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Two Broke Nerds

Two Broke Nerds

By Alec Kerr and Brian McElhiney
Alec Kerr is a film geek. Brian McElhiney is a music geek. We like talking about the stuff we love. Now we're sharing it with you. Because what else do we have to do during a global pandemic? And why are we broke you may ask? Because we are print journalists in the 21st century. Yay!
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Dinosaurs in Spaaaaaace! — Exploring the comic "The Wounding Tooth"

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Bonus: Marvel and Toxic Fans
We always go off on tangents on Two Broke Nerds. It is kind of our thing. But on our clickbait episode, we went way off topic — even for us and it had to be cut to make the episode flow better. It was a worthwhile discussion or Marvel and toxic fandom, so here it is for your listening pleasure.
August 06, 2022
They say this is the most offensive podcast on the internet. Find out why.
Clay Groves on Magic 104 has been call us the most offensive podcast on the internet, now you finally hear why. And also learn about a clickbait article by Spin claiming to list "The 50 Worst Songs By Otherwise Great Artists." 
August 05, 2022
Watch out, here come the Spider-Nerds
Brian and Alec finally discuss "Spider-Man: No Way Home" and inevitably get off topic and discuss the other corners of the MCU.
June 24, 2022
There goes my hero: Paying tribute to Taylor Hawkins
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Alec and Brian honor drummer Taylor Hawkins who passed away March 25, 2022. He was the drummer of the Foo Fighters but also created some great solo material, some of which is showcased in the episode. 
April 22, 2022
Holy broke nerds, Batman!
Alec and Brian have spoken about Batman before and they will likely again, but amazingly it two them two years to dedicate a full episode to the Dark Knight. 
March 30, 2022
Do you have any bearclaws?: Getting weird about Weird Al
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
In honor of the announcement of the Weird Al bio pic, the broke nerds are back to discuss Weird Al Yankovic. 
January 29, 2022
We like classy food, too
Alec and Brian finish their food trilogy by talking about their favorite international cuisine. The broke nerds also debut their new theme music, "Seattle Skies," which was original written for their musical "Catchy Band Name and the Contest of Melodic Sounds." 
November 12, 2021
Too much of a good thing?: The ever expanding MCU
Better late than never, Brian and Alec dive into the first three Marvel Disney+ shows, "WandaVision," "Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "Loki" and discussion the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 
September 26, 2021
One Person's Junk (Food) is Another Person's Treasure
The broke nerds are backing with the next installment in their food trilogy. This time they're talking about their favorite junk foods, including chips, candies, snake cakes and cookies. 
August 06, 2021
In defense of fast food
There's a lot of snobbery around fast food, but the broke nerds won't deny that they eat it, probably more often than they should. Get ready for a discussion that deep dives into the good, the bad and possibly not even food of fast food. 
June 20, 2021
Outtakes from the Catchy Band Name Reading
A couple months ago, we read a few scenes from the musical we wrote together "Catchy Band Name and the Contest of Melodic Sounds." Here are some outtakes featuring Doug Shapiro, Tristan Andrews-Preston and Ashley Kerr. 
June 20, 2021
Wait, that's not them: Bands Whose Sound Changed
This week, Alec and Brian discuss bands whose sound changed drastically from where they started. These are artists whose first albums barely resemble the signature sound they would later be associated with. Bands discussed include Sugar Ray, Goo Goo Dolls, The Beatles, Alanis Morissette, Depeche Mode, Bad Religion and more. 
May 14, 2021
Alec and Brian Wrote a Musical?!: Into the Two Broke Nerds-verse
Yes, it is true. Brian McElhiney and Alec Kerr wrote a musical, "Catchy Band Name and the Contest of Melodic Sounds," a sequel/spin off to Alec's play "Conflict of Interest." As one might expect, it is super silly and geeky but also has a lot of heart. It is the story of down-on-their-luck band hitting the road with a journalist for a cross-country trip to a battle of the bands in Albuquerque. Along the way, they pickup a mysterious girl.  Alec and Brian discuss the origins of the musical and their creative process, preview three scenes with the help of Doug Shapiro, Joel Barber, Tristan Andrews-Preston and Ashley Kerr and end things with Brian's favorite song from the musical, "Seattle Skies." 
