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…
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Michael Cudlitz (Walking Dead, The Kids Are Alright, Clarice) returns to the podcast to talk about choosing roles that allow him to live a balanced life and working through quarantine. Chris and Michael also talk about going to Disneyland in the 1900s! His current show, "Clarice", is on Paramount+ right now!
Lisa Edelstein (House, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce) has a wonderful chat with Chris about acting, directing, and learning how to find things that are meaningful to you. Lisa also talks about growing up as the youngest child, her time in the New York City club scene in the 80s, and navigating fame. Lisa is currently on the new season of "The Kominsky Method" on Netflix now!
Garret Dillahunt chats with Chris about the best Zoom etiquette, dealing with negativity, and the importance of believing in yourself. They also go deep into Deadwood talk and OF COURSE cover some Fear the Walking Dead stuff (spoiler warning!). Garret’s new movie Army of the Dead is on Netflix right now!
Sean Hayes joins Chris to talk about the world of podcasting, feeling weird at fancy parties, getting a "busy" signal on the landlines of yesteryear, and how Sean started out as a concert pianist. Sean now has not one but TWO podcasts! Smartless, which he co-hosts with Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, and his new show HypochondriActor, a podcast about all things medical co-hosted with Doctor and comedian Priyanka Wali. Both are available wherever you get your podcasts!
Darren Lynn Bousman is back on the podcast talking about his new film "Spiral: From the Book of Saw" starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson! There is also much talk of horror films, horror props, and the best way to acquire the aforementioned props when you are a director. Spiral is out now!!
Billy Crystal returns to the podcast! He talks about breaking into stand-up, his first "Tonight Show" appearance in 1975, and maintaining a successful career/life balance. His new movie is called "Here Today" and he co-wrote, directed and co-stars in it with Tiffany Haddish. It's in theaters now! OH and a new "Monsters, Inc." series is on the way this year too! Details on the podcast.
Astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi returns to the podcast! He and Chris talk about science education, the Mars Curiosity Rover, and cross-pollinating your career with different interests. Hakeem also talks about his upcoming memoir, "A QUANTUM LIFE: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars" out June 15th and the new season of "How the Universe Works", Wednesdays at 8pm on The Science Channel and streaming on Discovery+!
Kevin Bacon and Chris chat about their love of guitars, practice routines, and how live shows might change as things begin to open back up. Kevin also talks about the audition process, watching dailies as an actor, and how he and his wife Kyra Sedgwick made a movie at home during the pandemic. Check out season 2 of his show "City on a Hill" on Showtime!
Writer/Director/Actor Ben Falcone joins Chris to talk about spending the pandemic in Australia, getting his start at The Groundlings, his marriage to Melissa McCarthy, working with your spouse, and Jason Bateman's crab arms in their new movie "Thunder Force", now on Netflix!
Comedian Erica Rhodes joins Chris to talk about doing stand-up during the pandemic, the re-opening of comedy clubs, their wishlist of plans once life is back to normal, doing @midnight, Erica's cello skills, and filming her newest comedy special at the Rose Bowl, "La Vie en Rhodes", available April 13th from Comedy Dynamics!
Alan Tudyk is back on the podcast! He and Chris talk about the joys of moving, turning 50, collecting vintage science art, and what life in Canada is like. They also riff on Alan's amazing voiceover skills, come up with ideas for his Star Wars U character K-2SO, and discuss his show "Resident Alien", which is on Syfy channel and available to stream on Peacock!
Robert Kirkman is back on the podcast! Right out of the gate there is much talk about 1986's animated classic "The Transformers: The Movie" and how it actually influenced The Walking Dead. On the topic of TWD, Kirkman shares his original (but unused) ending for the comics. Also, whatever happened to waterbeds? They have theories! Robert’s brand new show "Invincible"--based on another of his bestselling comics--stars Steven Yeun and is now available to watch on Amazon!
Christina Hendricks and Chris reminisce about the days of dining at restaurants and the beginnings of reacclimating to public spaces after the last year. The conversation also covers Christina's passion for interior design, her time on Mad Men, and the new season of Good Girls, which airs Sundays on NBC!
Lou Diamond Phillips chats with Chris about his cross-country trip last year, his love of directing, his prolific resume, and how quickly his life changed after 1987's "La Bamba". Lou also talks about working simultaneously in TV, film, and theater, and how his love of The Walking Dead lead to directing an episode of Fear The Walking Dead. His new film "Adverse" is available today on Digital, On-Demand and DVD!
Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Teen Titans Go!) have a great catch-up that covers everything from starting an instrument later in life, surfing, skiing, finding your purpose, and a little show called "The Walking Dead", which returns to AMC (along with its energetic cousin "Talking Dead") Feb. 28th and AMC+ Feb. 21!
John Chester (The Biggest Little Farm) talks to Chris about what inspired him and his wife to start a farm, how they turned it into an incredible documentary, and the many life lessons that came from it. Topics range from sustainability and soil science to existentialism and the Circle of Life. Even if farming isn't in your interest wheelhouse there is plenty to take away from this conversation! "The Biggest Little Farm" is available to watch on several platforms including Apple, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.
Elisabeth Shue is a fantastic guest on the podcast! As someone who has been in some of the most iconic pop culture touchstones (Karate Kid, Back to the Future II & III, Adventures in Babysitting, Leaving Las Vegas, The Boys) there's a lot to talk about. In addition, she is very cool, kind, and open while sharing some great advice for staying grounded and keeping one's ego healthily in check. Watch her in season 3 of Cobra Kai, which is TERRIFIC and on Netflix right now! [Friendly SPOILER WARNING! Chris and Elisabeth do discuss some plot points of Cobra Kai season 3, so if you'd prefer to be fully caught up first go do that and then come back and listen!]
