The Nerdist downloads some funny
It's not hard to see why she (and many others) feel that way. Despite breaking the laws of fashion with his odd silver suit, he redeemed himself with one of the most consistently funny hours in recent memory, covering a wide range of topics, from what it is to grow up nerdy to his unfortunate history with animals and an assortment of sexual topics. I wouldn't describe Hardwick as a "clean comic," like Brian Regan, but the level of raunch in his act was a bit surprising. You just don't expect a guy who spends large chunks of his time talking about chess club and MySpace to segue into discussing the feel of shark vagina and Teutonic genital grooming.
Part of what makes him so much fun is the level of enthusiasm in his performance and the effort made, including his voices and physicality. When he explains why Benjamin Franklin's pick of a turkey over the eagle as a symbol for America, it's not just the perfect reasoning that make it hilarious. The way he imitates a turkey as a stereotypical 'Merican is brilliant. The same goes for his portrayal of dweeby Randy, the result of old parents, his Twilight Zone bit and his crazy, white guy defense, not to mention the hamster chaos of his youth. No one at the show seems to be having as much fun as Hardwick, simply because it would be hard to top the joy of a man bouncing around like an Old West prospector.
While much of Hardwick's act is either filthily silly or downright geeky, referencing sex with your dog the masculinity-boosting effects of He-Man riding a tiger and everything in between (including those online film reviewers who are just frustrated wannabe writers (nuh uh!)) he's also pretty astute when it comes to commenting on society, even if he's not quite politically-correct about it. While he won't win many points among the Jeff Dunham fans out there for his takedowns of flyover-country mouth-breathers, his bits about the similarities between bros and nerds and his solution for teen pregnancy in the face of teen obesity are rather inspired. Chris Hardwick: he makes you laugh and he makes you think...about sexy viking roleplaying.
Are Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks on stand-up DVDs a trend now? Are we going backward as a society? Sure, you can hear each and every joke clearly, and Hardwick enjoys good separation from the crowd, but everything lives in a center-balanced up-front presentation that leaves you watching instead of placing you in the middle of the scene. Come on guys, you're better than this.
Also available is the "Totally Hidden Easter Egg" (8:26), which is similarly musical, but is focused on some technical difficulties suffered by the pair. Even when things aren't going right, they are very funny.
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