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COMEDY CENTRAL'S(R) "@MIDNIGHT" JOINS THE NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL LINEUP AND WILL TAPE AND AIR A WEEK OF SHOWS IN NYC MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3-THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Special Week of Shows to Tape at ABC Television Center and Free Tickets May Be Requested at www.nycomedyfestival.com
NEW YORK, September 18, 2014 - For the first time since its wildly successful launch, Comedy Central's newest late night hit "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, will hit the road this fall, trading Silicon Beach for Silicon Alley. The social media sensation joins the stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6 at Midnight ET/PT.
Hosted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), the special NYCF week of episodes will include visual and textual nods to New York and feature a coterie of comedians playing fan favorites such as #HashtagWars, Rapid Refresh and Sweet Emoji. The "@midnight" tapings will be filmed at ABC Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and fans may request free tickets at www.nycomedyfestival.com.
"Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed to go straight to the nest where they live and breed-The New York Comedy Festival," said Hardwick.
"@midnight" leads viewers down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer: from the latest celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.
On-air the series is averaging 775,000 total viewers each night and ranks #3 in all of late night with Men 18-34, Men 18-24 and People 18-24. "@midnight" also reaches the youngest (median age: 32 years) and most male (69%) audience of any late night talk show. (source: Nielsen via MultiTrak, 6/30/14-9/07/14; most current Data, premieres only median age based on P2+).
"@midnight" airs Monday-Thursday after "The Colbert Report" and is executive produced by Hardwick, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant; Mike Farah and Joe Farrell for Funny Or Die;
Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler and Jon Zimelis of Serious Business; showrunner Jack Martin; and Alex Murray of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Gary Mann and Tara Schuster are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
Guest panelists that appeared on the show include Judd Apatow, Doug Benson, Jason Biggs, Jack Black, Neal Brennan, Hannibal Buress, LeVar Burton, Ice Cube, Andy Daly, Will Ferrell, Kyle Gass, Ilana Glazer, Seth Green, Jonah Hill, Abbi Jacobson, Kyle Kinane, David Koechner, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, Rob Riggle, Kristen Schaal, David Spade, Amber Tamblyn, Channing Tatum, Aisha Tyler, David Wain, Wil Wheaton, and Weird Al Yankovic.
The 2014 New York Comedy Festival is presented in association with Comedy Central and takes place from November 5-9. Now in its eleventh year, the festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway. For the full schedule of 2014 NYCF shows and info, please visit www.nycomedyfestival.com.
This year's festival will feature performances by Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Dane Cook, Bill Cosby, Chris D'Elia, Bill Maher, Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman and Amy Schumer, to name a few. In 2007, the festival launched the "Stand Up for Heroes" event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Ricky Gervais, Conan O'Brien, Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer, among others. To date, the "Stand Up for Heroes" events have raised over $21 million. For more information please visit the NYCF website, www.nycomedyfestival.com, like the NYCF Facebook page, www.facebook.com/newyorkcomedyfestival, and follow the NYCF on Twitter, @NYComedyFest.
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