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Christopher Coleman Has BFFs!!!

Christopher Coleman’s BFF in Boston Contest Winners Announced by Mr. Coleman himself!!!

A month or so ago, a delightful young scamp named Chris Coleman emailed me with a proposition: he wished to make the journey from San Diego to Boston to watch me tell jokey jokes at the Wilbur Theatre on April 9th. Problem was, he didn’t know anyone there. He decided that the best course of action would be to Nerdsource some chowder-slurping friends on the East Coast, and I supported this 100%.

He set up a thread on the Nerdist Facebook page and laid down a simple rule–> convince him why he should give you his extra tickets and be his Boston BFF. We blogged it here. We blabbed it on the podcast. Lo and behold, the response was terrific. A couple of things make this incredibly special to me: 1) that a dude would care enough to fly across country to catch my show, 2) that he would concoct such a wonderful contest that would, 3) actually yield him some cool new pals. This is an example of the Internet working for GOOD. People SHOULD be coming together for fun reasons to make stuff and share ideas. It was the founding principle behind the Node (still in development).

Add that to the fact that another Nerdist Podcast listener, Shane Robinson, bought four tix to give away to people simply to help support us (he lives in Oahu) and you have the makings for a neverending hug. I would also like to point out that I think this video is both charming and hilarious. Like, to the point that I think Chris should make more videos for the site just for the heck of it. Thank you a billion jillion times to Chris, Shane and everyone who involved themselves! I didn’t know these dudes before all of this happened and now I consider them friends. This means more to me that I can possibly express, and I can’t wait to see you all in Boston! (pre-show tweet-up at Anna’s Taqueria, anyone??)

You can follow Christopher Coleman on Twitter @dogon2112 and Shane Robinson @shane.


  1. Jenn Zuko says:

    Dude. Chris. (Yes, I call you Chris because I’m your friend because I listen to you bi-weekly. What?)

    Seriously though–how flattered are you about this charming, cute video?? I mean…THIS is an awesome fanbase, and you know why? It’s because of your personality and your (and Matt and Jonah’s) philosophy. Yeah, I got Zen on you. So I’m from Boulder.

    Which is why I can’t make it all the way to Boston. Have an amazing show, and record it, dammit!!!

    Enjoy your Boston Anna’s Taqueria Burrito.

  2. smartbunny says:

    Boston, Boston, Boston! He doesn’t even mention the Chicopee show in his lineup. If I am the only one there I get brownie points. And pointy brownies.

  3. Christopher Coleman says:

    For anyone that’s interested, we’ve created a facebook page for our meetup

  4. Oh… PS: Congrats to you too, Hardwick! You, Jonah, and Matt produce an incredible show and the dedication, love, and support of your fans is clearly evident across the Interwebs.

    It’s simple math: You put out good. You get good back. And you, my friend, you put out good.


  5. Awesome and hilarious video, Christopher!

    Congrats on producing such a great contest! I’m thrilled to have played a very small part in it and look forward to following your adventure to Boston!!


  6. Brian E says:

    I love the tag of Chris Prime for Hardwick. Can Coleman be dubbed OtherChris?

  7. Heather says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that this turned out so well. and the video?! Epicness. I’m requesting video of Boston shenanigans when all of these wonderful nerdfolk gather together. please, Chris Coleman & Co, please?

  8. Luanne says:

    That was adoraballs!

  9. Daniel says:

    Wow such an amazing idea and fun activity to unite nerds

  10. SimonGodOfHairdos says:

    That was so damn funny that I’m not even upset that I didn’t win.

  11. mariessa says:

    This is so precious! This is the beauty of this podcast, the lovely uniting of adorable nerds. I hope that everyone going to the Hardwick Wilbur show who can stay late can meet up! If Chris doesn’t chest bump all of us I will cry silent nerdy tears.

  12. Anita says:

    That dart thing was a great way to choose! I hope you all have a great time!

  13. Lokey says:

    Is it just me or could Christopher totally pull off a Nega-Chris Hardwick?? Or at the very least an evil brother? I say evil not because he seems evil, but because he has facial hair and back in the day…the bad guys almost always had a beard and/or mustache.

  14. Reena says:

    To everyone that wants to join the Anna’s meet up; There is an event set up on FB. The link is in a discussion on The Nerdist fb page. Congratualtions to all the winners!! And congrats to Coleman for the success of the contest. Huge thanks to Mr. Hardwick for allowing this.

  15. David Bednar says:

    Wow– that video was absolutely charming! If I wasn’t down in Georgia getting my head crammed full of knowlege, I would LOVE to go up to see the show and try and meet that guy!

    You’re right, Chris Prime– he needs to do more videos for The Nerdist! I’d love to see some more!

  16. Michelle says:

    That was ridiculously cute. I love that you chose Ryan, so he could also meet people in his new hometown!

  17. threetoesoffury says:

    you had me at the “chess pieces in the D&D book” bit. hilarious.

  18. Brian E. says:

    Fantastic Mr. H! Even though I will be unable to attend the Wilbur show I posted about the awesome contest on the Nerdist Facebook page (“Like” it if you haven’t yet!) and soon became FB friends with Mr. Coleman. So even though I won’t be able to attend, this contest still brought nerdy friends together. Good times.

    Have an awesome time all who get to go!

    PS Future merch for this site: a Noodle Stories shirt. On the back it could even read “You had to be there” 😉

  19. Devi says:

    Woot! Have a ton of fun everyone and enjoy a burrito for me! I can attest to the fact that Chris Coleman is indeed a fine friend…when he’s not sabotaging chess games. :(

  20. Ali says:

    I didn’t react well to this video at first. I pitched a tanty and videoed it. And yes, I own a Simpson’s chess set.

  21. Rail says:

    These two guys rock, hard.

    Yeah I got my tickets to the show as well. Would love to meetup with some of these fellow awesome nerds myself. I mean I am already going. Christopher Coleman and BFFs any meetup location planned? Would have joined the contest, but already grabbed my tix.

    I like the Anna’s Taqueria idea

  22. Jen says:

    Chris is totally one of my favs. I will be jealous and live vicariously through your (and Chris’) tweets and blog posts about the Boston show! Yippeeee!

  23. Kate says:

    Yes to the tweet-up! If you need anyone in Boston to organize, I volunteer myself.

  24. smartbunny says:

    Ha! So cute. Congrats, u can haz new friendz.

  25. Christopher Coleman says:

    You are way too kind, Mr. Hardwick. This was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done and I thank you for allowing this random dude from San Diego to do this insane contest. Hooray Internet!

  26. mariamx says:

    My god, I love this guy…