Aug 5, 2019

Action Comedy Nerd Show #20: Visiting the 2019 US GO Congress

It’s summer so it must be that time of year again—time for the US GO Congress! Last year we filed a report from the 2018 Go Congress in Williamsburg (episode #15) and this year your Action Comedy Nerd Show co-host Dr. Jerry Jaffe did it again…this time from Madison, WI. That beautiful town on three lakes hosted the 2019 GO Congress and fun was had by all. While there, Jerry had the chance to record 3 interviews—Myungwan Kim 9P, Ryan Li 1P, and Congress Director David Weimer. With Myungwan Jerry asked about his new project teaching people with autism; Jerry asked Ryan about the New York Institute of Go and their popular videos; and Dave gave the lowdown on the tournament. Your usual ACNS co-host Dan “I’m a workin’ comic” Brown was on the road, so Jerry had the host this one himself (big mistake Dan, Jerry NEVER shuts up!).

And, some interesting links:

 

The New York Institute of GO website: http://www.ny-go.org/

 

The New York Institute of GO YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMp-4uv1jfVa0dXkZv3qQYA

 

The American GO Association: https://www.usgo.org/

 

GO on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game)

 

Jun 29, 2019

Action Comedy Nerd Show #19: Batman’s 80th Anniversary w/Chris Lambert

Batman lovers unite!!! To discuss the caped crusader's 80th anniversary.  With comic book expert and man over 5 feet tall, Chris Lambert.  Chris has a new book out celebrating Batman, Everything Batman (available through Barnes & Nobles). Your co hosts, the daring duo Dr. Jerry C. Jaffe and Dan Brown, chat with Chris about things like the evilness of Bob Kane, we rank our favorite Batman actors, we discuss Batman's enduring legacy as well as all of his girlfriends.  Join us for this fun conversation!!

 

Feb 18, 2019

Action Comedy Nerd Show #18: Talking Star Trek Discovery & The Orville w/Mark Clark

Your hosts Dan Brown and Jerry Jaffe welcome film writer and Star Trek historian Mark Clark to discuss the new seasons of both Star Trek Discovery and Seth Macfarlane’s The Orville. Along the way we welcome fellow comedian and Star Trek nerd Leslie Battle who tells us about meeting Nichelle Nichols. While comparing the strengths and weaknesses of both new shows, we also quiz Mark about classic Trek, such as the origin of Vulcan hand gesture, William Shatner’s acting, and why Gene Roddenberry kept having planets chock full of false gods! Laughing at and loving all things Star Trek—Live long and prosper!

 

A link to Mark’s Star Trek FAQ book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1557837929/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

 

A link to Leslie Battle’s website: https://www.lesliebattlecomedy.com/

  

Jan 7, 2019

Action Comedy Nerd Show #17 w/Chris Lambert talking Stan Lee (RIP)

Your hosts Dan Brown and Jerry Jaffe have been wanting to do a Stan Lee In Memorial episode, and we recently has a chance to get together with our friend comic book historian Chris Lambert.  We discuss Stan's origin story, as well as some of his most famous creations like Spider-man and Fantastic Four, his role in the rise of the Comic Book convention, his Marvel Movie cameos, and other interesting trivia.  Dan tells of the time he saw Stan at a panel and Stan fielded the question "Who would win in a fight, Superman or Hulk?"  Christ tell about getting Stan's autograph.  We hope you enjoy or reminiscing and horseplay!

Aug 14, 2018

Action Comedy Nerd Show #16: Talking Science & Movies w/ Mitch Powers

Your co-hosts Jerry and Dan sit down with real live physicist AND local comedian Mitch Danger Powers (<<<note, no “---“ around Danger because that IS his actual middle name).  Mitch studies and teaches physics at Kent State University (a Ohio University!).  He joins us to talk about physics, science and movies. Jerry’s favorite part of the entire interview is when—sitting with a trained physicist—Dan Brown’s very first question is about Jurassic Park!! Oy Vey! Other movies and topics covered include Ant Man and the Wasp and the quantum realm, the physics of time travel and Dr. Who, Newtonian physics at play in the Fast and the Furious series, the age old question of whether or not Superman can actually catch a falling Lois Lane without killing her, Jurassic Park (again!), tardigrades, and whether or not the physics on the Big Bang Theory is realistic. When you add science to a nerd podcast you get maximum excitation of molecules (aka an explosion of fun!).

