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Chris Hardwick Reflects on the Unpredictable Success of '@midnight'

"You don't know how people are going to react to things. We can't control it. With the digital culture, you can spend a month crafting what you think is the most genius video to post on YouTube and it gets 1,000 views, and then off-handedly you capture, like, a duck sneezing, and it gets 20 million views. You just don’t know."

- Chris Hardwick reflects on the surprise success of his Comedy Central show @midnight in a new interview with The Guardian.

Chris Hardwick Offers Some Honest Advice on Love, Health, Grandmas, and Murder

@midnight host Chris Hardwick had the honor of fielding some questions for Tonight Show's "Unqualified Advice" segment, which resulted in some timeless advice on hard-hitting topics like going to school, curing a cold, getting a promotion, not murdering your boss, and dealing with a grandmother who has a hoarding problem.

A Chris Hardwick-Produced Weekly Magic Variety Show Might Be Coming to Comedy Central

Comedy Central might be getting a comedy/variety/magic show. According to Deadline, the network has given a pilot order to Sleight of Mouth, a weekly show produced by Chris Hardwick and hosted by comedian/magician Justin Willman that will fuse magic, sketch comedy, and @midnight-style social media interaction. Each week, Willman — who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Chelsea Lately, and more — will "tackle a thought-provoking topic with sketches, social experiments, guest comedians, and interactive content." Click through to watch Willman appear on The Tonight Show back in December.

'Tonight Show,' 'Late Night,' and '@midnight' Score Strong Ratings

Proof that @midnight is on a steady rise now extends beyond all the glowing reviews and to the show's ratings, which Deadline reports have been on the rise since the show's return to its 40-week renewal in January. Despite the blockbuster late night episodes on NBC last week with Fallon's turn at The Tonight Show, @midnight enjoyed its highest-rated week ever with an average of 731,000 total viewers and barely beat out Comedy Central high ratings stalwart The Daily Show as the #1 cable talk show of the week with younger viewers. @midnight's second highest rated week was during Jay Leno's final week on The Tonight Show [...]

'@midnight' Is Doing a Little Better than 'Pete Holmes Show' in the Ratings So Far

Two new shows launched in the same midnight timeslot during the last two weeks, and the rating are in for the initial episodes of Comedy Central's Chris Hardwick-fronted game show @midnight and TBS's The Pete Holmes Show. Last week, @midnight debuted to 549,992 total viewers and 260,876 adults 18-49, while Pete Holmes' first episode this week to 407,000 total viewers and 245,000 adults 18-49.

That said, @midnight benefits from having a stronger lead-in in The Colbert Report (628,000 in the 18-49 demo) compared to Pete Holmes's lead-in, Conan (482,000 in 18-49).

While both hosts are technically competing in the ratings, they've been friends for years and don't see it that way (Holmes even has [...]

Chris Hardwick Interviews Celebrated Dumb Person Scott Aukerman

Here's a sneak peek at this Friday's episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! featuring guest Chris Hardwick, who turns the tables on Scott Aukerman by revealing that it's not actually an episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! but a new installment of Hardwick's own series America's Dumbest Talk Show Hosts.

Chris Hardwick Announces '@midnight's Renewal Through 2015

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show with guest Chris Hardwick, who announces at the top of his interview that his Emmy-nominated Comedy Central show @midnight has officially been renewed for a second season. According to THR, the new season will be in the form of a 40-week run throughout next year. "@midnight has been an absolute dream come true for me — a game show of internet jokes with my comedian friends," Hardwick said. "I cannot thank Comedy Central enough for letting us continue. If they hadn't, you can damn well bet that I would have forced people to come over to my house to play it [...]

Paul F. Tompkins, Brett Gelman, and Heather Anne Campbell Caption Some Bad Engagement Photos

Here's a segment from last night's @midnight with guests Paul F. Tompkins, Heather Anne Campbell, and Brett Gelman, in which they suggest the perfect captions for a few very ridiculous engagement photos involving unicorns, giant hamster balls, and bald eagles.

How '@Midnight' Is Turning Its Internet Hook Into One of the Strongest Shows in Late Night

Considering the ever-expanding role that social media in our lives, it was only a matter of time before there was a television program named after a Twitter account. So when @midnight arrived in late October, it felt like a predictable Sign of the Times. What couldn't have been predicted, however, is how funny the show would be, or quickly it would find an audience. @midnight has only been on the air for eight weeks, and yet it already feels like an integral part of Comedy Central's lineup, having secured a 40-week renewal after strong ratings in its initial four-week run.

For the uninitiated, @midnight is a half-hour game show hosted by Chris Hardwick [...]

Watch Jimmy Fallon and Company Bowl Against the Nerdist Team

Here's a brand new episode of the Nerdist web series, All Star Celebrity Bowling, with Jimmy Fallon and his team facing off against Chris Hardwick and his. Fallon's team is made up of himself, his head writer A.D. Miles, bandleader Questlove, and announcer/sidekick Steve Higgins, whil Hardwick's team is him, musician Jonathan Coulton, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and comedian Seth Herzog. Putting an astrophysicist on your bowling team is kind of cheating.

Chris Hardwick Celebrates His Sober Anniversary with Some Photos of "Peter Hardwick"

Earlier this week, @midnight host Chris Hardwick led a game called "Peter Hardwick Facts," which has got to be one of the most enlightened ways for a guy to celebrate 11 years of sobriety — that is, sharing old photos of himself during his rougher drinking years and allowing guests Sara Schaefer, Cash Levy, and T.J. Miller to make fun of them without mercy. (via Huffington Post)

Chris Hardwick, Tig Notaro, and Andy Daly Have a Fascinating Discussion About Bread

If you ever wanted to enjoy Chris Hardwick's show Talking Dead but would prefer to learn more about delicious carb-based goodies instead of a zombie show you don't watch, Conan has now made that happen. Sadly most television shows don't have the courage required to discuss this hard-hitting topic, but with some help from Tig Notaro and Andy Daly, Hardwick gives bread the spotlight it so richly deserves.

Marc Maron Has an Unfriendly Backstage Meeting with Michael Ian Black and Chris Hardwick

Here's a clip from the new season of IFC's Maron in which Marc Maron has a very tense greeting with Michael Ian Black and Chris Hardwick backstage at Hardwick's AMC show Talking Dead, which is filled with as much thinly veiled contempt as you'd expect a clip from Maron to have.

Comedy Central Picks Up '@midnight' For 40 More Weeks

It's not all bad news for cable late night shows this week. Comedy Central's new Chris Hardwick-hosted late night show @midnight has been doing really well since its debut, holding onto a solid chunk of its Stewart and Colbert lead-ins every night and sparking a ton of activity on Twitter via its great hashtag games. And that performance is being rewarded, as the network has decided to pick it up for a whopping 40-week run that'll start on January 6th.

The initial one-month trial run of @midnight ended last night, so there will be a bit of a hiatus throughout the holidays, and then it'll be back [...]