If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Wired)   Host of "The Talking Dead" shows his true nerd credentials. There are a lot of Star Wars stories recently, and not all of them are worth your time. Example to the left   (wired.com) divider line 28
    More: Amusing, Star Wars, Skywalker Ranch, Expanded Universe, HD DVD, Craig Kilborn, carbonite, lunch boxes, Frank Stallone  
•       •       •

3122 clicks; posted to Geek » on 12 Feb 2013 at 12:03 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



28 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread
 
2013-02-12 12:05:15 PM
So are we hating Hardwick now? Is he getting too popular?
 
2013-02-12 12:15:48 PM
Maybe it's just me but Chris Hardwick has got to be the least funny person I've ever seen on my television. It was cringe worthy watching him on Web Soup.
 
2013-02-12 12:23:20 PM
Heh. I have an R5-D4 figure. It's not in the package anymore because as a child I actually played with my toys.
 
2013-02-12 12:30:46 PM
I just wanted to drop in and say The Talking Dead is one of the dumbest ideas ever. Who wants to watch a show featuring people talking about a show? Isn't that what friends are for or does AMC figure all the sad lonely people that watch the Walking Dead need a simulated talking about the Walking Dead friend moment because they couldn't possibly talk about it with other humans around the water cooler the next day
 
2013-02-12 12:36:24 PM
I don't care for the Talking Dead, but I don't hate on Chris Hardwick.
 
2013-02-12 12:40:11 PM
So that guy was supposed to be a comedian? Never would have guessed.
 
2013-02-12 12:47:14 PM
I love Chris because he's doing what he thinks is fun and is genuinely interested in the stuff.

If you don't like it, great!  Don't watch!

[stoplikingwhatidon'tlike.jpg]
 
2013-02-12 01:15:38 PM
Chris Hardwick has made a career out of being a fanboy and a really nice guy to people around him in comedy and show business.  It's hard to hate on someone for just being enthusiastic all the time, even if it doesn't make him that interesting either.
 
2013-02-12 01:16:09 PM

SmackLT: I don't care for the Talking Dead, but I don't hate on Chris Hardwick.


Neither do I.

Anyone who hates Hardwick really needs to see this.

If someone can still hate him after that, then I just can't help them.
 
2013-02-12 01:21:31 PM
I don't mind Talking Dead that much.  I like the occasional behind-the-scenes stuff as well as when the actors and others related to the show stop by.  The sneak peek at the next episode is always exciting, too.

I'm not really a huge fan of most of the celebrity guests, though.  The only reason Kevin Smith was on this weeks was to remind folks that Comic Book Men is coming back.  He didn't really add much worthwhile to the discussion.
 
2013-02-12 01:29:20 PM

NeoCortex42: I don't mind Talking Dead that much.  I like the occasional behind-the-scenes stuff as well as when the actors and others related to the show stop by.  The sneak peek at the next episode is always exciting, too.

I'm not really a huge fan of most of the celebrity guests, though.  The only reason Kevin Smith was on this weeks was to remind folks that Comic Book Men is coming back.  He didn't really add much worthwhile to the discussion.


I like TTD. They have interesting behind the scenes stuff (like how Steven Yeun stomped that walker in the latest episode). And often they have good insights and questions about the characters and story. I don't like Kevin Smith though. I'd be happy if he never came back. Oh, and in the first episode of TTD I ever saw, Alice farking Cooper called in!
 
2013-02-12 01:39:52 PM
I never really knew about Hardwick until his podcast, and Nerdist is one of the absolute best on the internet. The dude gets luminaries of both Hollywood and nerd culture (which is a surprisingly close Venn Digram) to open up in REALLY surprising and hilarious ways. Just listened to him interview Malcolm McDowell and it's one of the best interviews I've EVER heard.

/other recommendations: Gabe Newell, Max Landis, Mel Brooks, Chris Jericho, Warren Ellis
 
2013-02-12 01:43:52 PM

Empty Matchbook: I never really knew about Hardwick until his podcast, and Nerdist is one of the absolute best on the internet. The dude gets luminaries of both Hollywood and nerd culture (which is a surprisingly close Venn Digram) to open up in REALLY surprising and hilarious ways. Just listened to him interview Malcolm McDowell and it's one of the best interviews I've EVER heard.

