It is that time of the year again. The month of October where people dress up in scary and sexy costumes to celebrate the most important event of the year, New York Comic Con. What else would we have been talking about? However, if you don’t have tickets to this premiere New York nerd event, fear not. There is still plenty of geeky/nerdy activities you can take part in that don’t involve talking to that guy scalping tickets on 10th Ave. New York Super Week is a plethora of events happening all over the city, but where to go and what to do? Have no fear The NYRD has you covered with some of the best and greatest things to do after hours this week.



Body Worlds: Pulse Exhibit and Live Sketch – Oct 06, 2015, 6:00 PM – Discovery Times Square
Fans will experience Body Worlds in a whole new way.  In addition to walking through the exhibit, visitors will watch two of the world’s foremost artists live sketch the bodies.  Russ Braun (DC Comics and Disney Animation Studios), Alex Maleev (Daredevil), and Cory Smith, will sketch a few of the bodies while conversing with the crowd and guiding them through the intricacies and techniques used to sketch human anatomy.
Tickets are $27.00 for adult, $23.50 for seniors, and $19.50 for kids 3-11. Buy your ticket now.

Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast – Oct 06, 2015, 7:00 PM – Littlefield
It’s a New York Super Week LIVE edition of “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast” as Gilbert and co-host Frank Santopadre are joined by outspoken and outrageous comedian, SiriusXM radio host and bestselling author Jim Norton.
Tickets are $5.00. Buy your ticket now.

This Week in Marvel Live Podcast – Oct 06, 2015, 7:30 PM – Discovery Times Square
his Week in Marvel delivers all the Marvel info on news and new releases — comics, video games, toys, TV, film and beyond! Co-hosted by Editorial Director Ryan “”Agent M”” Penagos, Editor Ben Morse and featuring special guests. Tweet questions with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel.
This event is FREE. Space limited.

Running Late with Scott Rogowsky – Oct 06, 2015, 9:00 PM – Littlefield
Featuring special guest Horatio Sanz, Impractical Jokers’ “Sal” Vulcano & Brian “Q” Quinn, along with NY1’s Budd Mishkin. Drawing on the late-night tradition from Carson to Cavett to Conan, host Scott Rogowsky and his sidekick/dad Marty welcome an eclectic mix of comedians, musicians, authors, actors, and local celebs to the couch for a unique live talk show experience that needs to be experienced to be experienced.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day-of show. Buy your ticket now.


GeekFest Film Fest Day One – Oct 07, 2015, 6:00 PM – Gotham West Market (Club Room)
The world’s 1st and largest traveling geek film festival, showcasing the best in indie science fiction, horror, fantasy, fan films, and pop culture films. GeekFest Film Fests tours the United States and screens amazing genre and high concept indie films that comic con audiences will love.
Tickets are $10 per screening or $25 for all 4 screenings per night. Or full pass for $40 for all screenings both nights. Buy your tickets now.

Comics and Jews: Panel and Auction – Oct 07, 2015, 6:30 PM – Center for Jewish History
Join us for a meet&greet with the key Jewish figures of the comic industry, a panel on history of Jews and their formative contribution to the establishment of the comic books industry in the US, and a special silent art auction. The panel will feature Karen Green, Danny Fingerhoff, Arie Kaplan, and Paul Levitz.
Tickets are $10 general, $7 members/seniors/students. Buy your ticket now.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Spelling Bee – Oct 07, 2015, 7:15 PM – Benzaquen Hall at the DiMenna Center
Join us for a spelling bee featuring words from Klingon to Na’vi, from Middle earth to Westeros. Study hard, but you won’t find these words in the dictionary, unless your dictionary was written by JK Rowling or Frank Herbert. This interactive show features awesome prizes and is hosted by Saad Sarwana.
Tickets are $12 advance or $15 at the door. Buy Your ticket now.

FanBros Present the Crossplay Cosplay Contest – Oct 07, 2015, 8:00 PM – Latitude
The cosplay event that everyone has been waiting for, finally an event that celebrates diversity and difference in the cosplay world! The Crossplay Cosplay Contest is centered around the idea of switching races & genders for the ultimate in cosplay change ups.
Tickets are $10 or only $5 if you wear a costume. Buy your ticket now.

