industry and the Thomas's KickStarter for his video game Bad Planet!
The always hilarious Will Ferrell came into our Meltdown studio to talk about the first 45 minutes of the movie Speed, tell some stories from Saturday Night Live and how he really wanted to take square-dancing classes as a kid!
The amazing John Kricfalusi comes to our Nerdmelt space with Chris and Jonah to talk about Ren & Stimpy, working with Ralph Bakshi, Laverne & Shirley in Space and the time he and Bob Clampett hijacked a parade float. PLUS! More George Liquor? Hopefully! Go to Kickstarter to support Cans Without Labels right now!
It's some hostful goodness for your ears! Chris and Matt discuss the mystery of ET video game, Jonah had his wisdom teeth taken out, and they talk about not caring about the Olympics!
Bill Nye the Science Guy is finally on the podcast! Bill talks about his friendship with Carl Sagan, why science is the best idea EVER and a very special announcement about the return of the Science Guy videos!
Gabe Diani & Etta Devine are a wonderfully hilarious comedy team and longtime friends of Chris (Nerdist Stand-Up Cluster 2). They ran a successful kickstarter campaign to make "Huck Finn: Robotic Edition" and are currently raising money to get their film "The Selling" a theatrical release. Because we have a lot of creative-y types who listen to the show, we brought them on to share their insight about making film, sketch comedy and books from scratch. They are the ultimate DIYers, so pull up a c...more
Everyone is really excited actor and "British Podcast Ambassador" Richard Ayoade is on the show! They discuss their favorite Olympic sports, how British people deal with stress and how Richard got into directing music videos!
The delightful and hilarious Michael McDonald stops by the show! He and Chris reminisce about their days at The Groundlings, the craft of learning improv, how he created characters for Mad TV and more!
Everyone recaps their Comic-Con weekend, Jonah admits to sneaking into some parties and Chris and Jonah discuss Matt's charmed life!
The always hilarious Greg Proops comes on the show to talk all sorts of things with Chris. They discuss history, appropriate man luggage, and social censorship!
Did you get to enjoy the Nerdist Live at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego this past weekend? Well, even if you weren't there, now you can hear it! John Barrowman and Gary Dell'abate come on to discuss shitting in front of significant others, help take some Quemments and more!
Hilarious comedian and friend Matt Braunger comes on the show to discuss addictions to chai tea, swearing at Disneyland and his new Comedy Central special Shovel Fighter!
It's some hostful goodness for your listening pleasure! Chris, Jonah and Matt talk about running in "Course of the Force", Matt went on "vacation" and Jonah talks about a new band he's listening to!
THE LeVar Burton is finally on the show! Chris and Matt geek out with questions about Star Trek: The Next Generation, they ponder why Geordi never got any action on the show, and LeVar talks about the affect Roots had on his life!
The hilarious Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein tell us how they come up with ideas for "Portlandia", Fred talks about his days in the Blue Man Group and we learn that old people love listening to The Nerdist!
Get ready to hear some impressions, voices and bits! Billy West and John DiMaggio come on the show to fake some calls, do voices from Futurama and tell some hilarious stories!
Jonah talks about bad songs to play at weddings, everyone talks about their Comic-Con plans and Chris has an idea for a new one man show!
Harley Morenstein comes on the podcast to talk bacon, bacon and more bacon. There's also talk about how he started Epic Meal Time, Matt invents a sandwich, and Tyler Lemco, also of Epic Meal Time, hangs out for a bit, too!
James Gunn comes on the podcast to talk about his new video game "Lollipop Chainsaw", everyone talks about their coffee addictions and talk about all their favorite TV shows right now!
The hilarious and wonderful Mary Lynn Rajskub comes on the show! She catches up on her friendship with Chris, tells stories from her waitress days at The Hard Rock Cafe, and sings a little song!
Jonah shares a conspiracy theory, Chris makes an announcement about a sporting event he is going to partake in and some of your Quemments are answered!
Jorge Garcia (Hurley from LOST and fan of this very podcast!) sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about strange vending machines, his career journey to LOST and living in Hawaii!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!! It's a special episode with Chris's dad (and Hall of Fame professional bowler), Billy Hardwick! It's a longer episode, but a great and personal one full of stories about the pro bowlers' tour, Hardwick family origins, overcoming anxiety, pursuing passions and more!
It's the fun filled live show from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles! Andy Richter tells some funny stories, Dave Hill shreds on his guitar and The Duke Spirit play a few songs! This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter Nerdist to start a no risk trial and get a bonus offer worth $110!
Ray Romano and his friend and touring partner Tom Caltabiano sit down with Chris, Jonah and Matt to talk about their new documentary 95 Miles to Go, their beginnings in comedy and Ray tells the story of where the name "Everybody Loves Raymond" came from!
The hilarious twins Randy and Jason Sklar come on to talk sports (yes, sports!) with Matt, they come up with cat based web video and discuss their new show United Stats of America, now on The History Channel!
Another fun filled hostful episode! Matt got a new guitar and plays some songs, Jonah and Chris sing along, and Jonah talks about a recent movie he saw!
Chris, Matt and Jonah sit down with Aaron Paul in the back of a bowling alley in New Mexico to talk about all the exciting things to do in Albuquerque, his days as a radio mascot and, of course, Breaking Bad! Watch Aaron and the rest of the Breaking Bad cast bowl on All Star Celebrity Bowling at youtube.com/nerdist!
Chris sits down with Eric McCormack on Broadway! Eric talks about his new play The Best Man, his knack for recognizing actors only from their obscure roles and how watching cartoons has inspired him!
The guys interrogate each other live in Phoenix, Arizona! And Brent Spiner joins the show to talk about deciding between Night Court and Star Trek, cop shows in the 1970's, and the art of doing impressions!
Billy Eichner talks about growing up from a strange, fat, Jewish kid in New York to having his own show, Funny or Die's Billy on the Streets! There's also talk about destination weddings, Jonah brags about reading and Billy tells some hilarious stories from his show!
Longtime friend and comedian Scott Aukerman comes on the show to talk about his new show Comedy Bang Bang on IFC, the dangers of the 'cough button' while recording and reminisce about the past with Chris!
The hilarious Ana Gasteyer sits down to talk about her start with Groundlings, the comedic differences between stand up and improv and being on the show "Suburgatory"! This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter Nerdist to start a no risk trial and get a bonus offer worth $110!
Treat your ears to some hostful goodness, with beats provided by Jonah and Matt, answers to your Quemments, and Jonah tells us the origin of zombies!
Michael Emerson endures much LOST-nerding from Chris and Jonah. The conversation drifts into intense character acting, potentially casting Michael as a sentient house, and fond Hawaiian memories.
The amazing, hilarious and very talented Tina Fey is on the podcast! Chris talks to her about the difficulties of driving in New York City and how she balances writing movies, TV shows, acting and having a family all at once! Also, the penile special fx from 1983's "Sleepaway Camp" are THOROUGHLY dissected...
Neuroscientist and science educator, Cara Santa Maria, sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about asking strange questions at museums, how Cara teaches science to non-scientists, and where conscientiousness comes from! This episode is brought to you by Go to My PC. Visit Go to My PC and enter the promo code 'Nerdist' for a free 30 day trial!
Matt and Jonah reminisce about some bad Chinese food they ate in Boston, everyone talks about the recent loss of MCA from The Beastie Boys, and Matt's stomach is still very upset.
