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AICN & Harry are joining the YouTube/Nerdist Channel!!! Come make fun of us!


Hey folks, Harry here...   If you've been following me on Twitter - I've been dropping hints for a while now that I'm working up a YouTube Video Show...   What I haven't said is that AICN is creating in conjunction with NERDIST, JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP & LORNE MICHAELS PRODUCTIONS - a show that will bring you film history, news & entertainment.   We'll have guests, hijinks and fun aplenty.   

Today, Chris Hardwick, with the makeup assistance of Greg Nicotero has made his formal pitch for you to join our crazy experiment on YouTube.   You see - there's a whole bunch of folks that are joining this endeavor.  Neil Patrick Harris will be up to something with Puppets.   Rob Zombie has a show.   But really - I know you're going to love to point out that I'm still fat, that I'm even more illiterate verbally.   And you might even think that I sometimes look like a puppet...   but that's compliments of the Jim Henson Creature Shop.  I'll be shooting the show at the "AICN STUDIO" in Highland Mall - which will be located between LensCrafters & Radio Shack - and I will be reaching out to the local geek community to join us from time to time - because AICN is nothing without all of you!  So stay tuned to my twitter: headgeek666

I'll be embedding the AICN show weekly to bi-weekly here on AICN, but I highly recommend subscribing and checking out some of the other shows when they begin launching April 2nd.  

Now - here's Chris Hardwick...

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  • March 5, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I'll Check it out

    by SuperSaiyan2112


  • nt

  • March 5, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    This looks fun!!

    by Lola Reels

  • March 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Sounds pretty swank and kickas puppet, too

    by Mel

  • March 5, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by -Halfscan-

    Looking kinda like someone shaved Fozzie's face ;)

  • March 5, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    subscribed yea!

    by donkingkong

    Do we loyal followers get a special treat for being the first few?

  • March 5, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Hardwick needs to exfoliate.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Seriously, man...

  • March 5, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    This Nerdist-becoming-the-face-of-geekdom is scary as fuck

    by daggor

    I'm OK with Chris Hardwick. Or, I was, when he seemed to be one of us. Now he's become a BRAND to CONSOLIDATE all facets of GEEKDOM under ONE ROOF. FOR PROFIT! And that's just creepy. Make money, dude, but... be cool about it.

  • March 5, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Fuck yes.

    by benni_diez

    Two of my favorite internet things joined forces. Awesome!

  • March 5, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Rob

    Is this part of the big youtube/google initiative where they gave out $1,000,000 grants to start a bunch of original programming? Much like what SBNation just debuted?

  • March 5, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    It ain't easy being ginger.

    by Robert Evans

  • March 5, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    That puppet

    by jzarbaugh

    Harry- I must say that the puppet is brilliant! Who wouldn't want the creature shop to immortalize them in such a classic Henson fashion? Heck- I can't believe you didn't go on and on about how cool your Muppet connection is. I know- you have had so many amazing nerd things happen to you in your lifetime. Maybe (?) this kind of thing is not such of a shock anymore. Or maybe you are just trying not to rant as much, which is good. Whatever the case, I just wanted to rant for you by saying THAT IS ONE FREAKIN' COOL PUPPET. I want my own jzarbaugh muppet. I have a new item for my bucket list.

  • March 5, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Grendy

    I am excited about this for all involved. It sounds super fun. I know you'll get hassled, Harry, but don't give in to the idiocracy. Just keep being awesome and sharing some movie news and love with all of us. I do hope you have some kind of lame Mall-nametag in 70's orange and brown combo. Though in a weird way, I feel a little bit like I did when I saw The White Stripes perform on the pier in NYC and I KNEW they were gonna hit it big (and dragged my friend to see them in Atlanta soon after) and three months later their first music video came out and then everyone else knew, too.

  • March 5, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Harry, how can I contribute?

    by D.Vader

    I'd like to direct some skits.

  • March 5, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by tattooedjackass

    Harry's puppet looks like Aslan!

  • March 5, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Harry (aka "Grande Rojo")

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    What's the latest on the AICN website revamp? Any new developments?

  • March 5, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    mr. nice gaius

    by Monty Cristo

    Expect some news on the site overhaul later this week.

