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Travel Lads

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Nerdist Podcast: Travel Lads

Treat your ears to some hostful goodness to start off the weekend! Jonah is back from his vacation in Europe, Matt spent a week straight at Disney World, and Chris thought he was dying!

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  • Mr Hardwick, I’m going to address this all to you even though you may not even read it but it makes it easier to type it.

    I was at the London show and it was fantastic. The empty seats were a little disappointing despite the fact that because of them my group was bumped forward a fair few rows (from L to C). There are possible reasons why this was so, the fact it was a late show being one of them as mentioned above.

    But I feel that a big reason why it didn’t sell out is the price. Now I’ve no idea what the average price is for a one hour comedy show is in the USA, or indeed how much the you cost the venue and all the other costs that are involved. Nor do I really know who sets the price but I would guess that the venue has at least some say with that. But if the price was compared to other stand up shows then I would think it comes as one of the higher ones especially when considering venue size and how well you are known in England (I’m trying to say that big name acts in big venues are invariably more expensive anyway).

    I feel it’s the sort of price that which won’t deter the fans but may have reduced the number of casual attendees who just wanted a night of comedy and decided to take a chance on a relatively unknown American comedian. My brother for instant, doesn’t really know your work apart from when I’ve mentioned the podcast from time to time and if my friend and I hadn’t taken him he wouldn’t have gone on his own there. He loved the show incidentally, despite not getting some of the references (he’s not much of a fantasy or sci-fi nerd, but I would say he is a music nerd).

    I don’t know if there is any solution to the above, I just wanted to let you know my thoughts especially after hearing you have doubts about bringing the podcast over here. I can only ask that you not write it off completely, and that you look into the ways that it can be done. I’ve got some thoughts on that if you don’t mind.

    For one, maybe try some sort of thing that allows people to submit there interest in going to a podcast recording of the whole gang in London, try and get some numbers at least. Ok, that’s not a guarantee of ticket buyers but it’s at least a start. Another idea was maybe start a Kickstarter or something but I don’t know if that’s feasible for you. I also wondered if there was some way to involved the likes of the BBC (America and otherwise) so that you’re not just coming here to do podcasting.

    Anyway, these are my thoughts, I hope you can read them. I also apologise for them being as long as they are.

  • Concerning Chris’s comment about people nearly crashing their cars every time their specific names are mentioned.

    I totally agree, I have crashed my car dozens of times and killed many, many people. Please stop mentioning the names Steve or Martin. I am running out of places to hide the bodies.

    You are all terrible people.

    P.S. love the show, keep up the good work :)

  • Fun Story. I ran into Misha Collins at the hotel bar after ECCC one day and struck up a conversation with him. Lovely dude, funny and self-deprecating. He told us about the scavenger hunt and, if I remember correctly our conversation went:
    Misha: “So the team that won, one of the girls on it wants to take her boyfriend with her on the trip. It was supposed to be just for the winners but someone told me that we needed to make an exception this time.”
    Me: “Who was her boyfriend? He must be some big fucking name in order to get special treatment.”
    Misha: “Have you ever heard of this dude named Chris Hardwick? Apparently he’s some king nerd?”
    Me: “Yeah, I know who Hardwick is. You made the right decision.”
    /End Story

  • @-Di – Ah, YES! I remember the merkin now!

    @Jonah Ray – I debated whether or not to bring this up, but then I thought I’d want someone to tell me if I goofed in some way. Please take this as a gentle suggestion and not a harsh criticism as I’m sure you didn’t mean anything negative.

    If you’re ever describing Kim Gordon in a conversation again, please consider referring to her as “a member of Sonic Youth” or “an amazing musician,” not just the woman who “was married to Thurston Moore.” That last reference is not only counter-productive (especially as she divorced him for philandering) but there’s a world of gender politics behind it that made me cringe.

    You wouldn’t describe Chris Hardwick to a stranger as “the guy who is dating Chloe Dykstra” because a stranger would know zilch about his personal life but might place his face if he were described as “the host of ‘Talking Dead’” or “the token Yank on BBC America” or some such thing. But to describe a woman according to WHO she has done rather than WHAT she has done (if she’s actually accomplished something) is a pretty loaded statement in the way referring to a black male adult as “boy” would be WAY more loaded than using that term on a white guy, or like the time Malcolm McDowell referred on this very podcast to the “young boys” Sir John Gielgud took an interest in and got a response in the thread (not just from me) about how off-putting that was in the way “young girls” wouldn’t have been.

