My Nerdist episode is online!

By Phil Plait | March 8, 2012 10:26 am

On March 2, 2012, I was the guest on the live Nerdist podcast recorded in Boulder, my hometown. We did the show to a full house (700+ folks) and had a lot of fun. And now, for your brain-melty pleasure, the episode is now online!

Now listen — and I’m serious here — this podcast is Not Safe For Work. I mean seriously and holy cow really really NSFW. There is much swearing, and much humor that would not be fit for primetime TV, say. I’m only marginally sweary, but Chris, Matt Mira, and Jonah Ray — the Nerdist crew — are very much so. And before anyone calls child services on me, in the podcast Jonah misspoke: my daughter is in fact older than 14, and she’s a big fan of the podcast.

Anyway, it was a great experience. I’ve known Chris for a few years now, and finally got a chance to meet Matt and Jonah, who were funny and lovely. And the audience! They were amazing. I could tell they were having a good time, and afterwards the line to talk to the Nerdist folks was so long we were there until nearly 2:00 a.m. And man, do they love Chris — they brought presents, drawings, Dalek cupcakes… it was amazing.

If you’re curious about the topics we covered, we went over marijuana, living in Boulder, conspiracy theories, the Transformers movies, the Moon Hoax, my work on Hubble, poop jokes, life as a nerd, supernovae, quantum superposition, colors in Hubble pictures, Fiske planetarium, and much more. Come to think of it, I’m surprised in hindsight we didn’t totally dork out over Star Trek and Doctor Who! That’s actually pretty shocking.

So, if you’re not easily offended, gird your ears and give it a listen. And I hope, given the caveats, you enjoy your burrito.


Comments (15)

  1. If people are offended by that sort of language, I suppose they can stuff the buritos in their ears?

  2. Wayne on the Plains

    Thanks for the warning, I will not be listening to this one. Folks will no doubt call me a prude, but I just don’t enjoy gratuitous cursing, I simply don’t get it. For example, I really love Penn & Teller when they’re being PG, but when Penn is allowed to cut loose I just don’t enjoy listening to it. It seems like people do it just to be culturally rebellious, like why most teens take up smoking, but neither has any appeal for me. I’m all for people being allowed to say whatever they want, but I’m sad that otherwise I probably would have really enjoyed this podcast.

  3. @Wayne on the Plain: Prude.
    Just kidding, everybody draws their own line on such things, and as long as people don’t try to draw MY line, I’m happy. I’m a little bit the same way as you, I kind of cringe when the swearing gets to be “too much” (relative to my own line). I’m not offended by it. Just not impressed. But I’ll give this a listen.

  4. midorinosaru

    LOVED the podcast. I squeed like a thing that squees when I saw it on iTunes. Pigs? Tween girls? Anyway, there was squeeage. And much laughter. Thank you so much!

  5. Alex Scouten

    Just listened, hillarious, informative and LONG overdue! Nice job Dr!

  6. Phil

    Nedist! Plait!

    It’s like witnessing the birth of a beautiful comedy-science baby…

  7. eddie

    Yeah, the language was a little over the top, but that didn’t stop it from being great, and VERY funny. Great job, Phil. Between this and the Craig Ferguson appearance, you are really honing your comedy chops.

  8. Guysmiley

    That was a hilarious episode of the podcast! I listen to it regularly and Matt Mira is a for-real astronomy fan, it was pretty fun listening to you two wave your… knowledge… around.

  9. Thomas Siefert

    You mean the kind of language you used when you came back from the UK and the bad influence of Brian Cox?

  10. @Larian, are they enjoying those buritos?

  11. Jeffersonian

    Wish I could have made it to this the other night. It wasn’t until you said “burrito” that I went “oh, it’s Chris Hardwick“! Wish they would have compressed/edited it so it isn’t 61 dang megs.

  12. Bill

    As a regular follower of both the Nerdist Podcast and your blog, I was very excited when I saw this episode listed on the Nerdist RSS feed and it lived up to expectations :)

  13. Robert

    Oh my god, this podcast was hilarious. I lost it at the Q&A section with the high school kid.

  14. Marc JX8P

    Oh man, that was funny! Great show and great guest performance by you!


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