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Chris Hardwick was born on the starship Enterprise and is the product of two red-shirts that quickly met their demise in a transporter lovemaking mishap. He was banished by the Federation to earth after "inappropriate conduct" on the holodeck with a computer-generated Buffy Summers. Since then, Chris has become a professional stand-up comedian and a self-proclaimed nerd. He is a writer for Wired Magazine and is the face of AMC's first live after show "Talking Dead," which airs as a platform to discuss the network's highly rated show "The Walking Dead."
Chris founded Nerdist.com, a website and podcast devoted to all things nerd related, which merged with GeekChicDaily to form Nerdist Industries with Hardwick serving as Founder & Chief Creative Officer and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin serving as Chief Executive Officer. Their online presence includes a website at Nerdist.com, a premium YouTube channel, the Nerdist News daily e-newsletters, 1.7 million Twitter fans and a podcast network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast which is also produced as a TV show on BBC America. Nerdist hosts live events such as "The Nerdist Podcast Live!" and Course of the Force, an annual Comic-Con lightsaber relay in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD. Then Legendary Entertainment, the company behind such genre films as "Inception," "Watchmen," "300," "Man of Steel" and "The Dark Knight" Trilogy, acquired Nerdist Industries. Hardwick and Levin serve as Co-Presidents of Digital for Legendary, in dual roles with their Nerdist positions. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at its theater space at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA.
Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, "@midnight" will challenge comedians to prove who's the funniest by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer: from celebrity Twitter tantrums to the most bizarre Yahoo Answers to rich kids on Instagram. Expect appearances by comedians like Kumail Nanjiani, Kurt Braunohler and Natasha Leggero who will fight and joke to the death as they vie to be crowned the funniest of the night.