/other recommendations: Gabe Newell, Max Landis, Mel Brooks, Chris Jericho, Warren Ellis


It's ironic though, because Chris hardly adds anything to the mix.  He just makes friends with so many people in that world and he gets them to come talk to him for an hour.  If the guest is interesting, the podcast is great.  If the guest is boring, the podcast isn't so great.  If the guest is related to Doctor Who, expect an hour of gushing from Chris and not much else.

Gabe Newell was really fascinating to listen to mainly because of his take on the future of corporate structures, economics and game design.
 
2013-02-12 01:48:14 PM

NeoCortex42: I don't mind Talking Dead that much.  I like the occasional behind-the-scenes stuff as well as when the actors and others related to the show stop by.  The sneak peek at the next episode is always exciting, too.

I'm not really a huge fan of most of the celebrity guests, though.  The only reason Kevin Smith was on this weeks was to remind folks that Comic Book Men is coming back.  He didn't really add much worthwhile to the discussion.


Weirdly I think the best guests ever on Talking Dead was the combo of CM Punk and Yvette Nichole-Brown, who both were genuinely into the comic/show and had interesting input
 
2013-02-12 02:10:30 PM
I have a hard time watching that guy because of his insanely active and sharp adam's apple. I'm not sure why it's so distracting and annoying to me, but I just can't watch him because of it.
 
2013-02-12 02:15:08 PM
Hating on Hardwick wasn't the takeaway from the headline. The useless Star Wars story was the point.

/subby
 
2013-02-12 02:49:51 PM

burndtdan: Chris Hardwick has made a career out of being a fanboy and a really nice guy to people around him in comedy and show business.  It's hard to hate on someone for just being enthusiastic all the time, even if it doesn't make him that interesting either.


I want to do terribly dirty things to that man.  Dirty, sexy things.
 
2013-02-12 03:15:45 PM

SirLothar: Hating on Hardwick wasn't the takeaway from the headline. The useless Star Wars story was the point.

/subby


But in a way, that IS Hardwick.  Most of the things he does is react to and regurgitate popular and successful things.  It's perfectly fitting for him to host The Talking Dead, a show that follows a popular show to discuss it and talk about how cool the episode was.  Likewise, it's perfectly fitting for him to write an article about why Star Wars was so great.  It seems to be his role to be like "Hey, remember this thing everyone agrees is great?  Yeah, that thing is great, isn't it?  So great!  I like things!"
 
2013-02-12 04:09:51 PM

JohnnyC: I have a hard time watching that guy because of his insanely active and sharp adam's apple. I'm not sure why it's so distracting and annoying to me, but I just can't watch him because of it.


You ever notice how often he leans over on TTD?  I bet it's stage direction.  He could pleasure women with it.
 
2013-02-12 04:44:04 PM
"R5 drops the ball on the last yard marker of a playing field that would be a better sports reference if I understood sports."

I LOL'd. Hate me.
 
2013-02-12 04:44:43 PM
His first job was on MTV's Singled Out and this was his fiancée :

3.bp.blogspot.com

Nerd, I think not.
 
2013-02-12 05:05:02 PM
This just in: Chris Hardwick REALLY wants you to know he's a nerd!
 
2013-02-12 05:13:58 PM
My issue with him is that he tries too hard to let you know that he is a nerd.  Like really hard.  He isn't acting like a geek,  he talks about being a geek.  I also don't really like shows where people talk about the shows and what they like about them.  That's what I have friends for.  He seems to be in a lot of these, especially the horrible doctor who specials bbc america puts together.  Why can they just give us the creators talk about their creations, or show us behind the scenes stuff, you like confidential did before it was sacrificed.

I don't hate the guy though, his whole schtik is just annoying.
 
2013-02-12 08:47:02 PM
His stand up shocked the hell out of me. Many lols.
 
