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Chris Hardwick To Host BBC America’s “Ministry Of Laughs” And Nerdist TV Pilot

We have an announcement! More Chris on TV! Plus, the other Perry Simon (not me) makes an appearance, and, well, let’s just give you the official press release and advise you to watch starting June 18th:



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.

As previously announced, the Ministry of Laughs, BBC AMERICA’s new Saturday night comedy showcase, is set to premiere a raft of award-winning shows, kicking off with some of the most recent irreverent and inventive comedies from the UK. Hardwick will front the Ministry of Laughs when it launches Saturday, June 18, 10:00p.m. ET/PT – featuring the latest season of the BAFTA-winning comedy The Inbetweeners, the new project from Little Britain creators and stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, Come Fly With Me, and the UK’s biggest talk show, The Graham Norton Show.

Hardwick’s production entity, Nerdist Industries, and Comcast Entertainment Studios will produce the Ministry of Laughs host pieces and the pilot for the panel talk show hosted by Hardwick and based on his Nerdist podcast. The show will cover all things relative to geek culture from LA to London and feature celebrity guests with their own nerd obsessions. Hardwick will executive produce alongside K.P. Anderson and Jay James for Comcast Entertainment Studios.

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.”

One of Time magazine’s “140 most influential people on Twitter,” Chris Hardwick is a professional stand-up comedian and self-proclaimed nerd who currently hosts Web Soup, writes for WIRED magazine, contributes to Attack of the Show, makes regular appearances on Chelsea Lately, The Soup, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and more. Hardwick’s Nerdist Empire extends beyond the podcast and @nerdist on Twitter to include the popular blog and his upcoming book, The Nerdist Way, which will be published on November 1 by The Penguin Group.

Showcasing a new generation of talented actors, writers and creators in British comedy, Ministry of Laughs will also feature new series Friday Night Dinner (August 6) created and written by Robert Popper (Look Around You, South Park, Peep Show) and Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show (January 7) and new U.S. premiere seasons of returning award-winning hits That Mitchell & Webb Look (October 1), The Thick of It (November 12) and Peep Show (March 31).

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  1. John says:

    Hey Team Nerdist!!

    Congratulations on the new pilot, I now have something to do on Saturday nights.

    Keep up the awesome work!!

  2. @sybarite_ says:

    Let’s not mince words, this is fucking fantastic! Rock on Big C I hope the actual audio Nerdist podcast doesn’t end up getting lost in the shuffle.
    I really like The Inbetweeners and now it’ll be teamed up with another something I really like. Win!

  3. Taryn says:

    I love BBC America.

    I love all things Nerdist.

    I am happy! : )

  4. Luke/Kingclumsy says:

    Sounds great! I really hope they air it on *Actual* (British) BBC too 😛 Because I don’t get BBC America

  5. Gregor says:

    Great news.
    The Inbetweeners is a fantastic show. You may struggle with some of the references and language. However, if you just assume that any word you don’t understand is London slang for female genitals you wont go far wrong. Any idea if the pilot will be shown in the UK?

  6. Matt says:

    After years of being a one man publicity machine for Doctor Who, it seems the BBC has taken notice, good work Chris!

  7. Scott says:

    Now THIS is a noodlestory!

  8. Beth Kaelin says:

    Congrats Bic C!

  9. alisaj29 says:

    Graham Norton and now Chris Hardwick, my Saturday tv has now turned to AWESOME!

  10. Becca says:


    I was tickled pink at the news!!! Congrats I love what you guys do, and I’m glad others do too :). Keep up the good work! I’ve been listening since episode 1 and feel somewhat like a proud parent.

    Love you guys,

  11. Vincent S says:

    SQUUUEEEEEE!!!! Congrats from a listener.

    Hopefully Jonah and Matt are regulars. There needs to be a visual achieve of Matt’s weight loss :P.

  12. CJ says:

    Please tell us if Matt and Jonah are going to be in it!!?
    its going to be awesome, hope for the best…….NERDIST PREVAIL!

  13. Congratulations Chris and Team!! you are awesome and deserve every accolade. So happy for you!Can’t wait to watch the shows!

  14. Amber says:

    Awesome! Phenomenal! (but not surprising) I can’t wait. Is it condescending to say I’m proud of you guys? I love the site, I love the podcast, soon I’ll love the book, and I love that more of the world will get to bask in the awesomeness!

