This article is about the TV game show. For the 1913 silent short film, see At Midnight. For Rufus and Chaka Khan song, see At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up).
@midnight with Chris Hardwick
Also known as @midnight
Genre Improvisational comedy
Created by
  • Alex Blagg
  • Jason Nadler
  • Jon Zimelis
Directed by Ron de Moraes (2013)
Michael Dimich (2013–present)
Presented by Chris Hardwick
Theme music composer Mike Farrell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 490 (as of December 1, 2016) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Hollywood Center Studios
Editor(s) Clark Burnett
Asaf Eisenberg
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network 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,[1] that airs Monday through Thursday nights on Comedy Central. @midnight with Chris Hardwick premiered on October 21, 2013.[2][3] It is syndicated internationally in Australia on SBS2 and The Comedy Channel, in the United Kingdom on Comedy Central Extra, and in Canada on MuchMusic.

@midnight received a nomination for Outstanding Interactive Program at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.[4] It received a nomination and win for Outstanding Social TV Experience at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.[5] It currently airs at 11:30 p.m. (EST), where it will continue to air until the network launches another series to air in that time slot.[6] It has been renewed throughout 2017.[7]


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.

The show is taped live, then edited for time. Because of this, scores appear to change somewhat randomly between segments.

This continues through about five segments, after which the third-place contestant is usually eliminated from the game and is doused in red light. (On Tuesday, November 1 2016 Nate Mooney was the first contestant not bathed 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".

The show ends with exactly the same overhead shot of the audience applauding, an audience which includes three people in animal costumes and at least five persons sleeping.

Daily games

Recurring games


The show is shot on Stage 2 of the Hollywood Center Studios, where the CBS series I Love Lucy was originally shot.[8]


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.[9]

Note: Minimum of five wins or ten appearances, updated on November 28, 2016

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.[10] It also had the youngest audience of any late-night television show.[11]

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.[12]


Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2014 Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Interactive Program Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Serious Business, Aloha Productions, Nerdist Industries Nominated
2015 Creative Arts Emmy Award Nominated
Outstanding Social TV Experience Chris Hardwick, Jack Martin, Joe Farrell, Jason U. Nadler, Myke Furhman Won


  1. Ryan, Patrick (October 20, 2013). "Late-night Newcomers Hope to Enliven the Midnight Shift". USA Today. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  2. Date of January 6 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.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  4. "Nominees/Winners; Television Academy". Emmy Awards. 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  5. "Nominees/Winners; Television Academy". Emmy Awards. 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  6. Koblin, John. "Comedy Central Cancels Larry Wilmore's Late-Night Show". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  7. Hughes, William (October 7, 2016). "@midnight renewed for a fourth season". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  8. "@midnight Shoots @Hollywood Center Studios". Creative COW. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  9. "@midnight Guests". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  10. Rose, Lacey (November 15, 2013). "Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' Renewed at Comedy Central". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 1 2 3 "@midnight with Chris Hardwick: Awards & Nominations". Emmy Awards, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved September 12, 2015.

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