(Nashville, TN)—May 8, 2014—The Wild West Comedy Festival is excited to have special guests Matt Braunger, Arden Myrin and Mike Lawrence join Chris Hardwick for a live show of Comedy Central’s @midnight, produced by Funny Or Die. The show challenges comedians to prove who's funniest by commenting on the craziest news and posts social media has to offer. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, Hardwick leads spectators down the ultimate interactive internet wormhole. Hardwick will host two shows at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theater May 16 and 17 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are available here:

Guest Matt Braunger was raised in Portland, Oregon. An actor since childhood, Matt studied theater in New York and improvisation in Chicago under such luminaries as Susan Messing and Del Close. Matt’s television credits include a recurring role on NBC’s UP ALL NIGHT, a series regular role on MADtv, and various roles on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, United States of Tara, Pushing Daisies, Carpoolers, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Acceptable TV, and Live At Gotham. He is also a regular guest on the Chelsea Lately roundtable. In 2009, he was named to Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch and Comedy Central’s Hot 9 in ’09 list. Along with touring comedy clubs across the country he is also a regular at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. Matt won the 2008 “Best Of The Fest” at the inaugural Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen and he co-founded the popular Bridgetown Comedy Festival that takes place annually in Portland.

Also joining Hardwick is Arden Myrin, a native of Little Compton, Rhode Island. The comedian and actress has made over 100 appearances on "Chelsea Lately" and was a cast member on "MadTV" for four years. Arden’s acting credits include the new movie BACHELORETTE, as well as a recurring part on "Suburgatory", "Reno 911", "Party Down", "Delocated", "Friends", "Gilmore Girls", "Hot In Cleveland", "Morning Glory", "Kinsey", "The Lucky Ones", "Deconstructing Harry", "Bubble Boy", and the upcoming movies WRONG and WRONG COPS. She has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Howard Stern Show", "Loveline", "Good Afternoon America", "The Nate Berkus Show" and "RuPaul's Drag Race". Recent credits include, "Key and Peele", "Inside Amy Schumer", and "Orange is the New Black.” Arden recently sold a pilot to Adult Swim with South Park writer Pam Brady that she will co-write, executive produce and star in.

Rounding out the group is Mike Lawrence, a New York City based comedian who has been featured as a stand-up on TBS' Conan, and Comedy Central’s John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show and The Half Hour. He wrote and performed a segment for FX's Totally Biased and has appeared on Comedy Central’s @midnight. Mike has also been featured on many notable podcasts, including the Adam Carolla Show, WTF with Marc Maron, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and the Artie Lange Show. When he's not working in NYC's best clubs or headlining on the road he can be seen featuring for the likes of John Oliver, Marc Maron and Tom Papa (who, shortly thereafter, hired Lawrence as a writer for his pilot). Mike was a Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival “New Face” in 2010 and performed with JFL in both Chicago and Montreal in 2012, where he recorded a set for HBO Canada's Funny as Hell. His debut album "Sadamantium" was released by Comedy Central Records in conjunction with the debut of his half hour special in 2013.

The first annual Wild West Comedy Festival, May 14 to 18 in Nashville, features some of the funniest and most talented performers in the world, including Aziz Ansari, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers, Bill Burr, The Lonely Island, Demetri Martin, Rodney Carrington, Dennis Miller, Eugene Mirman, Daniel Kitson, The Tenderloins, Chris Hardwick, Nick Swardson, Billy Gardell, Aisha Tyler, Marc Maron, BJ Novak, Vince Vaughn and more.

For more information, please contact Reid Kutrow, Kristina Headrick or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.