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NerdMelt Shows This Week, 2/1 to 2/7!

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Wednesday, February 1st at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani host this weekly standup show that runs red with love…. so much love. This week, the guys host Tom Wilson, John Roy, Howard Kremer and more!

$8

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Thursday, February 2nd at 8pm- The Image Comics Alpha Girl Show!

Image Comics is celebrating the release of Alpha Girl #1, their comic set in the 80s about a cosmetics company whose products turn women into lady zombies, so it’s time to laugh! Celebrate with cocktail mistresses Alie and Georgia, Sean Patton, sketch group Diani and Devine, DJ Douggpound, Steve Agee, and Margaret Cho! Come for the comedy, stay for the signing and meet and greet with the co-creators, artists, and other people involved in the making of Alpha Girl!

$8 in , $10 at the door

 

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Saturday, February 4th at 8pm- Outbreak: Undead

What’s your zombie survival plan? Find out if it will work with Outbreak: Undead, the zombie survival role playing game! On Saturday night, we’re celebrating the newest expansion of Outbreak: Undead with a zombie-themed party! Free refreshments to fuel your zombie-fighting, photo ops, zombies, demos of the game, raffles, more zombies, plus a signing from lead developer Chris De La Rosa!

Best of all, it’s FREE!

 

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Sunday, February 5th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off

Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.

FREE

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Monday, February 6th at 7:30pm (new time)- The BEATdown

Comedian Eliza Skinner and beatboxer Joshua Silverstein host 5 of Los Angeles’ finest comics and one audience volunteer in “TheBEATdown.” It’s a freestyle rap face-off decided by the audience – 6 rounds of badass one-on-one rap battles. You saw 8 Mile, right? Like that, but funnier.

$8 in , $10 at the door

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Monday, February 6th at 9:30pm- An Evening with Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick is recording an hour-long special soon, so we got lucky enough to have him for a whole evening! Come and watch the Nerdist himself practice his upcoming standup special in the intimacy of his own theater!

FREE!

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Tuesday, February 7th at 8pm- For Shame

For Shame is a show where comedians relive their most embarrassing musical choices from their youth. Watch as they share secret stories about bands they sadly were obsessed with. Then the audience will relive the horror by watching a music video from that artist as the other comedians comment on it as it plays!

With Greg Proops, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt Kirshen, and Jonah Ray!

$8 in , $10 at the door

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Adventures at NYCC

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Last year I did this really extensive 3-day coverage where I shared the experience of my first con with everyone. Unfortunately I didn’t do nearly as in-depth an overview of this year’s (nor did I go to nearly as many things as I did last year). Still, I will try to make you feel like I earned my press pass for this year’s New York Comic Con. Today is a brief overview of my weekend. Sometime this week I should be doing one or two photo posts to make you feel like you were really there with me. Explanations out of the way, let’s begin…

The con started a day early this year for press, pros, and those dedicated enough to buy the special 4-day passes that were offered. I went to pick up my press pass and walked around for a bit to get a lay of the land, as it were. The floor didn’t open til 4pm on that day, and since it would be there all weekend I decided not to stick around too long.

Friday was the real start of the con. I started my day by meeting friends briefly before going to Felicia Day’s Spotlight. This was moderated by Chris Hardwick and almost felt like a scaled-down version of his podcast. I actually really hope one or more of the panels he moderated were recorded and are eventually shared. It’s not like this is a concept that is totally unheard of for Nerdist listeners…

 

Felicia was joined by fellow Guild cohort Sandeep Pariikh. For those who are not familiar with his work, Sandeep plays Zaboo on the web series “The Guild” and also is the creator of Legend of Neil. He and Felicia have great chemistry together, most likely because of their friendship outside of The Guild. This friendship was also cited during the panel as the reason it would be super awkward if Zaboo and Codex ever dated or had to kiss again, so don’t expect too much romantic happenings between their characters anytime soon. Other things discussed at their panel included Dragon Age and what it’s like creating your own web series. The panel ended with questions from the audience, my favorite of which was the very first one – essentially asking what shows past or present the participants wished they could work on. Felicia said Game of Thrones (even though she’s not British so it’s never going to happen), Fringe, and Big Bang Theory. Personally I would love to see one or both of the last two become a reality. I think she could be excellent in either show, but especially Big Bang Theory. Her awkward, nerdy, adorableness would fit right in with the rest of the cast. Chris Hardwick answered the question by saying “The Walking Dead,” which is another thing I would love to see happen. He has such a love for that show, I think he would make an excellent guest. Even if he’s just painted up as a zombie…