Aug 6, 2018

Action Comedy Nerd Show #15: Visiting the 2018 US GO Congress

On July 28, your humble co-host Jerry had a chance to visit the 2018 US GO Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia. While there, he had a chance to interview some of the participants, including Tournament Co-Director Nate Eagle, the Masters Tournament Director Josh Lee, well-known teacher and author Yuan Zhou, and US Professional Go player Andy Liu. In this episode, Jerry also teaches Dan about the game, as well as schooling him on which movies Will Smith is or is not in.

 

 

The official website of the 2018 GO Congress: https://www.gocongress.org/

 

The US GO Congress is presented by the American GO Association: http://www.usgo.org/

 

The National GO Center: http://nationalgocenter.org/

 

For more about the game of GO, here is the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game)

 

More on AlphaGO and AI: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/10/alphago-zero-the-ai-that-taught-itself-go/543450/

 

Nate Eagle has a GO App, you can contact him here: https://gokibitz.com/

 

Yuan Zhou’s website: http://www.zhouyuan.com/

 

Yuan Zhou’s latest book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rethinking-Opening-Strategy-AlphaGos-Impact/dp/1981642005/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1533584355&sr=8-2&keywords=yuan+zhou

 

Joshua Lee can be reached at: joshlee.grad@gmail.com

 

Andy Liu is accepting new students, you can contact him at: cloudnotes.64@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Jun 27, 2018

Action Comedy Nerd Show #14: 2018 Indiana Comicon - Voices of Comicon edition!!!

The Action Comedy Nerd Show had a great time at 2018 Indiana Comicon, with 2 shows w/ 200+ audiences.  On the show were Dan Brown, Jesse Pimpinella, and Jerry C. Jaffe.  This episode is themed "Voices of Comicon" (thanks DJ!!) and includes outtakes form our comedy shows, as well as interviews with comedian DJ Dangler, Jamie in charge of PR at Imaginarium (the parent company of Indiana Comicon), and a shout out form Red Power Ranger Steve Cardenas (Dan got al tingly when he got an autograph, a photo, and a shout out!!).

Feb 16, 2018

Action Comedy Nerd Show #13: w/Mark Clark talking Star Wars

Your humble co-hosts Dan & Jerry recently sat down with the author of the book Star Wars FAQ Mark Clark.  Our conversation began in a galaxy far far away (Painesville, OH) and covered such topics as the original films, the rip offs, the parodies, while carefully avoiding any substantive talk about Jar Jar.

Check out Mark's author page on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Clark/e/B001KHE79W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1518759258&sr=1-1

 

Here is the link to the Facebook page for the Star Wars FAQ:  https://www.facebook.com/StarWarsFAQBook/

 

If you've never seen Hardware Wars, here is a link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccfbw2RJ3ow

 

And, Star Wars   disco:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWRWYYt47RI

 

And, the restaurant in Kent with an X-wing fighter out front, Mike’s Place: https://www.mikesplacerestaurant.com/

 

And, a link to the Facebook page of our sponsor, Toth’s Place in Mentor, Oh: https://www.facebook.com/tothsplace/

Dec 12, 2017

Inbetweenisode #1: The Netflix Death Note movie :(

This bonus episode is actually an outtake from episode 11 when Jerry, Dan, and our friend Chris McVetta did a summer movie wrap up roundtable.  When Dan said he liked the Netflix Death Note movie, Jerry's head exploded and this giant digression took place.  It was too long to keep in the original episode, but we have decided to share it as an outtake.  In addition to Death Note, the Lego Batman movie comes up, as does Scooby Doo and the Dungeons and Dragons movie.  Enjoy!

Oct 28, 2017

Action Comedy Nerd Show #12: w/Mark Waid talking “Mark Waid”

Recently your humble co-host Dr. Jerry had a chance to meet legendary comic book author Mark Waid, so we sat down for a few and he told us about how he got into the business, his insights into Superman and Flash, DC versus Marvel, the cinematic universes, as well as the most expensive movie ticket he ever "bought."  This special episode includes a cameo by co-host Dan Brown.

 

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