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Episode 224

Nerdist Podcast

Epic Meal Time

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Nerdist Podcast: Epic Meal Time

Harley Morenstein comes on the podcast to talk bacon, bacon and more bacon. There’s also talk about how he started Epic Meal Time, Matt invents a sandwich, and Tyler Lemco, also of Epic Meal Time, hangs out for a bit, too!

Watch Epic Meal Time and watch the new Star Wars edition episode starring Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra!

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  • @John glad you weren’t offended sir! I don’t want to speak for CH regarding the nature and genre of this podcast, but I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn at all when I say that CH really, REALLY cares about what is said on these threads. @Doc and a number of others and I are on here all the time — so I’m not sure if they’d agree, but I’m pretty sure CH has read every single word here — even this conversation!

  • I wasn’t really offended by Josh’s statement at all. I just appreciated being asked to explain myself. My first comment was short and sweet because I thought it’d be worse to leave a long-winded statement as though someone cared what I had to say. To do so seemed far more troll-like in my opinion. I think part of our disagreement has to do with what kind of podcast this really is. I think of it as more a nerd podcast that happens to be nerdy about comedy.

    I do appreciate the earlier comment about Epic Meal Time being a satire, which I hadn’t previously considered. I never previously considered it comedic b/c it was neither entertaining nor humorous because of the message I felt it sent to its audience. That being said, I appreciate the follow up discussion.

    Happy 4th everybody!

  • Civility wins again! Well, almost… Still missing an @Adam from this conversation.

    @John thanks for commenting back. I’m sorry if you were offended by my ‘kindergarten’ response to you. I see where you’re coming from regarding the glorification of unhealthy behavior, and especially appreciate the non-trolly way that you explained yourself. Like Doc, I disagree that a comedy show is the right venue to feel such frustrations — all comedy, in some way, gets at the things that make us uncomfortable. So I guess what I’m saying is that I agree with everything you say except for the idea that this podcast, a comedy podcast, should worry about such things.

    Also, as an aside, Chris Hardwick reads these comment threads all the time, and responds to comments all the time. Next time, if you have a complaint, be more descriptive and constructive from the beginning. That way weirdos like me don’t have to turn around and apologize for saying something shitty about something that we thought was shitty, but actually wasn’t. Anyway, sorry again! Now that I know where you were coming from, I see that you’re not a troll at all, but actually a civilized, concerned gentleman!

    Happy 4th all!

  • Thank you, but I think you should read what I said to Adam up there before you complement my civility. I’m of the opinion that civility is always proper as the beginning of an interaction, but I’m not of the opinion that it is always correct as a response. Thus if you’re referring to Josh’s comment to you as an example of a lack of manners, I don’t think that it was altogether unwarranted given the tone of your first post.

    I’m glad, though, that we agree on the importance of civility in general.

  • @John
    Thank you. I appreciate your expressing your opinion in a way that’s neither rude nor arrogant, even if it’s negative. I can’t say that I agree with everything you said, but I agree with the way you said it.

    I would say that when viewed from a comedic perspective Epic Meal Time is a bit easier to understand, for me, than when taken at face value. If you look at it as the opposite of a Food Network show where everything is clean cut, upbeat, and family friendly the juxtaposition and parody becomes apparent.

    I also think that if you broaden your definition of “nerdy” to include people who have zeroed in on a niche and are passionate about exploring it, then the guys from Epic Meal Time fit right in.

  • yes i do have constructive criticism. i have a problem with the glorification of a program like epic meal time based solely on over-consumption and decadence, which are two of the last things our society needs these days. it’s bad enough that we’re one of the most unhealthy and over-weight countries on earth, but should we really be reveling in it? i think that there are far better guests that they could have had on than some guy who got famous from slapping bacon and alcohol on a bunch of fatty foods.

    also, i wasn’t “sneaking in” a comment. it’s been weeks since i’ve listened to the podcast because it’s been lackluster lately and i wanted to see how the interview went since epic meal time is neither nerdy nor it is intelligent. i’d much rather have a follow up interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Conan O’Brien, or any of the countless great guests the podcast has had on.

  • @Adam
    Hey Living Breathing Clone of Every Other Internet Douchebag Ever
    Stop telling people what to say on their own podcasts. At this point it’s beyond old. Get a life. Do something constructive with yourself. Go make your own podcast where you can talk about how awesome it made you feel to be shitty on the internet to a person you’ve never met.

  • Wow, check out the two trolls above trying to sneak in the week after a podcast airs!

    @John: Dude, no one ever taught you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say…”? Go back to kindergarden, bud. You can re-learn the basics, you know, pleases and thank yous, first raise and THEN lower the toilet seat, etc…

    AAAAAND

    @Adam: So, just to make sure we’re clear, it’s not enough for you that Matt Mira is sensitive about something, you’d like him to be self-conscious about being sensitive about something? How about, instead of being a dick, you say something more like, “Hey Matt Mira, your fans love you, buddy! Don’t worry about your weight!” Doesn’t that sound nicer?

  • Ha! Yeah, Ron always dreamed of being a “beater” in Quidditch. Unfortunately, he burned those dreams one crazy weekend with a whorecrux in Vegas. Ah well.

    Winballsium Leviosa!

  • @Josh and Patty
    If it’s Harry Potter we’re talking about then it sounds like @Ron might prefer to fellate a unicorn. Of course there are all sorts of things that unicorns can do that regular equine species cannot. Yes, with the horn. They call that unicornholing.

    Either way I get the feeling he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t mind putting sharp objects right up his Azzkaban.

  • @Josh – “COITUS INTERRUPTUS!” sounds like the counter-jinx to my spell! That’s why you have to get freaky under an invisibility cloak! Or at least cast some deflecting and/or protection spells around wherever you get down. Why, yes, I *AM* a grown woman who has read and reread all seven Harry Potter novels AND owns a HP wristwatch. Why do you ask?

  • @Patty
    I know right? But that might just be a bit too much behind the scenes info for this nerd.

    Now, Slitikiss sounds like a spell you’d learn in Defense Against the Dark Arts class. “Now class, get out your wands…no, I mean your OTHER wands.”

  • @Matt and Chris – Didn’t you two discuss “docking” and “garbage-bagging” when Randy and Jason Sklar were on a few weeks ago? Is there a reason these activities are popping up in podcast conversations? Is there something you’d like to share with us? Don’t worry…this is a SAFE environment…we’re all friends here… ;)

  • You could have Jenna Marbles on next. I graduated high school with her! Or maybe Hannah Hart? I’m loving the Nerdist channel so far and hope for it to get huge like these other Internet sensations so that Chris will be able to make more content for our eye holes!

  • I listened until he started saying fuck you to the people who thought the zombie videos sucked. Those videos fucking sucked donkey balls. Who the fuck wants to watch you eat brains? Nobody you sick fuck! Sauceboss can suck a horse dick.

  • Great show, as always. It certainly isn’t going to help me make it to my cheat day, though. :) I propose a fight to the death between these guys and Tim Ferriss!

    Re: Disco Fries – we’ve got them here in Pennsylvania. The version we’ve got contains french fries, cheddar cheese, mozzerella cheese, bacon and ranch dressing. They are called ‘disco fries’ because it is only possible to consume them without an immediate cardiac arrest if you have expended crazy calories dancing and banging, and if you already have an incredibly high blood alcohol count and/or multiple illicit drugs in your system. You will end up vomiting them up long before they are fully digested.

  • Me: I feel like I just watched one of their videos the other day, good timing!

    …Then I remembered it was posted here on The Nerdist and featured Chris Hardwick. Right.