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One Of Us: TV Dweebs
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  • Ben Browder (from Farscape and Stargate SG-1) is a sci-fi evangelist, naturally, and he also loves The West Wing. What a dork.
  • C.H. Greenblatt, creator of Chowder, is the same. He maintains a blog with his art and other news on the show, and it has a surprisingly large number of updates for someone working on a major cartoon.
  • Dan Harmon, creator of NBC's Community, has posted several Tweets on his Twitter account revealing an in depth knowledge of Dragon Age: Origins. He has also posted on Reddit about using TV Tropes as a resource library.
  • iCarly's Nathan Kress apparently is also a tech nut (though not as much as his character) according to this interview from 2008.
  • During his Creator Breakdown which led to the cancellation of Chappelle Show, Dave Chappelle stated that one of the things he did to recuperate was play World Of Warcraft excessively.
  • Craig Ferguson, of The Late Late Show, is a self-proclaimed Doctor Who nut. He spent quite a bit of time nerding out about it with Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist podcast, including having an argument over Old School Daleks, and who is better, Matt Smith or David Tennant. (Ferguson prefers Smith.) One of his guests was a Dalek. A friggin' DALEK. Awesome.
  • One of the writing staff of NCIS is most likely a Doctor Who nerd, as one episode has a member of the team comparing the inside of a trailer to the TARDIS.
    • And also on parent series JAG, the writing staff were obviously fans of Star Trek with its own in-universe Trekkie Bud Roberts.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson is a fan of the book The Dark Knight Returns and was very excited about getting to voice the Mutant Leader in a short five minute adaptation of it in Batman: The Animated Series.
  • This is geek comedian Uncle Yo's entire shtick. He performs mostly at cons and his routines feature references to everything from Sailor Moon to Firefly.
  • Zachary Levi (Chuck) is practically glued to his own games console. So much so that he and fellow Chuck star Joshua Gomez Morgan Grimes ran up to Adam Baldwin squeeing at having heard his voice in a game.
  • Also, Nazanin Boniadi (How I Met Your Mother): She has an Honors degree from UCI in Biological sciences; she also won the Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research involving cancer treatment and heart transplant rejection and was assistant editor-in-chief of UCI's medical newspaper.
  • As far as Doctor Who, many of the cast and crew count as Promoted Fanboys. Freema Agyeman has said that growing up her house was a "Star Trek household". Before joining the cast of Doctor Who, she apparently attended Trek conventions. Earlier, Sophie Aldred (who had played Ace) had, before joining the cast, joined a fan club for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's puppet productions like Thunderbirds.
    • NAME: David Tennant OCCUPATION: Actor AND YOUR SPECIALIST SUBJECT...
      • Not to mention the fact that David Tennant started acting just so he could play the Doctor some day! He's been asked for obscure information on Doctor Who several times and always comes up with the goods, once on a TV chat show to find the audience member worthy of asking him a question (the host's idea). Also, in his Diary footage on the DVDs you can see him with action figures from Star Wars in the background and a shelf full of The West Wing. Actually, just listen to his interviews, he is probably the epitome of One of Us. Heck, just listen to the "you were my Doctor" speech he gives to the Fifth Doctor in "Time Crash" (a speech Steven Moffat let him write)! He is, also, now officially the first Doctor to get a part in Star Wars: The Clone Wars due largely to the fact that the producers knew he is One of Us. On top of all that, he's a Browncoat!
    • Steven Moffat mentions that he played Tomb Raider and Halo (though the latter more for the lore and Scenery Porn than the shooting), among others, and once had a Doctor Who WAD for Doom. It should also be telling that his era on the show also marks the first serious attempt at a Who Licensed Game (The Adventure Games), under the supervision of himself and Charles Cecil of Broken Sword fame...
    • Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith has admitted to writing Doctor Who fanfic in order to better understand his character.
    • Although he was never a Doctor Who fanboy, Christopher Eccleston admitted in an interview before Series 1 aired that he'd been talking to fans and understood their obsessiveness because he gets that way about certain types of music, including blues and reggae. He's also a huge fan of the Manchester-based band I Am Kloot, and he has managed to appear in two of their music videos, including "Proof," where it's just him staring at the camera.
    • Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi is a lifelong fan of the show. He sent a letter to the Radio Times as a kid, praising their tenth anniversary special for Doctor Who (It's the letter with the heading "Dalek Builders"). and wrote an article for a Doctor Who fanzine about the series' opening and closing titles. He even used to write to the Doctor Who production office in the early 1970s about wanting to take over the Doctor Who fan club. So much so that the producer's secretary couldn't stand him and said that she wished the daleks would exterminate him!
