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Chris Hardwick gained some fame as the host of the MTV dating show Singled Out, way back when. But after the show ended, he hit some dead ends in his life. Then, he embraced his inner nerd and turned things around. We talk to Chris about nerds, life, and his new book The Nerdist Way. Click the play button above to hear our complete interview.

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