The Nerdy Show Network
An existential and surreal journey into comics, video games, sci-tech, movies, tv, and everything in between… Every other week we take on current pop culture and the weeks in between we explore in-depth discussions, interviews, and a multiverse of nerdy weirdness.
We interrupt this yawing gulf of silence with an important bulletin!The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program and Chaosium have joined forces to bring you a bold new adventure! A live charity spectacle! Two nights of improvised tabletop storytelling - like only Mystery Program can make: November, FRIDAY THE 13TH AND 14TH - 7pm Eastern at CthulhuMystery.com/live.Behold as the horror and hilarity unfold before your very eyes in unedited actual play mayhem! And brace yourselves as our cast explores the classic Cthulhu scenario, "The Crack’d and Crook’d Manse".What’s more, this presentation isn’t just thrills and chills, it's also a charity event, benefiting the Transgender Law Center. Audience donations can alter the destiny of our players, boosting vital stats like sanity AND viewers have a chance to win digital and physical copies of Chaosium's recently remastered tome: Mansions of Madness!But this isn’t the only Cthulhu event! Sunday, November 8th, Showrunner Cat Blackard and Keeper Luke Stram will be joining audio drama’s finest at the PodTales’ virtual convention.Head to PodTales.org to explore their free online programming and to tune in on the 8th to hear from our creators in “Choosing a Game System for Actual Play” and “Supportive Play-Acting”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
4 min 44 sec
In this archival interview from 2018, Cap speaks with Talking Heads' David Byrne about the Criterion Collection re-release of his 1986 film, True Stories and the first ever edition of that film's complete soundtrack. The film was Byrne's directorial debut and as it plainly puts it right at the start is "about a bunch of people in Virgil, Texas."The film is part zany, slice of life comedy, part anthropological study - processed through the music of Talking Heads and projected through a loving, art house lens. Cap and Byrne discuss how this remarkable portrait of 80s America came together and other unexpected art.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/09/nerdy-show-david-byrne-shares-true-stories-from-true-stories See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 min 16 sec
In this time of global upheaval, the entirety of The Nerdy Show Network unites! If we must be alone, let us be alone together! We summoned our fans far and wide along with personalities from Omniverse and The Nerdy Show Network to our Discord server to hang out, geek out, and spread love from a distance.Hear from the cast and crews of: Nerdy Show, The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program, Ghostbusters: Resurrection, Dungeons & Doritos, Derpy Show, Flame On!, Wicked Anime, RPG From Scratch / Leyliners, and YOU! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 hr 30 min
The Nerdy Show Network’s flagship podcast is an ever-evolving thing! Are we a news source? A travelogue of niche nerdery? A family of freaky friends with a penchant for pop culture? Media journalists documenting artistic endeavors from the geek world, far and wide?We're all these things! But now, we're also Omniverse!Join Cap, Doug, and La Valle as they offer insights into what we've been up to behind the scenes and how our podcast empire has become something exciting and new as our skills and community has grown and changed with us. And... while there may be new things on the horizon... Nerdy Show is far from over.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/02/nerdy-show-we-are-omniverse/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 min 20 sec
We're going to PodTales a festival of audio drama and audio fiction. It's free, it's in Cambridge, MA, and it's on October 20th. More info here: https://podtales.org/ We've got a table (A5/6 in the Mt. Absalom room) and several panels including this one at 2PM: "Living in the Moment: Writing Through Improvisation" in The Hephaestus (Second Floor). Hosted by Cap and featuring Hem "Volonda" Cleveland (The Lucky Die, Dark Dice) Natasha Haverty & Brendan Pelsue (We Are Not These People), Sean Howard (Civilized, Alba Salix: Royal Physician, The End of Time and Other Bothers). The first storytellers didn't sit around plotting – they lived in the moment and collaborated with others to tell taller tales! Our panel shares the secrets of wielding spontaneity and collaboration as tools for creating unprecedented drama, laughs, and realism in your stories - as well as how to craft recording environments to enhance and manipulate your cast's performances, how to plot without a script, and how to elevate improvised material to audio excellence with scripted revisions and cinematic production. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
7 min 28 sec
Brace yourselves for a massive announcement years in the making: We've teamed up with The DAVE School to bring Lightning Dogs to life as an animated short! Join Cap, La Valle, and Doug for this brief update and hear more about the short in Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw'dcast: https://bit.ly/2UqxVSK See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
3 min 47 sec
