Mike Massimino and Garrett Reisman are quick to clarify the title of their new podcast. Two NASA veterans want their listeners to know that they are not two “funny guys.”
“We are not funny guys, we are funny astronauts!” – say two, almost in unison.
“We don’t want people to think that we are bragging that we are funny. We are not like that. We are not talking about that, ”insists Massimino. “We’re funny for astronauts.”
Whatever they are, their banter generates a lot of laughter in 2 Funny Astronauts, which launches Wednesday (May 5). The weekly podcast will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube, as well as other online services.
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As an astronaut, Massimino participated in two space shuttle missions to serve the Hubble Space Telescope. Reisman lived aboard the International Space Station and then helped deliver a Russian docking module to the orbital complex.
Now they are both college professors and sometimes actors; Massimino appeared as himself in The Big Bang Theory, and Reisman recently made a cameo appearance on Apple TV + For All Humanity. The two longtime friends had never flown together, so they wanted to find another way to work with each other.
“When we were at the Astronaut Office together, we regularly teased each other,” Reisman recalled in an interview with collectSPACE.com. “After we left NASA, we both did something publicly, and for a long time we kept saying that it would be great if we did something together.”
The two (funny) astronauts thought about sharing their experiences on screen and met with production companies to start a reality show, but ultimately decided to create a podcast.
“We said, why don’t we just do a podcast, because even we could figure that out, right?” Reisman said.
“I wasn’t so sure about that,” Massimino interjected.
“You know, we’re not good at technology,” said Reisman, who, like Massimino, has a PhD in mechanical engineering. “We had to do everything we could.”
As it turns out, “2 Funny Astronauts” really needed technology to make this possible. Although both owners were originally from the Tri-State area (as evidenced by their accents in New Jersey and Long Island), Reisman now works in Los Angeles and Massimino in New York.
“We can’t be in the same room together, which is bad for that, but thanks to technology – we have a really good producer – we can work together,” Massimino said. “The only problem is that sometimes we need to lift Garrett a little earlier than expected. Otherwise, it looks like things are working out pretty well so far. “
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In each episode of 2 Funny Astronauts, Massimino and Reisman discuss each other on topics they enjoy discussing, although they try to stay within the scope of space exploration.
However, this is not an ordinary NASA lecture on “how to become an astronaut.”
“What we’re really going to do is demystify what it means to be an astronaut,” Massimino told collectSPACE. “It often seems that we are very stiff and behave by the rules. We just want to show people what it means to hang out with astronauts, how fun it is to be an astronaut, and some of the shenanigans that have happened. “
The podcast won’t be obscene, Reisman said, but it won’t have a G rating either.
“We talked about this, about why we are shooting, and we agreed on PG-13. So we can sometimes say a bad word, but nothing so bad, I would be embarrassed to talk about it in front of my children, ”Reisman said.
“But the idea is to tell the story of how to become an astronaut in a realistic and obviously funny manner,” he said.
Of course, listeners will judge whether Massimino and Reisman are funny just because they are astronauts, or because they are funny guys.
“If it was a good idea, it was my idea. If it’s a bad idea, it was Garrett’s. So why don’t we wait for this, ”Massimino said with a laugh.
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