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Chris Hardwick, Thomas Lennon Sit Down Before @Midnight

In terms of comedy variety, lead-ins don’t get much better these days than The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Tonight, at midnight, Comedy Central debuts @Midnight, a new four-days-a-week offering hosted by Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick.

In the clip above, Hardwick and interviewer Thomas Lennon compare their contributions to recent “Hashtag Wars” sponsored by the program. Hardwick for #gentlerhorrorfilms had Drag Me to Hello Kitty, while Lennon suggested Silver Lake Surfer for #hipstercartoons.

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Westwood One Founder’s New Division Puts Podcasts on the Launchpad

Norm Pattiz’s Courtside Entertainment Group is getting into the podcast business.

Per an announcement today, Pattiz has partnered with Kit Gray to form new division Launchpad Digital Media. It’s set up essentially as a podcast syndicator and, thanks to Gray, counts most of the genre’s marquee Socal gabbers. From today’s release:

The Launchpad platform includes some of the biggest names in digital entertainment including Adam Carolla, Bill Burr, CBS News, Afterbuzz TV with Maria Menounos, Jay Mohr, Dr. Drew, Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist), Mark Maron, Mark & Lynda, Brian & Jill and Penn Jillette. Launchpad will also be home to the Sideshow Network, The Fake Mustache Network, Riotcast Network, Splitsider Network and the Toad Hop Network making Launchpad one of the industry’s largest players.

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Nerdist Heads to Comic-Con with New Ownership

Nikki Finke got the jump today on some very exciting news for the ebullient gang at Nerdist Industries. The website and affiliated operations have been acquired by early investor Legendary Entertainment:

My sources say huge comic book fan Thomas Tull will be stepping up his existing early investment in Nerdist and actually making an all-out acquisition. But co-owner Peter Levin (my pal) wouldn’t do a deal that stripped him and the other co-owner Chris Hardwick of autonomy for the editorial business. Now they will report to Legendary Entertainment COO Tim Connors.

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Chris Hardwick Set for Epic Star Wars Lightsaber Relay

This Saturday, July 7, something called Course of the Force will kick off at the Santa Monica Pier. For charity, various participants will walk or jog a specially made Hasbro lightsaber all the way down to San Diego in time for Comic-Con 2012, passing it from one participant to another Olympics torch-style in quarter-mile increments.

The event is a collaboration between Lucasfilm, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist empire and Octagon. Hardwick and various co-hosts will broadcast the southbound progress at nerdist.com, and to frame the Make-a-Wish Foundation benefit trek, there’s also this cute short filmed at Industrial Light & Magic:

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Chris Hardwick ‘Nerdist’ Book Signing Tonight at Meltdown Comics

Marc Maron isn’t the only comedian who’s turned a podcast into reconstituted celebrity. Chris Hardwick, who used to host MTV’s Singled Out back in the day, has a similarly successful twice-weekly “Nerdist Podcast”–which has an audience of about 200,000. Hardwick was recently profiled in the LA Times and has a new book out: The Nerdist Way. He’ll be making an appearance tonight at Meltdown Comics on Sunset for a reading/signing. And it looks like he’ll have company.

That’s right, king of all geeks Wil Wheaton will be joining tonight’s nerdfest as a moderator. We’ll see if the dual draw is big enough to pull the geek/nerd set away from their battlestations.

Angelyne Still Stopping Traffic on Twitter

Although fiftyish fading billboard bombshell Angelyne ditched Twitter personally in 2007 after a dozen or so trailblazing tweets, she remains a presence on the social media network. All thanks to her trademark pink Corvette.

The sight of Angelyne herself is not what it used to be. But her instantly recognizable mode of transportation remains unblemished, continuing to provide a thrill to anyone who catches sight of it on the streets of LA.  Even someone like @nerdist Chris Hardwick, responsible for picture at right. FishbowlLA would not be at all surprised if this Idaho gal ultimately chooses to be buried in the car or at least, per specific instructions, have her ashes dispersed from the passenger side window.

While Angelyne’s website has been downscaled to a trunk full of mags and her billboards are today less frequent, folks who come upon the Corvette in Chatsworth, a Pavillions parking lot and many other locations cannot upload Twitpics fast enough.

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Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries Grabs a Piece of GeekChicDaily*

It’s definitely a good day at the office when one of TIME magazine’s “140 most influential brands on Twitter” partners with your company. Even if the name of that cutting-edge firm sounds like something straight out of the Austin Powers film franchise.

Nerdist Industries, parent co. of Nerdist.com and the brainchild of sometimes Chelsea Lately panelist Chris Hardwick, announced today that it has entered into an equity partnership with subscriber newsletter outfit GeekChicDaily. The influx of cash into Nerdist will go towards marketing, infrastructure, and new hires. Per this morning’s press release:

Nerdist.com’s comedy/pop culture podcast was recently named as one of the top 10 best comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone and sold as a television show to BBC America. Nerdist.com boasts a following of 1.4 million Twitter fans and has spawned The Nerdist Way, a book scheduled to be published November 1st by The Penguin Group. Nerdist Industries is also the production company behind the animated pilot Hard N Phirm’s Musical Time Hole at IFC

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