Chris Hardwick Gets Late Night Talk Show on Comedy Central

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 4th, 2014 at 10:06 am,

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Comedian Chris Hardwick is all over the place. From Talking Dead to The Nerdist on BBC America (which shares the name with his popular podcast and website), the nerdy funnyman has made quite a name for himself with a niche audience. But he’s not done yet.

Comedy Central is looking to expand their late night talk show block with a new show from Chris Hardwick and Funny or Die, airing four nights a week following the one-two political satire punch of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

Deadline says Reno 911! creators and stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (who also wrote the Night at the Museum film series) will serve as executive producers and showrunners on the series, which is described as a comedic panel show that will utilize social media participation.

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Hardwick is a much different comedic choice for a new show at Comedy Central -¬†especially since their recent fare has been more along the lines of edgy and even experimental shows like Nathan for You, The Ben Show with Ben Hoffman, Kroll Show, The Jeselnik Offensive and Inside Amy Schumer (which is premiering tonight). But if he’s following Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, that makes a little more sense.

The comedian has a built-in nerdy pop-culture-hungry audience, and not many of the late night talk shows have that kind of appeal. Sure Colbert is a big Tolkien fan and Jimmy Kimmel used to love Lost, but Hardwick is essentially an all-encompassing geek and nerd with love for all things, sci-fi, zombies, fantasy and more. Maybe he’ll even do some episodes at Comic-Con in the future since he already hosts panels here and there.

The new untitled series is slated to begin airing this fall, and will face another new late night effort at TBS hosted by comedian Pete Holmes. With a lead-in from two of the biggest names in late night, hopefully Hardwick can keep their momentum going and make a splash.

Not bad for a guy who got his start hosting Singled Out on MTV.

Source: Deadline

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  1. His lastname always makes me chuckle a bit lol

  2. hell yeah!! Not only for nerd culture, but real bts of Hollywood.

  3. Never watched the Takling Dead buy hated seeing him pop up between commercial breaks with stupid forced hashtags like #RickDoneGoneCrayCray

    • That wasn’t his fault. He had to beg them to let him stop.

  4. So glad this was picked up.

    Matt Mira better be all over it!

  5. Why is this butt monkey famous?

    • Amen!
      glad im not the only one who’s tired of his schtick.
      he’s neither fun, nor funny.
      he made the talking dead unwatchable.
      what an insufferable d-ou–che!

      • I really don’t see how his personality is one of a D_ Bag as you claim.

      • I don’t get it either. He’s not funny at all, not a very effective host, and here they are giving him his third running talk show after Talking Dead and The Nerdist.

        • Don’t put time and energy into something you don’t like; it is that simple. Ratings are King in television.

          • I don’t. The only one I do watch is Talking Dead and that is for the guests. The Nerdist I came across by accident because the TV was still on the channel after Doctor Who and Robert Kirkman happened to be the guest that night.

            I’m not enrolled in the Nielsen program. I don’t have their monitoring box nor am I part of their TV journal program, so what I watch or don’t watch has no bearing on ratings at all.

            Be careful making assumptions from quick comments.

  6. I’ll give it a shot. I’ve only started listening to his podcast the last few months and I really like it.
    And come on, he was the chubby guy in House of 1,000 Corpses, what’s not to like? ;)

    • No, no, as he’s explained on the podcast, that’s his chubby, alcoholic evil twin Peter Hardwick.

      • I didn’t know that. I feel terrible now…
        Apologizes to both Chris and Peter for the mixup. ;)

  7. I enjoy his celebrity bowling on youtube…but not really because of him. I am indifferent towards this.

  8. Hardwick is cool in my book I guess. Everytime I see him on Talking Dead I always get the feeling that he doesn’t need to try to act like he really likes the show just because he’s hosting it. He seems to know what he talks about and does great as a host. So if he gives that much effort to his next show I might watch..

  9. yeah this dude is funny and i have loved watching the talking dead almost as much as the walking dead. most importantly he’s genuine, in who he comes across as and the things he likes. which happens to be all the things i like! and those are traits reeeeaally hard to find in a talk show host world filled with fakes and actual D-bags.

  10. Everything Hardwick touches turns to gold right now. This show will be a success.

  11. but he has a show its called the nerdest and its awesome

  12. chris hardwick sucks! he is an unfunny tool. he keeps getting shows and they keep getting cancelled…who decided this guy is funny?