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For the 1913 silent short film, see At Midnight.
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Genre Improv Comedy
Created by
  • Alex Blagg
  • Jason Nadler
  • Jon Zimelis
Written by
  • Darren Belitsky
  • Chris Carmona
  • Chris Kula
  • Matt Mira
  • Vanessa Ramos
  • Craig Rowin
Directed by Ron de Moraes (2013)
Michael Dimich (2013-present)
Presented by Chris Hardwick
Starring Various comedians
Theme music composer Mike Farrell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 164 (as of November 20, 2014) (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s) Clark Burnett
Asaf Eisenberg
Location(s) Hollywood Center Studios
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channel Comedy Central
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original run October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) – present
External links
Official website

@midnight is an American internet-themed improv comedy panel show hosted by Chris Hardwick,[1] and airs Monday through Thursday nights following The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. @midnight premiered on October 21, 2013 before being renewed for a 40-week second season on November 14, 2013. It returned on January 6, 2014.[2][3] @midnight received a nomination for Outstanding Interactive Program at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.[4]


Each episode features three standup or improv comedians competing against one another in a series of Internet-inspired improv games, which vary from episode to episode. Host Chris Hardwick begins each game by introducing some Internet meme trending that day, and asks the panel of comedians to craft a funny response or choose the correct answer among multiple choices. Contestants are awarded points by Hardwick (who loudly announces "Points!") for each funny or correct answer. This continues through about five segments, after which the third-place contestant is eliminated from the game. Hardwick then introduces the final game - "FTW" (For The Win) - and tosses to a commercial break, during which the remaining two contestants craft their responses. After returning from commercial, Hardwick "wipes" the remaining comedians' scores and reads each of their (anonymous) answers in turn. The comedian whose response generates the most laughter/applause from the studio audience "wins the Internet".

Daily games[edit]

  • It's 11:59 and 59 Seconds...... - A non-scoring round serving as the cold open. Usually focused on one particular item, like a viral video or news article/story trending that day.
  • Rapid Refresh - The first point scoring game each episode which features multiple choice questions about the days' trending headlines.
  • Hashtag Wars - A sixty second game where panelists buzz in with a phrase based on the given hashtag theme. This extends into Twitter where the home audience is encouraged to make their own phrase as a tweet and win a chance to be featured on-air the next day.
  • Live Challenges - Each episode features either one or two challenges that has the panelists writing written answers during the commercial break.
  • FTW (For The Win) - The final round that is formatted like the live challenges; however, the identities of the respondents aren't known when read out loud. The winner is determined by the crowd's reaction.

Recurring games[edit]

  • Confession Bear - Chris gives the panel partial confessions from Reddit that use the Confession Bear meme, and the comedians 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.
  • E-Bay The Price Is Right - The panelists attempt to guess the "buy it now" price of strange items for sale on E-Bay.
  • 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's a cash cat or a cat being humiliated someone else on the internet.
  • Sweet Emoji - The panelists translate emoji sentences. (Chris Hardwick's favorite)
  • Texts from Last Night - The panelists respond to embarrassing drunk text messages.
  • 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.
  • Defriend Me - The panelists create Facebook statuses that would lead to Chris removing them as friends.
  • Yahoo Answers - Chris asks the panelists to come up with funnier responses than the ones on Yahoo! Answers.


The show is shot on Stage 2 of the Hollywood Center Studios, where the CBS series I Love Lucy was originally shot.[5]



As of November 21, 2014

Note: Minimum of 2 wins or 4 appearances

Most wins Most appearances

Points Record[edit]

The current record holder for most points in a single episode is 8800 set by Keegan-Michael Key on November 18th, 2014. Key achieved that total by asking for the points of both Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel as reparations following a KKK-themed round, and Hardwick agreed, awarding Key all points accrued in the episode.


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' The Pete Holmes Show.[6] It also had the youngest audience of any late-night television show.[7]

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.[8]


Ceremony Category Name Result Ref.
66th Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Interactive Program Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Serious Business, Aloha Productions, Nerdist Industries Nominated[9] [4]


  1. ^ Ryan, Patrick (October 20, 2013). "Late-night newcomers hope to enliven the midnight shift". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Date of Jan 6th was announced by Chris Hardwick the same time of the announcement of the renewal.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 14, 2013). "Comedy Central’s ‘@Midnight’ Gets 40-Week Pickup". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Nominees/Winners; Television Academy". emmys.com. 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "@midnight Shoots @Hollywood Center Studios". Creative Cow. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Rose, Lacey (November 15, 2013). "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Renewed at Comedy Central". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (20 December 2013). "Comedy Central's Newest Late-Night Hit '@Midnight' Returns Monday January 6". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (24 February 2014). "@Midnight’s Quiet Rise As Late-Night Talker Posts Highs Against Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "2014 Creative Arts winners". http://www.emmys.com/. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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