Mike Massimino and Garrett Reisman are fast to make clear the title of their new podcast. The two NASA veterans need their listeners to know they aren’t two “funny guys.”
“We’re not humorous guys, we’re funny astronauts!” the 2 say, virtually in unison.
“We don’t want people thinking we’re boasting that we are funny. We’re not. That’s not what we are saying,” insists Massimino. “We’re funny for astronauts.”
Whatever they’re, their banter conjures up loads of laughter in “2 Funny Astronauts,” launching on Wednesday (May 5). The weekly podcast can be obtainable on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube, with different on-line providers to comply with.
As an astronaut, Massimino flew on two house shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Reisman lived on board the International Space Station after which helped ship a Russian docking module to the orbiting complicated.
Now each of them are faculty professors — and occasional actors; Massimino appeared as himself on “The Big Bang Theory” and Reisman lately cameoed on Apple TV+’s “For All Mankind.” The two long-time associates by no means needed to probability to fly collectively, so that they needed to seek out one other technique to work with one another.
“Back when we were in the Astronaut Office together, we were regularly cracking each other up,” Reisman recalled in an interview with collectSPACE.com. “After we left NASA, we both did some stuff in the public domain and for a long time we kept saying that it would be great if we did something together.”
The two (humorous) astronauts thought of tapping into their experiences on display screen and met with manufacturing firms about beginning a actuality TV present, however finally selected creating the podcast.
“We said why don’t we just do a podcast, because even we could figure that out, right?” stated Reisman.
“I wasn’t so sure about that,” Massimino interjected.
“You know, we’re not good with technology,” stated Reisman, who, like Massimino, has a doctorate in mechanical engineering. “We had to do the best we could.”
As it turned out, “2 Funny Astronauts” did want some tech to make it attainable. Although each hosts initially hailed from the tri-state space (as their New Jersey and Long Island accents nonetheless attest), Reisman now works in Los Angeles, whereas Massimino is in New York City.
“We can’t be together in the same room, which is unfortunate for this, but through technology — we have a really good producer — we are able to tie in together,” stated Massimino. “The only issue is sometimes we have to get Garrett up a little earlier than expected. Other than that, it seems to have worked out pretty good so far.”
Each episode of “2 Funny Astronauts” options Massimino and Reisman riffing off one another on the themes they like to debate, although the 2 attempt to keep near the subject of house exploration.
This just isn’t your typical “how to be an astronaut” NASA lecture, although.
“What we’re really going to try to do is demystify what it is like to be an astronaut,” Massimino informed collectSPACE. “A lot of times the perception is we’re very stuffy and very by the book. We just want to show people what is like to hang out with astronauts, how fun it can be to be an astronaut and some of the shenanigans that have occurred.”
The podcast will not’ be raunchy, stated Reisman, nevertheless it will not be G-rated both.
“We talked about this, about what we are shooting for, and we agreed on PG-13. So we might occasionally say a bad word, but nothing so bad I’d be embarrassed talking about it in front of my kids,” stated Reisman.
“But that’s the idea, to tell the story of being an astronaut in a relatable way, in a realistic way and obviously a funny way,” he stated.
Of course, it is going to be as much as the listeners to evaluate if Massimino and Reisman are solely humorous for being astronauts, or throughout humorous guys.
“If it was a good idea, it was all my idea. If it’s a bad idea, it was Garrett’s. So why don’t we wait on that,” stated Massimino, with fun.