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For the 1913 silent short film, see At Midnight.
@midnight with Chris Hardwick
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Also known as @midnight
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
  • Blaine Capatch
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 3
No. of episodes 265 (as of July 2, 2015)[1] (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 release October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) – present
External links

@midnight with Chris Hardwick (shortened to and formerly exclusively titled @midnight) is an American late-night internet-based combination scripted, rehearsed and improv panel game show hosted by Chris Hardwick,[2] and airs Monday through Thursday nights on Comedy Central. The show is syndicated internationally in Australia on SBS2 and Canada on MuchMusic. @midnight with Chris Hardwick premiered on October 21, 2013, before being renewed for a 40-week second season on November 14, 2013. It returned on January 6, 2014.[3][4] It received a nomination for Outstanding Interactive Program at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.[5]


Each episode features three 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 usually eliminated from the game and is doused in red light. 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]

  • 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 episode.
  • Live Challenges – Each episode features a challenge 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.


The show is shot on Stage 2 of the Hollywood Center Studios, where the CBS series I Love Lucy was originally shot.[6]


The @midnight website provides a full and complete list of all of the guests that have appeared on the show to date with an adjustable leaderboard to see more detail into the statistics. This article includes only a condensed list of guests who have been on the show.[7]

Note: Minimum of 3 wins or 5 appearances, updated on July 2, 2015

Most wins Most appearances


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.[8] It also had the youngest audience of any late-night television show.[9]

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.[10]


Ceremony Category Name Result Ref.
66th Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Interactive Program Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Serious Business, Aloha Productions, Nerdist Industries Nominated [5][11]


  1. ^ @midnight at epguides
  2. ^ Ryan, Patrick (October 20, 2013). "Late-night newcomers hope to enliven the midnight shift". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Date of Jan 6th 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. ^ a b "Nominees/Winners; Television Academy". Emmy Awards. 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "@midnight Shoots @Hollywood Center Studios". Creative Cow. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "@midnight Guests". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ Rose, Lacey (November 15, 2013). "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Renewed at Comedy Central". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (20 December 2013). "Comedy Central's Newest Late-Night Hit '@Midnight' Returns Monday January 6". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "2014 Creative Arts winners" (PDF). http://www.emmys.com/. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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