Ten Geeks and Nerds I'd Put on My 'To Do List'

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Ten Geeks and Nerds I'd Put on My 'To Do List'

By Sarah Carlson | Seriously Random Lists | July 26, 2013 | Comments ()


Yeah yeah yeah, the Pajiba 10 is all well and good. (Fine, it’s fabulous.) I love the celebrities on that running list, but I must admit, my tastes also tend toward the nerdier. What’s sexier than a great mind? Throw in a nice smile and geeky interests and self-deprication, and I’m hooked. So here are 10 of my favorite people from various pop culture and news circles I definitely have on my bunkable list.

Stephen Colbert


Just try and beat him in a Tolkein-off.

Ira Glass


Although I may spend most of the time contemplating my existence.

Chris Hardwick


Don’t base your judgment of him off “The Talking Dead.” He’s fun on The Nerdist.

Neil deGrasse Tyson


Just check out this astrophysicist’s snazzy vest.


This image was too good not to also include.

Chris Hayes


He’s almost annoyingly smart, but the best part is that he knows how to present a smart news show.

Felicia Day


Gotta love redheads.

Jon Meacham


So my tastes can skew to the older history professor type. I make no apologies.

Chris Kluwe


So, this is kinda cheating, I know. But this Oakland Raiders punter is an avid gamer and has an adorably nerdy laugh.

Patton Oswalt


What isn’t attractive about this man’s ability to improvise a lengthy, elaborate Star Wars movie pitch?

Rachel Maddow


Always and forever. Here’s a great clip of her in full geeky action.

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  • denesteak

    Reza Aslan's appearance on the news for his new book has reignited my love for him.

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Brian Cox, OBE, Particle Physicist. He is the UK version of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

  • llp

    I admire and respect Stephen Colbert, and I saw his tribute to his mother, and, and, and... it is so hard for me to say out loud (or write) that I would hit that. So. Hard. Indecent things. He could have me at the tip of his hat, the crook of his finger.

    Ahhhh, I am blushing. Who knew I had this hidden well of shame?


  • Helo

    Felicia Day, ALL Day.

  • foolsage

    Another one for the list: Mark Gatiss. You might know him as Mycroft Holmes from "Sherlock", or as one of the writers and producers of that show. Or you might know him as a diehard lifelong Doctor Who geek, who's written several Doctor Who novels and six episodes of (rebooted) Doctor Who.



  • He also wrote the upcoming An Adventure in Space and Time, a docudrama on the creation of Doctor Who. It may be the most ridiculously nerdy thing ever.

  • VohaulsRevenge

    I can't be the only one who saw that Meacham pic and mentally inserted, "I'm not saying it was aliens..."

  • annie

    Aisha Tyler is a gamer, Joe Manganiello is a lifelong comic book geek (and used to steal them, even), Steve Yeun, Olivia Munn based her early career on nerdiness, Janina Gavankar, DONALD GLOVER EVERYTHING, Simon Pegg, David Tennant who grew up wanting to be the Doctor and then... was.

    And she's not on my list at all, but Megan Fox can go on about her favorite comic illustrators and writers in a way that would make your average comic geek sweat.

  • Bodhi

    The Joe Manganiello episode of The Nerdist was one of the best I've heard in a long time

  • I'd bang Megan Fox like a screen door in a hurricane.

  • emmalita

    I don't think that's related to her love of comic books.

  • True. Hell, if she dressed like she did in Jonah Hex, she could read 'Highlights for Children' for all I cared.

  • apsutter

    Aisha and Steve...hell yes!

  • Matt Ramsey

    Can we all agree to stop saying/writing any derivative of "based off of" please? It's "based on." End of pedantic note.

  • Three_nineteen

    Stephen Colbert has a permanent spot on my list. In fact, Colbert and Colin Firth co-own my list and rent out the other three spots. Not only to pay off the mortgage, they also enjoy the company.

  • BWeaves

    No Aisha Tyler?

    No Nathan Fillion?

    For shame.

  • LadyBuggy

    I have had a crush on Chris Hardwick since Singled Out.

  • Louis Theroux is at the top of my list. I want to jump his nerd bones.

  • IngridToday

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

    Everyone from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour

  • Maguita NYC

    Have we forgotten Nate Silver? He is the cute geek who predicted the last elections.

  • toblerone

    Huge + 1 for Felicia Day, but a TOTAL Fail for none of Mythbusters Gang (yeah the shows shtick is get old).

    Especially Kari Byron.


  • toblerone

    Oh and this guy:

    Please be 12, Please be 12.

