Nerd TV

By Phil Plait | September 19, 2011 4:02 pm

This makes me so happy: my pal Chris Hardwick — look up "nerd" in the dictionary if you’re not familiar with him — is taking his gargantuanly popular Nerdist podcast to the TV airwavery:

W00t! This airs after Doctor Who on BBC America September 24 here in the States, and I will watch (though on my DVR as I’ll be at TEDxBoulder talking about trying to save the world). I’ll note this will be broadcast so it’ll be PG-13 or so; that ought to be fun. His podcast is NSFW in much the same way that standing next to a gamma ray burst is Not Safe For Being Alive.

Chris is really, really funny and one of the few bigger Doctor Who fans than I am. And I am not at all jealous that his guests on the show will be Matt Smith and Craig Ferguson. Not at all.


CATEGORIZED UNDER: Bad Universe, Geekery, Humor

Comments (7)

  1. Cynthia


  2. QuietDesperation

    look up “nerd” in the dictionary

    Challenge accepted.

    “an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person;”


    He should have *Colin* Ferguson from Eureka and compare the characters of the Doctor to Sheriff Jack Carter. Chaotic versus pragmatic. Or not. I dunno. I’m just bored.

  3. 1. A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious: “one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance”.
    2. An intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession

    I don’t like a lot the term!

  4. @Quiet — I see the characters of Sheriff Jack Carter and The Doctor as being somewhat opposite. They both solve nearly impossible problems, but do so from very different perspectives and different techniques. Carter is a regular guy among geniuses and understands little that they do. He is the representative of the audience (I know there’s a formal theatrical word for this, but it escapes me); when Fargo or Henry explain something to him, they’re explaining it to us. By contrast, The Doctor is always the smartest person in the room. It’s his companions who fill the role of audience representative. Carter does his feats using bravery, while The Doctor uses cleverness. Though being heroes, they’re both selfless. That said, I’d love to see Jack Carter go for a ride in the TARDIS!

  5. Georg

    In Berlin the “Pirate Party” a political party of nerds,
    made it to the Landtag (Country Parliament) with 9 % of votes.

  6. Good to see Matt & Jonah are along for the ride!
    This should be fun! Nerdiest rocks!


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