Hardwick in March 2013
Christopher Ryan Hardwick
November 23, 1971
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Parent(s)||Billy Hardwick (father)|
Christopher Ryan Hardwick (born November 23, 1971) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television and podcast host, writer, and producer. He hosts Talking Dead, an hourly aftershow on AMC affiliated with the network's zombie drama series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, as well as Talking with Chris Hardwick, a show in which Hardwick interviews prominent pop culture figures, and The Wall, a plinko-inspired gameshow on NBC. Hardwick created Nerdist Industries, operator of the Nerdist Podcast Network and home of his podcast The Nerdist Podcast, which later left the network and was renamed to ID10T with Chris Hardwick. His podcast has broadcast 1,000 episodes as of December 2019.
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 the BBC America Britcom block Ministry of Laughs. From 2013 to 2017, he hosted @midnight with Chris Hardwick, a nightly comedy-game show series on Comedy Central. In 2013, he hosted Talking Bad, a live half-hour talk show on AMC following the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad. In 2016, he started to host Talking Saul for the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. He is also known for performing with Mike Phirman in the musical comedy duo Hard 'n Phirm, as well as hosting Singled Out, Wired Science, and Web Soup, and providing the voice of Otis the Cow in Back at the Barnyard (replacing Kevin James).
In June 2018, Hardwick was accused of emotional and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. AMC suspended Hardwick from its shows while conducting an investigation. AMC concluded its investigation and allowed Hardwick to resume his positions in August 2018. Dykstra refused to participate in the investigation.
Christopher Ryan Hardwick was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 23, 1971, the son of Billy Hardwick (1941–2013), a professional ten-pin bowler, and Sharon Hills (née Facente), a real estate agent in Pasadena, California. His maternal grandfather was Italian-American, and opened a bowling alley where Hardwick's parents first met. Hardwick was raised in his mother's Roman Catholic faith. At age four, he met comedian Joan Rivers and became lifelong friends with her. Hardwick grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was the 1983 Memphis City Junior High Chess Champion. He later attended St. Benedict at Auburndale before moving to Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, and spent his senior year at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He studied philosophy at UCLA, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity during his freshman year and graduated in 1993. He was roommates with Wil Wheaton, whom he had met at a screening of Arachnophobia in Burbank, California.
Acting and podcasting
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 II. 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 (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.
In February 2018, Hardwick announced that he would be rebranding The Nerdist Podcast to ID10T and that he would be leaving Nerdist since the contract with Legendary came to an end in 2017.
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, reprising his role in the Borderlands 2 DLC Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary and in Borderlands 3.
In 2017, Hardwick guest voiced as the villain, Klaxxon, for the special podcast episode of Futurama released on the Nerdist podcast.
In 1993, Hardwick hosted the MTV game show Trashed, in which contestants would answer trivia questions or risk some of their belongings being destroyed. From 1995 to 1998, he co-hosted with Jenny McCarthy the MTV dating game show Singled Out, in which the main contestant selects from a pool of 50 people based on their attributes without seeing them. While working on Singled Out, he met fellow MTV personality Jacinda Barrett, to whom he became 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 contract with BBC America to host a pilot of a panel talk show for the network based on the podcast. The pilot 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 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. 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 the 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!, served 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, 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 and actress Jacinda Barrett, and has had relationships with actresses Andrea Savage, Janet Varney (from 2004 to 2011), and Chloe Dykstra (from late 2011 to July 2014). He became engaged to model and actress Lydia Hearst on September 12, 2015, and the two married on August 20, 2016, in Pasadena, California.
Hardwick's ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra published an essay on Medium on June 14, 2018, in which she alleged that she had been subjected to emotional and sexual abuse by an unnamed ex-boyfriend, and claimed that she was subject to career blacklisting in retaliation for ending the relationship. The essay did not name the abuser, but the timing and several key details led readers to conclude it was Hardwick. In response, Nerdist removed all mentions of Hardwick from its website while AMC announced that further episodes of Talking with Chris Hardwick would be pulled. Hardwick also stepped away from moderating all AMC and BBC America panels at San Diego Comic-Con.
Hardwick denied Dykstra's allegations and said, "Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her." Days after Hardwick's dismissal from AMC, unverified text messages from 2014 and 2015 were released by TMZ in which Hardwick sent a lengthy breakup message to Dykstra as she pleaded with him to reconsider. The messages revealed that Dykstra had also been involved in another romantic relationship with an unidentified man named Sam despite her pleas to reconcile with Hardwick, and included Dykstra admitting that she had handled the situation poorly.