    • Jon Pertwee (best known as the third Doctor Who) was a massive fan of animation. How massive, you ask? He actually, apparently, severely strained his friendship with British comedian (and fellow animation fan) Spike Milligan over whether or not Aladdin was "the greatest movie of all time."
    • After leaving the series, Billie Piper admitted on a TV interview that she still subscribed to Doctor Who Magazine.
    • Daphne Ashbrook is on Tumblr. She reblogs just as many Doctor Who gifsets as any mere fan who hasn't played the first companion to snog the Doctor, which makes it all the more disappointing that she's only been in one Who-related thing since then. Especially entertaining is the Web Dalek, which takes over for her when she's busynote , calling her "THE HOLLOWAY COMPANION" and answering people's questions and all that.
  • And then of course, there's Wil Wheaton, who doesn't just play geeky characters... Apparently, he ignored the Wesley-hating by painting his Warhammer figures. And he despises Wesley Crusher even more than any of us! And he had a significant role in two seasons of The Guild! And he watches Marble Hornets.
    • He's also a fan of Tabletop Games, Video Games and geek culture in general if his Twitter feed is to be believed. He also plays an annual Dungeons & Dragons game with the members of Penny Arcade and hosted by official game DnD designer Chris Perkins.
      • And hosts the Tabletop series on Youtube.
  • Felicia Day was addicted to World of Warcraft for two years, and now writes and stars in the super-geeky web series The Guild.
    • She can also boast a math major.
      • She's also part of the Geek And Sundry Youtube channel.
      • She's also the Voice of Zojja from Guild Wars 2 who is an Asura, and Asura personify Genius.
  • Patrick Stewart, Captain Picard, Professor X, and a classically-trained Shakespearean Actor, is a huge fan of the comic series Transmetropolitan. He wrote the introduction to one of the collections, and his production company offered to option the rights. He almost voiced Spider in an animated series, and then there's this:
    Warren Ellis: "I know Patrick could nail Spider. So does Wendy [Stewart], who just cringes in those moments when Patrick begins to channel Spider, standing on tables and proclaiming Spider to be his role model and personal god..."
    • On that note, Ellis himself browses 4chan, which shouldn't really be too much of a shock to anyone familiar with his work.
    "Both the very smart and the very stupid are fans of Beavis And Butthead, for entirely different reasons."
    • He also cameoed in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion as Emperor Uriel Septim VII.
    • Not to mention prolific voice-acting work with Anime dubs (Nausicaa and Steam Boy springing to mind first).
    • When he first saw Red Dwarf on TV he thought it was plagiarising his show and whilst he was calling up his lawyer he started laughing; something The Next Generation would hardly make him do. Been a fan ever since.
      • It should be noted that Stewart was most likely joking (as his comments were made for a Red Dwarf tribute video), as there is absolutely no similarity evident between that series and TNG, even on first glance.
    • This video shows him expressing his love for modern technology (except for Twitter) and his fear that if he starts playing video games he'll become addicted to them. If he's not confirmed as a nerd by now then this is the proof.
  • Mila Kunis is a fan of Star Trek, World of Warcraft, and Farmville.
  • Eric Kripke, creator of Supernatural, is a huge fan of the Hellblazer comics, and he actually tried to get the character of John Constantine onto the show for an episode or two. That seems to have fallen through, so he created Castiel the Bad Ass Angel.
    • Let's not forget the love for Good Omens, aka Crowley's cameo on Supernatural.
    • Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, the stars of Supernatural, are the goofiest pranksters this side of Bart Simpson, and Jensen has admitted to looking at Supernatural Fan Fic. Okay, considering the amount of Wincest fic out there, that explains the completely squicked-out look Jensen had on his face when Jared was describing the slashfic about them in the fandom-recursive Season 4 episode "The Monster at the End of this Book". Jared is also a Doctor Who fan.
  • Summer Glau is said to like science fiction movies, and judging from the TV shows and films she's been in, one starts to suspect this is true. Apparently she was a big TNG fan and at a Star Trek convention she almost cried when she met Marina Sirtis. She's also apparently a DC comics fan (even showing up to conventions wearing comic shirts) and jumped at the chance to voice Supergirl in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
  • Nathan Fillion, star of Firefly and Castle, is an avid Halo fan. He regularly plays Halo 3 on Xbox LIVE and chats with fans during games.
    • So, the fandom goes both ways (Bungie employees are well-known Firefly Fanboys and huge fans of him in particular, having one of the random things said in the tab be "Nathan Fillion returns our phone calls.").
    • Simon Pegg challenges Nathan Fillion to a starship race. Last one to the Crab Nebula and back to spacedock buys the beers!
    • Fillion's likeness and voice are now immortalized as Buck in Halo 3: ODST. How would you like to play a game where you're talking to yourself?
