Episode 119

Nerdist Podcast

Bryan Cranston

Nerdist Podcast #119: BRYAN CRANSTON

Bryan Cranston talks “Breaking Bad,” finding Hal’s center on “Malcolm”, getting a call from Tom Hanks to play Buzz Aldrin, and marketing his exciting new culinary treat. Special unexpected but welcome appearances by Rainn Wilson and Phoenix Jones!

This episode should win a friggin award!!

*sidenote: VERY limited spoilers. Like, maybe one tiny one from Season 3. We skated around plot points in case our listeners hadn’t seen the awesomeness of BB yet.

*update: Here’s the snazzy group photo we took during the podcast

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  • Big C, MiraBooey and Vajonah
    Great episode and awesome suprise appearances! I love when Bryan Cranston said “You can only focus on what you can control and let everything else go”. So true. Oh and WHERE IS THAT PICTURE?!?

    Mandy W.

  • Man, that was a fun episode! I really have to get around to watching Breaking Bad. My girlfriend and I just finished Mad Men on Netflix and we’re out of shows to watch!

    I enjoyed the PJ and RW cameos as well.

    Oh, and you should really tell Todd that he needs to play more music on his podcast.

  • I could listen to Bryan Cranston talk about acting for hours. He’s such a cool dude and just fascinating. Great job hosting, guys! Once again, you’ve outdone yourselves.

    I really hope you have him back after Breaking Bad ends so you can ask him freely about all the nuances of his performance. I also really hope you can get Aaron Paul on some time.

    Was it just me, or does anyone else now really want Cranston to be the new boss on The Office (who happens to cook meth on the side)?

  • @Rob O.

    I agree, Todd really needs more music and jingles on the podcast. Chris, even if you have to scream it at him in private like the angry boss that everybody thinks you are (SARCASM FONT).


  • Just came to bring some more love for BB and that ol’ grape-dicker Cranston; it was the first show I burned through when I joined Netflix.

    I find it enjoyable to watch the show in the mindset that the Whites are the parents from Malcolm in the Middle, having changed their name after an insurance scam gone wrong that killed Malcolm and Dewey and left Reese injured. Life is unfai-ai-airrrr, indeed.

  • Bryan Cranston is a pretty busy guy. I don’t think he’d have time to sit around passing grapes under his cock. Especially considering that it takes at least 20 mins to get the DICK/ GRAPE ratio just right. Would he delegate to other men named Bryan Cranston or would he get super sweaty and get into a big swimming pool full of undickified grapes?

  • Great episode! These random drop-ins are something I’d miss if the guys taped only at Meltdown.

    Particularly trippy: you and Bryan were talking zen and the concept of “Enjoy Your Burrito” and then Rainn walks by. Wasn’t it Rainn’s episode that was the origin of that motto?

  • I liked how Rainn called back to their the earlier days when he was on (well like a year ago) and how they didn’t seem to know how to work even the simplest recording equipment which was usually sounded like something from an AVclub secondhand reject pile.

    The earlier podcasts are really funny about that, how they’d find weird rooms to record in, or they would frequently bang around the mics or tape recorders. I also liked how they often started out with conversations about whether or not the recording was actually recording – you would sometimes have a few minutes of people talking and not realizing the recording was going – or how they would end with Chris trying to turn the recorder off. Wonderful 20th century techo flobbery. In 2010. I tease, but it was very funny and charming stuff.

  • Love Bryan Cranston. didn’t see the note about the spoilers; I’m on season 2. My husband refused to listen because he knew there would be spoilers and I tried to convince him otherwise. Spoiler happened, i let out a spontaneous Homer Simpson “D’oh!” It wasn’t much of a spoiler, I saw it coming. But lesson learned!

  • “It’s almost like some weird quantum physics thing”? You mean like a Heisenberg Uncertainty Principal? Three nerd/c0medians in that room and none of you jump on that shit?

  • This episode hasn’t shown up in the Blackberry Marketplace or bTunes or whatever they call it. I know I’m probably the only person in America still using one, but still.

  • Someone help me out. I seem to remember Brian Cranston and Chris Hardwick. Appearing someplace together someplace before the Conan show. Maybe it was another podcast? I remember being impressed with how quickly Brian jumped into the little improv games that Chris plays. I also remember when they were on Conan I thought, oh cool, they were just together on… but now I don’t remember what it was. Another podcast maybe?
    Any clues?

  • I love how Chris always says he’s going to edit stuff out, and then doesn’t. The behind the curtain stuff is always cool. Way to go, Nerdist crew. LOVE all the ‘casts.

  • rainn called out bryan cranston for his lack of nerd cred but i think it should be more directed to chris for having him on in the 1st place.

    i say more nerds and less non-nerd celebrities. for a site named nerdist, i expect a lot of nerd talk when i listen to the podcast! i mean talking about how great an actor bryan is for an hour or so is nice, but i would be more entertained with nerdier topics

  • My delicate lady parts quivered and leapt with nerdy joy at this podcast!!! Cranston! Wilson! Jones! What could possibly better?

    Phoenix Jones was an amazing guest, and what he does gives me hope for humanity. We need real life superheros, and I tell the children about him. Godspeed, man. Godspeed!