April 20, 2021
The Shameless Self Promotion One Year Anniversary Special
It has been a full year of "Two Broke Nerds," so we're going to extra self indulgent and promote our own work again. For the first time on the podcast, discusses his music, and Alec discusses his latest play, "Conflict of Interest," which was performed via Zoom is available now on YouTube: The nerds also tease how their creative sides combined into a new project.  
April 01, 2021
Here We Go Again: Sequels that Have No Business Being as Goods as they Are
After teasing it for more months, we are finally doing our episode of our favorite sequels that aren't really talked about enough. We aren't talking about obviously great sequels like "Empire Strikes Back," but unsung gems like "Shock Treatment," "Batman Forever," "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey," "Gremlins 2" and "Wayne's World 2."
March 18, 2021
Sexism in the Music Industry
Inspired by the weird negative backlash Phoebe Bridgers received for her guitar-smashing performance on "Saturday Night Live," the broke nerds discuss sexism in the music industry.
March 06, 2021
No-guilt Guilty Pleasures: Music You Wouldn't Expect Us to Like
Brian and Alec and share some of the music that you wouldn't necessarily expect them to like and explore the negative stigma associated with pop music. 
February 12, 2021
Check Into the Asylum: So Bad, It's Good Cinema
This week, Brian and Alec discuss their love of Asylum Films, the company behind mockbusters like "Almighty Thor" and "Transmorphers" and cheapie monster movies like "Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus" and the "Sharknado" franchise. From their they go on discuss other bad, or perhaps not-so-bad movies they love unapologetically. 
February 02, 2021
You Always Remember Your First Time
After a month-long hiatus, we're back for our first episode of 2021 to discuss memories of our firsts: First album, first concert, first movie, first, crush, etc. This week, Alec's wife, Ashley, joins in on the fun. 
January 22, 2021
A Broke Nerd Christmas
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Welcome to the Two Broke Nerds Christmas special, the only Christmas special where you get a rant about Bob Dylan alongside a discussion of the Star Wars Christmas special, Brian venting about the film “Love, Actually” and a discussion of Christmas punk music. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals! And Happy Yaksmas and Festivus for the rest of us.
December 18, 2020
Adapt or Die: HBO Max and Warner Bros. Change Film Distribution Game
This week we discuss the implications of the announcement that Warner Bros. will be releasing all of its 2021 films to theaters and HBO Max on the same day. Is this the beginning of the end of cinemas or will movie theaters still have a place in the future? 
December 12, 2020
Outtake: Two Swedish Broke Nerds
We got silly (what's new?) before recording our latest episode. Luckily, the record button was hit and some of it was captured. 
December 11, 2020
We Got This Covered: Songs You (Probably) Didn't Know Were Covers
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This week we do a deep dive into cover songs that are so iconic that you may not even be aware of the fact that they are covers. 
December 05, 2020
There Goes Our Hero: (Our Love for Dave Grohl is) Everlong
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
This week, we discuss all things Dave Grohl from Nirvana to Foo Fighters to his various collaborations and side projects, including Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D, Them Crooked Vultures and Probot. Stay tuned after the episode for a playlist including all the songs we reference in the episode. 
November 21, 2020
Nerds, Broke, Nerds Talking About Sean Connery
This week we pay tribute to acting legend Sean Connery who passed away on Oct. 31, 2020, at the age of 90. Brace yourself for an abundance of Connery impressions. 
November 13, 2020
Formula 86 Delayed-Action Roald Dahl Geek Maker
Brian and Alec discuss Robert Zemeckis' new adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The Witches" as well as Dahl's other works, including both film versions of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Danny the Champion of the World, "The BFG" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox." There's also a brief detour to discuss the film versions of Stephen King's "The Shining" and "Doctor Sleep" because why not? It isn't "Two Broke Nerds" without at least one random tangent. Happy Halloween!