The immensely talented John Lithgow sits down with Chris in NYC to talk about how he got into acting, his appreciation and love for the art of comedy and his role in The Columnist, now on Broadway! This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter Nerdist to start a no risk trial and get a bonus offer worth $110!
Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams & David Zucker, ask ZAZ, wrote and directed Airplane!--one of the most influential comedies in the history of film. This was a panel at SF Sketchfest way back in January of 2011 after an incredible screening of the film at the Castro Theater for 1000 screaming fans, who all gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film's release. In addition to ZAZ was Ted Striker himself, Robert Hays. Breathing deeply to calm the nerd spazzing...
Seth Green is finally on the show! He talks about juggling multiple jobs at once, the days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the art of toy collecting!
It's the 200th episode!! And who better to have that Kevin Smith?! There's talk about the world of podcasting, Star Trek and stealing stuff from DisneyWorld! This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter Nerdist to start a no risk trial and get a bonus offer worth $110!
Actor, rapper entrepreneur and overall awesome guy Romany Malco comes on the show! He talks about using the internet as a platform to advertise ideas, does some accents for us and talks about choosing the roles he does. And who is the mysterious Tony??? Many of your Tony-related questions will be answered...
Tim Meadows visits Minneapolis with us! There's talk about Saturday Night Live, the inception of "The Ladies Man" and special guest, Doug Benson, joins the show to help take some quemments! Recorded on March 30, 2012 at The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.
Straight from the Granada Room at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, it's another episode with Jon Hamm! Jon, Chris and Jonah sit down to talk about Mad Men, the Harlem Globetrotters and the existential Three Stooges! And there's fart noises!
While in Chicago for C2E2, Chris, Jonah, Matt and special guest Alison Haislip did a live show at the Vic Theater! They talk about all the shows on the YouTube channel, Matt has a great idea for a book and Jonah tells a story about pissing off Star Wars fans!
We love Penn Jillette so much, we invited him back to the show already! This time, Penn tells some stories about Dean Martin, motorcycle gangs and he tells the trick to getting good at card tricks!
Jack Black & Kyle Gass join Chris & Jonah at Swinghouse Studios in Los Angeles for a chitty chat about country music, making fun of other bands, and how to approach Michael Stipe at a party. PLUS! The D perform a couple of songs from their fantastic new album "Rise of the Fenix" as well as a couple of classics--one of which might melt your brain out of your ears with awesomeness. This episode is definitely "beyond the rim of the starlight!" This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on ...more
Bobcat Goldthwait is on the show! He tells some amazing directing stories, talks about music and his new movie "God Bless America"!
The hilarious and brilliant Jim Gaffigan returns to the show to talk about his new special, Mr. Universe, the growth of comedy over the years and eating healthy!
Filmmaker and super awesome guy Morgan Spurlock comes on the show to talk about his new movie Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, how Las Vegas never got their Star Trek Enterprise attraction and the importance of nerd culture! This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter Nerdist to start a no risk trial and get a bonus offer worth $110!
Scott Sigler returns to The Nerdist to discuss what he's learned about the internet over the years, the process of getting projects made in Hollywood and even some sports?!
Chris tells us about the hit and run to his rental car, Jonah talks about his new favorite show and Matt had to leave early to shoot b-roll.
Fellow podcaster and comedian extraordinaire Marc Maron joins the guys for some hilarious podcast overload. They talk comedy, sobriety and, of course, podcasting!
Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche are LEGENDS of the voice over world. Between the two, you've heard them in Animaniacs, Ninja Turtles, Jimmy Neutron, The Simpsons, Back at the Barnyard, Justice League, Dexter's Lab, Ultimate Spiderman, Futurama, Looney Tunes, Toucan Sam, Harvey Birdman, Johnny Bravo, as together as PINKY AND THE BRAIN. I love these guys so much and how they play off one another that I had them on together. "Countries of the World" and Orson Welles are GUARANTEED in this episode....more
It's some hostful goodness live from Austin, Texas! The guys talk pizza, do a sing-a-long with the audience and take some quemments!
Tom Papa comes on the show to discuss his new show The Naked Truth, his reaction to being called an asshole on stage and his theory on the pros and cons of being an in-shape comedian! This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter Nerdist to start a no risk trial and get a bonus offer worth $110!
Super funny gentlemen Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele of the aptly named Key & Peele on Comedy Central talk about Michael Winslow, escalating sketch comedy and the hit television show Solid Gold. They are INCREDIBLY cool and bring a fantastic riff-tastic energy to the show. Listen! Now! Please! And thank you!
In today's "Mostful" episode, Chris writes a new theme song for the show, Jonah shows his Hawaiian pride and Matt is going to take a vacation. And comedian Moshe Kasher drops by to say hi and talk about his new book, Kasher in the Rye!
Chris sits down the enormously talented Neil Patrick Harris to talk about magic, growing up in Hollywood and Neil's new show that will be on the Nerdist YouTube Channel! This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter Nerdist to start a no risk trial and get a bonus offer worth $110!
The super funny Rob Riggle comes on the show to discuss sports and comedy, the time Matt fixed his computer at the Apple store and his new movie 21 Jump Street, in theaters now!
Baratunde, co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics and Director of Digital for The Onion sits down with Chris, Jonah and Matt to talk about Baratunde's book "How To Be Black", Matt tells us how much caskets cost and everyone talks political activism!
Tim and Eric come on the show to talk about their new movie "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie", throwing pizza at audiences and what movies hold up today! This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com!
Chris hangs out with the Johns (Linnell and Flansburgh) in Santa Cruz before their show to talk about They Might Be Giants, podcasting and creating music that cannot be categorized.
It's the Nerdist podcast live from beautiful Boulder, Colorado! With special science guest Phil Plait, aka, The Bad Astronomer!
The guys sit down with Danica McKellar for a stellar conversation about growing up Winnie Cooper, her passion for math and how to give children confidence through education. Danica is WAY smart. She has a theorem named after her for crapsake! This ep takes wonderful turns that you may not expect!
Chris and Matt go to the Palladium to sit down with Cake's John McCrea! They talk the politics of being a musician, how Cake came to be and being on the road! Make sure to listen until the end for a couple songs from the sound check!
Chris talks about The Walking Dead panel in Oakland, Jonah has gotten lots of music for Jonah Raydio, and Matt is bad at bowling. And the guys tell stories of legendary Hollywood mogul Leo Murray!
A sit-down chat with Willem Dafoe about emotional flexibility, Appleton, Wisconsin, and giant billboards. He also gives us a glimpse of what's going on inside the head of the Green Goblin and talks about a brush with a stand-up comedy career. This episode is a full, delicious meal!
The amazing and hilarious Ellie Kemper--whom you probably have seen being really funny in Bridesmaids & The Office--joins us to talk about women in comedy, our favorite Moby songs and bumper stickers. And then we take a picture in the bathroom!
Chris tells how his stand-up special went, Jonah talks about mustaches and plaid shirts and Matt comes up with the best album title ever!
Chris sits down with Seth Meyers in the Saturday Night Live green room to talk about what it means to be famous, Seth's speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner and, of course, SNL!
Chris, Jonah and Wil Wheaton (who sat in for Matt Mira) hung out with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy for an amazingly in depth chat about his path to becoming a musician and how his kids like having a rockstar for a dad. Make sure to stick around at the end for a few songs from Wilco's sound check at The Wiltern!
Jonah, Matt and I actually talk about diets and hair. How very "Sex and the City" of us. No one's the Samantha, though. I think we're all Mirandas. WHAT AM I SAYING?? Fun quemments, and then Jonah talks about his new podcast "Jonah Raydio" which will include stories of pooping. See? Mirandas.