Indie Comic Performance with Mindy Indy & Friends! – Oct 07, 2015, 9:00 PM – Gotham City Lounge
Mindy Indy & Friends will be reading Mindy’s latest comic “”Apartment Hunt,”” based on a true story of crazy apartment hunting in NYC – two girls struggling to find a decent place for cheap is harder than it seems.  Comic pages will be projected in an awesome comics-themed bar with cheap hero-themed drinks.  Q&A will follow the reading, including any questions about apartment hunting tips!  Feel free to share your own crazy hunting experiences too.
This event is FREE.


GeekFest Film Fest Day Two – Oct 08, 2015, 5:00 PM – Gotham West Market (Club Room)
The world’s 1st and largest traveling geek film festival, showcasing the best in indie science fiction, horror, fantasy, fan films, and pop culture films. GeekFest Film Fests tours the United States and screens amazing genre and high concept indie films that comic con audiences will love.
Tickets are $10 per screening or $25 for all 4 screenings per night. Or full pass for $40 for all screenings both nights. Buy your tickets now.

Robot Chicken Season 8 Party – Oct 08, 2015, 6:00 PM – Brooklyn Bowl
Join Robot Chicken co-creators Seth Green & Matthew Senreich for an early look at Season 8 and the world premiere of Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship. You’ll also be treated to an evening of free bowling, prizes, a DJ set by The Rub, and good company. Must by 21+.
You must reserve your spot. Click here to reserve your spot now.

Rock Band 4 New York Super Week Super Party – Oct 08, 2015, 7:00 PM – Hard Rock Cafe
he team at Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. will be celebrating the launch of Rock Band 4. This is open to all fans  as a New York Super Week event so come party & play Rock Band 4 with the devs that made the game!  Guests will be entered into a raffle upon entrance at the party for a chance to win one of four Rock Band 4 guitars signed by Harmonix developers. Must be 18+.
Tickers are $5. Buy your ticket now.

Muppet Vault – Oct 08, 2015, 7:15 PM – Benzaquen Hall at the DiMenna Center presents The Muppet Vault: Geeky Stuff, a celebration of all the times the Muppets got a bit geeky.  The evening will include screenings of classic and rare clips hand-picked by Muppet experts. The Muppets have done countless pop culture parodies (The Muppet Show’s Pigs in Space, Sesame Street’s recent hilarious Cookie Monster movie spoofs) and worked with tons of geek-friendly guest stars.
Tickets are $10. Buy your ticket now.

Rock N’ Comix – Oct 08, 2015, 7:30 PM – Rock Bar
Oni Press presents Rock N’ Comix 2015, featuring live comix readings and musical performances by the industry’s top talents! Enjoy your favorite creators reading their work as projected large to screen, while musicians perform a live score beneath, followed by an all out comic book rock show! Special guests include Charles Soule, Ted Naifeh, Dean Haspiel, Antony Johnson, Jeffrey Burandt and Americans UK, a live performance by Run by the Gun.
Tickets are $5. Buy your ticket now.

Uptown Showdown: Superheroes vs. Villains – Oct 08, 2015, 8:00 PM – Symphony Space
You never know what to expect at this debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic. In this special New York Super Week edition, the defenders of justice battle it out with the criminal masterminds. Which are more badass? Those characters we love, or love to hate? Debaters are Janeane Garofalo, Mike Drucker, Michael Hartney (I Love Superman at UCB), Travon Free (The Daily Show), Jessica Delfino (New York Funny Songs Festival), Joe Garden, and Nick Turner.
Tickets are $15. Buy your ticket now.

Star Wars Minute – Oct 08, 2015, 9:00 PM – Benzaquen Hall at the DiMenna Center
Join the co-hosts of the famous Star Wars Minute podcast and their special guests as they analyze, scrutinize and celebrate the virtually-forgotten 1984 TV movie An Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage.
Tickets are $7. Buy your ticket now.


