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Dumb Nerds is a podcast hosted by comedian, Cassi Jerkins. Each week Cassi has a different funny guest on to talk about a smart topic they’re both too dumb for. The guest has the honor of picking a topic she or he is passionate about but is clearly no expert in. Topics range from Greek Mythology, Body Farms, How to Buy a House and so much more! Come learn with Cassi and friends! Or at the very least, laugh at how dumb these nerds are!

 

Astrology! What’s your sign, listener? Guest Hannah Faust (LA City Municipal Dance Squad, UCB Hot Hot Goss) explains astrology and goes deeper than what media has painted astrology to be. Hannah shows how you can use astrology to serve you, and also how to be one of those people who can accurately guess people’s signs. She also gives hot tips on great apps and books to learn more about astrolo...
Tacos! Who doesn’t love tacos? Who also doesn’t love getting off topic and talking about music, whether people on death row get to drink alcohol with their last meal and finding that special someone to eat tacos with? Wonderful guest and friend Marcella Riley (“White People Do Black Things” podcast) comes on to talk about her love of LA tacos and gives hot tips on where to get some good eats! Cassi and Marcella have been friends for a few years now and this is a classic fly on the wall conversation of what these two talk about off the mic. That’s right, John Mayer gets brought up, th...
Did you know there’s a large bird with razor sharp claws that can kills humans? Oh yeah. It can cut up a human with ease. So whatever you do, don’t piss off a cassowary! Jen Curcio (Cara & Jen’s Sleepover Party) comes on to tell Dumb Nerds listeners about cassowaries, a bird native to Australia and the New Guinea islands. Even though they are capable of murder, these 6 foot tall majestic...
Happy Halloween! This is a favorite holiday for many people and did you know it’s been around for over 2,000 years?! It began as an ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The night before All Saint’s Day was believed when spirits could walk among us and All Hallow’s Eve was a tradition to honor those who have past so they wouldn’t get upset and take your soul! The wonderful Lucé Tomlin-Brenn...
Get ready for an ep all about the Most Happiest Place on Earth- Disneyland! Guest Eileen O’Connell (Skeeterial Podcast) comes on to talk all about her Disneyland experiences. Eileen dishes some secrets to make the most out of your Disneyland experience. Cassi chimes in to talk about what it why like to have Disneyland right in her backyard growing up and then living literally down the street fro...
What are your thoughts on Veganism? Could you completely give up the consumption of all animal products as best you can? This includes meat, dairy, eggs, honey, products tested on animals, etc. Vegan actor and improviser Bozant Katzakian comes on to talk about why he chose to go vegan 5 years ago, what it’s like to work on a Farm Sanctuary that protects its animals from being used for profit and tips for people wanting to make the lifestyle choice to go vegan and become an animal rights activist. Cassi and Bo also get into the history of veganism which dates back to the ancient times of Japa...
What is consciousness? We’re all experiencing this subjective phenomena but what the hell is it? Here’s the thing, no one knows! Scientists and philosophers have been trying to figure it out for hundreds of years and we’re not much closer to figuring it out. Super fun guest and host of “Science Time” Alex Berg comes on the show to discuss different theories of consciousness with Cassi. A...
It’s October! That means Halloween season is finally upon us and what better way to get spooky then with our returning guest, Clark Canez (Ep 5 Greek Mythology) to talk about Victorian Spiritualism! Clark and Cassi have a blast talking about how the invention of seances by New York sisters led to such a seance craze that the sisters visited Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd in the White House to con...
It’s October! That means Halloween season is finally upon us and what better way to get spooky then with our returning guest, Clark Canez (Ep 5 Greek Mythology) to talk about Victorian Spiritualism! Clark and Cassi have a blast talking about how the invention of seances by New York sisters led to such a seance craze that the sisters visited Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd in the White House to con...
Did you our knowledge of nutrition is relatively new? Like Vitamin C wasn’t discovered until the 1930s! Guest Kenny Prawat (Crowning Jewels, io Sketch team “Jeff!”) and host Cassi Jerkins bond over their parents lack of nutritional knowledge and feeding them junk food as kids. For instance, remember when McDonalds had that $0.39 cheeseburger on Wednesday nights deal in the 90s? Yeah, that...
