|(Host - Attack of the Show!; The Nerdist Podcast, Voice Actor - The Batman [Green Arrow])|
|Christopher Ryan “Chris” Hardwick is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, musician, podcaster, television personality, voice artist, and comedian. He is best known for performing with Mike Phirman in Hard ‘n Phirm, hosting Singled Out, Wired Science, Web Soup, and The Nerdist Podcast, and the current voice of Otis in the Barnyard franchise, since Kevin James couldn’t return to voice Otis in Back at the Barnyard.|
Hardwick was a DJ on influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ during the mid-1990s. In the fall of 1998, he starred in the UPN comedy Guys Like Us; the show aired 12 episodes before it was cancelled in January 1999.
He appeared in Rob Zombie’s horror films House of 1000 Corpses and Halloween 2. He also made a small appearance in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. In 2010 he was featured in the film The Mother of Invention. Hardwick was in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Married... with Children, Boy Meets World and Zoey 101. He was also a guest commentator on VH1’s I Love the 90s series which aired in 2005.
He appeared as a television host on hip hop group Little Brother’s 2005 album The Minstrel Show.
Currently, Hardwick is a contributing writer for Wired Magazine (since 2007), writes for Web Soup and Back at the Barnyard, and makes regular appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Chelsea Lately.
Hardwick voiced Alexander Hamilton in The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd and Otis in the Barnyard series (the character was originally voiced by actor Kevin James in the movie Barnyard: The Original Party Animals). He also provided the voice for Green Arrow/Oliver Queen on The Batman and was the voice of Glowface in The X’s.. Hardwick also did voice work for The Minstrel Show from the rap group Little Brother and narrated the introduction video for the flash game George Plimpton’s Video Falconry.
Hardwick was first known as the host of MTV’s Singled Out, launching the media careers of his two co-hosts in that series Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra. While working on Singled Out, he met Jacinda Barrett, to whom he was engaged, although the couple later split up. Later, he hosted the syndicated dating show Shipmates. As of October 2007, he has been hosting Wired Science on PBS, writing for Wired, and now works as a reviewer on Attack of the Show’s “Gadget Pr0n”.
On June 7, 2009, he became the host of G4’s Web Soup, a spinoff of E!’s The Soup. Hardwick had previously guest hosted The Soup ‘s predecessor, Talk Soup.
Since February 2010, he has been producing the “Nerdist” podcast, which he hosts with Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. The podcast was named one of 2010’s best by The A.V. Club and one of the 10 best comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone. In May 2011, it was announced that Hardwick had signed a deal with BBC America to host a pilot of a panel talk show for the network based on the podcast. The deal also included Hardwick shooting hosting pieces for BBC America’s Saturday night “Ministry of Laughs” comedy block.
Hardwick also hosted the 2011 SXSW Interactive Awards show in Austin, Texas.
Hardwick is also a stand-up comedian and performs with Mike Phirman in the music comedy duo Hard ‘n Phirm, whose half-hour comedy special Comedy Central Presents: Hard ‘n Phirm premiered in January 2008.
In 2004, Comedy Central used some of his material for an animated series called Shorties Watchin’ Shorties.
In 2007, both his solo standup and duo act were featured on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death Ray. Hard ‘n Phirm completed several songs for the 2009 Rob Zombie animated movie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Hardwick has announced plans to do a live stand-up album from his 2009 tour. He’s also the opening act for Joel McHale.
In 2010, Hardwick appeared as a stand-up comic on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show twice. In the same year, Hardwick performed on the Comedy Central show The Benson Interruption (starring Doug Benson).