Chris Hardwick‘s dream guests on his Comedy Central show @midnight: “Jon Hamm, Tom Hanks, Mel Brooks — Joan Rivers would be great,” he answered today at the TCA Winter TV Press Tour. “They just know how to connect with an audience, they’re natural performers. It’s not comedy that drives the show — it’s comfort,” Hardwick said. @midnight uses a rotating lineup of comedians as they battle nightly for meaningless points doled out by host Hardwick, based on their take on the day’s social media and pop culture. Hardwick started his Q&A with a filibuster, walking TV critics though how the game is played — though it’s been on the air for a while now — including one full-on Buzzfeed Brown-nose, in which he asked critics in the room to guess which of three tweets he would read was a real tweet from Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur. The tweets also appeared on two screens in the room in letters about a foot tall. Answer: All Three! “I hate to interrupt, but the show has been on the air for some time — some of us have seen it,” one critic snarked peevishly, speaking for the room.
Aurthur was not in their midst, much to Hardwick’s disappointment. But a few minutes later, she tweeted, “Please tell @Nerdist that I just said ‘Who’s Chris Hardwick’.” One critic in the room read it to Hardwick, adding, “No question — just perpetuating a feud.”
Hardwick also was asked if he would continue his role as host of AMC’s The Walking Dead after-show, Talking Dead. “Yes, as far as I know — I think the show is doing well enough that — cough Beating NBC cough — we’ll probably do as long as they want me to come back,” adding that he thinks its silly what he gets paid to do so little work on that program. No argument in the room.
“Goodbye Kate Aurthur, wherever you are — I miss you!” Hardwick brown-nosed as the session ended.