Christopher Ryan "Chris" Hardwick is a television host, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcaster, musician, and voice artist. He is the chief executive officer of Nerdist Industries, the digital division of Legendary Entertainment.
Hardwick was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of professional bowler Billy Hardwick and Sharon Hills (née Facente), a real estate agent in Pasadena, California. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, attending St. Benedict at Auburndale K–12 School, then attended Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado, and then Loyola High School for his senior year. He studied philosophy at UCLA, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity during his freshman year.