Conan talks about comedy writing, The Simpsons, The Tonight Show debacle, and the process of making a daily show. He also opens up about anxiety and perfectionism in this FANTASTIC and hilarious chat.
Chris, Jonah and Matt talk about the SF Sketchfest shows, what would happen if Jonah was no longer on the show and Chris makes a few exciting announcements!
The lovely Jenna Elfman talks about having a trucker mouth, getting into acting and tweeting from the marital bed!
Comedian Fred Stoller accidentally challenged the 'nerdism' of The Nerdist while on another podcast, so he comes on to talk nerdy stuff and promote his new book "My Seinfeld Year", now available on the Kindle!
The hilariously talented Bob Odenkirk tells the story of his mom seeing his stand up for the first time, and talks about working on Breaking Bad when he didn't know what was happening on the show.
Chris ponders the psychology of stage-hogging, Jonah recounts his trip to a wedding in Jamaica, and Matt Mira gets an apartment with Greta. PLUS! Nerdist TV show writer Kristen Rutherford pops by and talks about teaching her baby sign language.
The lads visit Stephen Merchant in his luxurious hotel villa to chat about Wheatley, the pilot for "The Office," Karl Pilkington, and going on a milk bender.
Our dear old friend Graham Elwood from the Comedy Film Nerd podcast tells fascinating stories about performing in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Scott Ian of Anthrax talks about zombies, Sam Kinison, and Chuck D's suprising main influence.
Recorded LIVE in DC on January 6! About 700 people showed up to this one and it was a BLAST and a half. Also, when we found out MAGFest (Music and Gaming Fest) was going on at the same time we were able to wrangle some special guests who may be relevant to your nerd interests: John Patrick Lowrie ("Sniper" from Team Fortress 2) and his lovely wife Ellen McLain whom you Aperture Lab fans might know as her lovably evil alter-ego GLaDOS. Also, a Portal theme may have been played live...
Connie Britton talks about transitioning from the sitcom world to shows you may have heard of like "Friday Night Lights" and "American Horror Story". AND she's a twin. PLUS she spent two years in the bureaucratic brambles of the African adoption system to get her son, Yobi. ALSO, she is truly hilarious. Now that I think about it, she may be perfect.
David talks Mr. Show, Arrested Development, Todd Margaret, getting stuck on cruiseships and the whimsy of Squagles. He was also very patient and kind considering that Chris & Jonah were 30 minutes late. IT WASN'T THEIR FAULT. But it's still not okay. Stupid Chris and stupid Jonah. Pfffft.
Chris goes to London and sits down with Tim Minchin because standing to podcast is weird. Tim talks comedy in Perth, Edinburgh, and the Higgs Boson. Fill your brain withi his brilliant musicianship/comedyism at timminchin.com.
Our last show of 2011 brings our 2nd annual stand-up comedy showcase (showcast?)! Please enjoy: Pete Holmes, Jim Hamilton, Matt Mira, Hampton Yount, Diani & Devine, Rory Scovel, Jared Logan, Brent Weinbach, and Adam Cayton-Holland. Thanks to Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon for donating their Wednesday night show at NerdMelt on 12/14 to make this happen! Go to nerdist.com for info on how to follow any or all of these hilaramazing folks!
Yes! The 10th Doctor himself, David Tennant, in a sit down chat with Chris in a very posh English library! This is the full unedited audio from the segment on the Nerdist TV show (originally aired 12/24 on BBC America, probably available on iTunes now). Chris and David chat about Doctor Who, Harry Potter, The Incredible Hulk, and working shirtless. PLUS! MANY fan questions answered. He was nine kinds of awesome! NINE! I counted! You asked for him (so did I)! Here he is! Now enjoy this Scottish ...more
Our last hostful podcast of 2011 finds Chris with a stand-up related announcement, Jonah living next door to an ex-crackhouse and Matt with a medical..um..."issue" that he refuses to get looked at. Also, Michael Yo comes into the studio to fetch his keys & phone and ends up chatting with the lads for a few minutes. He would want us to remind you that his he is @michaelyo on Twitter, so we just did! In closing, have great everything this holiday season!
Michael Rooker is an actor who has been in EVERYTHING. Most recently he played lovable redneck Merle on AMC's "The Walking Dead". In this ep, he talks about how he almost didn't get the part because of an 18 year old snafu, why he bought a public outdoor gun range, and his love of CB Radios. Nerdist Podcast! Git it, son!
It's a 2/3 hostful episode as Jonah fights the plague in a quarantined facility. Or it's just a bad cold. What do I need to do, get details for EVERYTHING? Engineer Nick pops on, Chris talks about London and presidential candidate Marvin E. Quasniki lays out his 5-point plan for America.
Chris & Jonah have a cheerful sit down with JJ to dicuss the Twilight Zone, Felicity's secret life and working with Spielberg. This episode is so hearty, you'll rub your tummy in satisfaction upon its completion!
Actor Joel Moore is a terrificly funny dude who discusses his jump from doing tons of commercials to tv guest spots to films like "Avatar". And, why it would be horrible to be "leading man" in the entertainment biz. Plus! Sailor Moon-ism! Take a walk down memory lane to when this podcast was recorded the day after Halloween. Do you even REMEMBER that long ago? This is like an audio timecapsule!!!
Jimmy Pardo, one of the best comics you could get to see perform live, is a pioneer in the comedian-having-a-podcast field with "Never Not Funny". In this ep, he chats about road gigs, the NNF origin story and getting tattoos in your 40s. Also, FLARB!
Live in Northampton, Massachusetts at the intimate and legendary "Iron Horse"! Talk of sausages! Dueling Jeff Goldblums! And in-person quemments! This show was a creamy pile of awesome with hug jimmies on top.
MTV News legend and gracious dude Kurt Loder chats about piloting Rolling Stone in the 80s, newsing it up at MTV in the 90s, and an obsession with films that supports his new book "The Good, The Bad and the Godawful: 21st Century Movie Reviews".
Chris casts fire hands through Skyrim with his Dark Elf Mage, Jiene Wyldre, Jonah discovers rowing and Matt hates his middle name (but still loves Dave Matthews Band). PLUS! Nick talks old timey radios. AND! Banks are sluts. All shall be explained in this hearty, hostful episode.
The delightful and hilarious Jenny Wade teaches the boys about butt candy and how to speak Japanese! This is an episode you'll want to file the adoption papers for immediately!
New Nerdist Podcast Live dates announced! Plus, Matt collects WAY too many left-handed guitars. AND a FASCINATING deep-dive into the inner workings of Wikipedia with Nerdist Podcast listener and volunteer Wikipedian Ted!
Dave Attell! Truly one of the best comics working today. We were honored to have him on to chat about comedy, weird television and vintage skin flicks. His new show "Dave's Old Porn" premiered on Showtime earlier this Fall so if you get a chance, watch that business!
Comedian Dana Gould joins the lads to discuss Planet of the Apes, caring for Vampira, writing stand-up and producing The Simpsons. Also, what to do with a bag of pee! Sit back and let the dulcet tones of podcastness flood your ears and brain...
Matt and I ventured to New York to chat up one of their favorite people Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is always the smartest person in the room. Any room. Dr. Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He also hosts NOVA scienceNOW on PBS and the ever enthralling StarTalk, which Mira and I were lucky enough to sit in on for the episode posting November 13th. Beyond all that, HE IS FUNNY. Like, actually hilarious. This ep covers everything...more
Chris apologizes profusely and gives more information about the rescheduled shows in DC & Northampton, Jonah thinks Matt blew him off for a party and Matt makes a disturbing proposition.