The Big Superheroes Quiz Thing – Oct 09, 2015, 6:00 PM – New York Historical Society
Join us for a viewing of the New-York Historical Society’s special exhibition, Superheroes in Gotham, followed by NYC’s premier live trivia company presenting a special themed edition of its multimedia game show spectacular. The Superhero Edition features the world’s greatest multimedia team trivia on the past, present and future of costumed crime fighters — comics, movies, sci-fi, TV and all that other stuff you know so well. Win big prizes and big glory.
This event is FREE. Reserve your seat by calling 212-485-9268.

BBQ Films Blade Rave – Oct 09, 2015, 7:30 PM – Terminal 5
Step into 1998’s BLADE film at the first big Halloween party of 2015. Electronic musicians The Crystal Method headline BLADE RAVE with support from Pictureplane, and more. While the crowd dances to blood-pumping dance tracks, we’ll bring the movie to life as only BBQ Films can.
Tickets are $56. Buy your ticket now.

Aaahh!! Real Trivia: Nickelodeon Trivia Night – Oct 09, 2015, 8:00 PM – Toshi’s Living Room
Can you name all the teams from Legends of the Hidden Temple? What about Helga Pataki’s middle initial?  We double dare you join us for this all-Nickelodeon trivia night to win prizes, gifts, and so much more.
This event is FREE. Reserve your seat now.

Trivia AD Presents: Star Wars Trivia – Oct 09, 2015, 9:00 PM – Discovery Times Square
Prove your Star Wars knowledge in this, the only official Star Wars trivia event of New York Super Week 2015, hosted by Trivia AD.  The city will be crawling with scum and villainy of all kinds this week, so this is your chance to put them in their places.
Tickets are $5. Buy your ticket now.


Batkid Begins – Oct 10, 2015, 7:00 PM – IFC Center
BATKID BEGINS is a documentary that takes you back to November 15th, 2013, the day San Francisco turned into Gotham City, and the day the internet was nice. More than a billion people took to social media to cheer on BatKid, even President Obama! In all, the #SfBatKid and #BatKid hashtags reached more than 1.84 Billion people on Twitter and Instagram.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for kids. Buy your ticket now.

Hollywood Babble On Live! – Oct 10, 2015, 7:30 PM – Hammerstein Ballroom
Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand.
Tickets are $60 VIP Opera Boxes with autographed pic, $40 floor, $30 first balcony, $20 top balcony. Buy your ticket now.

Adult Swim Tyrannic: Second Maiden Voyage – Oct 10, 2015, 8:00 PM – Pier 81
Join a 3 hour cruise along the Hudson, featuring a night of NY views & city sights, an up close look at Lady Liberty, a live performance from a secret musical guest, and the company of your Adult Swim Friends & Family. Must be 21+.
This event is FREE. First come, first serve. Reserve your spot now.

Comic Con Vixens II – Oct 10, 2015, 10:00 PM – Hard Rock Cafe
Multi-award winning mega nerd DANGRRR DOLL brings you one show to rule them all with another epic installment of COMIC CON VIXENS, celebrating the sexy side of New York Super Week and New York Comic Con. Starring some of NYC’s most gorgeous geeks and cosplay burlesque. No fandom is safe from the sexy, crazy brains of the Comic Con Vixens. Must be 21+.
Tickets are $75 VIP, $45 preferred seating, $25 general admission. Buy your ticket now.


PressPlayNYC – Oct 11, 2015, 12:00 PM – Hammerstein Ballroom
Want to meet many of your favorite social media personalities?  Want to take selfies and get autographs with the hottest all-stars on Twitter and Vine today? CLICK HERE for times, guests and prices.

We Got This Live! – Oct 11, 2015, 8:00 PM – Le Poisson Rouge
Featuring special guest John Hodgman for the first ever live We Got This podcast in New York City! Every week on the Maximum Fun Network, Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin take the dumb issues in life that people care too much about and settle the argument once and for all. No topic is too small or insignificant for them to dissect and decide. Must be 21+.
Tickets are $15. Buy your ticket now.


