About Last Night….

What was last night’s taping of the Nerdist TV pilot for BBC America like?  I can’t tell you. Not everything, that is.  Oh, I can tell you that it was hilarious, that Craig Ferguson killed, that Chris, Jonah, Matt, and Mike Phirman were customarily great, that the audience was awesome, even that it took a long time because, well, TV show tapings take a long time.  But I can’t tell you about the Super Special Secret Guest yet.  And if you were there, or if you know or can guess who that Super Special Secret Guest was, do everyone a favor and keep it quiet (and out of the comments, please!) until we can spill it later.

In the meantime, I was hovering around the set with a borrowed camera I’d never used before, so apologies for the quality of these shots (and the angles — YOU try maneuvering around a tightly-packed audience and cameras everywhere), but we have some pictures to give you some idea of what was going on….

Here’s what the room looked like from the back:

Before the show, Chris took a picture of Mike while I took a picture of Chris taking a picture of Mike:

Several audience members were in costume.  This human TARDIS got some attention on the show:

And some more costumery:

Here are parts of the set you might notice when the show airs:

Phirman, Jonah, and Matt got together for an impromptu jam session. Okay, it was just Jonah playing the bongos.  He likes bongos.

Chris warmed up the crowd:

The show began with our regular trio:

And they were later joined by the incomparable Craig Ferguson:


And then there was another guest, and music and much frivolity deep into the night.  You shoulda seen it.  Oh, right, you WILL see it, at least in the U.S., on BBC America. Until then, our cast, crew, and audience send their love:

(Remember, no fair spoiling the special guest in the comments, okay?  Behave!)

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  • It looks like everyone had a blast. I can’t wait till this airs. It looks AWESOME!!!!! Is there an air date yet? Thank you guys.
    Ian “nerlatto” Campbell

  • HUGE thanks to Perry for sharing the pix. We Nerdist-uber-fans are always hankerin for some visuals to go along with the great audios.

    Also, great score on the special guests, i cant believe you got Shatner AND Nimoy to show up and sing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” together. Too bad things got ungly when The Shat was hogging the mic and Nimoy punched him in the kidneys. Oh well..should make for good footage.

  • I cannot thank Chris enough for being a wonderful human being!
    –Oh yeah, AND he and everyone else was IMMENSELY entertaining and cool!
    What a great night. I cannot detail here just how important it was for me to be there and everything that it meant to me.
    We two were going to be standing, but thanks to the people who wanted to stay together so gave us the very last two open seats. It’s fun to see even just the top of my head so close to Mr. Phirman, so I appreciate your photographs very much!

  • While Chris is getting his makeup done, Craigy is deep in discussion about something brainy. Love you Craig and Chris and Matt and Jonah and everyone who made this pilot possible!

  • I had a great time, and I LOVED the content, banter, and guests.

    I wanted to say that first and separately because it IS true. What you’re trying to do is awesome. That being said, I would have a serious talk with some of the people behind organizing the show, in the future. First of all, a heads up via e-mail (since that’s how we got our confirmation) letting us know that the ‘must be in costume’ was lifted would have been nice. It’s a terrifying feeling showing up and being one of 10 people in costume, especially for some nerds who are not really comfortable being singled out. Part of the reason I was SO EXCITED to come to this event was being surrounded by other people like me; a sea of nerdy cosplayers. Even a heads up would have saved us that sinking feeling in our gut when we arrived and felt the panic of YET AGAIN being one of the weirdos in the corner.

    Secondly, the e-mail was very clear that seating was limited, so why were more people than seats let into the show? If there were important people and industry interns who must be let in because of some industry perk, couldn’t they have had stools brought to the back?

    Things like that are sort of the opposite of how loyal fans are supposed to be treated. A whole group of fans showed up and participated exactly as asked in the e-mails without question, and were pushed off to the side and forced to stand. We’re sort of used to that treatment from the rest of the world, and I hope that in the future when the show gets picked up (it really DOES deserve to) that the people in charge of the details remember this is supposed to be a show for nerds. We’re unironically enthusiastic about the things we love, and we would love for this to be one of those things.

  • @Amber – Firstly, so jealous of anyone who was there last night. (I hate you, job, but you bribe me with money.)

    Secondly, I obviously cannot speak for those involved in organizing the show, but I have attended several tapings of different talk shows that film in the LA area. It’s normal for these shows to be overbooked to ensure that all seats in the audience will be filled. This is complete speculation on my part, but I can only guess that this event was handled in a similar manner. My experience being an audience member at some talk shows *cough*lookingatyouConanpages*cough* has been less than stellar, and given that experience, I’m surprised that – from the sound of it – they even allowed more audience members into the taping than seating allowed.

  • I’m loving the fact that Chris is the only who put effort into his outfit. (well, besides Craig Ferguson, maybe) Lookin’ snazzy [Big C]!

