PopWatch Duel: Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons vs. Simon Helberg

Bigbangtheory_lIn honor of The Big Bang Theory‘s return tonight with the first of nine new episodes, in a new timeslot (Mondays, 8 p.m. ET, CBS), we present the return of PopWatch Duel. We asked costars Jim Parsons (Sheldon, pictured left) and Simon Helberg (Wolowitz, right) to each list The Five Geekiest Pieces of Pop Culture I Own. You decide who’s the bigger geek — a term of great affection on this blog — by casting a vote in the comments section below. Their responses…

Jim Parsons:

I’m not entirely sure what makes something geeky (beyond a pocket protector or some such nonsense). I am not entirely sure what constitutes pop culture, either. Or maybe I am. Without further excuses, I allow my very personal list to speak for itself.

1. I submit as geeky item number one my AM/FM portable radio. I do not know if this item, in and of itself, necessarily says “geek,” but I believe the life I share with this radio is rather geeky. I purchased this Sony item at a Best Buy a little over a year ago and it has been attached to my hip (via my belt) most waking hours since (when I’m not working). I jog a lot and I just walk around a lot and it’s always with me. I also tend to clean my house a lot and, here too, I wear the radio and keep it on. Always talk radio. Never music. Typically a political bent to the talk, but sometimes straight up news. I THINK that’s geeky…?  Perhaps just odd.

2. Is horticulture geeky, per se? I have a planter I purchased at Target that included seeds and mulch to grow the ingredients to make your own salsa. I have not a clue as to when to plan the party where I will serve said salsa (how long do jalapeños take to grow, after all?), but I have started the process, and you will be thrilled to know that the first sprouts have sprung.

3. Though technically in storage at my mom’s house, I own most, if not all, of the Star Wars figurines and space ships, land cruisers, etc. created up through Jedi. The figures are stored in a carrying case that is in the shape of Darth Vader’s head and while I don’t think these are particularly unique geeky things to own, my figures are special: all of their feet have been gnawed at by the next door neighbor’s dog. He was older than me (the neighbor, not the dog) and he also collected the Star Wars goods and when we would play with them together (what the hell were we playing, anyway?) he would surreptitiously switch ours out. So I guess he’s got a geeky collection of his own in pristine condition somewhere. Ass.

4. I own several dictionaries, pronouncing dictionaries and now, as an occupational hazard, I guess, even a “physics dictionary.” I love words. I love their different meanings and (thank God) I love to memorize them. I guess you could say I “geek out” on them.

5. All the Harry Potter books. All of ‘em. Again, not a unique thing to have on your book shelf and this time I don’t even have an anecdote of something unique I’ve done with them or that happened to them. I just read them, like a normal human being, and loved every minute of the experience. Book 4 was my favorite and I cried like a baby towards the end of it. Geeky reading material: $24.95; Still awaiting your personal invitation to attend Hogwarts: Priceless. And psychotic.

Simon Helberg:

1. Tucked away in my childhood desk, I have many a New Kids on the Block centerfold from Teen Beat magazine and such. I was a much younger, scarier person when I ripped these pictures out (sometimes even from magazines that I didn’t buy). It’s a miracle I survived.

2. I own a fart CD. It has, I believe, over 100 fart sounds. A lovely variety, from the up-close and personal to the more experimental and dissonant. Some people prefer to listen to Bach when they go to sleep… not me.

3. I own Superman pajamas. They’re an extra large in a kids size. I got them a couple years ago for nostalgic reasons. But now anytime I wear a suit, I have to have them underneath. You just never know.

4. I still have a guitar pick that I caught at a Nelson concert when I was about eight. I’ve recently learned that Nelson did not consist of two hot blonde chicks. That puts a weird damper on that part of my childhood.

5. Tucked away in the aforementioned childhood desk, is my old ducktail. In a plastic bag. Still braided. About eight inches in length. Again, a miracle that I survived.

Okay, who wins the duel? Jim Parsons or Simon Helberg? Vote now!

Comments (44 total) Add your comment
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  • Eva

    HiLARious. I want to hear more!

  • Eva

    This is like Sophie’s Choice! Okay, not really, but it’s still hard to choose a winner. They’re both so funny and aDORKable. I’m going with Jim, mainly because of the “Ass.” line.

  • daisyj

    Fart CD for the win! Simon takes it.

  • Can’t wait for new episodes…

    I think that Simon wins hands down.

  • jen

    the explanations by Jim makes him more of a geek, not necessarily the items, although they are geeky i suppose

  • sari

    oh my gosh I want to marry Jim Parsons. SOOOOOOOO pretty.

  • Sheldon Forever

    Hmm… I believe that, according to the laws of physics {:)}, it would be a draw. However, I’d say that Wolowitz is creepier… ducktail? Ick. Plus, I’m giving Jim several galleons for being a Potterphile like myself.

  • Cara

    Both pass the geek test with flying colors, but I’m going to throw my vote behind Jim Parsons. Horticulture + Star Wars figurines = super double mega geek.

  • E.P. Sato

    I’d choose Simon because of the CD and the Superman Pajamas.
    Jim loses a point for claiming star wars figures that aren’t a possession. He’d need to have these figures on display in his apartment for them to count. The figures in his mom’s basement don’t count unless he still lives with his mom.

  • Elizabeth

    My vote is for Jim: Simon’s NKOTB & Nelson items were weird, but not geeky. (I know girls who have those collected, but not guys.)

  • Dana

    Jim Parsons ( I love him ) Simon is just weird not so much geeky just a bit odd I’d say. So glad The Big Bang Theory is back it is so funny! Jim’s character is my favorite on the show.

  • FabK

    My vote goes for Jim Parsons based on his explanations. That’s true geek speak. Simon..hmmm…I would say he’s a little more freaky than geeky (and not in the Freaks and Geeks way – just plain freaky!)

  • Shirley

    Jim Parson-Geek
    Simon Helberg-Freak

  • monica

    i don’t know. it’s a tough one. Star Wars figurines vs. Superman pajamas. At first I thought Simon was just weird, but then he topped it off with the pjs, so I’m going to have to go with him. Besides, on the show, his pick up lines are very geeky.

  • sarah

    I think it’s awesome that they shared such personal tales of geekery! Now I love them both! HILARIOUS!!
    Can’t wait to see the show tonight!!

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