Recorded live at the California Academy of Sciences for SF Sketchfest! This was done in the African Hall amidst a collection of animal exhibits, but we on the Nerdist podcast managed to capture the finest exhibit of all--the unruly and wild VERONICA BELMONT. See what I did there? I made it sound like she was one of the creatures. Truly, though, she rules a lot, as you will hear. Also, the audio is screwy. We only had access to docent head-mics and they don't record well, but Veronica's awesomene...more
The Nerdist Podcast is now on tour! This is a hostful episode from our recent live show in Portland. The weather was beautiful and the crowd was AMAZINGTOWN. Also, a very special thing happens at the end. We happily lick you with doggie kisses, Portland!!!
Comedian TJ Miller talks about releasing a weird rap album, wearing tuxedos in the morning and why he did Yogi Bear. We found him to be a very sweet guy who is quite methodical about his madness!
Hodgman talks moustaches, Steve Jobs, and his new book "That Is All," available Nov. 1. If you listened to the Neil Gaiman episode then you already know that Hodgman is both spirit and flesh and exists everywhere and nowhere. He must be feared and revered. He. Is. THE HODGMAN.
Chris freaks out about his book being a real thing, Jonah is late, Nick pops on to say hi and Matt REALLY wants to appear in his hometown newsletter.
The superbly awesometastic Ben Folds joins us at Swinghouse Studios in LA to chat about song writing, the sexual exploits of Superman, William Shatner and helicopter rides. PLUS details on the upcoming Ben Folds 5 reunion. ALSO an A.MA.ZING live performance! On PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT. It's almost like we're a real show or something.
Chris is psyched up for New York Comic-con, Jonah weighs in about a zombie-run record store and Matt takes a call from his girlfriend.
Okay! It's really a solo Penn Jillette show. But I knew Teller wouldn't talk anyway so I just listed it as "Penn & Teller". Thought that would be clever and amusing. As I'm typing it, I can see now that I was wrong. Too lazy to delete it all and start over though, despite the fact that it would actually take me less time to do that than to explain and disclaim it. I'm weird! I'm a crazypants! Cock-a-doodle-SQUEEEEEE!!! All squeeing aside, Penn was a truly wonderful guest. We talked about the spa...more
The lovely and hilarious Emma Caulfield joins us to chat about transitioning out of "Buffy" and into the business of building her career as a producer and actress with "Bandwagon" and other cool projects. Plus! Chili talk! Also, weather with Sunny Showers and traffic on the ones...[jingle] "K-N-R-Deeeeeeeeeeee!!!!"
Talk of the recently aired Nerdist TV show and upcoming Walking Dead aftershow. Jonah starts a new job next week and Matt is working WHILE he's podcasting! A very industrious episode of the Nerdist Podcast padded with silliness and general chimpery. Btw, "General Chimpery" is the name of my Flaming Lips cover band. And a TV show I pitched in the 80s where a primate takes over the Marine Corps.
Yes! The entire cast of The Guild! Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Robin Thorsen and Vincent Caso crammed onto our tiny stage at NerdMelt in LA to record this show for 150 enthusiastic Guild fans. Heads up fer youngins! There's some coarse language/content here as will be evidenced by the cape with penises on it that was presented to me by one gracious fan. True story. Fun starts now!
The guys talk about Philadelphia, the upcoming Nerdist TV show, and the recent Stitcher Radio controversy. Plus! What's a Cockadoodle? AND! Nerdist Podcast charity auction winner Mindy Holahan drops by and bears awesometastic gifts! Think of it as a Hostful+ !!!
Tom Wilson talks about performing at the Comedy Store in the early 80s, creating his gorgeous pop art and the audition process for "Back to the Future." Tom is such a terrific guy and we absolutely LOVED recording this episode with him! Like, this will go down as one of our faves. For realsies.
Tom Green chats about becoming a 10-year overnight success, American football and the misconception of Canada as 'Merica's li'l brother. A fascinatingly serious interview! A darker shade of Green, if you will. Ugh. I already regret typing that. And yet, I didn't delete it for some reason. These qualifying sentences are FAR more effort. It's difficult for me to focus my attentions on the right things someti...Hey! A caterpillar!!!
Yes! The cast of the "Big Bang Theory"! All of them!!! Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. Also on hand were EPs Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Steve Molaro. Recorded at San Diego Comic-con 2011. This episode will be more enjoyable than a spontaneous orgasm generated by chewing off the ears of a chocolate bunny while riding a hoverboard to high five the universe's boobs! #WhatDidIJustWrite
Recorded at Just for Laughs Montreal on July 30th, 2011
Sir Patrick Stewart and his son Daniel join Chris to talk about being serious on the set of ST:TNG, almost passing up Xmen, Ricky Gervais, and meeting the queen of England. Deep down Chris really wanted to pitch a Star Trek-theme knitting studio called "Make It Sew", but thankfully kept that to himself.
Chris wishes he had had sex with Cloris Leachman in the 50s, our studio mate Nick grows a goatee, Jonah recounts his VMA experience, and Matt is dizzy because he doesn't take care of himself.
Bryan Cranston talks "Breaking Bad," finding Hal's center on "Malcolm", getting a call from Tom Hanks to play Buzz Aldrin, and marketing his exciting new culinary treat. Special unexpected but welcome appearances by Rainn Wilson and Phoenix Jones! This episode should win a friggin award!! sidenote: VERY limited spoilers. Like, maybe one tiny one from Season 3. We skated around plot points.
DAMMIT if we aren't determined to make a nickname for Jonah stick!!! PLUS, a user-submitted "Fats of Pie" theme song!
The Nerdist Podcast's very first guest, Tom Lennon, returns with "Reno 911" co-star and writing partner Ben Garant for a live show at NerdMelt to chat about their new book "Writing Movies For Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can Too!"
Aisha Tyler joins the boys of Nerdist in a discussion that grazes the topics of mini-puking, Talk Soup, LAN gaming, the San Francisco comedy scene in the 90s, and her time as a website designer. Check out Aisha's new podcast "Girl on Guy", available where fine podcasts are sold (for free).
Here it is! The audio from The Walking Dead panel at San Diego Comic-con 2011!! Chris moderates Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and cast members Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale Horvath) in front 6000 kindly nerds who patiently waited several hours to get in!
What is cottage cheese? Where do all of the "Planet of the Apes" apes come from? How does the Holodeck work? Will Matt's dad ever speak to him again??? ANSWER: Listen to this episode to find out.
Birbigs makes his second appearance on the podcast!
Chris recounts Montreal! Jonah was in a band with Fairuza Balk! Matt gets a new job!!! Action-PACKED Hostful goodness!
It's the second Nerdist Podcast live from San Diego ComicCon! Joining the show is Kevin Pereira, Judah Friedlander and the guys from RiffTrax, plus some very special guests! They tell stories from the convention, Jonah and Matt find out which fans are on their teams and some very gross tales are shared. We once again earn our "explicit" tag, kiddies! EXTRA NSFW.