    Keep up the good work!

  • Wow matt looks great! I can’t wait to see this when it airs! I hope they keep the hostful episodes! And I didn’t know I could get any better, but +phirman awesome!

  • Just from these stills I can tell its gonna be a great show. The set looks AMAZING, great job Chris!

    Heres hoping it gets picked up! *fingers crossed*

  • I’m loving the fact that Matt is the only who put effort into his outfit. (well, besides Craig Ferguson, maybe) Lookin’ snazzy [Big C]!

    Keep up the good work!

  • I’m so pump for this show and BIG C nerdist shirts need to be made soon. Keep up the great work. THE NERDIST WILL RULE THEM ALL

    side note (or low note since its at the lowest point of this text box), you guys got me into Dr. Who, THANK YOU

  • Super Special Secret Guest? Alright everyone, fingers crossed in unity aaaaaand: DavidTennantDavidTennantDavidTennantDavidTennant
    #orMattSmith #ProbablyMattSmith #EitherWouldBeAwesome

  • I cant express how much fun this show is going to be after watching the taping! Even wearing that uncomfortable green makeup (yes, I am the overly large doozer) was totally worth it when getting serinaded by Big C! So excited for you guys. Congrats! It’s going to be a hit!

  • Great pictures, it would have been so awesome to be there. The set looks radical, I can’t wait till it airs! On behalf of nerds everywhere, I’m hoping for the best for this pilot!

  • Will there be a – oh how shall I put it – somewhat alternative source for the pilot. Somewhat less broadcasty *wink*, *wink*, *nudge*, *nudge* ifyouknowwhatimean.

    In all seriousness I’m a bit sad the we dirty foreigners will probably have no opportunity to watch it.

  • I second Jeff Kelly and Dave! there. No fair! There are nerds all over the world, you know! One of them being me! Please oh please (I’m begging on my knees here) let there be a way for this glorious moments of nerdery to overwhelm our eyes and ears with their… er… gloriousness.

  • The idea of this gets me unreasonably excitied but the BBC better broadcast this in England! Else i’ll be forced to use nefarious means to watch it and that makes me feel dirty.

  • I’m looking forward to the day when I can refer to this first episode as “back when the show was good.”

    There’s a compliment in there, but you have to work for it.


    Hah, just fucking kidding with you. You (Matt) look fucking ROCKING! Great job, buddy! Same goes for the rest a’ ya. Y’know, even if Matt is working really hard at it, what with the back problems and all. Y’know. Whatever. Also, Craig Ferguson! If only you could now get both Craig and Neil Gaiman. OR WAIT IS HE THE SPECIAL GUEST?!!? DUN DUN DUN!

    Hmm. Man do I wish I could have been there- I have this old tricked out extremely steampunk Professor Layton costume just sitting in my closet from past DragonCons… I guess I’ll just keep listening to the podcasts (and later watch the show) and dream ;_;

    Seriously, again, that first part was just fucking with ya. I know from the podcast that you guys always take note of the rude bullshit that gets posted online more than the kind stuff, so I thought if I just lead in with a hook maybe I’d get on the podcast. The two things I’ve been planning around doing is sometime next year going to see a few friends, and then going to Nerdist @ Meltdown and seeing (in order of importance that it happen due to rarity/uniqueness, no offense meant to any of you guys) :

    1. Matt do stand-up, that crazy voodoo that he do
    2. Jonah do, well, anything ’cause he’s fucking entertaining
    3. Chris, in any capacity. Even if it ends up just being a random cardboard cut-out.

    I’m not trying to mythologize you guys or anything but there’s a special place in my heart for anything/anyone that can keep me laughing and thinking over 4 hr+ drives, without fail. Nevermind that you helped revitalize my stand-up attempts. Good on ya.


    P.S. It may look like Jonah came in second in order of importance, but that’s just because 2 is the number for us cool guys who listen to excellent music and dress like chill lumber jacks #teamjonah

    P.P.S. Yeah, I know hashtags don’t work in these posts but I’m too hipster to care. #hashtaghipster

  • I’m super stoked that you folks are producing a TV show. Really. Really really. BUT, will there still be a Nerdist podcast? Because it’s the only thing that prevents me from falling asleep and dying a fiery death on my daily commute.

  • I Listen To The Podcast It Is Funny And I Was Hoping For This For years To Come Thanks BBC America Question When Will The Pilot Air IN HD My DVR IS ASKING

  • Really chuffed that everyone had fun – and really wish the show well chaps! Does anyone know if it’ll get shown over here in the u.k? Got my fingers crossed.x

  • Really loved the show, but it was way to short. It felt as if it was getting started then ended. I hope to see more of it and if not there is always the podcast and stand up.