Host Cassi Jerkins takes the week off from the usual format to destress and give you fun facts that will make you feel good about life! For instance, did you know cows have best friends? Wearing perfume or cologne increases your happiness? That scientists believe the center of the galaxy smells like raspberries? There’s a lot of neat fun facts coming your way, plus some tips on actions you can take to live a happier, more positive life! We love you!...
“Digimon”, short for “Digital Monsters” was an amazing Japanese media franchise that was very popular in the 90s and has been making a comeback with the film series “Digimon Tri”. The franchise consisted of virtual pet toys, anime, manga, video games, films and a trading card care. Sound similar to “Pokemon”? It came out a couple years before “Pokemon” and the “Digimon” cra...
Pregnancy. Making, having, raising babies. Lots of animals do it! For decades, centuries, even longer than that! You get it. So what’s there to learn? Uh, so much! Artist and animator Kelly Matten joins Cassi to talk about her recent experience with being pregnant and having her daughter, Daisy. Kelly goes from making the decision with her husband, (shoutout to Dungeon Master and all around bada...
How many of us are lucky to have a bar we frequent where everybody knows our name? How about for 11 seasons? Hilarious comedian and writer Matt Manser joins host Cassi Jerkins to talk about the hit TV show “Cheers”! Matt watched the show as a kid learning many adult issues from it. Matt and Cassi get into the different characters that created such a dynamic ensemble which lead to the popular s...
How much do you know about Bob Dylan past “Blowin’ in the Wind” and his distinctive raspy voice? Guest Jonathan Harris (UCB) knows a whole lot! Like seriously a lot. Jonathan pretty much rattles off Bob Dylan’s entire music career in order from album to album, dates and the inspiration behind it and all. It’s pretty incredible. Jonathan and Cassi get into how Bob Dylan became a huge musi...
The fanciest and longest episode yet! Guests Muriel Montgomery and Nick Casalini (Hella in Your Thirties Podcast) are a wonderful, married couple/talented comedians who moved to Los Angeles from Chicago three years ago. They all bond over their various day jobs of waiting tables while doing comedy at night. While Cassi worked tacky, chain restaurants like Denny’s and The Cheesecake Factory, Muri...
Oprah Winfrey has inspired and changed the lives of millions of people including today’s guest, Naomi Villa (Let’s Fall in Love Podcast, UCB). Naomi is a huge fan of Oprah; she grew up watching “The Oprah Winfrey Show” with her family. Host Cassi Jerkins and Naomi discuss how Oprah brought controversial, taboo topics to Naomi’s family along with the rest of America which lead to positive...
How many badass things do you know about Cleopatra? Do you know how many languages she knew? How much she loved books? How she improved the economy and well-being of the Egyptian people? How she seduced Julius Caesar, Emperor of Rome? Then later seduced Mark Antony, the new Emperor of Rome who overthrew Caesar? Do you know how Mark Antony and Cleopatra had a Secret Wine Club and would frequently g...
Stanley Kubrick. What is this famous filmmaker’s deal? Known for making groundbreaking films like “2001 Space Odyssey”, “The Shining”, “Dr. Strangelove” "Full Metal Jacket", "Lolita" and more, perfecting the steady cam and mastering shots like the reverse tracking shot. Meanwhile some speculate he filmed a fake Moon Landing for the U.S. Government to beat the Soviet Union in the Spac...
DOGS! This episode is all about dogs! Actress, comedian Jillian Dunn joins us to talk about her experience growing up with parents who participate in dog shows, specifically with Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Dalmatians. She also talks about her sweet rescue, Gali, and gives tips on how to train your pet and read the body of language of dogs (and their owners). Cassi realizes her cat, Meemo, is the dominate one in her house. They also get into how scientists are studying the DNA of dog fossils in hopes of trying to figure out when and where dogs became domesticated. Results are all over the place a...