Matthew McConaughey is the dang best! In this super fun conversation, MM chats with Chris about learning how to go with the flow, living with technology, self-awareness, his initially quick rise to fame, how he "unbranded" to "rebrand", and maintaining that ever-important work/life balance. His new memoir is entitled "Greenlights", is available now, and we recommend listening to him reading it for the audiobook!
Writer/Director Chris Columbus (Gremlins, Home Alone, Goonies, Harry Potter) joins Chris and tells some fantastic stories about working on some of your favorite movies! Chris C also talks about how a chance moment with Steven Spielberg launched his career, why infusing heart into a story is vital, and how difficult it can be to connect with one's own successes. He also talks about directing Kurt Russell in "The Christmas Chronicles 2", which is on Netflix right now!
Bryan Cranston returns to the podcast and opens up to Chris about having had COVID-19, de-stressing in a stressful world, and the joys of launching "Dos Hombres"--a Mezcal business--with former co-star (and former podcast guest) Aaron Paul. Bryan's new show "Your Honor" is airing now on Showtime !
Karl Urban (Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, The Boys) chats with Chris about life in New Zealand during the pandemic, making movies and TV shows down there, and he shares some good fatherhood wisdom. Also, there's some great Star Trek talk! Seasons 1 and 2 of The Boys are on Amazon right now!
Lin Shaye is back on the podcast! She and Chris talk about keeping up their creativity during the pandemic, what pigeons can teach us about life, the joys and frustrations of gardening, and what she misses most about being on set. They also talk about her legendary career, their love of horror movies and her new film, "The Call", now available on VOD. Also see Lin in "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels" which is out now on the Showtime app!
Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein started the amazing and wildly successful Instagram feed @CheapOldHouses which showcases architectural gem homes under $100,000. It was an offshoot of CircaOldHouses.com, which itself has stunning (albeit more expensive) homes for sale, many of which are historical. Chris was a huge fan of both of these so he invited them on to talk preservation, restoration, and finding that special quality in a home that speaks to you. Even if you're not a renovation or architecture nerd, Elizabeth and Ethan also talk about turning your passion project into a career and building it around the kind of life you want to create. Check out CircaOldHouses.com and give @CheapOldHouses on Instagram a follow to get swept up in the beauty of older homes!
Elizabeth Marvel (Fargo, True Grit, new show Helstrom) chats with Chris about embracing technology, what following the Grateful Dead on tour taught her about performing, and what it’s like living on a farm during the pandemic. Elizabeth also talks about her son’s obsession with Stan Lee, venturing into the Marvel universe and her new show Helstrom, on Hulu now!
The legendary Alan Arkin (Kominsky Method, Argo, Little Miss Sunshine, Slums of Beverly Hills, Glengarry Glen Ross, The In-Laws, and a million other amazing things) is on the podcast! He and Chris talk about meditation and self-reflection, his early days at Second City, and his new memoir "Out of My Mind", available now wherever books are sold!
The legendary John Cleese is back on the podcast! John and Chris talk about John’s process for writing his new book "Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide", how perfectionism roadblocks art, and how to set up an environment that fosters creativity. John also remembers the late Graham Chapman and recounts how they came up with some of their classic sketches. "Creativity" is available now wherever books are sold!
The wonderful Jane Seymour chats with Chris about keeping busy during the pandemic, turning obstacles into opportunities, the possibility of creating a Bob Ross-style painting show, and how a near death experience many years ago shifted her perspective. Jane's new movie "The War with Grandpa" is in theaters now!
Corey Taylor of Slipknot returns to the podcast! Corey has a new solo album out Oct. 2 called "CMFT" and it provides a jumping-off point for the conversation about growing in new directions while honoring your existing audience, not being afraid to try to things, and being true to yourself. Also Chris pitches Corey the idea of a speed metal musical. Stick around until the end of the podcast for a special acoustic performance of one of the songs off the new album, HWY 666!
Chase Morrill--from your new favorite show Maine Cabin Masters--chats with Chris about life in Maine, how he built a home restoration company with his family and friends that became a show, the process of crafting renovation projects around personal stories, and how he wants to inspire people to build things. MCM is now in its 5th season on The DIY Network (which you can see on their channel/app, Apple or Amazon)!
Erin Moriarty ("The Boys") and Chris have a wonderful discussion about mindfulness, Stoicism, and Eckhart Tolle. Also, some good tips for lighting a room for Zoom calls, staying productive while staying at home, and how to personalize your space without overspending! "The Boys" Season 2 is streaming on Amazon Prime right now with new episodes dropping every Friday!
John Leguizamo talks about his incredible 30-year career as a comedian and actor, how he was driven to pave his own way because of the underrepresentation of Latinx culture in the entertainment business, and what he learned from working with some of the greatest directors in cinema as he expands his career into directing. His wonderful film Critical Thinking—which he both directs and stars in—is now available on VOD!
Tom Lennon returns to the podcast! He and Chris talk about quarantine hair, Tom tells a story about telling Clint Eastwood a joke and the time he bought hundreds of copies of Dianetics. They also talk about meeting extremely famous people, Chris and Tom play around on their guitars and Tom talks about Reno 911! Part 2 on Quibi!