@midnight

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@midnight with Chris Hardwick
@midnight logo.png
Also known as @midnight
Genre Improvisational comedy
Created by
Directed by Ron de Moraes (2013)
Michael Dimich (2013–17)
Presented by Chris Hardwick
Theme music composer Mike Farrell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 600[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Hollywood Center Studios
Editor(s) Clark Burnett
Asaf Eisenberg
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) – August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)
External links
Website www.comedycentral.com/shows/-midnight

@midnight with Chris Hardwick (shortened to and formerly exclusively titled @midnight) is an American late night Internet-based panel game show hosted by Chris Hardwick,[2] that aired Monday through Thursday nights between October 21, 2013 and August 4, 2017 on Comedy Central. @midnight with Chris Hardwick premiered on October 21, 2013.[3][4] It was syndicated internationally in Australia on SBS2 and The Comedy Channel, in the United Kingdom on Comedy Central Extra, and in Canada formerly on MuchMusic and later on The Comedy Network.

@midnight received a nomination for Outstanding Interactive Program at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.[5] It received a nomination and win for Outstanding Social TV Experience at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.[6]

On July 18, 2017, Comedy Central, Chris Hardwick, and Funny or Die mutually agreed to end @midnight with Chris Hardwick,[7] the final episode, the 600th, aired on August 4, 2017.[8]

Format[edit]

Three guests compete in a series of Internet-themed improv games. "Rapid Refresh" is a game where contestants craft a funny response or choose an answer based on an Internet meme or trending news headline. On Thursdays during the run-up to the 2016 presidential primaries, this round was alternately referred to as "Panderdome" and focused on the candidates' gaffes and antics.[9] Other games run daily include "Hashtag Wars" in which contestants buzz in with a phrase based on the given hashtag theme, and where fans can submit their own tweets which may show up in the game,[10] and "Live Challenges" where the contestants write their answers over the commercial break. Hardwick would shout "Points!" and given the contestants arbitrary amounts.[10]

Towards the end of the game, the third-place contestant is eliminated, the scores are wiped with a gesture, and the remaining two contestants play the final round called "FTW (For The Win)"[11] Hardwick would read a question and the contestants would write down a response, the responses would then be read back anonymously and the winner would be decided by one whose response generates the most laughter/applause from the studio audience. The winner "wins the Internet for the next 23.5 hours".[11] Comedian Brian Posehn was the final winner, with the response "We're all going to get laid!"

Recurring games[edit]

  • Audio Quiz: The panelists must identify the source of a sound from a list of possibilities.
  • Confession Bear: Chris gives the panel partial confessions from Reddit that use the Confession Bear meme, and the panelists must complete them.
  • Cringe-Worthy: Based on the popular Reddit forum of the same name, the panelists come up with three-word phrases to make Chris cringe.
  • Defriend Me: The panelists create Facebook statuses that would lead to Chris removing them as friends.
  • eBay Price Is Right: The panelists attempt to guess the "buy it now" price of strange items for sale on eBay The Price Is Right style.
  • Etsy Pitchmen: The panelists write taglines to boost the appeal of bizarre Etsy products.
  • Free on Craigslist: A sixty-second game where the panelists list things they would give away for free.
  • Goth Confessions: The panelists must guess which admissions goth kids made in their YouTube videos.
  • Iron Sheik: Real or Jabroni: Chris reads a topic that The Iron Sheik has tweeted about, and the contestants must decide if the wrestler loves or hates the subject. The tweet is read after the contestant is told they are right or wrong.
  • JuggalOK Cupid: The panelists must figure out which bizarre OKCupid dating profile description of a Juggalo is real.
  • Linked Out: The panelists come up with ridiculous job titles that one might find on LinkedIn.
  • Name That Vine: The panelists name the shown Vine video.
  • Photobomb: The panelists decide if an edited out photobomb is creepy or cute.
  • Rich Cat or Poor Cat: The panelists decide if it is a cash cat or a cat being humiliated someone else on the internet.
  • Sweet Emoji: The panelists translate emoji sentences.
  • Texts from Last Night: The panelists respond to embarrassing drunk text messages.
  • Thug Life or Hug Life: The panelists are shown the image of a child from a YouTube video and have to guess whether the video content would be thug or cute hug worthy.
  • TumblReality: The panelists must figure out which bizarre Tumblr blog title is real.
  • Tumblr? I Hardly Know Her: The panelists think up new Tumblr blogs that are just strange enough to be real.
  • Yahoo Answers: Chris asks the panelists to come up with funnier responses than the ones on Yahoo! Answers.

Other gimmicks[edit]

The @midnight website provided a complete list of guests who have appeared on the show to date with a Leaderboard that indicated who appeared the most and who had the most wins.[12][13]

Production[edit]

The initial pilot for the show was called "Tweeter Dome" and was hosted by Tom Lennon, it was revamped with Chris Hardwick as host, and trialed in the summer before airing at The Meltdown Comics store backroom.[1]

The show was shot on Stage 2 of the Hollywood Center Studios, where the CBS series I Love Lucy was originally shot.[14]

Reception[edit]

During its initial 2013 run, the series averaged 453,000 viewers in the 18–49 ratings demographic, putting it above Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, E!'s Chelsea Lately, and TBS's The Pete Holmes Show.[15] It also had the youngest audience of any late-night television show.[16]

The week of February 17, 2014, was reported to be the show's highest rated to date; the show had 731,000 total viewers, and it tied The Daily Show as the most-watched late-night program on cable in the 18–34 demographic.[17]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Interactive Program Nominated
[18]
2015 Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Interactive Program Nominated
[18]
Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Social TV Experience Won
[18]
2016 Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Social TV Experience Won
[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b @midnight with Chris Hardwick. Episode 600. 5 August 2017. Comedy Central. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Patrick (October 20, 2013). "Late-night Newcomers Hope to Enliven the Midnight Shift". USA Today. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Date of January 6 was announced by Chris Hardwick the same time of the announcement of the renewal.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 14, 2013). "Comedy Central's '@Midnight' Gets 40-Week Pickup". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nominees/Winners; Television Academy". Emmy Awards. 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nominees/Winners; Television Academy". Emmy Awards. 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 18, 2017). "@midnight With Chris Hardwick’ To End Comedy Central Run After 600 Episodes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Bids Farewell in Star-Studded Finale". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-08-05. 
  9. ^ ago, Hector Cruz8 months (October 31, 2016). "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, @midnight to go live on Election Night". lastnighton.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "10 Reasons Why We Love @midnight". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "This Chris Hardwick/@MIDNIGHT ‘FTW’ Supercut is Epic - Nerdist". nerdist.com. February 26, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ "@midnight Guests". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ Editor, About The Author Sean L. McCarthy; 2007, Publisher Since; News, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily; Herald, Boston; Dailies, Smaller; site, community papers across America Loves comedy so much he founded this (October 21, 2014). "Fake POINTS, real Leaderboard to track all of @Midnight’s comedians". thecomicscomic.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  14. ^ "@midnight Shoots @Hollywood Center Studios". Creative COW. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Rose, Lacey (November 15, 2013). "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Renewed at Comedy Central". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (20 December 2013). "Comedy Central's Newest Late-Night Hit '@Midnight' Returns Monday January 6". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (24 February 2014). "@Midnight’s Quiet Rise As Late-Night Talker Posts Highs Against Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno". Deadline.com. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d "@midnight with Chris Hardwick: Awards & Nominations". Emmy Awards, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 

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