Friday, April 27, 2012

My Nerdist Writers Panel podcast is now up

Hello, from Santa Barbara where I'm speaking at a writers conference at UCSB.  Last month I participated in a very worthwhile program -- the Nerdist Writers Panel.   On the panel with me was Bill Lawrence (SCRUBS, COUGAR TOWN), and Richard Hatem (GRIMM).   It was a GREAT session.  Everyone was funny and informative -- even me at times.  

The podcast of that session is now available along with their other podcasts.  They're worth checking out.   Here's where you go.  I'm podcast 36 (the most recent one).  Enjoy!


Kati said...
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Kati said...

I LOVE Nerdist Writers Panel! I found it soon after moving here and it's been such a terrific resource, both for information as well as encouragement. It's loads more thorough and up-to-date than a lot of books I've read on breaking into the industry. It seems to be growing in popularity too, which makes me wonder if the podcast might start influencing typical TV show procedures and not just tipping off listeners to what those procedures are. For example, the last couple months the panel has recommended submitting pilots on spec instead of scripts of already existing shows - either this is the trend now, or they're helping it become the trend.
For anyone interested, Making it with Riki Lindhome is pretty good too, and Alec Baldwin just started a podcast that might grow some beard. These are more general podcasts and the guests are actors, producers, directors, etc.
Ken, really looking forward to listening to it! I'm glad you had a good time there. Meltdown is such a cool place.

Johnny Walker said...

Cannot wait to listen to this! The Nerdist podcasts rock.

If anyone is interested in listening to other writers talk, I'd recommend The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, too.

WTF with Marc Maron often has comedy legends talking, too, although it's usually very personal and revealing, rather than instructive. (I love it.)

Anyone got any other recommendations?

Joseph said...

Making it with Riki Lindhome is really good. She's a bit like wtf in that it's one on one and she can get quite personal, but she also goes into the craft with writers, directors, actors, and other people in the business.

Kevin Smith's Smoviemakers is also good but there are only a few episodes of it.

Stuff you should know is also a great podcast but has nothing to do with writing.

Kati said...

Keep all the suggestions coming, I'll have to check all these out :)

In addition to those already mentioned, let's see...I've got Writing Excuses for anyone who writes sci-fi, mostly just novels. It's very short and informal, usually about 15 minutes, with a guest or two; good tips though. Stuff You Should Know I always thought would be good for just breadth of knowledge for writers; along with that idea is Stuff You Missed in History Class, which usually ends up being biographies of the real-life people behind cult figures like Indiana Jones and the Bronte sisters. I've heard both of the "Stuff" podcasts can be a little coarse on accuracy sometimes, so be careful with using their info directly. Just for general inspiration? Try the Moth podcast (short monologue true stories), Freakonomics (microeconomic issues), the Bugle (British guys making fun of the latest news), and I'm still only a little bit tired of This American Life. Also, I think it's the NY Times or the New Yorker that brings on very well-respected novelists to read their favorite short stories - this is great if you can pay attention while listening, but I never could so I deleted that one :(

Kati said...

Oh yeah! Don't forget John August and Craig Mazin's podcast Scriptnotes! I've just started listening to it. So far it's helpful, though goes into lots of (entertaining) diatribes as well :p

Johnny Walker said...

Cool, thanks Kati! I'll check them out!

I just listened to this episode. Ken was as hilarious and insightful as ever, although I wish he'd been given more opportunity to talk more, but it's hard when there's three guests. (Not that Bill Lawrence and Richard Hatem weren't sharing wonderfully insightful information, too!)

Bill Lawrence also did Marc Maron's WTF podcast recently, too. Also highly recommended.

Perhaps you could do a solo show, Ken? :)

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

That was damned entertaining! thanks for the link.

Keith said...

Great panel. I did get tired of the lady in the audience who kept going "mmm-hmm", "yeah", and "mmmm" throughout. It's like those people that are always nodding in meetings. Unlike me, who's always nodding off.