  • March 5, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    Yes, Harry's ego is alive and well. This does not, however, distract from the site overhaul. This new thing will help make all that happen.

  • March 5, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    That Muppet is awesome! Harry, if you ask the designers to lose the eyes, your Muppet will look like Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's hippie brother!

  • March 5, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    That's really...different and interesting!..

    by paul burnett

    ..i did login to aicn? You cock tease you.

  • March 5, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    The site has felt energized lately. Or I could just be really excited about JOHN CARTER and it's like ambient awesomeness. Whatever. I look forward to the near future. montycristo, don't you dare overhaul the site to include an edit function. We should always ahve to live with out mistaks.

  • March 5, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    by blue_demon

    by leeland

    Too true, that made me chuckle.

  • March 5, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Great. If you're 10 years old.

    by rocketeuropa

  • March 5, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    MontyCristo - Cool. Thanks and cheers.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

  • March 5, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Will subscribe sure.

    by john

    This site and its talkbacks have made the long nightshifts bareable. That and porn.

  • We still can't even use quotation marks in the talkbacks, for god's sake. That's a glitch in the code that a 15 year old could fix in 10 minutes, and no one has cared enough to fix it in all this time. I'm just saying, I'll believe it when I see it.

  • March 5, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    It'll be as weekly as the DVD column.

    by Logan_1973

    But that Harry the Muppet did make me LOL.

  • March 5, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    I see what you're doing Harry

    by chad kuhns

    Jason Segal is out of Muppets 2 and suddenly we get a puppet Harry....very slick indeed

  • March 5, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    That muppet is pretty cool

    by Mattman

    Too bad it liked Ghost Rider 2.

  • March 5, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    so... does Harry have a beard?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    or does he have hairy jowls? the puppet looks like a nerdy lion...

  • March 5, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Sponsored by Disney by chance?

    by happybunni

  • March 5, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Despite all the bitching about Harry

    by TheMachinist

    This could work well. Also, why is your studio in a mall?

  • March 5, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Problems with "The Nerdist"

    by Greggers

    I've been a listener to The Nerdist ever since the John Hamm interview In general, I like what they're trying to do. Yet although I usually give each new episode a shot, there are some times where I just have to shut it off. My reasons: 1. Chris Hardwick loves too much. God bless his enthusiasm -- he really does seem like a nice guy to his guests -- but sometimes his gushing is just overly effusive, and I can't handle it. (And conversely, I think Hardwick can get vicious when it comes to anyone criticizing the show.) 2. Jonah Ray, one of the cohosts, is not a "nerd." This is something Hardwick and co. have already addressed in the past -- indignantly ("Who are you to say who is a nerd?!?" People can be nerdy about lots of different things! How dare you!") -- but I think that when it comes to Ray, he doesn't feel like any nerd I've ever known. I think he's just a regular mook that they like having him around. 3. Not enough nerdy topics. The Neil Degrasse Tyson episode was good, even with the awkward moment of Tyson not wanting to say his daughter's name, but some of the other guests have me scratching my head scratching. Jenna Elfman? What?

  • I don't mean that we're all gonna die in the apocalypse or anything, I just mean that our existence is finite and we all end up in the same place anyway.

  • March 6, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    That Plasticman short was so GREAT!

    by gotilk

    In the related video thumbnails. Check it out. Gahd I love Plasticman.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    I take a shot every time Harry writes "You see"

    by ImMorganFreeman

    And I'm usually drunk by the end of the article. Hopefully this puppet show will do the same. BTW: This is rockin good news.

  • March 6, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Can't be worse than Fark TV was

    by FrodoFraggins

  • March 6, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Harry I know your busy and all but.....

    by Righteous Brother

    I think you should find time to write something about Ralph McQuarrie. I know Quints already done something, but you're the main guy here - and I'd like to read your thoughts on him

  • March 6, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Now nerds can't make money

    by IceMonkey

    without people saying they are too mainstream? Who gives a rat's ass? The last thing this world needs is hipster nerds. Who cares if Hardwick is a brand that makes profit? He's kind of a tool anyway. But still, more power to him if he can make money off this. You too, Harry.

  • That puppet is the stuff of a childs nightmare!!!

