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The Nerdist on TV

May 23, 2011

I’ve blogged before about my love for the Nerdist and Chris Harwick (though I do occasionally get annoyed when he jokingly insists no girls listen to his podcast.) But today I delight in the success of both. Here’s the press release:

CHRIS HARDWICK SIGNS DEAL WITH BBC AMERICA TO HOST MINISTRY OF LAUGHS AND PILOT BASED ON HIS NERDIST PODCAST

New York – May 23, 2011 – BBC AMERICA has signed comedian, writer and web pundit Chris Hardwick to host the channel’s new Saturday night comedy block, Ministry of Laughs, and has committed to a pilot/special based on Hardwick’s hit Nerdist podcast. The pilot will be a BBC AMERICA original program.

The Nerdist podcast, recently named one of the best comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone, is a top 10 comedy podcast on iTunes and has featured guests from Andy Samberg to Jon Hamm to Zach Galifianakis to the cast and crew of Doctor Who.

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America says: “Chris Hardwick’s unique and irreverent sense of humor perfectly complements BBC AMERICA’s British comedy sensibilities. We have fallen in love with his innovative work on the Nerdist, his enormously popular podcast, his Twitter, his stand-up, and his inventive TV activities, not to mention his devotion to Doctor Who and his unapologetic anglophile leanings. Chris is the ideal host for our Ministry of Laughs comedy block and a natural choice for our first original comedy production.”

Congrats, Chris! I can’t wait to see it!

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