The Nerdist gang recently announced a slew of live shows including a most likely packed Comic-Con live recording in July. On top of their heavy load of live shows in Southern California, head of Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick signed a television deal with BBC America to produce a pilot version of the popular Nerdist podcast.
The BBC America deal has Hardwick hosting its new Saturday night comedy programming block, "The Ministry of Laughs." Hardwick will produce segments to air throughout the night in between the various shows, including The Inbetweeners, Come Fly With Me and the United Kingdom's popular talk show, The Graham Norton Show.
Here are a few details about The Nerdist podcast-turned-television show pilot (according to the official announcement):
The show will cover all things relative to geek culture from LA to London and feature celebrity guests with their own nerd obsessions. Hardwick will executive produce alongside K.P. Anderson and Jay James for Comcast Entertainment Studios.
There's no direct mention of involvement, but we're hoping the current podcast co-hosts, comedians Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, find a way to stay along for the ride into television land. There's no word yet on when the pilot might take shape.
Having The Nerdist possibly make the television leap is another positive development for fans of comedy podcasts, in general. The legitimacy of the comedy podcast programming seems to be gaining steam. Scott Aukerman of Earwolf and Comedy Bang! Bang! has his own deal to develop his weekly podcast into a television show for IFC. These are examples of a few decision makers seeing creative value and a viable audience in the comedy podcast realm. This move from podcast medium to television might turn comedy podcasts into a natural incubator for new versions of the shows. It's not that one format is better than the other on creative terms. It's just that television has history and the numbers on its legitimacy side of the fence. Television has an established larger audience and that nifty little aspect of money making for the talent and producers involved. Pushing money and exposure to those involved is certainly a positive for the content producers and fans alike.
While you wait to hear about the television version of The Nerdist, check them out live. Here are the current live dates:
Thursday, May 26th: Robert Kirkman - The Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, CA
Friday, June 10th: PS Nation - The Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, CA
Saturday, July 23rd: The Nerdist Podcast at Comic-Con (Guests TBA) - 4th and B, San Diego, CA