  • Enver Gjokaj, Ensemble Dark Horse of Dollhouse, is a MASSIVE BSG fan. Also, considering that he got his BA in English, you know the man read him up some fantasy in high school.
  • Michelle Rodriguez is an avid gamer. The Resident Evil DVD Commentary confirms it (as well as making her and Milla Jovovich sound like a pair of 16-year old girls at a slumber party.)
  • Joel Mchale has shown on more than a few occasions his love for Battlestar Galactica. He is also a gamer, although he says his work leaves him with little time to play. In an interview with Playstation: The Offical Magazine, he mentions playing inFAMOUS, Prototype, Brothers in Arms, Call of Duty, and Ghost Recon.
    • How about the way he always refers to the Kardashians as the "Cardassians?"
  • Dara Ó Briain, who, based on his Twitter feed, seems to be planning to use either All Your Base or "The cake is a lie" on Mock the Week, to add to his existing catalogue of internet references. He also has a college degree in physics.
    • He has also hosted a number of BAFTA game award ceremonies.
    • He has a whole bit about being a gamer in his act, during which he goes a lot into details you can only understand if you played lots of games yourself.
    • He also had a undergraduate degree in theoretical physics and cosmology, which would probably explain his hatred of the film ''2012''.
    • On that note, his friend and fellow comedian Ed Byrne is also a gamer, except while Dara was getting into Grand Theft Auto V, Ed Byrne was playing Farming Simulator instead. They had a very amusing row on Mock The Week about it, much to the bewilderment of the rest of the panel.
  • Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings.
  • Kurtwood "Red Foreman" Smith is a huge video game fan. Especially amazing when you consider he was in his forties when the NES came out.
    • Though it should be noted that Kurtwood may have become a fan before the 1980's, as video games are Older than the NES.
  • Lisa Foiles, of the newer seasons of All That and also notable as the female version of Malcolm during an episode of Malcolm in the Middle, is a huge video game nerd. She runs her own gaming website and also cosplayed as Harley Quinn, Lilith from Borderlands, and a Badass Princess Peach.
    • She also used to contribute videos to The Escapist, and she's a co-star on The Angry Joe Show.
  • Richard Dean Anderson is a huge fan of The Simpsons and sprinkled references to the show throughout the majority of his run on Stargate SG-1. This culminated in a tit-for-tat guest star spot where Dan Castellaneta (Homer's voice actor) appeared on SG-1, and Anderson appeared on The Simpsons.
  • Paul Winchell, when not voicing Tigger, was busy honing his craft becoming the best ventriloquist in the world. And, oh yeah, inventing the first artificial heart.
  • Jerry Seinfeld has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Superman, which explains why there is a Superman statue in Seinfeld's apartment on the show, and why every episode has a reference to Superman canon.
  • Unsure if it's only the product of the commercial he stars in, but Mr. T, Memetic Badass extraordinaire, has appeared in a pair of World of Warcraft ads, extolling the virtues of his Night-Elf Mohawk, and displaying the Mohawk Grenades, the fruits of his skills as a "computer hacka'!"
  • David Hewlett. The man is a complete Doctor Who nut, and has freely admitted to torrenting the crap out of the episodes as they appear (even namechecking Mad Martha at one point). In fact, the only reason he didn't launch at the role when Eccleston left was because he was already tied into Stargate Atlantis at the time. He's also previously run his own web design company, and is a self-confessed Linux nerd.
  • James Marsters, or Spike, has been quoted as attending Star Trek conventions regularly when younger.
  • Another BBC DJ who's a comics fan is American-born Paul Gambaccini. How much of a comics geek? Enough that there's a character in The Flash named after him: Paul Gambi, tailor to Flash's Rogues Gallery. He and Jonathan Ross used to co-own a comics shop, on the site of the original Forbidden Planet shop.
  • Chris Colfer - Kurt Hummel on Glee - has called himself "a huge huge nerd." He is an admitted fan of Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and X-Men, and is a fan of A Very Potter Musical from way back. Darren Criss didn't believe him about that last - until Chris started randomly quoting the show at the drop of a hat. Yeah, Chris Colfer is officially a nerd.
  • Darren Criss used Chewbacca as his senior quote. 'Nuff said.
  • Adelaide Kane of Home and Away and Power Rangers RPM fame is an anime and manga fan and has cosplayed as Wonder Girl at the 2010 San Diego Comic-con.
  • Danica McKellar. Remember Winnie from The Wonder Years? She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA, majoring in mathematics, co-authored a scientific paper and has her name attached to the "Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorem". And judging from the covers for her books "Math Doesn't Suck", "Kiss My Math", and "Hot X: Algebra Exposed" (aimed at middle-school girls to encourage math proficiency), she's still attractive.
  • Tina Fey is also an admitted fan of Star Wars. She and the other writers of 30 Rock manage to work a reference into just about every episode.
