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'The Big Bang Theory' has real-life celebrity nerd do a cameo.

Summary: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is the latest celebrity nerd to appear on the show

Image Credit: Courtesy of Ben Bernanke

Washington Post

The Big Bang Theory became one of the most popular sitcoms in America by making the awkward, antisocial world of two physicists appealing even to people (i.e., most of us) who can't understand Sheldon's white board. But the show seems to have a special resonance with real-life nerds.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak appeared on the show in 2010. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been featured in two episodes. Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk was on this fall joking about travel to Mars.

Now, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is the latest celebrity nerd to get a cameo on the show.

To be sure, his appearance is brief. The moment came in this season's episode 16, Positive Negative Reaction. (Spoiler alert!) In it, Howard learns his wife is pregnant and is overwhelmed by the news. So he and the guys head to a tiki bar for fruity drinks with tiny umbrellas. Sheldon slurps down a few too many, then stumbles off toward the bathroom -- and along the way waves to a woman and a nondescript man with a beard.

Except it's that beard. Bernanke's beard.

Bernanke was a latecomer to the series, first watching it on an aeroplane, then binging until he and his wife, Anna, were caught up. Though he's not a scientist, he has ample nerd cred, including a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bernanke said he jokingly told his agent, who handles his speaking engagements, that other nerds have appeared on The Big Bang Theory. "Why not him?"

"And, by George, they said they'd be delighted to have me and my wife, Anna, out there," Bernanke said.

Neither of them has any lines,

Bernanke was required to join the Screen Actors Guild for his brief appearance on the show. For their labours, he and his wife each received a check of $69 (Dh253.38). But Bernanke said he hasn't cashed it yet. The check has The Big Bang Theory written on it, and to him, that makes it worth far more than the face value.

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Date:Mar 2, 2016
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