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Got a question for the Nerdist Podcast? How about a comment? Maybe BOTH: a quemment.

Post it all in the comments below and yours might make it onto the show. We shall do our best to get through ‘em all!

Polite constructive criticism is, of course, a-ok but don’t forget the DGD Policy!*

*DGD=Dicks Get Deleted

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  • I have a question in africa will they meet the economic standars as america. (follow up) Do you think Libya will find change because they got a blue print from the Egypians of what not to do and so forth?

  • Love the casting of the pod! I actually get bummed when I check for new ones and nothing is up yet.

    I was wanting to know what podcast have you ben on as a guest? I have listened to you on WTF, Sklarbro Country, and Bagged and Boarded. Have you done others?

  • Hi guys just wondering if and when the zombie apocalypse goes down what three guests that you have had on the podcast would you save and or team up with?

    Keep up the great show and see you in boston chris

    Scott

  • I thought you had said Joss Whedon was formerly your neighbor. Any chance to get him on as a guest?
    Along the same line, how about Summer Glau? Olivia Munn maybe.
    I love the show. I like the twice a week format also.

  • Love the podcast, love the show. I was hoping you guys could talk more about nerd (geek) things. You used to but these last few weeks it seems more about comedy and the craft of comedy rather than nerd stuff. Don’t get me wrong, i like them both, but a balance is always nice. Throw in some star wars or talk about the singularity or something comic book related?
    keep up the good work!
    Ray

  • Jonah, I want to gently try to persuade you of something regarding what you said on the “FRACTURED” episode of the podcast (Sorry about the injury btw).

    “Oh he just HAPPENED to–” blah blah blah. Yes. Agreed. Whatever serves the story is what you should expect when you consume fiction. But giving a pass to things that are obviously too unlikely because they’re the work of bad authors, dismisses the contributions of good authors.

    Continuing with the Knocked Up example (good example), there’s an unlikely event at the start. Good. Movies should start with unlikely events sometimes because the start of a story is where you explain the premise. “Let’s say (such and such) happens.” And you continue from there. Knocked up has a really small leap in believability. Some people can’t stand Sci Fi at all because of the big leaps in believability. God love them, but Sci Fi doesn’t need those people. Point is, if you can’t swallow a *premise* stop watching.

    But you have to (especially in a movie), establish your premise in the first 25 minutes. And you usually only get one piece of magic. Or one McGuffin. Or one coincidence. Just to set a story in motion. So if there are aliens, tell me early on. Writers will sometimes throw in something to explain something from earlier, and it’s obvious that they didn’t know where it was going at the start. Harry Potter #1, Quirrell couldn’t touch Harry… because… Harry’s mother… even though she was dead… enchanted him WITH LOVE… What?!? So he was resistent to Voldermort’s dark magic because he was the only person in the universe whose mother loved him?? J.K. Rowling became a decent writer much later.

    And obviously “deus ex machina” is a bad word, but it works sometimes when the eventuality of a deus ex machina was threaded into the fabric of the world of the movie. Toy Story 3 is a classic example of this. The three-eyed aliens had been wailing about “THE CLAW” for three whole movies. Not only is it logical for them to seek out a giant mechanical claw at the junkyard and want to operate it, but by having that turnaround it gives those minor, comic relief characters an arc. That’s tidy writing, and it deserves credit. On the other hand did you see Tangled? There’s a totally off-the-wall Deus Ex Machina at the very very end of that movie. Yes, the writers just needed there to be a happy ending in the story that they were writing, but you can build a bridge to an unlikely event that gently signals that something is going to happen with good writing.

    I don’t know if you’re convinced, but I did my best. In summary: Good writers make good stories good.

  • My girl is a huge Fantasy/science fiction nerd and I never really could get into them except for the classics like LOTR. Personally, I don’t understand it at all. Her favorite book series is “The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan. I wanted to start reading them when I came to the realization that there is 14 BOOKS in the series. 14 300,000+/- word books! Over FOUR million words all together! If you sat down and listened to the audio books in one go, you’d be listening to them for almost 18 days. In comparison, the entire Harry Potter series was only 1.2 million words. She can read all these damn books in about 3 weeks. I’m not fully assured that I could finish them in 3 months. So, my question to the Nerdist: Do you guys like Fantasy/science fiction books and what titles?

  • Greetings, Lords of the Nerdly Nation!

    I’ll try my best to phrase the following in the form of a quemment, but as the Nerdist and its followers are early-adopters of what will likely become the dominant form of communication, you’ll have to bear with me.

    The audio universe is rife with podcasts – even if you look at just the comedic sphere, anyone who has ever put together a bit or wondered what the deal with airline food REALLY was now has their own ‘cast. Where do you see the trend stabilizing? Will they become (or have they already become) blogs? There was a time where they were new and exciting. Then everyone and their mother had one…and now you rarely hear a blip out of places like Blogger or Livejournal.

