The next selection in the My Favorite Geek series is a special one for me. He’s the reason I started calling myself a geek aloud. Within earshot of other people. He not only made it okay to be different, he encouraged it. He created a safe space for geeks (and in his words, nerds) to happily coexist. I am forever in his debt. Ladies and gentlemen, the smashingly brilliant:
Mr. Chris Hardwick
For my non geeky readers (i.e. my husband), Chris Hardwick has done more good to the nerd name in the past five years than we could have ever dreamed. We live in a time when it’s almost cool, to be a geek. And if it’s not full-on cool, it’s at least socially acceptable. And I know a big part of that is because of Chris.
A quick rundown of the more notable geek related Chris Hardwick ventures: The Nerdist Podcast, Hard ‘n Phirm (musical comedy duo), host of Web Soup (which he also writes for), host of The Talking Dead, writer for Wired, ComiCon panel moderator and stand up comedian, who runs the Nerdist Theater.
And those are only the things he’s doing currently. He’s a busy, busy nerd.
I admit, I was originally drawn to him because he was a voracious Whovian. (Full disclosure: If you tell me you watch Doctor Who, I will immediately follow you around like a lost puppy- or since I am a non animal lover, I suppose I will follow you around like a rain cloud on bad day). I soon became a loyal podcast listener anxiously awaiting my bi-weekly fix.
If you aren’t familiar with Chris Hardwick, I encourage you to check out the Nerdist Podcast. It’s free on iTunes. Pick one with a guest you enjoy (there are TONS of awesome guest to choose from: Will Wheaton, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Patton Oswalt, JJ Abrams and Dave Attell, just to name a few) or check out a hostful episode, where it’s just Chris and his two co-hosts, Matt Mirah and Jonah Ray. Personally, the hostful episodes are my favorites. I love to listen to them just geek about stupid stuff for an hour.
And if my husband is reading this: There is a live Nerdist Podcast in Philly on March 23rd. You never know what to get me for Valentine’s Day.