Presently the production house known as Nerdy Show is in the midst of some massive movements. After the release of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program series 2, Cap and Doug dove right into a new major project for Lightning Dogs (still TBA) - so, after a long day of recording stuff they can't talk about quite yet, and no time to assemble a proper episode of Nerdy Show, they grabbed a friend and piled into the studio for a free-wheeling conversation to catch you up on things and hopefully entertain and delight.Who is this mystery friend? Cap and Doug are joined by Eleanor Edwards, co-host of Consequence Podcast Network's The Fifth Dimension: A Twilight Zone Podcast, and Cap's partner of 16 years who's been behind-the-scenes this entire time, but hasn't truly graced us with her presence until now. Crazy! We discuss the new Twilight Zone, RoboCop, JFK erotica, and a host of other strange media and critical diversions into the life and times of the Nerdy Show crew.For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2019/04/nerdy-show-get-off-my-books/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59 min 7 sec
Folks, Cap is plum tuckered. She's fried. Like a fairground pickle. Here's some words from her speaking of things to come, begging your pardon, and sharing a smidge of the latest while we get our ish together. <3 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 min 50 sec
There's no episode of Nerdy Show this week because we put our our long awaited Dungeons & Doritos Q&A 2 - which you can find over on that show's feed. Cap discusses this and shares a few other tidbits of network news. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 min 53 sec
The wildly-swinging hits keep on coming! How far will we veer off of our usual platter of geeky chatter? And for how long? Indefinitely?! Well at the very least we'll always stay true to what you've come to expect from us for the past decade: surreal tangents and strange comedy. In this episode - Cap, La Valle, and Doug team up for a creative experiment in which Cap plays a high-powered Hollywood executive type taking pitches from hapless writers.Which of these absurd ideas will get green lit for production? Whose hopes and dreams will get eaten alive by the Hollywood monster? How far will these poor saps go to break a tie and "win" this pitch party?For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/02/nerdy-show-pitching-in-the-wind/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 min 55 sec
When the Cap is away, the Doug and La Valle will play. Left to their own devices (without adult supervision), the duo discuss some of their favorite Nerdy Show pitches and come up with new ones. But things take a spooky turn when a discussion about favorite horror movies leads to an exploration of La Valle’s dark, supernatural past. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 min 56 sec
Join Cap on a solo mission as they give hints to the latest happenings at The Nerdy Show Network, muse on the Network's (and this show's) 10th year of podcasting, share the ups and downs of kitten fostering, and highlight two amazing comics you should read: Gillen and Hans's Die and Okorafor and Tana's LaGuardia. But all that's just a prelude to the main event!In preparation for an upcoming collaborative art project, Cap dusts off some fan fiction they wrote with Local-Shop in which their favorite pretentious art ladies of the 90s meet: Judy Funnie (from Nickelodeon/ Disney's Doug) and Maude Lebowski (from The Big Lebowski). Indulge in Cap's all too thorough knowledge of Doug continuity as we explore Judy's undocumented time at Vole University and Maude's continued interest in work that's strongly vaginal. No, this isn't slashfic, but hopefully the artsy fartsy feminist storyry therein won't make you uncomfortable.Vagina.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/01/judy-funnie-meets-maude-lebowski/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 min 40 sec
Coming to you live from the deep recesses of your own mind: Nerdy Show is creepin' in your dreams and in your Fallout 76 servers!As we batten down the hatches while hatching other Nerdy Show Network schemes, our titular show goes full on diary – recapping the various projects we're chipping away at and fascinating life happenings.Join Cap, boR, Brandon, and Jon for tales from Fallout 76, a surreal “double mumbo jumbo” dream that gives a first hand exploration of encounters from beyond, pineapple upside down pancakes, books to read, films to watch, and more!For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/12/nerdy-show-321-strange-dreams-in-the-pvp-cranberry-bog See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 27 min
Join us for a panel with Chris Ryall (Locke & Key, Zombies Vs. Robots) and Jeremy Whitley (Vampirella) as we chew on chilling tales, crossing genres, and frights for all seasons.This discussion comes to you live from NC Comicon, moderated by psychiatrist Matt Connor, and featuring our very own Cap Blackard alongside Chris and Jeremy. We discuss the differences in conveying scares in disparate mediums, our formative horror memories, favorite films, existential dread, and a dose of Cap's insights on bringing the scares in the audio drama medium with The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program.For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2018/11/nerdy-show-320-horror-with-chris-ryall-and-jeremy-whitley-at-nc-comicon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 min 7 sec