    • She also directly references terms from TV Tropes (ie, once screaming "Nerd Rage!"), which seems to indicate she actually visits the site.
    • Another SNL cast member who is into Star Wars is Bill Hader (the cast member known for his dead-on impressions of Alan Alda, Clint Eastwood, David Bowie, and others, and also known for his bizarre characters like Stefon, Herb Welch, and Vinnie Verdecci). How much so? He knew that his wife, Maggie Carey, was the girl for him because she had Star Wars bedsheets. Hader is also into Downton Abbey.
  • Ronald D. Moore (best known for his reboot of Battlestar Galactica) was a Promoted Fanboy initially before he became a speculative fiction giant in his own right. Initially he got a writing gig on Star Trek: The Next Generation solely because he happened to be lucky enough to have a girlfriend who worked on the sets and who passed his fan script over to one of the actual writers. The rest, as they say, is history. He also has said in an interview that he was looking forward to Star Trek (2009), since it would be the first time in a long while that he's watching it as a fan and not a writer.
  • Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Jessica Stevenson, Nick Frost, and Peter Serafinowicz.
    • Simon Pegg seems have achieved the ultimate geek dream, both making an appearance in Doctor Who and having a role in Star Trek (2009). Edgar Wright is also getting to direct his own superhero movie in Ant-Man. But before that, the quite geeky Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
      • Simon Pegg now has a rare sci-fi trifecta after voicing Dengar in the Clone Wars.
    • Simon Pegg's own ultimate geek dream was when, after making Shaun of the Dead, George A. Romero asked him to take a cameo in Land of the Dead. It meant he couldn't take the role he'd originally been offered in Doctor Who, but as he put it in an interview, "When you've just spent three years of your life essentially writing a love letter to someone, you HAVE to come when they call you." (He eventually took a role later in the Doctor Who season.)
    • Bill Bailey, who also occasionally works with them, has shown several nerdy tendencies. He mentions Lord of the Rings a lot, and seems knowledgeable about shows such as Doctor Who and Star Trek.
      • To add Bill Bailey has also worn Dragonball and Naruto T-Shirts on QI which shows anime interest as well.
    • Peter Serafinowicz is a big video game fan, with his all-time favourite being The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Other favourites include the works of Suda51 (particularly No More Heroes and Killer7), Parappa The Rapper, Ico, Half-Life 2, Tobal No. 2 and Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He also spends a lot of time raving about Dark Souls. The bit in Shaun of the Dead when Pete mentions a time when he, Shaun, and Ed stayed up all night playing Tekken 2 was based on a real event when he, Pegg, Frost, and his brother James pulled an all-nighter playing Tekken Bowl from the Tag Tournament edition. And of course, there's the fact that he was the voice of Darth Maul (although he and Pegg were both disappointed by the movie itself, which carried over into Spaced).
  • Mike Myers based his Saturday Night Live "Lothar of the Hill People" sketches on his favorite D&D character.
  • Masi Oka: The number of video game references stuffed into Heroes and the associated "alternate reality" portion of it might possibly have given this away. One gets the feeling Masi Oka would have specifically requested a time-traveling character, due to his love of Chrono Trigger — or, possibly, as another reference to Jojos Bizarre Adventure, which Heroes has quite a few of. At least some of that must be due to having Jeph Loeb (a well known comic book writer) as a co-writer for the show.
    • Before he was on Heroes, Oka was a digital effects artist for Industrial Light & Magic and among his credits are all three Star Wars prequel films. After he began his acting career in 2000, he juggled his two jobs until he had to quit his beloved job at ILM to star in Heroes.
  • Sprague Grayden of Jericho is a big fan of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.
  • Both halves of That Mitchell and Webb Look, as evidenced by their Affectionate Parody of Star Trek. David Mitchell has admitted that as a child he would watch The Original Series with a pocket calculator that he would pretend was a communicator, and talk to the crew.
  • Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing on Friends, has famously stated that he "[plays] the Fallout 3" to the point that his hands started cramping for playing so much. He later on voiced Benny in Fallout: New Vegas.
    • According to the commentary track for TOW Ross Got High on the Season 6 DVD set, all six of the main actors/actresses on Friends are video game players. They would often play Playstation 1 games like Twisted Metal 2 (which made its way into that same episode) during breaks when shooting episodes.
  • Ephraim Ellis, who played abusive boyfriend Rick Murray on Degrassi The Next Generation, is a self-described theater nerd, and used to collaborate on a webcomic called The Stairwell.
  • If this video is any indication...
  • All four members of The League of Gentlemen are huge horror fans. The DVD commentaries show how many subtle horror references are painstakingly used in their show.
