San Diego Comic-Con 2017 took place at the San Diego convention center Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23! Follow along as we recount our experience at SDCC 2017.
After Netflix’s Bright panel in Hall H on Thursday, July 20 was the Nerdist panel, which was hosted by Chris Hardwick. He introduced a sizzle reel, which went over some of what Nerdist is currently working on. After the clip, Hardwick brought out the panelists, Jessica Chobot, Rachel Heine, Dan Casey, Kyle Hill, Andrew Bowser, and Joan Ford.
Hardwick went down the line, with Jessica Chobot talking about her work on Nerdist news and various podcasts they are working on. She talked about their podcast Bizarre States where they go on location to creepy places, such as the Queen Mary. Hardwick talked to Chobot about how the ghost hunter type shows shouldn’t be freaking out on their own show. Chobot also talked about her experience with a “ghost” trying to push her somewhere, but she said she wasn’t scared when it was happening. Kyle Hill jumped in a little bit with some science, showing how thermals on a concrete wall can be made just by people leaning on a wall.
Rachel Heine then talked about organizing Nerdist, which is at the Marriott. She said there has been a lot of spreadsheet work, and she has been going a “little bonkers.” While this was going on, Hardwick decided to prank Chobot by touching her head when she wasn’t looking, claiming it was a ghost.
However, Chobot could see in the monitors what was happening! Heine continued, saying they are looking to the future, about what direction they want to take with Nerdist, and expand it. Heine talked about her work on Alpha Book Club which is a book club show, where they talk about books and drink wine.
Hardwick went on a bit of a tirade, where he talked about how people should be able to get along with people that they may not necessarily agree with. Basically, he thinks that people should be able to understand other people’s points of views without ostracizing them. I guess that makes sense…right?
Dan Casey then talked about an old article from Nerdist answering what the “most bangable robot.” Apparently Wall-E was at the top of that article. Dan Casey then talked about his work on his shows, and his new favorite project, MuskWatch which he does in conjunction with Kyle Hill. That show apparently gets a little deeper than other shows like Because Science.
Kyle Hill then talked about meeting Hardwick, and explaining his thoughts on the Walking Dead virus and how it spread, which was at Nathan Fillion’s house. He also talked about how much emotional feedback he gets from his shows that he does like Because Science.
Moving down the line, Andrew Bowser talked about the music parodies and comedies he works on. Joan Ford also talked about her work with Andrew Bowser, and writing Nerdist News every day. She also talked about how she approaches her work.
Hardwick then moved on to audience questions. Various topics came up, such as what movies Hardwick has appeared in (which is House of 1000 Corpses and Halloween). He was asked about his MTV days as well. Hardwick got some awkward questions too, like asking about the diversity of the panel, which was completely Caucasian. Hardwick handled it well though, and got the conversation to talking about Doctor Who doing a good job casting Jodie Whitaker, a woman, as the next Doctor. He also got a job request from a questioner. Hardwick told her to get in touch with Rachel, to see what they can do.
After the Nerdist panel wrapped up at 5:45pm, we decided to go check out Ballroom 20 to see how the line was for Marvel’s Inhumans panel. Stay tuned to find out how that went!
In the meantime, you can view more photos from the Nerdist panel below!