Comic-Con: See Chris Hardwick as Marty McFly From 'Back to the Future' (Video)
This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Comic-Con's most valuable emcee -- he's moderated panels like The Walking Dead and Marvel -- also is the host of Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated game show @midnight. And Hardwick, 42, is the mastermind behind the Nerdist podcast -- which has welcomed A-listers such as Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and Thomas Tull (whose Legendary Pictures is the parent company of Hardwick's Nerdist Industries).
This Week In Heat Vision breakdown
What was your first Hall H panel like as a moderator?
It was the one where there was the stabbing a couple years ago. It was for the movie Paul. We were about to go on -- me and Sigourney Weaver and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost -- and they go, "OK, everyone back up to the green room. There was a stabbing." And we're like, "What? Was it a mace?" "No, it was a mechanical pencil." Like, of course it was a mechanical pencil.
Your most surreal Comic-Con moment?
I don't process it during Comic-Con, but the Monday or Tuesday after, it's like, "Holy shit. I met Harrison Ford. Did Tom Cruise and I sing a Foreigner song in Hall H? I dreamt that, right?" The green room for Hall H is insane. "There's Daniel Craig talking to Harrison Ford. There's Ian McKellen; Sigourney Weaver just walked in, and there are five more of the most famous people in one room."
by Graeme McMillan