We're on the road! And you might be too! Incept your commute by driving along with us driving and recapping our adventures at NC Comicon and beyond.Cap, Tony, and Doug share their highlights from North Carolina Comicon, Bull City in Durham, NC - the Willow 30th anniversary event, the Lightning Dogs, the pals, the panels, and the wretchedly delightful late nights of bad movies. What's more, it's been a while since this particular trio has been the spotlight of a Nerdy Show episode, so we delve into our latest life happenings.We discuss quality films of old to counteract the recap of terrible VHS feature Fugitive X: Innocent Target, share massive life changes, and peek behind the curtain of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program series 2.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/11/nerdy-show-319-nc-comicon-x-innocent-target See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 4 min
Enter a vortex of horror and existential crisis. We sink our fangs into Netflix's spoopier recent series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the second season of Castlevania. Hear us extol the nerd nuances that have Cap, boR, and Brandon drinking deeply from these series' black chalices. We also discuss the shocking return of Adult Swim's bastard child, 12 Oz Mouse, Star Trek: Lower Decks, a forthcoming animated series about the nobodies of the Federation fleet, and invite you to invest in our pitch for a haunted house experience like no other - one that distills the cold, unfeeling universe into one terrifying (and psychically crippling) walk-through. For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/10/nerdy-show-318-existential-crisis-haunted-house See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 13 min
Brandon has returned from his trip to Scotland. Did our resident renegade glean any culture while on his first trip overseas? We're not 100% sure, but he definitely left his mark: he pooped on a mountain! Well, more like a hill; but you have to understand, Floridian standards for elevated landmasses are a bit out of whack. Hear tales of enchanted gastrointestinal distress, fried pizza, castles, and, yes: birds.We also discuss camping at Camp Crystal Lake (the video game kind) with Friday the 13th: The Game, MMO woes, the continuing saga of Adventure Time, and other flotsam from the ocean of nerdy pop culture.For links and more info visit the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2018/10/nerdy-show-317-the-boy-who-pooped-on-a-mountain See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 32 min
Nerdy Show's global cultural exchange continues! Fresh from a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, two of our hosts share chilling tales of how Universal Studios does Halloween Horror Nights in Japan. It's a drastically different experience guaranteed to make you liquefy with jealousy and set the horror hounds a-barkin'.Our anorak tentacles have crept across the world: Spain, Hungary, Switzerland, soon Scotland... We're not sure why this is the year we've all blown about like dandelion fluff, but, for as long as that lasts our travelogues will keep on coming. John and Chrystal's Nihon nightmares (that's intentional nightmares - they had a great time) are but one component of this week's podcast adventure. Cap shares their entry into the Venture Bros. Carvel cake contest and discusses new horizons in taking back the web for the users, boR shares a spoiler-free exploration of The Good Place... there's lots crammed into this particular and peculiar podcast.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/10/nerdy-show-316-japanese-horror-nights-and-other-frights See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 16 min
Engineered obsolescence: that's what the human body is. It kicks alotta ass and then gets slower, brittler, and much harder to drive. Surely us nerds of the 21st century must've found some way to brain ourselves out of this? Well... turns out we have! Join Cap, boR, Jon, and Tony as we test out the latest life-extension drugs, brainstorm the sci-fi benefits of custom-engineered organoids, and stay young at heart with rousing discussions on the new Spider-Man game, the animated series The Dragon Prince, and get excited about surprise television adaptations of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared and Alan Wake, as well as introduce Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to Rule 34?! Yeah - that's actually a thing that happens - hear a short clip from Cap's forthcoming interview with the legendary musician about his film True Stories, where we drop some carnal Internet knowledge. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2018/09/nerdy-show-life-extension-drugs-and-staying-young-at-heartLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 16 min
Indulge in tastes and tales from around the world - in explicit, eye-narrowing detail. We've taken some long, strange trips and some deep sips of cultures not our own and the results are... mixed at best. boR shares the shockingly unsavory details of his trip to Spain while Trench elaborates on New Jersey frustrations. Meanwhile, in Orlando, Cap and Brandon are enjoying curious Chinese cheese-topped teas and British tea parties was well as the refined tastes of the XXX French edutainment cartoon, PeePooDo and the Super Fuck Friends. There's lots more locked away in our bawdy podcast boudoir - such as hype for Dragon Quest XI and the surprising return of No Man Sky!For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/09/nerdy-show-314-cultural-exxxchange/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 32 min
