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Dumb Nerds: Comedians Talking About Smart Topics They're Too Dumb For
94 minutes | May 29, 2018
69. Star Trek: The Next Generation & Feelings? with Jason Kaye
Comedian Jason Kaye unleashes his nerdiness for “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. Sit back and listen to why he thinks this “Space M*A*S*H” show is the best with a fun cast of characters, deep philosophical exploration on ethics, emotions, sci-fi and more. Jason also shares some of his personal favorite episodes and the "science" behind getting beamed up by Scotty. Host Cassi Jerkins and Jason also talk about the best ways to take in a museum, how people are not having kids in the US, a one night stand with Robert De Niro, middle names and more. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
67 minutes | May 22, 2018
68. Don’t Join a Cult! (But Join Our Cult) with Anna Hossnieh
Cults! They’re a real, crazy, crazy thing and guest Anna Hossnieh (Ethnically Ambiguous Podcast) and host Cassi Jerkins get into some of the biggest cults in the history of the US. They talk about the Rajneeshies, the Branch Davidians, the latest sex cult NXIVM and more. They wonder where exactly does an organization cross the cult line... Like is Scientology a cult? What about Mormonism? Or actor Andrew Kegan’s religious group, “Full Circle”? They even argue that moving to LA is pretty cult-y. LA peeps, you know you’ve caught yourself on a cleanse chanting “I love juice!” That's pretty cult-y. Anna and Cassi also dive into their love of true crime, how working for reality TV is a nightmare and provide hot tips on how to avoid getting into a cult. (Just get a therapist who wears regular clothes.) Enjoy! PS Gyspy Rose Blancharde and her Munchausen by proxy mother was the case we were blanking on names. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
73 minutes | May 15, 2018
67. Lessons Learned from "The Twilight Zone" with Jeremy Schmidt
Everything you ever wanted to know about the dimension as vast and as timeless as infinity, the middle ground between light and shadow, science and superstition… you get what we're getting at, it’s everything you wanted to know about “The Twilight Zone” with guest, Jeremy Schmidt (Reality Bits Podcast)! Host Cassi Jerkins and Jeremy get into Jeremy’s love for the show and how badass Rod Sterling is. Before this ep, Cassi only knew Rod Sterling as the host of “The Twilight Zone”. She didn’t know he's the creator and wrote over 80 episodes of the show! That’s incredible. They discuss “The Twilight Zone” movies, the upcoming reboot by Jordan Peele and some of their favorite TTZ episodes. They also talk about spirituality, relationships, Buddhism, 3rd Rock from the Sun and more. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
64 minutes | May 8, 2018
66. Audio (Recording & Mixing Music) & Children’s Entertainment with Megan McIver & Terence Deutsch
Megan McIver & Terence Deutsch are a creative power couple. Megan’s passion for children’s entertainment, bubble-ology, composing music and podcasting about “Sex and the City” (Cosmos and the City podcast) meshes well with Terence’s love of all things audio. Host Cassi Jerkins’ interest really peaks when the conversation turns to audio for specifically recording and mixing music tracks. She mines Terence and Megan’s brains for hot tips on how to record music to make it sound the very best. This is an experimental episode that takes a turn for the dumb and nerdiest. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | May 1, 2018
65. YouTube Food Videos with Nikhil Deshpande
We’ve all been down a YouTube rabbit hole but have you done it with YouTube food videos? Super great and fun guest Nikhil Deshpande (Reality Bites Podcast) highly recommends it! He goes into detail of all the different types of food videos that are out there on YouTube - cooking tutorials, competitive eating, hipsters and grizzly men BBQing, chefs highly skilled at chopping and more. He gives some great recommendations of channels to check out from Gordon Ramsay to Matt Stonie. Host Cassi Jerkins and Nikhil also get off track talking about wrestling, party etiquette, people who make their beds vs those who don’t and Dexter. Cassi also tries to get Nikhil to adopt a cat. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Apr 24, 2018
64. Puppets & Dark Comedy with Rob Gentile
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a puppeteer? Guest Rob Gentile (Soul Pancake) and host Cassi Jerkins are two puppeteers who reveal all the weird tips and tricks on how to puppeteer and build your own puppets, along with weird stories of working on kids shows sets, making puppets out of garbage and infusing dark comedy into the world of puppets. Rob and Cassi also share the uncomfortable reality of puppeteering for film from crouching in weird places, cutting holes out of chairs and laying on skateboards. It’s a weird puppet world, enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
79 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Pranks, Cars & The Art of Moving and Packing with Cory P Willis
It’s an amazing episode of pranks and surprises with the great and wonderful Cory P Willis! (Talkin’ Babies podcast, UCB) Cory surprises host Cassi Jerkins with his topic of packing and moving. Cory gives hot tips on how to make moving efficient and not the dreaded nightmare we all think it to be. They also take some twists and turns talking about Cory’s love of cars and one day having a dream garage, Cassi’s love of pranks and cats, along with bonding over their love of living in Los Angeles, growing up with siblings and being on the improv team, Hot Hot Goss, together! This is a silly episode guaranteed to warm your heart. (Sorry, we didn’t help you move, Jeremy.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
