Perhaps it was just a matter of time…or rather space-time.
From his recent stint as presenter on the critically acclaimed Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which was produced by Seth MacFarlane (Ted, Family Guy), Ann Druyan (widow of Carl Sagan, creator of the original Cosmos) and Brannon Braga (Star Trek), to his guest appearances on the Big Bang Theory, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Joe Rogan Experience (this link is for mature audiences), Astrophysicist, author, meme generator and defender of science education, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, has slowly built up his brand throughout the years, successfully existing in both the science and pop culture universes.
“If Thor’s hammer is made of neutron-star matter, implied by legend, then it weighs as much as a herd of 300-billion elephants.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson via Twitter on February 5, 2013
Neil deGrasse Tyson at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.
Photos by Aaron Nabus.
In episode 310 of his podcast, Joe Rogan says to Dr. Tyson, “You are very important, I don’t know if you know how important…like the cool guy scientist is.”
Tyson replies, “I have evidence of how important that is. I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve gotten (or like tweets). Say there is a guy that is seriously geeked and his girlfriend is not interested in him…what he does is show her videos of me celebrating the universe and then she says ‘Oh, is that what you do?’ and then they resurrect their relationship because she then sees the potential of what the guy can do.”
Tyson, will get even more chances to celebrate the universe since he has been tapped to host National Geographic Channel’s first ever late night talk show, Star Talk – which will be based on Tyson’s popular podcast of the same name and will attempt to further bridge the gap between pop culture and science by bringing celebrities, comedians and scientists on to discuss the latest developments across the universe. Or is it multiverse? We’ll have to wait and find out.
Star Talk is set to premiere April 2015 and will be taped in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City, where Tyson serves as director. Details for the show are still being determined, but according to some sources, Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” will get a regular one minute “rant” on each episode.
The Hollywood Reporter:
Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets a Late-Night Nat Geo Talk Show