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Jon Hamm, comedy geek

I saw comedian Chris Hardwick recently headlining a show at the Improv, and through this I discovered his excellent podcast, Nerdist.

You may remember Hardwick best for his cultural moment in the sun hosting "Singled Out" on MTV in the '90s, with sidekick Jenny McCarthy. Since then, he's done a wide variety of projects, including hosting G4's "Web Soup," a spinoff of E!'s pop culture rundown "The Soup."

He's embraced his geek side and has a personal Web site called Nerdist. He's also launched an accompanying podcast that talks about nerdy things, as well as spending a lot of time geeking out about comedy. He's had on some big names, including Drew Carey, Joel McHale, and Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.

My personal favorite episode so far featured Hardwick and his crew hanging out with "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm. I never knew what a huge comedy geek Hamm is, though it makes sense when you consider his excellent appearances as guest host on "Saturday Night Live" and as one of Liz Lemon's many boyfriends on "30 Rock."

Check out Jon Hamm's episode of the Nerdist podcast here:

While you're at it, check out Jon Hamm's "Saturday Night Live" sketch with Michael Bublé, talking about their restaurant, Hamm & Bublé:

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