I watched a podcast show called, The Nerdist. It first started in 2010 and is hosted by Chris Hardwick who is usually also accompanied by Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. The podcast now has over 600 episodes. It is a weekly comedic interview show about an hour in length, featuring well-known guests such as comedians, entertainers and actors, but the whole podcast is centered on, “what it really means to be a nerd.” In their interviews they discuss not only their guest’s lives, but also in a jovial manner they discuss corky things about these people most people don’t know. For example, in an episode I watched, they chatted about how they thought it was amusing kids like to watch YouTube videos about toys and younger generations watch videos about video games instead of actually playing them.
From a storytelling perspective, there wasn’t much of what seemed like a structured script or specific questions they had for their guests, other than the overarching theme of nerdy topics. Also, since it was more of a talk show, there were hardly any sound effects besides their opening theme song. I was surprised they didn’t incorporate more sound into their podcast, given their theme, I think adding clips from what they’re discussing could really add more interest and character to their narrative. However, I did think they did a very good job in creating a nonchalant, conversational atmosphere and their personalities on air were entertaining. I can see how some people would really enjoy listening to them and subscribing to their podcasts, but it’s not something I would listen to on a regular basis. They have a great idea and topic, but I think there is a lot more they could add and incorporate into their show to make it more captivating for the listener.