Felicia Day wasn’t the only individual at the intersection of entertainment, internet, and geek to make some programing revelations about her upcoming YouTube channel during WonderCon last weekend. Stand up comedy’s, G4’s, AMC’s, late-90s MTV’s, and the internet’s Chris Hardwick let loose some more information about his soon-to-be-released slate of shows targeted towards a similar subculture.
The Nerdist Channel is another one of the world’s largest video sharing site’s originals set to launch at the beginning of April. A zombiefied Hardwick told the online hordes a little of what to expect in early March, but the former Singled Out host who claims to have never been romantically involved with Jenny McCarthy recently uploaded a puppet-laden press conference with an lot of specifics.
Those specifics include mention of no less than 24(!) original, revived, and/or repurposed programs, which will have a new online home on the umbrella of Nerdist. As Hardwick emphatically states, the goal is to create a channel with some kind of video entertainment for every brand of nerd, from “gaming, movies, science, technology, music, pop culture. Wahtever it is, whatever you nerd out over, the Nerdist is going to have a show for you.”
Those shows for you at the launch of the Nerdist on April 2 (straight form the gamer’s mouth) will include:
- Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles, the TV version of the website you know and love-or-hate-or-both;
- Chris Hardwick’s All Star Bowling, which… oh, you know what this will be. Chris will follow in his father’s Hall of Fame footsteps, in a manner of speaking, by bowling in a two-on-two faceoff at the All Star Arena, the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel’s Spare Room lounge, Team Nerdist vs. guest stars for charity;
- Comic Book Club Live, the video version of the podcast from the Nerdist Network, with your hosts Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben;
- Cute Things Exploding, which is self-explanatory;
- Face to Face with Weird Al Yankovic, an interview show with hard-hitting journalist Weird Al Yankovic asking questions and getting answers;
- Kids in the Hall, which YES PLEASE. Classic sketches with interviews and anecdotes from the legendary team, hosted by Chris himself;
- Puppet for President, taking the Marvin E. Quasniki campaign to another level. See the Henson puppet’s speeches, interviews, and searing commentary on the toughest issues of the day;
- Weird Sh#!t from Japan, which is about weird shit from Japan;
- in addition to webisodes from the Jim Henson Company’s own Farscape and the ape detective show S.U.D.S. (Simian Undercover Detective Squad).
And those shows for you coming soon on the Nerdist include:
- The Awkward Family Show, a video show based on the Awkward Family Photos website, greeting card line at Target, and board game;
- Four Points with Alex Albrecht, on which Alex is joined by three other panelists to comment on four weekly topics of the Nerdist genre;
- Gif Gif City, animated gif characters placed in real-life situations;
- Gumball 3000 with The Dudesons, with the Finnish crazies participating in the Gumball 3000 road rally accompanied by a Nerdist reporter who, it is hoped, has really good health insurance;
- Hero Complex with Geoff Boucher, the video edition of the Los Angeles Times’ blog covering the world of the kind of entertainment you love;
- Just Cos, with Matt Mira and Chloe Dykstra hitting the road to look at cosplayers at conventions across America;
- Justin Willman’s Magic Meltdown, a magic show on the streets hosted by the guy who Will Ferrell called a witch and USA TODAY called “like a magician, but cooler”;
- Neil Patrick Harris’ Puppetopia, which is… NPH with puppets. In his dreams. Perfect;
- Nerdterns, a scripted comedy with the actual interns at Meltdown Comics in L.A.;
- Ralph Cirella Show, with the host of Geek Time on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM Howard 101 channel;
- Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, a video version the radio show hosted by everyone’s favorite amazingly brilliant and funny and did I say amazing? Amazing guy;
- Tournament of Nerds with Justin Donaldson, based on the hilarious competition that’s been delighting nerds at the UCB Theater in L.A.;
- Untitled Rob Zombie Project, which is a mockumentary about a washed-up musician, written and directed by, obviously, Rob Zombie;
- Plus existing episodes of Nanna & Lil Puss Puss, the animated series that ran on Comedy Central in 1995.
Keep up to speed with all things video, Hardwick, and nerdy at Youtube.com/Nerdist.