Comedy Central’s stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick is the type of media talent which revels in the way the modern world communicates.
The Arbiter took part in a phone interview alongside collegiate journalists from all over the country to discuss his new show, @midnight.
As a means of garnishing interest in his new show @midnight, which airs directly after The Colbert Report, Hardwick took all sorts of questions. These questions ranged from the details which underline @midnight, as well as some of his views on current events.
One such topic was time management, and how Hardwick manages to keep track of all his commitments as a talk-show host and comedian.
“You track how long it takes to do what you need to do,” Hardwick said. “You start to get a natural sense of how to organize everything.”
@midnight is the next in a wave of social media comedies, such as Tosh.0.
The purpose of the show is to pull social media as a way of creating a community of interacting with the viewers. Still in its early stages of development as a new on-air show, @midnight proves to be a medium of comedic experimentation for Hardwick.
“The more comfortable I got with the show, more of me came out … all the fine parts of who I am,” Hardwick said.
As an entertainer and talk-show host, Hardwick answered many questions regarding the explosion of social media and what he calls the “digital life.”
Hardwick spoke about how digital media has localized the industry that he is a part of. In particular, he addressed how we live in culture that loves to be “outraged and shocked” by what we see. Social media provides that essential platform in creating a show centered around that perception.
He finished the discussion by fielding a question regarding his views on how he compares his own freedom as a comedian to what he sees as media bias in news broadcasts.
“It’s interesting because as a comedian I don’t have that much freedom to say all that I please,” Hardwick said. “Legally, you can say whatever you want because of the Constitution. Socially, not so much.”