Who out there is a fan of nerd culture? Well, good news because there is a place for you — the Nerdist Channel on YouTube. Run by the Nerdist himself, comedian Chris Hardwick, the channel runs multiple programs that explore different aspects of the nerd culture. It’s an ever-expanding channel, so there will be a show for any kind of nerd passion.
For the fans of comedy, the channel shows sketches from the Canadian show “The Kids in the Hall” followed by short interviews with different cast members. Another entertaining show is “Face to Face with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic.” In this show, Yankovic reprises his skits from “Al TV” where he interviews famous celebrities. The sketches are formatted by taking real interviews of celebrities and editing in himself to act like he is asking the questions in an absurd and comedic fashion. Some of the celebrities interviewed are Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson.
“Tournament of Nerds” is a debate show where two people argue over which fictional character or actual person is better. Some of the episode highlights are The Goonies vs. Willy Wonka, Captain America vs. John McClane, and Abraham Lincoln vs. Kool-Aid Man.
Any magic fans out there will love “Justin Willman’s Magic Meltdown.” Each episode has a theme like lust, money or technology, and involves Willman performing his street magic without any camera tricks.
There are many other fantastic shows like “Just Cos,” which shows off fans and their impressive cosplay, and “Realm of LARP,” which follows the live action role-play game of normal people and is shot like a reality show.
But the most popular show on the channel is “Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling.” The title is very self-explanatory. Chris Hardwick and his Nerdist team bowl against a team of celebrities every week, and at the end of the season the highest scoring team gets $10,000 donated to a charity of their choosing. Some of the celebrity teams have been Team Breaking Bad, Team Doctor Who, Team Mad Men and Team Mythbusters. The show itself is edited well enough to where there isn’t too much bowling and focuses on the interactions of the teams making for some hilarious and entertaining banter.
There are more shows on the channel, and even more to come, including a show with Neil Patrick Harris called “Dreaming in Puppets” and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s radio show “Star Talk.”
All of this and more can be found at www.youtube.com/user/Nerdist.