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10 Awesome Comedians Who Have a Nerdy Side


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It’s not controversial to say that the 21st century is ruled by nerds – we control the technology, after all. But it’s still a surprise to learn about celebrities who were – or still are – nerds but rose to fame anyways. Here are ten comedians with a geeky side.

10. Dara O’Briain

Irish funnyman Dara O’Briain is an admitted nerd, structuring whole chunks of his standup routine around video games.

9. Brian Posehn

When you name your first record Live In: Nerd Rage and do voice work for video games like Brutal Legend, your nerd cred is undisputed.

8. Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian both mocks our hobbies and embraces them – she once did a whole bit about one of the Game Boy Final Fantasy games.

7. Nick Swardson

The star of Grandma’s Boy got kicked out of high school for smoking too much weed, but one listen to his standup proves he’s a geek at heart.

6. Demetri Martin

Packing a peanut allergy and a bowl cut, offbeat funnyman Demetri Martin often needs to bring a pad of paper on stage to illustrate his jokes.

5. Kumail Nanjiani

Pakistani comedian Kumail Nanjiani is such a nerd he titled his first album Beta Male and riffs off of the Xbox Live usernames of audience members at his shows.

4. Donald Glover

Community star Donald Glover hasn’t been shy about his love of video games and comics, even lobbying for the role of Spider-Man.

3. Jessi Klein

New York-born comedienne Jessi Klein is a self-proclaimed geek who has done political comedy on CNN and appeared on Chappelle’s Show.

2. Patton Oswalt

When you can improvise an eight minute monologue about Star Wars that will never be aired, you’re true nerd royalty.

1. Chris Hardwick

Kentucky-born Hardwick got his start making scientific comedy videos as part of duo Hard & Phirm, and his geek bonafides are on display at Nerdist.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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