To the already superhuman list of things Jon Hamm can do — win Golden Globes, kill on SNL, pour a mean drink, fill out a suit like its nobody’s business, etc. — we have a new addition: The Mad Men star can effortlessly bowl a perfect strike. Need proof? Check out this exclusive video clip from Chris Hardwick’s All Star Bowling, a new show on YouTube’s The Nerdist Channel. (Note: The clip has some NSFW trash talk. And be sure to watch the show’s cool Mad Men-style promo afterward by clicking on the second video in the playlist below.)
Each week, alpha nerd Chris Hardwick — you might know him from MTV’s Singled Out or The Nerdist Podcast — and a few of his geek buddies hit the lanes with celebrities to bowl for charity. In this episode (which will be available on the site Monday at 10:30 a.m. EST), Hardwick’s team includes “Weird Al” Yankovic, while the opposing team is a squad of mad men, notably Hamm and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. Hamm is sporting a cabbie hat and a beard in that way that celebrities sometimes do to prove that they can look casual and relaxed and yet still better than normal humans. He lines up, throws the ball, and knocks down all 10 pins for his team — which you could read as a metaphor for what he does on Mad Men if you’re inclined to read metaphors into things. Otherwise, the lesson is simple: Jon Hamm is an awesome bowler.
Future episodes of All Star Bowling will have teams from shows like The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. And The Nerdist Channel has a promising lineup of fresh programming, including Hero Complex with Geoff Boucher (in which the fanboy extraordinaire will chat with the likes of Ridley Scott, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg), the interview series Face to Face w/ “Weird Al” Yankovic, Harry Knowles’ Ain’t It Cool News, and as-yet-untitled shows with Neil Patrick Harris and Rob Zombie. Wonder if either of those two could take Hamm in a bowl-off…