Who were the original rockstars? Classical music composers. That’s right, Franz Liszt was the Elvis Presley of his time and created the rockstar entrance we all see today. He was also known to bob his head as he played making all the ladies go wild. Like Beatle mania wild. Women would literally throw themselves at him and try and rip his clothes off. Women would write him so many letter requesting a lock of his hair that Liszt got a dog with his hair color to clip the dog’s hair and send the locks to his adoring fans. Guest Rosie Leisure (Starburns editor, improviser) studied piano perform...
USA’s Independence Day to Americans means getting drunk at a BBQ and watching fireworks, right!? But why BBQ? Why fireworks? Why Independence Day? Host Cassi Jerkins does some dumb research and discovers some pretty fun, interesting things! For instance, why Americans celebrate their Declaration of Independence on July 4th doesn't make much sense. The representatives of the 13 colonies voted on the declaration July 2nd and most of them didn’t sign it until August 2nd. The Liberty Bell was first rung after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8th, 1776, and the White ...
Romantic Comedies? Do you love them or hate them? Guest Dominique Johnson loves them! From the predictable formula to the fights that reveal to characters their one-and-only true soulmate, rom coms to Dom are the best! Host Cassi Jerkins is cynical. She unveils how unrealistic these characters are and how they are problematic to our expectations of love. (Not to mention this whole conversation is very heteronormative.) Dom and Cassi get into romantic comedies like “When Harry Met Sally”, “Love Actually”, “Annie Hall”, “La La Land” and Dom’s favorite, “Serendipity”. Dom al...
Bigfoot! We all know the legend but what about the facts? It’s 2017 and people still believe in Bigfoot. There’s even an active scientific research organization dedicated to exploring the bigfoot/sasquatch mystery. They’re known as the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. Today’s guest, Sara Iyer (The Purrrcast) comes on to share evidence behind why Bigfoot could exist. This includes Bigfoot sightings throughout the world including specific recent encounters, reasoning behind why it’s so hard to get good footage of Bigfoot (apparently they’re very cautious), all the way down to ...
Do you have an intuitive gift? Clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience and/or claircognizance? These psychic abilities are also known as clear seeing, feeling, hearing and knowing. You ever have a dream only to see it realized in real life? Feel connected to your family and know when something is wrong with one of them? How about massaging corpses to learn about muscles to become a super masseuse? Improviser Cory Webster comes on to talk with host, Cassi Jerkins, about intuitive gifts. They even go through steps on how to harness your gifts! Steps like meditation, eating well, reading taro...
Shaun of the Dead. Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Hot Fuzz. These are some of the great, super fun films directed by Edgar Wright. Guest Cody Ziglar (UCB Podcast Producer, Host of “2nd Team” & “Blerds with Friends”) was inspired by Wright’s films and watched “Shaun of the Dead” over and over. Later in film school, he broke down a scene shot-for-shot as an assignment. Super nerdy! Zig and host Cassi Jerkins get into movies that inspired them to come out to LA to pursue their dreams. They get nerdy about famous shots from filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino and...
LOST. One of the top greatest television shows of all time and comedian Matt Apodaca (UCB) is on to praise it and argue why it’s so great. Host Cassi Jerkins has never seen it and only knows it’s about some people on an island and some strange things are happening. Matt gets into the basic premise, some major plot points, characters and mysterious. Matt and Cassi also talk about the impact of the writer’s strike and the controversial series finale.They get into other great shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, True Detective, Game of Thrones and Jeopardy. They also talk about th...
The most important episode yet! Jk, but it’s a fun one! Improviser/Actor/Artist Bryan Rainstein comes on to talk with Cassi Jerkins about Ben Folds! They’re both big fans and they have a blast talking about Ben Folds, his former band Ben Folds Five, concert experiences, his work with William Shatner and Nick Hornby and so much more. It’s chalk full of Ben Folds, including Bryan’s story of running into and meeting him at the Landmark after a screening of “Don’t Think Twice” and Cassi participating in Ben’s National Geographic anachronistic assignment that got her a like and comm...