    • Mark Gatiss in particular has presented a BBC4 documentary on the history of horror films (each episode of which was followed by his favourite films from that particular era) and has written for and acted in numerous episodes of the new Doctor Who and co-wrote Sherlock which, despite being set in the modern day, is actually one of the most faithful adaptations of the original books.
  • John Rogers, creator of Leverage, is a huge nerd, as are various members of his writing staff. Just look at the aliases Hardison thinks up.
    • In addition to that, he's posted tales from a D20 Modern game he ran between projects to ENWorld, has contributed to Dungeons & Dragons books, and wrote the D&D comic for IDW.
  • Colin Morgan of Merlin is a fan of Discworld and has mentioned in an interview that he'd love to play Mort if they ever adapted it.
  • Adam Savage is a geek to rival all geeks. When he's booked at a convention, he sews his own costumes and spends the time he's not doing panels wandering around.
  • One of the manatees on the Family Guy writing staff visits Thatguywiththeglasses.com according to this video.
  • Candice Accola and Michael Trevino of The Vampire Diaries have their own adorkable Star Trek in-joke together on-set, as seen here.
    Jim Halterman: (serious tone) When you’re working with Michael, what is energized?
    Candice Accola: [laughs] We energize. We got it from the Star Trek remake. Whenever they’re getting ready to disintegrate [or teleport] they say ‘Energize!’ Whenever we’re in the mood to get a laugh or something we’ll both just give each other a little nod and go ‘Energize!’
  • Cobie Smulders is a huge comic book fan, even having a fan question drawn into a issue of Fables. And now she's played Maria Hill.
  • Jenna Fischer is quite the horror movie enthusiast.
  • Grant Imahara. He once went to a convention dressed as the Tenth Doctor, and has confirmed that he is a brony.
    • He and the rest of the Mythbusters crew (sans Jamie) had an absolute field day with the Star Wars special. Grant even talked about how he was a prop builder on the prequel trilogy and even used his stunt blaster on camera. The more complex model is locked in a case in his office, according to his Twitter.
  • Game show host Geoff Edwards, host of the video game-themed game show Starcade, said that he came to like video games while hosting it, and often stayed after hours to beat the other staff members' high scores. He actively partook of this activity until his death in March of 2014.
  • Loretta Swit loves Ms. Pac-Man and even owns a arcade machine of the game.
  • Molly C. Quinn of Castle is a huge fan of Star Trek, even showing up to Comic con in a red uniform. She was very excited to work with Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker) when He directed episodes.
  • Matthew Grey Gubler from Criminal Minds actually does the magic tricks his character (Spencer Reid) does.
    • Paget Brewster also apparently became a serial killer geek after getting on the show and her "research" for her role (Emily Prentiss) has left her scarily knowledgeable about the topic.
    • Someone either in the props department or the writing staff (or maybe even Penelope Garcia's actress, Kirsten Vangsness) must be a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist. One of Garcia's many figurines that surround her work station was that of Alphonse Elric's suit of armor.
  • Emily Osment of Hannah Montana fame is an avid player of Rock Band and is a fan of Twilight if her IMDb page is to be believed.
    • Her "Lovesick" video is a tribute to TRON.
    • She also follows George Newbern on Twitter. He's known for voicing Superman and Sephiroth. Since her brother was in Kingdom Hearts, it's most likely the latter she could be a fan of.
    • She may follow George because she played his daughter in the movie Dadnapped.
  • Emily Rose, star of the Syfy series Haven and Elena Fisher in the Uncharted series, has been playing video games since Super Mario Bros. back on the NES, and is a fantastic Halo player. She also plays Uncharted (of course).
  • Katie McGrath is a huge fantasy and sci-buff and gushed over the fact that her Morgana action figure is exactly the right size to fit inside her model Millenium Falcon.
  • Kristian Nairn, most famous for playing Hodor in Game of Thrones, is an avid gamer (he plays World of Warcraft on European AND American servers!), a professional DJ, and a fan of the books on which the TV series was based.
  • Meet Jim Beaver, of Supernatural. Better known as Bobby Singer. He has reviewed over 1,460 movies on IMDB[1], wrote a Biography on George Reeves investigating his death, and is present in his forum topics in IMDB. (his name is Jimb-4.)
  • Lisa Kudrow, famous for Dumb Blonde Phoebe Buffay, is actually a real life Brainy Brunette with a BA in Biology from Vassar and considered medicine before acting.
  • Andrea Libman enjoys Game of Thrones.
  • Richard Hatch of both Battlestar Galactica shows is revealed to be a huge sci-fi geek, even Star Trek.
  • Actress Angie Harmon of Law & Order and Rizzoli & Isles fame really, really wants to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's She-Hulk. She even posted a photo of herself as She-Hulk and geeked out over The Avengers in an interview.
