I have a preference for longer form podcasts, especially since the hours of my day job can be a little too quiet even for me. And while there are definitely some long podcasts out there that I enjoy, I always find myself constantly checking for updates for You Made it Weird. One of the many podcasts under the Nerdist Podcast Network umbrella, host Pete Holmes has unedited conversations with comics, actors, and others about the more awkward parts of life. Some of the usual topics include romantic relationships, family, religion, politics, and comedy. You know, everything you’re forbidden to talk about at the dinner table and therefore really wants to talk about all of that with everybody. This is the perfect podcast for that catharsis.
What episode to start with: “Paul F. Tompkins.”
Maybe I chose this episode because I just listened to it today. And maybe, in addition to that, I find Paul F. Tompkins to be an adorable, dapper funny man. Even so, I feel like this episode is a great summation of what the podcast is in general. Pete and Paul talk about life as stand-up comics, Paul’s experience on the film There Will Be Blood, the discovery that they could just leave a party they didn’t like, Tompkins’s marriage and Holmes’s divorce, and the question of whether or not believing in something is a choice. Plus, this is one of the episodes that is a great lesson in the use of callbacks.
Running time: 1 hour, 43 minutes. That’s actually relatively short considering how long these episodes can run. (For comparison, “Kumail Nanjiani Returns” runs 2 hours, 33 minutes. The longest episode so far is “David O’Doherty” at 3 hours, 40 minutes! What?!)
KC Ryan is currently a Level Three student at DCH. An office worker by day, she spends her nights writing, improvising, recording podcasts, and having existential crises. She’s a co-host of Parsec Award-nominated podcast Anomaly Supplemental about general sci-fi and fantasy topics. Her greatest achievement so far is convincing her husband to watch Project Runway.