Today comedian and actor Jacquis Neil (“Against the Grain” podcast, Dramedy) comes on to teach listeners how to raise their credit score! Jacquis gives insightful, stress free tips to manage your finances, get that score back up and still live your life. Learn how to obtain your free credit report, what those numbers mean, how to get delinquencies taken off your record, negotiation and of course, avoiding those collector calls! It’s a fun and educational episode! Enjoy!...
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Today on Dumb Nerds we have on the super hilarious and talented Dhruv Singh (I'm Too Effin’ High, UCB) to talk about one of his heroes, Muhammad Ali. Dhruv talks about why Muhammad was so great and admirable in and out of the boxing ring, how Muhammad stood up for black rights and as a proud Muslim in the 1950s and 1960s when hardly, if any celebrity would. Muhammad Ali wasn't afraid to be himself and be unpopular in a predominant white American society. Today he is popularly looked up to as a hero. Dhurv and Cassi talk about the switch from ha...
Today our guest is actress/comedian Katie Nathan and she comes on to talk about figure skating’s most dramatic and unnecessary event, the infamous Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan debacle! Tonya Harding conspired with her husband, Jeff Gillooly, to take Nancy Kerrigan out of the running to compete in the Olympics by whacking her above her right knee cap. The job was poorly done, Nancy recovered in 1...
Actor/Comedian Grant O’Connell (“Attack of the Killer Donuts”, Garbáge) is on to talk about chess! Chess has been around since 6th Century in India and today there are tournaments around the world and the current greatest chess player in the world, Magnus Carlsen, has a Twitter with 152K followers. There is controversy whether Magnus is the best player. Many argue Viswanathan Anand is the best and he currently has 371K followers! People love chess! Grant and Cassi bond over how they were both in Chess Club back in grade school. (Cassi is way more nerdy about it than Grant.) They talk ab...
Today we have the lovely and hilarious Cara Meyers on to talk about the not-so-lovely and not-so-funny Dark Web! Cara and Cassi are deeply curious about the Dark Net but have yet to venture on to it. The Dark Web is a surprisingly large place online that people can ensure anonymity. That doesn’t stop them from talking about how to get on it through sites like Freenet, I2P and Tor. They also get into what goes on the Dark Web like buying drugs, illegal pornography, hiring hitmen, anonymously crowdfunding assassinations, acquiring and spending bitcoins, getting malware, gambling and finding ou...
Today guest Edgar Momplaisir (Arcade Currency, DiCaprio) is on to talk about his love for Kanye West. Cassi and Edgar get into Kanye’s life, his mother Donda West, his marriage to Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s frustration with breaking in as a rap artist instead of remaining a rap producer, how he’s the David Bowie and Madonna of rap music with his high production shows, persona and videos. They talk about how he continues to revolutionize rap music with the use of speeding up old school tracks, incorporating orchestration and keeping every album different. We also get in Kanye’s battle with...
Today’s Dumb Nerds’ guest is Mark David Christenson (“I Will Watch Anything Once” Podcast) and he comes on to talk about his love for the comic book series, “Saga”. “Saga” was created and written by Brian K Vaughan and the awesome artwork is done by Fiona Staples. Instead of going into spoilers and the full story of “Saga”, Dave encourages listeners to go out there and pick up a copy at their local comic book store! Cassi and Dave talk about the beginning of the series, some of the characters, some controversy in the artwork like in Issue #12 and the cover of the very first...
Today we have the lovely and very wise Veronica Gruba (Who We Used to Be Podcast) on to talk about her experience with Christianity, specifically with Christian testimonials. Veronica was raised Christian in Seattle and struggled with finding her own Christian testimonial to share her personal religious experience to others. It reminds Cassi a lot of the documentary “Jesus Camp”. Veronica and Cassi talk about the good parts of having religion and faith in one’s life to the areas they think needs improvement like welcoming all types of people, respecting others beliefs, etc. They also tal...
Today’s special guest is Charlie Mihelich (Catharsis: Dramatic Improv & Purgatory) and he comes on to talk about The Terminator movies! Cassi had to sit down to watch “The Terminator 1” and “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” before podcasting with Charlie because she had never seen them before. Turns out, she loves them! Seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator and not Howard Langston from “Jingle All the Way” really changed her opinion about him. He’s a total badass as The Terminator! Charlie gets down to business and talks about his love for The Terminators movies and wh...
