I could be unbelievably corny and opine that we’ve “Come A Long Way, Baby…” And regardless of how hackneyed a comment that would be, it’s the simple truth: Nerds and Geeks (use whatever term you like–the differences between them are a subject for another article) are at the vanguard of modern pop culture and entertainment: Scientists are celebrities, comic book heroes are movie stars, supermodels talk of their love for video games….This is the world Nerds built….
And this list celebrates some of it’s greatest architects.
Honored here are actors, comedians, filmmakers, physicists, TV personalities, and writers. All are card-carrying geeks, and all have contributed something unique to this wonderful Nerdiverse of ours. In the interest of communicating exactly what makes each of these personalities worthy of inclusion here, I have included a quotation from each of them (and links to their respective Facebook Pages in their names).
Anyhoo, let’s proceed with the list proper–starting at number ten with:
Mos Eisley, you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Oh and Wednesday is wing night!
The Cantina scene from Star Wars Episode IV has to count as an iconic moment in nerd cinema, with its exotic local and its rag tag mix of bizarre aliens and ne’er do wells. I’m sure we all agree it is a place that we’d love to see more of (special editions and prequels notwithstanding.)
Well look at this, The Nerdist (Chris Hardwick) has rounded up Patton Oswalt, Carrie Keagan, Jason Schwartzman, Mike Phirman and, Billy Dee Williams (oh Lando, how I have missed you) for a little Karaoke, Star Wars style!
Recent NerdBastardsinterviewee Chris Hardwick is well on his way to becoming the most successful celebrity nerd this side of Simon Pegg.
Hardwick started in stand-up comedy before co-hosting MTV‘s Singled Out with Jenny McCarthy. Later, he began what is easily the most well-known nerd podcast in existence: The Nerdist, which is now also a talk show on BBC America. For 2 years he did Web Soup for G4, and on AMC he hosts The Talking Dead, a panel show that focuses exclusively on the popular zombie drama.
This fall Hardwick will begin hosting what Deadlinedescribes as a “comedic panel show that will utilize social media participation” with Funny Or Die and Reno 911! creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant on Comedy Central. The as yet untitled late night show will air 4 nights a week after The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
This looks to be not only a new kind of show for Comedy Central, but a new kind of late night talk show: A genre that has not often been known to cater to nerddom.
We will, naturally, keep you posted on any developments.
In a wonderful bit of cross-promotion, The Nerdist, hosted by Chris Hardwick (Host – The Talking Dead) is having a Walking Dead centric-episode. Former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan has joined the fun star in this hilarious The Walking Dead -Cover Girl spoof. Here’s a picture for comparison:
Keep tuned, there will be a series of Z’Ombéal skin care ads featured on this Saturday’s episode of The Nerdist at 10/9c on BBC AMERICA.
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
This week on The Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason welcome Nerdbastard and Blastr word pooper-outer Mathew Jackson to venture out into the super unknown and discuss the burden in Jon Hamm‘s hand (wordboy means his dick, “Hamm Dickgate Part 2″), the majesty of Zombie Time Traveling Dragon Weekend, aka Time Traveling Dragon Zombie Weekend, aka… you get the picture… Doctor Who and Game of Thrones are back! The Walking Dead is going away! We’re talking about it!!
Also on the show!
Can Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3 outshine the original while blowing up the outside world? Ash Williams has been away too long, will the rumored Army of Darkness sequel live to rise? Not enough for you? How about Jason becoming a born again Nerdist fan and the mystery of Heisenberg’s stolen script, bitch!?
Holy great pillowy boob-resembley cloud in the sky! You want more? Fine, how about we talk about a great innovation in sexy time? A bacon condom that both looks and tastes like bacon when you have bacon-y big dumb sex? How about that slice of butter fried greatness? We don’t even care that the Vandelay Industries pastrami flavored condom never took off, this is better!
C’mon folks, WRAP YOUR HAMM IN BACON AND DELTA YOUR BURKE!!! (Listen to the show to get that reference.)
The Bastarcast: We really like Soundgarden and exclamation points!
Despite never claiming the crown in a fancy reality TV competition, Chris Hardwick (aka @Nerdist) could rightly be called King of the Nerds. A stand-up comic, Hardwick burst into our consciousness as the guy who stood next to Jenny McCarthy on Singled Out. Later, he would contribute to Attack of the Show, travel the country MCing panels at various Comic Cons and start the Nerdist podcast. Now, Hardwick is working as the host of AMC’s Walking Dead aftershow, The Talking Deadand his new show, The Nerdist, is about to kick off on BBC America as a part of their Supernatural Saturday’s lineup.
Given the chance to talk to Hardwick on a conference call this afternoon, we asked about his late night ambitions, which Doctor he’d like to bring back for the 50th Anniversary, and the chances of a Singled Out Kickstarter. Before we get to that, though, take a look at what Hardwick had to say when a some of the other writers on the call asked about his new show and whether he would choose The Walking Dead or Doctor Who if forced to make a choice.
Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.
On with the dump!
