Hardwick at the 2013 WonderCon
|Birth name||Christopher Ryan Hardwick|
November 23, 1971 |
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, podcast, television, film|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Genres||Observational comedy, blue comedy, sarcasm, musical comedy, self-deprecation, satire|
|Subject(s)||Human behavior, pop culture, current events, politics|
|Spouse||Lydia Hearst (m. 2016)|
|Partner(s)||Chloe Dykstra (2011–2014)|
Christopher Ryan "Chris" Hardwick (born November 23, 1971) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television host, writer, producer, podcaster, and musician. He is the chief executive officer of Nerdist Industries, the digital division of Legendary Entertainment. He currently hosts Talking Dead, an hourly aftershow on AMC, affiliated with the network's very popular "zombie" drama series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead; @midnight with Chris Hardwick, a nightly comedy-game show series on Comedy Central, and The Wall, a "plinko" inspired gameshow on NBC.
Hardwick originated the role of Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages during its premiere run in Los Angeles (2005–2006). 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 and Fear the Walking Dead. In 2013, Hardwick hosted Talking Bad, a live half-hour talk show on AMC following the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, and in 2016 he started to host Talking Saul for Breaking Bad's spin-off, Better Call Saul. 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.
Hardwick was born 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. His maternal grandfather was Italian American, and opened a bowling alley where his parents first met. Hardwick was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of his mother. At 4 years old, Hardwick met struggling comedienne/television personality Joan Rivers and became lifelong friends with her, until her death in 2014. Hardwick grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was the 1983 Memphis City Junior High Chess champion, and later attended St. Benedict at Auburndale high school, later moving to Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado, and then spending his senior year at Loyola High School in California.
Hardwick studied philosophy at UCLA, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity during his freshman year and graduated in 1993. Hardwick was roommates with Wil Wheaton for some time. They met at a showing of Arachnophobia in Burbank, California.
Hardwick was a DJ on Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM during the mid-1990s. 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.
Hardwick appeared in Rob Zombie's horror films House of 1000 Corpses and Halloween 2. He also made a small appearance in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. 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, Boy Meets World and Zoey 101, and was a guest commentator on VH1's I Love the '90s, which aired in 2005. He appeared as a television host on hip hop group Little Brother's 2005 album, The Minstrel Show.
Hardwick is a contributing writer for Wired magazine (since 2007), wrote for Web Soup and Back at the Barnyard, and he made 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. He entered into an equity partnership with GeekChicDaily in June 2011 to form Nerdist Industries.
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.
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 and Lego Dimensions, Glowface in The X's, and Sokka in The Legend of Korra, 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. Between May 2013 and July 2016, he voiced "Craig the Snake" on Sanjay and Craig. He also voiced the character Vaughn in Telltale Games's Tales from the Borderlands.
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.
From October through December 2007, Hardwick hosted the weekly series Wired Science on PBS, while writing for Wired magazine. 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. The podcast was named one of 2010's best by The A.V. Club and one of the 10 best comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone.
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.
In 2011, Hardwick began hosting Talking Dead, a live half-hour (later expanded to one hour) aftershow 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 fifth season. In August 2013, Hardwick began hosting Talking Bad, a live half-hour (later expanded to one hour on the final episode) talk show companion series to the final eight episodes of the AMC series Breaking Bad. In February 2016, Hardwick began hosting Talking Saul, a live one hour talk show companion series to the season two premiere and finale of the AMC series Better Call Saul.
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 with Chris Hardwick. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, formerly of Reno 911!, serve as executive producers/showrunners. It premiered on October 21, 2013.
On November 7, 2014 he hosted the "Talent, Art, Movie and Costume" section of the BlizzCon gaming convention.
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.
In 2004, Comedy Central used some of his material for an animated series called Shorties Watchin' Shorties. 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 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.
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. The special aired on Comedy Central on November 10, 2012 and was well received. Extended and uncensored DVD, CD, and digital versions were released January 22, 2013.
Hardwick was previously engaged to model/actress Jacinda Barrett and was in relationships with actress Janet Varney from 2004 to 2011, and with model and actress Chloe Dykstra from late 2011 to July 2014. He became engaged to model, blogger, heiress and actress Lydia Hearst on September 12, 2015, and the two married on August 20, 2016, in Pasadena, California.
Hardwick talks openly about being a recovering alcoholic and has been sober since October 8, 2003.
- Horses and Grasses (2005)
- Mandroid (2012)
- Funcomfortable (2016)
|1998||Win a Date||Evrett||Short film|
|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||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|
|2016||Me Him Her||Culk Didip|
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Reporter #3 (voice)||Cameo|
|1991||Thirtysomething||Young man||Episode: "Closing the Circle"|
|1995–98||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)"|
|1998–99||Guys Like Us||Sean Barker||13 episodes|
|2001||The Zeta Project||Ro's Brother (voice)||Episode: "Ro's Reunion"|
|2005||Zoey 101||Garth Berman - Executive Chairman||Episode: "Spring Fling"|
|2005–06||The X's||Glowface (voice)||20 episodes|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mikey Shoemaker||Episode: "Rashomama"|
|2007||WIRED Science||Himself (host)||11 episodes|
|2007–08||Batman, TheThe Batman||Green Arrow/Oliver Queen (voice)||3 episodes|
|2007–11||Back at the Barnyard||Otis / Additional voices (voice)||52 episodes|
|2008||Comedy Central Presents||Himself||Episode: "Hard 'n Phirm"|
|2008||The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd||Alexander Hamilton||Episode: "407"|
|2008–13||Attack of the Show!||Himself (correspondents)||73 episodes|
|2009–11||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"|
|2010–11||McBusters||Morgan Spurlock (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011–12||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Additional voices||2 episodes|
|2011–present||Talking Dead||Himself (host)||Also producer|
|2012||Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra||Sokka (voice)||Episode: "Out of the Past"|
|2012||Chris Hardwick: Mandroid||Himself||Stand-up Special|
|2012–13||The Nerdist||Himself (host)||18 episodes|
|2013||Video Game High School||Anchorman||Episode: "Loopholes"|
|2013||Talking Bad||Himself (host)||8 episodes|
|2013–16||Sanjay and Craig||Craig (voice)||60 episodes|
|2013–present||@midnight with Chris Hardwick||Himself (host)||Also creator, executive producer, writer|
|2013–15||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||3 episodes|
|2014||Garfunkel & Oates||Himself||Episode: "Rule 34"|
|2014||Maron||Himself||Episode: "Marc on Talking Dead"|
|2015||Family Guy||Johnny Lawrence (voice)||Episode: "Once Bitten"|
|2016–present||Talking Saul||Himself (host)||2 episodes; also executive producer|
|2016||Talking Preacher||Himself (host)||2 episodes; also executive producer|
|2016||Chris Hardwick: Funcomfortable||Himself||Stand-up Special|
|2016||Critical Role||Gern Blanston||Episode: "Cindergrove Revisited"|
|2016||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Himself||Episode: "No Good Deed: Part 2"|
|2016–present||The Wall||Himself (host)||Executive producer|
|2014–15||Tales from the Borderlands||Vaughn / Additional voices (voice)|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Green Arrow (voice)|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Spike Guys' Choice Award for Smartacus||Won|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award for Original Interactive Program||@midnight with Chris Hardwick||Won|
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Chris validates and rejects entries on his Wikipedia page...
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- "Chubby Emo Chris Hardwick of 2003 Says, "You Can Do It!"". Nerdist.com. 2011-04-17. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- "2014 Emmy Nominations: 'Breaking Bad,' 'True Detective' Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
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