The Nerdist (TV show) | BBC America
I am such a huge fan of comedy.
Over the past few years, my appreciation for comedy has grown exponentially. Maybe it was my visit to Second City and the UCB during my three-month venture of the US, or maybe it was being surrounded by such wonderful and hilarious movie buffs for the past three years, but, ugh, my love has moved so far beyond watching the occasional SNL episode, or having a few staple TV shows to watch every week.
It’s a problem, you guys.
And I don’t, in any way, consider myself some sort of comedy aficionado~, nor do I feel I could ever do improv, write, or do stand-up - but man, I just find that making people laugh is so much harder than evoking such deep emotion through drama, and humour seems to bring people together in such an interesting way.
Well, guys, my latest obsession: The Nerdist. I was first introduced to The Nerdist podcast last year, when their interview with Anna Kendrick started to circulate. The interview was so raw, hilarious, and grounding. The platform presents such a relaxed environment, and though the hour-long format may seem deterring at first, it really just allows for a more interesting conversation. With each interview, they explore many different levels and avenues of geekery in such a hilarious way - allowing the interviewee to guide the discussion, and thrash out whatever pop culture they enjoy. And though the interview with Anna Kendrick was just so wonderful in itself, what I found so utterly appealing was how the interviewers never exude any sense of superiority or holier-than-thou attitude in regards to their own knowledge of pop-culture. They are accepting, and just genuinely seem interested in what others have to say. I, for one, have always felt somewhat uncomfortable with my own ‘geeky’ interests (for lack of a better phrase), and that’s not as to say that I have ever felt embarrassed by whatever I like, but rather, I never feel my immediate circle of friends are ever interested in the type of pop-culture I consume. The Nerdist have created such an open and welcoming format, and every one of their podcasts are just so engaging. Honestly, each episode makes me love their show that little bit more, and I always form such a greater appreciation for whomever they interview.
And who thought my love for Anna Kendrick could grow any stronger?
Anyway, I recently discovered that The Nerdist now have their own TV show on BBC America (yes, I know, I’m quite behind the times), and their latest episode with the lovely Ben Schwartz and Elijah Wood just absolutely slays, so it looks like I have yet another show to add to my weekly rounds.