“‘Nerd’ now is like someone discovering your favorite band. I was a nerd when nerd was nerd. OK? Alright? There was no reward. No one catered to us. We weren’t a demographic. We were a punching bag and a punch line. There was a movie called ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ because the nerds needed revenge because of all of the things that were happening to them. That’s a cultural artifact that people need to understand. ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ is proof that nerding has changed.”

– Stephen Colbert, talking about how he was a nerd before it was cool, Time, August 13, 2015