The Nerdist

The Nerdist

By: Chris Hardwick


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I am Chris Hardwick. I am on TV a lot and have a blog at This podcast is basically just me talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, and usually someone more famous than all of us. Occasionally we swear because that is fun. I hope you like it, but if you don't I'm sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage in the 'reviews' section because that's how the Internet works.

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Nick Swardson



Nick Swardson (comedian, Grandma's Boy, Reno 911) talks to Chris about how he got into comedy when he was young, where Gay Robot came from and how he got involved with Adam Sandler. They also talk about how comedy has changed over the years, Nick tells stories of crazy things he did when he was younger and talks about his new show Typical Rick!

Al Gore



Former Vice President Al Gore chats with Chris about An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, why he felt it was important to make a sequel to his first film and their mutual love of Tennessee. They also talk about how the world of politics has changed over the years, being an advocate for the internet in the early days and what people are doing to combat climate change and how you help!

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Elizabeth Reaser



Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight, The Haunting of Hill House) chats with Chris about doing long takes while filming, her time working on Twilight and what it was like attending Juilliard. They also talk about their mutual appreciation for meditation, the time Elizabeth ran away to California and her new series The Haunting of Hill House!

Ron Perlman #4



Ron Perlman returns to the podcast for a fourth time! He and Chris talk about living in a 24 hour news cycle, they come up with ideas for a podcast for Ron and how much Ron loves napping in his trailers. They also talk about Ron’s love of music, meeting Frank Sinatra and his new movie Asher!

Lily Allen



Chris sits down with musician Lily Allen to talk about things people put in their riders, life on a tour bus and where she likes to travel to. They also talk about their early experiences on social media, Lily talks about a scary experience and writing her book My Thoughts Exactly!

Jaimie Alexander Returns



Jaimie Alexander returns to the podcast! She and Chris talk about getting hurt while filming, working to control anxiety and getting stuck in bathrooms. They also talk about her character on Blindspot, what tattoo Chris should get and what Jaimie wants her next role to be!

Bridget Everett



Bridget Everett (comedian, Lady Dynamite, Inside Amy Schumer) chats with Chris about her Instagram famous dog, her dream to write a movie starring her dog and her hilariously unique style of comedy. They also talk about cabaret, the time she was a waitress for Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her love of singing and music!

Chris Coy



Chris Coy (The Walking Dead, The Deuce) talks with Chris about the recent fires in southern California, how nice people always play the best villains and his role in the movie The Front Runner. Chris Coy also talks about what video games he is playing lately, what it was like acting with Hugh Jackman and how his family has changed him!

Wyatt Russell



Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror, Everybody Wants Some!) chats with Chris about his time playing professional hockey, injuries sustained while playing hockey and what it was like when he decided to be an actor. Wyatt also tells some stories about a crazy roommate he had years ago, growing up with famous parents and his new movie Overlord!

Henry Winkler Returns



Henry Winkler returns to the podcast to chat with Chris about his character on Barry, winning the Emmy and doing the movie Night Shift with Ron Howard and Michael Keaton. They then talk about how Henry is always called the nicest guy in Hollywood, Henry’s dream of winning a Tony award and they discuss the upcoming second season of Barry!

Jamie Lee Curtis



Jamie Lee Curtis chats with Chris about running into each other the day before Chris’s wedding, doing ads for yogurt and they both talk about being sober. Jamie talks about how she met her husband, her career path that led to the actor she is today and being in the original Halloween and the newest Halloween!

Cobra Kai



Ralph Macchio and Billy Zabka (The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai) talk to Chris about how much of an impact Karate Kid had on Chris and others when they first saw it, how their characters have changed now on Cobra Kai and how Billy gets cast as a bad guy a lot. They also talk about if they knew The Karate Kid was special while filming it, how Cobra Kai came to be and what else they have been up to! This episode brought to you by Spotify, Stamps (use promo code ID10T) and SimpliSafe (visit!