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Chris Hardwick May Not Be Felicia Day, But The Nerdist YouTube Channel Looks More Than Okay

By Rob Payne | Industry | March 28, 2012 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | March 28, 2012 |

Last week, I made the rather bold claim that it was impossible not to love geek goddess Felicia Day, and most of you seemed to agree. I won’t make the same claim about fellow nerd icon Chris Hardwick, if only because I know for a fact that our very own lord and master, Dustin Rowles, doesn’t see what all the fuss is about. What about co-hosting MTV’s mid-to-late ’90s dating show for bro dudes and the women who love them? What about “Singled Out?!” he cries with unsettled frustration, forgetting the barely controlled disdain that was always present on Hardwick’s face. The man, the Nerdist, knows enough not to be proud of his greatest claim to pre-Internet fame, and that’s why he gets a pass.

But, to be clear, Chris Hardwick is decidedly less adorable than Felicia Day. Although, the introduction to his upcoming Nerdist Channel for YouTube’s premium content service, vis-a-vis a fake felt press conference, certainly has charm all its own:

If he didn’t have a nerd pass before, I think it’s safe to say that Chris Hardwick will have definitively earned one with the sheer breadth of his pandering, sincere as it is. Especially since he didn’t sleep with Jenny McCarthy, who proved to be just one of many adolescent crushes that lost their way. But if you’re still not on board the Hardwick train, here’s some of the new YouTube stars themselves asking that you pretty please (with a burrito on top) watch their shows:

“Weird Al” Yankovic! Neil deGrasse Tyson! Neil Patrick Harris! The Kids In The Hall! Jim Gaffigan! Harry Knowles! (Cue record scratch sound effect.) Er. Okay, they can’t all be winners, I guess. But, comic books! Video games! Cosplay! Magic! Japan! Just like Day’s Geek & Sundry, you’ve got until April 2 — the day after the season two premiere of “Game of Thrones” if you arrange your schedule like I do — to subscribe.

Or, you know, any day after the channels go live.

Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He really hopes Pete Holmes, host of the You Made It Weird podcast, gets a shot at the big show in the future, too.

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