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“Clunkiest Company Name” Award


Mike Phirman took this picture of me last night in the parking lot of a TGI Fridays, the only open good-time eatery we could find when we arrived in St. Louis at 11pm.

“Computer Problem Busters” sounds like it was named in Japan and translated back into English. You have to admire their consistency! Their website ( is just as straightforward and uninspired! This kind of grass-roots, no-nonsense nerdery makes me think they might actually know what they’re doing.

*Side note: Mike kept being irritated by the string of cliche 90s megamix hits that were playing in Fridays. The playlist could have been named “Frat Party Rape Night.” Then I reminded him that if you heard these songs out in the world, you would sarcastically say to yourself, “Where the f*ck am I? TGI Fridays??” Then it all made sense.

Image: Mike Phirman

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  1. Barny-Boo says:

    You think that sexy solute joke would help if I nonchalantly leave it in the margin of my chem final tomorrow? Because let’s face it, it’s not like I’m going to study for the thing.

  2. smartbunny says:

    This photo will end up on their website as a Testimonial. “Chris Hardwick Nerdist thinks good fun thought about Computer Problem Busters! Serving problems? Solutions are us!”

  3. Chris Hardwick says:

    Phirm and I were performing at the tech college in Rolla. There is no better crowd than a roomful of nerds, in my opinion! I made several D&D jokes and a sexual reference to solutes and they totally got them! They were terrific.

  4. Gibson says:

    Computer problem buster! The most uncreative name since the TV fixer upers!

  5. Stephen says:

    Why were you in St. Louis? I’m not being all “stalker-like”, but why St. Louis? I’m trying to get the hell out of here!

  6. Adam says:

    “On Olive 2 blocks west of I-270, right behind TGI Friday’s”


  7. Giggleloop says:

    You’re in St. Louis?!?!?!? And I didn’t know??!?!??! GAH! 🙁

  8. Fx says:

    You ignored the back story. These guys used to run a phone sex line that was going under. Desperate to find a new business model that didn’t require them to change their number, they came up with this!

  9. Victoria says:

    I’m pleased to see from your attire that there is indeed a place colder than Portland this week.

  10. Sarah says:

    If you had twittered last night, my bf would’ve gladly kept the kitchen at his place open for you guys last night and you wouldn’t have had to suffer at TGIF.

  11. Tricia Lynn says:

    i live in st. louis and the commercials for that place is as bit tasteless as the name.

  12. Dave H says:

    At least it’s an honest attempt at a company name. It beats most of the names you see on the faceless glass & steel monoliths that pop up like cyborg mushrooms near large cities. For example, “Iovate.” What the heck is that? I pass it every time I go to Toronto.

  13. Chris P. says:

    They must be doing great since they can afford such a sweet ride!

  14. colleen says:

    I saw a van for Borrow My Husband Handyman Service this morning. Wish I had taken a picture it was full of clip art win!!!

  15. Barny-Boo says:

    For anyone who has ever seen a logo on a van and wondered “OH I WONDER WHAT IT IS THAT THEY DO.”

  16. Glen says:

    It looks like “BUSTERS” got hit by an font-quake. And the “o” in problem is there an image in there? Let’s hope they’re better at solving computer problems then they are at marketing themselves as computer problem solvers. I’m sorry “Busters”, not solvers.

  17. Joe Francis says:

    What’s awesome is that they list the location of their van on the website. Right behind the TGI Fridays.

    Side note: The club there is pretty fuckin’ great.

  18. ShadySandy says:

    That is full of win right there. Epic win.