The Nerdist : Tom Hanks interview

October 14, 2012

In a creative ploy to get Tom Hanks to appear on the Nerdist Podcast, founder and host Chris Hardwick sent him a vintage typewriter and an invitation letter. Here is the original letter sent by The Nerdist team :

Please accept this typewriter–o–gram as a formal invitation to be a a guest on my wildly-popular-with-the-kids Nerdist Podcast. It is a super relaxed, fun chat that will probably cover comedy, NASA, and whatever else you want to talk about — a new WEBSERIES, perhaps?? We are nice guys who are easy to get along with and have never murdered anyone. Other guests have included folks like your son Colin, Tina Fey, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston, John Lithgow, Willem Dafoe, JJ Abrams, Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Joel McHale, Jon Hamm, and THE MUPPETS. It would be an absolute dream come true to add you to this list. Please accept this 1934 Smith Corona as a gift for even considering this request. It should only VERY SLIGHTLY affect your decision.

Then Tom Hanks came up with a hilarious response, complete with old school typos. Click on the image below to see the full letter.

It worked. Tom Hanks came in to chat with Hardwick and co-hosts Matt Mira and Jonah Ray about typewriter, show business, space, "The Brady Bunch," Tom Selleck, sports, and now-famous actors to appear in "Band of Brothers."

You can listen to and download the podcast in our audio section. The interview starts at 3'55 and lasts for more than an hour an half. Beware explicit language is used. Enjoy!