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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

King of the Nerds Is Looking for Bay Area Geeks

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 7:50 AM

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When television producers say they're looking for the biggest nerds out there for a new reality show, it's hard to tell whether it's one of those laughing-with-you or laughing-at-you situations.

But it sounds like the people behind King of the Nerds mean no disrespect by the nerds they hope will audition for their show. 

"While King of the Nerds will be exciting and fun, with unique challenges geared toward specific 'nerd' cultures, what it definitely will NOT be is a show that pokes fun at today's nerds and geeks," casting producer Erin-lee Adamson explained in an e-mail. "We are here to reclaim, reinvent and re-define the word 'NERD' to reflect the REAL nerd of today ... the ASCENDANT NERD that is taking over the world!!"

So, for those adult nerds out there who are proud of their Silicon Valley style and razor scooters, you can thank us later when you rise to stardom and are able to afford all the holographic trading cards you ever wanted. 

The nationwide casting call for King of the Nerds says the show was created by the producers of Survivor, The Amazing Race, and MythBusters, who together comprise a company called Five By Five Media.

"Imagine a bunch of geeky and nerdy people living in a house together," said Lexi Shoemaker, the show's casting director. "They'll have crazy challenges based on whatever their specialties are."

To drive the theme home, the show will be hosted by 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds stars Robert Carradine ("Lewis") and Curtis Armstrong ("Booger").

So the question you are probably asking right about now: Am I a nerd? Well, we can't answer that for you, but what we can tell you what kind of world-dominating nerd King of the Nerds is looking for. Think Harry Potter and Star Trek meets robots, gaming, toys, math, and "the digits of pi" -- those kind of people. You can view the full list of requirements here.

Shoemaker told SF Weekly that she hasn't found any geeks to represent San Francisco just yet, which surprises us, considering we were recently voted one of the geekiest cities in the nation.

"We have to get on that," she said. "You guys are the dot.com area, right?"

That's right, and the gaming Mecca.

We didn't ask Shoemaker what table she sat at in high school, so we can't verify her nerd knowledge. But if you think you have what it takes, or if you prefer Scrabble to girls, casting wraps up in two weeks. If you're between the ages of 21-30, follow the application directions, and capitalize on your nerdiness.

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