Welcome back, gang! I’m sure you have been doing like we have and cried wildly during every re-run of The Daily Show this past week before getting ready for @midnight fun! It was a hell of a week for Chris and The Points Brigade, so let’s see what you might have missed if you were still too broken up about Jon Stewart to make it to midnight.
Nat Faxon, Sarah Burns, and Brett Gelman
The week kicked off with cast members from the TV show Married, and the end of True Detective’s second season. In honor of the internet’s most hated season of television ever, Chris asked the panelists to come up with a way for HBO to win fans back for Season 3. Rapid Refresh saw a bionic suit that mimics what it is like to be elderly, and the comedians had to come up with supervillains that would be battled with the use of this suit, as well as reasons someone would work at Wal-Mart to honor leaked hiring videos from the mega-chain. The first topics of the week in #HashtagWars payed homage to Married by offering up #BadWeddingVows, and the comedians also had to comment on the personal lives of people who make music video parodies to announce a pregnancy. The Live Challenge, based on an actual question posed to GOP candidates at the debate last week, had the competitors offer advice to the Republican hopefuls as God. The trio were given 60 seconds to come up with messages from space to celebrate the anniversary of the Wow! Signal and Brett Gelman’s clingy version of outer space is more than worthy of being the clip for this episode. FTW wrapped up this Monday edition with things William Shakespeare may have written while stoned.
Tuesday saw an unexpected change in the line up as Steve Agee had to back out for a family emergency. We wish him and his family the best and hope all is well. The show must go on, though, and luckily Jonah Ray was able to step in. The episode started off with a bang as Chris asked the trio to come up with some of Bernie Sanders’ backstage demands as his rise to elderly-rock-star-candidate continues. Rapid Refresh polled the players for ideas on how to raise money for Alabama’s state government, as well as the thoughts of a drunk man on a broke escalator, and news stories John Brown finds more important than the Kardashians. Our #HashtagWars topic celebrated the release of Felicia Day’s book with #MyMemoirWouldBeCalled, and trust me – these need to be seen, so check them out below. Thug Life or Hug Life asked the contestants to guess if a video clip of a child would end with them being cute or thug, and the Live Challenge poked fun at Alphabet’s corporate jargon by using the same type of language to proposition sex with someone. The comedians had 60 seconds to come up with some less-than-stellar workout classes, and FTW looked to jump of Jeb Bush and Hilary Clinton’s Twitter war with their own infographic. Trust me, if you haven’t watched this episode, it is worth the time to follow the link above.
On to the second half of the week, and Chris’s guests gave Tinder a new slogan to better embrace its random sex-finder services. Rapid Refresh wondered what the comedians would not want to find on the report Windows 10 would compile of a child’s internet activity, as well as other ridiculous names for a bar in Thailand, thanks to a little spot called “Golf Bar Cocktails Very Strong We Do Not Check ID Card & Restaurant.” The Straight Outta ____ meme led to the #HashtagWars topic for the night, #HipHopMovies, and check out Go Medieval in the clip below to see the comedians give Instagram tags for classic works of art. Yes, it is a shining moment for Doug Benson. As if Doug wasn’t having a good enough night already, Chris asked them to plug their favorite drug and include possible side effects for the Live Challenge. Everyone contemplated what kind of terrible things they would have to do as interns to The Olsen Twins, before FTW theorized what CB radio conversations would be like with the new self-driving truck on the road.
The week may have come to a close, but this last episode was more than enough fun to hold us all over for the weekend. Everyone wondered at what type of sports the new Wheaties beer would help them excel as the show kicked off, and Chris even managed to sneak in a little Shia LaBeouf meme. Rapid Refresh took another trip into The Panderdome with the comedians pitching new bumper sticker ideas for Hilary’s campaign, and #HashtagWars had us all depressed at our lowered standards with #ModernWorldWonders. Jumping on a strange new internet game, #1GottaGo is the clip to check out for this episode, and you will never look at Little Debbie the same way again. The Live Challenge tried to figure out what announcement is being made at a college stadium in Alabama for “The Running of the Tools,” and the comedians try to get into the less-than-desirable headspace of Ted Nugent and figure out what else he does on his couch other than watch Fox News naked. FTW ended out the week by asking the contestants for Amazon Reviews for a machine that removes underarm hair and stops sweating through the use of microwaves…because why not just purposely get cancer these days?
It was a hell of a week, with some moments worth reliving. Be sure to join in on the fun and the #HashtagWars every Monday-Thursday night at 12am for @midnight, or catch the full episodes of Comedy Central’s website (or in the links above.) See you all next week!