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Comedians Cut Loose on Chris Hardwick's 'Nerdist' Podcast

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 24th 2010 2:03PM
Nerdist Drew Carey Johnny CarsonIt's always refreshing when a showbiz vet indulges in a passion project that's entertaining, informative and funnier than anything he's ever done before. That's exactly what 'Web Soup' host Chris Hardwick is doing with his latest online venture, The Nerdist Podcast.

Hardwick, 'Web Soup' writer Jonah Ray and pal Matt Mira launched the free-form podcast earlier this month. So far, they've posted three hilarious episodes featuring candid conversations with TV comedians Drew Carey, Tom Lennon ('The State', 'Reno 911!'), and Adam Corolla.

The show is worth a listen for anyone looking for a good laugh and some entertaining and honest conversations about life in the entertainment business. Nerdist gives Hardwick's famous friends a comfy venue to cut loose on countless topics and to tell personal stories you'll probably never hear anywhere else. (Most shows are recorded at the guest's home.)

My favorite ep so far features Drew Carey talking about his first performance on Johnny Carson's 'Tonight Show,' back when the show "used to mean something" and could turn an unknown comedian into a star overnight. Carey compares the emotional and surreal experience of doing 'The Tonight Show' to the time he was saved at a Pentecostal church during his teens.

Hardwick is hosting a live recording of Nerdist at Largo in LA on April 5 with Adam Savage of 'Mythbusters'. I encourage all West Coast comedy nerds and fledgling comics to seriously consider making the trek.

So check out The Nerdist Podcast. If you like what you hear, give 'em a good review on iTunes, and remember to tell 'em TV Squad sent ya. And while you're at it, be sure to check out new episodes of the TV Squad Podcast where we dish about the latest TV news, our favorite shows, and all the goings on behind the blog.

(Oh, and Chris, I'm gonna start watching 'Web Soup' this week. Promise.)

Note: The photo at the top of this post features Drew Carey appearing on 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson, an experience Carey recounts on Nerdist episode 2.

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Chad R Wade

If you like this Podcast you should really check out Jimmy Pardo's Podcast, Never Not Funny. It's basically the same thing and Chris Hardwick has even been a guest on there.

February 25 2010 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agreed. Podcast is pretty good. The Adam Carolla podcast got me started and Nerdist just jumped on for the ride.

February 24 2010 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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