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Chubby Emo Chris Hardwick of 2003 Says, “You Can Do It!”

Ah, 2003! How I don’t miss you. I had JUST quit drinking, dyed my hair to establish a departure from my previous identity and was hard at work losing the “20 beers a day and 4am pizza rolls” weight, which amounted to 40lbs that I am thankfully no longer forced to transport around this planet. Fortunately, I cleverly preserved this rock-bottom-proximity snapshot on VH1’s popular I Love the 80s program, on which they reminded people about things that existed in the past. I did several of these shows for no money, so you know things were going well. What you can’t see out of the frame is the globby bag of mayonnaise that was my gut hanging over large, baggy jeans. GOOD. TIMES.

I am grateful for this picture! It reminds how far I’ve come and how you can turn your life around for the better. Honestly. I was at a total dead-end with little hope of resurrecting a decent life. I humbly place my lowpoint at your feet and tell you that if you’re thinking about making improvements in your life, TODAY IS THE DAY TO START. Quitting drinking, starting exercising, eating better, pursuing your passion, hugging more puppies–whatever it is. Don’t think about it. Just do it. Over-thinking the “hows” and “why comes” will put you in a neverending loop of inactivity. You have the power and ability to change the future with a simple “pro-you” decision.

Today is the day you stop beating yourself up and start making those incremental changes that will drastically affect the outcome of your life in wonderful ways you can’t yet imagine!

Happy Sunday! I <3 U!

top pic via @Ness90

Images: VH-1, Chris Hardwick

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  1. Daniel says:

    Dang. This is an old post, but I just read it. Nice.

  2. KT says:

    Haha….but I still don’t think he was “FAT” or “ugly” or whatever….he looks perfectly normal to me before. I think he’s cuter now because he’s more self assured…not because he’s thinner….besides, I had a total crush on him when I was a kid and he was “fat” and had “bad hair.” HA!

  3. butter says:

    chris you’re so effing cool.

  4. SharlzG says:

    Super late to the game, but I just read this and wow. Being Australian I’ve never seen singled out and only really know who you are thought the podcast (and possibly only because of Nathan Fillion referring to the podcast) so I just know the cool looking uber nerd Chris that stands before us now.

    In further twists of fate, I only found this story because, after watching the @midnight episode with you wearing Nick Thune’s sweater and telling us you’re not that short, I was trying to workout how tall you actually are and, whilst wikipedia was useless with an answer to that question, it did bring me here.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy your book.

  5. Jody Dyer says:

    I am sitting at my desk and your sweet nephew, Caleb, here in Maryville, TN and just wanted to say congratulations on 1. dropping the drinking habit, 2. getting healthy, and 3. your wonderful success as a comedian and host. I had no idea Caleb was your nephew until he heard me obsessing over The Walking/Talking Dead. Sometimes my students look/act like The Walking Dead.


    Life circumstances sure can change one’s outlook, huh?

    Congratulations!!! Maybe someday I’ll call in to The Talking Dead!