Thanks to everyone who watched, attended, and helped out with The Blindfold Show this past week. We had so much fun, even though it was terrifying for the panel. I have tried to watch back the episode, but it’s hard because I am such a massive pussy about all of the stuff the crew pulled off. I am the worst. On a positive note, Gracie was super cool – trippy cool music, real nice guys – there is nothing to not like about Gracie.
This week I am happy to announce that we are doing NO LESS THAN ATTEMPTING TO START A CULTURAL MOVEMENT. We are very excited to announce that LOSER IS THE NEW NERD.
Basically, here’s what I’ve been noticing lately: Nerds are IN, man. And in many ways, that’s great for guys like me and for a lot of the people who do The Chris Gethard Show. Let’s face it – the people who do this show and watch it are not exactly known for being very cool.
It’s certainly easier being a nerd these days. BUT at the same time, there was something of a badge of honor that used to come with enduring all the bullshit that comes with growing up a nerd.
Nowadays there’s two classes of nerds – people who CHOOSE to be nerds and people who HAVE to be nerds. It’s great that Justin Timberlake rocks glasses. I love that Lebron James and Dwayne Wade wear sweater vests and bowties at their press conferences. Zooey Deschanel is a nerdy girl? Cool. Awesome.
But at the same time, none of those people HAVE to live this way. When being a nerd is no longer a positive trend, they can ditch it as fast as they’ve embraced it. Not me! I was born with a massive forehead and a last name that spells the words “Get Hard”. I’ll be stuck here, back in the trenches, when they’ve all moved on. I think most of the fans of The Chris Gethard Show feel the same way about this very important issue.
Now, we’re not trying to start a fight or be bullies or anything. We just want to recognize, being a nerd used to be synonymous with being a loser. It’s not anymore, necessarily.
But we ARE the losers! And we want to own that. You can have nerd. That can apply to all of us, including all the people who are getting on board via fashion choices. BUT, they can’t ever claim to be losers. Just because you dress like a nerd doesn’t mean you are a thoroughbred nerd. You weren’t born into this. It’s like – you guys can LEARN Spanish, that’s cool. Drive around listening to tapes, get the grammar down. Awesome. We’re FROM Spain, you know? At least in this extended analogy I already regret.
So we want this week’s show to be a celebration of the LOSER. The kids who have to use Neti pots everyday. The kids who own epi pens. Kids who had bifocals in grammar school. Kids who have to get skin patch tests to find out all the different things they’re allergic to.
LOSER IS THE NEW NERD!
We want EVERYONE who’s a fan of the show to take action and BE A PART OF THIS THING. Send a picture of yourself holding up a sign that says “I’M A LOSER” to loseristhenewnerd[at]gmail.com – we’ll air it during the 2/1 show. Everyone around the world who grew up being a geeky weirdo who got the short end of the stick should stand up, take pride in that, and say you’re an all out LOSER, and not just a nerd anymore. Let’s all own it together.
And if you are in the NYC area, PLEASE come to this show. We want the room packed full of people who are admitted losers. I’ll be working my way throughout our crowd this week asking people why they classify themselves as losers. We want this to be a Sandwich Night sized crowd, so please do email zerolaughs[at]gmail.com if you want to be a part of this VERY IMPORTANT DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY. Bring your inhaler! Rise up!
And of course, we want to take calls from losers around the world. 212-757-1393. Let’s make it happen!
ON TOP OF ALL THAT, WE WILL BE WELCOMING THE STUMBLEBUM BRASS BAND TO THE STUDIO. THESE GUYS RULE. I FIRST SAW THEM ON A NYC SUBWAY PLATFORM AND LET ABOUT FOUR TRAINS GO BY SO I COULD WATCH THEM MORE. THEY’RE A BADASS BRASS PUNK ROCK BAND. YOU AREN’T GONNA BELIEVE THESE FUCKING GUYS.