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@midnight Last Night: Doug Benson, Natasha Leggero, Kumail Nanjiani

So, didja watch last night’s… er, early-this-morning’s debut of @midnight, Comedy Central’s new late night show with Chris Hardwick presiding over a social media-fueled comedy competition? In case the answer is no — and WHY DIDN’T YOU WATCH?!? — we have highlights from the episode right here, with Doug Benson, Natasha Leggero, and Kumail Nanjiani on hand with poop-related movie titles, the nexus of porn and Etsy, and so much more.

Here we go. First up: Etsy or Porn?

Movies That Sound Like Pooping:

OKCupid or Serial Killer?:

Name That Barbie!:

Tag It – Celebrity Tweets:

You’d best not miss tonight’s episode with Kurt Braunohler, Andy Daly, and Brendon Walsh. It’s on Comedy Central at yes-it’s-obvious midnight ET/PT. And follow the show’s Tumblr and, of course, the Twitter account. Join us down the ol’ Internet wormhole. It’s fun down here.

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  1. SommerTime says:

    My boyfriend and I been pound signing #butts all fucking week. Love it!

  2. Chrissy says:

    Of course this show is reliant on the guests, but the first show was amazing.
    Keep it up, Hardwick. lol.

  3. Nate says:

    Thought it went really well, and was glad to see you stacked the deck with ringers for the first episode. Keeping up that level of heavy hitters is definitely going to be a challenge.

    My big question, though, is when did hashtag games become hashtag wars, and why? Seems unnecessarily hostile to me.

  4. erik2690 says:

    Hulu or the the Comedy Central site are the options for non-cable viewers. I want to say 1 thing sort of defending the elimination aspect. It isn’t necessary and if they got rid of it I wouldn’t mind, but Natasha was only out of about 1 minute of the show. That being said, I don’t love that aspect. The only other substantive complaint I have seen is about the buzzers in the hashtag wars, particularly for Natasha. I agree on this point, mostly the buzzers don’t matter much, they aren’t winning a prize. They just want to get jokes out, so when it skips over Natasha for a long time it looks weird. I think in the future if this happens Chris should audible and call on that person even if their buzzer doesn’t light. Maybe there is an easier fix, but the buzzers shouldn’t dictate to much. Letting everyone get jokes in is the most important thing. I loved the show overall. If there are consistently funny people on, I think it could get better and better as everyone gets more accustom. Congrats.

  5. -Di. says:

    Believe it or not…I had my doubts. I saw the preview and my curiosity was piqued. It was a fantastic show! The pace and feel matches perfectly with the Daily Show and Colbert Report. If belongs after those two shows (if that makes any sense).

    I’m looking forward to more episodes!!

    Kudos and hugs to all involved!

  6. Tillburg says:

    I really wanted to watch this, but sadly I am not blessed with cable TV. What are my other options!?

  7. Mark says:

    Fun show, but it feels like it could really use some bedding music. There are enough gaps from bouncing between Chris and the guests that there were a lot of noticeable (to me, anyway) silences, which made the show feel a little sterile. It doesn’t seem to jibe well with Chris or the show’s energy.

    I trust this piddly little internet comment will make it to the folks in charge…! :p

  8. amysrevenge says:

    I’ll join the chorus – I was skeptical of the format, but proved very wrong. What a great show. Will watch it every time.

  9. Pleasant surprise. Hearing beforehand from the concept had me very worried but the product is very entertaining. The ADS-editing and the entry jokes were the only weak points. Also: Leggero was robbed.

  10. JetpackBlues says:

    The impetus of #FilmPoops on the podcast: @ around 26:00 when Chris reminisces about MaxFunCon.

  11. Ryan says:

    I didn’t know how to feel about it for the first five minutes, but by the end I was delighted. Seriously – great first episode Chris.

    The only thing I didn’t think went over well was the second to last game, where everyone has to mash their button to throw down as many hashtags as they could. Natasha got skipped over maybe 8 times as it bounced between Doug and Kumail, which seemed a little unfair, even though I like the idea of a speed round.

    I think how quick and open the contestants are will dictate how well episodes go. Doug was my favorite specifically because he kept jumping in.

  12. JetpackBlues says:

    Is Chris’ podium the one from Attack of the Show, just redressed?!

  13. Ryan says:

    Loved the first show. It just got the DVR pass for me.

  14. Wildride says:

    So, Failosophy, but for points. 😉

  15. boB says:

    It’s only similar to Whose Line in that it involves a certain amount of improv. It could, maybe, be considered a cross between Whose Line and Tosh.0.

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  17. Chris says:

    I’m surprised I haven’t heard anyone say that it’s a similar concept to Whose Line is it Anyway. That being said, this is a fresh and updated version of that. The comedians are not rehashing their bits and pulling out old jokes.

    I thought that this was going to be a late nite talk show actually. It’s very different. I’m going to have to check it out live. Do guests get to plug things? This could easily be a fun podcast too. Maybe there should be a companion podcast called @Anytime.


  18. Tim says:

    Like many others, I’m a fan of all of Chris’ other ventures but was a bit worried about this one, which made me feel bad because this is a huge opportunity for Chris.

    Needless to say, Chris and team nailed it. Hilarious.

  19. Rick says:

    We loved it. The pacing, the guests, the 8 out of 10 Cats feel. Kumails uncomfortable neediness. It was all great. Thanks for some big, big laughs.

  20. boB says:

    P.S. Please tell me you’re having Pete Holmes on!!!!

  21. boB says:

    I was skeptical about the concept of this show going in, but I ended up laughing almost painfully by the end. The one thing I don’t like about it is the elimination of one of the “contestants”. I missed Natasha when she was gone. Since it’s not a real game show, do you *have* to do that?

  22. TS says:

    @ vjj, it was a Nerdist fix

  23. vjj says:

    Very funny show. I think this might work.

    HOWEVER, how the hell did Kumail win?? Benson and the other one were much funnier.

  24. Thre Toesof Fury says:

    You [email protected]$king nailed it.
    Im a big fan of this site, its podcasts, you, your comedy and tv shows, and so on. That being said, i was relatively critical when i heard @midnight was going to be a game show format as i dont really have interest in gameshows and didnt think i’d connect. Im so glad to say i was wrong….i freaking LOVE your new show.

    Random thoughts:

    * Its rapid fire comedy. Jokes barely have a chance to land before a few others are loaded up and fired. Way more laughs-per-minute than anything else around.

    * Its not locked into a specific format for the game..a-la-30-minutes-of-just-jeapordy. The jumping around of contests keeps it fresh.

    * It stars the folks we podcast and comedy fans love. Amazing first group of guests. HILARIOUS.

    * It has fun with itself….i love the randomness of occassionally letting folks throw in an extra answer…especially when they are hilarious comebacks.

    * It included Hodgmans poop-movie game!!!!

    * The 30m flew by…best compliment i can give..and it left me wanting more.

    with most new shows it takes a while for them to establish themselves and figure themselves out. Not so with @midgnight. It is, out of the gates, brilliant! Definitely will watch this every day its on.

    Congrats to you and your talented crew. Y’all knocked it out of the park…whch i believe is a sports euphemism for “well done!”.

    Peace .n. Nice Tweets!