Behind the CCP: Hard ‘N Phirm

Comedy Central Presents rolls out two more new half-hour specials tonight, starting with Hard ‘N Phirm, the musical comedy duo of Chris Hardwick and Mike Phirman. Certainly, more than a few of you will see these guys onstage, look at Hardwick and think to yourselves, "Hey, wasn’t that guy on MTV’s Singled Out, that dating show from the 1990s with Jenny McCarthy?" Why, yes. Yes he was. Turns out some people have more than one talent. And Hardwick is one of those some peoples. I met Hard ‘N Phirm a couple of years ago at a national NACA conference and found them both to be charming, friendly and funny. If you haven’t heard them before, you’re likely to come to a similar assessment after watching their CCP tonight.

At the taping in August, they had some funny audience interactions during their opening song, and their set list included such chestnuts as "Anything" and "Pi"! There was a birthday song, the sappiest love song ever, def poetry spam, a Schoolhouse Rock-style song, that essential ode to patriotism, "American Dinosaurs," and someone got a memo to the crowd to spread that patriotism wide and proud. Which of these bits will make it into the half-hour once you throw in ads? Tune in tonight. In the meantime, here is a brief interview with the guys to get to know them better.

Related: Become their MySpace friends.

After the jump, another clip from their CCP (actually, the opening few minutes)…

Sean L. McCarthy

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