Episode 368

Nerdist Podcast

Rick Moranis

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Nerdist Podcast: Rick Moranis

The amazing and multi-talented Rick Moranis is on the Nerdist podcast! He talks about how he got into the entertainment business, why movies like Ghostbusters and Little Shop of Horrors are still so great, and his new album My Mother’s Brisket and Other Love Songs!

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  • I’m amazed at the number of ‘INTRO TOO LONG’ comments. Like, not only is it skippable, but I just kind of zone out for the 2-3 minutes that he’s doing the advertising stuff (Sorry Chris) that he needs to do to keep this amazing podcast going.

    Rick Moranis is one of my favorites so far. The stories he tells…just great. I’m sad that he stopped doing movies since I’ve loved pretty much everything he’s been in, but I’m glad that he didn’t go the usual comedian route of doing a ton of mediocre movies until we’re sick of seeing their name and chose to focus on his kids. Seems like a great guy, too.

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  • SOS!!!! I am a huge fan of Rick Moranis, this is my first time being a fan of somebody and I really really realy really want to send him a fan mail. can any body PLESE help me with this? I have looked on the internet, and even called some people and they hung up on me. I would greatly appreciate your help thanks.

  • This episode pretty much made my life. Beverly Schechtman, the amazing makeup artist that Rick talks about from SCTV, is my grandmother’s cousin! She was so thrilled to hear she was mentioned! On an unrelated note: Chris, you’re an amazing interviewer and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’ve been listening since the first episode! LOVE you guys!

  • GREAT episode! Rick was always a favorite. His young kids used to come with their grandmother to rent videos from a video store I worked in in NYC and I always recommended them classic comedies, usually Saturday mornings. The one Sat. I was not working Rick came in especially to thank more for the great picks! Really nice guy and one of the best on SCTV!

    And WHAT IS WRONG WITH COMMENTORS HERE complaining about a long intro – it’s his show, not theirs, and it’s like barely 4 min. Gimme a break! TV talk shows you gotta sit through a long monologue and lame bits until they get to the actual interview. And fast forward if it bothers you, sheesh!

  • Relished his DJ stories and could especially relate to the parts about doing EVERYTHING yourself and playing what I call “potty break songs,” though mine are never “Stairway to Heaven,” but re-remixes of dance tunes by New Order or Depeche Mode. Fark, there’s even a Prince single that goes on for, I kid you not, twenty-seven minutes (the VERY extended version of “America” off of “Around the World in a Day”). THAT’S the song you play when you had too much cheese.

    Okay, I’ve said too much.

  • One of my favorite podcasts! I haven’t thought about Rick Moranis or noticed he was missing – but wow, he really was in so many of my favorite movies growing up. He seems like such a nice guy and he had such great stories. I hope he’s ready for a comeback!

  • Ah, I haven’t seen Strange Brew in like 15 years but I remember watching it on VHS and LOVING it. Rick Moranis is still just my favorite guy! Great episode.

  • Hi name is Judith Glenn im new here love Ricks movies and he is very funny to and I think he is cute to. Looks like he dont make movies anymore why? Well got to go now Im at school tell Rick I said hi.

  • I loved this! I have been a fan of his since I was really little. I grew up watching his movies. Mr. Moranis is one of the many comedy greats of the 80′s and early 90′s that played a big part in shaping my sense of humor, for which I am grateful. Plus seeing him in Little Shop of Horrors got me into musicals. Now that I am older, I have introduced my daughter to some of my favorite movies and she is a fan as well.

  • I loved this interview. I know most people who leave comments tend to leave criticism and those of us who just enjoy it rarely chime in…. But I love this podcast, Chris, Matt, and Jonah and envy all the guests they get to meet and talk to! They are always genuinely interested in their guests and it is always a fun ride. I am a huge Moranis fan and could listen to about 4 more hours of this!!!!

    And to the complainers….no one is twisting your arm to listen, if you get annoyed by it so much you’re free to go fuck yourselves :) (I’m just sayin)

  • Ken is right. I don’t know who this so called host is, the only reason I am here is to hear Rick Moranis, not this twit. Bad, dreadful, terrible intro of the interview.

    • Rick…is GREAT. In my 20 years of on air radio, I have not heard an intro that goes on sooo long for no good purpose. I’m thinkin’ top 40 pop radio puke. I may be wrong but that was what the intro sounded like.

  • hey @fantas, eat a bag of dicks, rick was one of eststhe coolist guests ever, you must feel awesome talking shit about a FREE podcast, douche nozzle

  • Growing up in a small town near Edmonton in the 80s, there were two things I loved – the Oilers and SCTV. Some of the scenes were filmed on our main street and it was always a kick to see the stores we shopped in for pet food or running shoes used as a backdrop.

    Thanks Nerdist for tracking down Rick Moranis. And thanks to Rick for such a great interview. His commitment to family and his unique outlook on life are really inspirational.

  • Well, that was quite the insightful podcast. I’ll have to disagree about Rick claiming that he’s not a good actor, because he will be awarded with SOMETHING for Little Shop of Horrors, which made me a huge fan of his for years. Whether Rick is on screen or living an enjoyable normal life, I still wish the best. =)

  • This was one of my favorites! I knew the name and was excited to listen to the pod cast but when he started talking, it did not sound like him… or I should say, the characters he does! His normal speaking voice is beautiful! He speaks well and was so intelligent! I too could have listened to a few more hours of Mr. Moranis! Thanks Chris (and your team) for getting him on your show!

  • Technology: How Electronic Devices Can Improve Your Life in Just Two Easy Steps

    Step 1. Use the fast forward feature on your mp3 player to move to the desired section of the podcast. This is not a live broadcast; as such you have the option of skipping any part of it including the intro. Listening to all four minutes is, therefore, your choice and attempting to blame other people for your choices is foolish.

    Step 2. If your mp3 player has an alarm function, set it for medication time so that you cease forgetting to take your mood stabilizers. Mental health is as important, if not more important, than physical health and you should really consider making a stronger commitment to taking your meds consistently so that you don’t harm yourself or others with destructive behavior that could have easily been avoided.

  • God damn it.

    Just when I feel like I’ve finally cut Nerdist out of my life…

    A Rick Moranis shows up, seducing me into listening to Hardwick’s weak “interviewing” “skills”.



  • This was so great; the SCTV of the 80′s that use to come on after SNL was the best. Great job guys!!! I hope Rick M reads these comments to see how much we loved listening to his stories. I could listen to 10 hours of him telling stories of the SCTV days and character/skit development. his Merv Griffin use to kill me
    Just awesome

  • The first SCTV series, syndicated in the US from the small Global network in Canada, played in Boston in 1978 (iirc) in early weekend fringe primetime (7p or 7:30p)…and was pretty impressive, if clearly done on a relative shoestring (compared even to what they were able to afford for the NBC series, SCTV NETWORK 90 and the last iteration, the Cinemax 45ish-minute segments). “The Grapes of Mud” (and the recursive framing story for the Steinbeck-adaptation parody at the SCTV station, with Harold Ramis playing the whining villain in both cases) was particularly memorable…