According to Deadline Hollywood as reported on January 5, 2013, Chris Hardwick, who is host of the BBC podcast show "The Nerdist", explains how podcasts have become a mechanism of survival among comedians.
Hardwick's "The Nerdist" podcast has been commissioned for a full season to run this spring. He further explains how podcasts seem to be a great medium for which comedians can get their talent noticed:
“The comedy boom died in the ’90s, even now there is not much stand up comedy on television. We comedians just needed a way to express ourselves in public in a way that would let people know who we are and what we’re about.” Nerd culture, Hardwick said, was just something he needed to talk about because “I was feeling suffocated in the industry."
Also, some people might recall faintly his stent as a co-host to Jenny McCarthy on the hit MTV show "Singled Out" where one contestant who does the choosing is blindfolded and has to choose from a pool of 50 prospective dates.
Hardwick recalls when they first started filming for the show that McCarthy came out of her trailer wonder where to find a plunger to unclog her toilet, but spent around 15 minutes figuring out how to unclog the toilet before asking for a tool to assist her in the predicament.
"The Talking Dead" not to be taken for granted
In an article in the Chicago Tribune, Hardwick admitted he had a rough patch as a comedian starting from the end of the "Singled Out" season. At this point, he has had a serious appreciation for his new gig "The Talking Dead" which is a post show follow-up to the hit AMC T.V. show "The Walking Dead". He is indeed not taking this gig for granted. When Hardwick first started on the live show, he had to correct himself by not confusing the two show titles.
It was his appearance at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con where he had hosted a panel for "The Walking Dead" that got him the gig on "The Talking Dead". Now fans always associate his name with the highest rated T.V. show among the young adult demographic, regardless of Hardwick never having appeared on "The Walking Dead".