Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton on the Next Generation of Comedy, Wearable Technology—and Beer

July 1, 2014 

Wil Wheaton (@wilw) has been a television staple for well over two decades. From his iconic turn as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation to his self-parodying guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory, we’ve seen Wil grow up while also gaining an infinite supply of geek cred. Wil’s latest show,The Wil Wheaton Project on Syfy (@Syfy) presents viewers with his take on the hottest topics in sci-fi, pop culture, and video games. Wil spoke with DIRECTV about the series, his strong dislike for wearable tech, and whether or not he was able to impress a certain starship captain.

We’re loving The Wil Wheaton Project on Syfy. It’s geek-friendly but pretty much anybody will laugh throughout every episode. Our first question is, where did you get that swank skull-and-crossbones tie you wore on the first episode?

I crashed a punk rock funeral and took it off the corpse. Some of the mourners considered stopping me, but they were conflicted, because it was such a punk rock thing to do. I used their hesitation to my advantage, so now I have a sweet tie.

In preparing for this interview we watched an old Star Trek: The Next Generation interview where you said you really wanted to impress Patrick Stewart. Did you ever achieve this? Because that would be awesome.

Yeah. A few years ago, I told him that I always regretted not being closer to the adults in the cast because I was a kid when we were working together. He embraced me and told me that he never thought of me as a kid. He said that he always thought of me as a peer, and enjoyed working with me.

How do you feel about wearable technology, at least in its current form?

I find it pretty obnoxious.

Do you think Google Glass users will overcome their less than stellar reputation?

I hope not. I would like Google Glass to die and never come back.

One of the strange things about geek culture is that it has a mixed approach to gender equality. Women seem to be accepted in comics and cosplay but female gamers are often marginalized. How many games of Titanfall have to be dominated by women before this changes?

It’s not about how well a woman plays in a game. It’s about men (and video game publishers) accepting the reality that women play video games.

In 2013, you created your own beer, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, with a staggering 13% ABV. When are we getting w00tstout 2.0, and what’s changing? Will we be able to pair it with pizza? Please?

W00tstout 2.0 will be released at Hop-Con, the week of San Diego Comic-Con. It’s very similar to last year’s release with a little more chocolate and a lot more barrel aging. You can drink it with pizza but don’t be surprised if you rapidly lose interest in the pizza.

The Wil Wheaton Project airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Syfy (Ch. 244). Starting July 22, catch the show at 10/9c.

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