Case in point: Jason Segel’s Dracula puppet, which he’s still using to sing “Dracula’s Lament” from his actual real Dracula puppet musical, featured in his movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall (a fine flick, if you haven’t seen it). Even when a Dracula puppet sings about love, it’s still far cooler than anything from Twilight. I just love this, and not just because it’s a great song; I love that Segel wrote a Dracula puppet musical — without any sense of irony, as he himself put it — and still loves the idea so much he’s singing it on The Craig Ferguson show years later. The man is dead serious about his insane Dracula puppet musical idea; he’s really not going to stop until he gets to perform it on Broadway. That’s… that’s a true nerd, my friends. I’m so glad he’s working on the new Muppets movie.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.