Comedy Central’s @midnight With Chris Hardwick will make late-night history at SXSW. The improv game show will air a full episode live via Periscope from Austin, Texas, co-hosted by EW. It will be the first time a late-night show will be broadcast exclusively on the video streaming app.
The live airing features comedians Doug Benson, Arden Myrin, and Chris Cubas. Cubas is from Austin and won the @midnight‘s #PointsMe challenge last year, becoming the first fan panelist to compete on the show.
“There’s no better place than SXSW to host the first-ever live Periscope episode of TV’s most social late night show,” said Comedy Central CMO Walter Levitt in a statement. “We are excited to host hundreds of @midnight fans live in Austin, and to bring it to thousands more from the comfort of their homes.”
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Adds Joanne Park, head of TV partnerships at Twitter, “We are so pleased to work with Comedy Central on this inventive use of Periscope, which will offer @midnight fans the opportunity to enjoy the entire show live, exclusively on Periscope and Twitter. Periscope allows anyone to share a moment as it’s happening, and in celebration of SXSW, fans can now experience @midnight in a new way.”
Anyone with a SXSW badge can see the show live free at The Parish. It takes place March 11, on the first night of the Interactive Festival. Doors open at 8 p.m. CT and the show begins 9 p.m. CT.
@midnight With Chris Hardwick typically airs Monday through Thursdays at midnight E.T. on Comedy Central.