"Loneliness is lonely." Someone famous probably said that once... And so, Cap has once again violated the solo mission sanctity of ALL CAPS.Our illustrious, chromatic poddess (that's short for "podcast goddess") is joined by their oldest pal, and Nerdy Show/ Dungeons & Doritos cohort, Colin Peterson. Learn about formative childhood experiences at long gone roller rinks and ominous dreams. Hear Colin's report on seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. Experience visceral 30-something solidarity and surprising mood-altering substances.Taste the friendship! TASTE IT!For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/08/all-caps-the-colin-episode/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 min 49 sec
It's lonely in the void, so Cap's reaching out to get touched... by someone. Yes, the lines are open and your chromatic operator is doing an AMA the old fashioned way: with telephones. There's no telling what'll happen - including surprise guest appearances! Cap gets a turducken-themed song challenge from Marc With a C, chats with amazing illustrator and new Lightning Dogs collaborator, Kempo Cornelius, hears about Kyle Bunnell (aka Krondor Krew's Shinobi MC)'s new 5th Ed. D&D character - plus Dungeon & Doritos' delightful dragonborn Jamela Dalla Egberte III graces us with her presence and catches up with her old adventuring acquaintance, Deen the Mighty.Hear from long-time Nerdy Show listeners/ first-time callers and indulge in geeky chats about the Resident Evil 2 remake, tokusatsu shows, the pros and cons of Preacher season 3, and more! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2018/08/all-caps-a-game-of-telephones/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 min 1 sec
Brace yourselves for a re-CAP of all the podcastery whatnot Cap has been up to. A Willow vision quest turns into philosophical musings on pop culture obsession. Will curiosity kill the Cap? Can their insatiable lust for knowledge ever be sated? Is progesterone all it's cracked up to be? Is forever friendship a fiction or fact? All-consuming questions abound before giving way to an exploration of the deep sea subway adventures of Splatoon 2's OctoExpansion and Cap's two clams about the dynamic and peculiar world of Inklings and Octolings. For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/08/all-caps-niche-pop-culture-obsessions-octo-expansion See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 min 57 sec
PREVIOUSLY! ON NERDY SHOW... The gang had a good laugh about skeleton soup. But enough of that. Let's get serious... SERIOUSLY AWESOME.In lieu of a regularly scheduled episode, you're getting an over-indulgence of your host with the most, Cap. It's no surprise they've got a lot of things on their mind, but there's one thing of paramount importance. The fate of the world might hang in the balance: The Return of The Aquabats! Super Show!It's a super rad television show about America's hardest working superhero band - totes appropes for kids and lounge lizards alike. It's not like anything else on TV, and that's why Big TV slammed its gold-ringed hand and exiled Super Show to Nowheresville. But there's a chance, friends. A chance that if enough Righteous Comrades band together and sacrifice their piggybanks to the altar of Crowdfundius, the Greek god of hopes and dreams, that The Aquabats might have a super-successful Kickstarter that'll bring back the greatest show since sliced bread AND make some dope records too!So... long story short... Cap talks about that. And also fills you in on what Nerdy Show is up to behind the scenes.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/08/all-caps-the-aquabats-super-show-needs-righteous-comrades See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 min 58 sec
We love food here on Nerdy Show - and drinks too! Sometimes we talk about rare and unusual sodas, but in this episode we're pursuing the ultimate specialty drinks. These beverages have been secreted away in the deepest recesses, but we'll drink them - some way, some how. Neither inter-planetary travel or prime directive bleeding hearts can stop us from making first contact with our pursed lips. And if you think that calling the finely fermented skeleton juice "sewage" is going to give pause to our pallets - we say "Pshaw! We are parched!" Or at least some of us...Hop along with Cap, boR, Jon, and Doug and discover the latest of our planet-trotting summer shenannigans, hear a spoiler-free review of Mission Impossible: Fallout, get caught up with a deluge of post- Comic Con trailers, fuss over Overwatch's latest fuzzy addition, and get Cap's hot take on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/08/nerdy-show-313-three-skeletons-one-sarcophagusLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 6 min
Frag heads and nose nerds unite, and get a whiff of this totally ripe episode! We're joined by a former Nerdy Show host-turned-fragrance expert, Kristin West, aka Beauty Meow, who gives us the lowdown on the olfactory arts. Kristin doles out oud-les of stinky facts and answers our ignorant questions about the art of stank. Are you DTF? (Down to fragrance).We also talk about the new RoboCop project in the works from Neill Blomkamp, a shocking comic book first, Coheed and Cambria and Chrono Trigger concerts, the fine art of cutting edge, prank-based television, and more!For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/07/nerdy-show-312-this-podcast-stinks/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 26 min
