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It’s Nerdist Channel Launch Day!!!: A Fancy Letter from Chris Hardwick

For today’s launch of the Nerdist Channel on YouTube, our founder Chris Hardwick has written a welcome message for Nerdist News that explains all and adds some details about the initial schedule. Take it away, Chris:

Welcome, welcome and WELCOME to the birth of the Nerdist Channel! Today, we place ourselves before you — naked, bloody and screaming but most importantly ALIVE with excitement and possibility. This programming exercise dates back to July of 2011, when my then new business partner Peter Levin and I walked into a modest office in Santa Monica with the Jim Henson Company and Broadway Video to pitch to the YouTube Elder Council what we felt was some much needed caulk in the gap of quality nerd-themed programming in world (not as filthy as it sounds).

Our programming mandate was simple: what would WE want to see exist in the world? Unlike many production companies or networks, we are actually IN the demographic of the content we’re creating. This means no charts. No spreadsheets. No “the coveted 18-24 year old demo seems to trend toward the color orange. We must program orange things.” We program stuff we love. All of our shows are very personal and we’re very passionate about what they represent.

By now, you may have seen our teaser videos which highlight some of the shows and folks who will be working with us, and I can honestly say that I still can’t believe we were able to wrangle so many wonderful and talented folks. We won’t be releasing all of our shows at once (your timeline will thank us for this), but rather in cycles to keep your viewing time manageable. Our first cycle includes the following shows:

MONDAYS: All Star Celebrity Bowling (with me, Chris Hardwick!)
TUESDAYS: Alternating every other week between Face to Face w/ “Weird Al” Yankovic and The Indoor Kids
WEDNESDAYS: Comic Book Club
THURSDAYS: Ain’t It Cool w/ Harry Knowles
FRIDAYS: Weird S#!t From Japan and classic Kids In The Hall eps with bonus cast interviews

We’ll also be adding a bunch of existing library content from Henson, Broadway Video, Dr. Tran, Hard ‘n Phirm, Nanna & Lil’ Puss Puss and many more just to give these guys a more permanent home. In the coming months, expect other shows to roll out with folks you’ve heard of like Neil Patrick Harris, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Rob Zombie to whipsmart folks you haven’t heard of (but will enjoy) covering things like science, comics, gaming, cosplay, tech and general dickaround-ery.

RELATED SIDENOTE–> I had the extreme pleasure of working for G4 for four years. It was an amazing group of people both in front of and behind the camera. If you asked anyone there I think they would agree that the only drawback was after shows like Attack of the Show, X Play and a couple others, the network simply didn’t have the monetary resources to make all of the shows it wanted to. “How would I have programmed G4?” was the first question I asked when presented with this YouTube opportunity. I sincerely hope you like the results.

We all are working really hard on this channel every day and care deeply about what we’re doing and the audience we’re doing it for. In exchange for your subscription and support, I promise that we will do everything within our power to give you regular, quality programming that is relevant to your nerdly interests. We may fall sometimes, but we will always quickly pick back up and learn from our mistakes. There’s no user manual for this stuff. We’re just going off our guts and hearts (not as gross as it sounds).

It is therefore with mammoth nerd-boner inducing joy that I flip the switch, release the virtual doves and say to you, “The Nerdist Channel is now open for business!!!”

Non-creepy hugs,
Chris “Subscribe Goddammit” Hardwick

And there it is. Welcome!

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  1. Liz says:

    I may have posted that on the wrong tab. Maybe.

  2. Liz says:

    I just got through listening to this when my boyfriend unknowingly linked me to the reddit message about his death. I had already planned to comment yelling at you guys for making me cry at work at my non-cubicled desk because this podcast was so touching. Thanks for sharing it, and I’m glad that throughout this episode you can hear just how at peace with life he is. He seems like he was a really interesting person. You’re lucky to have a parent that you can share stories like this with, it’s good you got the chance.

  3. John says:

    My two favorites so far have to be the Celeb Blowing and the SUDS, Chris that bowling alley was awesome! Looking forward to who you guys go up against in the future,

  4. Shell says:

    Yay! Super excited, and may I say you did not disappoint!!! Well played Nerdist team!! I can’t wait to check out the rest of the content!!

  5. Maleah says:

    Today was like Christmas morning!!

  6. Abbey says:

    Thank you so much for bringing Dr. Tran back into my life. I had completely forgotten about that magical magical cartoon.

  7. theTolly says:

    Hey guys. I’ve been trying to get you more subscriptions with my limited social circle. 😉
    Posted on my facebook: “Hey guys. Youtube has started doing premium channels. Please go to this link, and subscribe to the Nerdist channel. Each subscription helps them get more funding from Youtube. It has cool, funny, and interesting shows, and best of all, it’s free!

  8. three toes of fury says:

    (a 3ToF repost).

    Datecode: 2-23-2025
    LogEntry: #1241
    Mission Title: Bits-Recov

    Omega team came thru today big time. Their recon mission in 1-1-Zed, formerly known as ‘Chicago’, recovered an artifact. There were 68% casualties, primarily from bio-hunter-killers and heat-det-mines which after a recent firmware upgrade no longer are tripped by our human-heat-countermeasures. The artifact, a mid-range hard drive from what was known as a ‘home computer’, miraculously survived the 3/14/15 global de-rez (those metallic bastards showed true sadistic behavior by destroying all computing power on “Pi day”). Our squads mission has been and will always be the same…find something, anything, that might shed light on the zero-hour of the computer self awareness and then pray it helps us find a weakness. helps us find hope. helps us carry on for another day. Our top geeks have been working on the artifact around the clock and have uncovered something. It appears that zero-hour ties into some massive event on 4/2/12…something having to do with millions of users subscribing to a “nerdist youtube channel”. We don’t know what that means but we do know it’s the first evidence of the robotic overload insignia..that damnable red triangle and laser symbol. We will continue to dig and hope to use this information to bring down overlord Hardwickopolis and his droid armies the Raybots and Miranoids. If you are receiving this transmission, keep the faith, we will win, humanity will rise again.

    Sgt Three Toes of Fury Out.

    End of Line.

  9. Nyte (Mandi) says:

    Only had time to watch the bowling show so far. It was most excellent! (And may I add…nice freakin’ guns Senor Hardwick.!)

  10. dobby1299 says:

    I liked the bowling video but i only subscribed for the videos that you announced and my feed is being clogged up with all the lil puss and dr tran videos and they arent that good

  11. John says:

    Totally checking this out after work today!

  12. Sam says:

    This is relevant to my interests. Woo!

  13. Mandy W. says:

    Hooray! Can’t wait to watch these shows! Congrats Mr. Hardwick! Your hard work as well as everyone else at Nerdist Industries hard work greatly appreciated.

  14. Jack says:

    Everything was amazing! I just wish I found out what that Carmen Electra story was, I bet she had a threesome with Chris and Jenny.

  15. Missy says:

    I am so excited about the channel going live!! I can’t wait to use my lunch break to nerd out on it. Thanks everyone for making awesome online programming for all of us!

  16. fuzzynoise says:

    Bowling was great! Good show and I can’t wait to see how everything else comes along.

  17. LuniOPS says:

    Its not loading! oh everybody is trying to watch. get your own youtubes everybody!

  18. Caitlin says:

    Huzzah! Best day ever!