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
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 #3
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 !
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