October 29, 2020
Horror Filmmaker Corey Norman is Making a Killing in Maine
Alec and Brian are joined by their third guest: horror filmmaker Corey Norman who is in pre-production on the new 1980s-style slasher "Time's Up." Norman discusses being an indie filmmaker during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as some of his other films, including his Stephen King adaptation "Suffer the Little Children." For information on or two support "Time's Up" go to
October 27, 2020
Doug Shapiro Plays a New Role (Or Three Guys with Cool Mugs)
We are back with our second guest: New York-based actor Doug Shapiro. Doug discusses how working as a business role-player and standardized patient has kept him a float while acting gigs have largely dried up during the pandemic as well as other ways he's adapted as an actor to the new normal. In addition, we talk about some of the more interesting items on his resume including touring as the emcee of 1940s big band tribute show, appearing in a Troma film at age 11 and appearing in Spike Lee's "She's Got Have It" Netflix series. For more information about Doug Shapiro, go to
October 10, 2020
Joel Barber Wears Million Dollar Underwear
For the first episode of season two, the nerds are joined by their first  guest, Joel Barber, to discuss his comedy zine Million Dollar Underwear. To check it out go to
October 03, 2020
Why We Do What We Do
For the season one finale, discover the secret origins of Brian and Alec as they share their influences, discuss why they became entertainment journalists and revisit their early days together at Keene State College’s student newspaper, The Equinox. In the process, they go off on several tangents because, of course they do, and return to past subjects from over the season. 
September 22, 2020
Long Live the King: A Tribute to Chadwick Boseman
This week we pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who passed away at the age of 43 on Aug. 28, 2020, from colon cancer. He was an actor best-known for playing Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as such historical figures as James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson.
September 12, 2020
There is a little less happiness and joy with Ren and Stimpy
This week, Alec and Brian have a difficult discussion about "The Ren and Stimpy Show," a show that was a huge part of both their childhoods, but the legacy of which has been tainted by its creator John K.'s reprehensible behavior. 
August 26, 2020
Nerds Assemble! A Marvelous Conversation
This week we discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe and delve into the self-contained films vs. the serialized storytelling. 
August 22, 2020
Fake bands that make real music
This week, Alec and Brian discuss some of their favorite bands from film and TV. While it is structure as a top 10 list, there are several tangents of honorable mentions that helps make this a pretty comprehensive look at the subject matter. To listen the bands discussed as well as some others not mention check out this accompanying playlist: 
August 13, 2020
Discussing The Beatles with Dodgy Liverpudlian Accents
It is time to listen to two nerds talk about the fab four. Will Maxwell's silver hammer come down upon Alec's head? Will Brian reveal himself to be a real nowhere man? Join us on our magical mystery podcast.
July 29, 2020
Dinosaurs in Spaaaaaace! — Exploring the comic "The Wounding Tooth"
Part two of our shameless self-promotion series focuses on Brian’s comic book “The Wounding Tooth,” a sci-fi adventure with dinosaurs in spaces The comic is available at and
July 22, 2020
Two Broke Nerds Presents "Figuring Out Will" A Radio Play by Alec Kerr
In a world full of emotional pitfalls, one geeky teen will join forces with his two best friends to face his insecurities. Comedy.  Drama. Doritos. Get ready to figure out Will. “Figuring Out Will” is a coming-of-age story written by Alec Kerr that made its debut at the NYSummerfest Theater Festival at the Hudson Guild Theater in Manhattan August 2018. This radio play version stars Tristan Andrews-Preston, Ciara Neidlinger and Jason Stevens.
July 15, 2020
Figuring out "Figuring Out Will"
This week, Brian interviews Alec about his radio play "Figuring Out Will." They discuss the writing process, the play's debut in New York City in 2018 and how the play was adapted for the radio play format.  
