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.
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.