- Father is former professional bowler Billy Hardwick.
- Named after sports broadcaster Chris Schenkel.
- Was a member of the chess and Latin clubs in high school.
- Roomed with actor Wil Wheaton in college.
- Started at UCLA as a math major, but then switched to art and finally philosophy.
- One-half of the music-and-comedy duo Hard 'N' Phirm, with Mike Phirman. They were winners of UCLA's prestigious Spring Sing competition in 1995.
- Runs a multimedia company called Nerdist Industries and has written a self-help book called The Nerdist Way.