Hard NOC Life 293: ‘Andor’ and Holiday Specials

On the final Hard NOC Life before we go on hiatus, Dominic, Britney, and Keith rank Andor against other live action Star Wars projects, including the Holiday Special from the 1970s. Speaking of Holiday Specials, James Gunn brings the tradition back with a special Guardians of the Galaxy mission to save Christmas.

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Hard NOC Life 292: Thankful for ‘Andor’

This week on Hard NOC Life, Britney and Keith remember Jason David Frank and discuss how much grief has preoccupied the nerd spaces with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the most recent episode of Andor.

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Hard NOC Life 290: Pod Save the Republic

This week, Britney returns! They talk about the latest Andor and their anticipation for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. But be sure to stay tuned to the end to hear Dominic and Keith argue about the midterm elections. One thing is clear, though: DON’T VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS.

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Hard NOC Life 289: What to Expect from DC Studios

This week, Britney is still out but Dominic and Keith are here to discuss the fallout from the gigantic news that James Gunn and Peter Safran are the co-heads of the new DC Studios. What does that mean for the Distinguished Competition going forward? Also, they break down the trailers for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (coincidentally announced the same day as Gunn’s DC takeover), Quantumania, and how to pronounce “Namor.” They also catch up on the latest episodes of Andor.

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Southern Fried Asian: Suzanne Park

Southern Fried Asian returns to feature stand-up-comic-turned-young-adult-romance-author, Suzanne Park! She and Keith discuss growing up in the suburbs of Nashville, stumbling into stand-up comedy, writing her newest book, The Christmas Clash — about warring food court restaurants, her mother’s Korean American fried chicken, and more.

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Hard NOC Life 288: ‘Black Adam’ is Panned by… IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT CRITICS THINK

This week, Britney and Dominic are out, so Keith brought in his brother Raymond to review Dwayne Johnson’s first foray into superhero films, Black Adam and incorporate as many WWF Attitude-era Rock catchphrases as possible. They also talk about Henry Cavill’s future as Superman… for some reason.

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Hard NOC Life 287: K.E.V.I.N Can Fix Himself

With Britney out this week, it’s up to Keith and Dominic to cover a week even an A.I. Kevin Feige couldn’t predict, such as the fallout from the latest MCU schedule shuffle, as well as She-Hulk lampshading Marvel’s greatest flaws.

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Hard NOC Life 286: Y Tu Namor También

This week, Britney, Keith, and Dominic are joined by Friend of the NOC, Catrina Dennis to break down the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer, and marvel at Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal’s ascension up the Disney ranks with Andor and Werewolf By Night, respectively. They also geek out over Daredevil’s appearance in She-Hulk and share what’s nerd poppin’ from Star Trek: Picard to Hocus Pocus 2 and “Super” Black Adam rumors.

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Hard NOC Life 285: Welcome to the MC-Hugh

This episode was recorded before Marvel dropped the Wakanda Forever trailer so tune in next week for thoughts on that! In the meantime, Britney, Keith, and Dominic weigh in on Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine in Deadpool III, reported trouble on the Blade set, and the latest She-Hulk and Andor episodes.

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Hard NOC Life 284: ‘Andor’ Can Never Be Too Emo

The three-episode premiere of Andor is finally here, and Britney, Keith, and Dominic have thoughts! They break down everything they love about the latest, and potentially greatest, Star Wars property — including the everyone’s favorite Emo droid –and why it’s nice to finally have a Star War that f*cks. Later, Keith interviews Friend of the NOC Marc Bernardin about his various projects and his 10-year podcasting adventure and friendship with Kevin Smith.

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Southern Fried Asian: Patrick Michael Strange

On Southern Fried Asian, fellow NOC fam Patrick Michael Strange is in conversation with Keith about growing up as a military brat across the South! From South Carolina and Mississippi to joining the Navy in Viriginia, Patrick recounts coming to terms with his identity as a Filipino American and as a comic book nerd. They also discuss his own nerd empire and a memorable Comic-Con experience. Finally, Patrick reveals that tocino (and not lumpia or siopao) is his go-to Filipino dish.

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Hard NOC Life 283: How Do You Celebrate Batman Day?

Britney, Keith, and Dominic celebrate Batman Day! They also break down the latest She-Hulk and speculate about Daredevil’s forthcoming appearance. Then, Keith explains what a HasLab is and why toy collectors are freaking out about the latest offering.

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Hard NOC Life 282: Madisynn, Wongers, and D23

Britney, Keith, and Dominic go over all of the best announcements from the D23 Expo. They also break down the importance of the Wong and Madisynn relationship on She-Hulk. The discussion goes in many different directions. But not where you think!

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Hard NOC Life 281: Fantasy Sleepers

With Britney away, Keith and Dominic are left to recap the latest She-Hulk: Attorney at Law before they reveal why high fantasy shows like the prequels for Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones currently streaming are in their pop culture blind spots.

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Southern Fried Asian: ‘House of Ho’

On as special Southern Fried Asian, NOC Managing Editor Laura Sirikul sits down with the cast of HBO Max’s House of Ho just in time for the reality docuseries’ eventful second season following the Houston-based Vietnamese family as they pursue a life of love, laughter, and luxury.

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Hard NOC Life 280: DC’s in Disarray But Can Dan Lin Save the Day?

Before Keith, Britney, and Dominic do the Dance of Joy over the latest episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on Disney+, they cover the latest news coming out of Warner Bros. Discovery, including the potential hire of Dan Lin to oversee DC.

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Hard NOC Life 279: That’s What ‘She-Hulk’ Said

The gang’s all here! Keith, Britney, and Dominic reunite to talk more about the HBO Max fallout from the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. Keith also reviews DC League of Super-Pets before the crew breaks down the first episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on Disney+.

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Hard NOC Life 278: Keith’s COVID Quarantine Catch-Up

Keith is back! He joins Britney to share what he’s been watching while out with COVID — like Amazon’s The Boys and Paper Girls. He also give his two cents on the whole DC debacle over at Warner Bros. Discovery.

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Hard NOC Life 277: DC’s Crisis of Infinite Corporate Mergers

Keith is still out, so Britney and Dominic are once again joined by Vanessa Shark and Brother Nate Milton to pick up the pieces of the fallout from Warner Bros. Discovery’s cancellation of Batgirl and the future of DC and HBO Max.

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Hard NOC Life 276: Comic-Con Forever

With Keith out, Britney and Dominic assemble the West Coast Lituation Room as Vanessa Shark and Brother Nate Milton join to talk all the news that came out of San Diego Comic-Con, particularly Marvel Studios’ rousing Hall H presentation and the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer.

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Southern Fried Asian: Chef Nini Nguyen

Southern Fried Asian returns with a conversation between Keith and Top Chef alum, Chef Nini Nguyen! She tells Keith about growing up in New Orleans, being cast on Top Chef, teaching people how to cook on the internet, and what it really means for cuisine to be “authentic.” She also reveals why mullet roe will always remind her of her grandmother.

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