Actor Curtis Armstrong on Revenge of the Nerds.

A Solemn Talk With the Man Who Played Booger

A Solemn Talk With the Man Who Played Booger

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 18 2017 8:19 PM

Was Booger Really a Nerd?

Actor Curtis Armstrong on the deeper message within Revenge of the Nerds.

Curtis Armstrong at New York Comic Con on Oct. 9, 2014.

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Listen to Episode 830 of Slate’s The Gist:


Why does the movie Revenge of the Nerds continue to resonate today? Because, aside from how funny it is, it stands up for outcasts. Actor Curtis Armstrong explains what he took away from the film playing Booger, who was accepted by the nerds despite not really being one of them. Armstrong is the author of Revenge of the Nerd: Or… The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.