Todd Glass (one of our favorite comedians) joins the show to talk about recording podcasts, performing at horrible corporate gigs, Todd's idea for a TV show where he makes everything better and of course, socks. Make sure to listen to Todd's new podcast "The Todd Glass Show", coming soon from Nerdist Industries!! *Nerdist Industries...impregnating your brain with joy babies since 2008
Recorded live in front of 800 Nerds at San Diego Comic-con on 7/23, this awesometastic mashup of television space travelers yields some of our best podcast moments. Talk of leeches, Steven Moffat Muppets, Karen's love of Lt. Commander Data and how The Doctor and Wesley Crusher pilot their respective ships--namely the TARDIS and the Enterprise (1701-D, of course). THIS. EPISODE. RULES. SIDENOTE: Thanks to BBC America who sponsored the event by allowing the attendees to "enjoy their burritos" whic...more
Zachary Levi talks about bad fan questions, SDCC madness, awkward jokes, NBC's Chuck and his new company Nerd Machine. It's nerd-tastic!
Matt's tale of the final shuttle launch at the NASA tweetup. The Summer of PosterSmash! Plus, Juan De Los Muertos! AND, Hogwarts flash porn! All for FREE! A bargain at twice the price.
Neil Gaiman chats with the nerds about American Gods, describes scenes that were cut from his Doctor Who ep ("The Doctor's Wife") and doles out PHENOMENAL advice for aspiring writers. Also, an intense spiritual discussion reveals that we are all Hodgman.
This sorta kinda Dollhouse panel with Eliza and Tahmoh was recorded at the nerdtastical C2E2 in Chicago. They're both so friggin cool that I wanted to spend the entire panel just hugging both of them, but organizers requested that we have a conversation instead. PILES of thanks to ReedPop for allowing us to record and share this with the masses!!!
One for Australia with this Aussie-themed episode of the Nerdist Podcast! Brilliant talk-show host Rove McManus came to our NerdMelt space and talked about comedy down under, touring, and how you decide to leave a successful show on its 10th anniversary. If that twern't enough, musical comedy group Axis of Awesome rounded out a splendid night with hilariousness. Btw, Australians don't really drink a lot of Foster's, it turns out. That's just something they tell us here.
Muppet pipes! Minstrels! The TMobile girl might be a Terminatrix! AND why drinking in the morning may not be in your best interests. Happy 'Merica Day!!!
Alison chats about blowing up cars, her role on "The Voice", not hosting "Attack of the Show" and her New Jersian pronunciations of "BUH-ins" and "wudder".
Chris is buzzing on a sleepless caffeine storm, and Matt is not entirely emotionally prepared for today's harassment from his sister-wife Jonah.
Yes! For our centennial episode, Nerd deity SIMON PEGG drops by to chat about the many swirling eddies of awesomeness in the Peggverse, including (but not limited to) Star Trek, zombies, stand-up, Brass Eye, Edgar Wright, Spaced and his new book "Nerd Do Well", now available at your finer digital and brick & mortar retailers! HE'S THE REAL DEAL as well as an absolute gentleman. Also, a super-secret guest drops by (Joel McHale (parentheses make things invisible (parenthetical nesting dolls! (fun!...more
Happy Father's Day! In celebration, here is a bonus ep for geeky dads and lovers of geeky dads alike! WIRED's Geekdad, Ken Denmead, drops by to chat about being geeky with your kids in celebration of his new book "The Geekdad's Guide to Weekend Fun," which is available here!Now go geek it up with your kids! (this includes you too, nerds) *Minor note for tiny ears: I believe there are one or two swears in here, as well as a conversation about steampunk vibrators that I, of course, instigated...
Chris wants to start a Bluegrass band, Jonah makes an announcement about his pilot and Matt responds maturely to Internet ire (he's growing up, you guys!!). Plus, E3 wrap-ups! And Matt's NASA tweet-up! AND NERDIST TV SHOW GUEST ANNOUNCED!
Zooey D TURN-ONs: yacht rock, Pandora and puns. Zooey D TURN-OFFS: improper microphone compression and gluten. Also, she is immensely cool. HOW DO WE KEEP GETTING SO LUCKY WITH THE COOL PEOPLE ON THIS FLY-BY-NIGHT OPERATION??? I don't now but I'm all fer it! (as opposed to agin it)
Jonah's late but with good reason. PLUS! Disneyland dissection, flower emoticons, Russian bride spam, and the magic of Portlandia! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
Holy craps! Jeri Ryan is simply the coolest. EVER. Super super smart, nice, funny and bee-yoo-tee-ful! On this ep we chat about Star Trek, autopsies, food, and weird mouth noises. We bow to her awesometasticness.
Julie Benz was an absolute joy! On this episode she talks Buffy, Dexter, traveling and puppies--AN WE ENJOYED EVERY SECOND OF IT!
Recorded at NerdMelt in front of 120 Zombiphiles! Kirkman talks "Walking Dead", Image Comics, and we invent the soon-to-be hot new fetish "Sasquatching". PLUS a very special guest drops by! Like, a REALLY good one. HINTS: 1) it's a human, 2) it's a "he", 3) it's not Johann Gutenberg. OH SWEET, SWEET MYSTERY!!!
Chris reveals details of the forthcoming Nerdist TV show at BBC America! Jonah talks about "Team Jonah", and Matt gets his first dose of the Web's poisonous bite-y side.
Mash-up madness! A "Time Bandits" reboot?? PLUS Patton talks about his writing process and his days as a budding comic. Info-larious!!!
Chris validates and rejects entries on his Wikipedia page, Jonah is doing his best with vodka & water, and Matt looks like Eugene Levy's sister's kid.
Attack of the Show fans! Host Kevin Pereira talks flash porn, the mystery of the "hoon", advice for start-ups and the hunt for a new co-host. This episode was recorded in front of 150 terrific nerds @NerdMelt the day after Bin Laden was powered down, ergo all of the references to it. Find out what we were all doing when we found out (SPOILER: Matt's story is the best).
Matt Mira talks about his first open mic at Meltdown! Bill-n-Ted-Talks! Rave music and you! Photosynth! A highly informative hostful episode indeed.
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)
One of our pals from way back, Dana Dearmond--aka "The Internet's Girlfriend"--is an adult film lady who also happens to be a HUGE gamer and comedy nerd. Not surprisingly we discuss games, comedy and Dana's appearance in the upcoming "Star Trek: The Next Generation" porn parody.
Damon Lindelof joins the Nerdists to discuss executive producing "Lost", writing "Star Trek", and cracking The Rudy Huxtable Conspiracy.
One-on-one chat with Carolla about the podcasting biz, our mutual attraction to Rob Lowe and how to make a Kathleen Turner tapenade. Nerdist Podcast listeners get $10 sweet earbuds at tweakedaudio.com/nerdist!
Chris has baseball questions, Jonah rocked Portland and Matt STILL loves the Dave Matthews Band.
This chat with Jimmy was part of the magnificent PaleyFest '11, a series of panels comprising cool shows you've heard of. This extended episode covers Fallon's career as a comedy club impressionist all the way up to the recent 2-year anniversary of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." He was INCREDIBLY sweet, funny and charming. At the end, there was some delightful audience Q&A. And ice cream. This whole night was BUTTSLOADS of fun. Yes, I said "buttsloads", because it would take multiple butts to c...more
BONUS EPISODE for the Whovians! This is the 40-minute Q&A following sneak preview screening of the first two episodes of Doctor Who series 6 to a packed movie theater of Who fans in NY on April 11, 2011. The panel consisted of Steven Moffat (head brainiac), Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Alex Kingston (River Song), Toby Haynes (director), Piers Wenger (EP), Beth Willis (EP). THERE ARE NO SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE!!! You can listen to it as a pre-...more
Chris reminisces about the Cranberries! Jonah twists his ankle! Matt walks everywhere now! Nerdist friend Brent Weinbach drops by to chat about video game music. FunFunFun!
