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Author: Wayne Federman & Andrew Steven / The Podglomerate

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Comedian Wayne Federman teaches Andrew Steven about the history of standup in a casual, conversational history class, looking over some of comedy’s most interesting moments. From Vaudeville to Netflix, we look back at the evolution of standup comedy.
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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
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
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
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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep. 06: Boom 2.0

Ep. 06: Boom 2.0

2018-10-2300:36:014

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
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
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
Ep. 03: Carson, SNL, and HBO

Ep. 03: Carson, SNL, and HBO

2018-10-0200:34:362

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
Ep. 02: Records and Clubs

Ep. 02: Records and Clubs

2018-09-2500:41:273

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
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
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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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