Your Esteemed Hosts:
Join hosts Jonathan Bell and Ryan Reinike as they entertain and minister to the nerd proletariat with their takes on art, movies, music, literature, academia, comics, and much, much more. Witty commentary and abysmal self deprecation await as we give meaning to ‘Stupid Stuff for Smart People’.
Dislamer: This is a comedy podcast. If you’re not laughing, maybe we’re not your kind of funny. And if you’re offended (as Bell and Reinike are at times foul mouthed and unkind to all), repeat to yourself that it’s all for the sake of a laugh, then go to Wal-Mart and buy yourself a sense of humor, the China-made kind is almost as good but it’s made with cadmium.
A professional actor and stand-up comedian for over a decade, Jonathan’s nerd roots are firmly planted. As an actor, his resume includes numerous box office smashes like Jonah Hex, Freshman Orientation, and other celluloid classics. He has also been prone to frequent sarcasm. His character names have included “Bad Dancer”, “Roughneck at Tent”, and “Victim #1”. He has also been seen on the small screen on Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and in commercials for companies that have not paid for advertising on this website.
As a comedian, he has performed professionally at clubs and colleges around the country. He is a regular at The Improv on the Las Vegas Strip, and has released a cd entitled, “There Lies The Joke”. No, seriously. Not a CD-R in a pink slim-case, like a real cd, shrink-wrapped, with a bar code. He is also a former writer for the National Lampoon, and has written material for other professional comics.
Contrary to how it may seem, The Nerd Aristocracy is not Jonathan’s first foray into radio. While living in Los Angeles, he was the Celebrity Gossip Correspondent on XM Radio’s Nadine at Night, hosted by talented comedian Nadine Rajabi. He is proud to be a member of the Aristocracy, and loves being a nerd.
A jack of all trades and master of none, Ryan is an actor, visual artist, graphic designer, web designer, enjoys editing film and occasionally making a short and has written for a short lived ‘zine. He is nationally acclaimed as being the guy in a Visa commercial everyone thought was gay, playing “The Foil” and enjoys having portrayed a character named “Eddie Peacock” in Tennessee William’s posthumous filmed screenplay The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond with Bryce Dallas Howard and Captain America.
Theatre highlights include giving a stage life to William Faulkner as a young, New Orleanian in Mirrors of Chartres Street: Faulkner in New Orleans / New Orleans in Faulkner, which played at Le Petite Theatre and Le Chat Noir in New Orleans, the Bayou Playhouse in Lockport, LA and the SoHo Playhouse at the New York International Fringe Festival. He also tore up the stage in Floating Palace from filmmakers Glenn Pitre and Michelle Benoit and in LeapFrog Productions’ Amadeus playing the titular (I made you say ‘tit’) character with an unprecedented puppetry-infused performance to much acclaim.
If Ryan were actual nobility, he would like to be a Viceroy because is sounds cool.
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