Chris Hardwick is an American podcaster and television presenter who has been in the entertainment industry since 1991 and has built a successful career. He is well known to the followers of the successful television shows “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead”. The shows he has hosted include Talking Bad, Talking Saul, Web Soup, Singled out, and Wired Science. Chris is also an actor, writer, and comedian.
However, for many who are not fans of The Walking Dead, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know Chris Hardwick a little better.
Chris Hardwick Biography
Christopher Ryan Hardwick was born on November 23, 1971, as the son of Billy Hardwick – a professional bowling player – and Sharon Hills – a real estate agent. Chris grew up a Roman Catholic, which was in keeping with his mother’s faith.
Even if it does not look like that after his career and personality, Hardwick is a kind of chess professional. In 1983 he won the Junior High Chess Championship in Memphis City in 1983 and later attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles before going to UCLA where he studied philosophy.
His career in Hollywood began in the 90s as a DJ at KROQ-FM, a radio station in Los Angeles. In 1998 he appeared in his first comedy show Guys Like Us before it was canceled in January 1999.
Hardwick is a bit of a do-it-all when it comes to the creative arts in Hollywood, comedy writing has appeared in over 40 movies and TV shows. Since 2007 he also writes articles for the popular publication “Wired”. He is also an entrepreneur in companies he calls his “nerd media empire”. He owns the Nerdist Theatre, an entertainment center in Los Angeles. He partnered with GeekChickDaily, a multi-platform pop culture publication, to create Nerdist Industries.
Chris Hardwick, known primarily as a TV and podcast host, began his career as a host in 1993 when he hosted the MTV game show “Trashed. He then hosted an MTV dating game show called “Singled Out” from 1995 to 1998. From October 2007 to December 2007, Hardwick hosted the weekly PBS series Wired Science while he began writing for Wired magazine.
In February 2010, Hardwick began producing the Nerdist podcast with Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. The podcast was well received by the critics and was named one of the best 2010 podcasts. In 2011, Hardwick’s career as a presenter was in full swing. In May 2011 he signed a contract with BBC America to host a panel discussion show for the network based on his Nerdist podcast.
Before the end of 2011, he added Talking Dead to his resume, a live replay of AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead. On the show, Chris Hardwick interviewed celebrity fans of The Walking Dead, as well as the show’s cast and team. A successful presentation of the show led AMC to sign him for another after-show, this time for another hit series, Breaking Bad. He also hosts the after-show of the offshoot of the Breaking Bad series, Better Call Saul.
We’ve already mentioned that Chris Hardwick is a kind of “do it all”. He is also a comedian and regularly performs in a half-hour comedy show with Mike Phirman. Comedians are usually known for movie specials, and the founder of the Nerdist’s is no exception. On February 17, 2012, Hardwick filmed his first one-hour stand-up special for the Comedy Center in the city of New York.
The Do-It-All cites Steve Martin, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and several other legends of the comic world as his influences.
Chris Hardwick Net Worth
With several host appearances, Chris Hardwick is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He has starred in several films and has done several voice-over works. As a result, Chris Hardwick ranks fairly well among his peers in terms of wealth. The comedian is estimated to be worth about 15 million dollars.
Chris Hardwick Wife
Chris Hardwick is currently married to Lydia Hearst, an American model, and blogger. The couple married on September 12, 2015. Before meeting and subsequently marrying Lydia, he was previously engaged to the model and actress Jacinda Barrett. He also dated the American actress Janet Varney from 2004-2011 and Chloe Dykstra from 2011 to July 2014.
Chris, who dated some women before his marriage, had a pretty drama-free life until June 14, 2018, when his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra wrote on Medium that she was a victim of emotional and sexual abuse by him. While the essay itself did not mention the comedian’s name, the crumbs he left behind pointed directly back to him.
In response to the accusations, Nerdist removed the works of Chris Hardwick from her website until an investigation was conducted. Similarly, the AMC withdrew its program Talking with Chris Hardwick.
As expected, he denied the allegations, and opinions were divided over the accuracy of the accusations against the talk show host. On July 25, 2018, the AMC announced his reinstatement and the return of his shows after an investigation was completed. The decision, which prompted Chris Hardwick’s co-producer Jen Patton and several staff members to leave his show “Talking Dead”.