Thursday, February 19, 2009
Nerd Man of the Month: Stephen Fry
It was a close race but Stephen Fry edged out Greg Grunberg and the men of Top Gear to seize the coveted title of The Park Bench's Nerd Man of the Month. The King of Twitter earns this prestigious (hey, stop laughing) prize for several reasons:
* He's very, very funny. And he's been that way for a very long time. Twenty years ago, I was a big nerdy Fry and Laurie fan and still giggle with foolish pleasure at their absurd and brilliant sketches even when they make me think, "Oh God, that's horrible," as in the case of the sketch below.
* He played Jeeves. And no respectable literary nerd has anything but the deepest love and affection for Jeeves and all who have embodied him.
* He knows his gadgets. The man knows more about gadgets and the gadgets that run the gadgets and the people who make the gadgets that run the other gadgets than almost any other normal human being. Certainly more than any other normal human being who's ever played Jeeves.
* He can break entire websites with one mighty Tweet from his Twitterific quiver. Seriously, the man has roughly 7 million followers and manages to entertain each and every one of us pretty much all day long. He's jovial, informative, kindly, appropriately cranky at times and just damn well entertaining.
* He's on "Bones." And we lady geeks love the "Bones" with the science and the Boreanaz.
* He's a novelist. Stephen Fry is a wonderful writer. His first novel, The Liar, has held a cherished place on my book shelf for years. He's written three more since then in between all the other spiffy stuff he's done including traveling to all 50 U.S. states for the BBC.
I could go on and on so let's just summarize here and declare Stephen Fry to be a stellar individual more than worthy of our humble Nerd Man honors. Plus he's very tall and signs his tweets with little x's. Seriously, what's not to love?