On November 15, 2012, I had the great honor of being a part of the pilot taping for Chris Hardwick’s potential Comedy Central show entitled “Hardwired”. Now before I delve into the overall experience of the taping and my thoughts on the show, I feel the need to share my very descriptive history and attachment to Chris Hardwick.
I was a 90s kid through and through and due to this, I watched everything that people correlate with the 90s including weird, frat party dating shows. Singled Out was something I watched that I had no business watching as a 7-9 year old. I think I watched basically because I was waiting for Power Rangers or Pokemon to come on. I can’t remembered the reason why I watched Singled Out, I just remembered being captivated by it for some strange reason. Looking back on it, it was probably because of Chris Hardwick. Years later, I stumbled upon this channel called G4 and this show called Attack of the Show. I remember seeing Chris and not making the connection. Months later, after mentioning his MTV days, my mind literally exploded. It was so hard for me to compute that those two personalities were the same person. Needless to say, I quite enjoy THIS Chris exceedingly better. That was 2007 and since then I’ve watched Chris turn his Nerdist blog, concept and identity into this wonderful, brilliant conglomerate, empire thing. And honestly, I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. Though I don’t know Chris on a personal level, I’ve always felt so proud and immense pride for his success. He was able to pull himself out of this horrible situation and turn it into something positive. Something that not only allows him to do what he loves and get paid for it; but for other people to do the same thing as well. He’s always been a huge inspiration and motivation in my life and I’m just glad the rest of the world is starting to see how awesome he is.
With that out of the way, getting to be a part of a pilot for a show that I know is in his own voice was absolutely thrilling. Chris has had many pilots in the past, but none like this. I’ve never been to any sort of taping so all of this had me wide-eyed and giddy. It was so cool see all the backstage stuff and the entire process of the making a tv show. The taping wasn’t that long due to Chris’s ability to adapt with any curve ball and revive certain moments and keep the audience entertained throughout the entire process. He was seriously made for this business. I mean that in the nicest way possible.
Hardwired, as described as the top of the show, is basically “Reddit: The Show”. It’s a topical show (I’m not sure if the intention is to make it daily or weekly) to discuss all things internet. There was a segment on memes, down/up voting certain topics that were popular during that particular moment, video games and of course cats. Chris is the host in studio while there are 3 comedians or fans in the Google+ lounge discussing these topics with Chris. Chris had described it as a comedy show first with information being sprinkled into it. I think it’s a great approach to a format that has kind of been overdone. I really appreciated that it wasn’t another “commenting on viral videos” type show. It touched all facets of the internet including politics and nerd stuffs all through comedians’ point of view. Hardwired is, what I believe, Attack of the Show had the potential to be.
I had a fantastic time during the taping and truly hope Comedy Central decides to pick it up. It has its own unique voice and can start bringing a new audience to this form of thinking. I’ll always support Chris Hardwick and I’m glad he’s just making things. Congrats to the Hardwired team!