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A podcast hosted by Saturday Night Live alumnus, Gary Kroeger and co- hosted by TV Director Ken Ceizler. Their interviews are casual, witty and reflect their authentic curiosity about the guest area of expertise or experience. They also tackle serious issues like; who has the right of way? A person in a wheelchair or a mom pushing a stroller? Guest have included many notable figures in the entertainment world including: "Saving Private Ryan" Producer Mark Gordon, Actor/Writer/Director Brad H ...
 
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Rejoice! It's the season 48 premier of SNL and the Nerds are here to talk all about it! First time host, Miles Teller! Third time musical guest, Kendrick Lamar! Join Darin and John as they break down everything from the new logo to the new cast members to the sketches that worked to the many, many MANY sketches that didn't! Meta cold opens! Celebri…
 
David Fury started out in comedy, so how did he end up writing and producing shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “24”, "Lost”, "911”, "Magnum P.I" and “Lethal Weapon”? And the other question you may have is: “why did we interview Ken’s dear friend Laura Foy right before Hurricane Ian hit” and how that might have not been a great idea.…
 
On this episode, John & Darin are joined by comedian/writer/actor/ all-around good dude, Tommy Ray to talk about the DEFINITIVE buddy cop movie of the 80's, Running Scared with Billy Crystal & Gregory Hines! Chicago! Dan Hedaya! A young Jimmy Smits! Cops GROSSLY abusing their authority! BILLY! CRYSTAL! WITH! ABS! Michael McDonald's timeless banger …
 
On today's episode, Darin & John complete their Austin Powers journey and talk all about the 2002 smash hit Austin Powers in Goldmember! Dr. Evil! Mini-Me! Fat Bastard! Beyonce! Michael Caine! NUMEROUS problematic cameos! A character whose name is in the title yet has very little to do with the actual movie! It's all here! We break down this final …
 
Jon Hamm is starring in a new Fletch movie, so that's as good as reason as any for John and Darin to revisit the original Fletch movie starring Chevy Chase! Can a sarcastic reporter with a penchant for disguises get to the bottom of drug dealing at the beach and why Tim Matheson wants Fletch to kill him? How does Movie Fletch compare to Book Fletch…
 
With this week's announcement of the departures of Alex Moffat, Melssa Villaseñor, and Aristotle Athari, Darin and John take some time to discuss their tenures on SNL, who had a good run and who got screwed, what these departures mean for the show, and look ahead to Season 48. Celebrate over 200 episodes of SNL Nerds by backing our Patreon!…
 
Howdy Neighbor! We're dropping this special bonus episode of the SNL Nerds recent appearance on the Fade Out podcast where they discuss the life of John Belushi and his final film, Neighbors. Along with Fade Out host, Rob Kelly, the nerds dive deep into this infamous, bizarre, mostly forgotten film and all the behind-the-scenes drama that went alon…
 
On today's episode, the Nerds stretch the definition of what counts as an SNL-related movie and geek out all over the flick that kicked off the MCU, 2008's "Ironman"! Joined by special guest and film critic, Zaki Hasan, they deep dive into the film that revitalized Robert Downey Jr's career, gave us one of the best comic book movies of the late aug…
 
It's our 200th episode extravaganza as Darin and John interview SNL cast member Gary Kroeger, who talks about everything from Superman to Needleman! Tales of Eddie Murphy, Andy Kaufman, and Joe Piscopo! Peeing next to celebrities! Playing Reggie in Archie: To Riverdale and Back! Plus, which SNL host stole an anecdote from Gary? Find out on an All-N…
 
John and Darin revisit the 1985 cult classic based on the board game, Clue, starring Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, and Colleen Camp! Multiple murders! Multiple endings! Hilarity ensues! Plus, Clue's lying IMDb Trivia Page! Here's some extra bonus trivia that got left out…
 
Darin and John watch Man on the Moon, a biopic about Andy Kaufman, the only performer ever voted off SNL! Jim Carrey stars as the eccentric funnyman, with Lorne Michaels, David Letterman, Jerry Lawler, and the cast of Taxi playing themselves from 20 years ago, and Danny DeVito playing... Andy Kaufman's manager?!? (It makes sense in context. Sorta.)…
 
It's John's 50th birthday, so John and Darin are watching one of the greatest rockumentaries of all time, 1984's This Is Spinal Tap! Bask in the comedic glory that is Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer with armadillos in their trousers! Stonehenge! Big Bottoms! Going to 11! News about the upcoming sequel! It's all here…
 
Darin and John have watched a TON of SNL movies for the podcast, so this week we're watching a swiftly-canceled TV show inspired by SNL, Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip! Joining us is Sorkin fan supreme, Reenie Nayden of The Fangirl's Dilemma! Together we unpack the insanity of the series that starts out as behind the scenes at a sketc…
 