 

The other panel I went to on Friday was “Inner Light,” which was a behind-the-scenes look at the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode with writer Morgan Gendel. He told the story of what it was like pitching the story as an outsider of the ST team and eventually collaborating with everyone. The rest of the panel was clips from the episode with live commentary from Gendel as we went through everything. It was a very cool experience to get inside the head of the writer and see what the whole process was like.

 

I left the con early that day to get a double dose of Nerdist podcast live. I’ll probably write about that at some point either here or on my other blog, News on Shuffle. Moving on to Day 2…

 

Saturday for me was a lot of missed connections (trying to meet fellow Nerds in Babeland-ers and members of Ghost This) and one panel – Dark Shadows. For those unaware, Dark Shadows was a television series that ran from 1966-1971. It also had 2 films and spawned a comic series. There is a new movie due out May 11, 2012 that is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp. This movie takes place in 1972, a year after the original series ended. The panel was mostly Q&A with Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott, two of the actors from the original series who also have cameos in the upcoming film. Lara could not make it to New York because of her schedule, but was able to Skype with the audience for her portion of the Q&A. They couldn’t share much, due to confidentiality clauses, but they were able to describe the sets in some detail and tell us that the movie will be a new interpretation of the old series and films. They added the new movie was still very well-done and they were both excited to be involved in the project.

Unfortunately I had to leave early on Saturday as well, so I didn’t make it to The Walking Dead or Avengers panels like I wanted to…

 

The final day of the con I spent mostly wandering the floor and trying to get as many pictures as possible of cosplay and such. I felt like there weren’t as many good costumes as last year, but still managed to get a few good shots. The highlight of the day for me was meeting Dave Marquez in Artist Alley and getting him to sign my copy of Days Missing. We also chatted a lot about the difference between NY and SD Comic Con, which was cool. He really is a genuinely nice guy, as well as an amazing artist. If you’re not familiar with his work, then please go pick up a copy of Days Missing. Not only is his artwork fantastic, but it’s also an interesting and unique story that I think will really get you thinking. Marquez won’t be doing the art for Days Missing 3, unfortunately, but he will be working on Fantastic Four next, so you can check that out as well.

That about wraps up my NYCC coverage for this year. To be honest, I think last year was overall a better experience for me because it was my first con and I spent most of it with a very good friend. I didn’t get to see as many people this year, which dampened my experience a bit. I still had a great time though and enjoyed the things I did manage to see. Plus it was all worth it just to be a fangirl for 5 minutes with one of my favorite artists. Seeing Chris Hardwick and Felicia Day in the same room didn’t hurt either…

*All photos taken by Christine Wagenheim.

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Los Angeles Nerds! This week at NerdMelt, Sept 7-13

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Wednesday, September 7th at 8:30pm – The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani host Hannibal Buress, Baron Vaughn, Rob Delaney and more!
Tickets can be purchased online or at the event – $8

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Thursday, September 8th at 8pm – Baron Vaughn’s CD Release Party!
Come celebrate the release of Baron Vaughn’s comedy album “Raised by Cable” on AST Records! Baron hosts Myq Kaplan, Margaret Cho and more!
$8 in , $10 day of show

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Saturday, September 10th at 3pm – Underground Gaming Tournament League
This all day event will be an art show/party/video game tournament featuring Mortal Kombat 9, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edtion.
Tickets can be purchased online or in person – $10

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Sunday, September 11th at 8pm – Nerdist Writers Panel Presents: The Premiere of Husbands
Come one, come all to an exclusive Nerdist Writers Panel event! We’ll be hosting a FREE premiere of the webseries “Husbands” by Jane Espenson (Buffy, Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives, Will and Grace). The show is about two gay men who are public figures that drunkenly, impulsively decide to get married one night. It’s a mistake, but because they don’t want to hurt the cause, they decide to give the marriage a shot. After the screening there’ll be a talk with Espenson and Greenstein, hosted by The Nerdist Writers Panel’s own Ben Blacker!
The show stars Cheeks, Sean Hemeon, and Caprica’s Alessandra Torresani!

