The Nerdist

The Nerdist

United States

Nerdy nerdness comedy podcast w/ Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray & Matt Mira.

Episodes

Louie Anderson  

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 Returns  

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!

Metallica Returns  

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!

2016: The Year of No Chill  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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!

Anna Faris and Sim Sarna  

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 Returns  

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 #3  

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

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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!

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