The Real King of the Nerds: The Nerdist vs. Geek Goddess
by Angela Dahl (@AngelaDahling)
TBS’s recent effort to court the nerds through a reality show features two teams of supernerds competing to sit atop the Throne of Games and be crowned King of the Nerds. This got me wondering about nerd icons of the present: if there was a battle for the title of king of all nerds, who would play in this game of thrones? Each week we’ll compare two rivals in a particular realm of nerdom. TO THE DEATH!!
As a girl gamer, actor, and writer, Felicia Day holds her own in what is stereotypically (and sometimes misogynistically) considered a boy’s world. She played potential slayer Vi on Buffy, and Whedon later used her in his online superhero musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She is most recognized for her starring role on The Guild, a web series about gaming created and written by her.
Chris Hardwick is probably the industry’s most recognizable fanboy. He began his career as a stand-up comedian and is often remembered as the guy who hosted Singled Out, an MTV dating game show that ran from 1995-98. The show had a “Picker” who would weed out who they wanted to date from a pool of fifty by use of categories. To this end, I, as the Picker, have created categories for this Celebrity Nerd Deathmatch (Is that too many old MTV show references? Nevermind, I don’t care).
Felicia Day launched a YouTube channel in 2012 called “Geek and Sundry” that features programs such as The Guild and Tabletop, a series about board games with Wil Wheaton and other TV/web personalities. In fact, Geek and Sundry has pronounced March 30th “International Tabletop Day,” an entire day devoted to celebrating gaming! It might not be printed on your calendars just yet, so I’d suggest writing that down. Other programs on the channel are Written by a Kid – which takes stories written by kids and adds actors, animation, and sometimes celebrities – and Space Janitors, a sci-fi show about janitors who work… in space. Well, a well-known space station, to be exact. Felicia has her own vlog on the channel too.
As the creator of the Nerdist podcast, which has branched out into Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick holds major sway over all things nerd. There are many podcasts and programs available on nerdist.com, so whatever your nerd preference is you are likely to find representation. He currently hosts The Talking Dead, the commentary show that airs immediately following The Walking Dead, and the Nerdist has its own show on BBC America that will begin airing again on March 30th. On International Tabletop Day! That’s two things to mark on your calendar.
2) Total Package
Let’s take a step back for a second and just look at these two. LOOK AT THEM. Both Felicia and Chris are ridiculously good-looking nerds. They’re like beautiful mythological creatures. Felicia has mermaid-colored hair, and Chris has the build and face of a Tolkien elf. If I ever met either one of them, I’d react as if I just saw a leprechaun riding a unicorn: WHAT ARE YOU AND CAN I TAKE A PICTURE, PLEASE?
3) Helping Hands
Felicia frequently donates to charities to help music programs, animals, small businesses, and Wikimedia (who owns Wikipedia). She is essentially helping the Internet stay awesome. She’s even auctioned 30 minutes of her time for charity. In addition to bowling for charity, Chris is one of the minds behind “Course of the Force,” a Star Wars themed charity run. He’s also written a self-help book called The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life). It’s basically to help nerds reach their true potential through the mind, body, and time (and a graph notebook).
4) Musical Chops
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is often cited evidence of Felicia being able to sing, but The Guild has also done some amazing music. The music video for “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar” is like Britney back in the day status.
And if you do a YouTube video search of “Felicia Day singing,” there are videos of her just singing in public, like at VidCon or a PAX concert.
Now, remember that awfully amazing Tom Cruise musical movie Rock of Ages that came out about a year ago? That was based off of a hit Broadway musical? That hit Broadway musical was an L.A. production first that had Chris Hardwick shirtless in a white cowboy hat as Stacee Jaxx, the character that Tom Cruise played.
And Chris Hardwick and his friend Mike Phirman have long been a comedy/musical pair called “Hard ‘n Phirm,” and they recently did an ode to the Ehrmagerd meme called “Gersberms (Yer Gervin Mah).” The video features Hayley Williams from Paramore and the Swedish Chef from The Muppets. And you see Chris’s sonic screwdriver. This is music videos at its finest.
As of March 10th, Chris Hardwick has 1, 850,039 twitter followers. Felicia Day has 2,030,804. Geek and Sundry has 483, 916 channel subscribers. The Nerdist has 376, 053. It’s a close match, ladies and gentlemen.
Who do you think should be singled out as the winner of this celebrity nerd deathmatch?