Today’s episode is all about body farms with Steven Ray Morris! ("The Purrrcast", "My Favorite Murder", "Mother, May I Sleep With Podcast"). Body farms are facilities used for the study of decomposition of human remains. Steven and Cassi talk about the history of how body farms got started with the first body farm, also called anthropological research facility, back in 1971 with anthropologist William M. Bass. There are now six in the United States and one just opened in Amsterdam in 2016. The aim of these farms is to gain a better understanding of the decomposition process and for forensic ...
Today’s episode is everything Titanic with Hannah Kanengieter (The “Hello! And Good News” podcast, LA improviser, actor). Hannah picked the Titanic because she loves the movie and is convinced she died on the Titanic in a past life. This episode is chalk full of quotes from the movie like “You’re so stupid, Rose!”, “God himself couldn’t sink these ship!” and “Full House, boys!” We also get into behind-the-scene facts about the movie such as costs, alternate casting, Enya and how it took the public into an obsessive frenzy. (Cassi had to go to a lot of 6th grade birthday p...
Today’s guest Clark Canez (LA Improviser- Power Lunch, Chaz Dean, Gosh Guys, Hemp-ire Strikes Back) and Cassi get deep into Greek Mythology! Clark proves his Dumb Nerd worthiness by knowing so much about Greek Mythology. Seriously. He schools Cassi with stories of: Chaos; the first leaders of the Universe The Titans; the castrating, baby eating King Cronus; the Cronus killing and wife cheating Zeus; Zeus’ wife and sister Hera; Hercules, the son Zeus had out of wedlock but made up his infidelity by naming Hercules after his wife, Hera; Zeus and Hera’s one eyed son Cyclops; God of Sea Pose...
Special guest Michael Lucid (Drag Lady Reporter Damiana Garcia, Dirty Girls documentary, UCB) and host, Cassi Jerkins, get into the wild, dramatic world of Soap Operas! They discuss it’s long history from starting out on the radio to sell soap to housewives, to having some of the longest running shows in history with glamorous daytime award shows and popular magazines. Now the world of Soap Operas seem to have declined; Michael and Cassi pitch theories on why this may be- No one has TV anymore, everyone just watches the news during the day … What could it be?! Despite Soap Operas recent de...
Today it’s our dumbest episode yet! Our guest is Lucé Tomlin-Brenner (producer for the Virgil’s “Radio Picture Show”, the Upright Citizens Brigade’s “Sun Valley” and Los Angeles improviser- Garbáge and Parker Posey). Lucé and Cassi try real hard to talk about quantum physics. You may learn something? But you’ll most likely laugh and shake your head at how dumb these two are. Lucé and Cassi start off by trying to go over a basic definition of quantum physics, then they take a look at the math. Yikes! Yep, all aboard the Dumb Train Express! Lucé and Cassi try not to give up ...
Today’s topic is the Swedish Prison System with guest Natalie Benedict (UCLA Film & TV; LA improviser- Chaz Dean & Parker Posey). These two nerds come to the table loaded with statistics and theories on why the Swedish prison system is schooling all other prison systems. For example the Nordic countries are closing down prisons while the United States is over-capacitated at 102%. In the US, 76.6% of released prisoners are re-arrested within 5 years of release. In Norway, 20% of released prisoners are re-arrested. This is the lowest recidivism rate in the world. What are they doing di...
This is the first episode of Dumb Nerds! Host, Cassi Jerkins, invites a comedian onto the show to talk about a smart topic they wish they knew more about! Today, her guest is Gerald Grissette (Arcady Currency, CBS Diversity Showcase) and they talk about how to buy a house. Both Gerald and Cassi are too poor to buy a house and wouldn’t know what to do if they had the money to buy a house. They go through each step one would have to take in order to buy a house. Appraisals, Open Houses, Escrow- the whole shebang! They also talk about their dream homes and their dream of just marrying someone w...