  • March 6, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Harry is it that you grew your beard like a

    by UltraTron

    strange outcast of the hobbit community one day and Angelina Jolie happened to walk by and tell you it was the hottest thing ever- or are you just someone with a highly unique sense of what makes for an attractive look? I've changed my hair and facial hair at least 30 times since the site started. Time for a shave. You'll feel like a new man.

  • March 6, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Oh wait that's a puppet.

    by UltraTron

  • March 6, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    This could be awesome and that puppet is so cool.

    by moonlightdrive

    To have a Henson puppet made of you must feel unbearably good.

  • March 6, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    ...Rob Zombie has a show...

    by buggerbugger

    Fuck Rob Zombie! Fuck him out of 10! What? It **had** to be said. It's an internet law.

  • March 6, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Will there be a future where Harry is just a character in the media

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    If I traveled to the future, would Harry just be a puppet or cartoon head that was almost completely divorced from who he was as a living person? Would there be wiki entries devoted to who was the best Harry puppet voice? Would teenage girls cosplay as Harry for fun at conventions? Would corporations have bidding wars over who owns the precious Harry intellectual property? Would Harry be portrayed in underground comics having his way with Hitler and Snow White as a way of thumbing one's nose at the corporate establishment?

  • March 6, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    The info we'll be putting out there soon will make a lot of things clear. Before I came on, I was a reader who directly shared his perspective with you.

  • March 6, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Oh...I'll be there.

    by RobinP

    Wouldn't miss it for the world.

  • March 6, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    Fair enough. As Mulder said, I want to believe! And I've been coming to the site for 13 years, so I'm not going anywhere no matter what. I look forward to the announcement. And welcome to AICN as a contributor, by the way.

  • March 6, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Happy for Harry, Can't Support Nerdist

    by Captain Mal

    I used to be a fan of the Nerdist podcast, but haven't listened to a single episode since the Stitcher debacle.<P> Hardwick decided, quite emphatically, to put his own interests ahead of the interests of his listeners, and then stuck to his guns even when it became apparent that he was being a self-centered twat. Sorry, Chris, but that's not how you endear yourself to fans. "Me first, you second."<P> Funny how both Carolla and Maron have managed to squeak by with Stitcher distributing their shows. (Carolla's show even changed their initial withdrawal when Stitcher demonstrated a willingness to work with them -- imagine.)<P> Happy for Harry and AICN, but they've partnered with a douchebag.<P>

  • March 6, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Here's a good summary, for those who don't know.

    by Captain Mal <P> Don't support this dickhead.

  • March 7, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    The problem with your cartoon and puppet versions

    by 2LeggedFreak that they really don't capture the essence of your creepy loseriness. (If thats a word) Does the puppet smell of knob cheese and stale sweat -- might get bonus points for accuracy then.

  • March 7, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    I've always been a little bit a afraid of.....

    by brobdingnag


  • March 7, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Heheheh we were just talking the other day

    by Series7

    How The Talking Dead would be at least watchable if someone other than that chode hosted it, even someone like Harry. THEN THIS! Bahahahaha I thought that fuck was beneath Harry....I guess luckily no one is beneath Harry.

  • March 8, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    This looks pretty cool

    by purplemonkeydw

    Good luck Harry!

  • March 8, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I liked Hardwicke better when...

    by scudd

    ...he was hosting game shows. Fuck everything about "The Nerdist".

  • March 9, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    site revamp? really?

    by rakesh patel

    i actually like the simplicity of this site. i prefer the quick and dirty talkbacks more then anything. sites such a hitfix maybe full of adverts and clean looking but it has no soul. It's why i prefer hanging out here. In your pursuit of a revamp, please don't lose sight of what makes this site great And if you need some alpha/beta testers on the new look and feel of the revamped site, i'd be happy to help and provide feedback

  • March 9, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    I still hold that neglecting the Oscsrs was a petty move

    by jimbojones123

    It challenged the integrity of the site much more than being fussy about Drive or Crank or Speed or whatever movie didn't get nominated.

  • March 9, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by scoob

    This confirms the whole "Random stoner has hand up Harry's ass, making him talk strangely" theory. Commence the INSANITY!

  • March 13, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    We get enough of making fun of you on here.

    by ToughGuyRizzo