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New favorite show: @midnight on Comedy Central

Chris Hardwick, left, has said his Comedy Central show @midnight  "is really just a structured reason to bring comics together to make fun of all the topical things they saw that day that came up in various social-media outlets."

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Chris Hardwick, left, has said his Comedy Central show @midnight "is really just a structured reason to bring comics together to make fun of all the topical things they saw that day that came up in various social-media outlets."

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Maybe it's because I'm in a house full of boys but I was gasping-for-air laughing at Comedy Central's new Chris Hardwick late-night offering @midnight. Turns out, it is already making its mark with guys, scoring a higher rating than the Colbert Report among the network's target young male viewers, Deadline.com reports. It also scored strong sentiment on Twitter last night as measured by SocialGuide's new Late Fringe category, taking the No. 1 entertainment spot on Twitter from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. (when dudes are up channel surfing and tweeting?) and No. 2 overall, following ESPN2’s SportsCenter. So what makes it so funny? Let me break it down.

It's silly, it's drenched in social media and it's not a talk show but a game show were comedians are put on the spot to come up with quick responses. The challenges range from "OkCupid or Serial Killer?" where contestants guess whether a quote comes from an OkCupid profile or a famous serial killer (it was tougher than you'd think) and my favorite: Name movie titles that sound like pooping. Hardwick threw out Operation Dumbo Drop as an example and the surprisingly quick comedians were buzzing in with Splash, Precious: Based on the Novel Push and my favorite: Children of the Corn. All the men in my house may have poisoned my funny bone, but my  15 year old and I were howling on the drive to the bus stop this morning as he read tweets from #poopfilms. Go ahead and click on that link, high-minded judgey reader, I dare you not to laugh.

The show will likely be feeding to and from social media. And Chris Hardwick is hard not to like. From his hugely successful Nerdist podcast — where you can hear interviews with everyone from Rob Zombie to Tom Hanks — the BBC America TV show and podcasting network spawned his new career as the after-show guy. He hosted the post-Breaking Bad chat Talking Band and Walking Dead discussion Talking Dead on AMC. Funny or Die produces @midnight, which airs four days at week, you guessed it at midnight, on Comedy Central.

It's worth staying up for, or at least adding it to the DVR list.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:42am]

    

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