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Chris Hardwick is a stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth known as Nerdist Industries.

Chris is the CEO of Nerdist Industries, which has grown to include the Nerdist.com website; a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) with over 850K subscribers; 2.1M Twitter fans; and a podcast network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 4.8M monthly downloads.

Nerdist also produces content for television including All Star Celebrity Bowling for AMC and In the Name of Science for National Geographic Channel. Further, Nerdist hosts live events around the country such as The Nerdist Podcast Live! and Course of the Force, an annual lightsaber relay in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD and Octagon which leads up to San Diego Comic-Con International.

On top of his Nerdist responsibilities, Chris is the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discusses the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His new late-night show on Comedy Central, @Midnight, premiered in October, 2013 and airs nightly after The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood.

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  • Hey Chris,

    Really enjoyed your appearance on the Adam Carolla podcast. I feel a little weird pimping a site that I work on, but as a fellow nerd I thought that you might enjoy checking out a quirky online game called Kingdom of Loathing. It’s lo-fi and filled with funny, and I think it may be up your alley. Also it’s free, which never hurts.

  • Hey Chris,
    awesome job on Carolla’s log. Nothing wrong with Nerding out near the end, really interesting what you said about getting the pulse of people. I think it will backlash a little as privacy is going to be one of the biggest issues down the line.
    Shipmates was also f-ing hysterical due to your hosting.
    check out: http://www.knbtfm.com when in Austin.
    peace

  • Hey Chris,
    I want to start off say that your articles are bitch’n and secondly I am currently an English Major at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, its about 30 minutes from Austin and I really wanted to see your stand-up during SXSW but was unable to. I was wondering what sort of schooling, back alley dealings, and/or demonic seance did you do to ascertain and prepare for your career in journalism and KICK-ASSery?
    P.S. I totally have heterosexual guy crush on you.

  • Yeah, jon, I think they did snip some stuff out, but only for time. I don’t remember anything getting so crazy that it had to be kept from the masses.

    and thanks!

  • Hey Chris,
    Caught your appearance on Chelsea Lately, absolutely hilarious. Just wanted to ask, there seemed to be some kind of hard cut after Brad made fun of Perez like it got out of hand and they had to dump a bunch of stuff, anything to this? Either way, keep up the great work.

  • Hey Chris. I have a few questions about Thesis for WordPress. How did you get your yellow color scheme? Also, how did you do the NERDIST header? I want to get rid of the default header in Thesis. Did you do both with plugins?

  • You don’t have to physically set gear up. It’s just an option that you select when you’re signing up and they do it on their end. Don’t worry about setting up a server box.

  • Thanks for the help Chris! I just have one quick question about that:
    How did you set up the Linux Server? (I may be tech savvy enough to check techmeme every couple hours and keep updated with tech, but I am not quite a guru ;] )

    I do have a spare computer that I could use for a server host, though I am not sure how to do that. Thanks again!

  • Hi Chris, my name is Matt and I am looking to start a blog using wordpress, but I want my own domain name and host, I would also like to add forums. I was wondering what host you used for this blog or how you created it. Thanks!

  • Hi Chris–

    I’m the host/producer of This Week in Science, a weekly science radio show, which airs from UC Davis community radio station. I’m putting together a compilation cd of science-y music for the station’s annual fundraiser, and would love to include one of your songs.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    –kirsten

  • Guess what I do recognize you from college because we DID go to college together. I was at the Spring Fling or whatever the frig that music show was called and I was very impressed with Hard -n- Phirm. I was also very “impressed” with Corey Feldman, but that’s a different story.

    So hey, how do I find out what podcasts you’re on? Love you on Adam Carolla and D. Benson, would like to find more.

    Thanks, homie!

    Erin

  • Chris!
    My sister, mere seconds ago, sent me to your bio for some good laughs. First thing I thought was “THAT’S THE GUY FROM PBS’S ‘WHAT’S INSIDE’!!” I can’t believe you got Rainn Wilson to be a guest. That kicks so much ass. Oh, and I’m only 24, not 104. I’ll try and revisit all your old episodes in 80 years.

    My sister want’s to know if you ever hosted “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.”