69 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
62. Podcasting about Podcasting with Andrew Ti, July Diaz and Cody Ziglar
Get everything you’ve ever wanted to know about podcasting with Dumb Nerds host Cassi Jerkins as she sits down with some podcasting movers and shakers! This a special crossover ep with “The 2nd Team Podcast” hosted by the great podcasting king Cody Ziglar. Cassi and Cody talk with Andrew Ti (Yo, Is This Racist? podcast) and July Diaz (Trends with Benefits, Earwolf Episodes Coordinator) about their experience with podcasting over the past 5 plus years. Everyone offers great advice on what it’s like to host and/or produce a podcast, tips on how to start one (or why you shouldn’t), how to make your show sound good and how to make it a super fun, interesting and engaging show! If you love podcasts, this is a super nerdy ep for you! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
76 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
61. Animation & that Evil Magical Corporation with Michael Rosenbaum
What goes into making the cartoons we grew up watching and continue to enjoy into adulthood? Guest Michael Rosenbaum (Socratica Kids) is super nerdy about animation and has been a good friend of Dumb Nerds host Cassi Jerkins for over 8 years. They bonded over performing improv and puppetry together. They now work together on the YouTube channel, Socratica Kids, that makes science videos for kids using puppets and animation. Michael has been drawing since he was a kid and now does animation. He goes into great detail about how he was drawn to cartoons as a kid and continued to be while other kids we're getting into the "Backstreet Boys", to learning software like Toon Boom to become an animator. He also knows a lot about Disney, their animation department and how many animation companies like Pixar have exploded over the years to make great films we adore like “Toy Story” and more. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
60 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
60. Where Are Our Alien Friends? The Fermi Paradox with Josiah Jenkins
Aliens. What do you think? Are they out there? The Fermi Paradox raises a very puzzling belief that there should be and yet we have no evidence. The Fermi Paradox was named after physicist Enrico Fermi and he theorizes that based on all the billions of stars in the galaxy, trillions in the universe, there must exist planets similar to Earth that contains life and yet we have no proof there is. All we have heard out there is silence. So does this silence mean we’re all alone? Or have Earthlings and other alien species not evolved enough to possess the ability to properly communicate with each other? Guest Josiah Jenkins (The 8 Dollar Game Show podcast) and Cassi Jerkins discuss the many different theories that explore the Fermi Paradox. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
59. Sneaker Life with Hal Rudnick
Hal Rudnick (Screen Junkies, UCB) has been plugged into sneaker culture since grade school and today he has over 45 pairs and an entire wall into his room just to store his sneakers. Pretty cool, right?! Cassi is not a shoe person and reveals she's wearing a pair of boring flip flops during the recording. Cassi is fascinated by how much sneakers is a staple for athletes and hip hop artists, she also had no idea that there are sneaker conventions! This is a really fun and educational ep; Hal brings his A game and a pair of super fly kicks! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | Mar 6, 2018
58. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Weikei Yu
Are you a psychology nerd? Comedian/Psychology major Weikei Yu is on to talk about a psychological disorder that is very near and dear to him, obsessive compulsive disorder. Weikei talks about what it’s like to have obsessive compulsive disorder and Cassi opens up to show that we all got issues. We’re all going to be ok! So come enjoy this ep! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
66 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
57. Will Hines & How Griffith Park is Named After a Man Who Attempted to Murder His Wife
Like he shot her in the face, she lost her eye and he went to prison for only 2 years? Yep, that’s a thing that happened and comedian Will Hines (Screw it, We’re Going to Talk about Spiderman Podcast) comes on to talk about Griffith J Griffith! Griffith was a the very rich philanthropist who got his money from mining in the late 1800s and was considered a rockstar for his time. He seemed like he had it all together, then he tried to kill his wife, Mary Agnes Christina Mesmer . This dark topic gets Will and Cassi to talk about whether it’s ok that Griffith Park is still named after him along with whether it’s ok to enjoy things that were created or backed by bad people. It’s an interesting discussion with lots of twists and turns. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
68 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
56. Nintendo 64 with da Boys from Convince Me Podcast
