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Chris Hardwick: Nerdism For Fun and Profit

Set TiVo to: Sunday, 9 p.m., G4, for Chris Hardwick's "Web Soup" (Twitter.)
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Chris Hardwick is a nerd. He humbly embraces this now, and he’s happier for it. The trick was to align his career with his passions -- even if they’re frowned upon by jocks.

The comic/writer/TV personality has a deep affection for science, technology, and his love affair with “Dungeons and Dragons” is in its third decade. While Hardwick isn’t the type of nerd whose busted eyeglasses are fastened with Scotch tape, when meeting with LAist he sported mismatched shoes -- one sneaker, and a blue soft cast. This cumbersome near-boot protected a broken toe. (He dropped a ten pound weight on himself.)

“I’m so ashamed to admit this, but I thought maybe I shouldn’t go to the Emergency Room,” said Hardwick. “But then I could totally Tweet about it! Twitter was actually a factor in why I went to the Emergency Room.” His fondness for “microblogging” isn’t a secret to the more than 550,000 who follow him.