    Cheers,
    Chris
    Portland, OR

  • hi chris,
    i am the guy who created a sculpture that eventually became the visual design of “Otis” on Back at the Barnyard.
    i also get the angry parent pointing out the “udder controversy”….its always the grown up who writes, not the kids….like kids give a flyin’ hoot. Anyway, have you heard how many episodes they might be doin for 2009? im not in the loop, but im curious…..let me know, if you can.
    thanks chris!
    mark
    p.s. oh yeah…you do SO much better a job than Kevin at the character….Otis really came alive on the TV show….keep up the great job!

  • Hey Chris!

    I’m sure that you have a ton of things going on, as I just read your Time Management Wired article, but I wanted to stop by and announce myself as an official number-one fan. That’s right, I know that you’ve got more than one already, so I’m applying for a position on the list. I don’t know if fans are measured by their enthusiasm or knowledge of the people they are fans of, but I am absorbing all that you have made available on the web as time permits. Procrastinating on things that aren’t interesting has to be one of my favorite pastimes!

    It’s rare that someone with the wit of a headlining stand-up comedian can affectively apply their humor to nerdy things (especially Genetics, mathematics and relativistic physics), so I enthusiastically applaud you for that. Just randomly in public when I think about it. People often stare, but it’s worth it.

    Also, please keep doing what you do. I’m a mechanical engineering student who would love nothing more than to apply his knowledge of the nerdy in the same way that you are doing it every day. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to be very good at that just yet, but I’m learning and (hopefully) improving. Gotta follow your heart, huh?

    Sorry for the lengthy comment, I actually cut it down from a 1432 page manuscript. There’s no fun to be had in reading something of that magnitude. Also, come to Colorado sometime soon! I’d be glad to show my support by coming to a show, and I’m certain that a lot of other people would too.

    All the best!

  • Hey Chris, I know you probably get this a lot, but hear me out. I’m an aspiring teenage writer, and I’ve got my own blog, BrisOwnWorld.com, that I run with several of my friends. We blog about current events, politics, issues, technology, and life in general. Being a fairly varied blogger yourself, I was wondering if you’d be interested in writing a guest blog for my website. It doesn’t have to be long, but we would love your input. You can choose the topic, or we could give you one, whatever works best.
    We understand that you’re busy. All we’re asking is for maybe an hour of your time. If you’re interested, you can email me at brianna [at] brisownworld [dot] com.
    Also, I’d like to get the fangirl in me a chance to speak: I’ve been reading your blog for a couple weeks and love it, and I read your WIRED article about time management. Needless to say, I loved that too.
    Thanks!

  • just finished reading the Wired article. you’ll be happy to know that i scheduled myself to read it rather than possibly getting to it whilst on the pooper…or maybe you’re *not* happy to know that. a few other things:

    – i *have* seen Wired Science, and no, I’m not 104.
    – i didn’t see you in T3, though i was half-paying attention which means i should have seen you in at least one scene.
    – some time ago i stumbled across some mp3s of Hard ‘n Phirm. within these is an audience recording of mbar paradise – two chicks ate each other’s box = pair of dykes? oh my. comic genius? close enough. (though out of context i guess it’s more obvious than funny, but those who have heard the song are likely to at least guffaw when remember the song.)

    now stop distracting me so i can get back to work!

  • You need to shove in there ” Voted best tech reviewer by that random kid name Kyle on Nerdist.com”. Honestly you are an amazing tech reviewer with that mix of humor and information. I think I have watched the part where you point and say “tard” in the LG Dare review like fifty times! Not only on ATOS, but with the comment in the Best of CES Awards when you said “someone just threw their salad and stomped down.” You just have the humor I like I guess. Keep it up! Don’t change the humor! You have fans!…or fan!…yeah!

  • Chris, Just discovered website…very cool. Used to live 2 doors from you when you were like two. More comments later. Best of luck. Say Hi to the family. Ron Thompson, Boca Raton Fl

  • Hot dang. I’m somewhat elated to realize you’re alive and kicking after completely writing you off dead for disappearing from the Finnish TV sets some years ago. After all, the end of Shipmates was indeed one of the most darkest and traumatizing moments of my life (aside from seeing what the drunk Santa Claus did to Rudolph at the back of a men’s bathroom last week with the help of an iPhone playing The Scorpion’s “Rock you like a Hurricane”.) And in fact, losing my daily fix of such politically correct lines as “Oink, oink! Bitch!” made me shed the first tears since learning about how David Hasselhoff was the true reason why the divided Germany united, marking the beginning of the end to the Cold War.