Cross-platform alert! I wrote the cover story for the May issue of WIRED which is an interview with Samberg about the evolution of comedy in the Digital Age. While the magazine just plucked a snippet of our chattings, THIS IS THE FULL UNEDITED AUDIO! Just for you! You can see some of it with your eyes and then absorb the rest of it with your ears! Andy is a solid dude. It was a genuine pleasure to sit down with him and trade words.
Burrito tweet-ups! Boston! Doctor Who in NY! Inversion tables! Spanish Zombie Movies! This hostful ep covers much!
DYN-O-MITE! DYN-O-MITE! Our second live show at NerdMelt was epic explosion of all things awesome as we welcomed the director and cast of Black Dynamite to celebrate the release of the 1st issue of the BD comic, "Slave Island" (which you should SPRINT to buy immediately). Black Dynamite is one of our favorite comedies of all time, so this ruled a lot. On the panel: Scott Sanders (director), Brian Ash (writer of "Slave Island"), Byron Minns (Bullhorn), and Black Dynamite himself, Michael Jai Whit...more
Xeni is not only an overlord at Boing Boing, but also one of the smartest humans on the planet and a genuine pleasure to talk to. And yes, ending a sentence with "to" is considered poor grammar, which today I am bad at. Further proven by ending a sentence with "at".
Our first live podcast from @NerdMelt! We had a tweet-up to see the film "Super" (which was violent, adorable and awesome) and then brought director James Gunn (who also did "Slither", "Tromeo & Juliet" and wrote 2004's "Dawn of the Dead") back to our clubhouse, where a SPIRITED debate about zombies unfurled.
Chris sees Anthony Michael Hall (in the hall), Jonah is slowly healing and Matt gets an inversion table.
Tim Ferriss invited us into his home to talk about traveling, snooty college clubs, knives, and his book, "The Four Hour Body", which everyone on the show was implementing to varying degrees of commitment.
I don't feel like writing a description! How about that business?? You wanna know what happened on this episode??? WE TALKED ABOUT STUFF. The end.
Brad Meltzer is a literary ninja. He has written several books & comics (Buffy, Justice League, Green Arrow) and hosts "Decoded" on the History Channel. This is a great episode to listen to if you have any interest in pursuing the path of the writer.
More hostful goodness from SxSW!!! Austin = AWESOMESTIN
Recorded in front of a live audience at SxSW on 3.14 (that's right, PI DAY)! John Oliver, as expected, CRUSHED. We spoke of the Queen, British comics you should know, the daily Daily Show routine, and of course, the C word. This show was fun to the funth power!!!
In this hostful episode, Matthew talks about his experience at an open mic last week! Jonah is the most famous comedian from Hawaii! Chris wanted to do filthy things to the Empress from Neverending Story (I mean when I was a kid. Not NOW. That would be creepers! Though that girl is now 38. I looked it up. Here I come, Tami Stronach!!!)
'Community''s Abed, Danny Pudi, stops by the ol' podcast on our quest to collect the entire cast in mint condition! Also, he's hilarious and awesometastic. PLUS! Bollywood explained! Human blood trucks! Wealthy lobsters! And the mystery of Ponrichard!!
Chris is enjoying Dr. Dog, Matt wants to be Doctor Who and Jonah wants to be Dr. Zaius. Plus! A good, hard Swanking. $10 off earbuds @ tweakedaudio.com/nerdist!
Nathan Fillion (a fine, fine fellow) makes us coffee, talks about his Canadian improv roots, an unmade pilot he wrote, getting Joss Whedon on Castle, and whether or not he's going to buy Firefly. Plus, fan tweets answered!!! A well-rounded audio programme (British spelling for uppity emphasis) indeed.This episode was brought to you by Falcon NW Computer Systems @ falcon-nw.com!
The guys all realize they're much better off than they thought they were. *cue Wonder Years theme* (Nerdist listeners get $10 off snazzy new earbuds at tweakedaudio.com/nerdist)
Wil. Whea. Ton. FINALLY. Never before heard stories of young Wil and young Chris: Strippers! D&D! Surgery! Saucy Picard! This episode will smear goodness onto the walls of your entertainment gland. This episode was sponsored by Falcon Northwest Computer Systems! Visit falcon-nw.com!
Jonah broke his arm and Chris broke Matt's feelings because Matt broke the news that he's never had a major failure.
Colin Hanks' spoon is too big. Also, he wants to (and should) make a documentary about Tower Records. ADDITIONALLY, Colin, Chris, Jonah and Matt turn a critical eye toward "Howard the Duck", and then re-live their youth by forming a theoretical Voltron boner for Lea Thompson. Many thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Falcon Northwest Computer Systems!
The lads chat about death, Mexican food and the Police Academy cartoon.
Zach Galifianakis joined us in front of hundreds of nerds at SF Sketchfest '11 for the beginning of our SECOND SEASON! Zach admitted he chews tobacco, Matt admitted he wants a pet tapeworm, Jonah admitted he once scammed a bartender, and Chris (okay, me) admitted he (I) still hasn't (haven't) seen "The Hangover". I know! I know! I'll get to it!!!! This ep was brought to you by Falcon Northwest Computer Systems [falcon-nw.com]
Our second guestless cast finds the gents broadcasting from a haunted storage closet at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco during SF Sketchfest.
"Who's Line" alum Greg Proops is an amazing improvisor and does a spot-on Thomas Alva Edison. Chris, Jonah and Matt must have all wondered at some point that if Edison were a woman, would she have patented the electric tampon? And how could they NOT have called it "MenFlow Park"? #ThisIsWhyISpendALotOfTimeAlone
HURRAYS!!! The Nerdist Podcast moves to TWO times a week! That's a whole extra time! Our mid-week shows will usually be guestless and explore the nerdly triumvirate dynamics of Chris, Jonah & Matt. Join us, WON'T YOU??? #DOUBLERAINBOW #ThatsAnOldReferenceAlready #HashtaggingOutsideOfTwitter
Nick Kroll (The League, Fabrice Fabrice, Bobbie Bottleservice, name rhymes with "Rickroll") got heckled by a grip while auditioning for SNL. He didn't get the job. For this reason, you should feel bad for him and watch his one hour comedy special "Thank You Very Cool," premiering Saturday, January 29th at 10p ET on Comedy Central. Chris, Matt & Jonah were able to suspend a single muon in a makeshift particle accelerator and tear the very fabric of space-time. In the first timestream, these last ...more
TOTAL PODMASH as we recorded at the Smodcastle on 1/12! The boys and Kevin Smith discuss Zsa Zsa, Darth Vader's sexy parts and the REAL story behind Ferris Bueller.
Sarah Silverman took videos of her boyfriend Alec wielding a lightsaber and her dog Duck's bleeding anus (both posted at nerdist.com, naturally). Chris has a dog named "Scott" whose anus is a-ok, Jonah finds Hawaiian comedy particularly racist and Matt has a herniated disc.
Podcast worlds collide like tectonic plates in a fiery cataclysm as the boys of Nerdist join forces with the boy of WTF! It's the bad-assiest way to kick off Tweleven.
Stand-up comedy special with Chris Fairbanks, Jackie Kashian, Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Cibis, Kyle Kinane & Matt Braunger. Hosted by Chris Hardwick. Recorded at Meltdown Comics in LA on December 15, 2010 in front of a live nerd audience.
