We asked some of Chris Hardwick’s friends and co-workers to name TV game shows — real or fictional, past or present — that they’d like to see him host next. In the spirit of the recently cancelled “@midnight’s” social-media themed #HashtagWars challenge, here are some suggestions to #HardwickaGameShow.
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Robert Ben Garant
“I think a show called ‘Where’s Chris Hardwick?’ would be kind of interesting,” says “@midnight” executive producer Robert Ben Garant. “If you follow his Instagram, he’s like the Rock. He’s always somewhere different. He’s always running from one place to the other. ‘Where’s Chris Hardwick?’ would be very challenging and a hard show to win.”
Paul F. Tompkins
“I’d like to see Chris host a show called ‘Chris Hardwick Calls in Sick’ and the beginning of the show is him saying he can’t make it and that I’m going to host it,” says comedian and regular “@midnight” panelist Paul F. Tompkins. “The fun is tuning into see if Chris is actually well enough to do the show this time.”
“It’s not a traditional game show, but I think he would be a great host of ‘America’s Most Wanted,’” says Ron Funches, comedian and fellow “@midnight” all-star. “You get points if they get caught. He’d be great at it and everybody would pay more attention to the people who got murdered.”
“I can’t think of anything. Maybe I’m not so good at improvising after all,” says comedian Doug Benson, the reigning champ of “@midnight.”
“I’m really into the reboot of ‘Match Game’ with Alec Baldwin [on ABC], so I’d like to see him take over that and have Alec be one of the celebrity guests,” says Nerdist editor-in-chief Rachel Heine.
“He wrote a self-help-ish book [“The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)”] a few years ago that’s actually really good, so I’m going with ‘Help Your Self!!,’ where contestants have to solve the puzzles of their life’s problems before the clock runs out and Chris presents them with a consolation prize of untethered misery and a hug,” says Shadi Petosky, Hardwick’s partner at animation company Puny Entertainment. “He’s a nice guy.”
“It’s a Japanese-style obstacle course around his schedule,” says Hardwick’s assistant, Michelle Bonfils. “Contestants have to gather 200 meeting requests that are physical and heavy somehow while holding a cellphone and a Starbucks chai tea latte and then run through slime and infants and real traffic that could kill you if you don’t answer your phone before the second ring. If you make it across the course, you stuff the requests you capture into a tiny box called Tuesday: named for the day in his week that we dedicate for meetings, interviews, podcasts, etc. since he shoots any one of the shows the rest of the days of the week. The contestant with the most points gets to fight me to the death for my job. But I’ll win. I’ve been doing this a long time.”