  15. @Hol2us says:

    Big C!!!! We did it!!!! Nerdist Nation FTW!!!!

    Please tell me M Dawg and J Woww (LMFAO!!!) will be joining you!

    There are so many possibilities in this that my head is about to explode.

    Seriously. Take them with you. Not a request.


  16. DefconDan says:

    Congrats Big C!!! ok ok Hardwick ! Very happy my favorite podcaster is doing so well! Sorry I missed your NY show Friday but you guys all of you ROCK!

  17. Roberto says:

    Thats so awesome man. Nerdest TV. Im happy for all your guys.

  18. Geoff says:

    Well done Big C well done.
    I am sure you are extremely excited at the opportunity to host what could be the holy grail of TV, great comedy on a great channel with decent funding (BBC…maybe) with great people working on it, while simultaneously crapping your pants.

  19. Erin Crumbelievable says:

    What?! OMG!! Congrats!!! So excitingggggg!

  20. Markk says:

    Congrats Big C-crest (I think Kevin nailed it with that one), I’m so excited to see cool people doing their own thing and succeding!
    As an Australian, it may be hard to support this, but DAMMIT I WILL FIND A WAY.

  21. Jen K says:

    The Big C is metastasizing! I mean, Hardwick is exploding! Chris is blowing up! Couldn’t happen to a funner, nicer person. *Sigh* and we can all say we hugged him when…AP credits for Jonah and Matt! Hooray!

  22. HotelNerd says:

    Oh my sweet Science! This is awesome! Congrats Chris. Huge fan of the Nerdist Podcast. Can’t wait to learn more details. The burning question on my mind (I’m sure it’s already been asked here, but I haven’t scrolled through the comments), will Matt and Jonah be part of the Nerdist Pilot? That would positively get Matt out of his produced based computer store job. And…I guess it would do good things for Jonah too…

  23. Kevin says:

    Congrats Big C. We’re going to have to start calling you Big C-crest seeing as you have so many jobs now.

  24. Patti says:

    Congrats on the deal with BBC America, Chris! That’s crazymazing!!

  25. smartbunny says:

    I’m proud of Christopher as though he were my son I had when I was five. This is your time, my boy. YOUR TIIIIIME!

  26. LAuronist says:

    Hooray!!! ::does the muppet dance::

  27. Congrats go out to Mr. Hardwick and the rest of the Nerdist podcast! So is the show like a stand up type show? As for the Nerdist pilot, like others have stated, I hope Matt and Jonah are on it. Even if they arn’t hopefully they’ll still be on the regular Podcast version. It’s good to see a hard working person achieve everything they set out to do.

  28. The TARDIS says:

    The Nerdist without cursing…is it possible?? Congrats Big C.
    I wonder if you can say Vader Pussy in the pilot? Where is this going to be filled and will there be an audience?

  29. Luanne says:

    Congrats Big C! Or should I say, Big BBC!

  30. congratulations! this is huge! this is huge, right? it seems pretty huge.

  31. JetpackBlues says:

    Did anyone hear that? I think that was the sound of the Nerdist ‘popping’ and apparently, it was heard around the world.

    Heartfelt congratulations. Hard work does pay off, especially when it’s doing something you love!

  32. Ethan Hensler says:

    Freaking amazeballs! This is great news for Nerdists everywhere and couldnt have happened to a sweeter guy (not that I know Chris Hardwick personally, but come on, hes adorable!)
    Now, if Matt and Jonah are also on board, I cant imagine a better way to watch me some BBC America…….
    Well done!

  33. J-Rod says:

    From one Brit to Another (Honourary)
    (You’re going to have to get use to spelling things with the extra U) Congrats on being picked as the one Colonial deemed worthy enough to help bring the correct use of satire and ironic comedy to our Yankee Cousins.
    And If that also helps Americans understand how our Teenhood was more like ‘The Inbetweeners’ than Non-Magical versions of Hogwarts, they may understand us better.
    You might be able to ask for Hardwick Hall as your new manor.
    Best Wishes on Your New Endeavour
    (Again – correctly spelt with an extra U)

  34. Josue Lara says:

    Salutations fellow nerdists, just read about your pilot/special. Congrats on all your success both past, present, and future. Can’t wait to see what show comes from the mind of the Nerdist, sure to be AMAZING!!!