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Author: Wayne Federman & Andrew Steven / The Podglomerate

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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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Season 1 Trailer

Season 1 Trailer

2018-08-2800:04:342

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 02: Records and Clubs

Ep. 02: Records and Clubs

2018-09-2500:41:403

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 Standup is produced by The Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 03: Carson, SNL, and HBO

Ep. 03: Carson, SNL, and HBO

2018-10-0200:34:325

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 Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 produced by The Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 06: Boom 2.0

Ep. 06: Boom 2.0

2018-10-2300:36:186

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 Trailer

2019-05-1400:01:36

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 01: Holy City Zoo

S2 Ep. 01: Holy City Zoo

2019-06-0400:46:462

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 Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 is produced by The Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 episode was sponsored by Oso Delicious Hot Sauce. The History of Standup is produced by The Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 05: Broadway

S2 Ep. 05: Broadway

2019-07-0200:46:391

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 by The Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 Ep. 06: Meltdown

S2 Ep. 06: Meltdown

2019-07-0900:46:43

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 Standup is produced by The Podglomerate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Introducing The Lead

Introducing The Lead

2020-01-2900:06:07

Listen to The Lead at wondery.fm/TheLeadStandUp. Check out The Lead every weekday morning. The Lead brings you a deep dive into the biggest sports stories of the day from The Athletic’s all-star team of local and national sports reporters. Stories like “Where did the 49ers new star running back, Raheem Mostert, come from?” or “What can Zion Williams do for the Pelicans?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (21)

Mmm Taylor

great job

Jun 22nd
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Vlad Levitsky

Really enjoying the pace and historical take on a topic I wouldn't have thought of as needing an academic dissection. But the hosts and the soundbites of hilarity from legendary comedians make me smile like an idiot during my daily commute. Genuinely interesting and has a fascinating element of cause and effect running through the narrative.

Jan 23rd
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Juan Lopez

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Jan 2nd
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saileen

Came here after a plug on The Box of Oddities podcast. What a treat! Thanks for a great walk. I'm loving it.

Nov 9th
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G

This is awesome!!

Oct 31st
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Richard O Leary

great show guys. I keep taking screenshots anytime a name is mentioned and I want to get more info myself....I'm gonna be busy😂😉✌️✌️✌️

Oct 30th
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Richard O Leary

I loved the podcast and found everything interesting. As a fellow fan of comedy I thank you. ✌️

Oct 30th
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Tim Hunold

as much as I hate him, Dane Cook really changed things long before Bo, by using Myspace. I actually dislike both immensely but I respect how they got their audience and nurtured it and became big stars.

Oct 29th
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Mike Himes

That was fascinating and fantastic. Thanks for creating this.

Oct 26th
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Peter Jones

too many comedy specials on Netflix right now. I like to laugh but most of that content is just not very funny.

Oct 23rd
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Cary Schmidt

I like the podcast. how about Carol Burnet, Tim Conway, Harvey corman

Oct 21st
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Vanessa an Holguin

DISCUSSION

Oct 19th
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Brabo

This podcast is a blast! Love it!

Oct 3rd
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Jay Hopkins

This podcast is amazing. Can't wait for next week's episode. if you're into the history of British stand up at all I would highly recommend the book 'Getting The Joke' by Oliver Double.

Sep 26th
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Jason D'Cruz

nice podcast!

Sep 26th
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April Wilson

Love the pure definition of standup used here: a guy/gal on a stage with a mic—no props, no musical instrument or any gimmicks. There’s something very primal about the lone comic confronting the audience with nothing but his or her wits to get them through the ordeal. The phrase “killing the audience” is perfect for what a great comic does. I loved the first show. Looking forward to the rest.

Sep 22nd
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Chris Faulkner

great show! Just subscribed.

Sep 20th
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Fergus Licken

noice I enjoy listening to you

Sep 19th
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William Jenkins

l think Glynn had a series of small strokes.

Sep 18th
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Joshua

Awesome show guys, love the first episode.

Sep 18th
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