ABOVE: Yes, it’s a TARDIS in the same drawing as the “Firefly-class” spaceship, Serenity, so lose your mind fanboy! In a piece called cleverly named “The Time Job” John Sumrow put together an awesome heist piece – the crew of Serenity stealing the Doctor’s signature transport. You’d think Mal would have nicked the Doctors ginger too, you know… since his is still alive and all… [Nerd Approved]
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On this past Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Killer Within,” fans were shocked at the death of two major characters in the series. Many people on social media poured out their sympathies for these characters, with their names trending throughout the evening. Even AMC’s Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick was shocked by the turn of events and he’s known about it for months!
According to series creator and writer Robert Kirkman, it was all part of the grand scheme of the series.
Spoiler Alert: The following contains spoilers for episode four of the third season- (more…)
The Walking Dead has reached a fever pitch. Their Season 3 panel with Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, David Morrisey, Michael Rooker, and moderated by Talking Dead host ChrisHardwick has just finished and the buzz is maddening!
To kick things off they shared the first few minutes of the season premiere airing tomorrow night on AMC at 9pm, and it stands in stark contrast to last season. Since the clip was actually shared through the live-stream of the panel I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it on the ‘net real soon. Basically, what we saw was Rick, Carl, Daryl, and T-Dog entering a home and checking to make sure it was clear of zombies. Carl even dispatches one with a headshot! That’s right, this Carl is carrying a gun and knows how to used it. Once the house is made safe Glenn and Maggie enter followed by Herschel, Beth, Carol, and a VERY preggers Lori.
There’s been a significant jump in time since we last saw these survivors and it’s made very evident in these opening moments. There’s no dialogue, the group is moving as one, as a cohesive unit who’s only mission is to survive. After resting in the home for a few moments walkers are spotted outside and they have to book it. Silently they exit out the back, head to the vehicles, and leave.
It’s a startling opening for the season, full of tension, and works well to whet your appetite for what will be a season, “full of zombie action,” as Hardwick promises. In fact, if there was to be a theme of this panel it’s this season’s got all the zombies we were looking for last year, and then some. Just to give some hint of what they mean, Lincoln says, “there are more zombie kills in this episode than in the whole of season one.” Whoa.
With their decision to jump ahead in time by several months we’re meeting a very different group than who we left last season. In particular, Carl has likely changed the most. Riggs calls his character a “darker” one but enjoys being able to play this different version of Carl. No more, “Where’s Carl?” or “Carl, stay in the fuckin’ house!”
Speaking of Carl, I think Chandler Riggs will have a future as a teen hearthrob because there was much love for him from the surprising amount of young girls asking questions at the panel. Actually, Kirkman was a little mortified at how many kids, say around 11-13 year olds, were fans who’d watched the show and read the comic. But after the young girls fawned over Riggs, their mothers were swooning for Norman Reedus.
His is a character we’ve seen grow a lot since Merle left, and as Reedus puts it, “he’s been away from the enforcement of his big brother,” and because of it is more loyal to the group, they’re his new family. Something we’ll see explored in this season is what kind of effect Merle’s return has on Daryl, and we’ll see their relationship being tested again and again. But in place of Merle it sounds like Daryl and Rick have been forming quite the bromance, Reedus calling Rick the brother Daryl wants to have.
And what of Merle? Rooker says, “I’m a tough asshole,” and leaves it at that. But really, what more do you need to know? We’ll see what Merle’s all about as the series progresses.
Enough on our returning characters, what about the new faces? Hardwick mentions, and rightly so, there were three things people have been demanding to see ever since the show began: Michonne, The Governor, and the prison. The trailers have already promised us we’ll be seeing the prison very soon, but Michonne was tantalizing teased at the end of last season and we’re desperately awaiting seeing her in action.
Gurira is pumped as well telling us Michonne kicks so much ass in this first episode, we won’t be disappointed with her. She continues, playing the katana-wielding badass is, “an intense, brutal joy.” As she puts it, Michonne isn’t just a surviver, she’s a “thriver,” and Gurira admires how smart she is to use what she’s got around her. Like the zombies she’s keeps as “pets”, Gurira calls it, “masterful.” Hearing her talk about Michonne only make me more excited to finally get to see her. Tomorrow, get here faster!
And, The Governor. I don’t know if there’s ever been such a vile character as The Governor and everyone is in anticipation for what David Morrisey will bring to the role. Interestingly, Morrisey mentions that his Governor isn’t the same man as in the comics when we first meet him. This Governor is actually somewhere in between The Governor of Kirkman’s recent novel, The Rise of The Governor, and the man we met in the comics. I think this is going to add an interesting spin to the character, having him interact with Rick earlier on in his evolution to psychotic villain. Morrisey continues calling The Governor different, but very, “in the spirit of him.” I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see him and the Woodbury he rules over with an iron fist.
Lastly, Kirkman promises us, “there’s a lot of dark stuff on the horizon,” and Rooker adds, “this show is just beautifully brutal.” Oh, I am pumped! Are you?
The Walking Dead returns tomorrow night on AMC at 9pm!
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