    Will podcasts follow the same trajectory – some becoming dominant, powerful forces and the rest of the masses toiling forever in obscurity until they run out of things to talk about? Or will culture adapt in such way – like it has with music, movies, or the internet – where podcasts are a core form of entertainment and news? Meaning, we might not all listen to the same ones, but they’re “big” enough to enter into the common lexicon and Facebook is forced to add a “Favorite Podcasts” field to its “Interests” section? (And sites like nerdist.com don’t tell me “podcasts” is a misspelled word?)

    Anyway, hope there were enough questions and comments in there to meld into one giant Quemment. May the force be with you. Always.

  • Hey Chris, what was the best thing you saw at CES? For me it was the Spekal prototype of the TARDIS iPod dock that should be out sometime later this year. Did you happen to see that as well?

  • First off big fan, been following the show since you started. As well as your comedy, Jonah’s, and Matt’s when it starts. My question is what model of podcasting will you be following in terms of building the Nerdist Podcast Empire. Where do you see it going? And if you start making enough revenue from the sponsorship and hopefully the college tours (come to moorpark college, please!) do you think you’ll add video to the podcast on rare occasions like Nerdist Podcast live from Meltdown or Smodcastle whichever it may be. Also, did you enjoy the new Radiohead album? And Jonah don’t you dare make fun of the band or Chris will hurt you. Not because of me but because you give good ideas when your injured. Also any thoughts or predictions about Doctor Who season 6. And also Chris thanks for letting us follow you around on the Ferguson shoot for the Late, Late Show, it was so fun watching and getting to chat with you.

  • Hey fellas,

    One thing I enjoy about your podcast (and others) is getting a feel for the ins and outs of the stand up scene, including the unique vibes of the big established clubs/theaters in LA and NYC.

    I live in Chicago, and just saw that The Laugh Factory will be opening up a location here where the now-defunct Lakeshore Theater used to be. What can I expect from The Laugh Factory as an audience member and potential performer? I’ve been doing improv and sketch out here for three years, but I’ve been thinking maybe I should give stand up the ol’ college try.

    Looking forward to seeing Chris when he’s at Zanies in March!

    Mostest Sincerest and Warmest Regards,
    James

    P.S. I am in full support of the “Hostful” moniker for the Chris/Jonah/Matt podcasts.

  • Chris and the others who aren’t important enough to list, thanks so much your funny and great, now twice weekly show. Helps me enjoy my burrito even through the monotony of work. Chris, you chowed down on a Mario Bros. Super Mushroom in Addison I had brought for my birthday. You were super cool and so nice. I really appreciated that and it certainly made my 30th birthday special. My quemment could help solve a debate my best friend and I have had for years: Better movie: SpaceBalls or UHF?

  • Maybe you can solve a bet between my friend and I. We want to start a podcast (and I know you have encouraged so recently as well as given some very helpful tips, much appreciated) but we want to do so for different reasons. I want to do it for fun and future promotion of endeavors. He wants to do so as a possible form of income. I’ve always seen podcasts as more of a promotional tool while he thinks there’s # to be made in it as well. Who’s right or are we both wrong?

  • I really enjoy listening to the nerdist show, most times I end up laughing aloud and alone on the bus. People are starting to stay away from me so I need to thank you guys for helping me keep the pervs, smelly commuters and chatty old ladies at bay.

    Greetings from Portugal.

  • Chris, Matt, and Jonah,

    CHRIS: Met you at Gallifrey One, and I have to say THANK YOU. You were very sweet, and the Ten costume looked GREAT. (I was the gal who suggested the saint image of Matt for some FREE MATT MIRA t-shirts. ;p) I went to the con JUST to meet you, and I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. You rock, keep it up!

    MATT: Patience, my fine friend. Chris shall make t-shirts. You shall be liberated from Corporate America. ;p You are a funny motherfucker.

    JONAH: Love you like a cat loves cream, and I hope your arm feels better! Sending you good vibes for a speedy recovery.

    Now all of you…back to work! *cracks whip* MAKE ME LAUGH DURING MY MORNING COMMUTE!! GET A MOVE ON! ….please. ;D

  • Just got up to date with the rebooted Dr. Who. I wanted watch some of the older stuff but I am completely overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that’s out there. Any suggestions on what to watch?

    Thanks and can’t wait to see Chris in Boston.

  • @BZArcher – Guys, will any of you be performing in Ohio sometime soon?

    Also, question for Chris: I’m a straight bowler who inherited a nice urethane ball from my dad. I need to get it re-drilled. Would you go conventional grip, or fingertip?

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