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Nerdist Announces Initial YouTube Channel Lineup

Chris Hardwick announced the initial lineup for his new Nerdist Youtube Channel, set to launch April 2nd. Hardwick and the rest of his Nerdist Industries are casting a wide content net with a ton of short-form original and re-released programming. There's even talk of having some podcasts on the channel (no word yet on whether it's entire episodes or short clips). I'm interested to see how it'll all be presented and organized for internet consumption and even snarky commentary. Will there be release schedules, extra content associated with the various shows? Or will it be a grab bag affair, whatever shows up whenever it shows up on the channel, just go for it - watch and share as you see fit. In these times...

Check-out Hardwick's silly but also informative muppet-assisted press conference announcement.


Zombie Chris Hardwick Announces Nerdist YouTube Channel

The Nerdist YouTube Channel is starting up April 2nd. Zombie Chris Hardwick shares the news.


Mike & Tom Eat Snacks Moves To Nerdist

The irreverant and thorougly silly snack-riffic show, Mike and Tom Eat Snacks is now calling The Nerdist Network home. Last week's hershey kiss episode marked the first new show on the Chris Hardwick operated network. The show had been missing-in-action for over a month. No word yet on what the network shift might mean to the show. Suffice to say, the real question is how many new snacks are left for Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh to argue about.


Plop of The Week: The Nerdist #147 with Jimmy Pardo

Okay, so this week's favorite episode pick goes to podcast mash-up, of sorts. Yes, hosts being on other hosts' shows is a tried and true method for establishing a non-sucky entertainment standard in podcast land. I'm only human. Funny is funny. And this week's Jimmy Pardo guested episode of The Nerdist gets the extra nod thanks to Pardo adding honesty to the abundant humor. My pick of the Splitsider "This Week In Comedy Podcasts":

When The Nerdist guys gather 'round for a recorded hang out session, it usually goes in two directions: traditional interview reverence or plain ol' dicking around. Well, with always funny Jimmy Pardo in for a visit, we get a stellar laugh/learn combo episode. From the start, Pardo has a ton of fun at the expense of both Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. Ray's skill at finding the moment for an inappropriate/dumb joke is a perfect fit alongside Pardo's similar brand of silliness. I'm officially advocating for a Ray visit to Never Not Funny. Chris Hardwick keeps the show moving along, even venturing into heartfelt territory where the foursome discusses the link between comedy and tragedy. Full of charm and vigor, Pardo's honesty about his past, his show and the people in his life are a delight. Hardwick also finds time to fanboy his favorite Pardo moments, including an awkward Pardo/Lisa Loeb memory. Throughout, Pardo offers up plenty of passionate podcast insight. And, then there's a healthy dose of FLARB. It doesn't all have to make sense. That's half the fun.


Here's the complete list of the Splitsider episode picks, including the inclusion of Earwolf's brilliantly cracked-out Gelmania:

RISK! #308 "The Family"
Superego #3:10
Gelmania #2 - Megan Mullally, Adam Scott, Natasha Leggero, Jackie Clarke, Gil Ozeri
The Nerdist #147 - Jimmy Pardo
Here's The Thing #4 - Chris Rock

More comedy podcast recognition via the always handy honorable mentions: Comedy Bang! Bang! #134 (Kevin Nealon, Ben Schwatz, Amy Phillps), Dead Authors #4 "Benjamin Franklin" (Scott Aukerman), Illusionoid 9th Transmission "Invastion of The Cybernetic Cyberfreaks, Making It With Riki Lindhome #21 (Doug Benson) and WTF with Marc Maron #233 (Anthony Bourdain).


More Nerdist Coming to BBC America

In case you missed, some more good news for those of you into mixing your media. Thanks to BBC America announcing another round of Nerdist TV specials, there's some more Podcasts/Television mixing coming your way.  Anounced via The Nerdist site, Hardwick, Ray and Mira will be producing six more podcast specials to air next year.  One of the episodes is slated to air Christmas Eve 2011 and will be 1-hour long.

There's no word yet about any changes to the format from the original pilot airing this past September.

Check-out the full announcement here.


New Shows & Site for The Nerdist

Chris Hardwick's Nerdist empire keeps growing and recently received an web make-over with a new site design for nerdist.com. There's a nifty new podcast page where fans can discover and locate the shows that make-up The Nerdist Network. (Still not sure if they're going with this as the official name. Still not sure if "official names" still matter.)

A few new shows also launched last week, incluing You Made It Weird. We'll have more info on the new show this week.

The network now offers a slew of quality programming, including a bunch of comedic shows or comedically-inspired shows. These shows include:

The Nerdist
The Indoor Kids
The Todd Glass Show
Nerdist Writer's Panel 
Making It with Riki Lindhome
The Questionauts
The Thrilling Adventure Hour
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes 

Podcast producer and host, Katie Levine continues to head up most of the podcast goodness over at The Nerdist.