  • Avan Jogia of Victorious fame mentioned on Twitter that he's a Dragon Ball Z fan. If his Victorious Wiki page is to be believed, he's also a fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Sweet Transvestite being his favorite song.
  • Grey DeLisle has apparently been reading Homestuck, possibly due to seeing Dante Basco (who she played with in Avatar: The Last Airbender ) liveblogging it. She even recorded VA samples as Vriska and Rose.
  • Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory is a fan of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.
  • Greg Gutfeld and sidekick Bill Schulz on Fox News's quirky, Conan O'Brien-esque libertarian-leaning late night show Red Eye With Greg Gutfeld are both huge geeks and will often pepper the discussions with geeky references that only a true fanboy would make. Also, each night usually features at least one person from pop culture as a member of the rotating panel (and they usually reappear). Put it this way: there's a reason the show has gained a cult following (perhaps the only news program that can claim to have this status) and regularly gets better ratings than certain evening cable programs despite airing at 3 in the morning! Watching the panelists geek out about various references and stories is a huge part of this offbeat show's draw.
    • Andy Levy—who usually shows up during the show's halftime report—is an unabashed comic book and sci-fi geek, often appearing on the show with his Sonic Screwdriver.
  • Sam Witwer is a huge fantasy gamer and makes no bones about it. He's gone on record as preferring the Pathfinder system to Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Jason Smith, Red Ranger actor in Power Rangers Jungle Fury, has been watching significant portions of the Super Sentai series as of late, even tweeting in mid-2013 that he was only 6 episodes behind on the latest series at the time. He particularly loved Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, which especially makes him not much different from most fans. And now, he's the only known Disney era Ranger who is confirmed to return for Megaforce.
  • Scott Porter of Friday Night Lights and Hart Of Dixie fame is a comic book fan, demonstrated by contributing his opinion on DC superhero match-ups during the promotion for Injustice: Gods Among Us.
  • Emma Caulfield is a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, and was excited to work with Jonathan Frakes on Leverage.
  • Kat Dennings is apparently a big fan of Hack/Slash.
  • UK comedian Jim Davidson is a huge fan of both Star Trek and prog rock, and would throw in references to both when he hosted The Generation Game in the 1990s.
  • Dylan Sprouse (and likely his brother as well) is a fan of Project M, giving it its first celebrity plug on both Tumblr and twitter. He's also a fan of Pokémon.
  • Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh and Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy seems to be a pretty big fan of Doctor Who. He's inserted references to Daleks in The Mighty Boosh, he seemed fairly knowledgeable in the Never Mind the Buzzcocks Doctor Who special, and he once did a radio interview where he expressed desire to play The Doctor, and then spent several minutes of the interview (Meant to promote his unrelated new art book) gushing about his favourite Doctors to the host. He loves Eleven, but says nothing can ever beat Ten.
  • Comedian Ross Noble often makes references to things like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings in his shows and other appearances.
  • Michael Shanks of Stargate SG-1 fame and his wife Lexa Doig (also of Stargate SG-1 fame) are both hardcore Dungeons & Dragons players, and have been since they were teenagers. In an interview, Shanks once talked about how the pair of them anticipated "corrupting" their three children with the gaming bug as soon as the kids were old enough to play.
  • Claudia Black, of Farscape fame, never actually auditioned for the role of Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins. She just sent a recording of some of her work to BioWare and let them know that she would like to be in one of their games someday, when they were in the middle of wondering who to cast. She later appeared in two more of their games, and is set to reprise the role of Morrigan in another.
  • Joe Manganiello of True Blood and Magic Mike fame, is a massive geek. Any time the 6'5" mountain of muscle is asked about it, he claims it's kind of like Pacific Rim, there's this big body with a tiny nerd piloting from inside. He admits to robbing a comic book store blind during his youth (he knew his dad wouldn't buy them, and later found them and returned them,) does an alarmingly good "Macho Man" Randy Savage impression, and says he scours Comic-Con every year looking for a full DVD-set of all thirteen episodes of Inhumanoids.
  • Garret Clayton is a huge fan of Harry Potter and Pokémon, he also has a large amount of video games, and is an avid cosplayer. (He makes all his costumes himself!)
  • Peter MacNicol was a fan of Doctor Octopus long before getting to play him in The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  • Voice actor Masaya Onosaka is a big fan of online gaming.
    Katsuyuki Konishi: Don't you have friends?!
    Masaya Onosaka: What do you mean I have no friends, you idiot! What are you talking about?!
    Katsuyuki Konishi: Who is your best friend?
    Masaya Onosaka: My best friend is games.