LoveNYRDSThough we at The NYRD are not running an event this year we do not want you to miss out on getting your free NYRD t-shirt. If you see anyone at NYCC dressed in the “I love NYRDS” t-shirt just come up to them and say the secret password, “Hey, can I have a T-shirt?” and they will give you a free T-shirt… It’s that simple. (Supplies are limited.)

We will see you all at NYCC and around the town at all the great events. Have a safe and wonderful Comic Con.

All we can say is that it is about time that all the graphic Muppet nudity and the gratuitous use of “words of the day” on Sesame Street are finally moving to their proper home among tamer shows such as True Blood and Game of Thrones. The Sesame Workshop just signed a new deal with the premium cable company, HBO. This move has been both criticized and welcomed, depending on whether or not you are one of the people affluent enough to afford HBO or if you are one of the people poor enough to steal HBO.

Starting in the Fall, new episodes of Sesame Street will air first on HBO and will be released for free on PBS nine months later. Though the episodes will still be available for free after their original air date many people, including the Parents Television Council, are still criticizing Sesame for the move. “In order to watch original episodes of the most iconic children’s program in television history, parents are now forced to fork over about $180 per year and subscribe to the most sexually explicit, most graphically violent television network in America.”

For their troubles, Sesame Street will be receiving a larger production budget -because HBO- and they will begin to produce 35 new episodes a year as opposed to the 18 they produce now. They will also be looking to creating a new Sesame spin-off show for kids. This move for Elmo, Bert, Ernie, and all the rest, came after a fall in their non-profit margins. With a drop off in DVD sales, the Sesame Workshop has been doing their best to stay afloat in a market now dominated by streaming television and movies.

We here at The NYRD, we suspect that this move by Sesame has more to do with the potential of streaming TV than any sort of unspoken desire by the Muppets to co-mingle with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn on the set of True Detective. HBO will offer the children’s programming a larger budget and a vehicle for direct streaming access to homes.

Additionally, as many parents already know, Sesame Street is no stranger when it comes to HBO programming:

We will hold our own reservations about this move until we see the fallout, but what do you think about it? Is it good or bad for Sesame Street and kids in general? Is this just the way TV is heading? Will Oscar the Grouch finally be able to start teaching kids four-letter words? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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With the start of the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour for Netflix, Marvel and Netflix talked about their plans moving forward. The goal of the two comic and streaming giants is to release a new Marvel Netflix property every six months. Some of these will be new seasons of continuously running programs, while others will be new properties altogether, such their newest show AKA Jessica Jones.

All of this is leading up to a Netflix Crossover Event, The Defenders. It seems to be that Marvel is going to do for Netflix and streaming TV what they have already done in movies. Unfortunately, no actual schedule was released and they seemed to be hinting at the fact that only certain series would receive multiple seasons, while others would work more as stand-alones. That determination will probably be made on a basis of how well each individual series is received.

There is still a lot of vagueness circling the Internet about what is going on. For instance, there still no set launch date for Jessica Jones or what the next series after that will be. There is very little confirmation of any type for anything, right now. However, Variety did report that Jessica Jones will debut in 2015, but no exact date was given. That means we could be waiting until December for our next small screen return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We do know that Daredevil is currently filming its second season, and with Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal playing the Punisher.

There are even rumors that Frank Castle could receive his own stand-along series, but all of that seems little more than speculation by Hitflix. Only time will tell, but for right now, all we at The NYRD can do is bide our time with baited breath until AKA Jessica Jones, and the return of Daredevil.

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Did you ever wonder who built the pyramids; who helped evolve humanity; who taught us to use fire; who left that surprise for you on your front lawn this morning? Well look no further because all the answers can be found in the stars… or at least we here at The NYRD have been led to believe. Lately, our staff has been watching a lot of Ancient Aliens on the History Channel. “Why?” you might ask. The short answer is boredom, but the longer answer is a combination of the fact that we lost the office remote, and we couldn’t find even one episode of Law and Order on any single channel. Now that is a paranormal occurrence. Also, since the show is beginning it’s 8th season tonight, we thought it was a good time to examine what is passing for history on cable TV these days.