It's the six year anniversary of 2016's Ghostbusters, so John & Darin are watching it for the first time, with Ghostbusters (and SNL Nerds) fan supreme Joanna Maharaj! Melissa McCarthy! Kristen Wiig! Kate McKinnon! Leslie Jones! Chris Hemsworth! Cecily Strong! Cameos from the original cast! Running gags about the proper amount of wontons! El DeBarg…
 
Inspired by recent (horrible) events, Darin & John watch 2014's Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate! Slate stars as a comedian who decides to get an abortion when she becomes pregnant after a one night stand. With Jake Lacy, Gabby Hoffman, Richard Kind, and David Cross. Plus, is it acceptable to put honey in spaghetti sauce? Find out on an All-New …
 
John & Darin close out Pride Month by watching Joel Kim Booster & Bowen Yang in the new film Fire Island, with our guest, comedian Calvin Cato! It's a fun, freewheeling discussion as we talk online recon in the dating world, party drugs, the Bechdel Test, and Jane Austin's Pride & Prejudice (OOOOH!!! PRIDE and Prejudice! I JUST got that!!! Wow, thi…
 
The Summer SNL Movie Marathon continues as John & Darin watch Bill Murray's film debut, Meatballs! Starring Bill Murray and... um, some other people! (Seriously, I watched this film 24 hours ago & I can't remember anyone else who was in it. Chris... Makepeace? Maybe?) Summer camp hijinks! Bill Murray being awesome! The insanity of producer John Dun…
 
It's the start of summer, so Darin & John are going on vacation! National Lampoon's Vacation, that is. Starring former SNL cast member Chevy Chase, future SNL cast members Randy Quaid & Anthony Michael Hall, and former SNL featured player Brian Doyle-Murray. Plus, Beverly D'Angelo and gratuitous nudity. What was the original ending like? Should Chr…
 
John and Darin are joined by Jon Schneider from The SNL Network as they watch The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks, the new documentary about the Canadian comedy troupe that Lorne Michaels brought to TV! How did they come together in the '80s? Why'd they break apart in the '90s? And how did they come back together in the 2000s? Plus, kick-ass theme s…
 
Once again, Gary & Kenny go off-script because neither of them can memorize a script anymore. But they did remember their time doing comedy specials at UCLA, San Quentin Prison and at Miramar Air Base, home of the “Top Gun” pilots. Also Gary tells about his role in the “Fantasticks” and Kenny tells about his barbecue with the cult family next door.…
 
Darin and John have been reviewing SNL all year, so what are they doing now that season 47 is all over? MORE REVIEWING with BONUS SNL reviewer Dennis Perkins of Paste Magazine and the AV Club! Darin, John, & Dennis discuss the good and the bad of SNL in 2021-2022, the comings and goings in the cast, and each pick their top sketches of the year! Plu…
 
You know him. You love him. He was one of the original “Make Me Laugh” comics along side Bob Sagat, Gary Shandling and Howie Mandel. He shared the stage with Robin Williams, Richard Pryor and our own Gary Kroeger. The man who gave birth to “Baby Man”…Ladies and gentleman and all you non-binaries out there…we give you Bruce Baum!…
 
John and Darin watch the S47 finale as Natasha Lyonne hosts, Japanese Breakfast musical guests, and Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, and Peter Davidson all LEAVE! What, do you need more? Is that not enough for you? Aliens! High school flashbacks! 9 to 5 parodies for some reason! Plus, why Jared Leto is an asshole, all on an All-New SNL Nerd…
 
It was a twisted road that brought Producer Laurie Zaks success. It began giving tours at NBC, a few stopovers at Comedy Central and CBS before she developed and produced the mega-hit “Castle”. She now helms her own production company with a very specific mission. Before we spoke with Laurie, Gary and Kenny debate where Garys’ career went off the r…
 
Selena Gomez and Post Malone come to Studio 8H to guest on their first episode of Saturday Night... Something. (It'll come to us.) Darin and John go through all of it, plus discuss the Kids in the Hall's return, the announcement for Spinal Tap II, the host for SNL's season finale, and consider filing missing person reports on Pete and Aristotle. It…
 
It's SNL's Mother's Day show, so who better to host than Dr. Strange? Benedict Cumberbatch returns for his second hosting gig, and Arcade Fire are musical guests for their fifth time. But there's no Five Timers Club for musical guests, because SNL is prejudiced. YEAH, I SAID IT!!! Chain gangs! Relaxing toilets! Chuck E. Cheese techno bands! Plus, J…
 
He went from Madtv to Saturday Night Live. His character“Drunk Girl” was a regular on “Weekend Update”. With his own repertoire of characters and impersonations it turned out the only cast he really needed was himself. Which he showcases on the aptly named “The Jeff Richard’s Show”. Enjoy our candid conversation with Jeff and a few of his celebrity…
 
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