On this day in 1970, in a hospital most likely decorated with too many paper hearts, one of Britain’s most valuable nerds was born. You probably know him from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz–maybe you saw him play Scotty in Star Trek and are eager to see him reprise the role in Star Trek: Into Darkness (incidentally, as someone who went to school with the founder of Portland’s Trek in the Park, who now plays Captain Kirk regularly throughout the summer season, I know how excited one can get about playing such a classic role, and I wonder how many times Simon Pegg jumped up and down when he landed that part, and also how loudly he squealed). Maybe you don’t know who the heck I’m talking about, or vaguely remember him from that cheesy flick he did with Kirsten Dunst and Megan Fox, or the one where he ran in really small shorts. Either way, it’s his birthday, and I thought we should celebrate that. We should celebrate him, and how better to do that than to go back to his beginnings, when he co-wrote and starred in the amazing cult sitcom, Spaced. I like to imagine his character, Tim Bisley, is a lot like the real Simon, and there’s a lot about Tim Bisley to love.
And also this (though it has very little to do with him…):