Godwin’s Law of the History Channel
At the very least, watching Ancient Aliens can be entertaining and sometimes even a thought-provoking experience. We’re not saying we believe even a tenth of what is being purported by the show and their so-called “experts,” but there are enough times where the evidence presented seems almost impressive. Even if it does not always prove aliens, it is usually enough to prove that maybe our science and our understanding of history are not as complete as we would like to sometimes believe. It is very good at presenting questions and challenging our standard views on the past. After all, approaching situations and even history from different angles of critical thinking can be a useful tool for learning about ourselves and our world.

Unfortunately, there is always that inevitable moment in every show where the claims just seem to go to eleven. That is usually when the show jumps the shark harder than the Fonz on a rocket-powered pogo stick, and they start talking about how NASA is keeping secrets about extraterrestrials, or that the Mayans and Egyptians were Skyping with creatures from another world, and then something about time traveling Nazis. It always comes back to the Nazis. A member of our staff has described the show as trash reality for history nerds, and it’s hard to argue with that assessment, especially when you look at the cast of characters the show trots out as their “experts.”

The History Channel, bless their little heart, does its best to find actual history and science experts to appear on the program, but usually when you see respectable names with titles like “doctor” and “professor” in front of them they will only ever appear on screen for a few moments to describe something technical or historical in a clearly unrelated way. In fact, it is almost a certainty that nobody even told them what program they were appearing on. Hey, when the History Channel calls who among us would turn down the chance to be a talking head in a documentary.

The crazy of the show usually does not kick up till you hear from people like Erich von Däniken, C. Scott Littleton, George Noory, and the king alien of them all, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, who is better known from his meme and as that alien guy with the hair. Tsoukalos’ dialogue in particular can usually follow a pretty predictable pattern: “When I hear of [Blank] experienced by our ancestors, I have to wonder, now, is this just a story made up by prehistoric men, or were they in fact describing something they had seen. The answer has to be aliens.”

History Channel, the Drinking Game
Another entertaining bit of dialogue can be found by paying attention to the narrator of the program. You could make a drinking game for every time he is forced to utter the phrase “In the opinion of ancient astronaut theorists… etc.” Apparently, History Channel believes that this often uttered disclaimer by a deep voiced and faceless man is enough to separate them from the show’s sometimes wild theories that are expounded upon in detail and often stated like hard and cold facts. It is almost as if they are still trying to maintain a reputation as a respectable channel of learning.

In actuality, shows like Ancient Aliens are coming to define the History Channel as part of a well established and drunken trend in their programming schedule. Thus, the History Channel has tried to treat shows like Ancient Aliens the same way that communist China tried to treat the more capitalistic Hong Kong. Yes, allowing it to exist has proved profitable, but in both cases the thinking and reputation of the smaller entity has influenced the attitudes and trends of the larger one. In fact, the more you look at the 8 season run of this show, the more you realize how far the History Channel has been allowed the to stray from the beaten path in all that time. In fact, the channel once so dedicated to historical accuracy and documentaries, seem to have left what trail they had been following many years ago and are now deep in the woods digging for sasquatch bones with hillbilly prospectors.

Even the show itself has gone progressively further off the deep end. Where as, earlier episodes tackled the sort of standard subject matter you might expect, (the pyramids, Bermuda Triangle, mythology, etc) later episodes seem to take pleasure in making correlations between aliens and almost anything you can think of, including -and we are not kidding- the old west, zombies, the Revolutionary War, dinosaurs, bigfoot, superheroes, and Da Vinci. In fact, it is sometimes hard to wonder if the writers just have a dart board with random words on it that they use to decide episodes. “Let’s see, today we will make it on Aliens and… *thunk*… the Colonel’s secret recipe.”