July 15, 2020
The DCEU: The Good, the Bad and the Justice League
In honor of Zack Snyder getting to have his cut of "Justice League," which seems like it will be keep anything and everything in, we are not editing anything out this week. Alec and Brian dive into the DCEU and vent their frustrations about the wasted potential of "Justice League." Buckle up. This one is quite the journey of random tangents. 
July 09, 2020
We are all Devo!
Q: Are we not men? A: We are Devo fans through and through. Brian and Alec go deep into their love of all things Devo, so join them fellow mutants and spudboys (and girls) into a journey of our continual devolution. 
June 24, 2020
Hey, It worked in Blazing Saddles: Mel Brooks and the Power of Satire
Alec and Brian talk about one of their favorite comedies, "Blazing Saddles," which, with its commentary on racism, is still all too relevant. 
June 17, 2020
Black Lives Matter. Period.
Alec and Brian take a break from geeking out about some of their favorite things to address what's been going on our country through a discussion of systemic racism, white privilege, passing for white, free speech vs. hate speech and other issues connected to Black Lives Matter. 
June 11, 2020
Hey, Wha Happened? A Tribute to Fred Willard
Actor Fred Willard, a frequent collaborator with writer/director/actor Christopher Guest, passed away May 15, 2020, at the age of 86. Alec and Brian pay tribute to him by discussing his work in Guest's series of mockumentaries, including "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind." 
May 27, 2020
Deleted Silliness: Brian Making Tea
We actually did a marathon recording of the "Lord of the Ring" and "Hobbit" episodes. Brian made tea in the pause between the recording of the two episodes. Luckily, we are able to capture and preserve this magical moment. 
May 20, 2020
We Hates These Movies: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit
Part 2 of our look into Peter Jackson's Tolkien film adaptations. This time we explore Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy aka the bad ones. We do find a couple of kind things to say, but for the most part this is a — as Gollum would say —  "stupid, fat hobbit." 
May 20, 2020
We Loves These Movies: Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
Another two part episode, as Alec and Brian get in touch with their inner Smeagols to discuss Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. Next week, they will go full Gollum and rip into Jackson's "Hobbit" movies. 
May 13, 2020
That's Not How the Force Works: How to Fix the Star Wars Sequels
Alec and Brian are back to finish what they started and bring balance to the Star Wars Saga ... if such a thing is even possible. 
May 06, 2020
We Hate Sand: How to Fix the Star Wars Prequels
May the Fourth be with you! Join Alec and Brian as they explore how to improve the Star Wars prequels. 
May 04, 2020
Do You Know That You're Toxic?
On a very special episode of Two Broke Nerds, follow Alec and Brian down the rabbit hole as they discuss nerd rivalries, toxic fandom and better representation in art.
April 22, 2020
30-Something Mutant Nerdy Humans
Cowabunga dudes and dudettes! This week, Alec and Brian use the 30th anniversary of the 1990 live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film to dive into all things ninja turtles. Buckle up, the geekiness is on overdrive in this episode. 
April 15, 2020
Adam Schlesinger Has Got It Going On
Songwriter Adam Schlesinger passed away April 1, 2020, at the age of 52 due to complications related to the coronavirus. Schlesinger, perhaps best-known for the song "Stacy's Mom," was a member of Fountains of Wayne, Ivy and Tinted Windows, wrote songs for films such as "That Thing You Do," "Josie and the Pussycats" and "Music and Lyrics," the TV series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," award shows like the Tony Awards and Broadway, including "Cry-Baby: The Musical." We do a deep dive into why Schlesinger is one of the great unsung songwriters.
April 08, 2020
A Hell of a Story: 'Shattered Glass' in the fake news era
We discuss the film "Shattered Glass," which explores Stephen Glass who fabricated dozens of stories in the 1990s. The film stars Hayden Christensen who gives his career best performance. We discuss why the film is underrated and even more relevant in our current political environment. 
April 02, 2020