Husbands: They’re doing it wrong. That’s their right. A marriage equality comedy.

FREE

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Monday, September 12th at 8pm – Jackie Kashian’s Dork Forest LIVE
Jackie Kashian invites Chris Hardwick to explore the forest and dork out on the Harry Potter world.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the show – $10

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Tuesday, September 13th at 8pm – Justin Willman’s Magic Meltdown
Magician Justin Willman and friends present a cataclysmic evening of magic and make believe.
$8 in , $10 day of show

Nerdist Podcast

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I want to go under the assumption that most nerds have heard of the Nerdist podcast, but my experience has told me that is not true.  For those of you who don’t know, Nerdist is a podcast hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick along with Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. (Editor’s Note: This blog, Nerds in Babeland, exists because of Chris Hardwick and the Nerdist/Node. We all met on the Node and our logo is inspired by the Nerdist’s sprocket logo. Just a lil trivia for you.) Until recently the podcast had new episodes once a week and featured a different guest interview which played out as more of a conversation between nerds.  The past couple of weeks have seen a second episode in the week that just has Chris, Jonah, and Matt talking about various things.  The podcast is one of my favorites and has gotten me through many shifts at my job in my University’s library.

One of my favorite episodes to date was when the current Doctor in the series Doctor Who, Matt Smith, made a very special guest appearance.  Now, I understand it just worked out really well that he was on a promotional tour (including a stop at Craig Ferguson’s show that also included host Chris Hardwick) and the whole crew was in the States anyway to film the new season, but it was still great that this special episode of Nerdist was able to happen as it did. Some of us over at Node (which is the site created by Chris to double as a street team and social networking site for nerds) have been thinking that it would be great to get David Tennant on the podcast as well.  I’m assuming Chris wouldn’t be opposed to this happening, considering he was dressed as the Tenth Doctor at the recent Gallifrey convention.

To Whovians, this would be considered

I realize it would take a lot of things falling into place correctly to turn this dream into a reality, but we figure some fan support couldn’t hurt.  We created a fan page on Facebook to get the ball rolling on this, and would really appreciate it if everyone reading this would go join.  Afterward, if you could take the simple extra step of posting it on your own pages and maybe on Twitter as well, we would owe you lots of hugs and smiles.  So please go now and take the 2-5 seconds to “like” our idea in a more public manner.

I think it’s worth noting that we have not discussed this with Chris Hardwick or anyone else at the podcast. We’re just going off an assumption that they would enjoy this if it happened. The fact that Matt Mira tweeted about it makes me believe it was a good assumption to make…

Anyway, that is the story as it stands now. The people behind the “David Tennant on the Nerdist Podcast” petition thank you greatly for your support. As Chris would say at the end of his podcast, enjoy your burrito.

Podcasts That Got Me Through 2010: #1 Nerdist

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Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

#1 Nerdist:
Oh Chris Hardwick, what can I say that I haven’t already said in previous reviews? Probably a lot, but this isn’t just about you, so I’m keeping the specific ass kissery to a minimum.

The Nerdist Podcast is a weekly installment of nerding out. Yes, it is not just a clever name. Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira (That’s My-Rah folks. Say it out loud.) sit with a new guest every week and shoot the shit. Sometimes they are talking with an actor about their process or with a comedian on the struggle to market to some towns they’re booked at. Many times it’s just Jonah licking AMC’s taint. Still, it is a great podcast to listen to. Why?

They occasionally do a live show at Largo. This makes me hate the East Coast.

I know that I have barely done it justice, but these guys sound exactly like my friends and I when we get together and talk. There is no pretense. There is no sheet full of questions that they have to get through before they can end the show. It’s just genuine conversation.

