REVENGE OF THE NERDS
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.
SILICON VALLEY, THE COMEDY CHANNEL, TUESDAY, 9PM