Following on the heels of a real-life genius, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who took on the Hot Ones challenge, Thomas Middleditch – who portrays the intelligent but often battered Richard Hendricks on Silicon Valley – is the latest to put his tastebuds in jeopardy.

Touching on an array of topics — like what real tech people think of his show, his love of video games, getting his pilot’s license, Canadian snack foods and his infamous scene in The Wolf of Wall Street— Middleditch also brings with him a new and inventive way to stifle the burn: dabbing a napkin dipped in milk on his nostrils.

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