  • The members of CLAMP are rather notorious for their fangirling of, of all things, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Apart from their roots as shounen-ai doujinshi artists for the series (to say nothing about the rumors of Wish's origins), the crew are said to have single handedly pushed Jotaro Kujo to the top of a fanart-based magazine poll in 1994. And, yes, they still draw fanart of him.
  • Alyson Court, star of The Big Comfy Couch, the animated Beetlejuice series, the 1992 X-Men cartoon, and the The Amazing Spiez, as well as being the voice of Claire Redfield in the Resident Evil series, plays Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition, no less), is a big time politics nerd (calls herself a "punditz"), and she's also the one who named the Mavericks in the English version of Mega Man X5.
  • Actor Jonathan Banks (of Community and Breaking Bad fame) describes himself as a "late blooming geek." Apparently he got hooked on gaming (including both Video Games and Tabletop Games) by way of hanging out with his Community co-stars.
  • Lance Reddick is a self-confessed ginormous comic-book geek and telephile.
  • Joss Whedon has openly and repeatedly professed his love for the 2000's Battlestar Galactica, eventually hiring Helo as the lead in his next show, with Apollo and Colonel Tigh as guest stars in later episodes. To top it off onscreen, he has Topher talking about Cylons and asking someone if she's "out of her frakkin' mind".
    • He is also a huge fan of Claremont-era X-Men, and has stated in some interviews that he based the character of Buffy Summers at least in part on Kitty Pryde. Word is that when Joe Quesada asked him to write "Astonishing X-Men", Whedon's main demand was that he wanted to write Kitty as a main team member. He got it.

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  • Conan O'Brien is a professional nerd and has web series called "Serious Jibber-Jabber" where he conducts hour or longer interviews with guests on subjects that interest him like history and early Rock and Roll.
    • There's also his "Clueless Gamer" segments, although it's more of a testament to how much he doesn't play video games, because more often than not, he's, well, pretty clueless when he plays them (and the result is usually pretty funny), and while he jokes that he's not interested in them and "kind of hate[s] them" at the start of each segment, he clearly enjoys himself while playing them afterwards, and he must have SOME kind of respect for the genre to repeatedly devote show time to them.
  • Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of fantasy/SF, particularly Lord of the Rings (he read the novels long before the movies came out) and played Dungeons & Dragons in high school. He also owns Captain America's actual proper shield, which Cap supposedly left to Stephen in his will and, on finding out that Barack Obama collects comics, signed a copy of the Colbert-Spiderman crossover for him. It is being kept on the Shelves of Honor until such time as Obama takes the bait and comes on the show to get it.
    • He also owns Aragorn's sword, given to him by Aragorn himself (or Viggo, same difference), and managed to out-geek Neil Gaiman in Lord of the Rings trivia.
      • The Queen of Jordan knighted Colbert with that sword. That's right. Stephen Colbert, knighted with Andúril.
    • "Owlbears!"
    • Some CNN reporters needed a stock image of Satan as the backdrop for their coverage of the 06/06/06 "hysteria." They used an illustration of the Balrog from a 1977 Lord of the Rings calendar, prompting Stephen to explain, "Devils and Balrogs are totally different. Devils are angels who refused to serve God and instead followed Satan into hell. Balrogs are Maiar who refused to serve Eru and instead followed Morgoth into Thangorodrim. Get your facts straight, CNN!" The best part? Stephen noticed it himself. He just happened to recognize the illustration because he has the calendar.
    • In this clip Stephen shows off some of his Lord of the Rings collection including a huge statue of Sauron, a replica of the ring of power, and a limited edition Lord of the Rings Pinball Machine.
    • Peter Jackson even called him "The biggest Tolkien geek I've ever met."
    • And just to underline the overall point, he listens to Neutral Milk Hotel. Huzzah! And The Decemberists!
    • He also gave a big Shout-Out to bronies as well.
      • Though he later admitted he didn't actually know what the term meant.
  • British TV presenter and radio DJ Jonathan Ross is a big comics fan. He auctioned his copy of ''Amazing Fantasy'' #15 for charity, presented a BBC documentary about Steve Ditko (which ended with him and Neil Gaiman finally meeting the artist), and also co-presented an award at the San Diego Comic-Con alongside (or should I say... face to face with) Neil Gaiman. His 1988 Channel 4 TV series The Incredibly Strange Film Show was a well-informed guide to international cult film directors - including Tsui Hark, Ray Dennis Steckler, and Ted Mikels - who were, in the pre-internet age, still obscure in the UK outside a tiny minority of film geeks.
    • He also hosted a BBC3 show called Japanorama, which is exactly what it sounds like. And yes, it included interviews with various mangaka and Japanese film directors.
      • His Crowning Moment of Geekdom had to be the occasion, on his Friday night BBC1 chat show, he convinced Ricky Gervais to do his embarrassing David Brent dance. Gervais was immediately mortified, prompting Wossy to quip: "I'm Superman, You're Mister Mxyzptlk and I just made you say your name backwards twice." Three audience members get it.
