It’s Square To Be Hip

Standup comic Chris Hardwick has a bone to pick with a certain urban demographic. “There is a growing contingency of ‘hipster nerds’ that is threatening our very lifestyle,” says the host of the Nerdist podcast and BBC America series, who starts a three-day run at the downtown Comedy Works tonight. “They don’t appreciate things the way we do. If I wear a Captain Picard T-shirt, it’s because I want someone to make it so; but if a hipster wears that, he’s just, ‘Oh, hey, Star Trek, whatever.’ I honestly think hipsters eat with their assholes, because they consume everything wrong. Hipsters, please stop working in the service industry: You don’t want to serve us, we don’t want to be served by you. You behind the counter with your dumb curlicue mustache on your upper lip, looking like a shrug in and of itself, saying, ‘Nah, I don’t want to be here, either.’ Thankfully, the nerds are getting dangerous. A couple years ago there was a stabbing at Comic Con — not with a broadsword or Klingon battle-ax or a mace, but with a mechanical pencil, the nerd switchblade.”

Want to hear more? Hardwick’s first show starts at 8 p.m. tonight (with three more shows tomorrow and Saturday) at Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street. Tickets are $25; for more information, visit
May 2-4, 2013

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