Welcome, one and all, to both the return of @midnight to its regular time slot, as well as the official beginning of season 3! It has already been a fun week of firsts, so let’s take a look how host Chris Hardwick and friends decided to kick off the new season.
Chris welcomed us all back to a show that officially starts at 11:59:59 again, and immediatly got no reaction when mentioning that NASA discovered flowing water on Mars. So, instead of laughs from the crowd, he went looking for messages the panel of comedians would offer to the native Martians we are so much closer to discovering. Rapid Refresh showed off a video of an adorable baby—dressed as The Pope—being whisked away for the actual Pope to kiss. Chris also decided that it looked like he was whispering to the child and asked the comedians what the pontiff might have said. The panelists also offered up some other hipster trends, like the man bun, which might have some upsetting drawbacks to them. The first #HashtagWars topic of the week took its cue from Pumpkin Spice and the reemergence of Ugg boots, because it was #AutumnIn3Words. They were all pretty great, so I’d advise checking out the clip below. The halfway point of the night offered up long-forgotten Myspace pictures of random people which the comedians had to explain like crime scene photos in game called Myspace Cold Case. The Live Challenge gave the panelists a chance to step into the shoes of Matthew McConaughey’s brother Rooster, who named his child Miller Lyte in order to get a year’s supply of the beer, and offer up what his Oscar speech might sound like. The crew then got a chance to play around with the three word structure of most people’s Twitter profiles. FTW looked for emojis—other than the gay couples—on Apple products that might give Russia another reason to get mad at the tech giant.
The second episode of the week offered up the first major change of season 3 as regular ol’ Tuesday has become Tag Team Tuesday! Chris opened the show by asking his panelists for Twitter advice they could offer to Edward Snowden now that he has joined the social network. Rapid Refresh asked the comedians which other websites—other than Tinder—create a greater risk of contracting disease, and Chris decided to look to the future and asked for predictions for features on the iPhone 8 now that the iPhone 6S is available. #HashtagWars mentioned Nickelodeon’s announcement of The Splat and offered up the topic #HipHopCartoons to celebrate what so many of us loved about the ’90s. The second half of the episode started up after its commercial break with a returning game called Power Pointless. Chris offered up video clips and asked the comedians to explain what the name of the business presentation going on would be. The Live Challenge took a little trip into the world of politics by asking what Obama and Putin toasted to during their meeting in NYC. The comedians got 60 seconds to ask stupid questions with the game called Ask A Stupid Question, and FTW wrapped up the second episode of the season by having the comedians create a legal sounding opt out to stop Facebook from doing something they didn’t want it to, since so many people keep falling for Facebook hoaxes.
Jen Kirkman, Tom Lennon, and Rhys Darby
Hump day started off with a story that many have raged over in the past week, and Chris wanted the comedians to give him ideas of what Pope Francis might have said to Kim Davis if they met in private. Rapid Refresh introduced the world to the behemoth known as the Action Mobil Global XRS 7200 off-road motor home, and Chris asked the comedians to explain to God why such a thing would ever need to exist. #HashtagWars fell a little flat, which is highly rare for the show, as the comedians came up with #BadTrampStamp ideas. The next game brought everyone back on track as The Hate Boat involved Chris showing the panelists various pictures from Ian Hughes collection of old cruise line photographs and then asked for explanations behind them. Check out the game in the clip below. For the Live Challenge, each of the comedians gave acceptance speeches for specific toys that might get inducted into the toy hall of fame this year. Afterwards—almost like he knew #BadTrampStamps wasn’t their best Hashtag idea—Chris had the comedians play a game called Future Hashtag Wars where they had 60 seconds to pitch future topics for #HashtagWars. So that’s how they keep coming up with them. Finally, the episode wrapped up with a FTW that asked what else Donald Trump may predict other than his opposition dropping out of the race for the Republican candidacy.
The last episode of the week started off with Chris tackling Forbes’ 100 richest list—except for the Hearst family of course. After boiling it down to a top ten, Chris then asked the panelists to name the terrible fighting video game for which these esteemed richies would be on roster. While Tuesday may have taken over the Tag Team aspect, Thursday has gotten to hold onto one thing from the previous, and that is the Panderdome! Back with a vengeance and a new graphic, Rapid Refresh’s Panderdome had the comedians contemplate how Hillary could win back the sorority girl vote after dissing Pumpkin Spice Lattes, think of ways photographers at People Magazine got Melania Trump to smile for their cover photo, and offer up Chuck Norris facts about Mike Huckabee after he spent the day with the aging martial artist. The last topic for #HashtagWars for the week celebrated October being National Pizza Month with #Pizzalebrities. The next game, Early 2000s Grabby Award Nominee or Old Timey Baseball Player…Look, We Just Wanted To Make a Game Because Old Timey Baseball Players Sound Like Gay Porn Stars So Just Be OK With It, had Chris offer up a name to the comedians who would have to guess if it was the name of a gay porn star or an old timey baseball player. Check out the clip below, some of them are too good to be true. The Live Challenge asked the comedians to come up with something they would overhear at Univseral’s adults-only/alcoholic Harry Potter party, and surprisingly no one made a joke substituting the word penis for wand. The comedians had 60 seconds to offer up Top 10 Lists the new scraggly looking David Letterman would create if he still did The Late Show, and FTW ended the week with the comedians giving a Peeple review of Chris.
Well, there you have it, folks. The third season has started and we now trek headlong into the future. Here’s to hoping a season four is in the future, and that Chris doesn’t end up having to give the Emmy back. Be sure to check out any episodes of @midnight you may have missed on Comedy Central’s website, and we’ll see you back here next weekend for another recap.