  • Jon Stewart, in response to Fox claiming "Who knows what went on behind closed doors" when Obama met Hugo Chavez, said something along the lines of "And now marks Fox News moving from political commentary... to fanfiction."
    • Jon's also a gamer, and has talked about being a Mac user and playing Doom with one hand (so the other one can man a bong) in his standup. (See also the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson entry below.)
    • Jon also made a number of (fairly accurate) Dungeons & Dragons references in response to Rumsfeld saying you couldn't just "wave a magic wand" and make everything better in Iraq. "Remember; you're either with us, or you're with the orcs."
    • And he discusses Man-Bat with a guest.
    • Second-hand example- his son is a fan of Power Rangers, and Jon has thus made a few references to it on his show- once getting the chance to bring it up in context while discussing a political scandal that involved series creator Haim Saban, and also using phrases from Power Rangers Jungle Fury to psych himself up for election coverage.
    • He's apparently a Professional Wrestling fan and once had Mick Foley as a guest to do a promo for him.
    • When Herman Cain suspended his campaign with a Pokémon quote, Jon and the rest of the crew responded as only they could.
    • Jon also confessed to be a New York Times crosswords junkie.
  • In his nightly news program, Keith Olbermann frequently quotes or alludes to Monty Python (and has had John Cleese as a guest more than once), and criticized dire right-wing projections concerning President Obama's budget as requiring truly staggering precognition: to wit, the projections extend through 2080, "seventeen years after we first make contact with the planet Vulcan" (according to Star Trek: First Contact). He also loves baseball and has one of the largest baseball card collections in the country. He also runs a blog for Major League Baseball
    • Not entirely surprising, since he started his broadcasting career as a TV sportscaster.
    • He's also been known to make (relatively obscure and Shallow Parody-averting) Harry Potter references.
      • Observe this segment, wherein Keith guesses at the end of book seven (turns out he's a Snape fan).
    • And the movie references, dear God, the movie references...
    • He usually introduces his Oddball segment by noting the anniversary of some obscure, often times nerdy piece of trivia. As well, during one particular clip featuring a home-made beer serving robot he quipped: "You just give the command and Optimus Prime here will pour you a cold one."
    • He's also a fan of MST3K, probably the quintessential geek show.
    • In his Special Comment on New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's treatment of the Occupy Wall Street movement, he pointed out the irony of New York city bending over backwards to accommodate the filming of the new Batman movie, while expressing hostility towards its own citzens' right to freedom of assembly. His critique of the filmshoot is slightly undermined, however, by his repeated references to the film as the "Godddamn Batman" movie.
  • Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy on The Big Bang Theory, has a Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA, which makes her the only cast member to fully understand her character's Techno Babble.
  • Rachel Maddow from the Rachel Maddow Show has a Moment of Geek segment on her political show. And yes, she has a Ph.D.
    • She also wrote the opening to the Batwoman: Elegy trade paperback.
  • Stephen Fry. Gadget addict, one of the first Mac owners in the UK (sharing his Apple obsession with his friend Douglas Adams). He also wrote a piece in Doctor Who Magazine claiming that missing the second episode of "An Unearthly Child" was the worst moment of his life and "nothing that has happened since has ever, or could ever, make up for it". He's also shown to be a fan of Harry Potter, to the point of voicing the audiobooks from Philosopher's Stone to Deathly Hallows.
    • He is also purportedly the last surviving person to know the answer to Why 42?
    • Don't forget going out of his way to do a 25-th birthday tribute to the GNU project, suggesting that he may be an avid Linux user as much as he is an Apple fan.
    • He's been known to quote The Princess Bride on Twitter, and is a big fan of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. One of his many Twitter avatars (which is, at the time of writing, his current one) is also a drawing from one of the animators on The Simpsons, which he very much appreciates.
    • Fry also was commissioned to write an episode of Doctor Who for the 2007 or 2008 season, but it fell through because he didn't have time to rewrite the episode for a new companion after Billie Piper left.
  • British comedian Russell Howard is a massive Harry Potter fan who stood in line for the midnight release of Deathly Hallows.
  • Radio and TV presenter Terry Wogan is a huge fan of the books of P. G. Wodehouse.
  • All Monty Python members have been enormous fans of The Goon Show ever since their youth. John Cleese said he used to listen to the show's repeats in bed with a transistor radio to his one ear and a pillow to his other to make sure he'd would hear every single joke he had missed the episode before. Michael Palin and Terry Jones contributed to several Goon Show homages to keep their idols in memory.
  • British comedian and TV presenter Phill Jupitus enjoyed Dad's Army ever since his youth.

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