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Nerds are hav­ing their mo­ment. Ac­cord­ing to Sil­i­con Val­ley ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and exSe­in­feld alum Alec Berg, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine a re­nais­sance man as the pro­tag­o­nist of a mod­ern com­edy.

To work, there needs to be some­thing awk­wardly like­able about to­day’s comedic front­men. En­ter the nerdy team try­ing to make it big on the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar tech scene in HBO’s Sil­i­con Val­ley.

“I def­i­nitely think it’s cycli­cal and it will swing back,” says Berg, of the un­usual heroes.

“I re­mem­ber when I was a kid, Smokey and the Ban­dit came out and it was like, oh Burt Reynolds was a big com­edy star — but now the idea of the good­look­ing guy who gets the girl be­ing the cen­tre of a com­edy seems weird.”

Berg says part of the ap­peal of Sil­i­con Val­ley, which is in its third sea­son, is the au­di­ence cheers on the team of out­siders — pro­gram­mer pro­tag­o­nists try­ing to play in the fast-paced high-fi­nance world of tech de­vel­op­ment.

He also sees the show’s con­tent as a prod­uct of its time.

“Al­most ev­ery hu­man on earth has a smart phone … peo­ple are aware of how the sausage is made and peo­ple are in­ter­ested,” he says.


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