All of this really only serves to drag the name of the History Channel further through the mud that in the opinion of ancient astronaut theorists, was probably created when water from Mars mixed with meteor fragments left behind on the boots of visitors from the Orion’s belt. Hey, as long as it turns a profit. Yet, our biggest qualm with the show is not really about the defacing of the History Channel name, as they have been doing that to themselves for years with shows like Doomsday Prophecies, Nostradamus Decoded, and Nostradamus Decodes the Doomsday Prophecies.

We’re Not Saying It’s Bad…
But what really irritates us here at The NYRD is that the show basically gives all the credit for almost any historical human accomplishment to visitors from outer space. By claiming all our history’s marvels, mythology, and technological innovations are a direct result of alien contact we believe that you devalue the human race as a whole. In order to take the show at face value, we are forced to approach it with the understanding that humanity has accomplished nothing on its own except maybe the invention of Facebook, but for all we know there may be an episode on aliens and social media coming out this season. We might, and that’s a big might, be able to entertain that maybe humans had some kind of help -whether it be alien, divine, or otherwise- along the way. However, we need to start giving ourselves a little more credit. Humanity is capable of so much beauty, courage, wonder, and innovation. We have an unlimited potential and that should never be undervalued, especially by a TV channel who is supposed to be teaching us about our past and the tragedies and triumphs that lay within in it.

Yet, with that said, there are a lot of times where we find ourselves taking at least a little inspiration in some of the things presented in the show, if only for its fantastical take on events. As writers and artists, the program should be used as a jumping off point. It is a way to thinking about how history could have unfolded differently. There are a lot of unsolved mysteries out there and it is always good to think outside the box and look at the world from different view points. There is nothing wrong with thinking critically about established dogma. It was Aristotle who said that, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Not to be outdone, it was Gorgio A. Tsoukalos who probably said, “When I think of Aristotle as this really smart guy I have to wonder if that’s because he learned a lot or because maybe he was enhanced by beinga from another world. I’m not saying it was aliens… but…”

The truth is out there, and that truth is that the X-Files returns to Fox this January. The continuing adventures of Mulder and Scully will debut after the network’s coverage of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24. Check out the teaser trailer below and, be warned, it is a teaser. It lasts a whole 15 seconds, but at the end when you see the logo come up and that familiar music start to play, just tell us that you can’t help but feel those old familiar goosebumps ride up your neck.

Both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are still looking hot. With this new show produced by none other than X-Files creator, Chris Carter, we are hoping for great things. Some people will claim this is only another ploy to play off our nostalgia, but even if it is, that does not mean we do not have high hopes. X-Files was the precursor to the type of high quality episodic storytelling that is so common on TV today. It is only fitting that the show comes back to reclaim the title.

In preparation for the shows return, we at The NYRD will be binge watching all of Entertainment Weekly’s recommended 10 essential episodes that every super-fan needs to rewatch before January.

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The Big Bounce is a theory in cosmology that one day the force of dark energy will weaken, the universe will collapse in on itself, and then a new universe will be born from another Big Bang. Then depending on what scientists you talk to, the history of the universe might repeat itself, over and over again, a recurring and inevitable cycle, always involving a Big Bang Theory, which is depressing, because that is a terrible show.

Much like the actually Big Bang, the show is full of so much promise and yet it is also a time where the normal laws of the universe tend to break down. For instance, what modern and successful sitcom still uses a laugh track? It worked for the Fonz and Raymond and even Jerry, but by most standards of modern humor and TV culture it’s outdated. Then again, that is fitting if you consider most of the show’s humor and its views on its supposed audience.

Hey Look… Nerds!
If you associate yourself as a modern nerd or geek, chances are you have been asked the question, “Do you watch The Big Bang Theory?” it is a question most usually followed by the statement, “You would love that show.” The truth is: no, you really would not. The Big Bang Theory is not a show about nerds for nerds. It is a minstrel show about nerds for older people who do not really understand why their son still reads comics, or why he spends so much time playing those video games. The distinction is small, but noticeable and a little insulting.

