The History of Standup

The History of Standup

Comedian and professor Wayne Federman has spent his life studying the art and history of standup comedy. Join him and fellow student, Andrew Steven, as they look back at some of standup’s most interesting moments, places, and people.

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August 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, and @andrewsteven.    *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encourage you to visit the ...
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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 episode 1 of a 6-part series featuring interviews with comedy icons including Judd Apatow and historian Kliph Nesteroff. The History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate.    **...
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September 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 Judd Apatow’s childhood record collection, plus we speak with Zoe Friedman, daughter of the founder and original proprietor of The Improv Comedy Club, Budd Friedman. The History of S...
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October 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 of a 6-part series, and features clips with Freddie Prinze, Jimmie Walker, George Carlin, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor, among others. The History of Standup is produced by The Po...
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October 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 featuring interviews with comedians Margaret Cho, Tig Notaro, and Ritch Shydner. The History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate.   *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate netw...
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October 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 comics. This is episode 5 of a 6-part series featuring interviews with comedians Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, Tig Notaro, and journalist Julie Seabaugh. The History of Standup is pr...
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October 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 series featuring interviews with comedian Jimmy Pardo and journalist Julie Seabaugh. The History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate.   *** This show is a part of the Podglomer...
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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.   *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encourage you to visit the website and sign up for our newsletter for mor...
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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 and podcasts, plus we dig into aspecialthing.com and its role in the alt comedy scene of the 2000's. The History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate.   *** This sho...
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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 History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate.   *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encourage...
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May 14, 2019 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 @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. Brought to you by The Podglomerate.   *** This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distribute...
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June 4, 2019 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 Pollak, Mark Pitta, Paula Poundstone, and Bobby Slayton. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. The History of Standup is produced by The Po...
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June 11, 2019 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. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. This episode was sponsored by Oso Delicious Hot Sauce. The History of Standup is produced by The ...
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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 Nesteroff, and Willie Tyler. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. This episode was sponsored by Oso Delicious Hot Sauce. The History of Standup...
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June 25, 2019 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 DeGenerous, Steve Martin, Chris Rock and even the first comedian to host, Will Rogers. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. This ep...
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July 2, 2019 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 Mulaney. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. This episode was sponsored by Oso Delicious Hot Sauce. The History of Standup is produced b...
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July 9, 2019 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, Howard Kremer and Jonah Ray. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. This episode was sponsored by Oso Delicious Hot Sauce. The History of Sta...
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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 Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. This episode was sponsored by Oso Delicious Hot Sauce. The History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate.   **...
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July 23, 2019 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 Tyler (but not Lester). Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. The History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate.   *** This show is ...
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April 22, 2021 47 min
Trail Weight follows a year in Andrew Steven's life as he attempts to lose weight and process grief as he traverses a hike through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Through audio diaries, recordings from the trail, and conversations with authors, experts, Olympians, and special guests, Andrew takes listeners through an eye-opening adventure of self-discovery. In this episode, Andrew frames his journey from the perspective of his lif...
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