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Chris Hardwick talks about the Oddball Comedy Festival, building a Nerdist empire and more



Chris Hardwick was at a low point in his career when he started his podcast, The Nerdist. Over the past few years, that's grown into a mini empire called Nerdist Industries that encompasses more podcasts, live events and even a YouTube channel. All of this came about because Hardwick, the host of TV's Talking Dead and @midnight, started talking about the nerdy things he loves.

"It's not like I was jumping on a wave and thought, this will be popular, because it wasn't really yet," Hardwick said by phone recently. "It was more that I'd been kind of plopping around the entertainment business and at a certain point I thought, if I'm not going to work, at least I'm not going to work in an area that I actually care about. At least if I'm talking about things I like I'll be happy."

Now Hardwick is joining some of the top comics in the country, including Louis C.K., Marc Maron and Aziz Ansari, for the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which kicks off Friday in Tampa. (Click here for tickets and details.) Hardwick calls it "comedy camp."

For more with Chris Hardwick, click here for Stephanie Hayes' interview.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:18am]


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