Throw your average summer film reviews in the garbage! Or, since they're probably online, CTRL-A, CTRL-C, CTRL-P, and then analogue delete those suckers into a recycling bin. Why? Because Nerdy Show's Hollywood hot takes offer above-adequate cinematic insights, cool comic lore critiques, and weapons-grade tomfoolery.Join Cap, boR, and Brandon as we review Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel's latest offering, through the discerning lens of Brandon's hastily scribbled notes on napkins in a dark theater. Learn proper movie palace bathroom procedures, endure the shock jock stylings of W.A.S.P., and enjoy both spoiler-free and clearly-denoted spoilerific discussions as we share our feels on this size-swapping, pseudo-science action comedy.For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2018/07/review-ant-man-and-the-wasp-brandons-napkin-notesLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 min 17 sec
"Podcasts rain from above!" Live at North Carolina Comicon, Cap speaks with voice actor, Jen Cohn, voice of Overwatch's Pharah. Chances are good the shooter sensation isn't the only place you've heard her - Cohn is also Lord Zash from Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ursa from Avatar: The Last Airbender, and that's just for starters. Learn about the strange circumstances of Cohn's initial Overwatch audition and the "Dark Pharah" that gave way to the "Captain America of Overwatch". She shares the surprising animation gig she'd love to have, how her journey into voice work got started, where Doom Fist's voice was found, and the question on every fan's mind: where the heck is Pharah's animated short?!For links and more info, head to the main episode's page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/07/interview-jen-cohn-voice-of-overwatchs-pharahLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 min 18 sec
After two weeks traipsing around Switzerland and Hungary, Cap has returned to The States with tales and peculiar confections to share. Discover the Halo-esque terrain of the Alps and travel to the Schilthorn - the real world site of Blofeld's mountaintop base from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Learn about Hungary's volcanic geology, canoe through a water-filled lava tube, and venture to Eurpoe's largest pinball museum. But when the Cap's away... the boR, Brandon, and Doug will... watch Westworld season 2. Hear some spoiler-free thoughts now that the second season has concluded and how a Westworld mobile game is shockingly similar to another timesink we know and love.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/06/nerdy-show-311-european-vacation/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 28 min
Sometimes Brandon gets angry and unleashes his rage on the unsuspecting masses. Does he need to be on meds? We certainly think so! Join Cap, Bor, Brandon and Jon as they discuss the inadequacies of E3 before it even happens and the current trend of seemingly endless “Battle Royale” style games popping up everywhere. Oh, but there’s so much more! Come follow us down the volcano hole of horrible terminology as we struggle to create better names for horrible ways to die. In this episode, we take 99 don’t give a humps and toss them right out the bus for your ever shrinking attention span. This is going to be one swirling storm that your ADD just won’t be able to handle!For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2018/06/nerdy-show-310-conversation-royale/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 17 min
What? No Nerdy Show this week?! Nah, sorry pal! There's all kinds of stuff going on!Let Cap fill you in on the details and guide you to some cool and surprising stuff happening elsewhere on the network this week to tide you over for our next adventure.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/06/nerdy-show-update-june-2018/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
3 min 49 sec
Maybe we have an oral fixation... because we just can't stop putting things in our mouths. Some of these things in our mouths include opinions about recent movies!Join cap, boR, Brandon, and Trench as we share our thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2, and Avengers: Infinity War, including genuine opinions and also outright lies. But, dear friends, every nerd podcast and their mom's is talking about those tentpole geek features. Sure, you want to hear our informed and sarcastic opinions - we're zany! All that said though, we've got something those other shows don't have... and that's miracle berries.Yup, we're back to our old tricks and shoving inappropriate things in our mouths. Like the vacuum cleaner said: it's a livin'!For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/05/nerdy-show-309-flavor-trippin/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 min 11 sec
Moogfest is a festival unlike any other. One part TED Talk, one part that record you discovered in college that blew your mind; the event’s dual focus of Future Thought and Future Sound has made it a beacon for discerning artists, festivalgoers... and Nerdy Show for six years running.During the day, theatres, classrooms, and workspaces are filled with lectures and workshops led by artificial intelligence scientists, synthesizer engineers, musicians, and even galvanizing social figures like Chelsea Manning. By night, Durham, North Carolina, becomes a cyberpunk music festival – robot-accompanied bands, A Clockwork Orange-esque montages, stages resplendent in synths and patch cables. Join Cap, Jon, and Flame On!'s Bryan on their overnight drive back to Orlando, recounting their electrifying weekend at the nerdiest festival in the world.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/05/nerdy-show-308-adventures-at-moogfest-2018Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 16 min