2013-02-12 09:36:34 PM

burndtdan: Empty Matchbook: I never really knew about Hardwick until his podcast, and Nerdist is one of the absolute best on the internet. The dude gets luminaries of both Hollywood and nerd culture (which is a surprisingly close Venn Digram) to open up in REALLY surprising and hilarious ways. Just listened to him interview Malcolm McDowell and it's one of the best interviews I've EVER heard.

/other recommendations: Gabe Newell, Max Landis, Mel Brooks, Chris Jericho, Warren Ellis

It's ironic though, because Chris hardly adds anything to the mix.  He just makes friends with so many people in that world and he gets them to come talk to him for an hour.  If the guest is interesting, the podcast is great.  If the guest is boring, the podcast isn't so great.  If the guest is related to Doctor Who, expect an hour of gushing from Chris and not much else.

Gabe Newell was really fascinating to listen to mainly because of his take on the future of corporate structures, economics and game design.


I kinda think that makes him a great host, though. I used to listen to Marc Maron's WTF podcast, but I had to stop after the Bob Zmuda episode cause Maron just showed the guy NO respect. He kept trying to "get" him into a moment, and he...well Skottie Young really sums it up best:
2.bp.blogspot.com
I really like that Hardwick just asks questions and lets his guest answer.
 
2013-02-12 10:45:22 PM

keepitcherry: Maybe it's just me but Chris Hardwick has got to be the least funny person I've ever seen on my television. It was cringe worthy watching him on Web Soup.


Web Soup and Harwick are a brazillion times better than Tosh.0.

And the Nerdist podcast with Alton Brown was certainly interesting.  Then again, maybe it was just because I got to hear AB truly cut loose and curse.
 
2013-02-13 02:53:43 PM

Empty Matchbook: I kinda think that makes him a great host, though.


Oh, definitely.  The man will always be the host, never be the subject.
 
2013-02-13 11:27:07 PM

Empty Matchbook: burndtdan: Empty Matchbook: I never really knew about Hardwick until his podcast, and Nerdist is one of the absolute best on the internet. The dude gets luminaries of both Hollywood and nerd culture (which is a surprisingly close Venn Digram) to open up in REALLY surprising and hilarious ways. Just listened to him interview Malcolm McDowell and it's one of the best interviews I've EVER heard.

/other recommendations: Gabe Newell, Max Landis, Mel Brooks, Chris Jericho, Warren Ellis

It's ironic though, because Chris hardly adds anything to the mix.  He just makes friends with so many people in that world and he gets them to come talk to him for an hour.  If the guest is interesting, the podcast is great.  If the guest is boring, the podcast isn't so great.  If the guest is related to Doctor Who, expect an hour of gushing from Chris and not much else.

I really like that Hardwick just asks questions and lets his guest answer.


If he could really hone his interview skills he could really do an outstanding job, but I get why people don't like him. I feel like he is the a cheaper version of Terry Gross from  Fresh Air on NPR. With the long format interview they are afforded the time to get a lot of interesting things out of interviewees that you normally would never hear. Terry has a very polished journalistic style which makes subjects I'm not really interested in more interesting (side note, her interview with Tracy Morgan was amazing!). Hardwick on the other hand (and he talks about this with Jason Schwartzman) is to get people comfortable and open up on a more "I'm just hanging out with my friends" sort of way. This can get some truly fascinating results but to achieve this he has to get the guest to relate to him through stories of his own. Although I feel this approach can help reach a lot deeper into a subject than Gross's journalistic approach, it very easily and often comes off as "Hey I want to talk about me!"

Another good interview of his that kind of touches on this topic of interview style is Larry King. King flat out said that a lot of interviewers just want to talk about them selves and how that annoys him and Hardwick basically said "well that just described me exactly." If you listen to interviews with people like Joan Rivers, you can hear in the guests tone as their entire attitude toward the interview change from a reactive PR interview style where they are defensive and on guard to a much less formal "I'm shooting the shiat with some friends" more relaxed and more open style.

/Please excuse incoherence, I'm very tired.
 
Displayed 28 of 28 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report