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Also known as@midnight
GenreImprovisational comedy
Created by
Directed by
Presented byChris Hardwick
Theme music composerMike Farrell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4 + 1 pilot season
No. of episodes600[1] (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Production locationsHollywood Center Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Clark Burnett
  • Asaf Eisenberg
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original networkComedy Central
Original releaseOctober 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) –
August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)

@midnight with Chris Hardwick (shortened to and formerly exclusively titled @midnight) is an American late night Internet-themed 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.[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] In February 2023, it was reported that Comedy Central's current sister broadcast network CBS was considering a revival of @midnight to serve as a replacement for The Late Late Show after the end of James Corden's tenure.


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 give the contestants arbitrary amounts.[10]

Towards the end of the game, the third-place contestant is eliminated (with some rare exceptions), the scores are erased 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]

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 by 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]


The initial pilot for the show was called "Tweeter Dome" and was hosted by Thomas Lennon. It was revamped with Chris Hardwick as host, and trialed in the summer before airing at The Meltdown Comics store backroom. Lennon remained as co-executive producer throughout the run.[1]

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

In February 2023, Deadline Hollywood reported that CBS (which, following the re-merger of CBS Corporation with Viacom, once again became a sister to Comedy Central) was considering a revival of the series to replace The Late Late Show, after James Corden concluded his tenure on the program later in the year, having desired other, more cost-effective concepts for the timeslot than a traditional late-night talk show. The report indicated that Hardwick would not be involved in this revival, and that Stephen Colbert (who hosts its lead-in The Late Show, and formerly hosted Comedy Central's The Colbert Report) would serve as executive producer.[15]

Pre-production of the series was halted due to the 2023 Hollywood labor disputes.[16] In a June 2023 panel hosted by Deadline, CBS CEO George Cheeks stated that the network wanted to "experiment and try new things" in the post-Late Show timeslot, and explained of Colbert's involvement that "in a world when you’re trying so hard to sort of drive awareness of the show's launch, to have Colbert, the number one late-night show, as executive producer and the integrated support he’s going to have, because he’s actually invested in the success of the show."[16]


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.[17] It also had the youngest audience of any late-night television show.[18]

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.[19]


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


Year Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
2013 16 October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)
2014 160 January 6, 2014 (2014-01-06) December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18)
2015 161 January 5, 2015 (2015-01-05) December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
2016 161 January 4, 2016 (2016-01-04) December 15, 2016 (2016-12-15)
2017 102 January 3, 2017 (2017-01-03) August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)

See also[edit]

  • Failosophy, an MTV game show with a panel of comedian competitors
  • Dropout's Um, Actually


  1. ^ a b @midnight with Chris Hardwick. Episode 600. August 4, 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 Hollywood. 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. ^ Shanley, Patrick (August 4, 2017). "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Bids Farewell in Star-Studded Finale". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Cruz, Hector (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 Moore, Christine (February 13, 2014). "10 Reasons Why We Love @midnight". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Thomasian, Deborah (February 26, 2015). "This Chris Hardwick/@MIDNIGHT 'FTW' Supercut is Epic". Nerdist. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "@midnight Guests". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  13. ^ Sean L. McCarthy (October 21, 2014). "Fake POINTS, real Leaderboard to track all of @Midnight's comedians". The Comic’s Comic. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "@midnight Shoots @Hollywood Center Studios". Creative COW. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; White, Peter (February 7, 2023). "'The Late Late Show With James Corden' To Be Replaced With '@midnight' Reboot Exec Produced By Stephen Colbert On CBS". Deadline. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  16. ^ a b White, Peter (June 14, 2023). "CBS Boss George Cheeks Opens Up About @midnight Reboot: "12:30am Is Ripe For Reinvention"". Deadline. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  17. ^ Rose, Lacey (November 15, 2013). "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Renewed at Comedy Central". The Hollywood Reporter.
  18. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 20, 2013). "Comedy Central's Newest Late-Night Hit '@Midnight' Returns Monday January 6". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 22, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 24, 2014). "@Midnight's Quiet Rise As Late-Night Talker Posts Highs Against Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  20. ^ 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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