  • Wigamer

    Thank you for justifying my irrational love for Jon Meacham. I love that he injects Thomas Jefferson or Andrew Jackson into every conversation he has on TV. It doesn't matter that he looks like one of the chickens from "Chicken Run"....it's going down, Jon.

  • stella

    I feel like Im the only one who doesn't get Felicia Day and it makes me sad.

  • koko temur

    Yep, not the only one!

  • AnnaKendrick'sLoveMuffin

    Like guacamole, a little Felicia Day goes a long way.

  • toblerone

    But I like a lot of guacamole and a lot of Felicia Day.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Nope, not the only one. I think she's a nice person who tries really hard. She's quite smart, and has real warmth.

    However she isn't a gifted actress. Outside of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, I've never seen any kind of range in her acting.

    It's worth noting I guess that Whedon seems to get more out of less-talented actresses than most.

  • AudioSuede

    I don't not get her, in the sense that she's cute and she did a good job in Dr. Horrible, but I thought The Guild was one of the worst web series I've ever forced myself to sit through.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You're not the only one.

  • Chris Hardwick seems like a nice and fun guy. But I don't think he's funny at all. And I don't just base that on The Talking Dead. I base it on everything he's ever done.

  • apsutter

    I think he's charming but not very funny. I saw Seth Meyers do his stand up and Chris was the opener and he was...not great. He had like 3 jokes then spent the entire rest of the time in the audience asking where people were from and what they do. I don't pay for a show to hear about where other audience members are from...who gives a fuck about that.

  • Maguita NYC

    Rachel Maddow, I so love that cute boy!

    Also, we can thank Chris Kluwe for forcing Football out of the closet. In the past year he, along with Brendon Ayanbadejo, had done much in forcing the NFL to admit its homophobia, and helping it change its views on LGBT players.

  • AnnaKendrick'sLoveMuffin

    And lost his job for it. Now he's in the loving arms of the Oakland Raiders...

  • Maguita NYC

    The official line is that he did not get renewed; It was obviously because of homophobia though. How dare a manly man support the gays.

    Obviously at that time, it has not hit home yet that at the very least 50% of their players, fans, supporters, suppliers, etc. are either part of the LGBT community, advocates, defenders, or family members and friends of LGBT community.

  • Yep, even as the state of Minnesota was coming around on gay marriage (legal as of August 1st!), our football team decided that a player supporting equal rights was just not cool.

  • Amy

    Don't forget Scott Fujita. He was disgraced and then exonerated in the Saints cheating scandal but he was also among the first to come out for gays.

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm iffy about his story... Hope he is sincere, for I saw it only as a means to an end.

  • Amy

    I don't remember it that way but it doesn't mean you're wrong. From 2009: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

  • Maguita NYC

    Will definitely read this on a calmer (sober) moment. Thank you for the link!

  • lowercase_ryan

    the NFL has changed it's public stance, yes. That doesn't mean the minds in the locker rooms have changed, yet.

  • AudioSuede

    Actually, some surveys of players suggest that homophobic players are in the minority. But it definitely is more prevalent than in the rest of the country.

  • lowercase_ryan

    good to hear. Surprising, but very good.

  • Maguita NYC

    Judging by the assholetry some of the players posted on their FB and Twitter accounts, none whatsoever.

    However! Because of the outspokenness of the likes of Kluwe and Ayanbadejo, the NFL felt obligated to publicly punish homophobia. Which in itself is miraculous.

    I know what happens during tailgates in certain states, and I've heard the language. Offensive!

  • Tinkerville

    Mila Kunis is actually a huge nerd as well, which I was delighted to find out. I'd also add Aisha Tyler, Grant Imahara, and Craig Ferguson.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Let's not leave out Kari Byron, like I foolishly did on my Pajiba 10 this year.

    And for us Northerners, the CBC offers an impressive cast of great-looking, talented newscasters - from the legendary Peter Mansbridge (and his designated successor, Ian "Handsome-man-thing" Hanomansing) to Amanda Lang -the only person who can actually get me to watch BUSINESS NEWS AND tolerate Kevin O'Leary for more than thirty seconds

  • Uriah_Creep

    And Daily Planet co-host Zaya Tong. SO PRETTY.

  • toblerone

    Also fellow CBC'ers David Suzuki and Dr.Jennifer Gardy.


  • Bert_McGurt

    I'm ashamed to admit that I don't know Dr. Gardy. But Dave (I call him Dave, even though we've never met) is AWESOME. I've seen him speak twice (I saw Mansbridge once too, who was also excellent) and if you EVER get a chance, definitely go see him speak. He's amazing.

