Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Chris Hardwick to Host a 12am Nightly Show for Comedy Central with Tom Lennon and Ben Garant as Showrunners

Chris Hardwick is Comedy Central's newest late night host. The comedian/podcaster is set to host an untitled show that will begin airing Monday-Thursday at 12am following The Colbert Report this fall, Deadline reports. Funny or Die will produce alongside Hardwick's own company, Nerdist Industries. The State and Reno 911! alumni Tom Lennon and Ben Garant will serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series, which is the most exciting and surprising thing about the show. It's described as "a comedic panel show that will have a heavy social-media presence integrated throughout." Hardwick's series will face off directly with TBS's new late night show, a post-Conan series hosted by Pete Holmes (who has a podcast on Hardwick's Nerdist network) that launches in July.

The Hardwick series is Comedy Central's first-ever nightly 12am show. Last year, they produced a pilot for one called Nightcap, hosted by the absurdly talented Paul F. Tompkins, which they didn't order to series. It's sort of a bummer that the slot is going to someone who already has two shows on the air rather than a comedian who doesn't have one, but Hardwick, Lennon, and Garant are funny guys who are plenty capable of coming up with an interesting addition to Comedy Central's late night block. This will be the third TV show Chris Hardwick is currently hosting, in addition to Nerdist on BBC America and Talking Dead on AMC, which has to be some kind of a record (not to mention he has his own YouTube channel and podcast network).

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  • BurritoOverdose

    Isn't he going to be doing "Talking Bad" after "Breaking Bad" as well? So _ four_ shows. Love ya, Chris, but damn… ALL THE SHOWS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.spivak Dan Spivak

    Tom and Ben being in those roles makes this sound very appealing! Chris gets social media, and I think this will be a great example of how it can be used in conjunction with TV.

  • TS Idiot

    It's a real shame PFT's show didn't make it. His intelligent wit is a rare commodity. Hardwick is ok, and I do appreciate the Nerdist network bringing us things like NPH's Puppet Dreams and the like, but his omnipresence and middle school musical exuberance can be wearying. He seems to find everything and everyone on this planet amazingly awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_immke Daniel Immke

    I think Chris Hardwick is great and definitely well suited for a job like this, but it would have been really cool to see where Paul F. Tompkins would have taken a show like that.

    Three TV shows and when he isn't shooting he is touring. Sometimes I wonder what his endgame is.

  • Stuie299

    Not a bad choice, but I personally would like to see Chris Gethard get a shot at a late night show. Think of how good his cable access show could be with proper funding. Even doing something more traditional he'd still be pretty good.

  • pickmeohnevermind

    Allan Havey 4eva.