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Chris Hardwick is a comedian, actor, TV host, author, writer, producer, and podcaster whose quick wit and up-to-the-minute intellect have made him the voice for a generation of pop culture enthusiasts. Hardwick currently serves as founder, CEO, and creative head of Nerdist Industries, a media empire under the Legendary Digital Network that encompasses the Nerdist.com website, YouTube channel, and a podcast network of 49 shows that includes Hardwick’s own incredibly successful Nerdist Podcast, which he continues to host and garners over 6.9M downloads per month. He has attracted some of the biggest names in the world as guests on the show, including Tom Hanks, Mel Brooks, Judd Apatow, Tom Cruise, and Sir Paul McCartney.
Hardwick is perhaps best known as host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s Emmy Award-winning nightly comedy game show @midnight with Chris Hardwick. Additionally, he hosts AMC’s Talking Dead, the highly rated weekly live after show which airs as a platform to discuss The Walking Dead. He also continues to lend his voice as “Craig” in the Nickelodeon animated comedy series Sanjay and Craig.
Hardwick will next be seen as host and executive producer of NBC’s new game show series The Wall. The series will feature everyday people and families competing for life-altering amounts of money in a game of knowledge, camaraderie, and luck.
On stage, Hardwick most recently wrapped his multi-city standup comedy tour Funcomfortable, during which he shot his newest one-hour comedy special, Chris Hardwick: Funcomfortable. The special is set to premiere April 30th on Comedy Central. His first comedy special, Mandroid, aired on Comedy Central in 2012.
Off-screen, Hardwick partnered with Shadi Petosky at Puny Entertainment, an interactive entertainment and animation studio that focuses on design and story. The duo’s first original series, Danger & Eggs, was picked up to series on Amazon late last year. The animated children’s show follows the adventures of fearless D.D. Danger and her ever-cautious best friend, a talking egg named Phillip.
Hardwick served as a contributing writer for Wired Magazine for six years. He released his first book, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life), in 2011.
He currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée Lydia Hearst.