The History of Standup

The History of Standup

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Looking back at some of standup’s most interesting moments, places, and people.


That’s a Wrap (Bonus Episode)
Jul 23 • 9 min
A brief look at where we’ve been and were were going as we continue exploring the history of standup. Featuring moments with James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, Pete Holmes, Nick Kroll, Emily V. Gordon, Dana Gould, Paula Poundstone, Lily Tomlin, and Willie…
S2 Ep. 07: Lyons Den and The Lincoln Lodge
Jul 16 • 44 min
Hear how an open mic and an alt room become the center of standup in Chicago in the early 2000s. Featuring Interviews with Nate Craig, Matt Dwyer, Cameron Esposito, Emily V. Gordon, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, John Roy, and Nick Vatterott. Follow us on…
S2 Ep. 06: Meltdown
Jul 9 • 49 min
Find out how, for six years, the back room of a comic book store became one of the best independent standup venues in the United States. Featuring interviews with James Adomian, Marcella Arguello, Pete Holmes, Nick Kroll, Emily V. Gordon, Dana Gould,…
S2 Ep. 05: Broadway
Jul 2 • 50 min
Only a few standups were able to parlay their talents into a successful Broadway run. Hear the story of those comics who conquered the legitimate theater like Victor Borge, Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Mason, Mike Birbiglia, Nick Kroll and John…
S2 Ep. 04: The Academy Awards
Jun 25 • 52 min
The Academy Awards has showcased standups throughout its 91-year history, most notably Bob Hope. We look at Bob and the other comedians who have hosted “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” including Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Benny, Ellen…
S2 Ep. 03: The Apollo and the Chitlin’ Circuit
Jun 18 • 54 min
An iconic New York City theater and a collection of black venues provided opportunities for comedians and entertainers during racial segregation, the civil rights movement, and continues through today. Featuring interviews with Tom Dressen, Kliph…
S2 Ep. 02: The Playboy Circuit
Jun 11 • 45 min
Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine prove to be an unlikely champion for an era of comedy between night clubs and the comedy boom. Featuring interviews with Dick Capri, Tom Dressen, Patty Farmer, Shecky Greene, Kliph Nesteroff, Lily Tomlin, and Fred Willard.…
S2 Ep. 01: Holy City Zoo
Jun 4 • 51 min
Hear how a small clubhouse influenced the city of San Francisco and inspired a new wave of comedians that helped shape modern standup. Featuring interviews with Greg Behrendt, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Margaret Cho, Debi and Will Durst, Dana Gould, Kevin…
Season 2 Trailer
May 14 • 1 min
Wayne Federman and Andrew Steven are back for Season 2 of The History of Standup — taking a closer looking at the rooms, scenes, and places where standup happens, and the people who were there. Full episodes start on June 4th. Follow us on Twitter at…
Judd Apatow meets Totie Fields (Bonus Episode)
Apr 2 • 15 min
One of the exciting things about making The History of Standup has been discovering relationships that connect standup over generations. On this episode we hear how Judd Apatow was influenced by the raucous‐voiced nightclub comedienne, Totie Fields. The…
Jimmy Pardo and the History of Comedy Podcasts (Bonus Episode)
Jan 22 • 45 min
Earlier in the season (episode 6) we spoke with Never Not Funny podcast host Jimmy Pardo about podcasting’s influence on the standup comedy scene. This episode is an unabridged look at our full conversation. This is a glimpse into the origins of comedians…
Live with Demetri Martin and Ian Abramson (Bonus Episode)
Nov 20, 2018 • 84 min
Recorded Live at Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth in Los Angeles, Wayne and Andrew join comedians Ian Abramson and Demetri Martin for a special live episode of The History of Standup. The History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate. Learn more…
Ep. 06: Boom 2.0
Oct 23, 2018 • 38 min
Social media provides new ways for standups to communicate directly with their fans, comedy content is democratized, Netflix floods the market, and a new comedy boom explodes that is even bigger than the last one. This is the final episode of a 6-part…
Ep. 05: Alt Comedy and Def Comedy
Oct 16, 2018 • 53 min
As the comedy club boom goes bust, standups adapt to this new reality. A DIY ethic emerges and spreads from coast to coast as more and more comedians take control of their own destinies. Meanwhile, FOX helps usher in a golden era for African-American…
Ep. 04: The 1980’s Comedy Boom
Oct 9, 2018 • 42 min
A fast and unexpected proliferation of comedy clubs cover the country. Long Island natives Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld ascend to legendary status as a growing glut of standup TV programs crowd the airwaves. This is episode 4 of a 6-part series…
Ep. 03: Carson, SNL, and HBO
Oct 2, 2018 • 36 min
In the 1970s a successful appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” was the goal of every young standup, as was epitomized one night in 1973 with Freddie Prinze. Then Saturday Night Live and HBO changed the playing field. This is episode 3…
Ep. 02: Records and Clubs
Sep 25, 2018 • 43 min
The comedy albums of the 1960’s ushered in a new era of standup, eventually leading to the the worlds first comedy clubs opening their doors, helping drive the standup comedy boom of the ’80s. This is episode 2 of a 6-part series, featuring a look into…
Ep. 01: In One, Television, and the Birth of Standup
Sep 18, 2018 • 39 min
Television and standup have been intertwined since their conception. Which is why, when two historic television programs debuted just days apart in 1948, NBC’s Texaco Star Theater and The Ed Sullivan Show, the standup world was forever changed. This is…
Season 1 Trailer
Aug 28, 2018 • 4 min
Join comedian Wayne Federman and Andrew Steven for The History of Standup, a look back at some of comedy’s most interesting moments. Full episodes start September 18th. Brought to you by The Podglomerate. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman,…