For more Nerdist-inspired fun, check-out www.nerdist.com/podcasts.


Thrilling Adventure Hour Comes to The Nerdist Network

The long running live variety show, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, announced today it's moving to The Nerdist podcast network. The announcement hails the comedy like-minded-ness of Hardwick's current catalogue of shows including The Nerdist, Making It with Riki Lindhome, The Todd Glass Show, The Nerdist Writers Panel and The Sex Nerd.

Created by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, Thrilling Adventure Hour started its live run in 2005 as "a sophisticated comedy sprinkled with affectionate homage to 1940’s era radio." In 2011, the show began releasing a podcast comprised of show highlights. The network switch begins October 10th.


Build-A-Pod: An Interview With Podcast Producer Katie Levine

In the world of podcasting, very few people have found a way to turn it into a paying gig. Katie Levine is one of them.

Not only has she worked for ACE Broadcasting and Nerdist Industries, she found success as a freelance podcast producer. She also hosts and produces her own show, Save It For Air. Despite Katie only producing/engineering for a year and a half, she’s already a digital comedy veteran. I’m extremely appreciative she found time to speak with me about her role as a producer and her thoughts on the medium as a whole.

DAN HUFFMAN:  You’re one of the few people producing podcasts in a professional capacity. Do you find your particular skill set in high demand?

KATIE LEVINE:  When I left ACE Broadcasting, I thought about getting out of podcasting. But now everybody wants to start one and I’m in the unique spot of knowing how to make one from start to finish. Not a lot of people know how to do that, so it’s really worked out for me.

DH:  You’re working not only with Nerdist Industries, but as a freelance producer?

KL:  I have all my own equipment for my podcast, Save it For Air. I actually started doing Riki Lindhome’s podcast freelance, and then Nerdist Industries picked up her show. Chris Hardwick heard the pilot and approached her about it. Riki had contacted me. Others have contacted me when they heard that I knew how to do this. And so, I kind of just fell into it.

DH:  How did you end up working for Adam Corolla at ACE Broadcasting?

KL:  I was a big fan of his. I started listening to podcasts in New York because I did so much commuting. His show was actually the first one I listened to. When I moved out to LA, he had just started doing the live shows. I went to Laughs for Bald Brian, which was a charity event. I started talking to this guy that was next to me on the valet line, who happened to work there. We became friends and one day he sent me an email saying, “hey, we’re hiring.” They wanted a girl that knew all the technical stuff and could put up with working in an all-boys environment.

DH:  You ended up fitting in?

KL:  Yeah. I was a big fan of Adam’s from Loveline and actually really liked The Man Show. So I really fit in. That’s my kind of humor.

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New To Plop List: The Indoor Kids

Comedy podcasts and The Plop List Directory get their game on with The Indoor Kids, the new video game centric show from Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Industries. Three episodes in and The Indoor Kids is off to a great start!  Who exactly are these fine indoor-staying, video game playing folks?  Comedian extraordinaire Kumail Nanjiani and friendly gamer Ali Baker (G4) bring a diverse, funny and passionate point of view to the world of video games. Similar to what the Sklar Brothers and The League have done, bridging the gap between sports and comedy nerds, The Indoor Kids offer this fusion for the world of video games.

A recent Indoor Kids episode features the hilarious Pete Holmes, as well as Nanjiani’s likeable wife and hardcore gamer, Emily V. Gordon (G4′s Feedback, Program Director of the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics). The conversation advances well beyond video games, venturing into issues like the singularity and humanity's potential upcoming immortality. Along these lines, morality in games is discussed. This video game morality discussion includes a hilarious, shameful debate about the best way to kill a Sim, whether in a terrifying room surrounded by fireplaces and books and no door, or in a pool without a ladder. Another Holmes/Gordon episode topic is “couples gaming.” The group playfully hypothesizes women are jumpier in games in an effort to protect their ovum.

Nanjiani, Baker and their comedic guests release new episodes every Monday. The Indoor Kids is a carefree combination of comedic tangents and hardcore gamer talk, making each episode feel like a shoot-the-shit ditch day at the arcade with friends.


Riki Lindhome Nerdist Show Launches This Week

The always likeable and straight-to-it funny Riki Lindhome announced via Twitter her new Nerdist Industries show starts Wednesday. Making It with Riki Lindhome will be part of the growing Chris Hardwick led Nerdist podcast network. Early mentions from Hardwick have hinted the show will focus on the process of making it in Hollywood and probably some other creative endeavors. Garfunkel & Oates fans will luck out getting a regular dose of Lindhome's genuine perspective and probably some inappropriate remarks to keep things interesting.