Ben Cassil and Thayer Frachette from the “Convince Me” podcast stop by Dumb Nerds to talk about their love for Nintendo 64! It’s a video game console that was a turning point in gaming history and a big part of all of their lives growing up. Ben, Thayer and Cassi reminisce on when they first got to play a Nintendo 64, their favorite N64 games (Mario Kart) along with chatting on AIM and watching Saturday Night Live with Will Ferrell, Tim Meadows and Chris Kattan. They also wonder if their old favorite comedy movies still hold up. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
71 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
55. Online Dating with Married Man Rian Kountz
Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you single and curious about online dating? Are you happily married and missed the online dating craze? Or maybe you’re somewhere in between. Well guess what? This episode is for you! The hilariously wonderful Rian Kountz (Whatsacreative Director of Audience Development) comes on Dumb Nerds to talk about how he met his wife through online dating! What? Can you believe it? He provides some real great tips on how to make online dating fun and practical while finding your one and only. Cassi squirms in her emotionally unavailable singleness making this episode more of a fun time. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
68 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
54. Adoption and Why You Should Adopt A Nerdy 12 Year Old with Meg Joh
Writer and comedian Meg Joh comes on to talk about adoption! Meg and her two sisters are adopted. She shares her firsthand experience to show how great adoption has been for her and her family. She thinks how everyone should consider it! She goes into detail about some of the different types of adoption and points out discrimination towards adoption that is still present throughout the world. We should try and change that. Cassi also discovers she wants to adopt a nerdy 12 year old who loves cats. This is a very thoughtful and fun episode. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
53. Amelia Earhart: More Than A F*ing Mystery & Now a Musical! With Manny Hapogian & Heather Woodward
Amelia Earhart was a freakin’ badass woman. How much do you know about her? Does your knowledge go beyond her disappearance? Guests Manny Hagopian and Heather Woodward know how wonderful she is and celebrate how much she did for flight milestones, women’s rights and more. Manny even wrote a musical about her and Heather is playing Amelia! So sit down and enjoy Manny and Heather share how great Amelia is. For instance, Amelia help start “The Ninety-Nines”, an international organization made up of women pilots who promote the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and more. It was started in 1929 and is still active today. So cool! This is a great episode that’s going to make you want to come out to the Rockwell in Los Angeles and check out Manny and Heather’s musical “Earhart: More Than A F*ing Mystery”! Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
52. Sonic the Hedgehog & Poor Theme Park Designs with Minhdzuy Khorami
The Dumb Nerds Podcast is taking another trip down memory lane with writer Minhdzuy Khorami by getting nerdy about the video game character and icon, Sonic the Hedgehog! Minhdzuy talks about the history of Sonic, the many different Sonic video games, the TV show and the still running Sonic comic strip. So much Sonic! Cassi talks about how she was too poor to get on the Sega train and did a newspaper route. Minhdzuy and Cassi get off track by bonding over their shared interest in bad theme park designs. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
84 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
51. The JFK Assassination Rabbit Hole with Luke Wienecke
The JFK Assassination. One of the biggest moments in American history. Where were you? Probably not born! Guest Luke Wienecke and host Cassi Jerkins were also not born yet but they are both fascinated with the tragic events that took place on November 22, 1963 when President John F Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Join Luke and Cassi as they rehash the events and discuss various conspiracy theories around this infamous event. It’s an episode that will make you want you to stay up until 3:30 in the morning going down the JFK Assassination rabbit hole. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
73 minutes | Jan 9, 2018
50. Gettin’ Nostalgic on Nickeloden Game Shows with Charlie Mihelich
Were you a 90s kid? Or ever wonder what it was like to be a 90s kid? Spoiler: It was pretty great! One of the best part was the TV channel Nickeloden. You had great shows like “Rugrats”, “Hey Arnold”, “Rocco’s Modern Life”, Nick at Night and of course we can’t forget Nickeloden game shows! There were so many game shows just for kids! GUTS, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Double Dare, Figure it Out and so much more! Comedian Charlie Mihelich (Dumb Nerds Terminator ep) returns to get nostalgic with Cassi about what their favorite game shows were, which game show they dreamed of competing on as well as getting off track to talk about their new favorite toy, The Movie Pass. It’s changing their life, allowing them to be caught up on all the latest theatre hits and it’s also making them hyper aware of movie theatre etiquette. This is fun episode to sit back and reminisce on entertainment and 90s life. Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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