It's no secret: Nerdy Show loves food. And we get up to some weird, weird adventures with both eating AND making food. So, when we got a listener request to talk about Iron Chef - naturally we wanted to do far more than talk about the beloved Japanese cooking contest... we wanted to actually do it. Unfortunately our eyes were bigger than our stomach.Hear Cap, Jon, and Chrystal share plans for a "Adamantium Chef" a video series likely too crazy to see the light of day. Share some stories about Iron Chef and the anime it's influenced, and recount our latest food adventures.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18 min 11 sec
Our present is the future - and the future is a beautiful pandemonium of science so surreal that even the strangest jokes can come true.Like what, you ask? Tesla coils at a hockey game, vitamins for frogs flavored like bugs, swarms of drones foiling the FBI, squid beak meta-material being used to make bras. Which of those are real and which of those are Nerdy Show discussions gone awry? Find out when Cap, boR, Jon, and Nicky team up and go peculiar as they recount their latest adventures and the weird "sci" that's not necessarily "fi". boR tries out the HTC Vive Pro to see if it lives up to his superhuman eyeball needs and looses himself in Accounting +. Cap share's the journey so far with hormone replacement therapy and the power of choosing their own form. The gang discusses Avengers Infinity War. Oh, and Scale Watchers - those guys show up too.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/05/nerdy-show-307-squid-beak-brassiereLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 26 min
Once upon a time there was a short-lived era of gaming based specifically around empowering the user to create. The era of Mario Paint - a console game that came with a mouse, explained how to interface with your VCR, and had full illustration, music, and animation suites... all for the Super Nintendo. It's the best-known, but it wasn't alone.In this episode, Cap, Brandon, and Jon team up with Fangamer's Jazzy Boho to discuss the obscure genre of creative games. These "games" blurred the lines between children's entertainment and art applications and were made to empower users with tools only limited by their imagination and ingenuity. We share stories of software both awful and awesome from the era of 90s gaming when just about anything was possible. Their day may be done, but the legacy lives on! Jazzy is an avant-garde animator who uses Mario Paint in ways heretofore unknown to humankind - she shares some of the secrets of making her surreal and hilarious videos as well as some other retro tools of the trade.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/05/mario-paint-and-beyond-90s-creative-games-with-jazzy-bohoLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 min 51 sec
After vacations, business trips, interviews, conventions, and other mayhem - Nerdy Show's hosts are back in the studio catching up with each other and what's been going down in the nerd world.And... also... catch up with what the Japanese already know a lot about: dramatic and surreal on-going commercial narratives. Did you know that for over a decade an alien has been impersonating Tommy Lee Jones, drinking canned coffee, and doing everyman jobs in Nippon? Did you know that NO ONE can resist a looong, looong maaaan? Did you know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Giles may have started this entire phenomenon? That's not even half of it! We talk God of War, Lost in Space, Ready Player One, Pacific Rim 2, and give our two credits on everything worth doing in the past month of nerd stuff.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/04/nerdy-show-306-looong-looong-nerds/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 12 min
Cap is on the road and indulging of nerdy adventures of all sorts: music, ancient cultures, retro gaming, modern art, cuisine, and geology! But it's dangerous to go alone - they're joined by long-lost Nerdy Show hosts Colin and Luke and the trio is taking YOU along for the ride.Hear all about the "Weird Al" Yankovic concert of die-hard fan's dreams as we recap the deep cuts of his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. Learn the story of Nashville's hot chicken and the dangers therein. Go spelunking in Raccoon Mountain Caverns and explore other subterranean shenanigans. Unleash your inner DJ with Kid Koala's Satellite Turntable Orchestra... And that's just for starters! Join us for a magical mystery tour of geeky gallivanting!For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/04/nerdy-show-305-nerdy-show-in-tennessee-weird-al-kid-koalaLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 min 1 sec
