Chris Hardwick

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Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Hardwick at the 2013 WonderCon
Birth nameChristopher Ryan Hardwick
Born(1971-11-23) November 23, 1971 (age 43)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television, podcast
Years active1991–present
GenresObservational comedy, sarcasm, musical comedy
Subject(s)Human behavior, self-deprecation, pop culture, nerd culture
Notable works and rolesHard 'n Phirm
Host of Singled Out
Host of Wired Science
Host of Web Soup
Host of The Nerdist Podcast
Host of @midnight With Chris Hardwick
Otis in Back at the Barnyard
Host of Talking Dead
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Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Hardwick at the 2013 WonderCon
Birth nameChristopher Ryan Hardwick
Born(1971-11-23) November 23, 1971 (age 43)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television, podcast
Years active1991–present
GenresObservational comedy, sarcasm, musical comedy
Subject(s)Human behavior, self-deprecation, pop culture, nerd culture
Notable works and rolesHard 'n Phirm
Host of Singled Out
Host of Wired Science
Host of Web Soup
Host of The Nerdist Podcast
Host of @midnight With Chris Hardwick
Otis in Back at the Barnyard
Host of Talking Dead

Christopher Ryan "Chris" Hardwick (born November 23, 1971) is an American television host, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcaster, musician, and voice artist. Hardwick is the chief executive officer of Nerdist Industries, the digital division of Legendary Entertainment. He currently hosts @midnight With Chris Hardwick, a nightly comedy-game show series on Comedy Central, and voices Craig in the Nickelodeon series Sanjay and Craig.

In 2011, he began hosting Ministry of Laughs, a BBC America Britcom block, and Talking Dead, a live hour talk show on AMC following episodes of The Walking Dead. In 2013, Hardwick hosted Talking Bad, a live half-hour talk show on AMC about and following the show Breaking Bad. He is also 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.

Early life[edit]

Hardwick was born Christopher Ryan Hardwick in Louisville, Kentucky on November 23, 1971, the son of professional bowler Billy Hardwick (1941–2013) and Sharon Hills (née Facente), a real estate agent in Pasadena, California.[1][2] His maternal grandfather was Italian-American and opened a bowling alley where his parents first met.[3] Hardwick was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of his mother.[4] 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.[5]

Hardwick studied philosophy at UCLA, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity during his freshman year.[5][6] Hardwick was roommates with Wil Wheaton for some time.[7][8] They met at a showing of Arachnophobia in Burbank, California.[7]


Hardwick was a DJ on Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM during the mid-1990s.[5] 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.[9]

Hardwick appeared in Rob Zombie's horror films House of 1000 Corpses and Halloween 2.[5] He also made a small appearance in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.[9] 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,[5] Boy Meets World[5] and Zoey 101, and was a guest commentator on VH1's I Love the '90s, which aired in 2005.[5] He appeared as a television host on hip hop group Little Brother's 2005 album, The Minstrel Show.[10]

Hardwick is a contributing writer for Wired magazine (since 2007), writes for Web Soup and Back at the Barnyard,[5] 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.[11][12][13] He entered into an equity partnership with GeekChicDaily in June 2011[14] to form Nerdist Industries.[15]

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.[16]

On July 10, 2012, Nerdist Industries was acquired by Legendary Entertainment. Hardwick was given the title of co-president of Legendary's digital business.[17]

Voiceover work[edit]

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 Green Arrow/Oliver Queen on The Batman, Glowface in The X's, and Sokka in The Legend of Korra,[18] as well as voice work for The Minstrel Show from the rap group Little Brother, and narration for the introduction video for the Flash animation game George Plimpton's Video Falconry. Since May 2013, he has voiced "Craig the Snake" on Sanjay and Craig. He also voices the character Vaughn in Telltale Games's Tales from the Borderlands.[9]


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.[19]

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.[20] The podcast was named one of 2010's best by The A.V. Club[21] and one of the 10 best comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone.[22]

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.[23]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[24] @midnight premiered on October 21, 2013.

