The Giz Wiz

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The Giz Wiz is a weekly gadget show hosted by Dick DeBartolo and Chad Johnson (originally co-hosted by Leo Laporte). Each episode is recorded live every Wednesday at 5:00pm Pacific. Originally it was a daily show and each episode was recorded on Tuesday and released throughout the week and was called the Daily Giz Wiz. Later the show was changed to a weekly format and renamed the Weekly Daily Giz Wiz and recorded on Saturday. In July 2012 the show was moved back to Tuesday and was renamed "The Giz Wiz". In January 2014, Chad Johnson took over for Leo Laporte as co-host. Leo's last regular episode was on December 31, 2013. After April 2015, the show left TWiT and went independent. The final TWiT episode was on April 30, 2015 with Leo doing one last hosting appearance.

The first episode (Docupen) was released on 20 February 2006.

Themes and jingles

The show has several jingles and songs it uses to indicate different sections or events, including (first aired in brackets):

The current theme for The Giz Wiz can be downloaded here.

Listeners' Favorite Episodes 2009

There is no TWiT show with more episodes than The Daily Giz Wiz. In January 2009 the Giz Wiz Search site held a voting for listeners' favorite episodes. After counting all 666 votes the results were published:

  1. UroClub (episode 598)
  2. Toothpick Bird (episode 282)
  3. Titanium Spork (episode 182)
  4. Zelco PurseGuard Ultra (episode 406)
  5. A Tribute to William M. Gaines (episode 76)
  6. Vat19's Talking Photo Album (episode 463)
  7. Keybuoy (episode 149)
  8. A Visit To The Gadget Warehouse (episode 246)
  9. GFX-100 Indoor Dish Antenna (episode 670)
  10. Cruzin' Cooler (episode 101)

Downloading old episodes

To download a specific archival episode one can find it using the search tool and then download it manually. For automatic download there is a special unofficial "Download Old Shows" podcast feed containing every single episode ever released. After subscribing to it in a podcast client one can choose episodes for download, or use the "get all" option to automatically download all episodes.


There are a number of long running jokes associated with the Daily Giz Wiz which Dick and Leo frequently refer to during the podcast. These jokes include:

  • The Spork, Leo's 'gadget' for Turn the Table Tuesday in episode 182.
  • The Toothpick Bird, another awful Turn the Table Tuesday gadget from episode 282.


Daily Giz Wiz episode length over time

As of December 30th, 2009 (based on statistics page):

  • If one listened to all the Daily Giz Wiz episodes one after another it would take 11 days, 7 hours, 14 minutes, and 16 seconds.
  • Average length of the Daily Giz Wiz episode is 16 minutes and 23 seconds.
  • Episode 967 "Verizon's Droid" from November 2009 is the longest episode ever recorded. It's over 36 minutes.
  • Episode 36 "Logitech Wireless Headphones" from April 2006 is the shortest episode ever recorded. It's only 5 minutes and 3 seconds.



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