The Nerdist

The Nerdist

United States

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


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!

Live at SDCC with Joel Hodgson and Bruce Campbell  

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 #4  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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 #3  

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 Returns  

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!

The Marriage Refs  

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 #4  

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!

Live from SDCC 2016 with Tatiana Maslany, Danny McBride, Walton Goggins and Jody Hill  

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  

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  

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  

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!

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