Tag: Chris Hardwick

Nerd deGrasse Tyson

By Phil Plait | November 10, 2012 7:00 am

Speaking of Neil Tyson, if you’re a fan of his you’ll be pleased to know that his show, Star Talk Radio, is now going to be part of the Nerdist Channel network! Thats actually a pretty big deal; Chris Hardwick has created this juggernaut of Nerdist and it reaches a lot of folks.

The new show is essentially a video version of the radio show. Chris interviewed Neil about it for The Nerdist website. If you’re curious what it’ll be like, here’s a video of a live Star Talk interview he did with several comedians (Hodgman! Schaal!) and Mike Massamino, a NASA astronaut:

Cool, eh? And maybe I’ll have more news about this soon, too. Superman isn’t the only guy who walks around in his underwear Neil has talked to.


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Geekery

My Nerdist episode is online!

By Phil Plait | March 8, 2012 10:26 am

On March 2, 2012, I was the guest on the live Nerdist podcast recorded in Boulder, my hometown. We did the show to a full house (700+ folks) and had a lot of fun. And now, for your brain-melty pleasure, the episode is now online!

Now listen — and I’m serious here — this podcast is Not Safe For Work. I mean seriously and holy cow really really NSFW. There is much swearing, and much humor that would not be fit for primetime TV, say. I’m only marginally sweary, but Chris, Matt Mira, and Jonah Ray — the Nerdist crew — are very much so. And before anyone calls child services on me, in the podcast Jonah misspoke: my daughter is in fact older than 14, and she’s a big fan of the podcast.

Anyway, it was a great experience. I’ve known Chris for a few years now, and finally got a chance to meet Matt and Jonah, who were funny and lovely. And the audience! They were amazing. I could tell they were having a good time, and afterwards the line to talk to the Nerdist folks was so long we were there until nearly 2:00 a.m. And man, do they love Chris — they brought presents, drawings, Dalek cupcakes… it was amazing.

If you’re curious about the topics we covered, we went over marijuana, living in Boulder, conspiracy theories, the Transformers movies, the Moon Hoax, my work on Hubble, poop jokes, life as a nerd, supernovae, quantum superposition, colors in Hubble pictures, Fiske planetarium, and much more. Come to think of it, I’m surprised in hindsight we didn’t totally dork out over Star Trek and Doctor Who! That’s actually pretty shocking.

So, if you’re not easily offended, gird your ears and give it a listen. And I hope, given the caveats, you enjoy your burrito.

Reminder: Nerdist podcast Friday live in Boulder, with me!

By Phil Plait | March 1, 2012 12:43 pm

More shameless self-promotion…

A quick reminder: if you’re in the Boulder area and you’re a geek, you want to come to megaultrasupduperstar Chris Hardwick’s live Nerdist podcast being recorded at the Boulder Theater on Friday, March 2, at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7). Tickets are on sale now.

Oh, and did I mention the super-A-list celebrity guest is… me? OK, maybe those adjectives don’t exactly fit, but still, I’m the guest. And knowing Chris — and me — I expect this will be a nerd-out of epic proportions, mixed with juvenile humor. Count on it.

You can get more info at my earlier post about this. I am way, way excited about this!

I hope to see some local BABloggees there! Enjoy your burrito.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: About this blog, Geekery

Nerdist + Boulder + … me!

By Phil Plait | January 12, 2012 1:15 pm

If you read my blog (and you’d better accept that as an axiom) then you have probably heard of Chris Hardwick. His podcast, Nerdist, is a monstrous juggernaut of podcasty geekiness, for one thing. And he’s been on Craig Ferguson’s show, and Conan, and Chelsea Lately, and a bunch of others. He wrote a book on how being a nerd can make your life better. Chris is something of a Doctor Who fan — proof, you want? — and so he and I have significant overlap in our lives. We met at Comic Con a couple of years ago, but we haven’t managed to get together since then.

But all that will change on Friday, March 2, when Chris will be bringing the Nerdist podcast here to Boulder, live at the Boulder Theater!

Chris and his co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira will be on stage making the nerdery in my fair town, and — wait for it, waaaiiittt for ittttt — Chris has invited me to be his guest.

I don’t know what we’ll be talking about, but I’m sure it will cover these topics at the least: the Doctor, growing up geeky, astronomy, w00tstock, space travel, the Mythbusters, zombies, and which of us wants to run off with River Song more. Probably pretty much in that order.

I feel obligated to note that if you’re not familiar with Chris’s podcast, it might be possible that it should be considered just ever so slightly NSFW. Or maybe a lot. Just so’s you know.

Tickets are on sale now! If you’re in the area come on by… and face it, if you’re reading this blog and you know who Chris is you have nothing else to do on a Friday night anyway.

P.S. If you’re not around Boulder, the Nerdist Podcast Live is going to be at a bunch of other towns as well, so look for one near you.

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.

[sob]

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Bad Universe, Geekery, Humor

Extermicraig!

By Phil Plait | November 16, 2010 9:59 pm

I love Doctor Who, and I love The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. So when Craig had a special "guest" on last night, well, here you go (very, very mildly NSFW stuff):

That made me so happy! We DVR the show and watch it the next day, so we just saw this. And Wednesday night we’ll watch the episode with the new Doctor, Matt Smith (and also nerdist and BA buddy Chris Hardwick). Squee!

And, oh, I might add to stay tuned right here for some more exciting Doctor Who stuff, coming very soon. Mwuhahaha.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Geekery, SciFi, TV/Movies

Geek A Week starts its second half

By Phil Plait | September 17, 2010 11:34 am

My pal Len Peralta is doing this cool thing called Geek A Week, where he interviews one Alpha Nerd every week, and then draws them in his own nifty style.

He just interviewed Nerdist Chris Hardwick, which was pretty funny (though be ye fairly warned, says I: Chris is a bit of a potty mouth, in the sense that a GRB is a bit of an energy source). Here’s the whole list of interviews, where you may note he kicked off his second half with Steve Wozniak! Holy Apple Computers!

You’ll see lots of familiar names on that list, like Hwil Hwheaton, Adam Savage™, Brea Grant, and even, might I add, me. Do not taunt the Alpha Nerds, for we are mighty. But you should go listen to the interviews.

Oh– I’ll note that as you read this I’m getting ready to perform at w00tstock 2.5.1! I’ll be live-tweeting it, so check that out for more nerdery.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: About this blog, Cool stuff, Geekery
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