  • Am I the only one who found it incredibly rude of the hosts to completely dismiss Bryan Cranston once they spotted Rainn Wilson. You could tell the Mr. Cranston was uncomfortable with it and so was I. You asked him to do the interview, show interest, and then you completely dismiss him once a “hipper” actor appears in your line of sight. I can’t get over at how rude it was. I have listened to your podcast for just over a year now (I’m still catching up) as well as Sklarlbro Country, WTF with Maron, Comedy Bang Bang, Doug Loves Movies, and Comedy Film Nerds. Besides your podcast and Comedy Film Nerds (I know there’s overlap there) I have listened to every episode of the above list and want to make it clear that I have never found anything as glaringly rude as what you did to Bryan Cranston during his interview. Anywho, keep up the good work and don’t be so frickin’ RUDE!

  • I recent read that Mr Cranston actually did some Anime voice dubbing earlier in his career (On a person favorite of mine, Macross Plus). Did any of the Nerdist crew have interests in anime when they were younger or even now? It’s fandom was linked closely with Sci-Fi between the late 70’s through the mid 90’s. So I thought there was perhaps a slight chance.

    Also, does Phoenix Jones really have a secret identity? Because he doesn’t seem like the greatest guy at keeping it.

    A quick look would probably show his height, eye color, possible age and weight obviously. So that fills in basic description.

    Apart from this he said he was a married, professional fighter from the Seattle area who was been treated with broken ribs (vague), and has named the company that he placed his costume order with, in addition to naming a charity he donates to (Though we can assume this is done anonymously).

    Can’t be that hard, can it?

    Thanks for another great episode!

  • So happy to find out I’m not the only person who wishes that cool actor-type people could be part of my family. After repeated viewings of Scientific American Frontiers and his guest spots on 30 Rock, my wife and I have decided that we want Alan Alda to be our Uncle Al. Here’s to our dreams coming true, Chris!

  • So…due to a lack of cable since 2004ish. I have yet to see breaking bad. I have wanted to watch this show, but never realized that was Cranston until this podcast. Now I HAVE to watch this show. As a broke college student with little time anyways, you guys keep giving me so much to do/read/listen/watch that I can’t handle it…

  • If you and Phoenix Jones want to create the “I Just Got Shot” app, I strongly suggest Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Yeah, I actually thought about it for a while…yeesh.

  • Dear Nerdist Team:
    I’m fairly new to listening to the Nerdist Podcast but I’ve been catching up and greatly enjoying it. I’m one of those people that took “Enjoy Your Burrito” way too literally. I thought really thought you guys just loved burritos and were sharing that love with the podcast listening world. I also love burritos, so I took this literal meaning to heart. But during the Bryan Cranston podcast you explained the true meaning behind that saying (maybe you’ve explained it in other podcasts but this was the first one I recall hearing it in). I wanted to let you know how this has greatly changed my outlook on life. Professionally things are not going to well. Other than sharing that I’m currently unemployed I won’t bog you down with other boring details. I’m more of a pessimist than anything else. Finally, I’m also a rusher, I try and finish one thing to quickly move on to another to then be able to do something.

    i share those mundane facts because, upon hearing the true definition of “Enjoy Your Burrito”, I’ve been truing to stop and enjoy things more and it’s made me relish what I’m doing at any given moment. Whether it’s job hunting, writing, playing Gears of War, etc., I’m trying to enjoy what I’m doing when I’m doing it. Over my honeymoon last month my wife and I would sit on the beach and I would randomly say “Enjoy Your Burrito”, in this case the burrito was the sun, the sand, the beach, and her, and it made me greatly enjoy myself even more. She would give me a strange look but she still loves for all of my nerdy ways (even if she doesn’t appreciate the number of comic books I have). She didn’t ask what it meant, but she saw the smile on my face and that was enough for her to know that saying that made me happy and positive.

    It doesn’t always work, but I’m doing my damnedest to be as positive as possible. I guess I can say that you’re slogan has almost become my mantra and thank you for sharing that with the world. Keep up the great work. It’s time for me to listen to the Penn & Teller podcast (Yes, I know Teller’s not really there, but I’m going to keep the illusion that he is while I’m listening).

    Chris Naccari

  • I really enjoy these podcasts,however a minor gripe would be the way you guys interrupt your guests with your lame jokes.For example in this one you constantly bring up the ” Dick Grapes”joke about fifty times and giggle about it each time.

  • It’s called keeping the interview light and fun, qwertsdfg. They have to periodically weave in humor and keep the overall tone of the interview happy so the guests and listeners can feel a constant ease.

  • ( Hey guys we should have Bryan knock the water bottles out of Matt’s hands )

    Matt: Hey guys I was stopped by something or other and couldn’t get the water.
    Bryan: Seriously? You couldn’t wrestle through the crowd to get me ONE BOTTLE OF WATER?
    Matt: Bryan I… I er, I can –

  • This podcast should really be called “Chris Hardwick and Guest: featuring 2 douches who run the same joke into the ground for 45mins”

    I know it’s a bit long, but perhaps there is an acronym we can come up with…