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 still do that occasionally. I hope you like this new iteration which is the same as before, but if a name hangs you up unhealthily I’m sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage not only in the ‘reviews’ section but also now on all the various social media platforms that have popped up since we started in 2010, effectively murdering blogs.
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...
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...
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!
Nick Frost returns to the podcast! Nick and Chris chat about horror films, the process of writing them, and the experience of watching them growing up in the 80s. Nick's new show with Simon Pegg is called "Truth Seekers" and it's 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...