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“The Talking Dead” host plays two Chicago shows at Zanies Rosemont

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick

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◆ 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday

◆ Zanies Rosemont,
MB Financial Park,
5437 Park Place

◆ Tickets: $25
(plus a two item food
or beverage minimum)

◆ Visit

Updated: December 14, 2012 3:32PM

Calling all nerds, and comedy lovers too.

Chris Hardwick, from The Nerdist and AMC’s “Talking Dead,” is bringing his standup comedy show to the Chicago area — with two nights at the Chicago Zanies Comedy Night Club and one night at the Rosemont location.

“I’ve been doing [standup comedy] for almost 15 years,” Hardwick said.

He tends to talk about his life, which does include plenty of nerdy material. But if you’re not a fan of “The Walking Dead,” “Doctor Who” or “Harry Potter,” Hardwick says it’s not a huge problem.

“If you don’t get all the references, you wouldn’t feel excluded,” he said, “but if you get them then I think that’s better.” Sample Hardwick’s standup show on his Comedy Central special, “Chris Hardwick: Mandroid,” which premiered in early November. He covered everything from hipster nerds to childhood pets and Facebook to television.

“The stuff for the shows is very interactive, I involve the audience a lot,” Hardwick said. “I talk to the crowd. There’s a lot of jumping around in the audience.”

Hardwick said there is one more reason people should check out his show: “Because the world is going to end on Dec. 21 they should really have one last comedy show.”

As for what else he’s going to do while he’s in town, a Chicago-style pizza is in his future.

“We don’t have pizza pies here in Los Angeles, which is good,” he said. “If I ate it all the time I would die. Good to have once in awhile.”

There’s also a chance, if it’s cold enough, Hardwick says he might see if his tongue will stick to the Bean in Millennium Park. Although when warned about how many hands touch the Bean, he decided that the best option would be to “get a ladder and hang from my tongue.”

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