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

Stand-up comedy[edit]

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.[25]

In 2004, Comedy Central used some of his material for an animated series called Shorties Watchin' Shorties.[26] 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.[citation needed] In the same year, Hardwick performed on the Comedy Central show The Benson Interruption.[9]

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.[27] The special aired on Comedy Central on November 10, 2012 and was well received.[28] Extended and uncensored DVD, CD, and digital versions were released January 22, 2013.[29][30]

Personal life[edit]

Hardwick was previously engaged to model/actress Jacinda Barrett and was in relationships with actress Janet Varney from 2004 to 2011,[31] and with model and actress Chloe Dykstra from late 2011 to July 2014.[32][33] He is currently in a relationship with model, blogger, heiress and actress Lydia Hearst.[34]

Hardwick talks openly about being a recovering alcoholic and has been sober since October 8, 2003.[35]




1997Courting CourtneyTim
1998Win a DateEvrettShort film
1998Beach HouseRoss
1998Art HouseWeston Craig
2000Jack & DianeJackShort film
2002Jane White Is Sick & TwistedBurger
2003House of 1000 CorpsesJerry Goldsmith
2003Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesEngineer
2004SpectresSam Phillips
2004Johnson Family VacationArson investigator
2005Life Coach, TheThe Life CoachMilos
2009Mother of Invention, TheThe Mother of InventionDrake Wooderson
2009Halloween IIDavid Newman
2010Lego: The Adventures of Clutch PowersBones (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2013Booker, Catch!BookerShort film


1991ThirtysomethingYoung manEpisode: "Closing the Circle"
1995–1998Singled OutHimself (host)130 episodes
1996Boy Meets WorldHimselfEpisode: "Singled Out"
1996Married... with ChildrenDan InwoodEpisode: "Spring Break (Parts 1 & 2)"
1996MADtvHimselfEpisode: "1.16"
1998–1999Guys Like UsSean Barker13 episodes
2001The Zeta ProjectRo's Brother (voice)Episode: "Ro's Reunion"
2001–2003ShipmatesHimself (host)
2005Zoey 101Garth Berman - Executive ChairmanEpisode: "Spring Fling"
2005–2006The X'sGlowface (voice)10 episodes
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMikey ShoemakerEpisode: "Rashomama"
2007WIRED ScienceHimself (host)11 episodes
2007–2008Batman, TheThe BatmanGreen Arrow/Oliver Queen (voice)3 episodes
2007–2011Back at the BarnyardOtis (voice)67 episodes
2008Comedy Central PresentsHimselfEpisode: "Hard 'n Phirm"
2008The Radio Adventures of Dr. FloydAlexander HamiltonEpisode: "407"
2008–2013Attack of the Show!Himself (correspondents)73 episodes
2009–2011Web SoupHimself (host)53 episodes
2010John Oliver's New York Stand-Up ShowHimself2 episodes
2010The Benson InterruptionHimselfEpisode: "1.1"
2010–2011McBustersMorgan Spurlock (voice)2 episodes
2011–2012Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedEvallo Von Meanskrieg, Graveyard Ghoul, Maxwell, Spanker Chief, Shadowy Orc (voice)2 episodes
2011–PresentTalking DeadHimself (host)
2012Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of KorraSokka (voice)Episode: "Out of the Past"
2012Chris Hardwick: MandroidHimselfStand-up Special
2012–2013The NerdistHimself (host)18 episodes
2013Video Game High SchoolAnchormanEpisode: "Loopholes"
2013Talking BadHimself (host)8 episodes
2013–presentSanjay and CraigCraig (voice)
2013–present@midnightHimself (host)Also creator, executive producer, writer
2013–2014Comedy Bang! Bang!Himself2 episodes
2014Garfunkel & OatesHimselfEpisode: "Rule 34"
2014MaronHimselfEpisode: "Marc on Talking Dead"

Video Game[edit]

2014Tales from the BorderlandsVaughn (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearTitleNominated workResult
2014Spike Guys' Choice Award for SmartacusWon
2014Primetime Emmy Award for Original Interactive Program[36]@midnightNominated


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