The Sklar Brothers are the only twin comedy team I can think of outside of Cheng & Eng or the Sagal sisters. They hosted "Cheap Seats," wrote/produced/starred in "Back on Topps" (a phenomenal web series) and are currently making podcasts under the "Sklarbro Country" name. Nice guys who are hilarious. WHAT MORE DO YOU VULTURES WANT???!! Oh. Apologies. There was no need for me to yell at you and I'm sorry. But sometimes you just make me so MAD, Baby...What? Ok. FINE. Go to your mother's. Like she ...more
In addition to invading your brain with iconic characters such as Stimpy (and later Ren), Fry, & Doug, Billy West also did funny make-em-ups on the Howard Stern show in the early 90s. IF THAT TWEREN'T ENOUGH he's also a world class musician. In this chat, he piled so much fascinating insight into the psyche of the comedian onto the show that our brain-roofs caved in under the pressure of awesomeness. I am convinced that the recent Metrodome incident happened SOLELY for the purpose of providing a...more
Mayhem Miller is an MMA wizard who is powerful yet benevolent. His hands are lethal wands that can cast punching and/or hugging spells: YOUR CHOICE! He also hosts the MTV show "Bully Beatdown," which is just as satisfying as the name promises. Most importantly, he's an interesting dude with a good heart and a solid work ethic. We forgot to ask why Tommy Lee has his named tattooed across his stomach. #wokkawokka #hashtaggingoutsidetwitter
Adam Carolla makes his triumphant return to the Nerdist Podcast while dominating the medium with his own show. This time, Adam takes issue with rude male receptionists, radio program directors and "The Love Boat," while promoting his new book In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks, available here. This episode was brought to you by Hiney Wine and Hickory Lube.
ELEVENTH DOCTOR MATT SMITH!!! Anyone who follows anything I do probably has heard my numerous blabbings about how much I love Doctor Who. After one such blabbing on the tweetstream, I was contacted by Devin Johnson at the BBC who graciously offered to help get Matt on the podcast if at all possible. AND SO IT CAME TO PASS. I would like to smother Devin, Matt Stein and the BBC with an absurd pile of thanks. Matt Smith loves chess, Alan Partridge and cookies. Every charming character trait you se...more
Kevin Pollak collects Disney Haunted Mansion memorabilia. ALSO he has a dang popular chat show on the Webs, soon to be the TV/Webs what with technology and all. Chris likes the movie "Willow". Jonah Ray was out. Matt Mira's insurance company is having their way with him after a mystery person beat up his car and removed most of the show's recording equipment.
Donal (long 'o') Logue is currently on one of my favorite TV shows, "Terriers" (a show NOT about dogs) on FX. I want many people to watch this show so the network will make more, because that's how television works. (Somehow, I've still managed to make a campaign for a show I have nothing to do with ALL ABOUT ME and what I want!) You may also recognize Donal from "Grounded For Life," "The Tao of Steve," "Blade," or from 90s era MTV as Jimmy the cab driver. Janet Varney ("Dinner & a Movie" co-hos...more
WIRED's head nerd Chris Anderson! He also wrote the wonderful books "The Long Tail" and "Free: The Future of a Radical Price". Mr. Anderson--as the Matrix would have to refer to him--is a super-smart, thoughtful human and I always love chatting with him. What topics can you expect from this episode? Trolls! Social politics! The economy of attention! How to write a book! And the ever-raging debate: NERDS v GEEKS. Please to enjoy.
Brian Posehn's infant son wiped out all of Springfield (schwaaa?). Chris, Jonah & Matt worshipped the glory that is Brian's nerdtastic man room.
Greg Fitzsimmons will punch you in the face if you're a mean jerk. Chris, Matt & Jonah will assault you with passive agressive comments in a similar situation, but then emotionally punch themselves in the face later on at home, WAY harder than they would ever hit someone else cuz that's how nerds roll (the 20-sided die).
Mike Birbiglia discusses comedy writing, perfectionism, hypochondria & Entourage (the tv show, not the Microsoft/Mac OS email client). Chris & Jonah did this episode in a Matt Mira-free environment, as poor Matt couldn't get out of the job that actually pays him money.
Rainn Wilson enjoys cookies, spirituality, and the band Pavement. Chris enjoys the Cookie Monster, spirit photography and the smell of new pavement. Jonah enjoys cookie mints and spirit-paving. Matt paved over a bunch of cookies, and now their spirits will eternally haunt him.
Paul Scheer is 33% of Human Giant and has a painting of Steve Martin from "The Jerk" that I want to steal. Matt and Jonah would totally help me. (if they want to stay on this 'show', that is)
Special live show! We packed our ironic tshirts and trekked up to Seattle for the insanely fun Bumbershoot Festival! Matt, Jonah & I set up shop in the Charlotte Martin Theatre (within pooping distance of the Space Needle) and were joined by wonderlady comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates, the fantastic David O'Doherty (who is hilarious and Irish), a surprise guest, and about 500 lovable nerd voyeurs who just came to watch. PS - our surprise guest was Doug Benson. I realize that that spoils the surp...more
Donald Glover is on "Community" but has so many talents that someday we'll all just be tiny moons orbiting his mega-stardom. Chris fails with his #Hardwick4Hulk campaign and Jonah & Matt write a "Back to the Future" musical.
Jonathan Coulton is an hilarious musical nerd icon. If you don't know who he is I am surprised, but this is a good place to meet him. We chat about touring, the crafting of nerdy songs, and leaving safe but boring jobs to pursue unsafe but unboring jobs. PLUS JoCo plays a few songs, one of which is BRAND FRIGGIN NEW. Listen! Now! Really!
Bill Maher and I sat down (standing podcasting is weird) and had a terrific chat about comedy, finding your voice and Johnny Carson.
Paul F. Tompkins once yelled at Wierd Al, Chris invents a nerd cereal, Jonah loves Morning Zoos and Matt left his glasses in the car. Probably next to a Dave Matthews tape.
Felicia Day! How could the Nerdist Podcast series ever be complete without her? Well, it can't! But now that's no longer a concern because here she is. Sure "Buffy" and "Dr. Horrible" made her a Nerd pin-up queen, but the massive following of her work on the "The Guild" proved her talents as a smart writer and a savvy producer. She is a well-rounded lady. This was a ridiculously fun episode despite Jonah's showing up THIRTY MINUTES LATE. Yeah, Jonah, you just got called out...IN TEXT FORM.
This podcast was recorded at Largo in front of many wonderful nerds on July 28th and featured the following awesome elements: David Koechner opening the show in character, Fred Willard chatting with us about comedy and Tom Kenny telling a story about the time he met Rodney Dangerfield and then closing the show with a handful of songs AS SPONGEBOB with a full friggin band and EVERYTHING. And have I mentioned FRED WILLARD enough??? Fred has a new book out called Fred Willard's Magnificent Movie Tr...more
ALL 5 MYTHBUSTERS IN ONE PLACE: Jamie, Adam, Tory, Grant & Kari! I feel like I should have sealed them in mylar or jammed them all together to form some kind of Mega-Mythbusting Bot, but instead we just chatted in front of a few thousand people about life, near-death and the busting of myths. This panel was 50 kinds of fun, at least 4 of which should be illegal in most states (excluding Nevada).
Rich Sommer is "Mad Men" TV department head Harry Crane. He also has a background in comedy, board games and awesomeness. Chris gets a new digital recorder. Jonah and Matt return after a forced vacation without pay. Didn't seem that heartless since they don't get paid to show up either.