Mutagen Man, Wyrm, The Pizza Thrower, The Utroms, Cudley the Cowlick... The Ninja Turtles are super weird - Awesomely unusual. IDW TMNT writers Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham are joined by Nerdy Show's Cap to celebrate the legacy of Ninja Turtles and the series' myriad mutations across all continuities. They play with action figures, thumb through old roleplaying books, and sift through the sewer of way cool mutants.Hear the story of how Donatello's perceived "death" in the comics upset parents and turned Waltz's life upside down, the joys of being both a fan AND a creator, and why we've never seen the Turtles' movies' Master Tatsu in the comics.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 min 35 sec
In the distant future there is only THE GAME. Do you have what it takes to pulverize all the other mutants, magical girls, cyborgs, and wasteoidz? Can you master the ballz?Enter: Ballmastrz: 9009, the new series from Superjail's Christy Karacas. Whereas Superjail's animation drank deep from the acid-laced waters of 60s and 70s Western animation, this new series pulls heavy from the anime well. But of course, that's not all. There's also Jodorowsky, giallo films, every dystopian sports project ever, and other peculiar pop culture ephemera in the mix. Join Cap for a conversation with Karacas about his anime influences, the possible future of Superjail, and how Ballmastrz is different from anything he's done before. For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/04/nerdy-show-interview-christy-karacas-ballmastrz-9009/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 min 24 sec
Coming to you live from North Carolina Comicon - Oak City, Cap hosts a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tell-all with series co-creator, Kevin Eastman, writer of the IDW TMNT series, Tom Waltz, and awesome artist, Ben Bishop. Whether you're a longtime fan looking to scrape the sewer for new intel or have fond, fuzzy memories of action figures and cartoons of yore - this episode's got something for you!These simultaneous creators, artists, and fans discuss TMNT history; such as how the IDW series, now the longest running Ninja Turtles comic ever, came to be. And they also tease tales to come - such as some insider info on Nickeodeon's upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the return of the John Woo-inspired book, Bodycount, and Eastman and Bishop's new indie comic, Drawing Blood. We also discuss personal favorite TMNT video games, Waltz and Bishop's TMNT origin stories, and much more.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/03/nerdy-show-interview-ninja-turtles-rise-kevin-eastman-tom-waltz-ben-bishop/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 min 48 sec
Here at Nerdy Show, we know how to make our stories come to life by taking matters into our own hands with audio dramas and comic books... but what about books? That's right, prose - sentences, paragraphs, chapters - strung into bound volumes be they physical or digital; how do you break into that scene?To help us solve this quandary, Cap and Bad Storytellers / Ghostbusters: Resurrection's Josh LaForge are joined by Alyson Grauer of the RPG podcast Warda. She's got experiences to share about breaking into independent sci-fi / fantasy publishing, in both novels and short stories, along with advice on leveling up your writing game and her personal tale of social networking her way to print.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/03/nerdy-show-microsode-independent-sci-fi-fantasy-publishingLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 min 45 sec
There IS such thing as a tesseract. A notion we take for granted here in the 21st century, but one that in 1962 made some waves - especially when it was the central focus of a children's book. Madeline L'Engle's sci-fi classic, A Wrinkle in Time, for all its hard sci-fi mixed with metaphysical fantasy, has been near-impossible to adapt in its 50+ years - but can the full weight of Disney's special effects budget and the powers of Oprah finally make some science magic happen? We've got opinions! And that's not all!Join Cap, Trench, boR, and Jon as we discuss sci-fi anime and TV you may have already watched, odd films you might not have, and some baffling new explorations in science: VR murder in the court room, vortexes on Jupiter, and Alexa laughing manically when she hears a ghost.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 6 min
What makes a "Western"? Is it the arid landscape of 1800s America? Is it the hats? Or is it something more? ...Some kind of "true grit", if you will, that gets into the boots of a story and chafes at the characters' collective psyches? In this listener-requested Microsode we might not be able to provide answers to the Big Questions in this Big Country, but we'll certainly dole out as many musings as we can muster.Join Cap and 2/3rds of the Ghostbusters: Resurrection cast: Doug, Briggs, La Forge, and Poole for a rootin' tootin' travelogue through the world of Westerns. We've got advice on where to start if you want to dive into the genre, some off-kilter observations, and advice on what to watch in every era that spurs have hit the silver screen.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/03/nerdy-show-westerns/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 min 49 sec
