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Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick
Hardwick at the 2013 WonderCon.
Birth name Christopher Ryan Hardwick
Born (1971-11-23) November 23, 1971
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television, podcast
Nationality American
Years active 1991–present
Genres Observational comedy, sarcasm, musical comedy
Subject(s) Human behavior, self-deprecation, pop culture, nerd culture
Notable works and roles Hard 'n Phirm
Host of Singled Out
Host of Wired Science
Host of Web Soup
Host of The Nerdist Podcast
Host of @midnight
Otis in the Back at the Barnyard series
Host of Talking Dead

Christopher Ryan "Chris" Hardwick (born November 23, 1971) is an American television host, stand-up comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, podcaster, and voice actor. He is known for performing with Mike Phirman in Hard 'n Phirm, hosting Singled Out, Wired Science, Web Soup, and Nerdist Podcast, and as the voice of Otis in Back at the Barnyard, replacing Kevin James. In 2011, Hardwick began hosting Ministry of Laughs, a BBC America Britcom block, and Talking Dead, a live hour talk show on AMC. In 2013, he hosted Talking Bad, a live half-hour talk show on AMC about and following the show Breaking Bad.

Hardwick hosts @midnight, a nightly comedy series on Comedy Central, and voices Craig in the Nickelodeon series Sanjay and Craig. He is also chief executive officer of Nerdist Industries, the digital division of Legendary Entertainment.

Early life

Chris Hardwick was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of professional bowler Billy Hardwick (1941–2013) and Sharon Hills, a real estate agent in Pasadena, California.[1] His Italian-American maternal grandfather opened a bowling alley where his parents first met.[2] Hardwick was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of his mother.[3] Hardwick grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, attending St. Benedict at Auburndale K-12 School, then attended Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado, and then Loyola High School for his senior year.[4]

Hardwick studied philosophy at UCLA, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity during his freshman year.[4][5] Hardwick was roommates with Wil Wheaton for some time.[6][7] They met at a showing of Arachnophobia in Burbank, California.[6]


Hardwick was a DJ on Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM during the mid-1990s.[4] In the fall of 1998, he starred in the UPN comedy Guys Like Us; the show aired 12 episodes before it was cancelled in January 1999.[8]

Hardwick appeared in Rob Zombie's horror films House of 1000 Corpses and Halloween 2.[4] He also made a small appearance in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.[8] In 2010, he was featured in the film The Mother of Invention. He made guest appearances on such shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Married... with Children,[4] Boy Meets World[4] and Zoey 101, and was a guest commentator on VH1's I Love the '90s, which aired in 2005.[4] He appeared as a television host on hip hop group Little Brother's 2005 album, The Minstrel Show.[9]

Hardwick is a contributing writer for Wired magazine (since 2007), writes for Web Soup and Back at the Barnyard,[4] and he makes regular appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Chelsea Lately. As part of what Hardwick calls his "nerd media empire", he runs Nerdist Theater, an entertainment space at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.[10][11][12] He entered into an equity partnership with GeekChicDaily in June 2011[13] to form Nerdist Industries.[14]

Hardwick published a self-help book, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life), with Penguin Publishing, in late 2011. In February 2012, GeekChicDaily fully merged with Nerdist Industries and became Nerdist News, with Hardwick operating as Chief Creative Officer.[15]

On July 10, 2012, Nerdist Industries was acquired by Legendary Entertainment. Hardwick was given the title of co-president of Legendary's digital business.[16]

Voiceover work

Hardwick voiced Alexander Hamilton in The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd and Otis in the Barnyard series (the character was originally voiced by actor Kevin James in the movie Barnyard: The Original Party Animals).

He provided the voice for Sanjay and Craig.[8]


Chris Hardwick, at left, emceeing the Legendary Comics panel at the 2012 New York Comic Con. Beside him from left to right: Bob Schreck, Matt Wagner, Grant Morrison, Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham.

In 1993, Hardwick hosted the game show Trashed.[18]

Hardwick was first known as the host of MTV's Singled Out. While working on Singled Out, he met fellow MTV personality Jacinda Barrett, to whom he was engaged but never married. Later, he hosted the syndicated dating show Shipmates. As of October 2007, he has been hosting Wired Science on PBS, writing for Wired. On June 7, 2009, he became the host of G4's Web Soup, a spinoff of E!'s The Soup. Hardwick had previously guest hosted The Soup's predecessor, Talk Soup.

Since February 2010, Hardwick has been producing the "Nerdist" podcast, which he hosts with Jonah Ray and Matt Mira.[19] The podcast was named one of 2010's best by The A.V. Club[20] and one of the 10 best comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone.[21]

In May 2011, Hardwick signed a deal with BBC America to host a pilot of a panel talk show for the network based on the podcast. The deal also included Hardwick doing intros and outros for BBC America's new Saturday night Ministry of Laughs comedy block of Britcoms.[22]

In 2011, Hardwick began hosting Talking Dead, a live half-hour (later expanded to one hour) talk show companion series to AMC's hit series The Walking Dead. Hardwick interviews celebrity fans of The Walking Dead as well as members of its cast and crew, interacts with the studio audience, re-airs clips of the episode, plays games with and polls the viewers via the Internet, and offers exclusive clips of the next episode. Talking Dead is currently in its fourth season. In August 2013, Hardwick also began hosting Talking Bad, a live half-hour talk show companion series to the final eight episodes of the AMC series Breaking Bad.

