It is Podcast Month which means that we will be bringing you all the fun shows you should be carrying around in your back pocket on a phone. Today we are talk to a podcast that is focussed on all things nerdy and with some of the biggest superhero films being released this year it’s the perfect time to jump on board the Nerdfest train. I sat down with Jon to find out all about the show.
Hello Jon! Can you tell us a little bit about the team behind Nerdfest?
We are a group of friends, many from an improv background, who spent quite a lot of time chatting about our favourite films, TV shows etc. After a few beers in the pub one night we thought a podcast would be a fun thing to try out and before we knew it we were sat in front of microphones making a semi-drunken idea a reality.
What is the show all about?
Our main focus is genre film and TV, such as the latest science fiction or comic book films, but we cover whatever is of interest to us – we’ve talked about comic books, computer games and even stand up comedy gigs in the past.
How do you decide what each of the episodes are about?
We look at what a couple of us have seen recently and want to talk about , often a new movie, and then combine that with our regular features.
What is the best thing about recording a podcast?
Making each other laugh – we think of we are enjoying ourselves then the audience probably is too.
What is the most challenging?
Keeping on topic and making sure the episodes are a reasonable length – we can often find we’ve been chatting for 2 or 3 hours!
Are there any plans or have there been any live versions of your show?
Not yet, although we would love to once we have built up a following to justify it!
Do you have to cut a lot out of your podcasts or do you tend to keep it raw and quite fluid?
We like to keep it quite fluid, but with some editing for mistakes and length. If the conversation is too edited it’s easy to lose the fact that you are essentially listening in on a conversation between friends.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting a podcast?
Do it! But make sure you have decent microphones!
What make you different to other podcasts out there?
Some of our features , such as film bluff or film buff (which one of three nerdy facts is made up) or shameful gap (in which one of our podcasters watched a famous cult film or TV show for the first time)
What other podcasts are you a fan of and why?
“No such thing as a Fish” managed the rare combination of being funny and informative. “Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast” is always entertaining and has a good range of guests.
If people want to find out more about you where can they find you on social media?
Twitter : @nerdfestuk
Facebook : /nerdfestuk
What are your aims for your podcast in 2018?
To keep entertaining our audiences and have a good time!
Finally in three words why should people listen to your show?
Fun, free, nerdy.