Nerd Degree creator and improv extraordinaire, Brendon Bennetts, recently sat down with the peeps at Orange to chat about geekery, comedy and surprise Dungeons and Dragons. Enjoy!
OS: The Nerd Degree has been produced out of Orange Studios since 2014 – What inspired you to create this podcast?
BB: For fun mostly. I know a lot of nerdy comedians, writers, and performers, this seemed like a good opportunity to get them together.
OS: What is a nerd, in your opinion, and is this different from a geek? Why do you consider yourself a nerd?
BB: I’d say a geek is someone with an obsessive interest in an obscure topic, a nerd is someone with interests around science and sci-fi. Our show tends to be about nerdy stuff, but we also like to geek out about different things each episode. And yes, I am a nerd.
OS: You’re also an improv specialist; what, in your opinion, is the key to great improv?
BB: Notice the things happening around you and build them into your story.
The Nerd Degree panel geeking out at Orange
OS: Being a teacher as well, what advice would you give to your drama students who are interested in pursuing their creative passions?
BB: You can make your creative passion into your job, or you can enjoy it as a hobby. Either can be good, but you can’t do both at the same time.
OS: What has been your favourite thing about recording here at Orange?
BB: The lovely music geeks that work there.
OS: What is the strangest thing you have in your pocket/bag right now?
BB: I don’t think it is that strange, but I always have a couple of twenty-sided dice in my bag. They’re useful for unexpected Dungeons and Dragons games
The Nerd Degree is recorded Live at Orange on the first Wednesday of every month, 7:30 pm. You can buy tickets here and listen to the podcasts here.