On July 25, 2018, AMC announced that a comprehensive investigation conducted alongside law firm Loeb & Loeb had failed to confirm Dykstra's allegations, and that Hardwick would return as host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick. Their statement read, "We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step." Dykstra, who refused to cooperate in the investigation, stated two days later on Twitter, "I chose not to participate in the investigation of the person I spoke of. I do not believe in an eye for an eye." She also stated that she "originally wrote [her] essay so [she] could move on with [her] life, and now [she] intend[s] to do so". On July 31, NBC announced that Hardwick would return as host of The Wall following its own investigation. On August 10, his name was returned to Nerdist's website after their own investigation.
- 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||2nd Engineer|
|2004||Johnson Family Vacation||Arson investigator|
|2005||The Life Coach||Milos|
|2009||The Mother of Invention||Drake Wooderson|
|2009||Halloween II||David Newman|
|2010||Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers||Bones (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2011||Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close||Estate Sale Organizer|
|2013||Booker, Catch!||Booker||Short film|
|2015||Me Him Her||Culk Didip|
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Reporter #3 (voice)||Cameo|
|2017||The Lego Ninjago Movie||Radio DJ (voice)||Cameo|
|2018||My Brother Peter!||Himself||Short film|
|1991||Thirtysomething||Young Man||Episode: "Closing the Circle"|
|1994||Trashed||Himself (host)||50 episodes|
|1995–1998||Singled Out||Himself (host)||130 episodes|
|1996||Boy Meets World||Himself||Episode: "Singled Out"|
|1996||Married... with Children||Dan Inwood||2 episodes|
|1998–1999||Guys Like Us||Sean Barker||13 episodes|
|2001||The Zeta Project||Ro's Brother (voice)||Episode: "Ro's Reunion"|
|2005||Zoey 101||Garth Berman||Episode: "Spring Fling"|
|2005–2006||The X's||Glowface (voice)||20 episodes|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mikey Shoemaker||Episode: "Rashomama"|
|2007||Wired Science||Himself (host)||11 episodes|
|2007–2008||The Batman||Oliver Queen / Green Arrow (voice)||3 episodes|
|2007–2011||Back at the Barnyard||Otis, Additional Voices||52 episodes|
|2008||Chop Socky Chooks||Chuckie Chan (U.S. dub)||26 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||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||1 episode|
|2010–2011||McBusters||Morgan Spurlock (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011–2012||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Additional Voices||2 episodes|
|2011–present||Talking Dead||Himself (host)||Also producer|
|2012||The 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|
|2013–2016||Sanjay and Craig||Craig (voice)||60 episodes|
|2013–2017||@midnight with Chris Hardwick||Himself (host)||600 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer|
|2013–2015||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"|
|2016–2017||Talking Saul||Himself (host)||4 episodes; also executive producer|
|2016–2017||Talking Preacher||Himself (host)||3 episodes; also executive producer|
|2016||Chris Hardwick: Funcomfortable||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2016||Critical Role||Gern Blanston||Episode: "Cindergrove Revisited"|
|2016||Force Grey: Giant Hunters||Wil Wee-Tawn||Web series|
|2016||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Himself||Episode: "No Good Deed: Part 2"|
|2016–present||The Wall||Himself (host)||Also executive producer|
|2017||Bunsen is a Beast||Officer Steve Stevenson (voice)||Episode: "Fright at the Museum"|
|2017||Robot Chicken||Himself (voice)||Episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking"|
|2017–2017||Talking with Chris Hardwick||Himself (host)||15 episodes|
|2017–2018||America's Got Talent||Himself||2 episodes|
|2019||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Himself||Season premiere|
|2014||Tales from the Borderlands||Vaughn, Additional Voices|
|2016||Lego Dimensions||Green Arrow|
|2019||Borderlands 2||Vaughn||Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary DLC|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Spike Guys' Choice Award for Smartacus||Won|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program||@midnight with Chris Hardwick||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program||@midnight with Chris Hardwick||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Social TV Experience||@midnight with Chris Hardwick||Won|
|2016||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Social TV Experience||@midnight with Chris Hardwick||Won|
|2016||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program||Talking Dead||Nominated|
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