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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!


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 10 days and was able to compete in the Olympics and win the silver medal. Meanwhile, Tonya went on to compete in the Olympics too and had to perform along side Nancy while the feds were breathing done her neck to figure out what happened. Tonya buckled under pressure, made a big embarrassing show and finished in 8th. The world watched this whole thing go down in real time. What a weird, trashy world we live in! Tonya denies that she had any involvement in harming Nancy while Jeff Gillooly, now Jeff Stone, takes responsibility for his actions, assures Tonya was involved, along with his team of criminal buffoons, Shane Stant, Shawn Eckardt and Shane’s Uncle and getaway driver, Derrick Smith. In 2017, 23 years after this infamous event happened, Margot Robbie is gearing up to play Tonya in the movie, “I Tonya” and everyone involved in the 1994 event, including Nancy Kerrigan, desperately want to get away from it all.

Katie and Cassi take some detours to talk about why tourist sites in Hollywood are the worst, Joe’s Crab Shack, Disneyland, the documentary “Searching for Sugarman” and why owning up and letting go of your mistakes will make you a happier, healthier person. Enjoy!


14. Katie Nathan & the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Debacle

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