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@MIDNIGHT Recap: Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Hannibal Burress, & More!

@MIDNIGHT Recap: Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Hannibal Burress, & More!

This past week on @midnight brought plenty of laughs along with patriotism, a victory for love, and more reasons why Donald Trump is a train wreck. Why waste anymore time, let’s look at the week!

Last Monday kicked off with a bang as Chris Hardwick and panelists Sarah Colonna, Zack Pearlman, and Doug Benson basked in the glory that was SCOTUS’s decision to legalize marriage equality across all fifty states, as well as cheer on Arnold Schwarzenegger for shutting down homophobes on his Facebook page. Our comedians then came up with parts of an acceptance speech for the winner of World’s Ugliest Dog as well as an insurance claim for the Confederate Flag Rally Car Crash. Monday’s #HashtagWars topic was #SummerACeleb, in which the comedians had to come up with a summer twist on names of celebrities. See some of the best of these in the clip below. The fun continued as the trio came up with names of cop shows based on terrible 70s men’s fashion photos, and renamed Ben & Jerry’s flavors to better represent current events in the world. Finally the live challenge had each comedian write an announcement made by the flight director after the recent SpaceX launch exploded.

Tuesday saw Nerdist Podcast co-host and co-host of The Meltdown Jonah Ray competing with his Meltdown cohorts, The Indoor Kids themselves Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. The comedians giving middle-aged women advice about Magic Mike XXL devolved into Hardwick channeling Chris Pratt to keep the panelists at bay, and they fielded questions for the ill-fated #AskELJames Q&A. A shaky #HashtagWars for #AddGoatRuinAQuote gave way to more arguments and awkward fumbles than actual points, but they got back on track pretty quick with out-of-context news headlines. The gang killed it with their old-timey 911 calls, and finished the night with a live challenge to give Wisconsin a new drunken state slogan.

Halfway through the week, Brian Posehn, James Adomian, and Arden Myrin stepped up to the podiums. They were lobbed some softballs by the Donald Trump Presidential Campaign to get the night started, but that didn’t stop them from knocking it out of the park with Nic Cage predictions for the new Snowden film. I hope they brought some hand sanitizer for their #HashtagWars topic of #ComicConAilments. Inform yourself and defend against them with the clip below. They got their internet hate on by getting offended by random YouTube videos before finding new reasons to be mad at the British this July 4th. Finally, the panelists took on a challenge of tweeting as teens with parents who just split up to mourn the end of Ben Affleck and Jen Garner’s marriage.

To wrap up the week comedians Hannibal Buress, Bridget Everett, and Pete Holmes competed for Chris’s heart, mind, and points! They reacted to Ted Cruz’s impressions with their own terrible impressions, gave more acceptable names to male birth control gel, and decide what kind of Minions fan art is real. Spoiler: it is all of them. They rang in the 4th of July, a day early, with #HashtagWars topic of #NothingMoreAmericanThan. Be warned, it is uncensored and NSFW. They hyped up some of YouTube’s worst beatboxers, gave an extensive list of possible names for male strippers, and rounded out the night by explaining to babies named Quinoa why they were named after a food product for a contest.

We will not have any @midnight, or recap, in the upcoming week so Chris can bring joy to all of those attending San Diego Comic-Con. So be ready for more fun, laughs, and POINTS! in two weeks. Remember to play along with #HashtagWars every Monday through Thursday (except next week) by tweeting @midnight. Now, to start fresh next time, we will get rid of all the laughs we just had. Wipewipewipewipewipe.

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