    Anyhow. That vile, cynical show (Shipmates, not the one Santa put out) grew to be one of the best and underrated shows the TV has ever put out. After The Wire anyway. Come to think of it, Shipmates was like The Transformers: More than meets the eye. In the midst of all the brainless reality shows (from then and now), yours actually showed brain activity. Thus, if you have any leverage on anyone responsible for Shipmates, push ‘em to release it on DVD. During these dark times, I could show my support, do some good and sell my somewhat toxicated kidneys and use the dirty Euros from them to stimulate the American economy!

    But in the end, I just wanted to pay my respect from across the globe to you good, sir and wish you the best of luck with your current and future endeavors. May they cross our frozen airwaves some day.

    Kiitos!

  • Matias: Huzzah on all counts!

    Kansas: I believe it was Trace Elements, which isn’t available yet but will be soon! Hopefully within a few weeks…

  • Chris, I cannot find the name of the song you performed on AOTS. I would love to LEGALLY purchase it somewhere but have no idea what the name is. It is the single greatest song I have ever heard in my life.

  • All nerdists unite!!! Love the blog.

    Just read your Self-Help Dropout article on Wired.com, and I have to admit that for the past 3 weeks I’ve been into a self-help love triangle with both Getting Things Done and The 4-Hour Workweek.

    Gotta say that Tim Ferriss opened my eyes to the truth that I DON’T HAVE TO PERSONALLY DO everything on my to-do list to be ultra productive, and that I can be productive without being a 14 hours a day slave. Amen to that!

    Now, if I could just oursource ackward social calls and stupid house chores to a doppelganger or clone… MWAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Happy new year!!!

  • I just read your article in the recent issue of Wired and LMAO!! I, too, am a slave to email and identifed too easily with your inability to let it go. BTW, I’m not 104, but I watched every episode of Wired Science (thank you, TiVo). My favorite pieces were the “What’s Inside”, esp. the one with Rainn Wilson. I’m a total nerd and learned somewhere in my 20’s to quit trying to fight it and/or hide it and to just embrace it!

  • I contribute all advances in the scientific and artistic fields in the last 100 years or so to all the cartoons children watch that feature anthromorphic animals. I myself spent countless hours on such gems as Rocko’s Modern Life and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, though I belive the latter featured monsters that resembled animals, though, weren’t actually animals. Anway, just think of it this way, you might be bettering the would by providing young, influential minds with the creative release they need to get all those juicy brain fluids flowing at a young age, possibly leading to development of some sort of warp drive or maybe a toilet that courtesy flushes itself.I contribute all advances in the scientific and artistic fields in the last 100 years or so to all the cartoons children watch that feature anthropomorphic animals. I myself spent countless hours on such gems as Rocko’s Modern Life and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, though I believe the latter featured monsters that resembled animals, though weren’t actually animals. Anyway, just think of it this way, you might be bettering the would by providing young, influential minds with the creative release they need to get all those juicy brain fluids flowing at a young age, possibly leading to development of some sort of warp drive or maybe a toilet that courtesy flushes itself.

    A man can dream can’t he…

    A man can dream can’t he…

  • I have a picture of You next to a picture to me in my high school yearbook of Celeb look alikes. That’s me! I’m the guy you look like. It’s that indistinguishable.

    Let me know if you want the scanned page as a homage to your awesome generic looks. Funny thing, I don’t even know how you got on my Twitter, it was probably something you said.

    Very happy I singled you out again. hahaha. Not that you haven’t heard that a thousand times.

  • I think I like the new logo, although my retina has yet to recover from that unexpected assault of yellow. I giggled a lot at the Pong game and the plastic hole-filler thingie for 45s.

  • Hey Chris! I just read your Wired reviews on the 3 productivity books – hilarious. I myself would never get to the actual books, so reading your short synopsis at least fed me enough fodder to actually know what the heck others keep talking about. Thanks!

    btw, I noticed you’re in L.A. Stop by the Miracle Mile area (Wilshire, 2 blks west of La Brea) to my little “coworking” office community: http://www.BLANKSPACES.com. People here are way productive and no book required. Something about reporting to an actual office – cafés don’t count! – gets people to be all legit and stuff. I figure it must be some balance of ‘legitmatism’ and freedom, which fits our mantra, “work FOR yourself, not BY yourself.” Your 1st week is on me!

    Jerome