Time to get serious folks. Sometimes a single piece of pop culture sweeps in and sidelines an entire discussion - brushing aside all the idle chatter of the latest video game whatnot, ill-advised parody erotica, and dreams of a virtual future where theme park rides never die. Yeah, that stuff is here too. But mostly in this episode we talk about Duncan Jones' sci-fi film, Mute.Join Cap, boR, Brandon, and NeoFaust as they discuss why this sidestep sequel to Moon is one of the most cyberpunk stories to make it to film. But all is not well in the neon-drenched streets of near-future Berlin: though luminaries like legendary author William Gibson love it, Mute is getting gutted in the reviews. We share spoiler-free highs and lows of the movie and take the toxic climate of online criticism to task. There might not be hacking, razorgirls, and explosions, but if you're looking for a seedy underbelly to skulk in while wearing mirrorshades, well... this might be the film you're looking for.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/02/nerdy-show-303-as-mute-as-it-gets/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 2 min
A story of birthright, colonialism, isolationism, empowerment, and oh yeah... superheroes, Black Panther is a big step for the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a wider world. Join boR and Cap for a bite-sized and spoiler-free review that gives you the feels without the reveals. We discuss how Black Panther makes some key changes to the Marvel movie formula, where the film (and the format) falter, and where it breaks bold new ground. For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/02/nerdy-show-review-black-panther/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 min 46 sec
From far away lands, near Earth orbit, and the gutters of the Internet, we’re sourcing the finest semi-organic nuanced discussions on all things nerdy. Cap, boR, Brandon and Jess are hunting monsters, breeding monsters, and reminiscing about ranching monsters with the new games Monster Hunter World and Monster Breeder. We also dial up an old pal for his debut appearance on Nerdy Show: long time listener, first time caller, Ice Abyzz – the Icelandic fan who’s now a cast member of the acclaimed audio drama, The White Vault.We talk to Ice about his upcoming trip to NYC to do a live recording of the show, opening for The NoSleep Podcast, and also get the skinny on the hottest Icelandic fashion trend: necropants. Cap and Brandon took a co-op trip to parts unknown in Mario Odyssey, and meanwhile Jess was living it up on yet another Japanese vacation. Plus we softly and delicately bite into the Lady Doritos controversy and then get explosive about SpaceX’s grand geek gesture with the Falcon Heavy test flight. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2018/02/nerdy-show-302-monsters-rockets-necropants/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 11 min
Throughout Nerdy Show's entire nine year existence we've heralded and cautioned about the oncoming world of augmented reality - That one day the virtual world would explode out from your devices and exist forever in your field of vision atop the world as we know it. Soon you won't even need a phone. What comes next will be wearable.Join Cap, Jon, and Lightning Dogs' Max Acree as they go beyond the parlor tricks of Pokémon Go and into hands-on experiences with Microsoft Hololens' "mixed reality" workspace. We discuss where the tech is now and where it'll be in the very near future; for better or for worse. Along the way we'll also give some much needed props to forward-thinking anime, look back on mistakes of the 90s, and the likelihood of NPCs IRL.For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/02/nerdy-show-microsode-augmented-realityLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 min 59 sec
Folks, we know we don’t always set a good example. But that’s what we’re here for! Let us make mistakes, so you don’t have to. We have no shame, we have no sense of decency, we just have strong opinions about pop culture and very little restraint. Case in point: sometimes we put things in our bodies that we really, really shouldn’t. Or, as you’ll soon find out, sometimes Brandon gives a special friend an unforgettable Hanukkah.In this episode, Cap, boR, and Brandon get back to basics with sci-tech, video games, and television shows – where there’s startling discoveries all around – such as the awesomeness of Happy! and Dragon Ball Fighter Z. We give updates on how Star Trek Discovery and The Good Place are sitting with us, discuss mysterious rumors of a Diablo Quatro, share some big forthcoming changes for The Nerdy Show Network, and *gasp* learn that one of Brandon’s lies turned out to be true!For links and more info, head to the main episode page:https://nerdyshow.com/2018/01/nerdy-show-301-dont-be-a-brandon/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 27 min
By listener-request we're investigating the curious case of Dracula Untold - the 2014 film that puts a supernatural spin on Vlad the Impaler's real world origins and would have been the first installment in Universal's ill-fated cinematic universe of movie monsters. Does this new spin on a classic have enough bite to hold up against our refined tastes? Join Cap, boR, Doug, La Valle, and Chrystal as they sink their teeth into this podcast review and feature-length film commentary. We explore the background of the film's controversial tagline, "Get Sucked", and explore what would have been for the Dark Universe: why Dracula Untold became disavowed, how The Mummy put the nail in the coffin, and the ways that, in spite of everything, this surprising film might live again. Plus: our spontaneous creation of the most brilliant candy you've never tasted. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2018/01/nerdy-show-microsode-dracula-untold-film-commentaryLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 57 min