Think You’re A King Of The Nerds? Here’s A Show You Can Apply To

by Elizabeth Howell on June 3, 2014

King of the Nerds promotional poster. Credit: TBS/Facebook

King of the Nerds promotional poster. Credit: TBS/Facebook

So you know the difference between a bat’leth and a Batmobile, or you can win any board game you get your hands on, or you can easily rhyme off 20 alien species who were in Star Wars. And whatever your nerd or geek cred skills, you’re interested in competition — in showing off what you can do and becoming the best among friends.

If this sounds like attributes similar to what you have, there’s a T.V. show out there for you. It’s called King of the Nerds and it’s casting its third season.

I had the pleasure of watching the last season closely because my former classmate at the University of North Dakota, Kayla LaFrance, participated and won!

I saw a range of colorful competitions, such as playing a modified game of Quidditch or racing go-karts around a darkened track. There were celebrity judges and appearances; as a Star Trek fan, my personal favourite was George Takei (Sulu on the original series). And there were also a disorienting set of skills among the competitors, who had knowledge of anything from space to languages to engineering to even debating skills.

While participating appears to be its own reward, the prize for the winner is a cool $100,000. If this perks your interest, the producers say that applicants should e-mail kingofthenerdscasting@gmail.com to apply, including your name, phone number, and a brief summary of why you should be on King of the Nerds.

Eligibility is limited to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older, according to the Facebook page. There are eight episodes ordered for TBS and the show will air in early 2015.

(And by the way, Kayla has no idea I’m writing this article. It’ll be a surprise to her.)

About 

Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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