BONUS EPISODE! Allison Scagliotti is the "Good Will Hunting" of actresses--wicked smaht, wicked pretty and wicked sweet (I realize that "wicked" is an awkward modifier for "sweet," but sometimes the truth is awkward). She plays Claudia Donovan on SyFy's "Warehouse 13." In this ep she talks about overachieving, self-flagellation and Courtney Love. Get all up in her business on Twitter: @allisonscag.
Scott Sigler is the NY Times Bestselling author of Contagious, Infected and the latest smash hit Ancestor. He has also been giving audiobook versions of his work in the form of a FREE PODCAST (that medium will NEVER catch on) for the last five years. Now that is some forward thinkin' right there... In this ep we chat about extra-terrestrial sports, self-marketing and how he would have written Aliens. Find him, appropriately, at scottsigler.com.
Maria Bamford is FINALLY on this show. She are hilariousness.
Comedian Bill Burr yelled at Philadelphia, Chris vaguely understands hockey, Jonah understands it even less, and Matt is weirdly not tired of the running "Matt loves the Dave Matthews Band" joke, though I'm sure all of you are.
What else can I say here? It's OZZY. And he is AWESOME. Subscribe on iTunes or download the mp3.
Our third "Live @ Largo" show welcomes the amazingly brilliant and charming Craig Ferguson, musician/songstress Sara Watkins, plus surprise guests! Craig talks about his friendship with Peter Cook, explains the socio-political origins of the Daleks, and educates us Americans on the proper use of the "C" word. This episode was mindblowingly fun and I sincerely hope you get a chance to come see one of our live shows. Subscribe on iTunes or download the mp3.
BONUS EPISODE! I threw this in as an extra ep this week because I know that not all Nerdist Podcast listeners are Apple drones. If you do live an Apple-centric life, however, this episode is for YOU. After attending the keynote (which I rather enjoyed) I sat down with my pals Ryan Block of gdgt.com, Mark McClusky of Wired, and Jason Chen of Gizmodo (yes, *that* Jason Chen) to discuss the ins, outs, ups, downs and whichways of the Apple news that was kickin' it Steve Jobs-style earlier today on ...more
Alison Brie stars in Mad Men and Community. She is hilarious, and if there were a drug for delightfulness, certainly it would be synthesized from her DNA. She also prefers shorts to jeans. Also, Chris lost his virginity to a Belinda Carlisle song, Jonah got locked in his building due a faulty garage gate, and in addition to the Dave Matthews Band, Matt also loves Regina Spektor. I think he wants to be their baby. Download the mp3 or visit the iTunes.
Doug Benson played the role of "Doug Benson" in Super High Me, Chris hasn't watched American Idol since Season 2, Jonah liked the Derrick Comedy movie "Mystery Team", and Matt wishes Dave Matthews would come to him in the night and give him "The Eternal Kiss," like some kind of jazzy vampire. BONUS: Hard 'n Phirm song "SFH". Subscribe on iTunes or download the mp3.
BONUS EPISODE! Matt Walsh is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Chris explains what happened to L.A.'s once-thriving rail system, Jonah loves "Tales From the Crypt" and Matt likes to take romantic baths with the thought that Dave Matthews' last name is really just his pluralized first name. Walsh is a terrific guy and this is was a SUPER fun episode. Download this ep on iTunes or get the mp3 here.
Weird Al is the nicest guy in the world, Chris is nice but tends to get impatient with automated customer service phone menus, Jonah is the same size as John Cusak and Matt is shattered that the Dave Matthews Band is taking a break from touring in 2011. Click here for the mp3!
Our second live show featured the amazingly funny Tom Lennon, the sublimely hysterical Mike Phirman and the epically hilarious Paul & Storm! Plus a legendarily laugh-inducing surprise guest! Recorded 5/11 at Largo in Los Angeles.
Rob Zombie just got rid of his Motorola Sidekick, Chris is "Engineer #2" in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Jonah watches "The Little Chocolatiers" and Matt wants to touch the Dave Matthews Band's boobs.
This Q&A style podcast was recorded at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 14th in front of many fans. As a True Believer, I was already excited to "listen up" because Stan Lee is fifty kinds of awesome. I was even more delighted to learn that, in person, he is FIFTY MORE KINDS. I absolutely loved every second I got to spend with him. Please to enjoy!
Yes, THE MUPPETS. The Muppets came on my wee podcast to discuss the Entertainment Business, balancing home & work, digital culture and their recent Webby nominations for their sublimely delightful cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody". They were thoughtful, articulate and generally wonderful. As a lifelong fan of their work, chatting with them may have been the single greatest moment of my life. It's a fun, candid interview so I hope you enjoy it!
BONUS EPISODE! Normally we're a once-a-week operation but somehow we're at a point where we have a few "in the can" as they say in the Entertainment Biz (and I assume the Pornography Biz as well) so I wanted to get these guys on as soon as it was possible. Damian Kulash and Tim Nordwind are super smart, very nice dudes who have made some of the best videos in recent memory through the use of those super-smarts and a willing army of creative fans willing to help out (nerdsourcing). It was ...more
Eugene Mirman wants to fire the audience, God's Pottery gives a shout out to a footless boy, Chris enjoys Russian culture, Jonah is wearing a snazzy jacket that you can't see, and Matt was late probably because he likes the Dave Matthews Band.
The fantastically brilliant Adam Savage of "Mythbusters" joined us for our very first live podcast! This was recorded at Largo in Los Angeles on April 5th, 2010 in front of a kick-ass crowd of delightful humans. As these people had exchanged hard-earned dollars for seats to this show, we made it a little longer than a normal podcast by incorporating live performances and taking Q & A from them at the end. *SPECIAL NOTE: Adam did stand-up for the FIRST TIME in his life and DESTROYED. It was...more
Recently I became email pals with Mike Shinoda of the band Linkin Park and have found him to be two of my favorite things: super-smart and super-nice. This is a special "one-on-one" podcast, with just Mike and myself, as Jonah and Matt were both out of town doing out of town things. Don't worry, though, I'm sure Matt was liking the Dave Matthews Band wherever he was.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan gets mistaken for Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris gets harassed by a dude, Jonah gets chummy with Steven Wright and Matt gets excited about the Dave Matthews Band.
Andy Richter talks of Conan and Morrissey, Chris invents "The Golden Parachute," Jonah tries sitting up straight and Matt likes the Dave Matthews Band.
Joel McHale dressed his son like a light switch, Chris sings Doggie Michael Bolton, Jonah had a Seacrest sighting and Matt likes the Dave Matthews Band.
Jon Hamm discusses his lost SNL sketch, Chris doesn't understand how beards work, Jonah is a star-maker and Matt likes the Dave Matthews Band.
Rob Huebel (Human Giant, Children's Hospital) finds a dog, Motion City Soundtrack plays a song, Jonah has a fake last name, Chris drinks out of a bowl and Matt likes the Dave Matthews Band.
Adam Carolla hates Sid & Marty Krofft, Chris accidentally invents a racist beverage, Jonah apparently writes on a television show and Matt likes the Dave Matthews Band.
Drew Carey exists in Second Life, Chris uses a robot toilet, Jonah demands the whole show be in 8-bit and Matt likes the Dave Matthews Band.
The inaugural podcast welcomes Tom Lennon (The State, Reno 911), Señor Aboleto delivers a theme song, Jonah sounds far away and Matt likes the Dave Matthews Band. SIDENOTE: I need to get some "P" popping screens for the cardiod mics. I'm aware of this now! Also, Jonah's mic might be faulty so that's why he sounds like a distant spectre. It's the first one, people! Bug fixes and updates next week!