A Fan’s Guide to “Picking Favorites”: Episode 29, Walken Chili Peppers SNES Game


By Shannon Fox, @shannonfox


Well! After all of the excitement and squeeing and “WAIT, WILL THERE STILL BE ALCOHOL BECAUSE IT’S A CHILDREN’S MUSEUM”-ing from yesterday’s Nerd HQ announcement, we have a understandably belated episode of “Picking Favorites”!


But WAIT, here’s something even more exciting, which Kentucky announced during the episode: the premiere of “Geeks Who Drink”, The Nerd Machine’s FIRST television show (and a trivia/game show for that matter)!  


You can find this week’s episode on iTunes and Soundcloud.


This Week’s Guest:


Brooks Wheelan! (@brookswheelan)


Brooks is a stand-up comedian and actor that you may know from his stint on “Saturday Night Live” or his guest-starring role on this season of “Girls” on HBO.  Keep an eye out for Brooks’ comedy special on Comedy Central, and if you’re in the Boston area, get tickets to the taping on June 10th at The Royale here!


Check out Brooks’ stand-up album, “This Is Cool, Right?” here!


Brooks’ Stand-Up on “Conan”



Favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers Song

I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Dont’ get me wrong, they’re very talented, but it’s sort of that thing where you have to wonder if they maybe they stole your Goldfish out of your lunchbox in a previous life or something.  I have no explanation.  So, clearly, listen to the guys instead of me (which is something you should be doing 98% of the time, anyway).



“Under the Bridge”


“Give It Away”


“Soul to Squeeze”

Extra Mentions:

“Bedrock Anthem”, Weird Al Yankovic


Father John Misty

Sasquatch Music Festival

State Farm Coneheads Commercial



Favorite Super NES Game

Now this is more like it! Does anyone remember the SNES “The Lion King” game?  That “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” level was HARD AS HELL, yo.  Annnddd with that, let me slink off to my non-gamer corner in shame.


Super Mario Kart


Super Mario Kart StreetFighter II Turbo


Super Castlevania IV

Extra Mentions:

F Zero

Super Mario World


“Guile’s Theme Goes With Anything” Meme

Dracula Reborn

“Nazi Hunters”


New Point Break Movie


Favorite Christopher Walken Movie

But what do you MEAN, no one picked NBC’s “Peter Pan Live”??? I don’t know, I might have to agree with Brooks that Walken’s best performance ever was on “Saturday Night Live” (not even necessarily the “More Cowbell” sketch), but he’s obviously very memorable in lots of movies, too.  And good lawd, can the man dance!


Joe Dirt


Pulp Fiction


The Dead Zone

Extra Mentions:

Batman Returns

True Romance




Random Notes from Shannon’s Brain

  • This week’s “Hey, You’re Awesome” Award goes to… RAZZLE!  Because he actually PASSED UP choosing Batman Returns as his favorite Walken movie, and that must taken some serious willpower.  Bravo, sir.  Also, I always think it’s super adorable when Razzle sings because he’s just SO HAPPY when he does it. Also, he called me a “wonderful girl” and it made me beam like a little eco-friendly lightbulb.
  • KENTUCKY! I never would’ve figured you as almost an onstage flasher.  I just… *impressed slow clap*
  • Exchange of the episode: Razzle: “Can I be on a panel?” Kentucky: “No. Maybe. No.”
  • I have this whole thing where I don’t think that people should regret tattoos because they represent a part of your life, but… y’know, I’ll spare you.  But guys, IT IS OKAY.  DO NOT BE ASHAMED.  LOVE YOUR TATTOOS.
  • This is really random, but I wanted to point out that SOME older movies totally hold up.  Jurassic Park, for one.  SERIOUSLY, GO BACK AND WATCH IT AND TRY AND TELL ME THAT THE T-REX DOESN’T STILL LOOK SCARY AND SUPER-REAL.
  • Okay. I KNOW that I’ve heard Zac’s Christopher Walken impression, but I am failing as your recapper and I CANNOT find it.  If someone can track it down, let me know and I’ll put it up and totally give you credit. And if it was previously on THIS podcast, I’m going to be very embarrassed.  Go forth, Leviathans! (Please tell me that’s the name of Zac fans, because I refuse to accept anything else. It sounds like bad-ass, evil Zac fans. Which works, for “Heroes Reborn”!)
  • Tyler is going to be SO UPSET about them doing Favorite SNES Game. I mean, he wasn’t very happy about LAST week:



That’s it for this week’s recap!  Remember to subscribe to and rate the podcast on iTunes, and send YOUR favorites to @thenerdmachine on Twitter with the hashtag “#PickingFavorites”!

You can find our hosts all over social media:

Kentucky/Dave: Twitter

Razzle: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Zac: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Tyler: Twitter, Facebook


Thanks for reading! See you next week!

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