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The Nerdist Podcast

The Nerdist Podcast is a weekly interview show "about what it really means to be a nerd" hosted by Web Soup, Talking Dead, and @midnight host Chris Hardwick, who is usually accompanied by Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. The audio podcasts are typically an hour in length and include conversations with notable comedians or entertainers, sometimes at their own home. The show launched February 8, 2010. It serves as the flagship podcast for Nerdist Industries, which was founded in 2012 after the success of ...



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Today the Kids welcome back Dan Harmon to talk about Community, other TV he's watching, and the video games he currently has the headspace for. Plus we talk news with Burnside!
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Motivation Farming with Dan Harmon
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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.
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Hakeem Oluseyi
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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 !
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Guillermo del Toro Returns
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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.
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Ambassador Class
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Clark Gregg Returns
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Jim Jefferies Returns
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Rob Riggle Returns
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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).
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Whotopia!
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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 !
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Nick Kroll returns!
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The lads chat about death, Mexican food and the Police Academy cartoon.
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, HOSTFUL!
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Peter Farrelly
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Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Michelle Monaghan (TWCH)
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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...
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Allison Williams
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"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
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Greg Proops
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Jaime Alexander joins Chris on AMC’s  Talking with Chris Hardwick  for the extended talk about Kyle XY , Blindspot  and more!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Jaimie Alexander (TWCH)
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Bert Kreischer
Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Anthony Burch, writer of Borderlands 2, and Ashly Burch, voice of Tiny Tina. We talk about the game, the process of creating a balanced game, their web series Hey Ash, and way more! Plus Burnside, news, Twitter games and more! WARNING: there are some Borderlands 2 spoilers, courtesy of Anthony, but we give you audio warning before they happen. But for real, play the game. SPOILERS AT: 53:10-57:35 and 1:05:25-1:06:50
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Borderlands and Morederlands with Anthony and...
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Domhnall Gleeson
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'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!!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Danny Pudi
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Today The Indoor Kids welcome Tom Bissel, author of some of our favorite video game essays and writer of Gears of War: Judgment. We talk about how we evaluate games, why you should always play games on hard, and how writing a video game has changed the way he thinks about games in general. Plus a ton of Bioshock: Infinite talk with no spoilers.
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, The Language of Games with Tom Bissell
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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 !
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Mike Massimino
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Warren Ellis
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Lemme Finnish
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Today we welcome our favorite guest, Jordan Morris, to talk about our favorite games, movies, TV, and books of the year. You may agree, you may disagree- everyone wins! Tell us your favorite things in the comments!
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, A Look Back at 2014 with Jordan Morris
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Please join Kumail and Emily as they end a very busy week and wind down by talking to you guys about video games and their lives. You'll hear about their trip to Miami, hear stories of arcades and IPad gaming, hear about news from PAX East to NPR pranks, and much more! Plus, if you stick around until the very end, you'll hear a bonus lesson in historical moments in social justice!
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Miami Business with Kumail and Emily
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Gerard Way
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Damon Lindelof joins the Nerdists to discuss executive producing "Lost", writing "Star Trek", and cracking The Rudy Huxtable Conspiracy.
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Damon Lindelof
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Nuclear Wessel
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Ben Hoffman
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Carlos Ferro (Dom from Gears of War, Leonardo Da Vinci from Assassin's Creed, and 100's of other games) stops by to talk about the his favorite superheroes, whether being a "geek" has become mainstream, and that one scene in Gears of War 2 that made him cry. (Let's face it, it made all of us cry.)
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Carlos Ferro
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Jonah's Wedding
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It's the Nerdist live from the Twin Cities! Special guest Doug Benson joins Chris, Matt and Jonah for some fun and Quemments!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Live from Twin Cities!
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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 !
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Jeremy Irons
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Scott Ian Returns
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Brad Meltzer Returns
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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?!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Scott Sigler
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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.
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Eugene Mirman & God's Pottery
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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...
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, The Walking Dead Panel SDCC '11
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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. 
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Fire Pit
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(he's growing up, you guys!!). Plus, E3 wrap-ups! And Matt's NASA tweet-up! AND NERDIST TV SHOW GUEST ANNOUNCED!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Cop Mustache
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Sensual Moments
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Jenny Wade
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, TJ Miller
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Neko Case Returns
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In this episode, we are joined by Veep's Tim Simons (aka Jonah, the POTUS lackey), a guy we spent some time hanging out with. Hear tales of Baltimore, obsessive gaming, breaking and entering, and all the video game news that's just weird enough to be on The Indoor Kids.
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Veep-eo Games with Tim Simons
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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.
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Conan O'Brien
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Divine Fits
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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...!?
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, George RR Martin
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Travel Lads
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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 !
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Wayne Federman
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Today Kumail and Emily have a chat with Edmund and Danielle McMillen. You might know Edmund as 1/2 of Team Meat and the creator of games like Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, you might know Danielle as the creator of plush toys for Edmund's games, and you might know them both from Indie Game: The Movie. It's like a regular double date as we discuss games, working at Game Stop, and living a life where you get to create things you love.
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Supercouple: Edmund and Danielle McMillen
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, David Arquette
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, St. Vincent
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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 !
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Nick Hornby
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Emily and Kumail welcome Jeff Rubin (College Humor, Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show ) to talk about games he's playing, games we're playing, The Wire , TV shows based on games, and more more more!
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Indoor Kids Indoor Kids with Jeff Rubin
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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!
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Hello all! Kumail and Emily regrettably are too overloaded in the month of May, so they've decided to re-release four of their favorite episodes along with an extra long Intro Kids. Today, you'll hear about gaming news, how Kumail and Emily are failing at Trials Fusion, and why we chose Episode #19 with Dan Harmon as our first Time Capsule.
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Time Capsule: ET Landfills and Dan Harmon
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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 !
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Today The Indoor Kids welcome Brian Thompson (Amateur Scientist.org) to talk with us about games he's playing now, cartoons from his childhood that get him excited, and much more! Also some gaming news!
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Canon and Old Cartoons with Brian Thompson
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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.
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Anna Kendrick Returns
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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.
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Joel McHale
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This week, our guest Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario, ran a bit late, so you are treated to Kumail and Emily just hanging out and discussing video games and movies and Harry Potter centaurs. Then Jeff Ryan joins us for a discussion about the history of Nintendo and what it needs to do in the future, and finally, we have a fun chat with Matthew Burnside backstage at The Meltdown, catching up on gaming news. Enjoy this hodgepodge of an episode.
Topics: The Indoor Kids, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, The Nintendo Hodgepodge Episode!
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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!
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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!
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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...
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, 300th Episode! Tom Lennon returns!
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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...
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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!
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Gabe Newell: Valve - The Games
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Mick Foley
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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!
Topics: The Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick, Complaint Unit for Nerdist Trollery