Chris Hardwick and Comedy Central kept South by Southwest live on Friday night, streaming a special edition of @midnight to viewers exclusively over Periscope.
Joined by comedians Arden Myrin, Chris Cubas, and Doug Benson, Hardwick and the capacity crowd at the Parish in downtown Austin, Texas, enjoyed an hour-long celebration of Internet culture, vape-pen jokes (possibly had to be there), and even a few shots at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. “The best course at Trump University is, of course, Short Finger Painting,” Benson joked, referencing Trump’s oft-discussed and debated hands. (Myrin added her own Trump University course to the conversation: “Cosmetology 101 – How to Succeed with a Face Made of Ball Skin.”)
But the centerpiece of the live @midnight episode was the show’s #HashtagWars, which invited viewers and attendees to use the hashtag #SXSWin3words to describe the film, music, and interactive festival. Watch how Myrin, Cubas, and Benson define SXSW in three words below, and check out some of the funniest examples submitted by fans on Twitter, where the term trended for hours.
The full episode is available for now, via the official @midnight Twitter account.
Reporting by Kevin Sullivan