7. 'The Nerdist'
The flagship podcast of the Nerdist network demonstrates just how flexible the mind of a geek can be. Sprightly Nerdist CEO Chris Hardwick, alongside fellow comics Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, leads the charge; informed and always ready to feed their curiosities, Hardwick and his friends channel their obsessive qualities into chummy interviews with different sorts of artists. Sure, many of Nerdist's more than 500 chats court dork heroes — like Rick Moranis and Curtis Armstrong, the guy who played Booger in Revenge of the Nerds — but they're also at home when quizzing Annie Clark about backstage rituals or Jerry Stahl about shooting up beside an Alf puppet. The show's spirit is lighthearted and genuine, as are the laughs that arise.