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Paul Williams Returns

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Nerdist Podcast: Paul Williams Returns

The amazing Paul Williams — who you may have seen at the Grammys with Daft Punk — returns to the podcast! He and Chris sit down at ASCAP to talk about his upcoming book about addiction called Gratitude and Trust and being the president of ASCAP, and he sings a song just for Chris!

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  • So in love with this episode. I remember thinking during your first Paul Williams ep that it was amazing – but this one might even be better. I have such a connection to the Muppets as a mid-30 something, that it just warms my heart to hear the songs. And it has one of my favorite lyrics ever: “There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.” Love. And I love the Nerdist. Thanks for sharing these moments with us.

  • It’s amazing how much Paul sounds like Willie Nelson when he sings. And then, hearing him talk just after he sang, he still sounded a good bit like Willie, just without that little twang accent.
    “Old friends who just met”
    Thanks for this great episode!

  • Paul was absolutely right; the performance with the both of you was the one.

    While I am right about the same age as you Chris, and I enjoy the Muppets, I don’t have the visceral connection to them that you do. Having said that, I certainly know Gonzo, and the duet you and Paul sang made me well up in my office at work.

    That was a fantastic moment in time to capture. Thank you.

  • havent heard yet but ive got my fingers crossed that he’s using this podcast to announce Smokey and the Bandit IV has finally gone into production.

    Peace n 18 wheels a-rollin, we gonna do what they say cant be done.

    3ToF…at the wheel of a black ’77 firebird.

  • I’ve been listening to this podcast for more than a month now, and while I’ve loved them all, this is the first one that I felt compelled to comment on. So inspiring, so insightful, I was completely blown away by it. And Chris, you were saying that hopefully people in non-creative fields would also be able to relate to what you guys were talking about, and I have to say, as one of those non-creative people, it was incredibly relatable. It was great to hear some philosophical discussion (which I usually hate) in an interesting, non-preachy, down-to-earth way. Thank you!

  • Wow. Paul Williams really has a way with music, doesn’t he? There may have been onions when he sang that song about Gonzo and how he’s a landlocked bird. Onions at work. Thanks for that though. This was an interesting one.

  • Wow. I just relistened to the 1st Paul Williams ep yesterday. I remember thinking how freakin cool he is and how I hoped that Nerdist would have him on again. Guess you guys noticed my sub atomic vibrations and caused it to happen. Or it is a coincidence. Either way, LOVE Paul WIlliams!