    The problem is that for a long, LONG time a woman’s only “accomplishment” society (including her own family) would be okay with is “marrying well,” as if a husband were some sort of Jane Austen-esque trophy to be fought for and won. Some truly amazing women in history have been actively dissuaded from perusing creative or intellectual accomplishments (see mathematician Sophie Germain : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Germain ) . I’ve personally witnessed and been the subject of such treatment over the years, the memories of which still make me want to punch a wall. You don’t know how demeaning it feels to have a scholastic achievement ignored by your own parent, who is far more interested in learning whether or not you got a date for the senior prom. Trust me, it SUCKS.

    Again, I know you didn’t mean anything unkind by describing Gordon according to who she was once romantically involved with as opposed to the amazing things she done (I still play tracks from “Daydream Nation” on my radio show – I fucking LOVE that album!). Just please bear this in mind.

  • I can’t believe that you guys got to meet Misha Collins in the haunted castle! He’d be a great interview on the podcast, I think. His twitter account always makes me laugh and I’d be dying to hear about his time on Supernatural

  • I always get DisneyLAND and DisneyWORLD mixed up. Are they pretty much the same or is one larger / better than the other? I went to the one in Florida when I was a kid and all I remember is a lot of walking around and standing in lines. I’m sure I must’ve gone on ONE ride at some point.

    ALOHA, Jetpack Blues!

    As for the cupping photos JPB mention, here’s the unintentional cupping in Baltimore (CH was gesturing to the cool Wolverine jacket): http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattymarvel/8877120563/in/set-72157633769561718

    And here are the two VERY blurry intentional cupping pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattymarvel/8877261597/in/set-72157633769561718/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattymarvel/8877874504/in/set-72157633769561718/

    Weirdly, these are NOT the first photos of CH looking hands-y. Three days after I posted my NYC trip pics, my sister-in-law left a phone message commenting on the “Awkward Prom Photo” I took with Nerdist after the live podcast. Talia said, and I quote, “He looks like he’s going for your boobie!” I had another look and it DOES kinda, sorta, vaguely look like Hardwick is trying to steal Second Base. You decide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattymarvel/8140432905/in/set-72157631855147753

    Other pics from the Baltimore / D.C. shows are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattymarvel/sets/72157633769561718/
    Please note the great, HUGE lines to see Fearless Leader and the super cool nerd swag, including a map of Middle Earth drawn and signed by Adam Savage and a horse head pillow (I got to play with the pulse riffle!).

  • Sounds like everyone needed a vacation after their vacation! Lots of flying, driving and train rides.

    Thanks for coming to town, the shows, meeting up and the signing of artwork (achievement unlocked!).

    And the cupping pics. Patty and I have now decided that’s a thing. The “I present to you” or the “look who I’m here with” pose accidentally framing the upper anatomy. Or in my case, deliberately framing my lower anatomy. :-D

    Oh, and the answer to the question “what does a nurse say when she pulls a pineapple out of someone’s ass?” ALOHA!

  • bring the podcast to the uk! I have no doubt that the numbers at your London show would have been significantly higher if it had been at an earlier time (not a critisism, sure you had to take whatever was available) Unfortunately our train network tends to shut down pitifully early, making things difficult for non-Londoners to make the journey home. I just about made it though :)

    Thanks again for taking the time to perform for us during your holiday, and for coming back out for photos etc. Twas a great night.

  • I’ve Googled “Willow Creek” and release date and all I can find is it’s festival appearances. Can anyone tell me when is slated for distribution? Either wide or On Demand? I’ve so much good press about the movie and it being about Big Foot only makes me wanna see it more.

  • Not sure why everyone in the states thinks Canada is so great. Trust me, we’re only okay. We’ve got like two cool places and that’s where everyone goes to. So just go to Montreal and Vancouver and you won’t see the parts that suck.

  • I’m going to see “Willow Creek” tonight. They shot the movie in Humboldt County and that’s currently where I reside. Bobcat’s doing a Q & A afterwards. Sooooo stoked!

  • I know it was a throwaway line by Jonah, but Walt Disney wasn’t an anti-semite. I don’t know why, but it pisses me off when people say he was. Besides communists, there is no evidence that he was bigoted (READ: actively hated and despised) any racial, religious, or any other group.