To begin, we need to start by examining where the show’s core humor comes from, and the answer to that is from the characters themselves. Sheldon is socially awkward, obnoxious, and a complete know it all. Raj has a crippling ability to speak with women. Howard lives at home with his mother in his childhood room, and Leonard who often plays the straight-man is terrible at relationships. Each represents a glaring and early 90’s style nerd stereotype. It would not be unreasonable to have Steve Urkel or Screech to come walking through the door, as they seem to inhabit that same ham-fisted world.

A lot of the humor comes from making fun of the main characters for what they love. Penny, who is the somewhat vapid, underemployed, and the non-nerdy next door neighbor, is often associated as the audience’s “in.” When the boys try getting tickets to Comic Con, it’s Penny who asks for clarification for the audience, and then spends five minutes making fun of them for going to SDCC all while the laugh track rolls in the background. In another episode, when the girls of the show go to a comic store to try and find a comic they may like to read, the show treats all the other men in the store like scared rabbits running from a pack of bears, because women in a comic book store, that’s unheard of, and the laugh track rolls.

Dungeons and Dragged Out Jokes
The best example comes from when the boys play Dungeons and Dragons while their significant others are off to Vegas for the weekend. In, what is supposed to be a comical juxtaposition, the girls talk about their free-wheeling “normal” weekend in Sin City, the boys talk about playing D&D. The premise is to compare the joys of rolling a twenty-sided die with your friends to sitting by the pool in Vegas. The laugh track rolls significantly more while the boys talk D&D because we are meant to accept that what the girls are doing is fun and regular, while the boys activity is weird and crazy, because who would want to spend a perfectly good weekend playing an imaginative and exciting game with their best friends?

This is even highlighted more if you compare the way The Big Bang Theory handles the playing of Dungeons and Dragons compared to that of a show like Community. In the two Community episodes that have dealt with D&D, the game itself is not considered the source of humor, instead it is the weird and crazy antics that their characters get into while playing the game. Even the usually “too cool” Jeff Winger is sucked into playing and the audience accepts the premise of D&D as something close to ordinary. Those two episodes are even more amazing because the audience forgets that they are basically spending twenty-five minutes looking at the same people in the same couple of rooms. Instead, it is the story they tell what winds up taking over the actions of the show.

Big Bang is not a show for nerds and geeks. It treats that demographic the same way they have been treated since Potsie became the butt of every joke on Happy Days. Is every nerd socially savvy, no, but neither are they all socially awkward. Not everyone who reads comics lives with their parents. Not everyone who is a fan of Star Wars has a problem talking with women.

The real truth is that the show represents outdated stereotypes that are actually insulting and detrimental to real nerds and geeks. Games like D&D and Settlers of Catan are not subjects for ridicule and laugh tracks. San Diego Comic Con is one of the largest events of the year, attended by major celebrities, studios, entertainment giants, and plenty of people who do not need to use asthma inhalers when they see boobs. Lastly, women can be just as big of geeks as men. They are not out of place in comic book shops or at conventions, nor are they something that would send most nerds into nervous fits. Nerd culture is not a singular gender-based culture, and of all the stereotypes that The Big Bang Theory perpetrates, that is perhaps one of the most dangerous.

The Big Bang Theory should be retitled to the The Big Bounce Theory because like the Big Bounce it is nothing we haven’t seen before. This show is an empty promise of the same kind of canned-laughter-stereotyping of the geek community, played out over and over again. It is simply a repackaged sitcom that revels in the alienation of geeks, while still trying to market to them in the worst type of nerdploitation out there. It is a show that hopes to capitalize on the rise of nerd culture while tirelessly sticking to the tried and true sitcom method of anyone who is different is funny and worthy of ridicule. Even the majority of the cast seems as if they have been recycled from former sitcoms, such as Rosanne.

We have seen it all before. Even discounting the inclusion of some real-life awesome nerds, like Whil Wheton, Simon Helberg, and real-life neuro-blossomist, Mayam Bialik, the show is irredeemable. Unfortunately, it seems that we will just have to wait till entropy sets in and the show can no longer sustain its own energy and ends in state of Heat Death, where everything simmers down to a temperature and where nothing works anymore, including the laugh track.