I want to like Chris Hardwick. Oh I really do. He likes all the things I like! And I don’t think he’s faking it. I believe he is genuinely a huge Doctor Who nerd. But I cannot, though I’ve tried, listen to The Nerdist podcast. Fantastic guests? Yes. Do I have an enormous ear crush on Hardwick’s co-host Matt Mira? Yes. But Hardwick’s brand of over-the-top enthusiasm without critical engagement? Oh man, it drives me bonkers. He’s like the most annoying guy in line at the convention.
Hardwick has his time and his place. I like him as a guest on podcasts I listen to. I’ve seen him moderate the hell out of a panel. But I resent his ubiquity. Not because I begrudge him success. He seems like such a nice guy. But because he purports to speak for me. For my community. And, I’m sorry. I think he’s doing it wrong. And the best, most mature thing to do when someone isn’t your cup of tea is to look the other way. Don’t like him? Don’t watch him. Simple as that. But anyone who watches a show on BBC or AMC knows that’s well nigh impossible. He’s there at every commercial break, grinning and quipping. And now he’s got a new late night show on Comedy Central. The show @midnight will debut October 21st. How many shows is that now, Hardwick? HOW MANY? MAKE IT STOP.