  • toblerone

    She's done several Ted Talks, radio shows, and a Nature of things (clip).She is also a Senior Scientist (Genomics & Molecular Epidemiology), at the BCCDC Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Services.

    Cute as a button and she can rock a bikini.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I'ma gonna have to do some Googlin' when I get home...

  • Hot diggity dang! Just Google Imaged the good Dr. I think she's getting a place on the list higher than Winnie Cooper.

  • Maguita NYC

    I have a huge amount of respect to Mr. Suzuki. But I would never hit that!

  • toblerone

    That statement once again proves Wit and Brains Aren't the Greatest Aphrodisiac.

  • Maguita NYC

    Case in point: Salman Rushdie.
    But then again, what do I know: He keeps dating the hottest women ever.

  • toblerone

    Rushdie has the whole fatwā thing going for him...

  • Maguita NYC

    Met him once... Really nice attentive older man. Cannot see the physical attraction for the life of me. Fatwa or not, I'll leave the danger-whoring to Sookie.

  • Yeah, with a pickup line like, "You know, I have a death mark in 17 countries..." how can one fail?

  • foolsage

    And, of all people, Vin Diesel. Huge nerd. No, seriously.

  • So convincing a nerd that he got Judi Dench to play Dungeons & Dragons with him, then said that was one of his greatest accomplishments. Also that she had a surprisingly good time.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That one is actually only a rumor. IIRC, he explained the concept to her and she was intrigued, but they never played.


  • Maguita NYC

    That one surprised me the most. But yeah.

  • Eva

    YES! To ALL of this!!

    Patton Oswalt's Star Wars filibuster forever changed the way I see him.

  • mediaprof

    Patton Oswalt's turn as Constable Bob on Justified made my fan love for him grow three sizes.

  • Jen

    Why is every other post on this site about who you people would want to bang! Lets just end all this and say every writer at Pajiba wants to fuck every famous person living and dead ( cause you've done the dead banging post as well ) and be done with it. OKAY!

  • Mrs. Julien


    I did that. That was me. I wrote the dead people post because CARY GRANT IS FOREVER.

    Mswas, if you take one more step towards my secret husband, William Powell, I WILL CUT YOU!

  • Maguita NYC


  • lillie

    That line works so well in so many situations!! ;)

  • Maguita NYC

    Right? I just told the waitress to hurry up with the food "BECAUSE WE ARE HUNGRY PATRICE!!"

    Afterthought. Hope she doesn't spit in my food.

  • lillie

    BWHAHAHA! That's awesome. I'm totally going to start screaming this at random people I encounter throughout the day.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That was terrifyingly emphatic.

  • koko temur

    She usually speculates about presence of sand in one's vagina only on odd numbered days.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Are you kidding me?? No Aisha Tyler???

    Or Winnie Cooper for that matter?

  • annie

    Aisha Tyler is a hot hella-nerd. Wtf? There are way more hot girl nerds out there.

    +1 Hardwick, though, who is totally self-aware, neurotically so. His stand-up was one of the most fun hours I've ever had, and I would so watch "Talk-tor Who".

  • lowercase_ryan

    I get a kick out of his all-star bowling. In small doses.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I hate to agree with ryan, because ryan, but he is right. On both counts. Especially the former. There is not enough bleach in the world to make me feel clean again.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I need a Vine account to show the world the victory dance I just came up with.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Never underestimate the power of high kicks. ALWAYS underestimate the power of crotch stitching.

  • Maguita NYC

    Hope it involves cross stitching and fine lace patterns.

  • emmalita

    Tell me more about this crotch stitching.

  • Bert_McGurt

    See, it's related to the high kicks. If the crotch stitching (or the fabric, mind you) is sub-par, you're liable to blow that sucker out during some spirited awkward dancing.

    Get yourself some quality pants, is what I'm saying.

  • emmalita

    I can always count on Pajibans for excellent, practical advice.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Y'all need to get a room.

  • emmalita

    What? It sounds crafty! I like to knit and crochet. I might like crotch stitching too.

  • Maguita NYC

    Ahh yes, crotch stitching, the lost art of prettying up a vajayjay.

  • emmalita

    nice edit!

  • Maguita NYC

    I inadvertently imported loose talk from the book of face. Shame on me!

  • Maguita NYC

    Need to see that. I need my visuals.

    Does it look anything like the Elaine dance?


  • lowercase_ryan

    Think Elaine listening to Wu Tang

  • Maguita NYC

    She has spasms rather than bounce in her step though.

  • koko temur

    did it have pelvis thrusting? because i like those.

  • lowercase_ryan

    more bouncing than thrusting

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