Each of the hosts has something that they talk about very often in the scope of the 51 episodes. One of them will talk Dr. Who to you until you are TARDIS blue in the face (and actually inspired me to watch the show), one will thrill you with their incredibly creepy love of zombies, and one is quiet except when talking about his weight. I think he is so friggin cute.

Still you find that even though they know things are being recorded, there may be some moments in each episode where they forget the red button is glowing because the conversation is so damn organic. I am incredibly impressed that they do not seem to edit anything out. They keep me laughing for an hour when I’m sitting at work. They quell my desire to stab.

So although this review doesn’t do the podcast justice, if you regularly read the stuff that I put out there and follow me on Twitter and think I’m funny… Subscribe to the podcast and get your mind thrice blown. If I enjoy them, and you enjoy me, then you will most likely enjoy them.

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@Molly23 and @Nerdist look different today. Hmm, more mature in a way…

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Yes, today is the birthday of both Molly Lewis and Chris Hardwick! But they’re not alone!

According to “Brainy History”, they share this day with:

1992 Miley Ray Cyrus, pop-rock singer, actress, 100 Most Influential People in the World list, Time magazine, 2008, star of Disney’s ‘Hannah Montana’, debut album, ‘Meet Miley Cyrus’ had first top ten single, ‘See You Again’
1970 Oded Fehr, born in Tel Aviv, Israel, actor, television, appeared in NBC series, UC: Undercover, films include, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Mummy Returns’
1948 Bruce Vilanch, born in New York City, New York, comedy writer, appeared regularly with Whoopi Goldberg on Hollywood Squares, appeared in Bosom Buddies, Law & Order, wrote for show Billy Crystal, Academy Awards host
1888 Harpo Marx, Adolph, New York City, actor/comedian, Marx brothers
1887 Boris Karloff, William H Pratt, Dulwich England, actor, Frankenstein
1887 Paul Malengreau, composer
1859 Billy the Kid, William H Bonney, New York City, criminal

Plus a lot more… You can find that info on their site.*

I know all the Nerds in Babeland wish you two the very best of birthdays! May today be filled with everything you want and nothing you don’t! I got a bit verbose in wishing them the best so I did two posts explaining how I was introduced to these two spectaculous** people and why you should be as enamored with them!

For Molly: Today is Molly’s 21st birthday. I am probably not the only person letting out a sigh and muttering “FINALLY!” Molly is an extremely talented musician who had some pretty rough experiences this year when asked to join in on the w00tstock fun (among other appearances). Even though she was a performer, she was not able to chill inside the venue when w00tstock held hands with SDCC the weekend of July 23-25, 2010. So, being the adventurous (and most likely bored) girl that she is… NINJA GIG outside! She took requests and hung out with people until she was able to go in to perform, then I believe she returned and chilled some more. I didn’t get to go. I was stuck on the East Coast. If anyone has vid of the NINJA GIG I would love to see it! (I keep going at this point. Too much for this double birthday post.)

For Chris: Besides his time as “Hard” (of Hard’N’Phirm), Chris also has his hands in many other pots. So many, I’m thinking he’s part octopus. An octopus with pots of something. Chris writes for Wired, hops into reviews for G4′s AOTS most recently sporting an admirable lipwarmer (That’s a mustache, ya’ll), hosts Web Soup on the G4, rocks the stand-up stage, tweets like a maniac, live-actions (Yep. I just made that a verb.) in some stuff and lets Rob Zombie kill him, does a lot of voiceworks, hosts his own podcast, blogs for his own website, and co-birthed a nerdsourcing website that he provides bandwidth for. (Once again.. I keep going.)

So Happy Birthday Chris and Molly! If I knew how to make this, I would send each one of you a shark car. Because… Well… It’s awesome.

* By the way Jules… I’m so happy you introduced us to this Curate thing. It’s wicked friggin shiny. I’m going to abuse the heck out of it.
** I use made up words. But… If you watch BSG, you should be used to that already.

The Nerdist meets Mr. Sulu – Photoshop Contest

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*points to the picture*

Mr. Hardwick and Mr. Takei…they would make awesome companions.

That is all.

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