On December 24, 2011, BBC America aired The Nerdist: The Year in Review, a comedy special hosted by Hardwick in Los Angeles. In August 2012, he hosted a special episode of The Nerdist on BBC America to "debate" the effects of time and space with other friends and celebrity nerds. The episode was really an effort to promote the network's upcoming September 1 seventh-season premiere of its series Doctor Who.

On April 30, 2013, Comedy Central announced that Hardwick would host a half-hour comedic panel show called @midnight. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, formerly of Reno 911!, will serve as executive producers/showrunners.[23] @midnight premiered on October 21, 2013.

On November 7, 2014 he hosted the "Talent, Art, Movie and Costume" section of BlizzCon.

Stand-up comedy

Hardwick in July 2011

Hardwick is also a stand-up comedian and performs with Mike Phirman in the music comedy duo Hard 'n Phirm, whose half-hour comedy special Comedy Central Presents: Hard 'n Phirm premiered in January 2008.[24]

In 2004, Comedy Central used some of his material for an animated series called Shorties Watchin' Shorties.[25] In 2007, both his solo standup and duo act were featured on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death Ray. Hard 'n Phirm completed several songs for the 2009 Rob Zombie animated movie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Hardwick has announced plans to do a live stand-up album from his 2009 tour. He has toured as a featured comedian for Joel McHale. In 2010, he appeared as a stand-up comic on John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show twice. In the same year, Hardwick performed on the Comedy Central show The Benson Interruption.[8]

On February 17, 2012, Chris Hardwick filmed Mandroid, his first one hour stand-up special for Comedy Central in New York City. Jonah Ray was his unaired opener.[26] The special aired on Comedy Central on November 10, 2012 and was well received.[27] Extended and uncensored DVD, CD, and digital versions were released January 22, 2013.[28][29]

Personal life

Hardwick was previously engaged to model/actress Jacinda Barrett and was in a relationship with actress Janet Varney from 2004 to 2011.[30] His most recent relationship was with model and actress Chloe Dykstra from late 2011 to July 2014.[31][32]

Hardwick talks openly about being a recovering alcoholic and has been sober since October 8, 2003.[33]




Year Title Role Notes
1997 Courting Courtney Tim
1998 Win a Date Evrett Short film
1998 Beach House Ross
1998 Art House Weston Craig
2000 Jack & Diane Jack Short film
2002 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Burger
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Jerry Goldsmith
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Engineer
2004 Spectres Sam Phillips
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Arson investigator
2005 Life Coach, TheThe Life Coach Milos
2009 Mother of Invention, TheThe Mother of Invention Drake Wooderson
2009 Halloween II David Newman
2010 Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers Bones (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2013 Booker, Catch! Booker Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Thirtysomething Young man Episode: "Closing the Circle"
1995–1998 Singled Out Himself (host) 130 episodes
1996 Boy Meets World Himself Episode: "Singled Out"
1996 Married... with Children Dan Inwood Episode: "Spring Break (Parts 1 & 2)"
1996 MADtv Himself Episode: "1.16"
1998–1999 Guys Like Us Sean Barker 13 episodes
2001 The Zeta Project Ro's Brother (voice) Episode: "Ro's Reunion"
2001–2003 Shipmates Himself (host)
2005 Zoey 101 Garth Berman - Executive Chairman Episode: "Spring Fling"
2005–2006 The X's Glowface (voice) 10 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mikey Shoemaker Episode: "Rashomama"
2007 WIRED Science Himself (host) 11 episodes
2007–2008 Batman, TheThe Batman Green Arrow/Oliver Queen (voice) 3 episodes
2007–2011 Back at the Barnyard Otis (voice) 67 episodes
2008 Comedy Central Presents Himself Episode: "Hard 'n Phirm"
2008 The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd Alexander Hamilton Episode: "407"
2008–2013 Attack of the Show! Himself (correspondents) 73 episodes
2009–2011 Web Soup Himself (host) 53 episodes
2010 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Himself 2 episodes
2010 The Benson Interruption Himself Episode: "1.1"
2010–2011 McBusters Morgan Spurlock (voice) 2 episodes
2011–2012 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Evallo Von Meanskrieg, Graveyard Ghoul, Maxwell, Spanker Chief, Shadowy Orc (voice) 2 episodes
2011–Present Talking Dead Himself (host)
2012 Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra Sokka (voice) Episode: "Out of the Past"
2012 Chris Hardwick: Mandroid Himself Stand-up Special
2012–2013 The Nerdist Himself (host) 18 episodes
2013 Video Game High School Anchorman Episode: "Loopholes"
2013 Talking Bad Himself (host) 8 episodes
2013–present Sanjay and Craig Craig (voice)
2013–present @midnight Himself (host) Also creator, executive producer, writer
2013–2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 2 episodes
2014 Garfunkel & Oates Himself Episode: "Rule 34"
2014 Maron Himself Episode: "Marc on Talking Dead"

Video Game

Year Title Voice
2014 Tales from the Borderlands Vaughn (voice)

Awards and nominations

Year Title Nominated work Result
2014 Spike Guys' Choice Award for Smartacus Won
2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Original Interactive Program[34] @midnight Nominated


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  32. ^ Chis Hardwick (2014-07-14). "Chris Hardwick Twitter Account". Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
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  34. ^ [New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Chris Hardwick on Twitter
  • "Chris Hardwick: Nerdism For Fun And Profit" at
  • Wired Science Team: Chris Hardwick
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